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Helen Simon
03-08-2007, 09:13 AM
I love to work from living models. I've had white Violets, Clover and Onion flowers, but this week I found color in our "yard". I'm gonna' try to be organized enough to make an annual journal of what's blooming on our homestead...we'll see.
There's a little bluebird thinking about nesting under our awning, I hope. The jasmine smells sweet but is poison, and is climbing a pine behind our pond. I saw it while walking our track around the pond, a reward for exercising. The Scarlet Pimpernel, reminding of the great old movie, I had to google to find the name of. I wish I had used regular coral rather than mango, and purple rather than lavender for the center.
I used copper wire to string this set...love the way you can arrange it, and I plan on doing it lots more soon. I'm sharing the joy of my country life this way w/ you. Did I tell you the air smells like potpourri? It's so grand. Love, Helen
PS I've been addicted to Tylenol PM to sleep since our hurricane, and just quit, so I'm hyper. Sorry to be such a hog!


Ellen Altamore
03-08-2007, 09:37 AM
OUtstanding, Helen!

03-08-2007, 12:33 PM
Oh please! Hog away! You have something wonderful to show! I like the way you preface your pictures also!

03-08-2007, 01:34 PM
Fantastic work, and what a great way to keep a nature journal! I've always loved your flowers, and will be watching for new things blooming. Are you going to continue this thread or start new ones?


03-08-2007, 03:05 PM
You are always amazing Helen! I can't imagine you have a reject pile!

03-08-2007, 06:03 PM
TOOOOOOOOO cool Helen!!!!!!!

Helen Simon
03-12-2007, 05:34 PM
Here's #2. We have these cute little white Violets growing in our front & back. Love, Helen


Helen Simon
03-15-2007, 12:01 PM
Here's a set of clover...a hard shape to make in glass. Love, Helen


03-15-2007, 02:15 PM
Wow! Beautiful! That is awesome to get your inspiration from your yard. Great job Helen!

03-15-2007, 04:01 PM
Excellent job on the clover, Helen!:thumbsup: The buds & leafs are especially fine!:clap:

03-16-2007, 09:09 AM
HelenI always enjoy your posts, they are so summery and delightful. I am envious!.
Squire 10.

03-16-2007, 01:46 PM
WOW, gorgeous!!!! Who needs spring around with Helen!!! Love them!

03-17-2007, 12:17 PM
Helen, these sets are just beautiful, it's not hard to see how inspired you are by your surroundings, thank you for sharing! :)

Helen Simon
03-17-2007, 01:00 PM
Thanks, Glass Friends! I'm about to jump out of my skin it's so beautiful here. It's like watching tv through every window, & I'd love to play in the dirt all day, but alas, it has to be paid for...so off to studio I go.:) Love, Helen

03-18-2007, 06:26 PM
Keep going, Helen! I can almost see where you are from what you're doing in glass! How wonderful to have so much inspiration. It's almost wasp season here - no flowers yet and plenty of flies... It's nice to see that there's beauty blooming elsewhere!

Helen Simon
03-19-2007, 08:21 PM
Thanks, Amber! I thought of you today when I etched some beads.:)
Here are some new flowers, Yellow Oxalis, according to Lady Bird's Wildflower site. Love, Helen


03-20-2007, 06:11 PM
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Beautiful job on the clover.

Helen Simon
03-21-2007, 06:03 PM
Thanks, Barbara!
Here are a couple more. Love, Helen



Helen Simon
04-16-2007, 01:45 PM
Here's a Blue-eyed Grass I did lately. I love this flower, went to take a pic in my yard early this morning, but they were still asleep.:( Love, Helen


04-16-2007, 07:48 PM
Beautiful, Helen. I think that is my favourite ever.


Helen Simon
04-16-2007, 09:35 PM
Thanks, Jenn! Do y'all have it there, too?

Andie's Glass
04-18-2007, 08:41 PM
Helen ... You inspire me so!!!

Helen Simon
04-18-2007, 10:17 PM
My pleasure, Andie, and thanks! Love, Helen

04-19-2007, 12:52 AM
Thanks, Glass Friends! I'm about to jump out of my skin it's so beautiful here. It's like watching tv through every window, & I'd love to play in the dirt all day, but alas, it has to be paid for...so off to studio I go.:) Love, Helen
I'm so happy for you that you are living in such a beautiful setting. And thanks for sharing it with us. Your beads keep evolving and it just amazes me because they were always glorious. :) And I love the old version of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The man who played the lead is wonderful!

04-19-2007, 01:36 AM
Hi Helen

your flowers are always lovely .i love them.....

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Helen Simon
04-20-2007, 07:31 PM
Thanks, Pinar & Patty.
I HAVE that movie, Patty, and it is so wonderful...son thinks it's boring, but occasionally he'll let us watch it.;) Love, Helen

04-21-2007, 12:00 AM
Your flowers are truly an art form and you are a genius! Cathy

Helen Simon
04-21-2007, 12:10 AM
Thanks, Cathy! I rather doubt the genius part, though.:) When I discovered lampwork, I guess I was 50, and all my hyper compulsions blended into perfect fruition. Excitement daily, never a dull moment at the torch, mysteries discovered every morning after sleepless wonderings, designing dreams, a legal fix in glass. I forsook many media for glass, as I'm sure many here have, the perfect liquid/solid twinkling and so permanent medium of melted beaches & deserts.:) Love, Helen, corny poetic after her bedtime/beadtime