CFFC Challenge,Wilting & Dying

We are now getting into the sad time of year where the beauty of the spring flowers are about done. Its about time to start planting the fall flowers of yellows and golds.

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Even though the under brush is dying, the determination to bloom still holds.
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The bloom of the sunflower has bowed in death, yet the birds still feast on the few seeds left.
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The pods of this beauty are curled in death but a new life is sprinkled to the ground for spring.
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The leaves of the tomato where fruit was enjoyed lay wrinkled in death at the end of a season.

 

Come join in on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s CFFC topic is Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves. Be creative and mostly have a lot of fun.

But remember the beauty they gave us earlier in the year with their colors so vibrant and fragrances so dear. We bid them goodbye, dreaming of the next season come and encourage them to tell us “what about next year?”

I am reminding you as always to be kind and enjoy the simple things of life. I am sharing a picture group that shows pure joy…hope it makes you smile. Thank you Random Acts of Kindness for the Photos.

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FOTD, July 23, Caladiums

Today’s Flower of the day really is no flower but its color is still bright and beautiful. Cee says leave and berries are acceptable so here we go.

Caladiums…of all the various varieties, I think this one is my favorite.

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They are beautiful by themselves or help highlight other plants….

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They help highlight the tiny flowers who fight to be noticed….

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And they hold onto raindrops to highlight their own beauty after a summer shower. All plants within the garden have their own beauty to share and highlight God’s love of creation.

As you enjoy the wonders of nature and your gardens, remember to share its kindness.

 

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Kind hearts are the gardens

Kind thoughts are the roots

Kind words are the flowers

Kind deeds are the fruits

Take care of your garden

and keep out the weeds

Fill it with sunshine,

kind words and great deeds.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

On the Hunt for Joy

Nothing much brings me more joy than getting to play in the dirt, probably left over from childhood.  But Cee’s challenge for week 17 is to Start a Garden. We had some wonderful weather last week – one whole day of it – and I actually started then. But alas, I did not finish before the rains started…and have remained for several days.

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But we have started, so hopefully by the end of the week we can continue onward. Enclosed are a couple of easy starts – hanging baskets – they at least get the yard starting to look like spring. Took these pictures after hanging them with the bright sun shining. They are Lobelia, a purple and white variety.  Flowers make me smile.

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As we enjoy our gardens, remember the smiles they bring us and share those smiles. Try to be the catalyst that makes someone else smile, which brightens everyone’s day.

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Harvesting What You Plant

We all love the joys of being able to eat the products from our garden. Nothing quite like the tomatoes fresh from the garden. Being from the south, we love our tomato sandwiches.

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Others enjoying their endeavors from the garden are the planters of the sunflowers…

Its fun watching them now begin to eat on the sunflower seeds from the flowers that they planted from the dropped seeds of the feeder. I wonder how they will feed on the sunflower that produced a three bloomer; I have never seen that before.

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Enjoy the beauty around you and share the smiles you feel.  Maybe that smile will produce kindness to share as well. We should always be kind.

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The Old Stone Door

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The Old Stone Door

This door seems too narrow, with no way to lock, a wedge pushing it always open.

The stone is so old with odd colored splotches, green moss growing all over it’s face. 

This can’t be the way, no look at the door. It looks to small to be used as was spoken.

This is the garden, I know that for sure with tales of peace and beauty of this place.

But many remember a time of no peace, with shouts of anger and shedding of blood

With torches ablaze and sharp swords flying, an ear was taken, but now back as new

“Put away your sword”, he said firmly in love as they struggled standing in dark wet mud

Shall I not drink this cup the Father has given me? A cup allowing for of all things new!

Now, centuries later the garden lays quiet with forgotten memories of that time gone by

I walk through the beauty of flowers and trees and feel the reality this has had on me

Will I feel His love when I walk away from here, the beauty of flower and bright blue sky

Will I be able to use the love I feel, and bring it as proof, an everlasting love for all to see.

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There are times when  fellow bloggers post a picture that is so inspiring that I ask permission to try to write a post worthy of its beauty.  Today, Ken of tallulahbass created a post for Norm for the Thursday doors and posted this door.  I thought it was a beautiful door and thought of the Garden of Gethsemane wondering what it would be like today to walk through that garden.

As we remember the everlasting love he has for us, let us remember to share that love with a loving smile, maybe a gentle touch for a hurting soul or a helping hand for those in need. And always remember to be Kind.

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Escapist Coloring Club Prompt

What fun each month Linda gives us when some of us love all of these coloring books, calendars or desk tops. I have gotten hooked lately with a different form of these books called etches. The pages have a form already on the sheet but then they cover it in black and then you scrape off as much of the black as you want. You get to be creative in a different way. Below are sample pages so you can see what I am talking about if you are not familiar with these, as I had not seen them either before I received a book at Christmas.

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You decide how much to scrape off to get you picture

I posted one of my favorites just the other day for gc Weekly Prompts if you want to see it. It has butterflies. The one I am posting was also one I liked a lot but I dropped the tool and it made a scratch across it. I want not going to post it because of that issue but it has pretty colors on it as well so I am posting it.

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Now that I have done a few, I have a little  better idea of how the “stretch” the norm. You can see from the sample page that is the suggestion they made for this sheet and how I did it differently. Good or bad the artist is always in charge.

Other things people are in charge of is how they treat others around us. So I encourage you all to be kind. This world can be cruel and thoughtless at times so those that can must remember that one day we may really need kindness to be shared with us. So share where you can.

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Adult Coloring, gc Weekly Prompts

What an interesting prompt today from gc. Adult coloring books have been an interest of mine for a couple of years. Linda G Hill does a monthly adult coloring prompt that shows a lot of different talent as well. For Christmas this year my daughter gave me a different version of adult coloring books, an etching book.

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You use the wooden tool on the side

The premises is opposite of adding color as you are scraping away black. The page has a design already made and depending on how much of the black you scrape away gives the page your own touch. There are guidelines like the one below but after I did the first one, well, I kinda do my own thing.

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Before and after sample page

The contrast of the black background really makes the colors pop. This next photo is probably one of my favorites so far, as I am partial to butterflies.

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Butterflies are special

If you pull just a touch outside the lines of given shape, you get a contrasting color which highlights the shape. I found this by accident and really liked what it did to add depth to the item. I also received new regular adult coloring books to play with and yes the do help pull the stress out of you, at lease they do for me. I keep mine by my bed for nights when the brain will not turn off. I highly recommend them if you haven’t tried them. Plus they are just fun.

And in closing, as I do with all of my post, I remind all of the immeasurable value of kindness. It could be the very spark for someone’s dark day to help them see the day’s beautiful light.

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Be someone’s spark

 

 

Artful Etching, Escapist Coloring Prompt

I got new toys for Christmas. A new book of adult coloring pages and a book of etching that I was not familiar with. Just like with the coloring pages, the outline is there but then everything else is colored over in black. You have a wooden etching tool that you scrape away the black in any form or amount you want to creating a different design. You can go by the patterns shown or just free lance your design which I find much more fun.

Come join in on Linda G Hill’s Escapist Coloring Club Prompt with your doodles of maybe your kids and share your creative side.

Below are the before and after etchings I did for January 2019. The black really makes the colors pop.

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Before etching
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After

This page had a light blue background where you could add rain drops.

On my previous post this morning for #1LinerWed/#JusJoJan, I forgot to add my reminder of being kind. So I want to make sure I try to bring a smile to at least one person each day as a reminder of kindness and a picture showing the value of this precious gift. We ALL need  kindness and love. Have a great start to the new year.

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