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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
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As requested, another dynamite Nerf battle! Fun for kids and adults, the only thing stopping them is night fall, although there are "glow in the dark" Nerf bullets. Mr. Quinn, turned 7 today and it was a rowdy event with some serious battles. Calling them in for cake took several... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Studiology
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So much is up, and it's all good. I am rearranging my life right now with a few major changes. I have retired from Oak Hill, after 15 years. The drive out of the estate on my last day may have been one of the saddest of my life. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at Studiology
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From the everyday meals or walking the cobblestone streets, art and color come in so many glorious forms in Oaxaca, Mexico. Elevated for Day of the Dead, as it is for the Radish Festival, the Guelaguetza (Ethnic Folk Festival), or The Festival for the Virgin of Guadalupe, flowers are present... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2021 at Studiology
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With my trip to Mexico and back, I feel so thankful to have made it there and home again with no alterations in my plans. The art group met after a 2 year absence and it was so wonderful to be back with each other and doing what we love.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at Studiology
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With much planning and finger crossing, I should be in Mexico this week to celebrate Day of the Dead. Joining the group that I often travel with, the art supplies have been gathered and the bags are almost packed. We are making heart shrines, or an object or two along... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at Studiology
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The lingo of gardening is full of odd terms. A few that come to mind are deadheading, pricking out, pinching, and witches's broom. The latter is not in every horticultural glossary, nor is it common knowledge, but it's a very real thing. In defining the term, or even describing the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2021 at Studiology
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October is my month, a deadline, a theme, and a purpose. My goal every year for my show month is to have 20 new pieces and I made it to 19. The show is in the gallery I manage and in the space as you enter the door. Who ever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2021 at Studiology
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The month of September slipped by, slipped under, and fell out of sight. Although I remember it well as the month of too many tomatoes, too many Birdie walks, a lot of work and a tight show deadline. As for the tomatoes, I planted late, June 5th to be exact.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2021 at Studiology
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I think we are all falling down a rabbit hole of one sort or another, caught in a voyage or an escape. For myself it's been a delightful escape into fantasy and fairy tale, all happening in my small studio to prepare for the fall show of the same title.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2021 at Studiology
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As summer thins so may the gardeners resolve. In a climate with four seasons, the battle of maintaining waivers after the heat of July and August. The results leave many annual weeds free to bandy about and great battles are lost in a short time. A younger gardener may not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2021 at Studiology
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In October I will once again open a show and this year the theme and title is "Down the Rabbit Hole". I began in January to design pieces and begin the build process. The obsession with rabbits has been pretty bad, I have made them from tissue with paper and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2021 at Studiology
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With Covid restrictions and a sister that lives relatively far away, I had not seen her in almost 2 years. So it was time to go on a road trip and enjoy a weekend in Wytheville, Virginia, a drive of 4 hours on a good day. All 3 of us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2021 at Studiology
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I've begun a journey into shoe art, specifically shoe assemblage art. Part of an online class, another trip into obscure art but definitely a fun one. My first shoe is finished and I'm on to more. Finding the right shoe is a big part of the undertaking, the funkier the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2021 at Studiology
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Recently I pulled out some old books, gardening books by some of my favorite authors. Going as far back as Louise Beebe Wilder and her brilliant prose in the 1930's, to Pamela Harper's book "Designing with Perennials", published in 1991, Henry Mitchell in 1992, or "Elements of Garden Design" by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at Studiology
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A full 2 weekends in a row were spent with the grandchildren, which was a blast. They are of various ages that are fun to watch and interact with. Still rambunctious and sometimes in disagreement about things, but inquisitive and responsive to ideas. During the fourth of July we learned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Studiology
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The days have been challenging with the blasting heat. In defense I head out early to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Sunrise is currently at 5:48 and I arrive at work at 6:30. The first rays of sun send a single ray into the lower garden by 7 AM and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Studiology
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With summer's arrival the garden bulks up. It may seem like new growth has surpassed the gardener's ability to maintain. This is especially so with vines, some good, some bad, and some even ugly. A particularly thuggish vine seems to be taking over, seizing garden space, tree lines, anything that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Studiology
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There was a late frost which hit most of the pick-your-own farms and the cherry blossoms in our area. With numerous calls and emails I have been trying to find a farm that may have escaped the damage. Happily I was able to get in on the first weekend of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2021 at Studiology
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It's June and it happened so fast. I was just admiring daffodils, but the veronicastrum is already blooming! Somewhere between wear a mask or don't, time sped up. The bug bites, and tropical heat just swaggered in joined by hose dragging and trying to work in the shade. I like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2021 at Studiology
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The long cool spring was ideal for growing lettuce, the harvest has been tasty and overwhelming. Our recent blast of heat may signal an end, but I am busily stocking bags full in my fridge to chill for myself and visitors. I grow lettuce every spring and resolve to critique... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at Studiology
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There has been little time to build assemblage pieces, between my estate jobs and walking Ms. Birdie, but I squeezed in time to make some robots. Triggered by an online class and a desire to leave the "rabbit hole" of the fall show, this was a very refreshing change. The... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 at Studiology
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It was nice to share a birthday with little Juniper, having missed it last year due to the pandemic. Her theme was unicorns and rainbows, and the weather was perfect! Her mother provided the face paintings, as well as creative ways to celebrate unicorn things. Felicity struggled with the direction... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2021 at Studiology
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Little impaired the beauty of April. A single freeze nipped some tops, an improvement over the spring of 2020 with it's rash of frosty nights. I remember feeling overwhelmed in March, but April has allowed me to catch-up and regain my agility when it comes to small steps in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at Studiology
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A desirable wildflower is about to bloom, timed to coincide with the arrival of hummingbirds. With its dainty bells of orange, red, and yellow, small balanced spurs hold the nectar, the enticement for the high energy of a hummingbird. One of many species of columbine, this one is Aquilegia canadensis,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2021 at Studiology
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Birdie just celebrated 2 months out of dog prison, living the happy life here on the farm. For an 8 (or so) year old, she is a spry one and we walk for miles and miles each day. It's not unusual for me to hit 25,000 steps on my Fitbit,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at Studiology