Summer to early Fall is when Dahlias are in full bloom. And right now, our greenhouse has eight pots of Dahlias that are either fully grown or just sprouting. By the end of summer, there will be a grand appearance of all of them in full bloom which I will get to enjoy after a hiatus of almost 2 years. The last time we grew Dahlias was before we moved at the end of December 2011 after losing our house. We had to either give them away or let our friends take care of them for us until we were able to have a place to grow them again… The ones we have now except one, were recently bought this year since Rob and I decided that the greenhouse had enough space for them. We missed growing them and now we are super happy that we can enjoy these beautiful flowers once again… It brings back so many memories of our old home and the garden that we used to have, but this time instead of feeling down about it, it gives me a renewed sense of joy and peace.
Seasons come and go, but the journey continues through each chapter of life, taking its course where we are destined to be… A few years ago, I never imagined that we would have a 2600 sq. ft. greenhouse in a beautiful location, where I could escape to every week and be surrounded by beauty all year round. When these Dahlias begin to fade late November, we still have our succulents, bamboo, palm trees, Japanese maples, and my hubby’s exotic jungle of carnivorous plants. Sometime this month we are also going to bring in a lemon tree and grow our own veggies, a long awaited project that I have wanted to do for a long time… It’s going to be fabulous, I cannot wait…
Do you want to see my Dahlias?
Hope you enjoyed these few pics… I will post more updates throughout the summer/fall as they begin to flourish.
Have a great weekend!
Last Sunday, I had a spontaneous visit to one of my favorite art supply stores — Blicks Arts Materials– in San Francisco.
And this is what I came out with….
*Caran D’ Ache Neocolor II artist crayons (water soluble) in Turquoise Green, Raspberry Red, Venetian Red, and Flesh
* Pentel Arts Oil Pastels (Set of 36)
*Bombay India Inks (White, Black, and Blue)
I was on a tight budget so there were a lot of things I wanted to get that didn’t make it into my bag this time, but next time I am definitely hoping to stock up on a several more colors of Golden Fluid Acrylics, Gel Medium because I’m running out, and Wood Panel Boards.
I’ve been playing with the india inks and because it is very fluid, I need to be extra careful not to get it on my clothes since it is waterproof and permanent once dry. The blue india ink is very pigmented, but transparent and can be diluted with water to give that watercolor affect. On the other hand, the white and black india inks are opaque, which I plan to use sparingly because a little does go a long way. The wonderful things about these bottles of india ink is that the lid includes an attached liquid dropper that allows you to control the amount of ink you want to use. Plus, I love just using it to add random ink blots and splatters on my art work.
I already have a set of Caran d’ Ache Neocolor II crayons, but there are so many colors at Blick’s that were not included, so I picked up these few colors to add to my collection. These crayons are versatile to use as is for drawing and shading, but when it is applied on a wet surface or applied with a wet brush, you can also get that painterly characteristic, just like watercolors.
I do have a set of Sakura Cray-Pas Expressionist brand oil pastels that I love, but for some reason I thought these Pentel Arts Oil Pastels were more soluble when wet, but after trying it out, they are not. I realized I got them mixed up with the Portfolio water soluble oil pastels. Oh well.. It doesn’t hurt to have more oil pastels, right?
Yesterday, I wasn’t able to post my Creative Muse Monday post because well… it was just one of those days that I let it slip. OOPS!!
We’re also planning to go out of town sometime this month or next, so I know I do need to finish up some blog material and have it ready before we leave.
Thank you for reading and stopping by! Hope you’re having a great summer so far!
I’m just now posting my ART JOURNAL MASH*UP for the month since yesterday was a holiday, Independence Day… My family and I enjoyed the firework show in San Francisco last night and didn’t come home until very late because of the traffic. However, I didn’t forget about this post and hopefully, you haven’t either!
I pulled these prompts for my 10-minute art journal exercise. Each prompt used was timed at 2 minutes each. In this post, I’m showing all my prompts first and then the photos of the final outcome last. I’m getting a feel of how I want to structure my posts so that it makes sense, but I still haven’t made up my mind on how I plan to do it just yet. So for today, here is my creative prompts in no particular order.
Here is my final page….
Voila! All in 10 minutes….
Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY ART SWAP
FINALLY finished my cards for the Happy Art Swap hosted by Sandra Kaye. I hope to send these out soon. It was really fun working on these!!! I look forward to creating some for the next round, but most of all, I look forward to receiving my surprise cards in the mail.:)
Again, for further details about this art trade, you can check out Sandra’s blog for more details…
Summertime… I think of long days, beaches, sunsets, BBQ’s, sleeping in, drinking lemonade, movie nights, road trips, watermelon, swimming, traveling, laughter, evening walks, boba teas, baseball games, game nights, and most of all, enjoying my family and my boys while they’re out for the summer!
