Monday, March 30, 2009

One-eyed root!!

I can't help it, I pick up pieces of old wood. I have stacks of old wood bits. The other day I was raking leaves and digging in the garden and this little beauty popped out. It had such a wonderful shape to it I decided to paint it. Of course it had to be bright colors, like a Mexican folk art piece.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dirt Dobbers

I recently posted this fabulous find of a nest on my Rowdy Grandma blog, I have not yet created anything with it.

Pipe organ mud dauber wasp nest....these were huge!!

I was reminded of a project I did a couple of years ago for Lisa at Ten Two Studios. This was a project whose theme was gardens.

There are tons of dirt dobbers at my house, they nest absolutely everywhere!!! Some of them are so cool....and they build their little dirt nests in the most bizarre places.

These little guys built a nest in my husband's golf bag!!....boy was he tee'd off.

Being the keeper that I am, (some would say pack rat), I have saved some of these little my garden art is a board book with treasured little dirt dobbers nests in them.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lump- in- neck gourd

Okay ..again with the gourds...cause it's gourd planting time here in Texas. I have a book about gourds and it is amazing how many there are. I did not grow this particular gourd....I bought a bunch of these at my local garden center a couple of years ago. They were about to throw them god!!!...I got tons of them for $5.00. I love it when I find a bargain! So I looked it up in the gourd book and it's a lump-in-neck gourd, not to be confused with the Indonesian bottle gourd......huh??

Day of the Dead gourd

First thing I will be doing is building a trellis. Gourd vines grow so incredibly fast....I mean it boggles my mind!!....and they climb this year I will give them plenty of space....they need to be off the ground.....while gourds are light when dry they can be quite heavy on the vine and have ended up on the ground before I knew it, and there ain't nothin' pretty about a smushed gourd!!