Made by Miss E.
Made by Miss E.
The Shelbys are having a Zoom meeting …….. now don’t all talk at once!
Coronavirus has hit Shelbyville
None of the residents wanted to get ill
It was with some resistance
They had to social distance
Yet they found they could communicate still!
All of them had the Zoom App installed
So during lockdown they wouldn’t feel ignored
They could chat every day
Sing songs, dance and play
No chance of them getting bored!
At 9 every day it’s keep fit
With the Aliens it’s become quite a hit
With their yoga and gym
They keep themselves trim
They are not the type to just sit!
Maggie and Shelma miss going to town
All the shops they love have closed down
But the girls are not stopping
They now do internet shopping
They’re the most glamourous Shelbys around!
Sandy misses Shelma whom he dated
His love for her is unabated
He keeps the romance blooming
With lots of daily Zooming
Most of it is very X-Rated!
poem by Judy E. Martin
photo by Sandra Dorey
There might be some of you who have not met the Shelbys before, here are a few links
It feels so good to team up with Judy once again. She is a frontline worker as a nurse and I am full of admiration for her. I was delighted when she said she could find the time to create one of her fabulous poems to go with the photo.
Many thanks for the work you do Judy and thank you so very much for sharing your humour and poetry with us.
Same beach different sky.
I went back this morning to see if there were more purses to be found
Here is my morning’s haul
Only 8 purses today.
I was so pleased I found a Cat Shark purse, as this is Little Miss M’s (aged 7) favourite.
And this is what happens when your granddaughter tells her Mum that she would ‘fill it with pearls if she found one’
Wishing I had stopped to make a video of Botanic and wanting to find out a bit more about the Sculptures I saw in London I found this
It must have been a magical experience to see all of those videos in the centre of New York, I only wish the You Tube clip was slower and longer.
Here are some more videos of her work – mesmerising
There are lots more to enjoy on You Tube.
I will be looking out for more of her work. Here is a link to her website: Jennifer Steinkamp
and, from the website, here are the dates for more installations in London:
Sculpture in the City, 9th Edition, 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, United Kingdom, curated by Stella Ioannou
September 1 – September 30, 2019
November 1 – November 30, 2019
January 1 – January 31, 2020
March 1 – March 31, 2020
They are in my diary, although how many I will be able to get to, I don’t know.
I’d love to know what you think of this kind of art. Do you like it?
Penelope PomPom was cool
She didn’t like following the rules
She still wanted to be naughty
Despite being past forty
And just loved acting the fool
She kept herself looking good
The envy of the Mums in the hood
With her spiky green hair
And bright pink outerwear
She worked it like nobody could!
Her kids just thought her the best
She could twerk and floss with the rest
Their friends would come running
When they saw Penny coming
She would always make them less stressed.
Poem by Judy Martin©
Pineapple play by Sandra Dorey©
Penelope Pompom has turned the corner and is enjoying life again – maybe a bit too much. 🙂
Once Penny had hit middle age
She found it hard to engage
Finding lumps in her custard
Or a ham sandwich without mustard
would sent her off in a rage!
Penny once sweet and so calm
Now caused her family alarm
Being so spiky and sour
Miserable and dour
Her twins thought she’s cause them some harm
Off to the doctor to find out the cause
Of Penelope’s new character flaws
The hot flushes and stress
Weight gain and night sweats
The symptoms must be menopause!
Penny felt cut to the quick
No wonder she always felt sick
Always crabby and tearful
Het up and fearful
This menopause was like a cruel trick
She took the kids out for the day
Off down Shelbyville way
The sand and the sea
And her friends’ company
Kept her bad temper at bay!
poem by Judy Martin©
pineapple art by Sandra Dorey©
Judy and I have teamed up to be silly again. I just love Judy’s take on things, I send her a photo and she responds with a poem, sometmes within minutes! Do pop along over to her website and fine other poetic gems and find her book filled with her wry look at life.
