Amaryllis Year Two Growth

March 6th, 2022

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Amaryllis New Growth

I moved the plant to a warmer and brighter location.

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Amaryllis New Growth

Fungi

Fungi growth at base of bulb.

Fungi

Fungi

Fungi Removed

Fungi Removed

Amaryllis Seedlings
The seed was harvested from the plant last year.

Amaryllis Seedlings


A Gnawing Ache

March 4th, 2022

I am in the process of completing all of the pieces that are in progress. A Gnawing Ache is a piece that I started in 2018 when I was dealing with grief.
Gnawing Ache Sketch

I aged the razor blades, hardware cloth, and pins with a patina.

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

It occurred to be after I used patina on the pins that they would be stronger if I hadn’t covered the entire pin. The patina made the metal a bit fragile.

Code Used
Gnawing Ache Code
One horizontal square for dots; two vertical squares for a dash.

Materials
Cotton, Hardware Cloth, Razor Blades, Pins, Patina, Wood (from an old swing), Cork, Stain, PVA, Sealant


Never Underestimate the Petty Vindictiveness of Those in Power

March 4th, 2022

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The spikes were aged with a patina.

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The pieces received an application of clear shellac with a solution of cloves in denatured alcohol.

Panel 1
The code at the top of the first panel has the–Take Notice.
Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Petty Vindictiveness1 Detail
Panel 2
Petty Vindictiveness

Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Materials
Wood, Hardware Cloth, Cotton, Metal Spikes, Cork, Wool, Shellac, Denatured Alcohol, Cloves


Be Yourself Framed

March 4th, 2022

I thought I completed the Be Yourself piece in September of 2020.

Be Yourself

Not keen that the hardware cloth bows. Ran across a frame that I was planning to use for a different piece that didn’t work out. The frame seemed to fit.

Be Yourself Posted on September 2020

There was still a problem with the bowing so I added a piece of self adhesive Velcro to the bottom. It sort of worked, briefly.

Velcro

I added tacks to the part of the Velcro strip attached to the frame and stitched the other part of the Velcro strip to the back of the piece.

Velcro

Velcro

Piece in frame attached with Velcro.

Velcro

Sort of works, but still is not ideal.

The flannel stitched to the back of the piece is only stitched to the edges. The Velcro should have been attached to the hardware cloth. Learning experience for the next piece.


Fixed Up Box

March 4th, 2022

Been thinking about making a piece with the quote–“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you; I could walk through my garden forever.”

When I ran across this box in my stash, thought it might be fun to combine it with the quote.

Postcard Box

The exterior bottom of the box had a hand written price of 79¢. Made me smile. The notion of how objects are valued is a curious thing. Some would say the value is whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

Box Lid Exterior
The lid of the box has a slot for a postcard or photo that is 3.5″ x 5.5″.

Box Lid Slot

I used a piece of parchment paper and bamboo fiber for the code. I applied PVA to the front and back of the code piece for easier insertion into the box slot.

Code Exterior

To prevent the code piece from moving about, I applied some PVA to the right side back of the parchment before inserting it into the slot. Why?

I noticed the postcard was a bit mangled. I thought it was wear from being carried around.

Postcard

But there are thin wood strips on the top and bottom inside of the slot reducing the space. When I trimmed the code piece, it moved about a tad in the slot. Apparently the wood strips aren’t exactly square. The PVA should prevent the parchment code from shifting.

Code Used
The code is based on an altered Masonic cipher, also know as Pigpen.

Code

Code

Box Interior
Postcard Box Interior

I fixed up the interior of the box with a bamboo I-cord, a piece of linen, and some trim that I purchased years ago.

Fixed up Interior

I make a practice of gathering and drying plants to use in pieces. The interior lid has two dried Datura flowers. Why two? For the same reason I have two stacks of bound pennies inside the box.

Interior Lid with Datura Flowers

Code Interior

The second part of the code was stitched onto a piece of tree wrap with bamboo fiber.

Code Interior

I stitched a few flowers onto the flipside of the linen with code.

Interior of Box with Flowers

I placed a beautiful malformed Brugmansia flower on top of the dried flowers to protect them. The Brug flower should prevent the dried flowers from shifting when the box is handled. It should also prevent the dried flowers from flitting away when the box is opened.

Flowers with Brugmansia

Unusual for me, but I did not count the number of flowers in the box. Even typing that makes me anxious. Should have counted them. Maybe I will.

Dried Flowers

Dried Flowers without the Protection of the Brugmansia Flower.

The bound pennies are located in the front left corner of the box. The binding is a dried Brugmansia flower tied with a bit of cotton cord. There are two stacks of two pennies–the first stack is 1963 and 2018, the second is 1973 and 1990.

Bound Pennies

Materials
Wood box, parchment paper, tree wrap, bamboo fiber, cotton fiber, linen fabric, cotton trim, dried flowers, stain, PVA

Masonic/Pigpen Cipher


Freesia from Seed

February 23rd, 2022

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Freesia from Seed

Bloomed 2022 03 04
Freesia from Seed


Cymbidium, Datura, Prickly Pear

February 20th, 2022

The cymbidium are doing great his year. I had planned to repot them for two years and kept missing the dormant time. The pots are also full of leaf litter from the wisterias covering the deck. The cymbidium will continue to bloom for several months. Maybe later this year I can repot them. Also wanted to pop some in the courtyard garden.

Cymbidium 1
Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 2
Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Datura
Even though Datura are considered to be annuals, some don’t actually die back where I live. They will lose nearly all of their leaves and then the base of the plant begins to thicken. Shortly after, new growth appears at the base and sometimes at the top of the stem if it hasn’t been cut back.

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Usually I remove the seedpods to start new plants in flats and pots.
This year, I left a few to self sow.

Datura Pod

Prickly Pear
The start of the Prickly Pear is growing out of its pot. Just not sure where to transplant it. I don’t enjoy dealing with plants that can cause injury. A slight bump and multiple, nearly invisible spines to remove.

Prickly Pear


Amaryllis Bulb

February 20th, 2022

Amaryllis With Fungi


Valentine

February 14th, 2022

Happy Valentines Day

One of my concrete cherubs and flowers from my garden.


Magnolia Bud

January 28th, 2022

Magnolia Bud