Sunday, July 25, 2010

Aquas and Oranges / Relief Print and Rose Hips


A lovely weekend so far, shared with extended family, and then briefly with our neighbors as we toured each other's yards and they harvested a little excess from our garden.  I took photos of our compost pile so that I could show you the growing number of earthworms that are busily turning our kitchen produce waste into rich material.  But alas, I really cannot tolerate things in multiplicity, and I could find nothing aesthetically appealing about the closeup photos of earthworms.  So you'll just have to take my word for it.  But the point is, we've only recently begun to add the kitchen waste and we are truly amazed at the "factory" our compost pile has become.  This is a win-win situation all the way around!

I discovered the beautiful light coming through the window of the garden shed and couldn't resist capturing it through the old canning jars. These early rose hips are such show-offs -- I love them now, and again, later in the fall when the birds sit on the rugosa branches and leisurely dine on the seeds within the hips.

I used some sort of machined-steel pattern for the above relief print on herringbone wool.   The pattern piece is about 4x4x3/4" and is quite heavy.  Can't remember where I found it, but certainly, nobody else was interested in it!

Mixed Media
by Catherine Freshley
6" x 6"

And here is a recent gift from our daughter, which seemed to fit with today's palette.  You can find her portraits and landscapes here.   

The list of blogs that I am following is ever-growing.  Please know that I continue to follow your posts, even if I don't comment on each and every one of them!     Have a great week!!


Annie said...

I'm always amazed at the magic of composting! Never quite believe that old tea bags and egg cartons can be turned into rich black soil.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever had "rose hip" soup? Almost like tomatoe and very good for you! The Swedes drink it..... Love your pictures!

annell said...

Thanks for coming to my site, and I have enjoyed yours. The colors are beautiful!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Those rose hips are so beautiful, like little tomatoes.

layers said...

I have also recently been to some other gardens on my island and they have come to see mine-- such fun sharing ideas and seeing beautiful nature.. I know earthworms are not pretty but part of the cycle of life.

Gloria Freshley said...

Annie, thanks for your visit and for the tip about egg cartons. We do put our used coffee filters in the pile but would not have thought to put egg cartons in there.

Mary, you've got my curiosity up. I'll have to google rose hip soup.

Annell, thank you for your visit! I'm looking forward to spending more time perusing your blog this weekend.

Hi Julie, yes, these rose hips really are pretty spectacular! Love your new circus bear, and your buttons, and button CARDS are so very charming!

Gloria Freshley said...

Thanks for your visit Donna! Your garden is so beautiful; I'm sure people love to be in it!