Friday, October 24, 2014

Totally . . .

enjoyed an art class I attended the other night.
The class was in using acrylics in the painting of a poinsettia.
The teacher, a self employed artist, was Sharon Smithem.
If you are on Facebook you can find her at
Art Uncork'd/sharonsmithem
and/or by her name 
Sharon Smithem
On the left easel above you can see a final Poinsettia Art Piece.
Sharon used the canvas on the right to demonstrate her step by step process.
Design, color, shading, blending were introduced to us during the class.
The class was held in her artist studio. 

Eight of us participated in the 2-3 hour class. 
Step by step we followed along,
experimenting and finding our way.
Our individuality became evident as the evening progressed.
The photos tell the final story.
 Huge smiles above for our final
Show and Tell
 Finding a place in our home for my new piece is a work in progress.
I have had fun trying it out in different places
 As I said, I totally enjoyed the class.
So much so that I went out today and
purchased a table easel, canvas, brushes and paints.
What fun it was to do something different.
To take the risk, try something new
and at the end of the evening
feel happy with a sense of accomplishment. 
The leaves may fall and cover the ground
but they will have to wait for me now
to find the time to pick them up,
because sometime tomorrow,
I am painting a white pumpkin.
I'll be back soon,
Love, Lynne

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Holding On . . .

One Lone White Annabelle Hydrangea holding on . . .
 while the others are dried and ready to close up shop for the season.
 okay my dear friends . . . I have a bit of a whine going on.
I hope I won't lose you while I vent!
I am into day four of
raking, blowing, hauling, mowing
and then doing it all over again. 
each year I enter into this fall time leaf space
saying it will be fine
there won't be too many leaves
and I dig in and start cutting back my hostas and other plants
so blowing the leaves out of my gardens will be easier for me

 that works for awhile
but there are so many leaves I can't seem to
cut back the plants fast enough in time
to gather up the leaves that need to be hauled away
Mister IGH is my guy to haul the heavy leaves,
I rake them up onto the sheets,
he pulls the heavy leaf load back into the woods. 
(we use old, light weight sheets to rake the leaves on to
and then haul them away into the back woods.)
( He told me earlier yesterday he has hauled at least twenty loads so far.
(I just finished raking up four more loads for him to haul back) 

I am making some progress, some areas are cleaned,
until the next winds come along and blow more leaves off the trees. 
 and some areas remain leaf covered 
in the back yard there are places that the leaves are knee deep
the bitter sweet vine was filled with the leaves and berries
the day before yesterday and today the vine is almost empty
When the trees are all leafed out you can't see back into the woods,
but now it is pretty much open and covered in brown.   
I am on my third blower in two years.
I purchase light weight and inexpensive. 
Light weight because they are easier for me to handle
and inexpensive because I know how long they will last. 
This is the famous bird feeder that almost took my finger off a few years back.
I am brave enough to load it again, (with gloves on).
That bottom ring flips the squirrels off when they jump on to get some food.
They have it all figured out now though,
they jump on the ring, the ring goes around with them on it
and tosses some of the sunflower seed
on the ground and they are happy campers!
See where they scratch away at the metal to get some seed?
In answer to the question
lots of acorns means what
An old tale has it that when you have a year with lots of acorns,
 you will also have lots of snow.
We have tons of acorns, last year not many.
So maybe the tale is just a tale!
mentioned to me this morning that one of our local weather men
is saying there is a "maybe" for snow on the 31st.
He is also hinting of a snowy November on the way.
Click on the Musings from Kim above and it will take you to her site.
She and her husband have a huge Halloween party each year.
It will be worth your visit just to see all their decorations
plus their soon to be twenty carved pumpkins!
One more thing,
I am taking a painting class tonight.
Maybe you'll see the results tomorrow.
Until next time,
Love, Lynne

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fence Find . . .

Pennsylvania Fence Line
I thought it was perfect for
Good Fences
Thanks Theresa
for bringing us this meme
'til next time
Love, Lynne