Wednesday, September 28, 2011

x-traordinary Spencer

At, it is Alphabe-Thursday and the letter is "X". I have to say I have the most x-traordinary dog. He is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Regal, huh? His name is Spencer. He is named after Spencer Tracy because I found Spencer Tracy feisty but endearing just like my pup.

Now, you ask, what is so special about him? Just look at the pictures below, and you decide.
First day home...x-traordinary cute!
First Halloween....x-traordinary patient!

Trying to  rest...x-traordinary sleepy!
Posing...x-traordinary friend.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wet Weather

It's Alphabe-Thursday at Today's letter is "W". The weather in PA is the wettest weather we have ever had. August went on record as the wettest August on record.
Now, there are some benefits to all this rain. Usually, our flowers are burnt to a crispy brown, but look how beautiful they are.
There are some disadvantages in my garden. Check out the giant purple berried weed in my beautiful Pyracantha.

Weeds have grown to gigantic size along with the growth of the flowers. So you see you have to take the good with the bad.... wet, wet weather!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

"V" is for the color Violet

At, it is Alphabe-Thursday. The letter of the week is "V". In the last year I have returned to my love of art. I have a room devoted to drawing, painting, gluing and journaling. I love color. So, the obvious. "V" is for violet. Violet is a shade of purple. It is a lighter shade than actual purple, and it is a mix of blue and red. I have the color violet in many forms.

Violet is associated with mysticism, purpose & imagination. Violet is the symbol of royalty, nobility, ceremony, mystery, trans formation, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance, and mourning. V is for the Very Vivacious Violet!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hanging Decorated Owl Postcard

At , Palma was hosting an owl hanging decorated postcard trade. This was my first postcard trade. Who doesn't love owls? I decided to go whimsical. My owl is made using mixed media and hung with an old beaded necklace. He flew off to Pandora in Dallas, Texas.

"Famous Painting" ATC

Willowing trade for August was "Famous Painting". My trade partner is Kylie from Australia. I chose The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt. I'm enthralled with his use of gold. He is my favorite artist. The second painting was "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. It is such a beautiful portrait. This is my interpretation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday Under the Stars

It is not a pretty plant! My sister would tell me stories of an event that would occur in her home. She would arrive home from work and be smacked in the nose with an unbelievable fragrance. She knew what was happening.....The Night Blooming Cereus was getting ready to bloom.

 I became the lucky recipient of this gangly looking cactus when my sis moved from PA to Hawaii. I've had it for two years (almost). It sits on my windowsill during our frosty, cold winter months. When spring arrives, out it goes, to sit in my garden under the Redbud Tree.

Well, It happened! One day seven blooms appeared. I wondered would it happen that night. You see, this plant only blooms in the darkest hours of the night and only blooms for one night. I checked all night, afraid to go to bed and miss this event. It didn't bloom til the next night. It was like watching slow motion. It started to swell around 9PM and continued to open fully around midnight.

I enlisted the help of hubby (he was the flash light holder) while I snapped the pictures. Just to let you know, the flowers measured about nine inches round and had the sweetest fragrance that permeated the yard. Who would imagine that such a spindly looking cactus could produce such magnificence!