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This is me leaping!

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!

About tatterednworn

I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

28 responses »

  1. Hi Janet!
    I “flew” over to take a peek after you posted on the class FB page, wonderful stuff! You did a great job! Your garden looks lovely, will you come work on mine? Am bookmarking you to see where we all get by the end of the class..

  2. I too am a fledgling at this blogging. Thank you for sharing this inspiring walk through your lovely garden. What I beautiful environment to let your creativity flourish! you have insprired me to take more leaps at tending and weeding our website which has set without attention for months. Thank you for your motivating stroll (pictures and narrative). Keep up the good journey. Enjoy! I also love gardening.

  3. Wow! It looks great…with pics and all!

  4. You’re a great writer, Janet! Congratulations on your new blog – your baby 🙂

    • Thank you Angela! I’ve actually been blogging on a political site for a couple of years now, which has helped to hone my writing skills. I wasn’t sure whether my writing style would make the translation into “creative” blogging. Thank you for giving me hope that it might!

  5. Great job! Beautiful writing. I, too, am going to follow your progress. Happy flying.

  6. Hi Janet
    I took a stroll thru your blog as well as your garden. Your blog offered a good story telling technique. Something I long to have. I seem to be a “get to the point kind of gal”. You already possess what I long for. You’re off to a terrific start, just keep flapping your wings! Can’t wait to see me of what you have to offer.

  7. Lovely writing. The pictures are wonderful. Priceless. I predict you will be a success. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deborah, thank you! How sweet of you to say! I have only just begun photographing my work, and my garden…experimenting with lighting and learning when are the best times of day to be shooting pictures. I have definitely come to the conclusion that if you are creative in one area, you will be creative in many, it’s just about learning the new medium. I hope you are a good predictor! Hahaha!

  8. Hi Janet – just flying in to say hello and give you a big thumbs up on your first post. Beautiful garden and photos. Looking forward to seeing more. Hugs, Kim

  9. This is a wonderful post – I love your “voice”, pictures and your “spoon” markers!

  10. Wonderful start Janet! Welcome to blog land.

  11. Thoroughly enjoyed walking through your garden with you, a lovely way to start my day :). Keep flying and enjoy the flight along the way! xx

  12. Mom I love it! I’m so proud of you.

  13. Karrie Ann Snure

    I love “tattered ‘n worn”! As soon as you started to describe your garden I found myself wandering through your store “My Favorite Things”… You always had little delightful suprises peeking through every turn, angle and shelf… Im excited about your new adventures… And the pictures you have added are absolutely priceless! And they are so sharp and composed wonderfully! Congratulations Janet, cant wait to see and hear more… K

    • Oh, man, Karrie Ann! Thank you so much. You are such a wonderful photographer, so coming from you, that is high praise. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about MFT. I know I can never go back, but I feel like there is just so much unfinished business, there. Never quite accomplished my goals, and never quite got it to be what I knew it was capable of being. I don’t know if what is going on inside me now is the restlessness left over from that, or a new calling. I just know there’s something calling me, and I need to see what it is. Thank you for your support!

  14. Oh your garden is special. You must get good rain where you are for all those lovely flowers. Great idea to use the spoons as tags for the burbs did you make them ?
    Regards Helen.

    • Thank you, Helen. Actually I live in the Sacramento Valley in CA, and have to do a lot of irrigation. Fortunately, hand watering is one of my favorite things to do! Yes, I made them! They were a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to doing many more! I’m glad you like them!


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