Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween!

A sneak peek of my costume!

The roses are made of wide, wired sheer ribbon. The leaves are natural lacquered leaves....

No, that's not me modeling it... I thought Jack-O-Lee lantern  looked absolutely fabulous in it!  Don't you?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Haiku my Heart Friday - Myakka Prairie Post 2...


She tries to escape
the eye, resembling a leaf,
but the lens spies her...
DDD2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Tea...

I'm enjoying some British Blend decaf tonight... You know how I love my black tea...

This is my latest mismatched tea set... 4 of 5 blue and white flowered cups I found at the Habitat thrift store and the teapot I found at the PAWS thrift store.  I think they go quite well together, although there is another white teapot at the PAWS store that might go better, in that it is round and has a rounded handle... We'll just have to see...

I've been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. It was something special that my mom and I shared... Like a tannin colored stream connecting us.  It still connects me to her. I had tea sets and tea parties as a child. It was the only girlie thing I did. I still have some of those pieces... some broken and others orphaned... like some children that lose their connections.

I also have teapots and sets that have been handed down through generations in my family... others given as gifts between mother and daughter as I grew up...and still others that I've received and collected myself. They are time machines, connecting me to the past, to my family, to my history...

And to you Dear Tuesday Tea Friends... and in doing so, tea connects all of us to all corners of the world and to times gone by and times not yet experienced... Time machines indeed...
 
fine china, silver,
stoneware, porcelain, copper...
time machines with spouts
DDD 2010

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Favorite Doll Maker...

I got an email from my absolute favorite art doll maker, Griselda, this morning. I have 4 of her dolls and love them dearly. Her more recent work is even more creative and magical... She's an awesome artist!

This one I saw and had to have it...

It represents my mom's spirit perfectly...

old quilt, white feathers, beautiful dark face...

And this little dragonfly spirit, I bought at the same time, because it resembles my spirit...













They hang in my office.  Anyway... Gris has a blog, an Etsy shop and a website...
She'd love a visit from you!

http://gristello.blogspot.com/
Check out her side bar for the website and Etsy store!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Myakka Prairie - Post 1

Florida's Palmetto Prairie habitat is a very floristically diverse ecosystem.  One of the reasons for this diversity is that the prairie is a pyric community... That is, it's managed with fire... historically, by natural lightening fires and now by prescribed burns. 


drip torch in one hand
blueberries in the other
pyric habitat








exploding color
diversity in earnest
comes after the burn

pyric wildflowers
come to life after the burn
reaching for the sky

photos and haiku copyright D. Dianne Davies

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Tea and Tomorrow's Adventure...

Drinking cold (no ice) decaf black tea tonight... I have this thirst I can't seem to shake today.  Anyway, I thought I had posted this pastel painting before, but couldn't find it in my archives... This is Audubon's Crested Cara Cara... a regal bird that lives in Florida's prairie habitat.



I've been planning a field trip for some Board members to drive through the Myakka River watershed.  The highlight of the trip will be the drive through the Myakka Prairie.  The Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest State Parks.  Combine that with adjacent District and County conservation lands and you have one big hunk of Florida.  The prairie is mesic, meaning it can be wet or dry depending on the time of year.  Tomorrow I'm doing my trip recon... I'm meeting a park biologist and we are going to drive the prairie and determine the best route to take my Board members.  Yay!!!  I LOVE this place!!! The wildflowers are incredible and hopefully there will be some blooming to photograph... Like these...



Helianthus angustifolia - Narrow Leaved Sunflowers - There's a green spider on one of these. Can you find it?



Helianthus radula - Rayless Sunflowers - They don't look like much here, but they are a beautiful deep violet red in color.  They are one of my favorites.

Either way... I'll be gone until Friday night (no the field trip won't be that long, but I have other business down south too)... and I'm planning (again) to do the wine fest Saturday, so hopefully I won't be too worn out (like last time when I had been traveling all week)!  So Happy Tea Tuesday and don't forget to visit Kimmie's side bar to find more Tuesday Tea!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Haiku my Heart Friday...



(Photo by TD)

Still waters reflect
the lovely, changing gray light
of October skies.
DDD2010

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday Tea...

Isn't this the cutest mug cozy!!!! 
I found it on Etsy at Natalya's Studio



I just had to feature this cute cozy for Tuesday Tea!  Wouldn't a lovely British breakfast blend or maybe a soothing cup of Chamomile tea taste wonderful while being kept warm in this?

Happy Tea Tuesday!  For more Tuesday Tea visit Kimmie and look for us on her sidebar.

Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm back...

I'm back home...  I'm exhausted...



I'm skipping the wine fest tomorrow... I need the rest...
I will list more items in my Etsy shop though... I can do that between naps....

Monday, October 4, 2010

Busy Bee...



I'm going to be a busy bee this week. I'll be working out of town Tuesday through Friday afternoon.  Then I'll be setting up again at the wine fest on Saturday.  I don't know whether I'll be able to get online or not, so... have a wonderful and creative week!

Dianne

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Etsy Shop is Open Again!

I just posted some stuff in my Etsy Shop Pieces of D and hope to get more listed this weekend! So stay tuned!






I'm also trying to get a button for it here on my blog... gotta figure that one out!
Love to all!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Haiku my Heart Friday...





Red persimmon leaves...
subtle changes in the air...
Florida autumn...
DDD2010

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