What… There’s A Sofa In THAT Box?

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If you’re like me, your favorite chair when you were a kid, was a beanbag! My brother and I both had beanbags and we loved sitting in them. We even took them to ride on in the back of my parents van on trips, and boy was it ever a comfortable ride. Of course that was back in the day before seatbelt laws, and when there weren’t seatbelts in the back of vehicles or even in the front of some for that fact! The good news is that we survived just fine while bouncing and rolling around in the back of the van as we headed down the road!

Noticing that many people living in Tiny Houses and catamarans, have and prefer sitting and lounging in their bean bags, got us to thinking about doing the same thing ourselves. Having loved my beanbag so much, I thought this was a great idea! So we started searching online and discovered what many of them are using are actually filled with memory foam chunks instead of styrofoam beans. So we found what’s called My Foam Bag, and decided perhaps a love seat option would work best!

 

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So we placed our order and the day the small box finally arrived, and we couldn’t believe a “sofa” could actually be inside! Anticipation mounted as we carefully opened the box, then both worked to free the lovely purple bag from inside. We slowly unzipped it, revealing a tightly sealed plastic bag contains something that looked like a huge brain! As soon as we removed it from the bag, it started to grow!

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And as we worked to break up the foam pieces, it continued to grow . . . and grow . . .

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and grow some more! 

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It was amazing how quickly it grew in size as we continued rolling it and breaking up the pieces inside.

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We let it sit over night and the next morning, it was even bigger . . . Yikes!

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We went ahead and put the tan micro fiber cover on it, and let it continue to expand, joking that it was taking over the living room… Ha Ha! We’re currently in the process of building a short platform to sit on, which makes it sit a little higher. And while it may not win an award for a piece of beautiful furniture, it is very comfortable to sit in and feels like it’s hugging you! Besides that, in a small way it makes me feel like a kid again, which is always a good thing! We’ll finish the platform after the carpet is installed (which sadly is still another week away!) and I’ll share a photo of the completed sofa with you then.

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See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Art That Matters to the Planet Show
August 14 – October 25, 2021:The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show
August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

Exquisite Miniatures is currently at the beautiful Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our WEBSITE hereartofwildlife.com

Contact us by EMAIL here: siegrist@artofwildlife.com

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

What’s That In The Air?

fall leaves in the smokies

It’s happened… I can hear it in the air, I can feel it, and see it. The beginning of autumn has arrived. The crickets that sing in the autumn are filling the air with their peaceful song, lulling me into a state of relaxation whilst sitting outside. The humidity levels have dropped, and the evenings are cool, putting a spring in our step. Leaves are occasionally starting to fall, slow drifting through the air until coming to rest on the ground below, where they will live out the short remainder of their lives.   

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Joe-pye Weed

It’s also the time of year when some of our favorite flowers are blooming, filling the gardens with bold splashes of color! The hummingbirds are thoroughly enjoying this beautiful buffet of rich nectar sources, almost continually fighting over them, as well as the feeders. The hoverflies and bees love them as well, so they provide a delightful source of entertainment, when I take the time to stop and observe them, which I must admit I do often. 

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Obedient Plant

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Not sure what wildflower this is, but it’s beautiful!

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This beautiful delicate flowering plant was given to us by a friend, and I’m really not sure what it is, but believe it to be a type of orchid possibly. I do know that the hummingbirds absolutely love it, and I think it’s gorgeous! If you happen to know what type it is, please let me know in a comment below. I think it’s really cool how it looks like a red crab is sitting in the middle of the wee flower 🙂

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Of course our beautiful Rose of Sharons are a favorite of not only mine, but also of the bees! They adore these lovely hibiscus-like blossoms and are always working them over. I thought this one below was particularly interesting, as it looks ruffled along the edges after being sculpted by a bug!

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The begonias scattered throughout the gardens are currently thriving and blooming profusely, filling the landscape with little spots of pink! So as you can see, it’s quite lovely walking along the paths and through the gardens this time of year.

