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More than bars, parties

How timely!  An article in the Mason City Globe Gazette about South Padre Island! "SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — South Padre Island is famous as a spring break destination with concerts, bikini contests and plenty of partying by the college kids who flock here by the tens of thousands throughout March. But South Padre isn’t just beaches, bars and dance parties. It’s also home to a major water-sports scene with year-round surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing and other activities. South Padre sits on the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” Oscar Wilde Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – street art Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – the famous postwar Times Sq kiss Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Madame Tussaud’s hand One of the joys of having access to a major city is that, without doubt, you’re bound to come across the unusual, the unexpected, and the creative surprise piece that puts a smile on your face. I live close to NYC, and whenever possible, I make my ...

The Thursday Thirteen

One of my favorite Rogers and Hammerstein songs comes from the musical The Sound of Music -  "These Are A Few of my Favorite Things".  For this week's Thursday Thirteen, in no particular order, I'll list thirteen of my favorite things. 1. Dawn.  I love to watch the sun come up, the golden rays highlighting the clouds with beautiful color.  I've been watching dawn rise since I was about seven when my grandfather, Pop, told me it was the prettiest time ...

News & Happenings

I'm starting several new ongoing series on my blog that I'm hoping you all will enjoy. Don't worry, I'll still be posting mostly about my own art and new artistic mediums I'm trying but I thought these new themed posts would be a fun way to fill in the blanks and add user friendly content. Artist's Play Room - I've mentioned this several times before but it deserves highlighting now because it starts this month!! The first Artist's PLAY ROOM Blog Hop and ...

My Favorite Cooking Shows

I grew up chubby, and I will remain at least slightly chubby for the rest of my days, because I love food. Love love LOVE it. Growing up I watched all sorts of cooking shows. Before The Food Network and The Cooking Channel, there was PBS and other local stations that always had great cooking shows on them. Right now I'm sharing my top favorite shows of all time: 1). The Galloping Gourmet Starring Graham Kerr 2) The Frugal Gourmet Starring Jeff Smith 3). America's Test ...

Is there a market for my book, or should I bury it at sea?

Is there a market for my book, or should I bury it at sea? This was the question a prospective client recently asked me about a book he’s already written. Whether it’s the optimist, the marketer, or the passionate communicator in me, I almost always feel there’s a market for an author’s book. Let’s be outrageous for a moment and talk about the guy who’s writing a protocol manual for left-handed Chinese goatherds. Really? With more than 1.25 billion people in China, ...

Friends and Strangers Can Get People Talking to Each Other

Hubby and I were treated Sunday night to a delightful home-cooked dinner at our friend Anne’s friends Bonnie and Ron’s home—in a heretofore unexplored (by us) location. Our Garmin failed us as we neared their residence, and our sense of direction did, too. But luckily, the hostess had said they were on a circle, so we figured out we could keep going and we’d get another chance at it. I did joke, as we parked in the driveway, that anyone ...

Fun Flower Facts: Scilla (Squill)

Scilla or squill is a genus of flowering bulbs native to the woodlands, meadows and seashores throughout Europe and Africa. It can be identified by its bright green leaves and produces clusters of bluebell or star-shaped blooms. They look a lot like snowdrops, but slightly larger and blue in colour. Flowers are typically bright blue, but white, pink and purple varieties are available. Some species are fragrant. Most flower in the early spring, while a few bloom in the fall. Plants ...

How to press flowers

Pressing flowers and/or leaves is a fairly simple process, you just have to be a little bit patient! 1) Use absorbent paper like newspaper or paper towel. Don’t use paper with an embossed pattern as that will give a waffle like texture to the blooms. 2) Fold the paper in half and place the flowers you want to press in-between the fold. They will dry EXACTLY like you place them so ensure they are laid out without touching each other. If you ...

Thinking – One Of The Qualities Of An Artist

THINKING We spend hours and hours every day thinking, however is all this brain energy necessarily productive?  Is it always positive?  Thinking is another of  the qualities of an artist that we need to pay attention to. You would be surprised perhaps if you were able to capture every thought you have in a day and look at… a. How positive is that thought ? b. How constructive is it? c. Are you over thinking? We are educated to think in certain ways, which are ...

Best Bulbs to Plant in the Fall

With the cooler temperatures and shorter days, you probably want to pack up your gardening tools and call it a day. But before you do, be sure to plant your spring-flowering bulbs! The bulbs are usually planted in late September to early November when the soil is moist soil and when the weather is cool. The cooler weather helps the root systems develop before winter sets in. Here are our favourite bulbs to plant now for spring colour: Tulips These beauties are a ...

Flowers & Literature: Books with Flowers in the Title

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are obsessed with flowers here at Fun Flower Facts. We love flowers and we’re not alone. Flowers are definitely a source of inspiration for many songwriters, photographers, screenwriters, artists, designers, and of course, gardeners! We have done blog posts about songs and movies with flowers in title. We have even covered a few books about flowers, like Blossom Buddies by Elsa Mora and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. And because we ...

Fun Flower Facts: Saffron Crocus

Crocus sativus or Saffron Crocus is the flower that produces saffron, the infamous herb used to add colour, aroma and flavour to Mediterranean cuisines. Only a few threads are needed to flavour a dish, as this spice is quite pungent. Saffron crocus is native to Greece and southwest Asia. It can be identified by its bright purple petals with dark purple veins and three distinctive red stigmas (the saffron threads) in the middle. Each plant will bear up to four flowers. ...

8 Eco-Friendly Container Ideas for Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a fun, low-cost and rewarding activity that you can do with kids. All you need is some soil, seeds and containers. You can purchase all of those materials at your local garden centre, but you can also save money and help the environment by transforming everyday household items into potting containers. If you look around, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything can be made into a container, but make sure it’s clean and poked with some ...

Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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