Monday, July 28, 2008

Missouri Wildflowers Queen Anne's Lace

All of these are photos of Queen Anne's Lace and taken in Warsaw, Mo.

This one is a bit pinkish in color.
An interesting black bug on this flower below.

My daughters both entered a photo contest at the local library with a theme on bugs. This would have been a good one, but it was not for adults to enter, ha ha. Unfortunately they did not win a prize, but they enjoyed the process and are taking note of the bugs more than usual, as is their mother.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Missouri Wildflowers Part III

This is a group of chicory in the meadow on our farm. I love this wildflower!
Chicory close up.
Close-up of red clover. Horses and cattle really love this sweet stuff, and so do the bees!

Queen Anne's lace, another favorite, so graceful and delicate looking.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tree Frogs

Every Winter we forget how quiet it really is until Spring arrives. Our frogs make so much noise at night beginning sometime in March. It is a welcome, happy and lively sound along with the crickets at night and the song birds during the day.
We have a blue heron that visits the ponds and I'm sure he gets plenty of frogs to fill his belly. This bird has a huge wingspan and almost looks prehistoric when it flies by. Someday I hope to get a picture of it too.
Noah, my little guy, is absolutely facinated by the frogs, toads and lizards and will play with one for hours. He's learned to be very careful after one of his little frog friends got squeezed a bit too hard.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Double Stranded Jasper Necklace Tribal Rainforest

I was inspired here by my recent custom order necklace which was made of leopard skin jasper. I had my pendants and seed beads out along with the green stones and so couldn't resist making another double necklace for my shop.

As it turns out my hair stylist has said she would like to have some of my pieces in her salon, so I think I will put this piece in there rather than my etsy shop.

It is made of ocean jasper, olive opal, fancy jasper, matte glass seed beads, swarovski crystal accents and sterling silver.

I'm very pleased with the combination of so many different shades of green together. There is deep forest green, olive green, blue green and grass green along with some white and gray in the ocean jasper. Very earthy and tribal looking to me.

If you are interested in this piece please contact me Tina @

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baby Chicks Just Starting Out

This is how tiny our baby chicks were just a month ago. We ordered them from the cackle hatchery in Lebanon, Mo. and picked them up from the post office early in the morning after the post office gave us a call to let us know they had arrived.

We got Aracaunas, New Hampshire Reds, Barred Rock Plymouths and two roosters called Partridge Rock, for their interesting colors. They've already grown quite a bit, so I'll post some current pics later.

This is how big they are now only after a month! The hens should be laying eggs by this fall.

Monday, July 14, 2008

How Does Our Garden Grow?

It's doing quite well with all the rain we've had. Our hay on the other hand is a whole other story. It was finally cut, but it has been rained on twice. My husband is turning it over. Hopefully it will dry out enough so it can be bailed up.

Butternut squash.


watermelon or cantelope.......

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Green Tourmilated Quartz with Blue Topaz

Green and Blue is a favorite combination of mine and they came together very nicely in this bracelet. The faceted coin tourmilated quartz is separated from the faceted oval blue topaz by small olive green potato pearls. It is adjustable in length and finished in sterling silver. Please contact me if you are interested in this piece as it is not yet in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Missouri Wildflowers Part II

This orange flower is so vibrant isn't it? It might be lantana growing wild. The bees sure did like it. There is a honey bee in the second photo.
I don't know if this fern produces a flower or not, but it's pretty enough for a photograph anyway.
Another one I don't know the name of, sorry!
More fern.
These were all taken in Warsaw, Mo.

Missouri Wildflowers

These wildflower photos were taken down in Warsaw, Mo. There are so many photo opportunities with all the wildlife and greenery of the beautiful wooded area where my mother and father in law live.

I believe this first one is called crown vetch. I've noticed it's being used as a ground cover quite commonly. And why not, it's so pretty! It has purplish pink flowers and a fern like leaf.

This could be called butterweed. The tiny yellow flowers are so bright and cheerful.

This white one may be called a fairy wand.
One of my favorites, spider wort. It's just about finished blooming for the year.
This pink one is very sweet and I have no idea what it is. I'm going to check the library for a wildflower indentifacation book and will update this post when I find out for sure.

*update~Unfortunately I was not able to find a good field guide for wildflowers at my local library. If you know the name of a wildflower I have pictured here, please contact me or post a comment and let me know. Thanks
I have so many photos I will have to do a couple more posts with wildflowers. One will be dedicated to Queen Anne's Lace exclusively. I got some really cool shots to share.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kelsey's Haircut

Kelsey wasn't quite sure about cutting off all this hair when her sister and I went for haircuts last month. She finally did decide though that she was ready to not have all that hair to take of.

Amy the beautician at Studio 10 in Richmond sent in her hair as a donation. I was so tickled that she did that for us.

Thank you Amy! And thanks for the great hair cuts too!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa's

We took the kids on a mini vacation last week down to Warsaw, Mo and stayed with my inlaws. They have a place surrounded by oak trees that overlooks a pond and it is so pretty and peaceful there. My mother in law feeds hummingbirds, orioles and all kinds of song birds, deer and turkeys. I didn't get pictures of the birds or deer this time though. I took pictures of all the wildflowers and will have several posts showing all the ones I could find.

My husband's sisters and their families were there as well and so we were a crowd of 18 people all together! There was lots of cooking and lots of helping hands too, thank goodness for dishwashers and inflatible mattresses! The kids had a blast with their cousins and the weather was so mild we had the windows open with fresh air in the house.

Missouri is usually very hot and humid by the end of June. The muggy hot air was here on Sunday to greet us when we arrived home. I think it will be here to stay for awhile too.

Here's a picture of the children with their cousins just before we left.