Hollyhocks Coloring Page – Free!


DSC_4942I love hollyhocks!  I’ve been trying to get some established for 8 years now – finally, this year, I may have found a spot where they will be happy!  I’m so excited to see them growing and hopeful that they will do well!  To share my happiness with you, I made a little coloring page of hollyhocks ; )

Download your FREE coloring page HERE!





Bellflower Painting Video


I tried making a little video of painting my bell flowers:


These bell flowers volunteered in my shade garden and have naturalized all over the bed – I love their color and shape!!  I don’t know where they could have come from…I don’t know what kind they are.



Two Desk Life


I have two desks now…my evening/night time (pictured above) that I have had in the corner of my bedroom.  It’s a great space and perfect for at the end of the day – after everyone else has gone to bed.  Then, I made a daytime desk for the dining room downstairs (pictured below) that will be closer to everyone and everything going on during the day.


The fact is, I rarely have spare time during the day to hide away in my room and paint…there’s moments here and there that I might take to sketch an idea or work on a painting in progress, so I needed a little, centrally located space – so I came up with this homemade “shelf-desk”.


My desk/studio upstairs has the storage space for all my art supplies and journals/paper, etc.  It’s where I do most of my painting – I can take more time for it in the evenings after everything else is done for the day.  Then, my daytime desk downstairs is for those times between cooking, cleaning, laundry, and gardening.  It has great light and it’s near to everything else I’m doing!





I’m trying out this little desk – unobtrusively tucked into the dining room!  We have a big dining room table and we entertain a lot of family and friends, so I needed something simple and compact.  I made this little “shelf-desk” out of plywood and 1×4″ boards.  It just sits on top of an existing table I’d had my plants on this past winter.  I still have my desk, HERE, that I love and use mostly in the evenings – but I wanted to utilize this beautiful light that comes in the window!  And, it’s nice to be close to everything happening at home during the day ; )

So, I have a daytime desk tucked into life downstairs…on a trial basis – oh, but I love that light!


Shirley Poppies


A few poppies in shades of pink – The ‘Shirley Poppy’ encompasses a cluster of selected strains of a specific poppy – Papaver rhoeas. It’s name comes from the village of Shirley, England, where the first strain was discovered in the late 1800’s.  They are selected for the pastel hues not normally present in the natural red native flowers.


July Calendar

I’m sorry I posted this a little late this time!

My favorite month of my favorite season is here!  I love summer and I love this month in the middle – plenty of days to enjoy the sunshine and take it a little easier – there are butterflies and honey bees all over the garden, day trips to the beach, yardsaling with friends, picnics, biking/walks in the park, and family vacations!


I hope you have a chance to enjoy the month as much as I do!  Here’s your free calendar for the month.  You can download the calendar for: desktop, ipad, or iphone – enjoy!