*Warning, this is a great-grandmother post with videos* So you might be bored to death ;)
I have been meaning to post some stuff that I have found lately but when I get home from work, I have just run out of gas!
The Peonies have bloomed, the Clematis - gone, Columbine have gone to seed. the Hydrangeas are going full blast along with the morning glories (which I battled daily - does anyone know how to get rid of those buggers?) and the Honeysuckle looks very happy on the very sunny days. Summer is here. I traded photographing flowers, for Mason. My newest little flower. ;)
My personal creativity has taken a back seat to holding and instagramming Mason, looking but not cleaning my incredibly messy house, lots of Fred Hutch work, helping my mom out, making dog food and dreaming of how I am going to get the backyard weeded without putting myself in the hospital. In other words, I feel really overwhelmed these days.
As my husband reminds me daily, enjoy this time and don't get stressed. Nothing last forever. He is right. I am making a supreme effort to enjoy each minute with Mason and the kids and not worry so much about the mess, the money, old Pica, the washing machine that stopped washing ... you know the stuff that makes up life. And really enjoy the minutes that make the future.
It is that time of year that I can not pass up a little plastic pot of poppies. I know they will not make it in my wet and rainy yard, but that does not dissuade me from bringing them home to admire and love. Many years ago, my friend and neighbor, Laura and I planted double poppies and they came back for a couple of years ... only to vanish later. But I love those double poppies. I have never had luck starting poppies from seed. My solution now is just to enjoy what I can buy at the store in a pot and dream of the double poppy.
The Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule, syn. Papaver croceum, P. miyabeanum, P. amurense, and P. macounii) is a boreal flowering plant. Native to subpolar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia (but not in Iceland), Iceland poppies are hardy but short-lived perennials, often grown as biennials, that yield large, papery, bowl-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers supported by hairy, one foot, curved stems among feathery blue-green foliage 1-6 inches long. They were first described by botanists in 1759. The wild species blooms in white or yellow, and is hardy from USDA Zones 3a-10b.
"The Matilija Poppy must be conceded the queen of all flowers," wrote
Mary Elizabeth Parsons in her charming 1897 book, The Wild Flowers of California.
What caught her eye were the huge-four to eight inches across-chalk white,
uniquely fragrant blossoms. This stunning flower has six petals that seem
to be made of soft crepe paper that has been crumpled and then pleated. The
center, a golden cluster of dozens of pollen bearing stamen, elicits the descriptive
popular name 'fried-egg" plant.
Matilija (pronounced ma-til-li-ha) is the lovely name given by native
Americans, who appreciated its beauty and value as a medicinal plant. In The
late nineteenth century, the renowned botanist Alice Eastwood named it trichocalyx-trico
meaning "hair" and calyx meaning "sepals" for the three leafy parts covering
the bud. (Below)
"In Fontanive’s machines, minutely toothed gears, clips, roughly finished brass, nuts, bolts, racks, wormwheels and sprockets absorb as much interest – and make up the sculpture – as the floating image before us, which seems to confess with pride the machine-made nature of its movement. -Gilda Williams"
We have had sunshine for the entire weekend! Instead of cleaning, I opted to garden and plant a few plants hanging out on the porch. I almost cut the end of my thumb off with a new gardening tool. ;0 I keep wanting to buy flowers, I think I am really missing summer and shooting. Some day soon I am going to invest in a new camera.
It is tough for me not to have time to drink in the sights and fragrances of spring. I miss having time to document beautiful things, nature (coming and going) but that is the dilemma I find myself in now. Strapped for time and lacking the energy. On my way home tonight, I forced myself to stop at a church and smell a blooming cherry tree. Took a couple of branches for fun. Stopped by the abandoned house and grabbed a couple of Magnolia blossoms.
That does not mean I don't use my iPad to snap up photos of Mason all weekend. ;) I have traded a camera for an iPad and a flower for a baby. You can follow me on Instagram and keep up with our Mason story. ;)
Print is more time consuming than web work, that is for sure. With my last project, Hutch Award Luncheon (my first big project at my new job) included print, invitations, web, and these really big graphics on an HD video screen at Safeco Field.
Of course, I did not do this alone. My first project, just trying to find files, learn the system, styles, printers, etc. I had lots of help. We decided to run over before the event to have a look and it was a little overwhelming to see the logo soooo large on the HD video screen.
With that project finished for this year (will start again in August for the next), I have all ready moved on to the new, big project along with lots of small stuff all day. In other words, my new job is really busy.
But just as working for the newspaper, when you see an illustration of yours waded up and thrown in the trash. Seeing all the printed collateral going to the trash, keeps it into perspective.
The holidays are mercifully over. Tree is put away. Ribbons stashed in the recycled box. I was so busy this holiday, I only put lights on the trees and did not hang one ornament. Wow. How does that happen? We will appreciate them so much more next year. Christmas falling in the middle of the week just put us all off. I know I said this last year, but I really want to be more organized so I can actually enjoy the holidays. David bought me a iPad so I have been taking lots of photos of Mason, who knows me, loves AND laughs and coos with me. She is just 2 months old and is all ready wanting to be standing instead of laying down. Making eye contact. Interacting. It is all pretty amazing.
Now matter how bad the day, seeing her when I get home puts it all right.
I think I can share this now, since the ads are running Seattle Times. I have been working on Fred Hutch Award Luncheon graphics, invitation, catalog, evites, posters ... I have been in email hell this week. Another thing I need to make time for, watch Lynda.com Dreamweaver - how to create emails ... and now my next project is Premier Chefs Dinner. Wish me luck.