Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Some Sweet Holiday Gifts!!

I heart handmade holiday

Here is a cool site that's hosting a virtual arts & crafts show. The show is called
"I heart handmade holiday" it features 45 indie artists selling handmade goods like jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, candles & soaps, and more. The site is AmericanCraftGuide.com This is a wonderful way to get some of your holiday shopping done and not have to even leave the house!

Get your holiday shopping lists ready...there are lots of sweet finds here!

Go to: AmericanCraftGuide.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Balboa Park-San Diego, CA

ATRIUM GARDEN AT BOLBOA PARK-SAN DIEGO CA.
The following pics were all shot at the atrium located at Balboa Park.
if you plan to visit San Diego, I highly recommend spending a day at Balboa Park. Besides the gorgeous atrium, you will also find stunning architectural buildings, world class museums, the famous San Diego Zoo and an outdoor cactus garden, all nestled in a eucalyptus forest!








Sunday, October 26, 2008

Memories of Summer........

Here are a few photos of some gorgeous summer flowers. The top two photos were shot at the Portland Oregon Rose Garden, which is a must see if you are visiting Portland in the summer months. It boasts thousands of varieties of roses, hybrids, Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras- a fragrant and visual delight to be sure! The other photos are from my front yard, look closely at the Blue Morning Glory Flower, you'll find a bee gathering pollen. The other flowers are a bright Red-Orange Oriental Poppy and a bright orange Gazania. Just a few memories from the warm days of summer.








Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fun with Rocks & Shoes

Here are some fun & funky ideas using rocks and shoes. I love the gorgeous colored stone walkway, the rocks have been placed in a beautiful pattern with a flower in the center..cool! Also love the stacked rocks as well, something about them is really soothing and contemplative to me. Lastly there are the plantings in the various vintage shoes, I adore these and I will be on the hunt for a few vintage shoes that I can make into planters...how funky! All of these photos were taken at various residences, during the Portland Metro gardens tour. Hooray for gardeners & their gardens, and for helping to make the world more beautiful & sustainable & for keeping bees in business too.




ETSY SALE!! DO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING EARLY!!

SHOP EARLY & SAVE SALE OCT 15th-31st
Here is a nice way to get some extra gifts & shop early too!
Please mention blog in order to receive the free jewelry..thank you

Spend $25-Receive a Free pair of earrings $12 value!
Spend $50-Receive a Free necklace $20 value!!


BELOW ARE SOME OF THE JEWELRY ITEMS AT BOTANICAL BIRD

SHOP AT: www.botanicalbird.etsy.com

Friday, September 12, 2008

Columbus Day Etsy Sale Oct 11-13

The Botanical Bird Sale this weekend is:
Spend $50.00 or more and receive one necklace valued at $20.00 or less FREE!
Please mention the blog sale to receive the necklace

Today's Photos are: The Oregon coast



Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ETSY SALE FOR WED 9/3/08

Today's sale at Botanical Bird is:
Buy two necklaces and receive 1 necklace valued at $18 or less FREE!
Please mention the blog sale on your invoice in order to receive the free necklace.



Cape Flattery- Absolutely gorgeous! I hiked out to this point last summer and shot these pictures.



Cape Flattery is the furthest northwest point of the contiguous United States. It is in Clallam County, Washington, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca empties into the Pacific Ocean. It is also part of the Makah Reservation, and is the northern boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Cape Flattery can be reached from a short hike, most of which is boardwalked. The westernmost point in the contiguous United States is at Cape Alava, south of Cape Flattery in Olympic National Park. However, the westernmost tip of Cape Flattery is almost exactly as far west as Cape Alava.

Monday, September 1, 2008

ETSY SALE- LABOR DAY 9/1/08

HAPPY LABOR DAY!
Today's sale at Botanical Bird is:
Buy two necklaces and receive 1 necklace valued at $18 or less FREE!
Please mention the blog sale on your invoice in order to receive the free necklace.

GARDEN KITTY

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ETSY SALE FOR TUE 8/26

Hello, thank you for stopping by,
Today's sale at Botanical Bird is buy one necklace and get one pair of earrings free!
or buy 2 necklaces and get 2 pairs of earrings free!
You will need to mention today's blog to receive the earrings.

Monday, August 18, 2008





ETSY SPECIAL FOR MON 8/18/08

Hello all, today's sale is:
Buy two necklaces and receive 2 pairs of matching earrings free!
Please mention the blog sale on your invoice in order to receive the earrings.

PHOTOS ARE OF A LOVELY BLUE IRIS AND A DIGITALIS (AKA FOXGLOVE)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Going Green, as in to the Rain Forest










One of my favorite places in the world to be is at Lake Quinault, located in the Quinault Rain forest in Washington state, just off of Hwy 101. These pictures were taken from that area, one is of the historical Lake Quinault Lodge, the others are shots of the forested area, and one shot is of a car that pulled up beside us on the highway, it was apparently growing grass! If you ever want to take a truly spectacular trip, I highly recommend driving hwy 101, parts of if are along the coast, with many gorgeous places to stop at along the way and then you can make your way to the Quinault area, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

ETSY - SUNDAY SPECIAL 8/10/08



SUNDAY SPECIAL AT BOTANICAL BIRD 8/10/08

Hello all,
Today's special is buy one necklace and get one pair of earrings free!
or buy 2 necklaces and get 2 pairs of earrings free!
You will need to mention today's blog to get this special

Thanks for stopping by and a beautiful day to you!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The trouble with August



Being that I totally adore summer and I wish it would last another 3 months, I start getting a little anxious when August comes around. On one hand I love this month because of the warm summer nights, complete with chirping crickets and the fact that I now have tomatoes ripening on the vine. On the other hand it is the month that signals the impending cease of my favorite season, which is made apparent by the many back to school ads , along with the fading of some of my favorite summer perennial flowers.
So now I am looking ahead to the Fall, which is a perfectly lovely Season, and I love the transformation that is brought about by all of the colors, it's like walking around in a painting that is continually changing each day, bellisima! With this upcoming season I am also gearing up for the Holidays and am beginning to make a stash of jewelry, so that I will be prepared for the gift giving season. It seems a bit strange to think about all of this now while it's 90 degrees, but think about it I must, since a good part of my income now comes from art and jewelry.
So, here's to Summer and all of it's wonderfulness, cherries, berries, swimming & sunning, as always I never like to see it end, but am happy to know it will come around again.

Monday, August 4, 2008

In the garden today




Taking some time off from my usual routine of making jewelry, to catch up and to tend to things in the garden and around the house. I love being outdoors and especially poking around in the flower garden, watching all the bird and insect comings and goings , and of course gazing upon all of the glorious flowers.............ahhhhh summer is certainly my favorite time of year, yes indeed! Not much else to say for now, got to get outside.