Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunshine makes me happy......

Spring is popping up in every corner of my world.....happily!

 

From our backyard to a Camellia show and festival we visited....................

























Here are just a few of the amazing varieties I photographed in their judged flower show.



This is a flower I have never grown, they are beautiful but their fragile petals do not hold up well to Oregon's rainy spring weather, they turn brown and mushy soon after they bloom.  That doesn't keep me from admiring their beauty.


This is a collage, with stitching, that I completed this week.  Sometimes an idea comes to you and it goes together easily and you're happy with it when your finished......this was one of those rare experiences!

I finished off the cover for my nature journal, this week too, and have the book assembled.....I am thinking about adding four more pages.


I used a piece of linen towel that had been eco dyed for the cover then added a large black velvet medallion and a piece of embossed paper that was a part of an old manicure set, it would have held the nail files, tools, etc......I filled it with twigs.  I covered the back with a beautiful piece of eco dyed paper done by my friend, Jeanne.

Black book cloth covers the spine that I stitched with a five hole pamphlet stitch using gray waxed linen thread.



This is a brief glance at the inside of the journal.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

With spring and sunshine comes the dreaded.......weeds.  This time of year I think weed pulling is a relaxing activity, not so much in the summer when it is hot!  Guess I'd better put on my garden gloves and get to work.

Enjoy whatever signs of spring you are seeing pop up!

3 comments:

Terra said...

You created a gorgeous art journal, and spring is sprung here too. We have several tall camellias in our garden and you saw some lovelies in the show.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

The flowers are so beautiful. And; your nature journal is awesome. Brilliant cover and pages! Just fantastic! xo

Halle said...

Wow...I love what you've done with the journal!! Just gorgeous!