Thursday, March 26, 2015

V is for …


I planted six of these flowers about 10 years ago. Now they reseed so heavily that I have to “thin the herd” every spring.

They sure love the hot, dry summers here.
And they are fun to draw ☺

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

U is for …


Another month is winding down. Can’t believe I’m already at “U” in my month of A-Z flower painting.


Although not technically a flower, I liked the colors in this plant. Mixing the orange and green gave me a nice olive color that I like. The joy of working wet on wet with watercolor … always pleasant surprises!

Well … not always ☺

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

T is for …


I have a Tiger Lily growing on the north side of my house. It was here when we moved in.

It doesn’t bloom for very long but is so pretty when it does!

Monday, March 23, 2015

S is for …


Happy Monday!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

R is for …


This is also called a buttercup. It looks like a dainty rose to me.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Q is for …


I was stumped on this one!

There are a few trees that begin with Q. Some non-flowering plants, too. I already did Queen Anne’s Lace.

So … here is what I came up with for flowers that begin with the letter Q ☺

Friday, March 20, 2015

P is for …



I’m a little late in posting today.

My stay at home vacation is near the end. Always sad when vacations end, even those where you don’t go anywhere!!

I got lots of chores done and lots of playtime, too. We went to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earlier this week. Very cute. It has lots of my favorite actors in it.

Now we are in the midst of March Madness. For those of you outside the U.S., it’s a tournament of college basketball teams. My husband watches every game! (Which is fine by me, more time in my studio because I’m not really a huge basketball fan!!)

The funny thing about this tournament is that every year, they start a pool at his office. For $20, you pick which teams will win. The person with the most wins, gets the money. Last year I came very close. This year, I’m in first place. So far.

You want to know how I pick teams? I make my selection by which city I would like to visit!

It drives my husband crazy as he spends a lot of time researching the teams and the coaches. All the facts and figures. Then I come out ahead with my own method!!

I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I win the office pool. ☺

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hippo before and after


Another short break from painting flowers to show you what I made for Year of the Spark.

A few weeks ago, we got an assignment to do “wrapped animals.” You could either start from scratch using wire only, make a shape, and then wrap it.

Or, start with a stuffed animal, wrap it with wire to give it more shape, and then wrap it with cloth, etc.

I started with a stuffed hippo I got at the Goodwill for 50 cents. And, of course, I forgot to take a photo BEFORE I started … so … here is a little doodle of what it sort of looked like.


Orange, stubby legs, long black yarn tail. You know, just like a real hippo!

Here’s what I came out with in the end. This was hard! You should have heard the swearing early on!!


Then I left it out on my work table and the dog got hold of it. Most of the stuffed toys in the house are HERS so I can understand the confusion.

I had to start over again with the wrapping and the swearing. But then it got easier.

I gave the hippo longer legs and some antlers.

Yesterday, I finished it off with extra yarn embellishment. I had some old paper “beads” that I made years ago. I used them for a project and now they just sit in the drawer. So I added beads for a headdress and some more on the tail.


I like how it turned out but probably won’t be doing this again. I like working in 2D art, not 3D. Just not my thing.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

N is for …


You can show up any day now. I’m ready!

Only one flower today?? What?

You would think I had more time since I’m not working this week. But by the time I finish a few things from my Chores List, I’m pooped!