Separation Anxiety

I am not sure if the reason I don’t have kids is because I have arts/crafts or the other way around.  I’ve heard it said that making stuff is generating a similar type of creative force… creating something instead of someone.. but surely when there is love involved in the process, one feels a certain sentimental pull towards that creation.  So it’s completely understandable that sometimes I feel a need to memorialize the moment when a certain item passes out of my hands in to another’s… like this ring I made back in the 90’s when I was trying very hard to ‘make it’ as a jewelry designer in NY. 

I still have the mold for it, but this is the only one I had cast up so far.  The nice hipster  kids that bought it were so cute and they seemed so in love; when he tried it on and her face lit up, I thought, ‘yup!’  It just fit him perfectly, and seemed like an omen that they should be together.  I hope I’m not hexing anything by saying so, but if they should read this, I do hope they stay together.  They are adorable. (of course they did look a little puzzled when I asked to take that picture, since I probably did act a little weird.)

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The Garden Tour is TOMORROW! 10:00 – 5:00

….and we are SO ready to share with you our newest creations! 
 

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Nine creative gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates will be showcased this year, featuring terraced landscaping, peaceful retreats, large organic gardens, water features, lavish outdoor entertaining venues, fun and funky art, and incredible landscaping, trees, and flowers. It will inspire you to work in your garden! We hope that you enjoy the White Rock East Garden & Artisans Tour as much as we enjoy showing off our gardens, homes and neighborhoods at this unique annual event. In addition to dedicated gardeners, these neighborhoods are home to many talented artists who will have their unique creations for sale in the gardens.
 

Tour date: Sunday – May 20, 2012  – 10:00AM – 5:00PM

THE POPE GARDEN – 8358 SAN FERNANDO WAY (The Fish will be here!)
Sponsored by Harry Morgan Realtors

Two plum trees and profuse blackberry bushes in the front parkway mark the Pope garden as a plant lovers’ delight; on entering, discover Japanese maples, Harry’s garnet, iris, inland sea oats and a whole host of perennials. Setting the back garden uniquely apart, a large chicken coop houses a dozen laying hens! You’ll immediately notice two sizable rain barrels that assist in keeping this garden “natural” during our extended droughts. The hardscaping is particularly striking, featuring a screened porch, a large cedar arbor, and an incredible walk-in pool with a waterfall and fire pit. The marvelous diversity and serenity of this yard and garden is an emphatic invitation to spend time lingering and exploring its many charms and delights.

What is the nature of ‘natural’?

Concern over the recent debate over Winfrey Point vs the Arboretum has me wondering alot of things.  Public vs private – who wins when natural land is lost forever; Transparency of government versus covert backroom dealings;  the overuse of Imminent Domain on long-established local small businesses…  and most importantly, how ironic it is that the most respected and idyllic example of “nature” at it’s finest, the Dallas Arboretum, is pitting itself agains supporters of a more homespun form of nature.  So what is natural? This….

or this?

let’s continue the comparisons;  What about this?

or this?

Photo by Justin Terveen