Sunday, April 10, 2011



 Mixed media "snippets"

I've had a wonderfully quiet weekend that is coming to a close all too quickly.  Catherine was visiting and she painted up a storm while I "deconstructed" prints, prints, and more prints. (None of which are shown above.) I am planning to turn them into small collages and add them to my Etsy shop at some point.....hopefully, sooner rather than later. :)

Daphne (my favorite winter fragrance)

While she and I were working on our respective projects inside, my husband was busy in the garden.  He offered some grasses that had outgrown their beds to a neighbor down the street, and she brought this Deodara cedar cone for us to see.  So amazing to see the intelligence of nature! Turns out the cone makes a perfect starting pot for seed germination.  

Of course, I thought the cone had been on the ground and had come apart and collected seeds that then germinated.  But no, it's a genuine, high-density seed nursery where multiple layers of cedar seeds germinate in pop-up seed "cups"  that eventually "deconstruct" and swirl off the center spindle.  How cool is that?!

Deodara cedar cone 

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend, too! 

(Oh, and by the I the only one that didn't know about the magic of these cones??)



Kristen Donegan said...

wow those are so cool- I have never seen (or heard of them either) until now- thanks for sharing :)
Love that top photo

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Kristen,

Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment. I'm glad you landed here so that I could discover you! I just "toured" your aptly named blog and your Etsy shops...each of them delightful! Happy spring...Gloria

Printed Material said...

Those cones are fascinating Gloria. I love your photographs of them and shall also be interested to see your collages when done. Lesley

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Lesley,

Thank you! I always love seeing that you have visited! The current "thumbnail" of the photo appearing on your blog is calling to me but I haven't read your post yet....tomorrow evening for sure!

betsy best-spadaro said...

mother nature is brilliant isn't she?

Sophie Munns said...

Love those cones... and the way they germinate..what a treat to see them Gloria... you've been busy... and Catherine's work was lovely to see!

Catherine said...

I love the pink and purple "deconstructs" that go nicely with the daphne. Now reconstruct quickly, please.

Patricia Griffin said...

Hi Gloria! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I'm so glad it led me here! The Deodara cedar cone info and photos... Amazing!

Sounds like such a good time to create side-by-side with a neighbor. I also checked out Catherine's paintings. Lovely.

I'll be back!

anastasia said...

well i didn't know! nature is definitely an original. the pink is lovely amongst the soft brown.

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Anastasia. And welcome! Not sure how you found your way here and to my Etsy shop but I'm awfully glad you did so that I could "discover" you! Your work and your sites are wonderful! I'll be returning to them often......Gloria

Alexandra Durão said...

Hello! Love it, it´s so beautiful! :-)

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Alexandra,

Thanks for stopping by! I always love visiting your blog and flickr sites!