News Day – Tuesday: High Tide

 Welcome to News Day – Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

 

“High Tide” Necklace

I made the “High Tide” Necklace earlier this summer and shared it as part of the Beads Of Clay reveal, but I’ve only just now listed it in my shop.  This necklace would make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone who loves the ocean!  Shoot, I love the ocean–it would be perfect for me!  lol! 

High Tide Necklace

High Tide Necklace

The somewhat abstract depiction of high waves with a setting sun is so unique and striking! I just love this one-of-a-kind pendant by Porcelain Jazz.

"High Tide" Necklace

“High Tide” Necklace

Other News:

Happy Autumn!  This is my favorite season of the year, and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest, until it eventually gives way to the rain, drizzle and gray skies that the Seattle area is so famous for.  We’ve had a long drought this summer and actually the forests and gardens are in desperate need of the rain.  I decorated the house for Autumn last weekend.  Our dahlias are bravely holding on, even though they are longing for rain.  I love flowers, second only to beads, so I created 3 autumn bouquets for our house.  Here’s what is now in the front hallway.

dahlia arrangement

…or 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day of Autumn!

I Heart Macro – Peonies

I ♥ Macro Sunday!

Not satisfied being just a pretty garden flower, peonies are exuberantly  large, with ruffled depth and petticoat-like ruffles.  I love to snip the stems short and float the blossoms in shallow bowls or stemware dessert glasses.

peony just before blooming

Peony bud

peony bud, just before blooming.

peony bud bursting open

peony bud about to open up

peony bud, stating to open

peony starting to bloom

peony bud reaching skyward.

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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I Heart Macro – Orchids and Earrings

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I have a small collection of orchids, on my kitchen window sill, that I either nurture to bloom or kill.  I seem to do a bit of both.  Knowing that I love orchids, my family often gives me new orchids on my birthday or Mother’s Day.   This past Mother’s Day, my daughter, Naomi, (a metalsmith) outdid herself in the orchid department.

She gave me this gorgeous orchid, that is still blooming gloriously. I thought it would make a great subject for this Sunday’s macro photo.

violet and white moth orchid

Mother’s Day orchid from Naomi

“But wait, that’s not all!”, as they say on TV.   When my eyes lit upon the orchid pot, I saw that tucked into the rim were a pair of sterling silver orchid earrings that Naomi had designed for me!

handmade sterling silver orchid earrings

Sterling silver orchid earrings – Gift from my daughter.

I was deeply touched by this gift.  Here’s a pair of earrings, designed with love by my daughter, to reflect my personal passion for flowers, especially orchids.  Check out the cool texturing, the exacting craftsmanship and the central rivet which holds it all together.

Artisan made orchid earrings by Naomi Landig

Orchid earring, close-up photo

I love these earrings and I wear them often.  More importantly though;  I love my daughter and am thankful for her thoughtful gift and her wonderful presence in my life.

Now, as a bonus, I’ll include a macro photo of another orchid of mine that is also in bloom at this time.

moth orchid

This one has been a reliable bloomer for several years now.

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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I Heart Macro – Pussy Willows

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

 

We had a huge storm here about a month ago.  Branches and trees blew down all over the city.  We live near a wetland area, where pussy willows grow large; happy to have their feet wet all the time.  Pussy willow branches broke off in the storm and littered the sides of our little country road.

6 pussy willow buds

Pussy willows at dawn

I discovered that even when pussy willows have been snapped off from the tree and even when they’ve laid on the ground for 2 or 3 weeks, the downed branches still have enough  life in them to put forth pussy willows and continue  the cycle of life.

 close up of 2 emerging pussywillow catkins

Pussy willow catkins

There is a lesson here for me.  Although at times I may feel broken by life’s storms; although I feel that pieces of me lay scattered on the ground; there is still life within me. I can summon that life to grow anew.  I can go on.

blooming pussy willows

Pussy willows with pollen

4 pussy willows with pollen

Pussy willows with pollen

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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I heart macro – Primroses

Primrose Love

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband gave me a basket of primroses for Valentines Day.  He knows how much I love them.  They always give me hope that spring is around the corner and they help me get through the long, gray days of February.

flowers

flowers

Flowers

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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Big Sale & ♥ i heart macro ♥

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

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Simply enter the Coupon Code LMAJ15 at check out.

I’ll be joining over 35 other Handmade Artisans in the 

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale!

Click on the image above to go to the links to all the participants and to be entered into their fabulous giveaway.

**This is a great time to start your holiday shopping, or get something you’ve been eying for yourself.**

A big “Thank you!” to Love My Art Jewelry  for organizing and hosting this sale!

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Dahlias

I love the dahlias at this time of year.  Can’t get enough of them!

Pink Dahlia macro photo

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia macro photo

Pink Dahlia

Fuchsia and yellow Dahlia macro photo

Fuchsia and yellow Dahlia

Red and yellow Dahlia close up photo

Red and yellow Dahlia

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Orchids

Orchids

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I have a small collection of orchids on my kitchen window sill.  I water them when I remember, but I don’t fuss over them.  Two are blooming now.  The blooms last a month or more.  I had one orchid that bloomed from the beginning of Dec. until the middle of July this year!

Magenta colored orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchid buds on a branch

White Phalaenopsis Orchid Buds

White orchid in bloom

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

Close up view of center of a white orchid

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

close up of orchid, showing white tendrils

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Blueberries

Picky-Picky-Picking!

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I went blueberry picking last week.  I’m not very fast.  My friend filled up two cans in the time it took me to fill one.  But I enjoy getting out and picking berries and then having fresh berries for breakfast smoothies and muffins!  I was struck by how beautiful the partially ripened fruit was, with its greens, magentas and blues. And I love the little “frill” at the top of each berry.

Fresh picked blueberries

M-m-m-m, fresh blueberries!

green and magenta blueberries

Check out those colors!

green and magenta blueberries

The colors make me wish I could paint!

And here is one of the results of all this picky-picky-picking!

blueberry muffins in the tin

Warm blueberry muffins, right out of the oven!

I also love to make smoothies for breakfast.  Here’s Linda’s top-secret recipe for:

Superior Smoothies

Serves 1

1/4 cup frozen blueberries (or any berries of your choice)

1/2 sliced banana, frozen

1/4 cup 1% or nonfat milk

1/4 cup nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt

Buzz the ingredients in the blender and enjoy!  The frozen berries make it cold, like ice cream, only its full of good health.  Cheers!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

Close up of center of sunflower, showing the spiral pattern of the stamens.

Sunflower

marcro shot of sunflower

Sunflower

macro shot of sunflower center

sunflower

macro shot of upper part of a sunflower

Good morning, sunshine!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Pollen

Pollen

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

More goodies from the garden.  I made another bouquet and then took these close-up shots.:

Macro shot of flower centersthree brown flower centers with yellow rings of pollen

yellow dahlia edged in pinklilac colored flowers in my dahlia bouquet

bouquet of Dahlias

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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