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I have been working to become a gardner since May of this year. If you saw (want to see look at post in May 2011) the beginning of this garden it was planted by seed except for several small starters. It has grown into become a “real” garden. We have sampled every thing so far but the watermelon, eggplant, bell peppers and sweetie cherry tomatoes. These have been slow to grow because of my insufficient watering and inadequate containers. Many books and online sources say that insufficient watering can cause all kinds of problems. I have also seen a variety of worms turn many leaves into lace and bugs of all sorts consuming all they can. Powdery mildew and black spot, which both are a fungus, have affected certain plants terribly. I have fertilized, sprayed, weeded, trimmed and watered and watered and watered. Even with all the challenges, my favorite thing is just sat in the middle of the garden and feel the quiet and powerful energy of living and growing plants. I have nurtured this space of energy, returning day after day to do what is the best for all the garden. I now realize how much there is to learn and am determined to take in as much information as I can to keep it on the right path.

 

My granddaughter and I have had a great time this summer planting, feeding and watering the garden . Watching these plants grow to maturation, then to harvest, and then to our dinner table, has been a wonderful experience and brought to me valuable lesson. Even though I come from farming and ranching families, it has been along time since I have experienced this process. It is so easy for us to just go the store pick up want we want from the produce area, not giving a thought about the process of commercial farming and the amount of resources it takes to bring us this convenience. Granted, from this first garden there has been a slim amount of produce, but it can only get better. Maybe next year or the next I might be able to produce enough vegetables for everyday.

 

Regardless of the bounty, It has given me such an appreciation of creation and shown me how I can take it for granted. This creative process have brought me new appreciation,joy and more peace. I love this new view of my world.

Mini birdhouses Ella and I painted.

The real bird feeders.

Sugar baby watermelon.

Yellow squash.

Green beans and oregano.

Green beefsteak tomate.

Indian mustard seed, thyme, chives and basil.

Sunflowers opening.

Heirloom tomatoes.

Peace gardenWide view of garden with bird feeders and houses.

 

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I was going to make this child’s chair for the show but my granddaughter asked if she could have it. Its been finished for a week and

she still hasn’t sat it, so maybe it will be in the show. The other piece is a tray, great find. The form is interesting but it was boring so

so I had to take it up a couple of notches. I enjoyed this piece more than the chairs, probably because I did some collage and I just

kept adding on layers. The paper inside is lokta paper and the paper on the outside is embossed paper. I thought if this embossed

paper was painted it would give a look of texture that was subtle but interesting.

 

It has pink rhinestones for chair plugs

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Tari Brand and I are having a show this fall to preview and offer for sale furniture and objects that have been redone or upcycled as the  term goes. This is my first finished piece. Although, I made a chair with a similar feeling for my granddaughter. I struggled with this piece because of the potentialness of some one else wanting it. I recognize the insecurity of product production and how I need to grow in this area. Now that is not in my face and I look at the photos I like it more and my irritation is subsiding. What a funny life this creative stuff presents.  I realized that continue to upholster I need to look at a pneumatic  staple gun.

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May 2011, has been great fun with planting my first garden. The inspiration came from an interesting book series “The Ringing Cedars” by Vladimir Megre and the thought of creating in spirit of peace and creating spaces of love, this is my first “Peace Garden” and my hope is that it will flourish an all levels. Raised bed and container configurations allowed for it come to a reality faster than digging up compacted clay dirt with a jack hammer. I planted squash, watermelon, cucumber, eggplant, bell pepper, beans, 3 types of tomatoes, chives, basil, sage, oregano, thyme and cat grass. I bought a few plants and the rest seeds, everything has sprouted up and seems doing well. Here are some before and after shots.

After planting and cleaning up the whole area.

I have brought to this area some others potted plants, a small table with two chairs and an umbrella. It creates a wonder serene spot. I go out there every morning to see what has happened over night. I am amazed and delighted every morning. I am also surprised at the joy this little garden has brought me.

Making peace with my world.

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Welcome to our collaborative, interactive blog! We will be introducing ourselves during this chapter in our lives as crazy, creative women who love to share.  The two of us have played many roles; employer and employee, psychiatrist and patient, mother and child, teacher and student, business partners, confidantes, confessors, artists and friends.  It’s not over. Far from it. We have endless energy and countless ideas to share, with each other and with you. You’ll be introduced to our families,  gardens, art projects, inspirations, diy videos and more. So welcome to Creative Obsessions!

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