Studio Saturday-How Does Your Garden Grow?

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This week we visit the studio of Creative Impressions In Clay.

I haven’t been in my studio much. Seems my studio muse took a lengthy vacation. So with the warm weather, I took my “I deparately need a change” muse outdoors to my garden. The fence has been up for a year so I could now paint it. 
If you didn’t know, I LOVE COLOR! I have been in a mood lately to color everything outside!

I have been spray painting a lot also. Above will be used as supports for tomato plants. They add a cool, colorful architectural element to the garden. Not the normal boring tomato cage. 
They are also supporting my supar snap peas. In their previous life they used to be the corner pieces of our gazebo. It had an long life and was reborn to help out in the garden.
Herbs are looking fantastic, chives are blooming, oregano, winter savory, thyme, sage and lettuce. Beans are coming up and its time to start picking strawberries!
Front of the house, I painted the front porch. Voila no more boring cement. We put one of my painting up last year. I made the stained glass panel years ago.
Our Harry Lauder Walking Stick tree died last year and it was just too cool to throw away, so I spray painted it purple. I know everyone has a purple tree in their front yard. Table and chair set displaced till the paint cures on the front porch.
Stay sunny and smiling even though your muse in a different area of your creative life is on vacation.
My question is:
Where is your creative muse playing these days?

Leave a comment with your answer to the question and you could win a house button.
Seems like this month its all about houses!

My garden is starting to grow just fine. Even though more painting still needs to be done.

Feeling sassy as usual.
Tari Sasser

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28 Comment

  1. TesoriTrovati
    May 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    OMG! That is the happiest place on the planet! I would love to come and sit a spell on your pretty porch and admire your purple tree and that wickedly awesome garden fence! This is just as I would imagine your home to be. Enjoy the day, Miss Tari!

  2. Janet Bocciardi
    May 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Tari – although I'm a fair weather gardener I'd be out in your yard every day! Awesome color! It's going to look gorgeous all year long.

  3. Alice
    May 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Oh My Gosh, I want–no–need your garden. When my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in early 2010 I had no desire to do much of anything. She passed away in June of last year, and yet I still can't find the energy to tend my garden. So it sits there ugly, brown, weedy, and forlorn. My mom was such a happy person and I know she would love your garden. If I can get my husband to go along with me, I might be stealing your ideas. Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for the kick in the backside.

  4. Anonymous
    May 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    My muse is dancing around from foot to foot, waiting for my beading to be set up. She throws in lots of ideas trying to get me started.

    parrarita @yahoo.com

  5. sandi m
    May 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I'm smiling from ear to ear!! This is awesome. I have soo much painting to so – do you want to come over and help?!!

  6. Erin S
    May 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    so much fun! I am a horrible gardener and my yard looks like crap. Luckily I live in southern CA, so I do at least have fresh herbs and lemons year round, which is awesome!

  7. Annie
    May 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

    The photos of your garden have inspired me to play with colour more! I feel the urge to paint some things some wild colours… Thank you for sharing!

    PS – I am Canadian, hence the "proper" (hee hee!) spelling of 'colour'…!

  8. JeannieK
    May 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My muse is at my house, but I'm never home to create or play.

  9. Beading Mommy
    May 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Love, love, love your colors!!! You've inspired me to get out and get my hands dirty. Sizing up pots and getting them ready! Thank you!

  10. Klassy Joolz
    May 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    WOW! I love all your color…what fun! I live in Lake Havasu City, AZ and I could never have a garden like that…SIGH! But you've got me thinking about color. My muse has been gone since Dec 22 when my "Beyond Special" Min Pin "Scooter" went to doggie heaven. I hope my muse returns one of these days!

    Thanks sharing your wonderful talent!

    Smiles, Pam

  11. Cece
    May 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Absolutely love your garden art Teri! Technically, I don't have my own garden, but work at a cactus nursery garden center. I've been working 6 out of 7 for the past few months. So my muse has been very busy there. You can check out some of my muse influence http://www.cactusjoeslasvegas.com/ Happy Growing!

  12. Betty S.
    May 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Apparently my muse is on serious vacation compared to yours. What an upbeat, fun outdoor vibe you've created! Love it! And of course we aren't anywhere nearly ready to pick strawberries yet. So jealous!

  13. Sweet Willow Designs
    May 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Wow, your garden and porch are inspiring. When I'm home again, my front porch gets a makeover! I've been in a travel status for 6 months now so my muse is taking a trip back in time. Childhood crafts like crochet are back so I've been finding ways to crochet jewelry and have even tried my hand at felted crochet. Not being in my studio is challenging my muse to keep me "amused" with less stuff and limited resources.

  14. Designed by Vera
    May 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    WOW, such color!!! My garden is growing, but it doesn't have the pretty supports. Will have to remember this for next year! Love, love, love the chair and table set! I would set outside all day with it and my cup of coffee! Thanks for sharing.

    Veralynne Malone

  15. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Erin, thanks! You're the best!

  16. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Janet, I'm not a great gardener, believe me. The strawberries have been one of the best things I've planted. They require little to no maintenance. Just pick and eat or freeze for smoothies. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Alice, so sorry about your mom. I hope you are inspired to start a colorful project. If you are happy, I'm sure your it makes your husband happy! My husband loves the fence. He was the one that took the time to bolt my painting on the front porch. Guess we've been married long enough that its easier to just go along with my wild ideas.
    Share your pics when you take your muse out to play!
    Thanks for your comments!

  18. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Sandy, I'm so happy to have made you smile. Color can do that…it does for me. I'll come help or maybe watch you paint! Depends on how close you are to Cincinnati.
    Share your pics of your project!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Erin, I'm glad you liked it. It would be so cool to have herbs and lemons year round!
    Thanks for your comments!

  20. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Ay Annie, glad I could provide you with some inspiration. You have to share your pics and show us your experiments with color or colour.
    Thanks for visiting!

  21. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    May 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Jeannie, get home so you can play with your muse!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Malin de Koning
    May 7, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Tari, I love your tomato supports. I would like something similar in my own garden. Where is my creative muse playing? All over the place I would say ;-). But where I let her come to use is in my beading studio and in my garden. Very cute house house button there.

  23. BooBeads
    May 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Dr Seuss was the first thing to mind! I love all the color you've added to the garden ad front porch! What a happy place to enjoy 🙂


  24. Anonymous
    May 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Tari, color is what we all need. My muse is jumping up and down on the sidelines. I moved and don't have a table set up yet. Enjoying so many house buttons now.
    Don't see my earlier comment, so I'm sending this one, hoping it gets there. Rita

    [email protected]

  25. Beth McLarnan
    May 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I bow to you Queen of Color Happiness! You are my new hero…this post made me smile!

  26. quiltingjewel39
    May 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Like everyone else commenting I love, love your fence and tomato stakes. It's just so happy. I would be sitting out there every day. I also love the purple walkig stick tree. What a fun house you have made.

  27. Cynthia
    May 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Love those "tomato cages". It makes me want to go buy a gazebo, just so I can tear it apart!! Your garden is probably always cheery, even in the rain!
    My muse has had me in the basement, torch fire enameling beads like nobody's business. I had to take time away from the torch to make some jewelry for some challenges/ blog hops, but I can't wait to get back down there!

  28. Lynda
    May 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    What a happy place of inspiration you have created. I'm sure all your neighbors are grateful for the lovely view as well. Love what you've done transforming objects with color.
    I use to sew quite a lot and still love to go to the few remaining fabric stores in town and run my hands over the bolts of material. Color, print, texture! Everywhere.

    Please do share more photos with us as you work in you garden. Loved seeing them.


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