Fall is coming!

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Let it Snow or Let it Go?

Let it Snow or Let it Go?.

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Let it Snow or Let it Go?

Well, I DID wish for at least one good snow this year. I think I got it.

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Exciting News x 2

fall tree 10-9-14Fall is really here!!!

So excited to see this beautiful maple tree (albeit in a parking lot) as I travel to and from work each day. The photo doesn’t do it justice but the leaves are all shades – green, yellow, brilliant orange and red.

 

Take a leaf art class with me!

I will be teaching a one night, two hour class to create a one-of-a-kind card/gift for the upcoming Christmas season through the Maryville Parks & Recreation Department. Learn more and sign up here:

http://parksrec.com/programs/adult.aspx#creativearts

I hope you will join me in celebrating the wonder and beauty of our Smoky Mountains during this autumn season AND sign up for this unique creative arts session on November 4, 2014.

Questions? Contact me through the comment section.

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Red is Good

This week, as I walked through the employee area where I work, I stopped in shock by a young maple tree by the sidewalk. This is what is saw:

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I couldn’t believe it! Fall really IS coming and it’s only late August! Party, party, dance, dance!

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Keep Our Bears Safe!

Remember to maintain a safe distance from the bears (and all wildlife) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The bears are hungry and are feeding on the abundant fruits available to them.

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Purple-y Day

pansiesToday seems like it should be a purple-y kind of day and I have just the right photo to demonstrate it. These bright pansies brighten my mood and encourage me on this chilly spring morning.

Hope you enjoy them, too!

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Beauty of the Bradford Pear Tree

bradford pear treeBradford Pear trees are some of spring’s most beautiful sights. I’ve heard them described as “popcorn” trees since the blooms resemble popped kernels of corn.

I love how they line driveways and parking lots in neat rows with perfectly shaped branches and buds.

Bradford Pear trees are quite spectacular in fall, too. The leaves turn to a deep red, almost brown color. Unfortunately for me, they are not very good for leaf art, as they are very thick and not pliable. These are leaves I prefer to “leave” on the trees.

Don’t forget to appreciate nature today.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Show Your Love on Valentine’s Day

A new year has arrived. I now believe what I was told when I was younger. Time really does fly as you age.

I am very busy preserving the leaves I collected in the fall and have begun crafting new items for the 2014 season. What better way to begin than with Valentine’s Day – February 14! Check out the beginnings of my Love Collection, featuring the American Sign Language “I love you” sign created from assorted Smoky Mountain area maple leaves and a background of a naturally heart-shaped Redbud leaf.

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The cards are blank on the inside for your personal message and sell for $6.00 each. The ornaments are three inches in diameter and are clear acrylic. They are $6.50 each.

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