Sunday, September 14, 2014

Still in Bud Stage -Air Plant Xerographica are Really Growing!

The magnificent King of Air Plants! And I have two of them coming into bloom!
This is the fourth week on the smaller one.
Maybe a little taller, but look how it is branching out. Fifth week.


Second week on the larger Air Plant.





Third week - Look how it has grown! It had just been watered, so the drops are still showing. 

Hope you will keep watching! 

Barbara
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Week four on One Xerographica and Week two on Second Xerographica

Here is last weeks picture of the Xerographica #1
And now this weeks picture. You can see the curve in the bloom. Unfortunately, I did that. I thought it would straighten back up. At least it is still growing!
And here is the larger Xerographica that started budding last week.
Now look! After just one week.
I am enjoying making these pictures to preserve the growth of these blooms. I hope you are also.
Please "like" them on facebook or pin to pinterest.

Barbara
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Third Week on Xerographica Bloom and First on Another One!

I guess  you can whip me with a wet noodle since I did not post the 3rd week of Xerographica bloom cycle Saturday. I wasted the whole day yesterday laying around wondering why I felt so bad. But, today I am back to normal.


Look at these pictures from last week and today! Amazing!Don't you agree?
Sunday 8/31/14                                          
























Now look at last weeks. See the big difference? Isn't it interesting how a plant that is so slow growing can produce its bloom in a matter of a few weeks?
Last week 8/23/14





Now with only two Xerographica in stock the larger is now in the beginning stages of blooming. Earlier this week I noticed the center looked different. Now look!
  
1st week of bloom on this larger Tillandsia Xerographica. 8/31/14

Please keep watching and let other Tillandsia lovers you know watch also. Got a question? Leave a comment or email me. barb1839@ymail.com

Barbara
http:nowthatsunique.artfire.com


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Watch this Tillandsia Xerographica (SilverBeauty) as it blooms.

What a wonderful surprise when I found a bud coming up in one of my Xerographica!

It is developing very fast. It has been a week since I took this picture. And now look I just took this one today 8/23/14. See how fast it is growing?
The picture is a little light. It was made in 100degree bright sun.

I will take another one next Saturday. So be sure and watch the progress. 

Barbara





Saturday, July 12, 2014

I fall in love with Tillandsia more every day.


What a great surprise when I came home from visiting my son and daughter-in-law over Independence Day weekend. When I left on Thursday this Brachycaulos was just beginning to blush. Three days later this is what I found. Needless to say I was speechless at the fast change.




Now look! Just five days later, I have blooms. WOW!

I fall in love with Tillandsia more every day.

Barb
www.nowthatsunique.artfire.com 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Have you heard of Inchies? These are Magnets



Have you heard about inchies? They are cute little squares that are 1" square. Each one is decorated using the artist imagination.

What do you do with them? Well, I don't know. Too light for paper weights, Make a cute wall  hanging in a doll house.

My idea is to make them into magnets for  your fridge, or bulletin road. Below are pictures of some that I have finished. 

Word of warning, if you try to take pictures of your inchie, don't put the magnets on first! This is the closest together I could get my. My magnets are very strong and they just kept pushing each other away.
Inchies!  

These can be found on  Now Thats Unique.
Barb

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Wonderful Reason to Help Pets For Vets

  Sometimes rescue dogs are rescued from abusive homes. The story below is about such a rescue. The rescued became a rescuer!
  This is what makes this non profit organization so wonderful.
   Please help! These veterans need you help. Emotional Injuries are just as bad and maybe worse than physical injuries. And if  you are a pet owner, you know how love and devotion you pet gives you. No questions asked.
  If you don't need a hand knitted item from my studio, then go to Pets for Vets and donate directly to them.You can even donate using your paypal account. Be sure and put the hyphens in the address to reach the right organization.



Barb
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com 



A True Story copied from Pets for Vets website.

