Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stained Glass Classes

Tuesday, January 27

My Dad asked me if I wanted to take a stained glass class that they have at the high school in town. I thought it would be fun and said yes. My Mom also decided to take it as well as my friend Laura.

Today was our first class. Our instructor, Mary Beth had gone over the basics of the tools we will need for the course. She brought in everything for us to look at, including glass cutters, so we could try them out and figure out which one we want to purchase.

At first it's intimidating to score and break the glass. After a few times it's not as scary as I thought and I figured out which type of cutter I liked best. I liked the Toyo Thomas Grip Supercutter kind the best.

I'm very excited about this class. I'd like to make a piece for the bathroom window and even some yard art.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bonsai Project - Planted and pruned

Friday, January 16

I've been reading, reading and more reading about bonsai, pruning and planting. Today I used all the info and planted my first 2 bonsai trees.

I've read that the trick to a healthy bonsai is the soil. It's not regular potting soil, it's "bonsai soil", a granular soil, that is more like gravel than dirt. I had gotten mine from Bonsai Boy on Amazon.

The other thing I've read about is pruning and training wire. To get the shape you desire you have to prune and sometimes even use training wire (aluminum wire) to shape it. The first step I did was to actually wire them to the pot for stability.

Now.... I've never done this before so I'm just futzing and learning as I go along. They may do well, and they may keel over in a week..... who knows.

I planted the Blue Star Juniper in a 6" long pot. I already liked the shape of it, so I just pruned it up a bit.

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The Gold Thread Cypress on the other hand needed some major pruning and wiring to form it to my desired look. After potting it in a 7" long pot, I pruned it up. Then I had taken the aluminum wire, starting at the base, wrapped a branch I wanted to train, and bent in gently into shape. It basically makes the branch into a "twist-tie" and I could shape it however I wanted.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bonsai project - Plants delivered

Thursday, January 15

Yay... my plants had been delivered for my bonsai project. I can't want to plant them in my bonsai pots, which came in yesterday.

I purchased a Gold Tread Cypress, which has a lime-green color and had a weeping quality that I love.

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The second is a Blue Star Juniper. I love this plant and have 6 of them planted outside in the landscaping. I love the silvery-blue color and the miniature look to them.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bonsai project

Wednesday, January 7

As I was growing up, my Dad always seemed to have some project he was working on. Apparently that gene has finally shown up in me recently. Now that it's winter and snow is everywhere... I'm going stir crazy for a project. There's 2 that I think will keep me occupied. The first is to reorganize the basement. The second is to try my luck at the art of bonsai growing.

On Tuesday the 5th, I found a great site online at buybonsai.com that I ordered a set of 3 pots in which I really loved. On Wednesday I ordered, from Amazon some bonsai soil and tools, and today I order a baby Blue Star Juniper and Gold Thread Cypress from evergreenplantnursery.com.

I'm very excited about getting into the art of bonsai. They said it's a very zen and calming art to take up.