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Indigo Blossoms…

October 14, 2014

Indigo Blossoms… waiting for those seeds for next years planting.

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I harvested all the blossoms, even the tiniest ones and put them all in water until they matured into seeds.

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Indigofera Tinctoria bears the common name true INDIGO. The plant was one of the original sources of indigo dye. True indigo is a shrub one to two meters high. It may be an annual, biennial, or perennial,
depending on the climate in which it is grown.
It has light green pinnate leaves and sheafs of pink or violet flowers as seen above.


 For more info on: How to Grow Indigofera Tinctoria? VISIT


Eternal Terrarium

August 26, 2014

“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

But you are eternal and you are the mirror.”

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

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“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them,
and that is eternity.” ― Edvard Munch

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“We’re always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that’s all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can’t help feeling that that’s what it is.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Fresh and precious!

July 24, 2014

My e-Stamp Yellow Warbler - an archival pigment print is featured in:

Another beautiful Etsy treasury created by the talented Irith Mashiah,
she creates beautiful handmade jewelry from silver gold and stones. 

Fresh Summer Finds treasury by riorita

Irith is endlessly searching for new ideas. and it shows in her wonderful jewelry!
Here is a sampling of some of her unique & precious pieces:

 
Visit her store: RioRita Jewelry


Click to hear the Nashville Warbler sing

A tomato treasure!

July 22, 2014

 

Sometimes my Etsy Store is invited into an ETSY TREASURY,
and it is always makes me feel so, so appreciated.

“You say tomato…”  a treasury by Amy and Michelle from So Twisted Up was an outstanding one!

"You say tomato" an Etsy treasury

In this treasury my “Tomato Art Fest e-Stamp” was featured!
You can purchase this tomato treasure HERE


 “If life deals you lemons, make lemonade; if it deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Marys”

Finding Indigo!

July 8, 2014

 I ordered some Japanese Indigo seeds from MilkweedQuilts on Etsy and sowed them this spring.

After they sprouted I transplanted them to the soil in my garden.
A couple of months of growing went by and while watering early one morning…

I spotted a blue stain…

Indigo Leaf with drawing © LisaRivas

…on that one leaf,

Indigo Leaf - Lisa Rivas

and it slowly turned into the heavens!

Next comes the harvest


 I truly enjoyed reading Catherine McKinley’s new book, 
INDIGO: In search of the color that seduced the world.


 It is the history of indigo along with Catherine’s personal quest, travels and finds.