Sweat Equity

Just like writing, gardening takes the same amount of planning. There are always the details like who flourishes in the sun or shade, or who plays well with others, and who ends up with the biggest blooms. It’s the planning, weeding, and re-writing of scenes. Really writing and gardening can be explained the same way. Its the time invested that makes the finally product show stopping, it’s the sweat equity. Investing time and nurturing until you can actually sit back with a glass of whatever it is that makes you happy, and enjoy what your hard work brought.

Today I found a return on my investment. A new beauty in my garden, and one hidden away in a writing file, but more on that a bit later. I have some more sweating to do before I fill up that glass.

FG Flower

This little guy found himself a new home earlier today.

Bluebird 3

Bluebird 4.JPG

With much love,






Sweet Scent of Life

There is something magical about spring. Humidity begins to transform the air into a greenhouse. The green growth evolves into a lush carpet, and the buds transform into a bloom with the sweet scent of life. The birds whistle and the frogs sing, filling the air with nature’s music.

In northern Michigan, sometimes our winters can be extremely long and bitter, but spring quickly reminds me why I have stayed here forever. This year, the grass seems to uprooted itself purposely, landing in my gardens. I have threatened it, but it laughs back only to root its feet a little deeper into the soil, standing its ground.

While weeding, and weeding some more, I uncovered some of my favorite spring growth. I also sat and watched a blue heron devour his supper. Really I should have been editing…easily distracted, what can I say.

Here’s the view through the looking glass…

Law Lake.jpg

Wild Strawberries.jpg

Wild Cherry

Blue Flowers.jpg



Blue Herr 2

With much love,


Welcome to Pen, Paper and Petals

Hello! My name is Lisa, welcome to my blog. I live in northern Michigan with my family which includes my fur daughter.

Pen, Paper and Petals is about my three passions: Writing, Photography, and being a creative and happy human ๐Ÿ™‚

I started this blog to share my stories, the view through the looking-glass (my camera lens), and the beautiful petals that simply make us smile. This allows me to inspire, but more so, to be inspired by others creativity. I hope this journey will allow me to meet others, grow along the way, and to gain more self-confidence with myself and my art.

I will also post about my favorite things like pens, pretty paper-journals, flowers, soap/savons, and Pinterest. A few yard/home improvements may make an appearance (if they areย looking-glass worthy). I will be sharing my work-in-progress novels just to keep myself motivated…I can procrastinate at times.

I am inspired by so many of you. To all of you already sharing your work, thank you for inspiring all of us!