Thursday, April 30, 2015

Plants for Years

A hardy plant. Don't need a lot
love caring for.
Plant and throw a little water on now
and again and it grows....
and spreads.
Hence the reason I now have some in the front also.
Not to mention what I have given away!
I got this plant from a woman that used to watch
my children. Granny Pat started keeping my son
when he was 17 months old.....he will soon
be 28. I have had this plant about 25 or 26 yrs now.
I dug it up and brought it with me when I moved to the
house I live in now.
Got this from a sweet woman I worked with
in the Pre Press section of the Printing
Division for the State of TN.
Going to my a guess on this one...
I have had it about 20 yrs now.

Got two of these from my supervisior
when I worked in Printing in
She dug them up and brought them in, by the
time I got them home the leaves looked like
lettuce that someone poured bacon grease on.
Was not sure they would make it....but they did.
Started with two, one each side of the Crepe Myrtle,
I now have five of them and I have even dug
some up and given them away.
Thanks Tennia, I have enjoyed
these plants for yrs.
Now....let me see, how many years?
About 17 years.

All the above blooms are from the same two bushes.
This last bloom is from a bush I purchased later at
Kids on the Block fund raiser.
(puppets that teach kids about life)
I purchased that about 6 years ago.

Wow, this stuff GROWS and SPREADS.
Rub a leave between your fingers and it smells
like Lemon Pledge.
You can cook with it yet I never have.
I got this from Debbie Brewer...
wow, probably right around
20 years ago.

Also from Debbie Brewer
Got this about 25 or 26 years ago.
I also had this planted at my other place
and brought it with me when I moved.
In the late summer to early fall this
will bloom a pinky purple color about
2 weeks before our first cold snap.
A couple of years ago I bought a rusty red
version of this. Hoping it will bloom this yr.

Debbie Brewer....again! LOL..
she always had one of everything!
This lines one side of my drive.
Got probably 20 to 22 yrs ago.

Cool story behind this bush.
I only planted it 2 summers ago.
Had another one but the guy mowing cut
it down....oops!
Anyway, I got the sprout from some coming
up at my mom's house. She has several.
Her original sprout came from a bush
my grandfather had in his yard in Gerorgia.
Not sure when mom started the first bush but
my grandfather has been gone a long time.
I want to say I was in the 10th grade when we lost him....
and I am now.....oh never mind that! wrong, just checked with my mom and
we lost granddaddy in 1973.
Anyway....I love having this growing next
to my front porch and knowing just where this started.

Next and last...
This first pic was taken from my 2nd
story window.....give you an idea of the height
of it. I got this bush and another one from
a lady I worked with in Printing. I gave one
to my neighbor. Mine is pink and her's is
purple. Michelle gave me this bush, just a
small sprout the year before the terrible
tornados hit downtown Nashville in
1998. I would have given it back to her
since she lost a lot of her bushes that day but
it had already grown so much and it would have
been hard to move.
So I have had this baby since 97, 18 years...
and it has grown!!

Thanks for stopping in,

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The New Flower Bed

Been working on this bed for a couple
of weeks. I would do a little and then
stop....a little more and stop....
and so on and so on.

Still not finished but I am 
just about there.

I had a flower bed here years ago but
the border was landscaping timber that
broke down over the years and drew
termites. They had to go.

The borders here are made of different things.
I have rocks, and a bunch of different borders.
I like the difference.

This end needs to be finished up.
There is a small bush on the very end, that
is my red Crepe Myrtle. I bought it 2 yrs ago.
I have rocks around the base of it, from
there it will be dirt moving into the bed.

If you look closely you will see river rock 
between the border and the dirt in the back.
Rain pours right off the roof and leaves
a line in the dirt. The rocks are there to prevent
that. Sort of like a dry river bed.

Picked this cute stepping stone up at
Dollar General store.

Love the pop of red that this provides.
My youngest brother made this birdhouse
a few years ago. It sat out at mom's in the
weather for years till I took it home....
and DROPPED it,
breaking both sides of the roof.
E6000 glue did a great job
putting it back together.
Then came the red paint, the
flowers and the perch.

The bluebird came from the 
Dollar General store for $1.

The table that the birdhouse sits
on I made from a piece of tile
I had on hand and an iron
plant stand that was given to

That is ME!

