The clematis is nearly finished for the summer...but it sure is pretty right now. I love how the light is shining through on the flower above.
We worked in the garden area some today and after his nap on the bench......
Peanut got in on the action. He was deep in contemplation watching a gopher hole. He sat there watching for several minutes before getting bored and falling asleep.
Queen Anne's Lace. Yes, a weed, but a pretty one.
I picked the last of the blueberries tonight. We didn't get as many this year, due in part to pruning. I managed to get about four quarts total for freezing (and we ate quite a few). Thankfully I have a few quarts left over from last summer.
Another one of those projects for me that started out one way and ended up going entirely another direction. I had been going to do a photo montage of my grandmother, mother and me, but that didn't quite formulate the way I wanted, so I made a 5"x5" canvas of my father-in-laws grandparents (the child in the middle is his mother). I layered on acrylics, stamped with gesso, and added the photograph. I wanted to add a time piece in some place, so decided to make the photograph a time piece itself by adding clock hands. I designed and cut out hands to add to the vintage feel. Adding words to the clock hands was my husbands idea. After the word 'family' I layered beeswax over the piece and added brads.
Last Wednesday I attended an artists show at McMenamins Edgefield called the Cracked Pots Recycled Show/Sale. lol I had no one to go with me, so it was either drive over an hour on my own or miss it all together. I decided to go and I wasn't sorry. It was well worth it and I'd go again in an instant.
All artists who participate use recycled materials in their work, and there was some amazing work. What caught my eye the most was the metal work.
I have a thing for ladybugs, so this metal lady caught my eye right away (click on the pictures to enlarge).
The crab was pretty cool too....
The spider...kind of creepy....
The piece that took the prize imo...the tin man! Absolutely fantastic.
Then this past Saturday dh and I attended a county fair. It was a free event (rare these days), and though fairly crowded, as these events often are, people seemed happy, polite (for the most part), and you could just tell that people were enjoying themselves.
One of the main attractions, and the one that I had heard the most about from friends, was the Pirate's Parrot Show. Bird trainer/educator Chris Biro educates people about the birds while also educating about the plight of the birds in the wild. It was a fantastic show.
Just slightly in to the show this guy flew up to the bleachers and sat right behind us.
A short while later he was joined by a friend...
Of course there were rides, including a carousel that people could ride for $1.
And animals to look at....This is my favorite animal picture. I thought this sheep looked so cute with his chin resting on the board like this....When I got down to his level to take the picture, I realized he was sound asleep. lol It was obviously a very tough day at the fair. lol He abruptly woke up while we were still standing there, much like people do who have inadvertantly fallen asleep. He actually looked a bit shocked to wake up to a camera pointing at his face....lol
Yesterday we roamed around locally....visiting the Gallon House covered bridge (the last original covered bridge in that county), and stopping by the Settlemier House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's only open one day a month for tours so we didn't get to go inside, but if you click on the link you can view inside shots of the home. It cost a whopping $10,000 to build in it's day (1892).
The theme is cupcakes...For the center one I used a real cupcake paper , and textured handmade paper for the cake/icing (colored with a Marvy pen). The 'sprinkles' are punched from colored paper and glued on. The background paper on the last one is paper I colored with Adirondack inks.