Alex served in the Army from 1989 to 1992 and was stationed in Germany when the Berlin wall came down. He suffered a spinal cord injury after falling from a four-story roof, which left him a partial quadriplegic. Alex has been hoping to receive a dog to keep him company when he is home alone. He also hopes that he will be able to give back to the VA Long Beach by training his dog to become a therapy dog.
It took awhile to find the perfect match for Alex. We found Roxy at Smashface Rescue and learned about her harrowing tale. Kyle of Smashface Rescue received a tip from the nieces of a man who was abusing his dogs. Kyle was able to secure Roxy and her seven puppies and remove them from the property. Roxy suffered major internal damage from all of the abuse she endured, including a ruptured spleen. After recovering, from her injuries she was ready for her “forever” home.
Alex and RoxyPets for Vets worked with Roxy to increase her confidence around people. She was also desensitized to a wheel chair and taught to walk next to it. Roxy’s favorite behavior was learning to take peanut butter from a long handled spoon so that her new Dad would be able to feed her too. She was quick to pick up basic obedience and not to bolt out of doors.
The moment Alex met Roxy for the first time, he was speechless. She sat on his lap to be cuddled and taken for a ride around the house. Roxy had finally found her family.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Inchie Magnets for Your Refrigerator or Bulletin Board

These cute inchies were just added to my Artfire Studio. Please take a look.

A just a reminder: Have a look at the scarves and hats that I make for a very good cause. PETS for VETS. This wonderful group match rescue pups with Vets. in need of a companion. All of you that have a pet in your life knows how much love and support they give you. All monies go to Pets for Vets. Only part of your money that does not what is needed for postage. I donate my time and all materials. I know it is summer and these are not needed right now, but winter will be back. The companion for a Vet is needed now.

Barb
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Pictures of Tillandsia in Stages of Blush

It has been two weeks since I took pictures of these two plants. Have a look, can you see the changes in the blush.

Picture taken on 5/15

Picture taken 5/29

Picture taken on 5/15 
   
Picture taken on 5/29  

Well, I don't know! When I looked at them today they looked like they were getting redder. It is hard getting pictures showing the changes. What do you think?


  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Part 2 on using Air Plants to decorate your reception tables and to give your guests, a thank you for coming, gift.





This shows how to loosely wrap wire. you can use florist wire or jewelry wire.
Since Air plants  do not have stems, you will have to make them.        








Add a stem. This one is a dowel rod cut to length.







Simple look with Air Plant wired to a stiff florist wire.



                                                    


















         
Fill the vase with pretty pebbles. These came from Walmart, but I have since found them much cheaper at Dollar Tree. 

Use a variety of Air Plants to increase the pizzazz


Raffia looks really nice.



Use a spray of silk flowers or real if you prefer.

A simple look with ribbon to match your colors.
For an informal look - jars of all shapes and sizes.


I know all of you will come up with more exciting and better ideas than I have added. Add your pictures and comments. Enjoy sharing your ideas with other brides.


Barb
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com






                                                                              

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Idea for Your Wedding Reception

I LOVE this centerpiece idea! But without the place mat underneath.
Picture these bottles and vases with beautiful green Air Plants. Since air plants do not have stems, you will need to add them. This is easily done with florist picks or wire. Then each guest will be able to take home a beautiful and unusual reminder of your special day.

Don't have all the bottles and jars? Find them at flea markets and stores. My favorite store is Dollar Tree where you won't spend over a dollar for each vase.

In a few days I will post pictures on how to wire your air plants.  Keep looking!

Barb
www.nowthatsunique.artfire.com 

Friday, May 2, 2014

What Tillandsia Book Would You Recomend?


 

I have been looking for books on Tillandsia, I did not find much. On Amazon, I found a new book that looks promising for $25.00list. Unfortunately, it doesn't come out until October.

 Paul Isley, the top expert in Tillandsia, has a beautiful book that sells for $82.00. If you have only one or maybe a few Tillandsia, you may not want to pay that much for a book


 Jody James has written a small digital book named Air Plants Care and Design. I bought this book when I first decided I wanted to learn more about Air Plants. It is a Kindle Digital book and sells for 2.99. Good price, but it just touches on general care, and designs. Does have some nice pictures.



I am looking for ideas on what you would like to see in a book. Are you new to Air Plants? A hobbyist? Or an expert? What book(s) would you recommend?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

First Hats for Sale to Help Pets for Vets

Here are pictures of the first hats ready to help rescue a pet for a Veteran. You can purchase one  at my studio on Arfire. Now Thats Unique. Click on the section called Loom Knitting for Veterans.




