May 30, 2010

Bare Foot...with Cheek - Week 2

Look at this "bundle" it's hard to see if anything is going on with it...even after a series of rains and hot, humid weather. The feather looks a little tattered but the ribbons don't look too bad.  The book has swelled so it seems that there is something going on inside. More rain on the way, so maybe more to see next week!!

DisCo - Week 3

After the rain last week and then a week of hot and humid weather, the bundles are starting to show some real "character"! The papers are tattering and starting to bleach out a bit...and the the twine is starting to unravel ever so much. You can't tell from these pictures, but the copper wire is also showing some tarnish. We're in for more rain today and tomorrow so we'll see!

May 23, 2010

It's Done!

I put the finishing touches on the bench this past week, adding detailing to the leaves and painting sea shells on the ends. I also cleaned up some paint spatters and the detailing in the mermaids. So's done! And yes, I'm allowing people to sit on it...I just don't want it used as a "storage ledge"...

May 22, 2010

DisCo Updates

These pictures were taken this past Thursday but I'm now just able to get them posted! This is the second week and from the looks of the pictures not much has happened to them, which isn't surprising as the weather...while glooming and gray...hasn't really been "wet". However!!! That all changed yesterday and last night when we experienced several torrential downpours! Looking at this "bundle" this morning I can tell it did get quite wet as the boards have warped a bit and the papers all look so very soggy. I am curious how this will look later this week after they've dried out. The forecast for the week is hot and humid as well so that should also make a make sure you check in towards the end of next week.

I also started a second "DisCo" bundle last week as well. I received the latest issue of "Black and White" magazine earlier and was enjoying the wonderful black and white photos when I came across the work of a photographer whose images consisted of close-up of old books that had obviously gotten wet and been exposed to the elements. A "DisCo" project if I ever had seen one! So...I found an old book in the house appropriately titled "Barefoot Boys with Cheek", wrapped it with ribbon and twine, added a feather just because and hung it from a tree in my backyard. This should be fun to watch its progress as well over the next 4 months. Who knows what cheek we'll see!

May 16, 2010

A Day in the Garden

Today was cold and gloomy. Rain threatened all day, finally starting around 3:00 pm. A hard to day to get motivated. But yesterday...yesterday was glorious! Clear skies, warm breezes, perfect day! Spent most of the day in the garden after a quick trip to Lowe's to pick up some necessities like potting soils and deer netting. Came home, changed into a favorite pair of shorts and sandals...and then out to the sunshine!

The problem with a day like yesterday is what to do, when. I knew I wanted to work on my Sun bench some more, repot a tree fern that needed it desperately, plant my corn plants, get beans and lettuce seeds in the ground, put up more deer netting, drink a few beers and just hang out in the sunshine! What to do first?! I also knew rain was in the forecast come Sunday and the first part of the upcoming week so I wanted to be "efficient" with my time. So I figured the beers could wait for awhile. After all it was only 10:30 am.

The bench came first as paint needed to dry. No pictures of this to share this time, but it is coming along very nicely. I hope to finish it next week. I then moved to repotting the tree fern. It really needed it! This didn't take much time and effort so after I cleaned up the deck from this, it was lunch time.

After lunch, and a short nap in the sun, I grabbed my hoe and rake and headed to the garden! First to go in where the corn plants that I started several weeks in peat pots. Next to these I planted pole beans with the idea that the corn stalks will provide support to the beans as they grow. I have several types of squashes starting in peat pots and will plant these next to the corn/beans...completing the "three sisters". I also planted other types of beans along the back of this space and several rows of lettuce in the top right section. Talk about intensive gardening! 

Next, I wanted to put up the deer netting in the section next to this one, but I lost my helper as she decided it was a good time to mow the yard. So this had to wait and by the time she finished we both decided to put this off until today....but the rains came before we could do it. Oh well! The tomatoes that will go into this part of the garden are doing nicely in their peat pots on the screen porch so I'm not too worried about the delay.

Did I finally get time to have that beer. I did, after cleaning up the deck and putting everything away for the evening. It was a wonderful day all and all, time spent in the sun and working in the dirt. What could be better!!

May 12, 2010


Bundles of papers, boards, and various found objects all tied together with twines and wires...then left outside to "disintegrated"...then reconstructed into something else unanticipated. Sounded like a concept right up my alley! So when I read about Seth Apter's project, "DisCo" in the May/June 2010 issue of "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" I knew I had to give this a try! Today represents Day 1 of this for me and I hope to record the progress of my bundle for the next 3 or 4 months. What I will do with the resulting "disintegration" I'm not sure, but if it's something interesting then I plan to offer it on my Etsy site. My fingers are crossed...

To create my bundle, I pretty much followed the steps outlined in the magazine. I first treated my boards, created my paper bundles, tied them to the boards, wired the boards together, and hung the creation on the trellis that stands over my back deck. Now it's up to the elements over the next months to do their work! Each week I'll post an new entry showing what the bundles look like at that point. This should be stay tuned!  For more information about this project, check out Seth's blog at 

Here are pictures of my completed "bundle" in its new home for the next 3 or 4 months:

May 7, 2010


I didn't sleep well the night before for all sorts of reasons, so I woke up yesterday morning somewhat groggy-headed and grumpy. As the morning progressed, I found myself filled with all sorts of aches and pains from my head on down! Not a great way to start a day...particularly a day that soon proved to be filled with picture perfect weather. The type of weather you dream for all winter long...crystal clear blue skies, breezes warming in the sun -- but not too warm. A day that makes you want to spend every moment outdoors and all those things that needed to be done inside...forgotten.
 But I was ruining it by dwelling on the fact that I felt miserable! So I thought to myself, "Why are you wasting such a beautiful day!?" I needed to get over this pity-party in a hurry. This particularly hit home as I walked by our deck trellis filled with clematis that is in full bloom. I knew I needed to get my camera.

As I was taking pictures of these, I heard the cry of a hawk overhead. Looking up, I saw the hawk soaring above me, white against a deep blue sky. Watching it circle and dive, riding the air currents, calling out as it did, I realized that there was not just one hawk, but three others! It was then that I realize how truly fortunate I was to be able to enjoy such a day! That feeling bad for myself had no place in the day. So that's what I did the rest of the day...that is until I went to my dentist appointment. But that's another story...

I'd like to say that all my aches and pains went away at that moment, but they didn't. And I added to them by working in my garden and doing various other outside projects throughout the day. It was worth it.

May 6, 2010

Push Me Pull Me

If you have been following my blog the last couple of months you saw how these two characters came about. They are now available on my Etsy site if you'd like to add them to your life. Check these out at:

May 2, 2010

Benched - Update

The wonderful weather we've been having has allowed me to continue to work on my bench even as I recover from hernia repair. I added a face to the sun and some hibiscus flower blossoms to the bench proper and railings. It's raining this weekend so further progress will just have to wait!

May 1, 2010


Yesterday was such the perfect spring day! While a little breezy, temperatures where perfect with just a touch of humidity. Everything has greened out and the world looked so lush. What a great day to be outside and I felt lucky to be able to do so...particularly since I knew the upcoming weekend would be rainy! Soon the heat and humidity of a Cincinnati summer will be upon us, but for know I'm enjoying the weather!