How to crochet the squares together in DROPS 163-3



In this DROPS video we show you how to crochet the squares together for the Winter Garden blanket in DROPS 163-3.

This blanket is made in DROPS Fabel, but in the video we crochet with a thicker yarn, DROPS Eskimo.

This video has NO SOUND – you must read the pattern to be able to follow this video properly. You’ll find the pattern by clicking here: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/pattern.php?id=7078&lang=en DROPS catalog 163-3

You can find this video in many more languages, as well as search within all DROPS knitting and crochet videos here: http://www.garnstudio.com/video.php?lang=en
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The Garden Gateway Project



A documentary on the work of Community Services Unlimited in South Central Los Angeles. The film explores the organization’s role in the work of food justice and of bringing fresh, healthy, and affordable food to a community that has been detrimentally affected by food inequalities.
For more information on how you can get involved with and support Community Services Unlimited, please visit www.csuinc.org

Made as part of an independent directed research project at the University of Southern California.

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Mighty Rio Grande and Human Qualities- Explosions in the Sky
In the Meantime and Households by Sleeping at Last
Freedom Blade by This Will Destroy You
The Cave by Mumford and Sons

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Container Gardening 101!



Here at our urban nursery, we’re tight on space and we don’t always have the luxury of planting everything in the ground. If we’ve offered it for sale, then we’ve tried it in a container – from small trees to the tiniest rock garden treasures. And if we’ve learned one thing (OK – more than one thing, but that’s why you should watch the video) – it is this: SIZE MATTERS. As in, the size of your container is of essential importance. Those chubby, juicy roots are going to need space to spread out and if hindered, will lead to less than thrilling results. If you’ve been disappointed by how your containers have performed in the past then tune in – we’re going to give you some of our tried and true tips for how to do it right!

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Back To The Garden



Slowing Global Warming, Composting Food (Residuals) Waste in Athens Georgia. Special thanks to: Pam Blanchard and the Sunny Side Up Band for “My Dad’s Got Trucks” Ralph Roddenbery for “That’s How It’s S’pposed to Be” Joni Mitchell for Writing “Woodstock” and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for their rendition..

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ROK-01 – How To Survive The End Of The World



Almighty God who sees everything, knows everything, and is infinitely wise, has a plan. That plan involves ending the sin, death, evil, and rebellion in this world. That plan has been written down and is ours today.

As we start our study of this next section it reminds us that ONLY God knows the future. No person, no demon, no astrologer, no prophet, no writer, no one but God KNOWS the future. That is one of the most amazing facets of God’s character. He never is surprised. God always knows what WILL happen; and only He knows that. We need to listen to God.

The Return of the King

All of human history, since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, has been hurtling towards this moment, when the Creator and King of the Universe comes back to set things in order.

For thousands of years sin has run rampantly throughout the earth and the universe. Satan and his evil angels have done all they could do to thwart and disrupt the knowledge of God. Evil and misery have festered. Sin has permeated every part of human history. Death has taken every human but Enoch & Elijah. No one else has avoided death. So how can someone survive the end of the world? By listening to God’s Word.

Revelation 6-19 marks the Lord says enough and starting the inexorable conquest back of sin’s reign and Satan’s rebellion.

There is probably no part of Scripture more relevant to our times than this one. No portion of Scripture better frames the way we should see global events than this one. We are in the timeliest, most cutting edge truths of God’s Word as we enter these chapters, because:

Only God knows the Future

To understand the magnitude of what lies before us, do you remember God’s calling card from the Old Testament? When Israel was sinking into idolatry, false worship, and apostasy, God declared that they could know which God was the true God by the simple fact that only He knew the future.

Look with me at Isaiah 41 as we read a most amazing declaration.

As you turn there, think of what God is saying. He says no person, no group, no creature, no angel, nothing in the Universe but God Almighty knows the future. As we read this think of the power of the Bible. God has told us everything we need to know to live today and to be ready for every, and any, tomorrow. Since God already knows what is coming, He has packed His Word with everything needed.

The more you ponder that truth, the more your heart should be drawn to this Book. It is all we need for life (dealing with whatever comes) and godliness (being all that God wants us to be).

