Sunday, 6 February 2011

Flower, Zentangle, Gizmo

 
I have been buying a lot of the traditional 'cheap 'n' cheerful' spring flowers recently but had my head turned by this beautiful exotic looking orchid.  I have never grown an orchid before but am assured that they are easy to grow from the instructions that came with it.  I should immerse it in water, for an hour, once a week and feed whilst in flower.  When the flowers are finished I am to cut down the stem and it may start flowering again.  The plant wasn't cheap at £10.00 but the flowers are supposed to last for four weeks.  We shall see!

This is my second attempt at a zentangle, doodled whilst the dinner was cooking in the oven.  It looks like a couple dancing to me, and quite ethnic in style.  The interesting thing is, that when you start to doodle you have no idea what the end result will be.  I see many more zentangles coming on but I won't bombard you with them all!


Here is Gizmo sitting among my craft materials. Whenever I put a sheet of paper down he just has to come and sit on it and try it out for size!

15 comments:

Kathy said...

What a beautiful orchid ... it's a lovely colour.
I've only had one orchid ... and sad to say it didn't last long. I wish you better luck with yours!
xxx

Dragonfly said...

My Mum is a wonderful grower of orchids and her secret to success is to only give them rainwater (at room temperature) I have to say, I've been using her advice for a while now and my orchids have never been better. And yes, do let the water drain out when you've stood them in it for a while.

Louise said...

I can just imagine how amusing it is when Gizmo comes and plonks himself down right on top of your paper! x

Lyn said...

cats just love to sit on papers! he looks very cute while he's stopping you craft though. Not had a go at a zentangle yet but plan to, it looks quite addictive!
love
Lyn
xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your orchid is beautiful! :)
I don't know what it is about cat's having to sit on things. One came and sat on my little hand fork when I was gardening one day, couldn't have been very comfortable!
Gizmo is looking as handsome as ever!!
Vivienne x

Diane said...

Simone, tell us where you live and we'll come and cure your shyness!! Ive cunningly orchestrated a meet up with Lisa (Jumble and Jelly) and Claire (Summerfete) all the way down to SOuthampton! My hubby thinks its his birthday treat to go watch his footy team play Southampton!!!! xxxxx

blueberry hill said...

Just found your blog today while pottering online for a while - such beautiful pictures. I was interested to see your stamping as I love to scrapbook (can't make cards anymore as I now have a business to sell them!) but I do love my scrapbooking and am trying to be more creative with it this year. Anne

Puppet Lady said...

Aw, wish I had a fluffy Gizmo like you. Cats always take an interest in your crafts when you least want them too, don't they?

Rosie said...

Gizmo! Cats love to sit on paper - especially if you are using it. One of my cats is sitting at the side of my lap top watching my fingers on the keys as I type - I'm just waiting for the pounce!:)

sharon said...

Simone,
Your three photos today just about sum up the perfect life, don't they? plants and art and animals, gifts of the gods.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

You will not be disappointed with your orchid, mine flowered for ages (more than 4 weeks). They are really easy to look after and if you cut it back it will flower again. It takes ages (months) to reflower so don't give up on it :-)

Green thumb said...

My mum loves buying those orchids and when we're lucky, flowers can last 2 months. Good luck with yours!
xxx

barbara and nancy said...

Go ahead, bother us with more Zentangles. I love that one.
Barbara

Anne said...

I love this zentangle, too! It does look a bit like a dancing couple. And also an intricate alphabet letter. An A or an R.

Your orchid is lovely. I have one that I bought back in October and it is STILL blooming. Mine was an absolute bargain at $5 and although a few buds fell off soon after I brought it home, it's been amazing. Good luck with yours.

Gizmo looks like a sweetie, though it is funny how cats have to be on top of EVERYTHING you do. Any time I get out my fabric, Dovey is immediately on top of it.

Judy Hartman said...

Beautiful orchid, wonderful zentangle and sweet Gizmo!! Glad to read your instructions about orchids. I have two that have stopped blooming, so I guess I'll cut them down. And yes, my cats always sit right down upon whatever I am working on. I wonder why?