Category Archives: colorlove

southwest birdhouse

My creative handyman {CraftyMan?} Mr. D and I have been teaming up on crafting groovy birdhouses. I’ve mentioned his mad wood-working skills a few times {but after researching this statement, clearly I need to brag more…bad wife!}.  After becoming a gardener and spending most of the day outside, I realized we really needed to put up bird houses for the large population we have around le homestead. While it is fascinating to snap pictures of them as they go from egg to adolescence and fly away – hopefully this will encourage them to stop making nests in the ferns on the porch. Mr. D and I like to sing and play music there and this activity drives the birds nuts when they are trying to care for their offspring.

So, I requested a few simple houses, and Mr. D scavenged for discarded wood items, collected a couple old pallets and whipped up these gems…

Mr. D Birdhouses by OliveLoaf Design

Not simple – but they are fabulous! Only the smaller house has been painted and mounted so far. I hope to have the the larger one painted, put on a post and installed this spring.  Meanwhile, I asked once again for a simple house to paint for a birthday present for my mom. This is what I was presented with:

Nice! After contemplating on a concept and sketching out some ideas, I finally narrowed in on a Southwest design with an American Indian essence…

SouthWestBirdHouseCollage

I think it turned out swell.  Mr. D and I are considering make a few more of these {with a much more simple painting detail} to sell at a market this summer.  In the meantime, wait until you see the next one he’s working on {I’m merely adding a little detail on that one} stay tuned. I think we make a great crafty team! ♥☺

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shades of violet

I’ve noticed an abundance of purples {& green} in nature lately…

So I compiled a few pictures for your enjoyment & inspiration.

When I was trying to think of a title for this post

I found this page on Wikipedia called Shades of Violet

which, according to this list – encompasses many of the colors below…

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graffiti gardening

If you have alliums in your yardscape design & they’ve finished their bloom regenerate them with paint ~ it’s super-duper easy!

All you need is a piece of cardboard or paper plate and your choice of color spray-paint.

Spray all sides of the allium by moving around it using the cardboard/plate as protection from spraying your deck/porch or other plants

Garden Graffiti by OliveLoaf Design

Now your allium will continue to be delightful balls of awesome for many more weeks!

Painted Allium by OliveLoaf Design

Alas, we only had two {of 4} alliums pop up this year {note to self: plant more allium bulbs for more garden graffiti next year!}

{Thanks to Mom who gave me the idea last year!}

 

Shine On

Some Sunshiny Pictorial Inspirationals…

“Yeah we all shine on ~ like the moon & the stars & the sun.” ~ John Lennon

BlueMoonFence by OliveLoaf Design

Early rising wild daffodils.

Early Risers by OliveLoaf Design

Contemplating the morning.

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A tree full of buzzards sunning themselves. {They need love too ☺}

Buzzard Tree by OliveLoaf Design*

Outdoor art at Hidden Hill {artists unknown}…

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Outdoor Mandalas 3 by OliveLoaf Design

fall: a color study

a day in the life of fall

in south central kentucky {october 23, 2010}

a color study…

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Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

~George Eliot

chalk talk & painting murals

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hello everyone!

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firstly ~ i want to send out a hearty THANK YOU to chalktalk: a kindergarten blog

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for mentioning my printable magazine letters {for sale in le shoppe}

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since she mentioned them last week

the orders have been pouring in from teachers worldwide!

kinda neat to think about all those kidlets using them for their language lessons.

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so ~  between sending these orders out & the never-ending gardening tasks

i haven’t had a chance to show you pictures from when my family and i

participated in painting a community mural.

it was so much fun ~ who knew!?

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{the mural when we got there…}

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{scenes from painting a town mural…}

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{a wide view of the mural after we spent several hours painting}

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and the finished mural brightens up a plain fence & non-nondescript corner…

colorLOVE


“the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”

~john ruskin

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what color is your town?

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{photo: asmaa dee photography}

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there are places around the world where residents agree to brighten things up

with one beautiful color for their community {via mental floss}

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cities of color: 10 vibrant, colorful cities of the world {via the coolist}

{photo: robert crum}

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more colorful things…

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goodie gumdrops scented smiley face happy soaps {by sunbasilgarden soaps}

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can’t wait to plant & grow my own…colorful poppies {via dying of cute}

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the spectacular lights of the ghent light festival in Belgium {via fresh home}

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natural paint pigments {photo: oleg zdorik}

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endless color palette inspiration {via design seeds}

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“color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” ~claude monet

lucky lucky

gorgeous pops of green spotted during a forest wandering yesterday.

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miss m found not one but two four-leaf clovers

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charming little puffs of moss dot the forest floor…

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perfect water droplets on clover after a rainfall…

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

it’s time to raise the curtain!

i don’t know about you lovelies…

but  i’m beyond excited that the muppets are back together & doing their muppet thing.

i loved the muppet show {and most of the movies} when i was a wee lass.

{heck, i still have a fozzie & gonzo plushie and they join miss m & me for tea time!}

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it's a fine day when gonzo comes for tea.

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so what’s better than the muppets?  according to threadlessThe Muppets on Tees!

i some of the fabulous designs…

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{“it’s time to raise the curtain!” by darren cotzabuyucas}

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{“the lovers, the dreamers, and me by alicia braumberger}

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{“your love keeps lifting me by chris gerringer}

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{“gonzo floating by ivan guerrero}

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{“together reaching for the star by carlos & jessica rocafort}

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{“together again by alfonso diaz}

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see more designs & pick up a tee here.