This is a powerful tool, a priceless gift, to hold our very own copy of God’s voice telling us what is coming in the future, and narrating exactly what we need to do to be ready.Only God can declare ahead of time the future. Here is God’s challenge:

Isaiah 41:21-23 (NKJV) “Present your case,” says the Lord. “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob. 22 “Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show the former things, what they were, That we may consider them, And know the latter end of them; Or declare to us things to come. 23 Show the things that are to come hereafter, That we may know that you are gods; Yes, do good or do evil, That we may be dismayed and see it together.

Pray

God says, listen to me, only I know the future. Now, turn back to the end of God’s Word, to the final, written-in-advance history, describing of the end of days for human history.

God’s Written Description of the End of the World

This final book of the Bible was sent to us by God the Father, through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the final information we need to survive the last days.

The flow of Revelation is simple to see.
• Chapter 1 is Jesus Christ showing Himself in all His glory, as Almighty God the Son. Lesson: the only hope of surviving the end of days is with Christ.
• Chapters 2 and 3 are Christ’s personal letters to the churches that bear His Name. Lesson: we who are in Christ’s church have a very specific purpose in life.
• Chapters 4 and 5 are Christ’s guided tour of the Throne Room of God Almighty.2013JAN13AM-2 ROK-01

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Kew Gardens – The Future of Taxonomy



Since we first learned how to point and speak, our knowledge of plants has constantly expanded. But there’s a problem – we keep this expanding data stored in botanical journals within academic libraries. So why isn’t there one place to go for anyone to access this collective knowledge? Maybe then we could speed up how we implement the endless benefits of plants around the world.

Kew called on us to help explain a digital revolution taking place within their quiet walls. A small team of their dedicated staff are leading by example and digitising their data to a single online resource. Our job was to put some perspective on the scope of this endeavour.

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How to be transformed by God



Looking to see change in your life? God can transform it! Visit http://Godlife.com New messages every week – please feel free to subscribe at the “Sequim Community Church” Vimeo channel. Go to http://sccSundayMessagecc.blogspot.com for more like this (with captions/subtitles too!)

Sequim Community Church, WA 98382
Dr. Scott E. Koenigsaecker

I. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

A. We need to break from the past.
“Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world…”
Romans 12:2a

B. We need to set a new course for our life.
“….be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Romans 12:2b
· We need to put off the old and put on the new
“…throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life…Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly holy and righteous.” Ephesians 4:22-24

C. What is included?
“Let them (your bodies) be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable.” Romans 12:1

D. Why should we do this?
· Because of what God has planned for our future.
“…test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2c
· Because of what God has done for us.
“And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…He endured the cross, disregarding its shame.” Hebrews 12:1-2

II. DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE?

A. God’s plan for your life reaches to eternity.
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“…but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

B. Who wouldn’t want to spend eternity with God?
· In heaven we will be completely in the presence of God.
“And now all glory to God who is able to…bring you into His glorious presence, innocent of sin and with great joy.” Jude 1:24
· We will have a glorified body.
“For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever.” I Corinthians 15:53
· All of our needs will be satisfied.
“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.”
Revelation 7:16

C. How do I know I’m going to spend eternity with God?
· We need to realize that because of our sin we are separated from God.
“But your iniquities (sin) have made a separation between you and your God…” Isaiah 59:2
· We need to acknowledge that Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins bridges our separation from God.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” I John 4:10
· We have to personally accept God’s gift of eternal life.
“Jesus says, ‘Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.'”
Revelation 3:20

This is the English transcript:

