Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guess What? He Likes It

Remember the star box? The one my husband didn't want the flowers on.

Well, I did it. I put the Yellow Rose of Texas and a few Indian Blankets on it.
I didn't put the flowers in the center like I thought I might. I have a bit of trouble with symmetrical things except in certain situations. What those situations are I don't know until I get there. This wasn't one of them.

I used the same procedure on this rose as the ones shown earlier with 2 exceptions. I used some 20lb 100% cotton paper that I found at Office Depot for the rose. I also created the starting center from a cotton face cleaning pad, not cotton ball, and some glue instead of clay. It was raining cats and dogs and I did not want to go outside to my studio to get the centers. Improvise!!

Guess what? He likes it.


Monday, May 09, 2011

Straddling the Fence

This is one of our cats. She became a member of our family like all of our other cats, with the exception of two. She was dropped off and wandered up to our house. She was very friendly and would jump up and touch your hand to get you to pet her. She had to have been around people for some time, unlike some of the feral or semi-feral ones that have ventured onto our property. She is the second smallest full grown cat I have ever seen.

She is sitting on the fence between our wildlife park and the yard. Does she want to delve into the jungle of wildflowers, tall grass and trees, or chase bugs on the freshly mowed lawn?

Her name? My oldest Granddaughter named her Dark Shadow. I told her she is more medium value than dark. So, someone stuck that to her name. Medium Value Dark Shadow. One of my students says she is precious. So, she stuck that to her name. Precious Medium Value Dark Shadow. What a big name for such a small cat. We call her Shadow.


Saturday, May 07, 2011

The Wildlife Park is Open

My husband finally got to mow the trail through my wildlife park. I know that sounds odd, but we do have 2+ acres designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. It is small, but it benefits the animals, insects, flowers, and humans. We have a fence separating it from our yard with an opening at the beginning and ending of the trail. Other than the narrow path that my husband mows through it, we don't have to do anything to maintain it. That's the part he likes best.

He built a couple of benches along the path so we can sit and watch whatever wildlife happens to be active at the time. The dogs, the cats, the grandkids, their friends....we all enjoy it.

The photo opportunities are great, but vary from year-to-year and season-to-season. That's the part I like best.
This is a Texas Thistle with 2 of my favorite bugs.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Ride 'em Cowboy

Spring is often very windy here. This cutie was holding on to the Bluebonnet leaf for dear life. I had to lie down in the grass and wait for a lull in the wind to get this shot.