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You can find my new place at this link.  Come over and visit, new art and design ideas. Patterns, and classes.

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Still on the Studio

In my on going saga of studio moving and organizing I have been researching storage ideas aa well as lighting and actual work space placement/layout.  I tend to like a open, uncluttered looking space, but I work with many fabrics and other elements at the same time so the work area always seem so messy and cluttered, which I do not like.  These are the problems I hope to work out in the layout and I hope it will make it a better place to be and help with creative flow.

While searching for storage ideas I came across this site of beautiful photography by
Melba Levick.  There are about 120 photos and also a book that I am ordering.  It is so inspirational to see so many differents art and craft studios, from cool and comtemporary to small cottage gardens spaces

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This has the feeling I would like to have for my space.
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SA and the boys would love this place.

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Nature the Environment

I am talking about this today in hopes it will get others talking and doing things about it.  I have always tried to live this way, and to me it is hard to believe we still have to keep trying to convince others this is the right thing to do.  Growing up poor and in a very rural part of the country, this was the way we lived all the time.  It wasn’t because someone told us or it was a popular trend(we didn’t even know what that was). Taking care of the earth should be everyones’ joy. 
We grew some of our own food, and canned it for the winter and shared what was extra, that included taking care of the land, using everything and not wasting.  We could wild food that was available, berries, mushrooms. We saved rain water, put scraps of food-that didn’t go to feed the animals-around the plants, I guess that would be composting today.  
Everything was reused, clothing was worn by several members of the family and then use for quilting or other fabric projects. Old food jars were used as drinking cups, pencil holders, water collectors, etc. These are just a few examples.
I have gotten away from this somewhat, due to our location and access to things. We are coming back to the natural way for our family to live. Our food supply is not very healthy or accessible. We will be starting to grow our own organic produce again, and preserve it. I will continue my work in textiles that includes recycling old fabric items.
I hope the time is coming for more to realize that we need to for our children and grand children.

Natural Garden Ideas
Use old coffee grounds or tea bags for mulch, it is best for acid loving plants.
Add egg shells(calicum)for tomato end rot.
Plant marigolds around vegetables to help repel some insects and small animals (they have a bitter taste).
Since it is fall here, use all those leaves in the compost, instead of the landfill.

Green Ginkgo and Fabric

Finally back in town and a little caught up on “work.”  It has been very hot and the outdoors around here has all brown.  We finally had a few random thunderstorms and a little green has come back to the plant life.  My ginkgo tree has had some rough times this year, early warm up in the spring followed by a late hard frost left all the new growth, dead, then all this hot dry summer.  It is looking beautiful this week. I love all the variety of leaf shapes. I will miss it when we move.

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It was also an inspiration for my green inches swap hosted by Melissa.  Dear SA thought I was a little crazy when I showed him the tiny little pieces.  I love all the texture and it was just what I needed to help jump start the creative juices to continue on with the fall collections.
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Mood Board Garden Design

Here the some details from the garden design for the Beach House.
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Garden Design Mood Board

This is the new design for the Beach House front garden. I need to use bamboo for accents, like small fencing/boarders, or garden trellis, and small furniture. We have bamboo growing like crazy in the back of the house. I love ornamental grasses as well, these work well in part of the country. I always wanted palm trees, they do not grow here very well, but I have seen some small varieties around the big hotels, they do need to be wrapped in the winter. I always like a little color, so I will probably use some Hibiscus and Lillies for accent plantings. I also need to decide the type of material to cover the new parking areas.

I am again having trouble with the photo uploads-coming soon.

Garden Design

I need to plan a new garden/yard layout for the beach house. There is a tiny front yard and large back yard. Since the neighbors have a really messy front, we are going to use the front area mainly for parking. I want to design the area to look interesting with a planter type barrier to seperate the house and entrance from the parked vehicles (and the strange neighbors). I think this calls for a mood/design board. Look for one coming soon.