Monday, August 02, 2010


Max dressed up and ready to charm!


Greg and I trying to look cool and comfortable, despite the heat.


Our little family posing in front of the National Archives. Look how beat those kids are, worn out after trekking through the Smithsonian Natural History Musuem and the National Gallery of Art.


My panda girl, happy to see her favorite animal.


My fave, the red panda.

Anyone want to guess this mystery flower? I wouldn't mind planting these next to the mailbox.
Three days in D.C. is not enough time to really enjoy even a small portion of what the city has to offer. We meandered through, between wedding activities, soaking up bits and pieces, longing to explore everything. I love the abundance and variety of food, art and architecture. Although Asheville is artsy, its far from being a big city. Sometimes I long for big museums and the feeling that it would take weeks to see everything. You can see all of Asheville in a matter of days. I love it here, but its easy to miss city life. Anyway, I'm bursting with ideas from having our creative batteries recharged. I'm thinking of making silver cuff bracelets, maybe butterflies or a swirly octopus. Exotic creatures are on my mind and I'm ready to sketch away.

9 comments:

Lorelei said...

I'm thinking a red panda bead would be the cutest. wait, do you already make one!?

Gardanne said...

That is a japanese anemone. They are very easy to grow and form a large clump in a short period, they can actually take over if you are not careful. I love them anyway, they bloom starting in July and continue throughout the Fall. There is a white variety that is not as aggressive.

Cynthia Thornton said...

Hi Lorelei!
Nope, no red panda yet. I'm still thinking of the perfect pose.

Thanks Gardanne!
Now I just have to locate some and hope they like shade.

Andrew Thornton said...

Max looks cute all dressed up. He looks like he's going to break it down. Azalea looks cute too with her panda ears.

I think a red panda bead would be cute if it were cast in shibuichi. The red of the metal would compliment the animal.

Who got married?

Oh and it looks like you all had a good time in D.C. I haven't been in years. I'll have to go back one of these days.

And those flowers look lovely. I might have to get some and plant some.

Andrew Thornton said...

Max looks cute all dressed up. He looks like he's going to break it down. Azalea looks cute too with her panda ears.

I think a red panda bead would be cute if it were cast in shibuichi. The red of the metal would compliment the animal.

Who got married?

Oh and it looks like you all had a good time in D.C. I haven't been in years. I'll have to go back one of these days.

And those flowers look lovely. I might have to get some and plant some.

Janet said...

Wonderful trip and I love the pictures!! Max has his Fathers eyes and your face?! Your children are just lovely!! ox

Black Cat Ranch said...

I have grown anemones in both shade & sun & they've done well in both locations. The only problem I have with them, is the deer like them, too!

Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures!

Hugs,
Lucy

Dori said...

Japanese anemones, one of my favorites! Mine do like moisture. If you cut them, just when they're opening, they last for a few days cut.

Just found your blog! Your work is amazing. Love, LOVE the dolls!

Melanie said...

I just found your blog, Cynthia. What a lovely family you have! That's definitely a Japanes anemone...probably the cultivar 'September Charm'...and it will grow in shade but will bloom most prolifically if it gets at least a few hours of morning sun. (I'm working in a garden center these days.) If you are in the Chapel Hill area...I can hook you up! Or call one of the garden centers near your place in Asheville and ask if they carry 'September Charm' anemones. (AKA windflowers)

Still making jewelry as well!

Melanie