I grew up in a prairie city in Canada. Our neighbourhood had just been developed when we moved in. This meant there were new (i.e. small, no canopy, pretty thin) trees and zero perennials for the first few years. Flowers consisted mostly of marigolds. I have a vivid memory of my neighbours planting snapdragons in… Continue reading Snapdragons: Keys 1072 – 1081
Creeping Bellflower grows freely in my neighbourhood along the sides of houses, in most of the back alleys, and this year it’s in my front yard. I always thought these plants were bluebells until I heard something about them on the radio. So I googled “bluebell type flower in Saskatchewan” and came across a site… Continue reading Creeping Bellflower: Keys 1062 – 1071
I love clover! This latest batch of Ten Keys Ten Ways (the flower series) is made with this sweet flower, a three-leaf clover, and sunflower seeds that fell out of the bird feeder and began to sprout. Key 1052 – pressed in a heavy book for a few days and later glued onto some paper:… Continue reading Clover: Keys 1052 – 1061
I’ve been on holidays for the last week and a half and have spent a good deal of that time sorting things out around the house. I’ve revamped my basement studio, cleaned the garage, done some yard work, and finally made a wooden key out of the pieces I collected for it last year. Key… Continue reading Key 1051: On the Fence!
The lilies have been blooming in my yard and I have (naturally) made some keys with them. I also added some snow on the mountain (there’s plenty of this, always) and some mint leaves in this latest set of ten keys ten ways. Key 1041: pressed flower/leaves Key 1042: print from smashed flower/leaves Key 1043:… Continue reading Lilies: Keys 1041 – 1050
Finally I am finished cleaning, sorting, and re-arranging my studio! The room has been getting more functional since I began this 5000 key making journey BUT…I often couldn’t find things I knew I had only to discover them again after buying replacements. I seriously thought about hiring a local designer for a how best to… Continue reading Studio Tour! with More Text than my usual posts and Lots of Pictures
There is some lovely honeysuckle growing in one of the planters in the parking lot where I work… Of course this became key fodder and version #3 in my Ten Keys Ten Ways Flower Series…I start off each series by making several similar flower keys and then do various things with them (pressing, smashing, painting,… Continue reading Honeysuckle: Keys 1029 – 1040