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Karen Rexrode
Aldie, Virginia
Previous nursery owner, currently enjoy gardening and many forms of creative interpretation.
Interests: gardening, photography, assemblage, mixed media
Recent Activity
Back from the dead, or so I feel, for a full two weeks I suffered. The cough, the bronchitis, it's diminishing and I feel so happy to have it behind me. Awful, awful stuff!!! So on this day of festivities, the beginning of Lent and the Mardi Gras, I will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Studiology
Before this month leaves I wanted to share a few photographs from my annual trip to New Orleans. This trip was one of the best with a full schedule and things falling into place. The workshop that I attend is planned around assemblage art with our hilarious teacher Michael deMeng.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Studiology
The seed catalogs are arriving, sometimes two or three from the same company. Smaller, duplicate editions are trying to get your online order, or so I suspect. Mine are dogeared, pages marked, and folded. I'm not a seed starter, or I should clarify, I'm not an indoor seed starter. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Studiology
Just home from a road trip that was filled with road trips. My youngest sister moved to southern Virginia, between the hills of the Jefferson National Park, where it is divided into a north and south. Her tiny town sits between the two, something she researched by reading maps, knowing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Studiology
Create, complete, sell and repeat. A mantra that goes with the sales of creators. I'm pretty certain if an item did not sell, the inventor or creator may not repeat it, or they might do it again but with improvements. I surprised myself with the first creation in 2018, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Studiology
Last fall I failed to take extra precautions with my outdoor plants. So of course here we are in January with a deep freeze. This test will prove the hardiness of gardenia and farfugium. I have no expectations for canna, dahlias, or even fig fruit, which is a pessimistic prediction.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Studiology
Since 2012 I have blogged about my guineafowl. The ups and downs, and the nightly attacks, the baby keets and their rearing. This year began with 2, we are now down to 1. A recent owl attack brought down the male companion to this last, lucky (or not so lucky)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Studiology
A day off is a good thing. It's been a busy month and in one week I will be free to follow my own schedule until spring arrives. There will be days full of creative time in the studio and good book reading, something I am equally excited about. But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Studiology
As if life isn't already full of work deadlines, doing laundry, car maintenance, and child care (for some of you), we have birthdays, holidays, and life events. The latter rarely trump work related schedules, but they can cause complications when it comes to the calendar. In some cases this is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Studiology
How did big families ever manage?! That has been my ongoing question. My mother was one of 6, and is some cases that was a small family. After 4 days with 3 grandchildren and family, 1 granddog (part time) and parent, cooking, cleaning etc.. I'm befuddled! I guess everyone had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Studiology
Seed, the gardener's world has gone to seed. Berries, floating puff balls, the dispersal is upon us. As these varied embryos fall or fly, they are prepared to wait for the perfect set of circumstances to occur before they risk the one chance they have to sprout. So many days... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Studiology
That not so jolly Krampus is back. He's a smaller version of the three I created last Christmas, but certainly no less menacing. White hair is a departure, more like the original nut crackers, those totally innocent nutcrackers which lack the teeth, the claws, the horns! Also added to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Studiology
I have been averting my eyes as I pass by my raised beds, the garden that is a summer wonder. The death, the limp leaves, the loss of things I didn't save. I have aged and made decisions, cut some ties, hardened my heart. In comparison I guess I still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Studiology
Henry Mitchell once wrote that the first eight days of November are some of the finest of the year. Of course the gardener never thinks of these days as particularly memorable. Scenes of April and May are what flashes in our head. November seems like a winter month, a cold... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Studiology
The kitchen smells like pumpkin innards! My usual, last minute carving, which I love to do. Simple, not too complicated, all fingers are intact. Happy Halloween folks! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Studiology
The garden shed chatter is usually about the weather. Temperatures, rain, the forecast, these are things of great importance. Keeping that in mind, it seems that we've been cheated this fall. No reds, oranges, very little yellow and worse yet, dry and drier. I just finished a lecture on color... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Studiology
Just in time for next week's reception, I completed another interactive magnet piece. This one holds an elephant, a circus elephant, but he can be moved around because he is held in place with magnets. Not only is the elephant movable, but also the circus balls which can be lined... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Studiology
Metal, imagination, fabrication, and cars all come together at the Rockabilly Rumble! A one day event that fills a large field where rat rods, hot rods, and finely tuned race cars meet to show off. The fine details of each car sends my head a wizzin! What you may not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Studiology
October, the month that comes before November, the month of frost and potential freezes, woe is the gardener that dreads the garden season's finish. My primary garden is a jumble. The raised beds can barely be seen, the wood sides covered in growth. The red cypress vine, Jamaican toothache plant,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Studiology
Bound for the gallery is another addition to the Alice in Wonderland Pez series, this time it's the "Hookah Smoking Caterpillar". He was once Dory the fish from "Finding Nemo". Of course arms were added and these luscious caterpillar lumps, which were great fun to paint. Consider a visit to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Studiology
After a month that felt like a life time of busy, I have checked off my obligations. A deep breath and satisfaction with many things that challenged me on entirely new levels of achievement in September. Today was the official hanging of the new show titled "The Traveler's". I completed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Studiology
Does a plant go to sleep faster than it wakes up? Does gravity help a root grow deeper and pull the summer's energy downward? The gardener wonders about these things as they find a unanimous shift of leaf color and plant vigor in fall. In our fields the corn and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Studiology
The gardener's heart can beam with love for their garden. In this season, the turn to fall, so many things happen, tiny nuances that make you aware that with each passing day there is a shift. This change is not just in the plants themselves but in every living thing.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Studiology
This will be the third year in a row that I have chosen October as my featured artist show month. It works for me, the month that brings fall and celebrates Halloween and spooky things. The title for this year's show is "Travelers" and I'm building assemblage pieces that are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Studiology
Recently announced (August 2nd), the Perennial Plant Association chose the perennial plant of the year for 2018, picking a relative newcomer, an ornamental onion named Allium 'Millenium'. The program that selects these perennial standouts is a subsection of the Perennial Plant Association and members of the group are asked to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Studiology