Category Archives: garden

Feeling like Olaf the Snowman

It’s freezing outside! This morning the thermometer read 1.4 degrees. That is just absurdly cold. So what’s a girl to do when it’s so cold outside?

Go outside and make something for the garden of course!

Inspired by our good friend and talented glass artist, Martha Williams, today seemed like the perfect day to attempt my own garden ice sculpture. Martha posted this on her Facebook page a couple days ago.
Martha WilliamsI was possessed by the concept. “Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore!

  • First I had to get balloons.
  • I found food coloring in the back of the kitchen cabinet.
  • Now I had to fill the balloons with colored water and set them outside.

Work in progress

… and WAIT!

It took at least 24 hours for the balloons to completely freeze. And what better time to go unveil the glassy, ice orbs than a day when it’s almost zero degrees out?

After time outside I felt like Olaf the Snowman, but it was all worth it because now I have a fantastic sculpture in my garden.
Winter Sculpture

Here’s a close up:

Winter sculpture detail
If you look closely at the left side of the picture you will see a glass piece that Martha made for us years ago. Her glass next to the piece inspired by her!
Martha made thisSo thanks to Martha who had inspired so many of the surprises in our garden.  I have a feeling there will be more of these popping up in our garden in the days to come.

What do you think?  Are you going to make an ice sculpture for your garden?

What turns your tongue blue?

Wow, summer went by so quickly this year.  All of a sudden it was Labor Day and  we were off to the 3 County Fair to throw darts at balloons to win silly prizes, ride the ferris wheel, eat cotton candy and other crazy fair food that turns your tongue.

Candy Apple

Drew & Thomas (Photobomb by Jil)

Blue Tongue

Drew & Thomas

In addition to fun times at the county fair, we are enjoying the two barn cats that we recently adopted.  This year our garden was decimated by all the pests.  It was a race to see who could get to the tomatoes first — us or the chipmunks.  We have ventured into the garden to find the remnants of a chipmunk garden buffet.  Our friend and dog sitter told us about working cats.  We were intrigued and finally made the decision to adopt two sweet cats who we have named Odie and Farben.

Odie

Odie

Farben

Farben

Why Odie and Farben?  One of the few stock German phrases in Jil’s repertoire is “Oh! die Farben!”  which translates “Oh! the colors!”  Seemed like funny names for cats, so we went with it.  And the names actually suit them quite well.

So now that summer is over, show season begins which means finding vintage stuff and putting it together to make JunkHead, BabyBots, JunkYard Dogs and more.  Today we updated the events section on our website and on Facebook so you will be able to keep track of us through the end of the year.

We hope you had a great summer and we look forward to seeing you at a show this fall.  Oh and to answer the question of what turns your tongue blue … a wild raspberry slushy!

Longing for the cherry blossoms

Spring is in the air.  This past weekend we turned the clocks ahead one hour and to celebrate, we had our first beer on the deck.  Mother Nature has graced us with lovely weather and so we were able to start cleaning the garden, preparing for the spring flowers.

It’s at this time of year when we start to see little buds push through the ground that we become ridiculously impatient for the color of spring.   Last year we were in D.C. in early April and got to experience the magnificent cherry blossom trees that we talked about here.  It was cold, so we were all bundled up, but it was still an amazing site.

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We definitely need to make plans to go see the cherry blossoms again.

All work and no play…


With the weather getting colder there is more time spent inside and less time spent in the garden. We recently finished landscaping in the front yard by the deck. Sadly this may be the last garden project of this season 😦

These pictures show progress on our GEP (grass eradication program).…before the deck, after the deck and finally with the new landscaping.
Seems like I spend most of the time in the studio getting ready for upcoming shows. Out of a new creative burst emerged these JunkYard Dogs.

Today I go on a scouting mission to find bits to create more JunkYard Dogs.

Trapping Evil Spirits

A few years ago when we were at Kentuck we saw our first bottle tree and ever since have been possessed by them. We had to have one. So after drinking many bottles of wine we finally had enough bottles to make our own bottle tree. Last week, Deb spent a day in the barn welding rebar and this was the result.
What is a bottle tree?
The bottle tree’s origins can be traced back to Africa. It was believed that bottles suspended in the trees would attract evil spirits when the sun glimmered through the bottles. The evil spirits would then be trapped in the bottles.