New mini-artworks by Maureen Shaughnessy of Brown Bird Studio … on sale now. These small artworks are created with ink on glazed ceramic tiles, and are suitable for framing, or displaying on a shelf. Take a look at the colorful abstract designs, evocative of tropical reefs, undersea scenes and vivid flower gardens.
Hollyhock Dolls: a throwback to simpler times
I can’t remember if my grandmother or my mom taught me to make these hollyhock dolls, or maybe just told me about them. Anyway, I didn’t need to look up how to make them. I remembered they were made the hollyhock blossoms, a needle and thread. Some folks make them with toothpicks or stiff pine needles. For an old-fashioned nature craft on a relaxed summer day, this is the perfect way to have fun with your kids while making and reliving memories. They’re so easy!
Kid’s Art: Flower Monograms
Just a fun little thing to do on a summer day … wander around the garden and find bits and pieces of flowers, grasses, and shrubs to make letter shapes. We made monograms for the girls and photographed them. I’d like to make a whole alphabet this way.
July Garden Variations and Color Combinations
Midsummer is a glorious time for a garden. Our garden is filled with little vignettes of beautiful colors, textures and shapes. The bees are hard at work collecting nectar from the many insect-friendly flowers. After our rainy June, this month is hot and sunny, just right for sensual flowering — and nectar gathering among the colors.