I picked up this baby bed spring a couple
years ago for $5 at the antique store.
Wanted a trellis and thought it
would work great. 

Now all I need to get is a plant to
climb up it.

Another $1 bird.

Picked up this metal piece at 
Goodwill for 99 cents.
Put a solar light in there and
hung it on my hook. 

Also got this cage at Goodwill for 
$2.99 a couple years ago.
When my ivy fills out it looks
really nice hanging there.

New plant. This was given to me
late last yr by a friend. It
took off this year and actually bloomed.

The small birdbath I made.
A lamp base that I painted brown and
a globe I picked up at Goodwill.

More to come later as the garden and 
the plants around the yard grow.

Thanks for stopping in,

Potting Station -Project to Come

At my age
phyiscal health
in general doing
some of the things I used to
do and loved to do are no
Something as simple as
potting plants in pots can
be hard on me these days
so I have decided I need a
potting station.
I want one that hangs, I really
hate putting a lot of wood
in my yard sitting on the ground
for fear of drawing
keeps me going, and if I
need to locate a design for something
I can usually find it there...
I really liked this one.
Sturdy looking.
Pretty much already built.
This I saw this one..
I like that it has the shelves.

But I think this is the one I am going with.
Not a long as the one above, looks
sturdy and has shelves! Going to make
and mount to the back part of the shed.
Easy to pot standing up and yet the
station will be out of the way.
Thanks for stopping in,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Paintings of the Past

In yesterday's post I stated that
I did not learn to paint
or learn that I could paint until
I was 42 years old.
Just goes to show that you can
teach an old dog new tricks!
Actually painting is not learned
you have to have it in you to do
before you can learn to paint.
This painting was my very first
I gave it to my mom since she
is the one that "PUSHED"
me into taking a paint class.
Hard to tell in this pic but
you can see the wood grain in the
wooden fence and there is rust
on the bucket that is hanging
from a barbwire fence.
The sky consist of not just
white clouds, there is purple,
yellow and gray in them.
My 2nd oil painting.
Yep, after I started I realized that I might
have bitten off more than I needed
to for this to be my 2nd painting.
That rose bush was not easy....
My son, then 15 years old thought
this was the coolest painting.
I was recently going to put her
up for sale but I asked Cory first and
he let me know, even though she is not
his style. He wanted the painting.
She is still at my home but she is
for Cory to take whenever.
There is a veil over the lady's face.
I usually did not require help from my
teacher on paintings but I have to admit
that my teach painted the veil.

Not sure where this came in
on the count of what was painted where but
this was painted for my 1st grandsons room.
Picked up this cool shaped piece of
wood at a yard sale once.
So....I painted on it.
Thinking my donut turned out
yummy looking!

I spent a lot of time painting for gifts.
This hangs in my mom's kitchen.

And this hangs in her bedroom.

and yet another that hangs in
her den.

I painted this one from a picture that
a friend took in East Tn.

One of my all time favs!
Painted this to hang in my living room....
only to sell it once it was done.
Price was offered...I took it.
Although I do have a print of this
hanging in my living room.

Sold this one also.

Loved this adorable.
Sold it also.

As well as this one.

Gift to my friend Theresa.

This was painted for my daughter.

Grand Teton Mts
Painted for my younger brother.

Yet another one that my teacher has
some strokes in. The reflection
in the water is partly her work.
This hangs in my bath room.

My older brother has this piece.

My sis in law has this hanging in her

Sold this one.

Yes, another one my mom has.
Years ago in high school with acrylic
paints I painted a scene like this, the
same bridge for my mom. The bridge
is in her hometown. That painting
hung for over 20 yrs in her dining room
and was only replaced when I gave mom
my first oil (the first painting in the blog).
But I so wanted to replace the painting
with another of the bridge. This is it.

A gift.

A gift.

A cover to a CD I painted.

Painted this from a pic my brother took.
The pic and the painting used to hang
together in his house.

Painted for my niece Holly.
She loves WICKED.

My grandson's have the next
two paintings hanging in their room.

The beach....

On a cabinet door.

Another fav of mine. Sis in law
bought this to give to her mom.

Still have this one.

This is a pic I took when Caleb, now
14 was sitting at my work desk.

This is the painting from that pic.

One and only painting I have done of someone...
Thanks for stopping in,