Monday, March 31, 2014

Show Off Your Marigolds!

Happy, insect repellent, glorious marigolds !

A native of Mexico, marigolds have been grown in gardens throughout the world for hundreds of years. Today, they are one of the most popular bedding plants in the United States. Marigolds are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and have few insect and disease problems. The marigold’s only shortcoming (for some people) is its pungent aroma. There are numerous marigold varieties available to home gardeners. Many of the commonly grown marigolds are varieties of African and French marigolds.  (source)
Exploding a myth:
While marigolds are seldom bothered by insects and diseases, they are not problem free. Spider mites can devastate marigolds in hot, dry weather. Grasshoppers can also cause considerable damage. Aster yellows is an occasionally disease problem. In a related matter, some gardeners plant marigolds in their vegetable gardens to repel harmful insects. While the marigolds are an attractive addition to the garden, research studies have concluded they aren’t effective in reducing insect damage on vegetable crops.

dried marigolds for sale here on Etsy

Pickleberries sells these on Etsy

My contribution to Inspiration Avenue this week is a painted marigold:
Oils, 11" x 14" copyright McCarroll

What is in your marigold world this week?  Come and join in the fun and show us YOUR marigolds, be they plastic or ceramic, or even REAL from your garden!

Join in the Inspiration Challenge this week and show us your marigolds!  Just fill in the URL below.


Monday, March 24, 2014

This week it's all about buttons!

Hello friends!

It's all about BUTTONS this week!

When I was a child my mom was (and still is!) and excellent sewer. She always made pretty clothes for me. I never learned to sew properly but I did like to look at all those buttons.

Different colors and so many shapes and sizes.

How about button Owl or some other button creature. Woot woot :)

Let your imagination go wild

Buttons can be leaves of a tree

Or they can pose for you!

I'll look forward to see what you come up with this challenge.
Have fun with it!



Monday, March 17, 2014

Inner Child Art Challenge

This week's art challenge we are going to reconnect with our inner child through art. Our adult must prepare a little bit for this challenge. Firstly we must relax and breathe. We must let go of what other people think, or what our art will look like as a finished process; we must let go of expected results. We must allow ourselves a little bit of silliness with adult permission. Once we have established this we can start to tap into our inner child.

When we are ready with our paper and crayons, relax and breathe a hello to your inner child. Try to sense her presence, what is her name?  Ask your inner child to trust the process of creativity. Allow yourself to let go.

Some inner child scribbles transform when the adult returns back to the table.
The goal to stay close with your creative inner child throughout the week.  We will visit you throughout the week, to see what is going on for you on those days. You can blog-pop around to see what others are doing. Create in any media you used as a child. Finger-paint, crayons, tempera paint, pencil crayons, magic markers, etc. Mediums can be paper, rock, wood, fabric, play dough, etc.
Allow the inner child to express herself. There is a lot going on in this drawing, the child needs to tell us.
What is your name? What is going on in this picture?
For best results with the spontaneous connection of your inner child, it is best to use your non-dominant hand. It is always nice to have a little story line with the image. Ask your inner child what their name is.

Here is an example:  Hi, My name is Sam, I am 2 years old. I am scared of the dark.
Do you remember your girlfriends when you were in elementary school? You can ask them to come back and visit you using your left hand. You can tell a little story like we used to when we were small. "These are my best friends. We are in grade 3.  We like to play outside after school. We are laughing."
You can play with the inner child and the adult simultaneously.
This is the first drawing I remember. My mommy made it into a pillow for my birthday. 

I like to draw and play in kindergarten.  I like to make my drawing turn real. I like to play with my dollies. This is another example of the child reuniting with the adult after the first initial drawing. 
Inner child art work can bring back your old neighbourhoods, friends and memories. This inner child made a collage of what surrounds her in her daily life. This little girl had her birthday in the park. 
There are so many possibilities to re-unite with. You can be any age you want to be. 
I am in grade 4, my big brother and little sister are picking apples in the orchard. 
I hope you have fun with this challenge. The idea is just to let yourself let go, remember and re-create.To create without thinking of perfection or the finished result, or what other people will think. The idea is to blend from a feeling perspective. The goal is to be brave by giving yourself permission to create without boundaries.
To unite the inner child and the adult back together. 

I hope you have fun with this and visit your inner child often throughout the week. You can add on to your site on a daily basis, or simply just create one or two drawings. It is up to you. 

I am really looking forward to visiting you. 
Creating and blog-hopping is fun. 


Sunday, March 9, 2014

GREEN Art Challenge

It's the time of year for the color

Before long, (if you live in the northern hemisphere, that is) 
the earth will be transforming from the dull 
browns and grays of winter to shiny fresh-washed greens.

After the winter we've had in the northern US
I'm longing for not only springtime, but full-blown summer. 
(And I promise not to complain when the thermometer reaches 90°!)
Summer is always saturated with greenery here in the 
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

I think green is a favorite color of many artists. 

Fat Cat
Mary Ogle

Spirit of Spring
by Alphonse Mucha

Mud Maiden
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, England
Amazing. She looks like she's been sleeping here for hundreds of years!

In a few days, we'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
Saint Patrick's color was originally blue, not green, say historians. 
St. Patrick's blue, a lighter shade,  can still be seen on ancient Irish flags 
and was used on armbands and flags by members of the Irish Citizen Army, 
whose 1916 Easter Rising attempted to end British rule. But the use of green 
on St. Patrick's Day began during the 1798 Irish Rebellion, when the clover 
became a symbol of nationalism and the “wearing of the green” on lapels 
became regular practice. The green soon spread to uniforms as well. 
That evolution, combined with the idea of Ireland's lush green fields, 
eventually made blue a thing of the past. (

 I hope you've been inspired by some of these green images.

Is green one of your favorite colors?
What do you associate with green besides Spring and St. Patrick?

It's sometimes the color of money.

And of course so many of us try to live a green lifestyle.

I can't wait to see your creative GREEN art
in any style or medium you choose.

Link up below by Sunday, March 16 at noon EDT.
(I'm so happy to be able to say eastern DAYLIGHT time ~
The days are getting longer as well as greener!)

Have fun, and have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! 

~ Maggie


Monday, March 3, 2014

This week we bring the challenge: :Lanterns"

As I scrolled through the new Hobby Lobby not too far from where I live.  Well an hour to be exact but when it comes to craft stores some of us ladies will go the extra mile. 

There were so many displays of lanterns and different kinds and so I thought hey we should do a challenge of "Lanterns" so here we are. 
I love me a definition too!

noun: lantern; plural noun: lanterns
  1. 1.
    a lamp with a transparent case protecting the flame or electric bulb, and typically having a handle by which it can be carried or hung.
    "a paper lantern"
    • the light chamber at the top of a lighthouse.
    • short for magic lantern.
  2. 2.
    a square, curved, or polygonal structure on the top of a dome or a room, with the sides glazed or open, so as to admit light.
Middle English: from Old French lanterne, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr ‘torch, lamp,’ from lampein ‘to shine.’

at night


Relay for Life Lanterns
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