Be transformed

by the renewing of your mind

let me read for you a very pertinent
observation by

Timothy Johnson you probably know that
Name he’s the medical advisor for

ABC

news whenever

anybody has to talk about something
medical he’s the guy that does it

and what most people don’t know is
he not only graduated from med school

be graduated from seminary

here’s his observation

he says the typical practices

and morays of our social secular world

have not resulted in a planet

full of happy fulfilled and content
human beings

I wouldn’t waste your time by listing all
the evidence

the barrage of

Movies music tv reports

Tabloids internet sources spew out
more stories about tragically lives

ruined by drugs promiscuity violence

than we could possibly absorb

clearly the enormous freedom and wealth
that permeates much of our advanced

and enlightening society

has not produced for most of us

what presumably we longed for

ascent of fulfillment

and contentment

About who we are

and what we do

my calendar is full

on a weekly basis

of people who are

unhappy

with what’s going on in their life

with who they are

as you rubbed shoulders this

Christmas season with people at parties

you’re going to be rubbing shoulders
predominately with people that are

unhappy

with their life

unhappy with who they are and yes for
the holiday season they’re going to put on

a smile and a red sweater

you see I see you

I see them

without the smile

and without the red sweater

and I can tell you that Timothy
Johnson’s observation is all

To accurate

in a world

of abundance and choices

we are people who are unfulfilled

and we are people who are unhappy with
who we are

and I can tell you that a Band-Aid

spiritually or emotionally or
even practically is not what we need

what we need is we need a spiritual
transfusion we need a whole new course in

life

and I’m like you are I’m up for a little

mid-course correction

I’m up for a little alteration but

the idea that I have to leave it all

Oh I’m willing to leave some of it but
all of it?

I want you to listen to the language that

the Paul uses about how that
transformation takes place in our life

And simply you’ve heard me talk about this before
we have to put off our old nature and

on our new nature but listen to what he
says

this is the new living translation of
Ephesians four he says throw off your

old sinful nature and your former way of
life now the idea of throwing

is a very good understanding of what
the original language word

And verb are here

but think about throwing

you come in the house and what do you do
you throw your keys on the table

is that the kind of throw that Paul is
talking about just take your old

Self and just throw it on the table I
can tell you that’s not to force of the

verb

what Paul is saying is you have to take your old
way of living

That is conformed to this
world and you have to wind up and you

have to throw it so far away that you

can’t find it any longer

and if you’re honest

you don’t really want to do that

I’m willing to put off

some of my old behaviors some of my old
thinking

some of my

old attitudes

but I want to throw them on the desk where
I can find them

because you know when things aren’t good
when I’m depressed and stressed and

uptight

when I feel as though nobody loves
me and everybody’s distant from me have

you ever noticed that’s the time you
look around for that old conformity

Because there is some comfort in old things
isn’t there?

old ways of thinking

old attitudes

old behaviors

Paul says we need a transformation a
transfusion we need to put that off

we need to throw it away

somewhere we can’t find it anymore
instead let the Spirit renew

your thoughts and your attitudes

put on your new nature created to be
like God

truly holy and righteous

here Paul is very insightful our new
behavior

often comes through changing of
our thinking

If you change the way you think you’ll
change the way that you live

in fact the other is true too you change
the way the you live and you change the

Way you live

what does

this change this putting off putting on
process this transformation that needs

to happen in our life what does it
include

this is the hard part

it could includes everything

it includes all of who you are

let them your whole bodies

via living in the holy sacrifice the
kind he will find acceptable

our new self is acceptable to God

it’s our old self that’s not
acceptable to God it’s not righteous

And it includes all of who we and if we’re
honest again this morning

There is stuff we don’t want to give over
to God

I mean we’ve done pretty good right

We’re willing to give God the spiritual
side of life

We’re willing to put God first on Sunday
morning at ten o’clock

Wednesday afternoon at four we meet with our small
group wait pastor said we’re supposed to

read the Bible and pray a little bit
every morning so we’re doing that for

A good five or ten minutes while we have our
coffee and wake up all the way

and ok you know if you really forced me
to ok you know I’ll look

at the first ten percent of my money and
will give that to God

okay I know I’m going to spend the
holidays with crazy Harold or crazy

Harriett I’ll try to be really kind to them

but have you noticed in the

list of things that you’re willing to do
you have a pretty good list of things

you don’t want God to touch

you put up a force field around those
things those thoughts those attitudes those

Behaviors those relationships that
undertaking of your life

and we’ve got ourselves and we got it all figured
out God doesn’t care about that

