Sunday, August 15, 2010


View from the cone-shaped pebble house at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH. I felt so peaceful in this garden, watching gold koi fish glide through lotus leaves. One day, I'd like to build a magical garden like this one.

Our friends Tony and Mark sculpted and cast this huge pitcher plant for the conservatory. The pieces in the Savage Garden collection include a glowing sundew, giant saracenia pitcher plants and a venus fly trap, all much larger than life.

Throughout the garden one can find many glass pieces from Dale Chihuly, an artist known for his chandeliers that put me in mind of great big pepper bundles. The floating glass orbs in the waterfall pond were such beautiful bright points amongst all the greenery.

While is Cincinnatti, we went to Parky's Farm, a quaint little spot perfect for kids. My girl had a good time riding a pony and chasing goats around a pen. I admired the miniature donkey and pot bellied pigs, wondering if my neighbors would mind if I started my own farm.

School will be starting in a few days, which means more time for me to work! I've made it my goal to finish my doll within the next two weeks. I've slacked off a lot lately, running around town, hanging out with my buddies, hosting doll craft parties and making miniature food with Azalea. Our dolls have quite a feast to choose from! Our tiny pizza's look super tasty. On another note, Bob Burkett just rolled into town, so you know new pieces are around the corner! Lately, I've been thinking about lace and how it would look translated in metal. Many of the women in my family have made lace, either by tatting or crochet, so I have lots of samples to examine. It might be interesting, to galvanize something so delicate and fragile. I'm imagining a roundish shape, floral with lots of negative space, a piece that would look awesome on a leather cuff. That's the other thing on my list to finish in the next couple weeks, wish me luck.


ginachalfant said...

Lace would make and interesting background for a spider web pendant!

Sabine said...

The Conservatory looks terrific! I haven't been there in years.

I attended a wonderful exhibit, Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, when it came to Phoenix. You might be interested in the myriad of materials that lace was created out of.


Cynthia Thornton said...

That's a really interesting thought Gina!

Love the site you pointed my way, thanks Ann!