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Summer Garden Painted Tiles

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.

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Good Art Fosters Good Connections

The ideal is to foster not isolation, but connectedness. Art of any kind must affirm human values. — Brett Busang

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A Gift for You – a Calendar for March

These monthly calendars are a gift from me to remind you of your heart’s connection to the Earth. They’re free, downloadable for your desktop or your (actual) wall. I post these calendars the first day or two of each month. Please download them for your personal use — you can print the calendar if you prefer, or make it your computer wallpaper. There is also one for iphones. Please tell your friends these are available. Thank you! May you always feel loved. <3

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Broadway Bungalow Plum Jam

In spite of thoroughly mangling a perfectly good plum jam recipe, I stumbled on the best plum jam ever! So I’m giving you the recipe exactly as I made it. Mangled. Feel free not to follow the recipe — except oh, pleeease do not skip the brandy, cinnamon and vanilla. And if it turns out too runny to be jam — pour it on your pancakes and call it syrup. Yummo!

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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!

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Street Musicians and Other Farmers Market Characters

The Helena Farmers Market is a hoppin’ place in August when the harvest is rich and our days are warm. People bring their shopping bags and market baskets, their strollers and dogs, and their dollar bills to give to our entertaining street musicians. Today we also celebrate the Lake Helena Watershed Festival at Women’s Park adjacent to the Farmers Market. Enjoy the gallery of photos.

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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.

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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.