Meglacicle, gigantic icicle

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Giant Icicle, Mary Williams Designs


I really should get back to posting pictures of jewelry and lampwork beads but I just couldn’t resist this. It may not look like it but that icicle is 54 inches long (and growing!) and 7 inches across at the top! Taken with my phone from inside the house kneeling down to get the whole thing in the shot. Love how the bottom is three separate points.

Franktown Creek Waterfall Toiyabe Forest

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Franktown Creek Washoe Valley Waterfall

Franktown Creek Waterfall

When you mention Nevada and its terrain, most people think of hot, dry, flat land with desert-like plants. Well, that picture above is a couple miles from my house in Washoe Valley near the Toiyabe Forest. Almost in my backyard. 

My son and I made the trek to it the first spring I lived here. Not a bad hike, but unfortunately not one I’ve been able to repeat since my hip was injured. It is a beautiful area with several types of wildflowers. Not a dry, dusty patch of ground anywhere!

Even though the trek to the waterfall is out of my reach I can still enjoy breathtaking views (and not a single casino!) in Northern Nevada:

Toiyabe Forest Washoe Valley Rainbow

Washoe Valley Rainbow

A very persistent visitor

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Washoe Valley Frog

Meet Clyde

Meet Clyde , my resident Washoe Valley frog. He is a frequent and persistent visitor to my glass studio. He has been relocated outside for his own good on a couple occasions and yet he always manages to find his way back in. For some reason, my red tool cart seems to be his favorite place to kick back and cool off. Red is one of my favorite colors to add to my work but frogs and the color red, who knew? One of these days Clyde will stop surprising me with visits, and I have to admit it will make me a little sad!

Preserving Dandelion Fluff

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Preserved Dandelion

Preserved Dandelion

Ever try to bring a large dandelion fluff into the house past a 130 pound rottweiler that thinks it should be his? Or at the very least thinks he should ‘lovingly’ smell it and lick it and breathe in its goodness? It’s not easy ladies and gentlemen! Luckily I had spent some time with it and a can of hairspray before picking and transporting it inside so I at least had a fighting chance..

The dandelions in Washoe Valley are the biggest and prettiest that I’ve seen. It is rare for me to find one fully intact though. Our area is known for being very windy so I was extremely lucky and very happy to find this one.

I’m far from being an expert on preserving these, this being my first, but if you would like to try all I used was an aerosol hairspray. I imagine that an art fixative would work, but I used what I had.

I sprayed from about 4 inches away at first in short spurts, as if it were a can of spray paint. Once I had a very light coat on it I moved in closer. I probably put four coats in all, including spraying underneath. After it dried I carefully snipped the stem.

I have no idea how long it will last, but while it is here it makes me happy!

Morning walk inspiration

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I am like a kid when it comes to finding something, anything, growing on our hillside or near the creek. Each find is a special treat for me. All but one (the last one) of these grow wild here and I assume they are wildflowers. The last one is a plant that has amazed me in that it has lasted through subzero temps, but this year it amazed me by blooming for the first time. Who knew?  A tropical looking plant that survives harsh winters but never dies back? No idea what it is.