God doesn’t want to influence that

because it’s this

there isn’t anything

that you do

there isn’t anything that makes up
who you are

that God doesn’t want to impact he wants to
impact all of whom you are

and he wants to impact every
circumstance and setting and

relationships of your life all of it

he cares about your spirituality he
cares about your sex life

he cares about how you get a long with
your children and he cares about how you

get along with your co-workers

he cares about how you feel and what you
think on a good day

And he any cares about how you feel and
think on a bad day

he wants all of it

and that makes sense doesn’t it?

can you get a transfusion and only say no
only go to my left arm that’s where it hurts

can you can you do that

you put a band aid on one part of your
body

but if you had a transfusion it affects
all of who you are

and when Paul talks about putting off
the old nature he’s talking about all of

who you are it involves all of who you are

Time talent treasure and touch

ambitions and passions

what you do on Sunday

and what you do on Friday nights
the whole

kit and caboodle whatever that is

I know what the whole nine yards is
that’s a bolt of fabric

and if you buy the whole bolt that has
about nine yards of fabric

but I don’t know what someone email
me what a kit and caboodle is

this week

how should we respond

we should be transformed

and that transformation includes all of
who we are why should we do it? that’s a

great question

two reasons one God has a

a great planned for your life

Paul goes on to say in Romans twelve
He says test to prove what God’s

will is his good pleasing and perfect
will

what is it that God offers you that is
not good

Pleasing and perfect

everything he offers us is good pleasing
and perfect

It makes sense if we do what God wants us to do
his a good pleasing and perfect will

what’s going to happen to our life it’s going to
be more good to be more pleasing

it is going to be more perfect

God sets us up it’s not for failure but
for success

he has a great plan for your life

the other reason is because he was
willing to pay the costs

for our new life

this is Hebrews twelve

and let us run with endurance the
race God has set before us we do this by

keeping our eyes on Jesus

he endured the cross

And disregarded its shame

you see

God died for us he doesn’t ask us to die

It’s one of the unique things about Christianity

it does it require from the worshiper

the requirement is all on God’s side

we can only love him because he loved
us first

he was willing to die for us

That’s what

Christmas is all about he came down to
earth

Easter is all about his death and
resurrection for us

God didn’t need to do that

but he needed to do it for us so He did

All so that we can have a transformed life

now I often hear people say well it
really doesn’t matter what you believe

what you believe matters because God’s
plan for you

reaches all the way to eternity

it is John three sixteen

God so

God love this world so much

that he gave his one and only son that
everyone who believes in him will not

perish but have eternal life

And the Romans six twenty three

but the free gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord

you’ll hear me say that

I believe

eternity is in the balance and I do
believe that

anybody who tells you that

what you believe doesn’t matter

wow

I don’t think that’s very wise or
insightful person

see that’s like saying well it
doesn’t matter because God doesn’t exist

But He does

if God exists

that God loves us and has a plan for a
life

that matters what we believe

and eternity is in the balance

God’s desire is that we would all go to
heaven but he did not

yell out from the cross

Olly olly oxen free free free

Did He?

anybody that tries to pawn off
universalism to you

I think you’re smart enough to realize

that’s really no

consistent

nor prudent

decision to make

for eternity

because that conflicts with what the
Bible says

and the way that we really know who God
is and

How to live our life according to what the
Bible says

today I would offer this who wouldn’t
want to go to heaven

who wouldn’t want to spend eternity with
God I want to meet them who doesn’t want that

three great things you get when you go
to eternity number one is you get to

be in the presence of God
completely

we all get little pieces of that along
the way we love it

It’s why we come to church on Sunday
morning

that’s why we gather together in small
groups that’s why we have fellowship

together

because when we sing

when we laugh

when we encourage one another we
feel the presence of God who doesn’t

want that

all the time

and we get it all the time

Jude one twenty four and now all glory
to God was able to bring you into his

glorious presence

Innocent of your sin and with great
joy

complete presence of God only good no
bad

number two is that you get this
new body

you don’t get liposuction from here to
there that’s not what I’m talking

Right?

