Tuesday, August 17

Mickey Mouse ears

Little man with Mickey Mouse ears--also Monkey heads in progress and tape butterfly

Little man in body of Gourd Monkey without his Mickey Mouse ears

my head

A few nights back the dogs started going nuts barking at something in the studio. They were adamant that something was in there or something was out there in the darkness. After waiting out the barking and urgency for a while I reluctantly got up to check out the situation. I found Frankenstein at the window barking at something in the yard. However, Bella was turned in the opposite direction barking at the wall. She was distressed and certain that something was there, something I needed to be protected from. I tried to reassure her but with no luck. I went back to the window and saw nothing in the yard. When I looked at the wall Bella was barking at from my place by the window I saw it!

The light in the front yard was shining upwards through the window and casting a shadow on the wall. I have been wearing my hair up in two knots on my head most of this hot Summer. The way the shadow captured my silhouette made it look like a big Micky Mouse head floating on the wall! Next to Mickey was a giant Bat head--Frankenstein's shadow!

The other day while I was trying to make a little animal to fit under the shell, the little man who lives in the Gourd Monkey is standing on, I made up some Mickey Mouse ears for him to wear. I love the Mickey Mouse ears they are a separate piece and also fit on the tip of the Monkey Bowls tail! Funny how these things happen.

-Oh, and for now the light in the front yard stays off!

Onward Monkeys!

Monday, August 16

Whats going on in the yard?

In spite of the harsh hot Summer weather, the garden is doing great!

The Cone flowers died off early this year due to the extreme heat. However, these dried up flowers are the favorite food of the Goldfinch. The bright yellow birds look like new blooms, as they feast on yummy flower seeds.

Garden Bell adds an element of good luck and a haunting ring when the winds kick up.

I have named 2010 the year of the vine--all my vine plants seem to be thriving this year. I mixed some fruit bearing plants in with the decretive ones this year. Check out the squash vine growing over the arch in the flower garden-pretty and practical.

another vine in the garden is this Luffa plant. I trained the vines to grow around the birdbath. It helps to shade the water and keep it cool during the hot days of Summer.

Check out a few more photos of the garden here.

Onward Monkeys!