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Since the weather has cooled off a bit here in the Smokies, we decided to sit out by the fire one evening this past week, which was most enjoyable and relaxing. Of course we were joined by Bunny, the squirrels, chipmunks and several birds throughout the evening, which made it even better! Bunny is so sweet and loves eating seeds off of her little blue picnic table, and gets very upset when the chipmunk comes up to the table and chases her off. So she walks over to me, as if telling on Chippy, and I have to go over and pick up the table so Chippy won’t eat all of her seeds, and then put it back down, so Bunny can continue to happily munch away. As with so much of life, sometimes we have to work at maintaining peace, but it’s worth it in the end. 

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The two little picnic tables for feeding my critters on, were two of the best gifts from a friend, as so many of my feathered and furry friends, such as Peedeepeeps my Carolina Wren (shown below) enjoy eating their treats off of them and I so love watching them! This morning I finally just moved the blue table over and placed it a foot from me, where Bunny could sit there and eat, while I helped discourage Chippy from stealing her seeds. I gave Bunny a pep talk, telling her how she needs to be more confident and brave about standing her ground and protecting her food, but I’m pretty sure she wasn’t getting it. Nonetheless, I still enjoy having these one sided conversations with her as we sit there a foot apart, each at our own little table, happily eating breakfast together. These are the simple times that bring so much joy to life! 

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See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Art That Matters to the Planet Show
August 14 – October 25, 2021:The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show
August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

Exquisite Miniatures is currently at the beautiful Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our WEBSITE hereartofwildlife.com

Contact us by EMAIL here: siegrist@artofwildlife.com

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Come Snorkel With Us

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What it looks like above the water

Since so many of you enjoyed the fish photos last week, I decided to share a few more with you this time as well. I was beginning to think we weren’t going to be snorkeling this week, but thankfully the sun came our for a day, so we headed to the river for a couple of very fun hours spent in the water! I absolutely love snorkeling, as it transports me to another world! You can really see the difference between the two worlds in looking at these two photos. The one above is what is typically seen, and this one below, is directly beneath it. Looks like two totally different worlds doesn’t it? . . . It is and it’s awesome to experience this other amazing universe! And while there may not be brilliant-colored coral reefs in mountain streams, as you can see bright pink tree roots add gorgeous splashes of color the the underwater scene.

underwater photo by Rachelle Siegrist

And here’s what it looks like directly below the above water photo

We always see something different each time we snorkel, even if we’re doing it in the same vicinity. This time we were thrilled to see two big Hellbenders! We think these giant salamanders are awesome, and feel blessed each time we get to see and watch one!

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Wes found this bed filled with literally hundreds of baby bass! The mother was actually patrolling the area and graciously allowed me to capture a short film of them, as well as of her! It was yet another super cool find to say the least!

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Every so often we spot crawdads, but when I saw this BIG one which was mostly blue, I was instantly smitten with it’s beauty! It was friendly and while I was filming, it actually walked right up to the GoPro! I’m not sure if it was just checking it out or getting ready to take it on, but wow . . . what a neat up-close and personal experience! I’ll be sharing the video on my blog once it’s completed, so be sure and watch for it.

crawdad photo Rachelle Siegrist

There were several Tangerine Darters swimming about, and I really enjoyed watching these two, as they interacted with one another. They’re almost always in an area of very strong current, so it’s harder to hold the camera still while videoing, so that’s why the photo is a bit out of focus. You can still see their gorgeous bright sunny colors though.

tangerine darter

 

See our miniatures in person this week

 Exquisite Miniatures recently opened at the beautiful The Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

Exquisite Miniatures by Rachelle & Wes Siegrist at the Elliott Museum

 

We still have paintings available through these miniature shows listed, so visit their websites linked below to see what can still be yours!

Masterpieces in Miniature
 May 2021: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada

 30th International Miniature Art Show
May 1-31, 2021: Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC (We were the judges for the show this year)

 The Art of the Miniature XXIX
May 2 – June 13, 2021: The Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our website, artofwildlife.com

Would you like to commission us? If so, contact us by Email

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle