Three Things Thursday: 8 June 2017

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog [or Twitter account or Facebook page or diary or life in general] with the happy*

Emily of Nerd in the Brain originally created Three Things Thursday, but it’s now being hosted by Natalie of There She Goes. Anyway, here are my three things this week…

First, letter-writing. I mentioned in my  recent post Small Calm Things, that I had made a start on some letter-writing and over the past few days I’ve written quite a few. Sitting in the limery as the rain hammers down in our British summer, it’s rather nice to put pen to paper and know that I will be raising some smiles as a result of my efforts.

Second, new inks. I have a project in mind that involves alcohol inks in muted colours. Until now I only had bright colours, but this morning’s post brought me the earth tones I need, so I’m now all set for getting arty.

a new art project is on the horizon

Third, pitchers. The pitcher plants and the monkey cup in the limery are growing like mad and it does make me very happy to see them doing their job and looking so fabulous.

And if you want to see lovely pictures of some of these plants in their native habitat, check out this post from Nerd in the Brain, who recently went to visit the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden.

So, those are three things making me smile and that I am grateful for this week. What is making you happy?

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  1. I like your happy things.
    Mine today: (1) we’ve just had a lot of rain in Cape Town, (2) we’re about to have some more tomorrow, (3) and again a lot more next week 🙂 I’ll just focus on the rain right now!

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  2. Ooh, those inks look interesting! My three today; 1. My daughter’s home today from uni. 2. The election is nearly over!!. 3. I’m pottering in my sewing room 🙂

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  3. Laurie Graves

     /  June 8, 2017

    Wonderful, wonderful! Can’t wait to see what you do with those inks.

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  4. What wonderful carnivores you’re raising out in the limery! So contented and lush 🙂
    Three things… hmm. OK: I’ve finished quilting the blocks on my latest quilt so it’s time for the next stage; cold (for the tropics) nights so I sleep very well for a change; a new external DVD reader for my laptop so I can listen to audiobooks while I work.

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  5. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the inks.My three things, a lovely hand written letter from you thank you, a marvellous afternoon with my poetry group and I have nearly pinned my brother down for a visit to see him.

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  6. Ah the inks – they are addictive! 🙂 I’m about to launch myself into a huge ink project too 🙂 And I have 36 new watercolour crayons for to play with and I finished crocheting a colourful scarf – maybe I should make a blog post ………

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    • Yes please – it would be lovely to see your creations. I had my first go a soil-themed doodle this afternoon complete with mini-beasts. It ended up a bit smudgy, but I’m quite pleased with the result.

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      • How exciting! Oh smudging! Yes, you do have to be careful when doodling. You can heat dry your doodling marks with a hair dryer as long as you are careful with not getting the heat too close to the plastic paper. I learnt to work from the centre out 🙂

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  7. Nice! The carnivorous plants sound intriguing. 🙂

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  8. Your plants look wildly happy. I am interested in these inks, as I know Pauline has made some very lovely things with the stuff…

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  9. Wow! Those plants – I’m so impressed, they look magnificent. Thank you so much for your postcard, it really is a novelty getting handwritten mail these days and now I can imagine you writing it amongst the lushness of the limery.

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  10. I am also impressed with the lushness of the plants. They must be gobbling up the flies! My three things? 1. Lying in bed in the afternoon (something I rarely do!) 2. Productive bounty from friends’ gardens, including apples, walnuts and four bags of autumn leaves to use as mulch. 3. Lunch with two very dear friends.

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  11. sarahfoto

     /  June 13, 2017

    I am so jealous of your fly eating plants! Every year I buy a new venus trap but they always end up dying. What’s your secret?

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    • I’m not very good with the Venus fly traps, although I do have two. I recommend getting some pitcher plants – they are much more hardy and are absolutely fascinating.

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