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Something Different



Lemon Grass:  I think it's really cool and I'm not entirely sure why.  It's sharp and sticky so you need to be careful handling it.  But it smells great! I've had it in my head that I want to try weaving or doing something with it.  Today, I made this little heart.


To go in a little arrangement.


I have recently been so inspired by Christine de Beer.  Her site is chock full of tutorials and inspiration for flower arrangements!  She really helps a person think on a broader scale!

If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen that the girls and I went to the farm to glean wheat from their one wheat field yesterday.  While we were there we also foraged some Equisetum or Horsetail Grass.  I discovered this grass last year and a friend let me dig some from her place.  Mine is growing, but I don't want to cut and use it yet as there are only 8 or so sprigs.  My husband told me he had seen some at the farm. It had been sprayed so the tops were dying.  I decided to just cut off the tops. :) 


This grass is so so so cool!  I made some bundles of it not really knowing what I wanted to do with it.  Then the idea came to use it as an armature so to speak.  I'm sure that inspiration came from Christine de Beer's work. She also inspired this arrangement I posted on Instagram.


I put a small vial in the middle of the grass stalks to hold water.  Christine used small balloons as little vases in one of her creations!


I chose Dill and Feverfew for my flowers.


The base is a simple vintage plate.

This was so fun to make.  I have had the tables and counters full of flowers from the garden now for weeks and this was fun to go a different route with the design.

I have some grass in a jar of water because I read that you can root it and  I'd like to plant a bigger patch of it. I've read it can be invasive though so I'll have to be careful.  I'm going to let this bundle dry, I'm pretty sure it should hold up.  I have one more bunch of grass and a lot of wheat yet, not sure what I'l do with it all.  I have ideas of a wreath and maybe bundles of it.

The last two days have been such beautiful weather here, I hope it is for you too!




Another Month Slipped By

Hello!

It's been a full, but great month!  Our fourth daughter graduated and with that were all the end of the year activities that go along with May.  Plus, there was moving our son into another apartment and other family events.  We also were able to meet another great niece and I took a few pictures of her.

I thought I'd post a few of them here. 



The most incredible light was filtering in through the nursery window and I saw an opportunity for beautiful silhouettes!


A little tiny baby yawn.  So sweet!


She is a beautiful baby.




They have a clothesline in their backyard so I seized that opportunity for a fun photo!  Pretty sure they are dryer people like me and her little clothes won't hang out there regularly.  I'd like to have a clothesline. I keep looking for poles and I know where there is a set, but haven't asked about them yet. But truthfully, I'd only use it for photos!

I hope to be back here before another month goes by.  Our youngest daughter will be having surgery next week to remove a cyst from one of her kidneys.  They anticipate her needing to spend one to two nights in the hospital.  I will be really happy when we are on the other side of that surgery and back home.  There isn't a concern about it being anything serious, but it needs to be removed to prevent infections and stones in the future. She's nervous about it as you can imagine. 

  I hope you have a nice Memorial Day weekend!

Moody Spring Buds


Yesterday, I was working outside and when I was coming in for a short break I thought I'll take a few minutes to clip some budding branches and see how they looked arranged.


This little arrangement is quite cheery in the dining room.


The days are finally getting a bit warmer here.


The more red buds here are from a small branch off of a Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree.  Last fall as I was pruning like a crazy woman, I accidentally pruned, from the bottom, one big pillar of the one of the small trees we have outside our lawn.  Oops.  I've saved said pruned branch, thinking that dried sand cherry wood could be pretty.  We'll see.


Each season is so special in it's own way. Spring, full of potential. I think the moody edit of these photos emphasize that.


It was fun to use my macro lens since it's been tucked away in my camera bag for awhile.

I hope you allow yourself to take a break too from your "gotta get done" list to enjoy what is before you.


A Short Break From Graduation Prep

We celebrated our oldest granddaughter's 6th birthday on Sunday.  I want to keep in practice so filmed just enough to put together a little film, but not too much that it would take me forever to sift through, because there "is stuff to get done"! I'm not much of a list maker any longer, but I foresee lists made in this next month.

It felt good to go back into this software and remember what I've learned so far. Mostly.  Had to "relearn" a little.  Just a few weeks away from a new skill and you can lose it.


RORY'S BIRTHDAY from Jill Ruskamp on Vimeo.

I'm also trying to remember what I've learned from watching our older home movies that I've mentioned on here before, to film the adults and the others who are present at whatever event I am taping. The whole room is part of the story.

The sun is shining here today!!
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