Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fairy Thoughts...

The Festival of Faerie was F*U*N!!!! 

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I was so busy in my booth that I didn't have much of a chance to wander and watch. Fortunately my daughter was the official photographer (Pixie Press) for the festival and so I lived it through her eyes and the lens of her camera. 

My attire for these types of events is a work in progress. My persona is the Witch of the WildWoods. I have not found my name yet. I am Elven-ish so wings will not be a needed item. But I experienced Wing envy at the Festival. OH MY! There were some gorgeous wings! 

But I still don't want wings, they are just too cumbersome when working in a booth. 

One day I will have as complete an outfit as some of these Faeries.

The Bubbles...
Columbine the Fairy was the wonder behind them. She has the record for the largest soap bubble created in the state. 

She has two dowels between which is strung a net made of cotton rope which creates the multiple bubbles. 

To create the large bubbles, the cotton rope is in a large loop which is attached to two dowels only at the top of the loop. She also uses her own recipe of bubble mix. Here is a link to Columbine's website. 

As my grand-daughter said, "I want to live here..."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Faerie Fotos

Festival of Faerie 2013

Small Faeries
Tall Faeries
Rose Faerie
Mushroom Faerie
Steampunk Faerie
Faerie Dogs
Bubble Faerie
Faerie Circles
Faerie Queen

So many Faeries!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

See You......

See you this weekend at the Festival of Faerie in Lafayette, Colorado! 

Solstice Blessings to everyone!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wildfires Hit Close to Home

Royal Gorge Fire
I'm sure many of you out there have read about or heard of the horrendous wildfires which have occurred here in Colorado. Fortunately the fires are being contained and the weather has turned a bit cooler with a few scattered showers. But the devastation remains. Over 20,000 acres burned, more than 500 homes or structures damaged or destroyed, and two people have died.

Black Forest Fire
Last Thursday, the Black Forest fire was being fanned by winds from the South. This fire is located to the northeast of Colorado Springs and the southeast of Denver. The wind was bringing the smoke into the Denver metro area. It was terrible. The thick haze lowered visibility and was a health hazard. We're all still getting over our irritated throats and watery eyes. But the worst part was seeing the ash in the air. I couldn't help but wonder if the ash that I was seeing was someone's memories or was it someone's dream.

Black Forest Fire
The same day that we were getting the smoke, I received a text notification that there was a wildland fire in the area of our new property. But thanks to the quick response by the local fire crews, it was extinguished in a timely manner. (I had signed up for emergency text alerts for that area through a website named Nixle. Great thing and I recommend that you check out the website!)

Black Forest Fire
Over the weekend, Hubby and I drove to the homestead. We had stopped in Colorado Springs to get a bite to eat when I received a text message about another fire, but this time it was in the subdivision where our place is located. We decided to head that way anyway and see how far we could get before we were turned back. We made it all the way to our place without incident. We later found out that the fire was at the opposite edge of the subdivision from us. Oddly, over the course of four days, four separate fires had started and all were within 25 miles of each other.

Something is telling me that these fires had help. I cannot fathom why a person would do such a thing! If there is someone behind these fires, I do hope they are caught. But the universe has a way of making things right.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

The art of Bonsai

More Photos of the Bonsai trees at the May 2013 exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Random Roadtrip ~ Bonsai Exhibit

This week's road-trip is to a Bonsai Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. My youngest son and I attended this exhibit in May.

My son and I both have a love for the art of Bonsai. We have both tried our hand at growing these miniature trees. It is not easy to replicate the environmental character that is developed by their full size cousins living in the 'Wilds of Nature'.

Many of the trees on exhibit were quite old. And many were unique because they were not the 'normal' species of plant used for Bonsai.

Stay tuned to my Sunday art post which will showcase many of the Bonsai we saw.