Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Glaze experiments

01   thick porcelain slip with a mixture of Teal mason stain and cone 10 clear

02   "the blob" of 01

03   double dip or 01

04   Teal mason stain and cone 10 clear with Soldate slip

05   porcelain slip with thick gunk Chun blue

06   Chun blue and soldate slip

07   Stoneware blue with porcelain slip

08   Matte white thick paste gunk from side of barrel

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ceramics sculpture class

figure sculpture lesson by Cory Olewnik.  Can't wait to try one myself when class resumes!!!

@dustingimbeldesigns @coryolewnik @simplesimpleme

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hey all of you out there.  If you want to follow along with all of my gardening and creative adventures you can follow me on Instagram @dustingimbeldesigns .  Thanks! happy Gardening

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Love

Well, just when you think you'll never fall in love again... bang it hits you.  Yesterday I had a little time to kill so I went to Roger's Gardens as I was right in the area. Not having much time I asked my friend and horticulturist Suzanne Hetrick if there was anything new that I needed.  Suzanne took me directly to a beautiful new flowering sage.  Named Salvia 'Love and Wishes',  it's basically a darker version of another favorite of mine, Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'.  S. 'Love and Wishes' is decidedly plumy while S. 'Wendy's Wish' is more of a pink-magenta.  Both are excellent hybrids as they have beautiful dark stems, colorful calix, and velvety flowers. Not to mention that they bloom all year and in my experience can do full sun to part shade with little direct light and still perform.  And as with all of the bigger salvias they are hummingbird magnets. I bought one plant, but of course now I wish I had taken 4 or 5.  I must be patient!


Salvia 'Love and Wishes'

Monday, March 3, 2014


Ok,  I've been getting some well deserved grief about not having posted about my nearly month long trip to Oaxaca City in southern Mexico.  I had wanted to post while I was away but I found using this blog from my phone was too difficult.  Having wanted to take a little sabbatical, I decided to head south and take an intensive Spanish language course.  While I was based in Oaxaca I had many adventures,  made many friends, ate loads of food and of course admired many lovely plants.

For this first post I'll share with you my favorite spot in the city, which is the church called Santo Domingo.  This spot like the Zocalo is a gathering place bustling with people but Santo Domingo has beautiful plantings all around and the far side of the compound is the home of the famous ethno-botnical garden.

Check back soon for more posts I promise.  ;)

Agave guingola

Big beaned tree


Monday, December 9, 2013


Interested in any of the lovelies above?  Come to the Long Beach Swap Meet this weekend! Specifically Sunday Dec. 15th.   Come hang out with me and my cohorts Denise of A Growing Obsession and Reuben of Rancho Reubidoux.  Come for handmade, local, vintage, and super cool stuff!!!

Reuben's large art work

Denise's photo of my concrete and her rope creations

Friday, October 11, 2013

Post apocalyptic gardening

Driving around on the west side I saw this beauty...  Evocative of a post apocalyptic dystopia, I thought this was a great example of extreme urban gardening.  It looks like they're mostly growing tomatoes and aloe vera, but the whole set up is kinda fun. I also thought the water bottles in the front were interesting, not sure if they are collecting rain water or something else. Maybe it's just watching too much "The Walking Dead", but I think I could get into this. This may be my future.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Constant Gardener

I'm very pleased to share Cindy McNatt's profile on me and my garden in last Saurday's OC Register! Most of the photos are from a year and half ago, but the article was just sweet as pie!

Playing rough: Blog inspiration turned mini obsession

So last week I read one of Denise's posts on A Growing Obsession about "a diamond in the rough".  She was reposting on a concrete diamond project. Well, I printed out the original template and kinda went nuts.  And to my critics I say isn't this better than most addictions?!!

Take a look at will most likely be the tip of a big iceberg.

Thursday, October 3, 2013