Last weekend, we had some great sunny weather and took advantage of it by heading down to the beach, just a 5 minute walk away. I had my four nieces over and they have been asking to go to the beach for the longest time. So, my hubby and I decided to walk to the beach for a fun afternoon with the my boys and their cousins. We had to hike down to the beach since it was at the bottom of a cliff. This beach runs a several miles, but the beach that were at was in a more secluded area so there weren’t too many people except a few fisherman and locals walking their dogs. As soon as we got to the bottom, the kids were off to the shore to be chased by the waves. I get a little nervous because my sons can be a little too adventurous and like getting really close to the water. These waves can be a little sneaky and rough at times… Good thing, I had Rob to help me out.
At the end of the day, it was such a good feeling to see them have the best time running, laughing, making sand castles, and splashing around.
We all got down and dirty in the sand to make sandcastles….
All four of my sweet nieces…
Loved this shirt that my eldest niece, Akaela, was wearing..
This is one of my favorite pics that day… Ava, the youngest of the four, is only 2 years old and this was her first time at the beach. She was so overwhelmed with excitement. I know she may not remember this moment when she’s older, but to me this is a memory I will cherish forever.
All of us together. Love this one…
D + C <3 <3 <3
I’ve decided to do something different, something I’ve never done before, thanks to the talented and lovely artist — Sandra Kaye. I discovered her through Instagram with all her inspiring photos of her artwork and beautiful creations! And when she posted about doing a art trade with mixed media artwork, I was instantly curious because like I said, it’s something all new to me. I am excited to share my art with others and to receive art back from other artists from one of 17 states and 4 countries. It will be a surprise which makes it so exciting! Can’t wait to share my progress…
Its never too late to join in if you are interested! Head over to Sandie’s blog: http://sandrakayedesigns.blogspot.com for more details!
Haven’t really done much, but I got started on it the other day and this is what I’ve done so far!
Will be posting my finished work in the future… Have a great week!!!!!
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Hey, its another Creative Muse Monday post! I wanted to share one of the sources where I find creative inspiration!
As a little girl, I remember spending countless hours in my backyard, imagining it was my secret garden where hidden treasures lay underneath. I recall digging up dirt hoping to find rare, precious rocks and gems to add to my rock collection, only to find potatoes, pill bugs, worms, and other interesting bugs. I probably wanted to be an archeologist at the time because the idea of digging for fossils and mysterious objects was exciting to me. I also loved creating necklaces and rings out of tiny flowers and weeds, pretending I was a little princess. Sigh. Those childhood years were so innocent…
My mom was a gardener I believe. I remember hydrangeas, violets, and other flowers growing in raised brick beds. I’m sure she got that from her parents because my grandparents were farmers in the Philippines. I wish I learned at an early age how to plant and garden. If I did, I would probably be a green thumb just like my hubby and together we might even be living on a farm right now. Ha!
Anyways, I always find that flora and fauna has always been one of the things I delighted in since as long as I can remember. I became self-taught in creating bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements for special occasions for my own wedding and for friends and family. On my days off, I would go to the Flower Mart and pick out flowers to create an arrangement for my apartment, just to bring some life and color into my world. I absolutely loved it. At one point, I was determined to become a floral designer and almost convinced myself to move to Seattle and enroll in Floral Design School. But, I just couldn’t find the heart to leave my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time. So, that never happened. But, its okay because now I can enjoy botanicals in our own greenhouse and be surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers all the time. Plus, we are setting up space to grow our own fruits and veggies!
Below are a few photos of shots I took from our greenhouse and from one of my favorite nursery gardens, Flora Grubb Gardens.
Check it out!
Beautiful succulents at Flora Grubb Gardens <3
Close up detail of a Pinguicula Flower
Overhead view of our Pinguicula collection
Roses outside of our greenhou
More Succulent LOVE <3
One of our ‘LOLA’ succulents, an Echeveria hybrid.
Carnivorous plant (Sarracenia Rosea ‘Big Mama’) that belongs to one of my hubby’s collection of carnivores. For more info about these rare plants, visit my hubby’s blog at The Pitcher Plant Project!
Another Spiral Aloe
Clematis at Flora Grubb Gardens
Big violet Clematis at Flora Grubb Gardens
Succulents in our greenhouse
Dahlia in bloom at Flora Grubb Gardens
Yellow fields on our way to Half Moon Bay
A little peek inside our greenhouse