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Archive for the month “June, 2015”

Front Door Series #6

Another red door...isn't it fabulous!

Another red door…isn’t it fabulous!

Red is my favorite color and therefore, I have a fondness for red doors.  I pass this house on my way home every day.  The exterior is simple yet elegant, but the colorful door and decorative canopy provide a welcoming entrance to this beautiful home.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Minion Birthday Card

Hey there!

Hey there!

No tutorial today, but a cute card to put a smile on your face.  I was commissioned to create a Minion birthday card for my co-worker’s godson.  How could I say no to that request?  I had this card pinned to my Just Cards Pinterest board and used it as my inspiration.  This card was exclusively created from scratch with no template.  A huge creative challenge for me, but one that I embrace.

*Tina

First Bloom

What a spectacular sight!

What a spectacular sight!

The first dahlia of the season has blossomed.  Definitely worth the wait!  With an unseasonably warm winter and unseasonably cool spring, the dahlias were confused and started to shoot up in mid-spring.  For those of you that have followed my blog for some time, this is a late blooming for my dahlias as they face west.  My crop is usually finished by the end of May and we are just getting started.  They get the afternoon sun and start to bloom much earlier than my mother’s crop.  My mother’s grouping isn’t far behind, but will last all summer long.  With this dahlia registering at 10″ in diameter from petal tip to petal tip, this is the largest dahlia I have ever grown.  Enjoy!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Lotusland Part III

A few more photos to share with you showcasing our visit to Lotusland.  Enjoy!

An eclectic mix of plants in this part of the garden.

An eclectic mix of plants in this part of the garden.

A plant that looks like a flower.  Such an interesting choice for the garden.

A plant that looks like a flower. Such an interesting choice.

The vivid color of the berries is uncommon at Lotusland.

The vivid color of the berries is uncommon at Lotusland.

Finding the unusual is part of the fun on the tour.

Finding the unusual is part of the fun on the tour.

This statue's irreverence is welcome in a garden that doesn't take itself too seriously.

This statue’s irreverence is welcome in a garden that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Our next visit needs to be in the Spring so we can experience the magic of the blooming lotuses, the namesake of the garden.  Until then, I hope you will visit this magnificent gem of a garden and be inspired to create your own Lotusland.

“I’m an enemy of the average” – Ganna Walska

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #29

Happy Colorful Birthday!

Happy Colorful Birthday!

I used this card from my Just Cards board on Pinterest for inspiration.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4″x 8″.  Cut birthday from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge at 1.25″ and happy from the Tiny Treasures cartridge at 1″.  Punch out 5 circles.  Adhere the letters to the circles.  Cut lengths of ribbon and adhere to the card.  Adhere happy circles with foam dots and birthday to the card.

The ribbon was purchased from Michaels and it is part of their store product line.  This means you can make this card in other color ways since the polka dot ribbon is available in multiple colors.  Fortunately, my husband loves color so I knew he would enjoy this card.  And, he did!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Lotusland Part II

After Madame Walska’s death in 1984, Lotusland became a nonprofit botanical garden and opened to the public in 1993.  The garden, which is divided into separate sections highlighting roses, cactus, palm trees and of course, lotuses, requires nine full-time gardeners.  The Madame wasn’t a fan of traditional flowers that you could wear on your chest or use in beautiful floral arrangements.  She saw beauty in the unusual and rare plants of the world and was a collector of succulents decades before it was trendy.  Let’s take a tour of the cacti and euphorbias garden.

Among the first changes Madame Walska made after purchasing Lotusland in 1941 was to add cactus, succulent, and euphorbia plantings to beds in front of her new residence.

Among the first changes Madame Walska made after purchasing Lotusland in 1941 was to add cactus, succulent, and euphorbia plantings to beds in front of her new residence.

She was fascinated with desert plants.

She was fascinated with desert plants.

One side of the drive is planted with cacti, which are new world plants, and the other is planted in succulent euphorbias from the old world.

One side of the drive is planted with cacti, which are new world plants, and the other is planted in succulent euphorbias from the old world.

Masses of golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) and large weeping Euphorbia ingens flank the entrance to the house.

Masses of golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) and large weeping Euphorbia ingens flank the entrance to the house.

Cactus, succulent, and euphorbia plantings reflect her design style.

Cactus, succulent, and euphorbia plantings reflect her design style.

Succulents are low maintenance and easy to care for.

Succulents are low maintenance and easy to care for.

Next week, a few more photographic gems of Lotusland to share with you and I hope I inspired you to visit this magnificent garden.

My aunt was famous for many things. Famous for her jewelry, famous for her costumes, famous for her great beauty, famous for her husbands. And now famous for her garden. – Hania Tallmadge

*Tina

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