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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

August in the Garden

Life in the backyard is good! Tall iced teas and chocolate rum balls in the evening. Butterflies, hummingbirds and droning bees flitting amongst the scented herbs during the day. But this week, we are forgoing the usual garden pleasures in favor of stone pavers, mud and gravel! That's right ... we're laying a patio! And not just any patio..... a two tiered wonder, with a seating area at the bottom and an area for a potted culinary garden at the top. We're doing all the work ourselves, so for most of this week, I'll be out of blogland and building paradise! The butterflies are watching us work, each as beautiful as this carved bone one:

I did take a quick break today and picked up these gorgeous new papers! Most have impregnated glitter or satiny bits. I was looking for some fun papers to photograph my jewelry on. For example, the butterfly was photographed on the paper at the far right. The deep rose sheet at the very bottom is three dimensional and looks like flocked, embossed metallic paper. Reminds me of those old ceilings in saloons or gold rush hotels. Too busy for a background, but so interesting, I needed to take it home too :)

9 comments:

Jen said...

Oh, great idea photographing on those beautiful papers! Smart girl...I've been shooting my bookmarks inside books lately. (Gee, that took a lot of imagination, didn't it?)

Have fun building the patio! We'll probably do that to our new place eventually (btw, did I send you the pics yet?) - improve the one that's there. But what a hot, hot week to be working on such a project! I hope you have lots of lemonade and iced tea to go with the hard labor. ;)

Gracie said...

Thats a gorgeous necklace. I love butterflies as well.

Plus very pretty paper. I'm a true paper junkie. I love it. And love stationary of all kinds as well.

And your description of life in the backyard makes me long for summer/spring here. Oh I can't wait!
xox

"Maggie" said...

Wow, love these papers, so beautiful! All the best laying your new patio, we built ours last summer and are still working on the landscaping around it. Thanks for stopping by and your warm comments about my work. :)

Monica Yvette said...

Very nice necklace and papers. Your back yard/patio sounds like it's going to be a wonderful place.

BonnieRose said...

such beautiful papers. and that necklace, omg.. so beautiful! wow!

Lisa said...

Hi, Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. About the Laurie Mika tiles. You don't need a kiln. I don't have one. It is just sculpy clay and a regular ole oven and some powdered metallic paint. Lumiere I think. Try it. You have great ability I bet you could whip one out today. Roll it out thick, stamp it w/ stamps, cut out, bake and adhere to anything. Try it.
Love your blog. Mind if I put it on my link list?

monica yvette said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my site and linking back to me.

Becca said...

I love that necklace it is so amazing, and what a great idea for a background! I love outdoor spaces. Can't wait to some day have my own outdoor space! Thanks for visiting my blog! So glad I found yours!

Mary Timme said...

I'm not a good paper collector, but I love feeling them and receiving paper as a gift. It is such a tactile thing to pet paper!