I'm still working on gourds. Here's a youtube video of some of what I did today:
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Since then I've added metallic paint and 2 coats of varnish:
I do love the swirly magic of these gourds! Who'd've thought that watercolor paints could look so good on a dried plant?
Philip and Kara gave me a gorgeous assortment of Darjeeling teas for Christmas -- my very favorite type of tea. Look at all of them!
This morning Julia, who is a coffee lover, joined me in a cup of this, augmented with a bit of my dried herbs. It really did have a deep golden color. Delicious!
And what did Anna and Gramm give me for Christmas, you ask? They gave me a children's book -- Anna's favorite, I think.
On the inside cover were these sweet words:
Yes, you've probably guessed it ...
We have a BABY COMING!!! Oh, my goodness, I am so excited. I have BEEN excited since late October, but we were sworn to secrecy. Shhhh! But now, the happy parents have announced it, and I am free to share with my friends that I am going to be a Nana!! I am joining the ranks of the most privileged of women. I cannot wait to cradle that little bundle of wonderfulness in my arms and quietly cry for happiness. (Okay, I do need to remember that it's not all about me and the baby. The baby does have parents, ahem. So much tender-loving-care will be showered on a certain daughter who is very precious and very petite and very tired from teaching school.) Anna, I love you. That's my big news, world!