Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sultry Summer Sun




sultry summer sun
lazy days
basking in the hot 
gleaming rays

sunrise early morn
golden dawn
children running through
sprinkled lawn

sultry summer sun
rising high
cotton fluffs adorn
cobalt sky

gentle waves play tag 
on the shore
seagulls ride the breeze
eagles soar

fall will soon be here
leaves ablaze
vivid hues replace
summer days.
                   


©2012 Laura Crumm


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wall Flowers For Home Decor

I'm increasingly becoming more overwhelmed when I see my work room.  So many pieces of glass, ceramic, china and metal to be put together to form art pieces.  I'm always shopping for just the right piece to go with one I have started, then come home with six or more more pieces.  I need to just spend a couple days catching up, but so much of the fun is in the hunt.

A few months ago I opened my second etsy shop, Artistic Butler.  It hasn't been a success story so far, but I'm not giving up.  Because of health problems I haven't promoted it like I need to do.  My garden flowers in Recycle Room are selling well, so I decided to try some of them for indoor wall art in my Artistic Butler shop.  I'll be listing some of them soon.  Here are a few samples.  I'm using found jewelry for some centers.  .




















































Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Home For the Birds

A friend of ours asked us to make a birdhouse for her.  She was open to any design as long as it was painted yellow.  Hubby did the carpenter work and I was the designer.  I bought the brass hinge to make the door at a thrift shop.  I found the rest in my stash except the license plate which belonged to the recipient.   This was the first time I had tried twisting wire with a drill.  Actually, hubby did it, but I told him what I wanted done.  When he was through I arranged the limbs and roots the way I wanted them and he screwed the tree to the house.  Our friend was happy with it.  I hope the birds will be, too.
























Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Beauty

There's no place more beautiful than western Washington in the summertime. The spring blossoms are gone, but there's the later flowers to keep our interest. The skies are blue (at least for a few days), the water in the bays sparkle and Mount Baker with its snow cap is awesome.  Here are a few of my photos taken from Fidalgo Island.  



Dock at Sunset Beach in Washington Park on the northwest side of the island.  I caught this shot just as the sun had gone down and children were fishing from the dock.






Kayak reflection.  I love taking photos of reflections, both water and window.  This is the perfect location for that.









Purse seiner headed for best fishing grounds.  Commercial fishing is a big industry here, both in local waters and Alaska.  









Old boat house on Guemes Island across the Guemes Channel 
north of Fidalgo Island.




Lady of the Sea statue at Seafarers' Park on the east side of Fidalgo Island overlooking the bay.  There is also a monument there honoring all the Anacortes commercial fishermen who have died in fishing accidents.
                         
        
                                                         
                                            

Every summerneeds 
a sunflower!!











Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Forecast - Warm and Sunny

It was 86 degrees today in sunny Anacortes!  Every warm, dry day we get is fully appreciated.  We had an unusually wet, cold spring.  Hubby is picking ripe strawberries from his patch (I say 'his' because I have nothing to do with the vegetable garden, fruit trees or the berry vines).  He even brought in three ripe blueberries.  YUM!  Wanting more....as long as he picks them.  

I haven't had much ambition since my three surgeries during the last eighteen months, so my flower pots are sitting empty.  I really want to hit the sales this weekend and get a few planted.  One of the nurseries near us is having a 40% off sale on some small perennials and annuals.  Good time to stock up.  

DH (dear hubby) went on a long motorcycle ride today with some of his buddies.  It's amazing what he can do at 81 years of age with congestive heart failure and three months after his sixth heart attack.  I figure when he dies he'll die on the golf course or on his motorcycle.  I have to admire him for not sitting here in his chair day after day like some men do when they develop health problems.

Enjoy the summer wherever you are.  I know some of you would nearly kill for some of our spring rain.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beach Art


Drifting scent of seaweed 
repugnant to the unaccustomed,
to me, is sweet perfume.

This flora of water’s garden
reveals a tapestry too intricate
to be crafted by human culture.

Sculptured writing on the shore,
penned by the tide, rising, receding,
is not limited to capabilities of mortals.

Raging turbulence,
striking the base of craggy bluffs,
gives undue glory to its power.

As a blanket of dusk unfolds,
absence of daytime’s blaze
creates an aura of solace…

and silent memories linger.


©Laura Crumm 2014





                                                





Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Clematis Time

I know it's mid spring when the clematis starts to bloom.

It's hard to know which spring flower is my favorite, but the clematis is right up there near the top. We also have some beautiful rhodies in bloom. 

I was finally physically able to do a little work in the garden the last couple of days.  There was a lot of grass growing in one of the back yard flower beds.  We have no grass....except in our flower beds.  I don't know where it's coming from!  I dug, pulled it up and replaced it with some low growing sedum that was spreading over various areas of the yard, just here and there.  There's still a lot that needs to be done.  Hubby and I neither one have the energy to take care of it like we used to do.  I think by next year we're going to need to hire somebody to help.  Here's more clematis photos.