Flowers

Moon Dreams ~ Forever Enchanted…

I love taking two to three walks everyday.  One of my favorite things about my late night walk is the moon.  It makes everything enchanting, especially when dancing with the silhouettes of the trees…

Forever Enchanted…  Moon Dreams

 by Michelle Istanish – just a girl who loves the moon

 

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Enjoying the Late Summer Garden ~ Forest Hills, PA

The Garden Path

The Garden Path ~ Michelle Istanish

During high school and college I took an interest in gardening and transformed my mother’s yard into a garden filled with trees, shrubbery and flowers.  Since that time, I have moved around a lot but when visiting, as I am now, I spend time fixing problem areas, performing routine maintenance and enjoying the scenery.  So before summer fades to fall, here are a few late summer garden pictures…

Summer Sedum

Late Summer Sedum by Michelle Istanish

The Garden Terrace

The Garden Terrace ~ Michelle Istanish

The Trees

The Trees by Michelle Istanish

Pink Hydrangea Blooms

Late Summer Pink Hydrangea Blooms ~ Michelle Istanish

Stepping Stone Being Loved by Nature

Nature Loving Stepping Stone ~ Michelle Istanish

Next Years Bloom

Next Years Bloom by Michelle Istanish

 

Glass Art by Jason Gamrath at Phipps Conservatory ~ Pittsburgh, PA

Phipps Conservatory ~ Jason Gamrath Glass Art

Phipps Conservatory ~ Glass Art by Jason Gamrath ~ Photo by Michelle Istanish

Whenever I’m living in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area I visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, at least once every season.  This has been my tradition since attending the University of Pittsburgh, beginning in 1993.

This summer, in addition to all the amazing greenery, flowers and butterflies, Phipps presented SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath.  In the past, there have been other glass exhibits at Phipps and some of these pieces are still on display.  The glass art by Dale Chahuly can be seen in the image below…

Phipps Conservatory and Dale Chahuly Glass Art
Phipps Conservatory ~ Glass Art by Dale Chahuly ~ Photo by Michelle Istanish

While I enjoyed the Dale Chahuly exhibit, The Jason Gamrath Glass Flower experience is currently my favorite.  His glass pieces are brilliant and larger than life.  It was an absolutely tripping flowers experience for sure…

Phipps Conservatory ~ Jason Gamrath Glass Art

Phipps Conservatory ~ Jason Gamrath Glass Art

Phipps Conservatory ~ Jason Gamrath Glass Art

Phipps Conservatory ~ Jason Gamrath Glass Art

Phipps Conservatory ~ Jason Gamrath Glass Art

Of course, there were all the usual amazing displays as well…

Summer 2017 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Summer 2017 ~ Phipps Conservatory Pittsburgh

Summer 2017 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Summer 2017 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 

Thank You for Your Kindness

 

My inspiration for this thank you card design came from all of the people who have helped me during very difficult times in my life.  Sometimes my daily adventures take a bit of a wild, extreme turn.  Often this results in very exiting and fun times.  Then there are the times when they disintegrate into less than desirable situations.  No matter how bad my situation, there has always been a least one person who has helped me.

These people are family, friends and, many times, complete strangers.  When I reflect back on those moments in my life, I don’t think of the trauma or horror but of these people.  People who were kind enough to take time out of their day to save me from mine.  People who held my hand, distracted me with simple conversation, were kind, rescued me, spent hours and days by my hospital bed side.  I will never forget these people.  To all of those who have helped me, Thank You.  Thank you for your kindness.  It touched my heart and fed my soul.

~Michelle