Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Evening Pleasures.

WHAT do you get with a summer evening in Oregon?
If you are lucky, you're not wearing a jacket. (Tonight, no jacket.)
If Mother Nature feels generous, you get a great sunset. (Tonight, great sunset.) Pleasant breeze? Yes, we've got that. Flowers? You betcha!
Today started off with gray skies, and I got grumpy and gave up. I put on my wool socks and clogs. But in the afternoon things cleared up and the sunshine was back. I guess that's the prediction for this weekend. We'll see ... .
I came home tonight to paint paper and finally got down to it after doing a little blog visiting. I get so tired of sitting, though, since I do it so much at work as I proofread and edit. I just couldn't stand it. Standing and painting paper is great relaxation for me, even if I do feel guilty listening to the Mister running machinery in the backyard. But then, he could paint too. I wouldn't mind. Especially since he gets a bit over zealous sometimes whacking away at shrubbery, trees and plants. I thought I would show you these floating daisy faces before they either fade or mysteriously disappear.
Here is some of the painted paper and I don't really know what they are going to turn into. (7x12 inch sheets, folded in fourths) I think I want to fold the edges about an inch and piece them together somehow. With glue? Thinking ... thinking ... THINKING! I don't know. Something will spark an idea. I had talked about maybe quilting/piecing them together.
Seth at The Altered Page has another collaborative project going: On July 16 post one or two of your own favorite posts. If you want to do this you need to go to his blog and leave him your name and he will post the links to all those who want to collaborate. He's calling this "Buried Treasure," and since there's not enough time in the day to read everyone's blog, he thought if we put our best stuff out - hence, Buried Treasure - then folks could get some genuine booty, pirate's gold, with these quick reads at folks' sites. Click on the link above for more info.
Don't you love these lilies? They are the ones over 6 feet tall. Wowser! Last summer was the first time they bloomed and this year they've gone crazy-beautiful.
Here are my Tanabata wishes I hung in the magnolia tree July 7. Since it's the festival of the stars, I thought it was serendipitous to find the wired stars in a drawer. You can see the sunset against the side of the house, pleasant breeze blowing the paper strips and the drying lawn from our drier summer weather. The ferns are still magnificent though. They don't give up for nuthin' - femminismo


Brenda said...

I really do think you must have the most beautiful garden. Oh, and I love your painted papers too.

3rdEyeMuse said...

those painted papers are delicious!! sounds like you were treated to an amazing summer evening ... I'm glad. :)

looking forward to the treasures you bring to the surface. :)

Candace said...

Jeanne, what a fantastic garden you have. From the small daisies and such to those Lilies of the Whatever Did You Feed Them Field --six feet?! Love it!

And the wishes in the magnolia tree and finding those stars as you did -- summer magic, plain and simple.

The papers are so gorgeously done. You have so so so branched out more and more... it's a treat to see friends go hither and yon. And do I ever know what you mean about sitting all. day. long. blech.

Thanks also for the note about Seth's collaborative project.
Take care!
Candace in Athens.

Seth said...

Thanks for the shout out to the Buried Treasure collaborative!!