Jul 31, 2012

More Garden Art.....

Here are a few more ideas for a 
touch of art in the garden.....spiderwebs are a favorite of mine....


these would be nice with real crystals...


I have got to make this spiderweb...
I have probably posted this before.....


I am going to do this  Teepee next year only it will be a walk through...maybe some small benches inside...& lots of Morning Glories..


This Checkers Game on a stump is a neat idea..

This Tree Birdhouse is going 
to be one of my winter projects!!
I LOVE this!!

A Castle Birdhouse .....
or it could be a dollhouse!!

I like this idea of a gemstone in a stone wall..

Mosaic Garden Stepping Stone for a couple...


A penny ball will repel slugs & 
turn hydrangeas blue...
a great way to recycle pennies...

An archway leading into the Magic Forest...

Maybe you will find some 


Hope this inspires you to 
create something for your garden...

Jul 25, 2012

Meditations....

This has been a sad week...So I have postponed Wednesday Women for this week...The stories coming out of  Colorado have been so heart breaking.....
Many ones of heroism but yet still sad...

The same day I lost my Chicklet... 
I can't even write this without crying...
I know some will think I am crazy to be upset about a chicken...but they are special to me...Chicklet especially...she was my little lady...she followed me everywhere..."talking" to me....helping me with projects...weeding plants... posing for pictures...

We think a coy dog may have gotten her when she wandered out near the woods...Such is the dangers of letting them free range...I will miss her terribly...

 So I have spent alot of time
in the garden....working on the plants...
building the raised gardens...Being close to nature..

 Watching the frogs in the pond...

 Watching the dragonflies play....

 They seem to like the Buddha...


 They even decided to spend some time with me...

 Even my little Molly seemed to sense 
the sadness around ...


I told my kids I loved them very much...I do everytime I see or talk to them...
but I made a special point of it that day...
They are my heart...

I cannot fathom what the parents of the shooting victims are going through...their loss....so immense...so violent...so senseless...
My thoughts & prayers go out to them all...


Jul 22, 2012

Queen Anne's Lace












Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has washed her lace
(She chose a summer's day)
And hung it in a grassy place
To whiten, if it may.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has left it there,
And slept the dewy night;
Then waked, to find the sunshine fair,
And all the meadows white.
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, is dead and gone
(She died a summer's day),
But left her lace to whiten in
Each weed-entangled way!





Jul 20, 2012

DIY Friday- Picture A Scorpio

I just wanted to express my heartache at the shooting in Colorado last night at the premiere of the "Dark Knight Rises"..... A night that has been anticipated by so many young fans should not have ended on such a tragic note...
My heartfelt thoughts & prayers go out to the victims & their families...

 This week project is one that is a very simple recipe...

One ornate frame that I bought many years ago at Pier One Imports...It was originally a mirror.... 

A vintage 70's Scorpio plaque I bought from my friend Babylon Sisters at her Esty store...she has some great things so check it out...I attached it in a way that I could remove it if I wanted to change it around... I also did a coat of beeswax to preserve it...


 A thin sheet of wood for backing covered with scrapbook paper that looked like old print...add some spiraled fence wire that was from my In-Law's garden along with a sprinkling of beads... 


Mix well and display!!
Have a peaceful weekend!

Jul 18, 2012

Wednesday Women- Gertrude Simmons Bonnin


She was also known as Zitkala Sa ( Red Bird) A Native American political activist, author, editor, teacher, musician... Born in February 22, 1876 on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. she was born to a Sioux mother & European American father who abandoned them while she was very young. She went to a Quaker school, the White's Manual Labor Institute in Wabash, Indiana, after living a carefree life on the reservation...It was the experiences here of having her Indian identity stripped that she wrote about...She was dismissed in 1901 from Harper's monthly for writing an article about this forced assimilation....

She only continued at the school to further her education studying the piano & violin..In 1902, she married a mixed race Nakota man Captian Raymond Bonnin. A union which produced their only child, a son, Ohiya, born in 1903...

She attended Earlham College after recieving a scholarship in 1895. While there she translated Native American legends into Latin then English for children to read. Unfortunately she had to leave college in 1897 due to ill health...
She played violin with the New England conservatory of Music in Boston from 1897 to 1899...
She taught music to children at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1899 where she began her political activism...


She also began writing her articles for the Atlantic Monthly as well as Harper's monthly which she used as a voice for her activism writing about the plight of the Indian..

The Atlantic Monthly in 1900 published serialized stories of hers of the Indian experience such as Impressions of an Indian Childhood, The School Days of an Indian Girl, and An Indian Teacher Among Indians 
She wrote the first Native American opera...It was co-composed with William F Hanson called  The Sun Dance...based on Ute and Sioux themes, which premiered in 1913

She was also an active member of the Society of American Indians, which published American Indian Magazine, of which she was editor & contributor from 1918 -1919. It was here she wrote more explicitly about the corruption & injustice towards the Native Americans, as well as avocating & perserving their traditons..


Her activism led to the founding of the  National Council of American Indians in 1926 which lobbied on their behalf ...She was president until her death in 1938 at the age of 61. She is buried in Arlington Cemetery next to her husband..


In her autobiography, The Flight of Red Bird, she stated:
“Perhaps my Indian nature is the moaning wind which stirs them [schoolteachers] now for their present record. But, however tempestuous this is within me, it comes out as the low voice of a curiously colored seashell, which is only for those ears that are bent with compassion to hear it."



Both videos are well worth watching...
Just remember to turn off my player
 on the sidebar...


Links:



More articles at this link....

I hope you enjoyed this story of this amazing woman & the bravery she displayed in a time when speaking out as a woman much less a Native American woman was, in my opinion, dangerous... I found her photographs  to show such sadness yet a strong determination in her character...I encourage you to read more about her & give her your ear of compassion....

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