{June Journal Pages}

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Hello Friends! I have had some time to do art and focus on it this past week. These journal pages are part of a large chipboard journal I have been working on since January 2014. The longest art project EVER for me. The majority of why it has not been finished is using my right hand again. But, when I am able to create it makes me very happy! Once the entire journal is finished I will share it all with you.

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My daughter bought me the most wonderful novel last week and I finished it. It was supposed to be part of my therapy in reading comprehension/concentration. I could NOT put it down. I strongly recommend “At The Water’s Edge” by Sarah Gruen. The plot is set in Scotland during World War II. I loved it!

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Me and “Grump’s” are getting our summer on. The horrible heat has not hit Michigan yet, so far it has been very enjoyable.
I hope you are enjoying summer “where ever” you are! <3

{June Revisited}

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Hello My Fine Feathered Friends! :-)

I am revisiting some of my old art archives to share. I cannot say that I have done much of anything art wise lately. I have many little projects, scattered about and I am still trying to finish them up. I hope you are enjoying summer days!

{Little Purple Houses}

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I have always loved the color purple. My phone is purple, my birthstone, my winter coat. I could go on and on about what I own that is purple. When I saw this little house it spoke to me, because not only was it purple but it was tiny.

For about a year now, I have been intrigued with tiny houses. The kind that are under 600 feet. What amazes me most about tiny homes is how the owners use every inch of storage, and live simply. No clutter, only the essentials. While I am a collector and have oodles of stuff, this does appeal to me. To live more simply, very little debt, and be able to clean the house with ease (especially since the stroke because I struggle even with the vacuum!)

 

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In this little yard, I could have lots of little small houses for my fine feathered friends!

And grow lots of purple things…

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On the inside fill it with pretty things…

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Now I need to find the perfect location, a builder and money! :-) Thanks for sharing my little purple house dream with me today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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{Stone Cairns}

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Cairn is a man-made pile of stones. Once considered an ancient art form, stone cairns were often constructed by balancing large rocks or stones on top of smaller ones. No mortar is ever used in making a stone cairn, which is what makes this feat so amazing.

Last summer I had my first encounter with stone stacking and cairns was when I went up north to Traverse City with my girlfriend. A woman that lived behind the Bed and Breakfast we were staying at had the most wonderful “caged” rocks displayed. After speaking with this homeowner, we discovered each cage was filled with “Petoskey” stones which can only be found in Northern Michigan (and fetch a pretty penny when polished to tourists).

My girlfriend and I saw the rock stacks along Old Mission Point (Lake Michigan) as well, and I started reading up on it. I thought is was so peaceful and a really clever thing to do. Since that trip (and the stroke happening a mere 5 days later) I have wanted to create something like this in my own yard. Although, I cannot lift them like I could before – I have a vision and began collecting photos on Pinterest and the web. I thought you might be interested in seeing them as well.

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One of my goals this summer is to somehow incorporate this into my garden areas. I have a two spots that need work – they are ugly ugly ugly. One is along the wood line, and my cat who I lost last June is buried there. I have wanted to make a nice little spot for him since his passing. For Mother’s Day, my daughter and her boyfriend gave me a “Bleeding Heart” which I think needs to be planted where my Baxter was laid to rest. Maybe some hostas as well.

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The other is a corner under my bedroom window which has been a mess for years. At least the stone came with the house, but killing all the weeds and keeping them away will be another thing. So these will be my summer projects. I say this because I need my daughter’s help planting anything. Hopefully, before September I will tackle this and show you a wonderful transformation.

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Here is to BIG gardening dreams on a very limited budget! :-)