I'm excited because we finally have green grass and it feels maybe not quite like summer, but springish...and the kids are out of school so it is basically summer...even though we do still need to turn on the heat on some nights. But I was able to use the green as a background in a picture, and it looked so cheery! So then I went a little spring picture crazy. (keep reading-you'll see)
Apple blossoms on the crab apple tree!
Lilacs! My favorite flower!
We also have piles of dandelions. I love their bright yellowness!! I know, they are a weed-but they are so cheery looking. (Maybe it has just been winter here for too long!)
Even got our garden planted finally! Note the huge fence we had to add in order to keep a certain digging, jumping puppy out. In the past our basset was convinced that she couldn't jump the 1 foot border fence around the garden. So we were optimistic and tried the little fence with our lab...and she plowed right through it. She can't jump this one, just hoping she doesn't dig under it!
It's also Memorial Day weekend. My grandpas served in WWII and I have some cousins currently serving-so what they do and give and sacrifice has been on my mind alot. I am really in awe of the bravery and courage and dedication that all veterans and soldiers give/have given. Thank you to them.
I am going to talk a bunch about a dog now. A long eared, slow moving, and very sweet dog. Sorry if you came looking for glass stuff, but for just a bit I need to talk about dogs. It's been me and her (her and me? you know what I mean) for the past couple years now. Everyone goes to school or work, and Dinah and I would hang out here at home. She would sleep, I would go downstairs and solder, she would bark to go outside and sleep, I would cut some glass, she would bark to come inside and sleep...you get the idea.
Then last weekend came and she slowed down and couldn't walk, wouldn't eat, just lay looking sad. She was almost 13 years old, her body was just worn out, so we made the decision to let her rest. And now I miss her, even though a couple months ago we got a bouncy, black puppy, I still keep looking for Dinah.
So naturally I had to find some pics of her through the years-check out that adorable puppy! Ever since we got married, we wanted a dog, but lived in an apartment so we talked about the dog we would get. Even talked about the name we would give her (seriously-this was as bad as figuring out names for children!) Settled on Dinah because then we could sing the song- you know- "someone's in the kitchen with Dinah.." corny. So, finally, we were ready to go and got our puppy from a breeder and she sat on my lap and cried all the way to our house. Then that night there was a thunderstorm and I sat on the floor by her so she wouldn't be alone and scared. ( A bit of a full circle, as last Sunday night I sat on the floor by her bed at night so she wouldn't be alone.)
Then there is our full grown basset-who was the love of all our kids (sometimes too much-she learned quickly to have some alone time in our office if they got too crazy) A couple of them said Dinah as their first word, she would go for walks with us, camp with us, go through the piles of toys on the floor without chewing any of them, and play in the backyard for hours with the kids. She even escaped the backyard one time while they were at school and managed to make her way to the playground so she could visit them!
Then in the past few years she slowed down-alot. Still loved to go for walks, but it was down to the corner and back, rather than all around the neighborhood. Still incredibly stubborn, there were a few times that if she was tired on the walk she would just quit-totally-there was no moving her until she was ready to go again. Her idea of playing was curling up next to someone on the floor and being pet. And she was a very good present guard dog at Christmastime-the perfect place to sleep!
We miss her, it's hard, but we also had a great companion and friend for a long time. Thanks for reading- I just needed to talk about it a bit -she was a special one.
It has been a crazy spring here-after a long cold winter without much snow, we suddenly got blasted with an ice storm that knocked out the power and broke tons of tree limbs. Then we had warmth and sunshine and even a few little flowers finally poking through. Now today we woke up to snow-alot of snow! I love winter, but I want it to stay in it's season and not take over spring!
I have been trying to think toward summer and gardens, even with the cold and snow. I have made up a few little plant/garden related items with that in mind.
Air plants are so cool-they just sit there and look pretty, and all you have to do is spray them with water. The perfect low maintenance plant! I made a few little beveled holders for them in case there are others out there like me who love the air plants (or who kill every other kind of plant...)
I also made a few Meditation Gardens-mainly because I have always loved those little rakes that make the sand look so pretty and patterned. Yup, my method of creating right now is "I think this is fun, naturally others will too" ! Not sure if that is the best way to do it, but I had fun along the way!
I also did a little listening to feedback at my latest show, where everyone was wanting cross necklaces. So I just finished up a bunch of pendants-crosses, hearts and some butterflies. I used lots of springtime colors!
Next up, I really am going to work on some bigger pieces. I keep saying I want to and then I get sidetracked, but I really am focused this time...I think...
I'm an artist, mom, wife, cook, dreamer, and child of God. I love sunshine, snow, coffee in the mornings, cuddling with the kiddos, drawing, learning new things, and making anything with chocolate. For a little more in-depth on my stained glass background-check out my bio page. (there's even a pic over there!)