Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Vintage Drawer Reliquary Doll

Well, eight months later... and I've finally
finished my mixed media doll: "The Butterfly Boy!"
Emerging from a chrysalis made with mulberry papers, 
dyed netting, glass beads and rusty wire.

My $4 find at the "Art of Recycle" store in Ephrata, PA
has gone from this...

To this... covered with decorative tissue papers
using paper mach√©, adding a print of a Monarch butterfly, 
and a vintage kitchen soap holder with a dangling chrysalis.

I sculpted a basic chrysalis shape using paper-clay
and then covered it with a photocopied print from
an actual chrysalis, using paper mach√© paste. 
Final touch: adding additional gold dots and highlights.


It seems to be a universal theme: "Transitions!"

Be blessed... Daryle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September? Summer Slipped By Me...

Our summer here in South Jersey has been full...
Visits from out-of-state family... 
Lots of time with our grandsons both here and up in Vermont...
Gardening...
But also... that creative muse continues to tease me.
(and I'm O.K. with that!)
I snapped this pic of Katie's favorite potted coleus, 
just as the sun was going down!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Underwater Wonders!


We took our grandsons to the Adventure Aquarium this past week...
I captured (well, on my iPhone) these alien visitors.  
Hmmmm, I suppose the truth is: I was the alien... in their world!

In life's ebb and flow here in South Jersey; 
my creative bent has taken a needful retreat!
Be blessed... Daryle

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Along the Fence...

One of my favorite Robert Frost quotes:
"Don't ever take a fence down, until you know why it was put up."

These photos of our flower garden, were just now taken 
along our neighbor's split-rail fence...

Now I understand why the fence shouldn't come down:
We share with this dear neighbor our faith, our flowers, 
and...
her fence provides the perfect photo-shoot background!

We've been very slack here...on posting.
Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Our Azalea's Remarkable Recovery!

If you recall our post (March 17th) with the ice-clad Azaleas... 
Well, I just snapped this pic today (no touch-ups, only resizing).
And yup... this is the same bush photographed in mid-March.

It would seem they're a hardy, rugged stock!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beware: Border Jumpers Spotted in South Jersey!

A word of caution... This cluster of white Forget-Me-Nots
was recently spotted on the south side of our property
seeking asylum beneath a decorative maple.
Clusters of blue and pink family members have also
been seen in our neighbor's flower garden; adjacent to us.
If you should come across any of these... Our best advice:
Please... welcome them to their new home!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

After the (Ice) Storm...

We were concerned, here in South Jersey, 
following the recent ice storm that the peach crop would fail. 
But, like the locals... the peach stock is hardy!
Look at those blossoms (no enhanced color).