You can find more of our nonsense if you put ‘silly saturday’ into the search box, top right on this page.
A crown for the goddess Astrantia.
With her attending angel.
So inspiring! She makes wonderful headdresses and this is where the idea took me.
I sought out the frame after seeing these wonderful creations at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. I can’t remember exactly where I got the frame from now, I think it was from an Etsy site – it might have been this one: Geckomeister.
The angel etched in a glass block – how do they do that??? comes from St David’s Cathedral shop. I bought one for each of my grandchildren as a christening present.
I’m joining Cathy for her IAVOM meme, where we pop something in a vase (ahem) from our gardens and share our arrangements with other gardeneners all over the world.
You can see my more conventional arrangement using Astrantia here.
I bought 3 plants
An alstroemeria, a trailing snapdragon which sounds almost too good to be true and some quaking grass.
My daughter chose alstroemerias as the main flower to decorate the marquee for her wedding reception so they have a special place in my heart – I hope I can grow them – any tips?
When this pom-pom trim arrived I knew just what I wanted to do with it!
Inspired by Attic24’s Dune Blanket.
Seed beads: here is a link to some similar to the ones I used.
Swarovski crystals: I used 3mm bicone clear AB crystals, although I’m not sure where you can get them from nowadays
Semi-precious gem stones
and some shells with holes in them – gathered from the beach.
Put a knot in the end of the beadstring and attach to the bottom of the triangle at the back, sew a knot by taking the needle through a loop and exit at the very tip.
Add a crystal, a bead or semi-precious stone, a crystal and a seed bead, then take the thread through the hole in the shell
and back up through the beads and crystals and into the point of the bunting triangle.
Fasten off at the back
And there you have it! Some seaside bunting
Inspired by Attic24’s Dune Blanket
Find the pattern for the Triangles here.
The photo tutorial for making the triangles into bunting here.
Let me know if you have a go at making some Beachy Bunting, I’d love to know how you get on.
Cathy from NanaCathy, knowing my penchant for pineapples kindly sent me a photo of a pineapple door wreath made out of sunflowers, so instead of doing the digging and the weeding as intended, of course I had to have a play. Thank you Cathy for the inspiration, it was fun! 😀
Luckily the weather has been glorious this Easter here in the UK and I have been blissfully gardening each day, so some digging and weeding got done eventually.
Most of my garden is still waiting for much needed attention, but there are little cameos here and there that I love
Self sown cerinthe survived the winter under the espalier pears
Early morning sun through the amalanchier sings spring!
and the randomly planted Brompton Stocks, wallflowers and other self-seeded joys are really perking up in the sunshine
I do hope you have been able to enjoy a garden somewhere this Easter.
Pop along to see what other gardeners have been up to at Rambling in the Garden.
Cee’s Flower of the Day
From the field that surrounds my daughter’s new home
There is also a cherry tree, so in homage to last week’s vase from Greenway House:
looking good against the colours in the sitting room and adorning the golden locks of the resident flower fairy
Joining Cathy for In a Vase on Monday
Cee’s Flower of the Day
On Tuesday I found these shell people at Greenway House, the holiday home of Agatha Christie – oh what a delight that place is – if you ever get a chance to visit GO!
The lighting is kept low, so it was not easy to get good photos.
Such exquisite pieces of shell art
Agatha Christie spent 8 weeks of the year in this house on the banks of the River Dart.
The garden is glorious, the camelias and magnolias stunning – I have more photos to share with you
Click on any photo to see it full screen.
Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day
Hellebore and Hebe in a Lost Garden.
This little hebe is the star of the show in my garden at the moment, I just love it’s pink tips.
The hellebore sits in one of last year’s blackbird’s nest found in the loganberry which is trained against a wooden fence.
The crochet mandala is a pattern by Helen Shrimpton, called Lost Garden and inspired by the Lost Gardens of Helligan. It will be a blanket.
Which do you prefer?
Do you think either would make a good greetings card?
