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I can’t stop contemplating how to bring a cat on the train, to Portland, then drive home and camp in the redwoods, with kitty.
#crazycatlady #cat #amtrakcat #notagoodidea #easilyamused #neocaironepenthes #ourbirdhouse #geoffcheckmybags


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The sweet peas in the garden are in decline, but still beautiful, still making new blooms, so it’s too soon to take them out. I’m sad to realize they’ll probably be totally expired by the time I return from Oregon, and I’ll have missed all my darlings. I love them, even as they fade... the soft petals retract and withdraw, and make way for that seed pod, and the promise of next year, another sweet pea season.
#ilovemygarden #sweetpea #fadedblossom #seasons #gratitude #garden #ourbirdhouse #wanderlust and #hiraeth


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These are the low growing sweet peas from the fairy garden seed pack. They have the loveliest fragrance~
#sweetpea #ourbirdhouse #flowers #fromseed #nopesticides #garden #gratitude #raisedbeds #ch #chickenblog


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Garden bouquet in a little green kettle. I’m imagining how darling it will look full of chamomile.
#garden #freshcutflowers #carnation #sweetpea #ourbirdhouse #gratitude #thrift #vintage #urbanbarn #spring #fern


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Peonies? Always. I love that there are seasons, and new beauty is unfolding in each.
#peony #fresh flowers #traderjoes #gratitude #spring #blossom #petals #beauty #ourbirdhouse


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Our mouses are too big to play in our wee theater, but not too big to enjoy the show. @calamitykim I know you could create a marvelous mouse theater!
#coffeebreakdesign #ourbirdhouse #acrylicpainting #collagepdxprojects #easilyamused #makebelieve #miniature #micearenice #miniaturetheater #feltmouse #paperclay


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Curtain call for this tiny theater kit I assembled and decorated. The prefect, teeny scrap of silk curtain is my favorite part! This laser cut project-kit is a treasured souvenir from my first Portland visit & @collagepdx. I’m glad I saved it for “someday!” #miniature #coffeebreakdesign #collagepdxprojects #miniaturetheater #craft #makersgonnamake #makebelieve #easilyamused #ourbirdhouse #acrylicpainting #woodglue #lasercut #somedayistoday


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I sowed chamomile seeds, but nothing came of those. I wonder if anything would sprout if I just tossed these dried blossoms around in some good soil?
#ourbirdhouse #chickenblogger #chamomile #flowers #plantingseeds #gardenhelp #driedflowers #sweetpeaseeds #oregano #rosemary #prettytolookat


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From a pack of wildflower seeds... was it “Fairy Garden” or “Butterfly Garden”? These sweet peas are carpeting the raised bed. They smell like a spiced floral. If only their stems were long enough for cutting!
#sweetpea #fromseed #nopesticides #garden #raisedbeds #flowers #ourbirdhouse #gratitude #fragrance


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The palest shade of green. I kept trying to capture this egg’s paler than pale color...
#ourbirdhouse #chickenblogger #egg #fresheggs #backyardchickens #colorstudy


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The salvia is back... drought tolerant, colorful, resilient, goat-proof, and pretty!
#forthebees #hummingbirdsloveit #xeriscape #droughttolerant #nopesticides #garden #landscape #california #salvia #ourbirdhouse #flowers #inbloom


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I’ve been working on administrative/bureaucratic stuff that is nearly soul crushing and certainly daunting. Between tasks I either visit the garden and hens, or I paint. Thank goodness for deep breaths and soothing distractions...
#easilyamused #ourbirdhouse #fresheggs #littlefarm #backyardchickens #chickenblogger #balance #meditation #gratitude


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For Mother’s Day, Maria coded a video game, in Scratch (@mitscratchteam)... it involves catching chamomile flowers in a teacup. When you get 100 blossoms in your cup, it becomes a cup of tea. It’s such a pretty animation and clever coding. This morning I wanted to make a picture inspired by her work...
#indiaink #illustration #art #gouachepainting #sketchbook #artstudent #ourbirdhouse #nationofmakers #gratitude


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Flowers, all day... to feel closer to my Mom, and her Mom. Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you find beauty, and connection with the women you love. .
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#mothersday #chrysanthemum #flowers #ourbirdhouse #gratitude


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When they ask “What do you want for Mother’s Day?” Let’s snip the dead flowers from this faded bunch of chamomile! Why? Because they look pretty in a tea cup.
#easilyamused #ourbirdhouse #gratitude #chamomile #driedflowers #traderjoes #mothersday #familyfuntimes


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Cancel all of my appointments... something came up.
#cat #caturday #catnap #neocaironepenthes #ourbirdhouse #donotdisturb


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One of the hens went in a new artistic direction. I love it!
#fresheggs #speckles #eggshell #backyardchickens #chicken #littlefarm #ourbirdhouse #chickenblogger #chickenblog


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Well... being overwhelmed by all the very important matters requiring my attention, this seems a suitable time to follow a ripple tutorial. Would I really dare to start a blanket? This pattern takes actual thinking!!
#crochet #ripple #learningnewtricks #avoidance #updenialwithoutapaddle #ourbirdhouse #easilydistracted #wip #wips #everywhere


