Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Planting and sketching

With school holidays well underway in to the second week, I’m getting quite accustomed to having the kids about me during the day and time just seems to fly.  I won’t want them to go back to school!  Shall I let you in to a little secret?  When I’m working away in the studio during term-time,  I will quite often put on a Disney movie as background noise… and sometimes even the kids channel on TV… because it makes me feel closer to my own children.  Even though one of them is a young man now (and is more in to Zombie movies!), the kids-movie-melodies still bring back the nostalgia of when he was a babe.

The Autumnal weather in Melbourne has been glorious of late; the skies blue, the sun shining and the temperature absolutely perfect – neither hot nor cold.  I’ve been working in the garden a fair bit, re-potting plants and taking cuttings, and sawing branches off the humungous lemon tree.  One afternoon I sat with some paper and pen to work on a new idea involving a sweet Deer.  I flicked through a couple of magazines passed on to me by a friend while young Miss Rosie bounced away on the trampoline next to me.

Sketching outside

Another embroidery design is underway in my sketches and in my head…

Sketching outside close up

The sketch isn’t finished and it makes me think of the very, very corny joke:  “What do you call a deer with no eye?”  Answer:  “No idea!” (insert rolling of eyes, here!)

Back to the garden…

wheelbarrow

I purchased this old rusty wheelbarrow on eBay recently with a view to using it as a rustic planter in my front yard.  It has some rust holes in it already but needs a few more drilled for drainage.  Then I will plant it up… I think it will look great with Nasturtium and Alyssum, but I’m not sure that they’ll flower during this time of year so I might be better off planting some ornamental cabbages during winter – what do you think?  (Please excuse the weeds in the background, even though I have weed-mat down under the mulch they still find their way through!)

Cordeline

I bought these purple Cordyline from a closing-down garden centre in Narre Warren.  If you are local click here for details.  Most plants were 50% – 75% off retail price.  Two of these will add some sculpture to my front yard and the other will go in to a ceramic pot in the back yard.  I’ll show you when they’re in their new beds!!

What have you been up to this week? 

I’ll be back at the end of the week to show you a gorgeous quilt made by an equally gorgeous lady.  But now I’m off to play Barbie’s with Rosie!

Catch you round like a fruit loop!

Vikki xo

4 comments:

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh sweetie, that deer is divine...really looking forward to seeing how you bring it to life. :-)
LOVE Notebook magazines. So sad they never came back.
Hugs
Jen
xx

Dawn said...

Lots of school holiday busy-ness by the sounds and I love your gardening transformations happenning...hug the kids tight if they'll let you...movies will be the noise next week...lol x x deer is very cute x

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! That little deer looks like its going to be a sweetie. Hey ... adding to you deer joke ... what do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs ... STILL no-eyed deer! Tee! Hee! Hee! Did I mention I love sick jokes! :0) Happy gardening and stitching - Bear Hugs! KRIS

M Buc said...

Vikki, what a sweet deer! Several years ago we decided to put our round bales of hay down by one of the ponds further away from the building (to cut down on the cow poops) only to find the deer had eaten all the hay. They jump the fence and get into the garden too! But I love them. :)

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