Pop along over to Cathy’s Garden blog and see what gardeners all over the world are putting in a Vase this Monday.
I’m adding a close up for Cee’s Flower of the Day
There is SO much I’m itching to tell you about, my mnd is in a bit of a happy whirl with it all. I went away for a couple of fun-packed, creativity-packed weeks and it is taking me ages to come back to earth and order my thoughts enough to make some coherent blog posts. But first – the results of the Giveaway!
19 people voted, 18 wanted to be included in the Christmas Card Giveaway
Thank you so much to all who let me know which picture they liked the best
It was a close run between the all white card and the one with the green hearts
Votes as follows:
9 votes for the White Tree
6 votes for the Green Hearts
4 votes for the Red Berries
Most of my family liked the Green Hearts best so I decided to have the White Shells and the one with the Green Hearts printed. And the proofs have arrived – but I’m not happy with them. They don’t seem to have the vibrancy they need. So I will need to go back to the printer and see if we can sort that out. A shame as I was hoping to have them ready to send out by now.
Anyway – enough of that – you want to know who won!
I wrote the names on some pages I was using for collage
folded them and popped them in a bag and asked Cathy’s husband Mr E. to pick out three pieces of paper for me.
Karina of Murtagh’s Meadow
Kerry of Love those ‘Hands at Home’
Jamie of Hook This Weave That
As soon as I have the cards printed I will be sending you 3 each.
Please go to my Contact Me page and email me your postal address.
Thanks again to everyone who took part, it was such a help to get your comments.
Celebrating Cathy’s 5 year anniversary
Hastily gathered on a walk this morning and quickly arranged. Couldn’t miss out on this one!
Does anyone know what this is – a tree with Ash-like leaves and white berries – upright structure, about 15 feet tall. Gorgeous!
I have created 3 shell Christmas trees and I’m wondering if one of these designs would make a good Christmas/ Winter Solstice/ Seasonal Celebration card…..
Do you think they would make good cards?
If so, which one? I can’t decide.
Number One: White Tree
Number Two: with Red Berries
Number Three: Swarovski Crystal Green Hearts
The cards would not have the watermark on them when printed. They would be blank inside, with my name a web address on the back.
I will be giving away 3 cards each to 3 entrants (names pulled out of a hat) and will post them anywhere in the world.
To enter you must
2. Let me know, in the comments, which tree you like the best
3. Let me know if you would like to be entered in a Giveaway.
You can enter anytime up until my birthday on 11th November.
The result of the Giveaway will be announced on or around the 15th November and the cards will be sent as soon as they have been printed.
As you can see I’m learning even more new terms.
The honeysuckle in my garden is having a second flush of blooms and the scent is heavenly in these sunny Autumn days. It inspired this Flat Lay piece of Assemblage art which includes a few verbascum blooms and birch leaves.
And did you know about Knolling ……… no? Nor me ….until I was enlightened by Instagram
knolling is “the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization”.
I’m so fascinated by the markings on these leaves
Yellow and grey are In!
(Mini birch forest)
Yesterday’s spiral of leaves were drying out but still looking gorgeous enough to adorn with some Marigold petals and Honeysuckle
Oh! Ah! Oooo! the morning dew on Marigolds!!!!!! I’m just loving this Autumn.
I’m not a fan of yellow flowers in the garden as a rule, but couldn’t you just dive into this buxom bloom.
Why not add some honeysuckle berries
I did 3 hours of digging in my garden yesterday in the Battle Against Bamboo (and bindweed!) So I could enjoy some guilt free playtime with petals and leaves.
A Flat Lay extravaganza!
Not In a Vase, but all from my garden, I am once again joining in the IAVOM Garden Party this week.
I’m learning all sorts of new terms through Instagram hashtags. I had no idea that arranging things like this had a name – it is called ‘Flat Lay’ apparently. I have done this ever since I was a kid – I just love arranging things, now I have a proper grown-up name for it.
Joining in with Cathy for In a Vase on Monday.
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