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I sat down to write up a new blog post... it’s done, and I’m a bit gobsmacked at how late it is! Time to look busy!
#ourbirdhouse #chickenblog #chickenblogger #acrylicpainting #tinycanvas #alwaysbehind


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Trillian Chicken likes to pop over the fence, and Ada Goat would love to join her.
#littlefarm #ourbirdhouse #backyardchickens #backyardgoats #goat #chicken #adalovelacegoat #Chickenblog #chickenblogger


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Sometimes Cairo leaps to the railing as I reach the top of the stairs just so he can tag me... *boop*
#catgames #cat #puppycat #neocaironepenthes #ourbirdhouse #imeasilyamused


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Feliz Dia de las Madres~
I’m taking this sweet blossom as a gift, to enjoy, to share... que linda flor💕
#rose #mothersday #diadelasmadres #cecilbrunner #flower #garden #ourbirdhouse #gratitude


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Making this gallery wall is such a pleasure... next I get to add the “art!”
#indiaink #sketchbook #artstudent #arttherapy #makebelieve #wip #illustration #ourbirdhouse #augustwren (Thank you, @augustwren, for inspiring this fun motif~)


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Is it “confession” is good for the soul, or “flowers” are good for the soul? Confession: I brought home three bouquets of flowers.
#flowers #chrysanthemum #lilac #chamomile #freshcutflowers #traderjoes #indulgeme #confession #gratitude #ourbirdhouse


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I fall easily and swiftly in love with autumn. But spring? Spring is a slow burning romance that gradually grows on me, sometimes catching me unawares... like when lilacs appear at @traderjoes
#lilac #traderjoes #flowers #freshcutflowers #spring #ourbirdhouse #gratitude #home #bouquet #seasons


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Daughter. Every bit a joy.
#gratitude #mariavvart #ourbirdhouse


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Oh, what a beautiful morning. The sky is bright white with a sheet of fog and low hanging clouds, Maria baked a pumpkin, oats, and carrot bread, the dishwasher is humming and whirring, and I’m facing a blank page in a new sketchbook.
#gratitude #kindnessmatters #stilllife #morning #california #saysomethingnice #artsupplies #mariavvart #ourbirdhouse #gohigher #ilovemaygray #talkabouttheweather #fresheggs #backyardchickens #augustwren #anthropologie @augustwren


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The next time I need a new brush, I will have an even better sense of what I love and want. Now that I can appreciate better quality brushes, it breaks my heart that schools cannot afford to share good supplies with students. Creativity and skill are only part of feeling accomplished in art... high quality tools and supplies make a tremendous and encouraging difference in art success.
#nationofmakers #artstudent #brushes #paintbrushes #schoolfunding #artinschools #brushchart #steameducation #ourbirdhouse #chickenblogger #chickenblog #gouache #indiaink #sketchbook


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Playing with colors. Last night I made a color chart for my gouache paints. (“Gouache Paints:” is that redundant?) I’m fascinated by how much I can learn by simply observing, and playing.
#nevertooold #artstudent #sketchbook #play #nationofmakers #gouache #colorchart #observation #ourbirdhouse


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The pineapple guava are blooming. We will have loads of fruit, but now we can also snack on the puffy pink petals, which are slightly sweet.
#garden #guava #pineappleguava #feijoa #fruit #shrubs #edible #nopesticides #forthebees #ourbirdhouse #gratitude #flower #blooming


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Am I imagining this, or do the purple ones smell the best?
#sweetpea #fragrance #flower #garden #blooming #spring #california #nopesticides #gratitude #ourbirdhouse


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Morning light in our new place. (Ft. @durgapolashi—her book has been a staple on my bedside table for months; I find spending time with her rich and carefully-chosen palette of words useful when I’m translating—Banana Yoshimoto (trans. Ann Sherif), and Dutch writer Frans Kellendonk (with thanks to @aukehulst for the recommendation).
#ourbirdhouse | #newhome | #silverlake | #theowlperches | #mornings | #morninglight | #californialight | #lalife | #southerncalifornia | #socal


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The Sunday nap... it was inevitable.
#cat #catnap #neocaironepenthes #fluffnugget #ourbirdhouse


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Can you see what’s coming?
#cat #neocaironepenthes #inevitable #hereitcomes #ourbirdhouse


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When the hair on your chin is extra. Lift your head!
#tashatudorgoat #littlefarm #ourbirdhouse #goat #backyardgoats #beardedlady


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Something about “headshots?” Tasha didn’t want to miss the #headshot meme.
#goat #tashatudorgoat #backyardgoats #littlefarm #ourbirdhouse #oldheadshot


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Sweet dreams, friends... hopefully in comfy, non-precarious beds~
#cat #neocaironepenthes #ourbirdhouse


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We have received some wonderful news, and I’m bursting with relief-joy-thankfulness! I could shout from the rooftop... but, also just sit here quietly, tearfully, beaming.
#gratitude #tryingnottohumblebrag #finally #ourbirdhouse


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And snapdragons for our bedroom. It’s a dream come true having flowers from the garden to bring indoors...
#freshflowers #garden #gratitude #ourbirdhouse #snapdragon #nightstand #crochet #milkglass


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