Saturday, March 30, 2013

Morning coffee sketch and blasts from the past!

I found my old handmade sketch book that was started in what looks like 2010. I added my coffee cup and a haiku this morning, and am adding a few of my past favorites. What fun to find this. At the time it was started I was doing sketches in colored inks in alphabetical order....first all fruits, then I added a hand drawn butterfly to each page, and alphabet stickers by MaryEngelbreit. It has really evolved. From there I started with some zentangles, and I see the grands have picked it up too and added some art for me!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's a rainy night in.... Florida!

My DIL took this shot as the big rains began here tonight. It sounds so good to sleep to!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Color changing roses with time...

Roses are such fun! They bloom one color and many times turn a whole different color as they age. Here are three at different stages. The pink one is a yellow one after about three weeks post blooming.

Friday, March 15, 2013

An old desk given new purpose!

My daughter is clearing out old furniture from her room, making way for new. We were going to donate this old desk, but I thought it would make a much cuter area for succulents! Not too many succulents left in here, but what do you think????? I love it. Best part is that I view it right outside the sliding glass door from my usual couch sitting spot. YES!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Flowers in my yard today

A little of everything and some Surinam Cherries too. Everyone have a wonderful rest of the week! xoxo- Julie

Saturday, March 9, 2013

As a follow up to my last post regarding making the Scrub Jay the Florida State bird, you can follow on it on TWITTER....or add to the discussion.

There was a petition, but now it seems closed.  I suppose anyone interested could still copy this  and send to a high ranking official with the State of Florida...maybe your own congressman???

Florida state government 
Make the Florida Scrub-jay the new state bird

The Florida Scrub-jay is not only the only bird native to Florida, but it is also a threatened species that becomes rarer each day as human development projects build over the homes of this low-nesting species. Sometimes, to avoid preventative legal action that would protect the Florida Scrub-jay, large groups of feral cats are released into a nesting ground to eat the scrub-jays and their babies so developers can build without hindrance from the government. By making the Florida Scrub-jay the new state bird, we can raise awareness about the plight of this dwindling species and save the (est.) 4000 mating pairs that remain before this little bird leaves the earth forever.


[Your name]
I think I will do it.  I like the idea of saving this species.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Florida Scrub Jay day!

Today, my DH and friend, Karen and I went out to a Scrub Jay Festival in a state park here.  I became aware of this bird, which lives only in Florida scrub habitat, an ecosystem that exists only in Florida and is characterized by nutrient-poor soil, occasional drought and frequent wildfires.   There is an ongoing campaign to name the Florida Scrub Jay the new state bird of Florida. The main argument for changing the state bird is that the current state bird (the Northern Mockingbird) is the state bird of several other states, while the Scrub Jay is exclusive to Florida.  Now that I know about this species, (which, by the way, is on the Threatened list), .....I hope it will become our state bird!  (Picture and info taken from wikipedia source).
You can read more HERE. And HERE.