Hope you take a look and help to rescue a dog for a Vet.

Barb
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/NowThatsUnique/1/1/38019

Monday, January 13, 2014

Enjoying Green in a Cold, Brown Winter

  In the middle of a very cold, brown winter, I always have cheery green in my house.
  Tillandsia/Air Plants always are green. Inside your house never needs to look like the dreary outside. Of course if you live in sunny California or Florida, I am green with envy!

  These pictures are of a beautiful Air Plant that has just finished blooming. These pictures are of it in bloom. What is nicer than a plant in bloom in the middle of winter? I have mounted this streptophylla x brachycaulos on a light piece of cork bark.



Meanwhile I am knitting away on my looms. I so want to help Veterans get a companion dog from Pets for Vets. So far I have made 3 hats and 1 scarf. Soon they will be on my Artfire studio. When you buy one, the proceeds will be donated to this wonderful cause. All monies except for the fees Paypal charges and the postage will go to Pets for Vets

Have a happy day,
Barb

http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com (formerly creation-in-clay)
 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Loom Knitting for Pets for Vets - Want to Help?

   The first knitted hats are just about finished and I am now working on a beautiful scarf. I am so excited about helping Pets for Vets. The more I read on their site, Pets for Vets, the more I want to help this very deserving cause. 


Pets for Vets is helping.

Our goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training can also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors.

It’s win-win.

Needy shelter dogs receive a second chance at life while giving our returning soldiers a second chance at health and happiness. The bonds of friendship formed between man and animal have the power to ease the suffering of our troops when they return from overseas.

If you knit or crochet and want to help, please let me know. Email me at barb1839@ymail.com  There is no way that by myself can I raise lots of money to help our Veterans. 

Have a Happy Day,
Barb
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com 


 

 

Monday, January 6, 2014

What I am doing with a Gift from a Stranger



A nice thing happened to me a few days ago. And what I am doing with the Gift from a Stranger.  This has been on the news, but, never thought it would happen to me.

While grocery shopping a lady came up to me and handed me a twenty dollar bill. When I asked why, she said no catch, just greet people with a smile.

That $20 sat on my desk for several days. I thought of giving it to someone else, but how to pick someone? Then Michaels ran a big sale on yarn. This is the way to give back! I used that $20 to buy yarn and now am launching my loom knitting for my favorite charity.

Pets for Vets is it! Pets for Vets provides companion dogs for Veterans.  These are not service dogs, but are pets that have been rescued. Thedog rescues the Vet and the Vet rescues the dog.  A great win, win!

I have two rescued dogs - Andy and Hannibal. I lost my husband almost two years ago and while my children have been wonderful, these two dogs are with me 24 hours a day. Not only do I take care of them, but they take care of me.


As I get a hat or scarf  finished it will go on my Artfire studio - Now Thats Unique. Look for Shop Section - Loom Knitting. As long as I can I will furnish 100% of the costs with the exception of the shipping. Monies will go into my Paypal account and will be paid out to Pets for Vets through my Paypal account.

Now it is time to go knit!

Stay Warm,
Barb
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com 




Sunday, January 5, 2014

What To Make in a Cold January

I hope you will ignore the fact that it has been so long since I have posted. No sense in boring you with excuses. 

It is a very cold January. It is not a safe time to ship Tillandsia/Air Plants. Plants, to me, are just one step below my dogs. Plants are live, breathing things - they just don't have brains. I cannot take the chance of a plant freezing to death, because of my shipping in this weather. 

And after such a busy Christmas season of making clay items, I have decided to not make one thing clay in January!

What better thing to do when it is so cold is to loom knit scarves and hats! Now I cannot possibly wear all I make so I am toying with offering them for a donation to charities. My problem is I am torn between several very worthwhile charities. 

Being an animal lover, I have been following a family that take in neglected and unwanted horses. It has grown beyond their expectations and is very expensive.

With a Grandson and his wife both being in the army - Dogs for Vets is also very dear to my heart. 

Your input would be appreciated. Have your own favorite charity? Please share with us and the reason you love this charity. 

More tomorrow

Have a great day,

Barb
http://nowthatsunique.artfire.com