I can now imagine what it is like to be a fledgling. I’ve gone to the edge of the nest many times. I’ve stood there and flapped my glorious wings. I’ve hovered just a bit. But now it’s time to leap off the side. My heart is beating furiously with a sense of both dread and adventure. I can hardly wait to begin my journey, but I’m so afraid. What if I’m just not interesting enough? What if no one cares about all the things that are dear to my heart?
I’m taking a course by Kelly Rae Roberts, “Flying Lessons.” And this is where I start. So do I close my eyes and jump, or leave them open so I don’t miss a second of the adventure? I think I’ll leave them open. Join me?
My garden is the place where I’ve spent most of my creative time recently, so I suppose that is as good a place as any to start. My “garden philosophy” is the same as in most areas of my life…nothing formal, lots of “tattered ‘n worn” stuff amidst flowers and plants that look more like they fell randomly into place rather than a “planned” presentation. When the birds scatter seeds and I suddenly find a foxglove or hollyhock in a place where I didn’t plant it, I find it exciting rather than annoying! If the balance is off, I move a few treasures or trinkets around to make it work, moving the plant only if there is no other choice. I like lots of “stuff” mixed in, tucked into the nooks and crannies or even taking center stage. The goal is to have my visitors find surprises everywhere they look.
This bunny family is one of my favorite treasures.The mama has lost her ear and had it glued back on more times than I care to remember, but her shabbiness is a testament to how much she is loved (ala Velveteen Rabbit, I think!)
The agapanthus is trying to push her out, and I may have to scoot her over a bit next year, but for now I love having her and her babies nestled into the plants.
I have loved the “Fairie Glen” figurines for ages, but never thought of putting them out into the garden until this year. No garden is complete without fairies inhabiting it. I haven’t figured out what I’ll do when the colors get faded by the sun (just repaint, or touch them up, huh?) But for now, I’m not worried about it. They are relatively inexpensive, so I’m okay with experimenting. Notice the pounded silver spoon that says “fairy garden?” That was one of my finds at an antique show a few months ago. Their selection of words was really small, and they didn’t accept custom orders, so as I do when I’m thwarted, I got on the internet and looked for a tutorial, went out and bought my supplies, and now I’m making my own!
I found this ratty old tool chest at my local antique mall, drilled holes in the bottom of it, planted herbs, and made a marker out of old silver spoons for each of the herbs.
Aren’t they just the cutest things?
I heard an awesome saying…”Anything worth doing is worth over-doing” and I feel a major “over-do” coming on! I’m afraid that before long I’ll have markers for every plant in the garden!
I have lots more to show you, but I suspect this is enough for a first visit.
Your comments and suggestions are welcome, and I hope you’ll stop by often to see how I’m progressing in my efforts to live a creative life!