Monday, June 28, 2010
Here's a native pink purselane, Portulaca pilosa, I found blooming by the side of the house. The flowers are about half an inch in diameter and like dry sandy soil. You can find hybrid varieties of Portulaca, or moss rose, in the nurseries. No matter how hot it is outside I need to take a walk in the morning because there's lots to discover.
We're trying to get organized, getting rid of unnecessary clutter before we unload the treasure bus. I had a bunch of old decorating craft magazines published in the 1970s I picked up this past winter. There's lots of summer inspiration for clay in these magazines.
This article about making handmade paper had some neat patterns I thought would be good to use for ceramic glazing techniques. I better keep this one. I'm supposed to be sorting through these magazine and getting rid of them. Hopefully Gary doesn't read this post, he hates the pack rat in me. Oh, maybe I'll just rip out the pages that inspire me, that might appease him.
Look at this yarn goat, I'll bet Cindy would find inspiration in this yarn animal for her metal sculptures.
Oh, here's an article about using scallop shells. Remember my scallop shell diving trip? Perhaps I'll have enough to make a lamp and some wind chimes.
Hey, here's a description on how to do a fish rubbing. I just saw some fish rubbings at Cedar Key art festival not too long ago.
Ken, our tile guy, is just coming in from mixing up another batch of thinset. Ken has lots of experience in his profession.
Look at this intricate cut Ken has figured out. This tile goes form the dining area into the hall and around the corner into the utility room as one tile.
This is one of the many reasons to have a professional tile installer lay your tile. Ken has lots of experience figuring out how to make the tile laying a seamless transition between rooms. Another option if left with a sliver of tile in the next room is to put in a contrasting threshold. So far we haven't come across that. Well I better get to clipping out magazine articles. Comments and suggestions are welcome.