Flower Pressing

During the lockdown and stay-at-home orders, a lot of us suddenly found ourselves with a lot more time at home. A forced slow down. When it comes to art in our lives, we particularly enjoy art that we made ourselves or that was made by a local artist or a friend. We have a couple of lovely small canvases from friends. We have a large digital collection of nature photos and landscapes from our travels and day-to-day life. This spring, we tried pressing flowers, a catmint (catnip) flower and an iris, with mixed results. Pick flowers Allow the flowers to … Continue reading Flower Pressing

Hazelnut Delight

One of the few nuts that grows here naturally, is enjoyed by our family, and forms shrubs rather than a single, tall tree: hazelnuts. Also known by the less catchy “filbert,” the hazelnut bushes will form thickets if allowed. They thrive in the saturated ground here. I planted some rather spindly specimens last year. They never really grew, and presumably spent last summer putting down roots. Then the winter killed them. Then—quelle surprise—in late spring they put out some blooms, and now have fully leafed out! Not dead after all. The songbirds seem to like them, too. For the gardener … Continue reading Hazelnut Delight

Paint the Laundry Room

It’s amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make. I wish I had taken more before pictures of our home, in general. It started out pretty rough. Suffice to say, the laundry room started out as a deep pink or mauve color. I didn’t hate the color but it definitely was overpowering. Then last summer the AC broke resulting in a flood of water that took out a section of the ceiling which then had to be replaced. The ceiling had been painted gray and I knew matching the faded gray exactly would be almost impossible. Almost … Continue reading Paint the Laundry Room

How to Start a Project

Define Your Goal Think about what you want to accomplish. For some people, it helps to write down a few words or even make a Pinterest board to gather inspiration. Narrow your goal down to a short phrase, not more than 3-4 words. Write Your List Write down the specific tasks that need to be accomplished to reach your goal. Keep it simple. Break each task down into steps that are small enough to be attainable. You may realize that you aren’t sure of all the steps. This is the time to do some research! Plan Your Time It is … Continue reading How to Start a Project