we realize that

Jesus appearing before

he ascended after his resurrection gives
us a little idea what her body to be

like people recognized who he was

he ate remember he had a little barbecue with the
disciples on the beach a little fish fry

but his body was a little more
transcendent

than a human body because

he went through the door to the prayer
meeting

and he gives us some idea

The older I get the more I want to change
out this body

it aches it doesn’t work right

It’s awful

For our earthly bodies of the ones we have
now that can die must be transformed into

heavenly bodies

that cannot parish

but will live forever

who wouldn’t want that

In fact we try to make our youth last as
long as we can

and why do we do that

because we really wanted it to last
forever

well guess what it will

better than we ever imagine

the third thing is that all of our needs
will be met and we all know we have

needs

we get there we will be satisfied

never again will they hunger never again
will they thirstnever again will the sun beat upon

them

nor any scorching heat

you go to Revelation chapter twenty one
talks about the fact

that there’s no more crying there’s no
more death there’s no more morning

who wouldn’t want that

in fact we wanted so much we just want
to go from here to there like that

who wouldn’t want

to spend eternity in heaven with God

what bad thing is they’re waiting for us

no bad thing at all in fact

one of the things I didn’t mention
about our bodies

reason why you need a new body is
heaven is not up there heaven is down here

that make sense

God created the planet for human beings

are we still human after we die yea we
are

we won’t be on a cloud just

strumming a lire with nothing to do will
be like back to the garden of Eden

stuff to do things to enjoy

people to be with

It will be awesome

we all have a choice to make

in terms of our response to

God’s existence and God’s love and
plan for us

how do we know that we’re going to spend

eternity with God in heaven

well it’s about the choices that we make
there is a choice to make you don’t get

to not make a choice

not making the choices is a

no choice

why

well the Bible’s pretty clear that

you are separated from God

because of your sin

but your inequities your sin have made a
separation between you and God now we

all know that

in fact that’s really interesting and
I really haven’t

met the person that doesn’t feel
separated from God

even the

atheists that I know

feel separated from God

they don’t feel connected to God

that’s why they don’t believe that there
is a God because they don’t feel

A connection

and we all realize that there is a
connection that we yearn to have with

God that we don’t have and the Bible
says you don’t have it because

your impacted by sin your imperfect
people we’re all imperfect

we’ve all sinned and we all fall short of
God’s glorious ideal

and that sin has separated us from God

the bridge between awesome God what
bridges that separation between awesome

God is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ
alone

because he’s the one that paid the price
for our sins

on the cross

for Christ died for your sins

once and for all the righteous that’s
Jesus for the unrighteous that is us

to do what? to bring you to God

now we’ve wrongly thought that we can
get in relationship to God on our side

all we have to

do is be really good trust me your not that
good

we think all we have to do is

Earn it I know I’ll serve and
Serve and serve and don’t get me

wrong service is good but it won’t get
you into heaven

because the distances to great

we tried being very moral get rid of our
bad habits we think that’ll get us

to God

but that won’t do it

we try salvation by setting

We’ll go to church

oh that’s also salvation by sitting

and it’s good that you’re here but I can
tell you what just because you come to

church

that doesn’t mean that you

knowledge the reality that Jesus has
paid the price for your sins

because I know

every Sunday there were people here that
think the transformation that Jesus

Christ wants to do in their life is a
Band-Aid

and Paul wants to make it clear

you could put Band-Aids all over your
body

and that’s not going to bring you in a
relationship with God

you need a transfusion today

you need to put off the old nature

and you need to put on the new nature
and you’ve got to be willing to throw

that old nature away

who would ever do that

you would only do it because somebody
deserves

your commitment and your dedication

and that’s Jesus

because he

paid for your eternity

personally

the third thing is it’s a very personal
thing

you have to decide yourself

your spouse can do it for you

parents can’t do it for children

you have to do it yourself

John says you know Jesus stands at the

door of your life and he knocks

And He calls to you and when he calls he’s
calling out your name

and he says what I need you to do now
that I’m here is I need you to open the

door and if you open the door that I
promise you I will come in and I will

be in relationship with you

not only now but for all eternity

what difference does it make

that differences not only practical but
it’s eternal

who wants to gamble their eternity on

their own idea I know people do it all
the time I’m smart

I’m capable I’ll make up my own rules

well I’ll tell you one day you’ll
realize that you really didn’t get to

make the rules

and shhh

don’t tell anybody but God really
doesn’t care what you think

he’s the one that makes the rules

he’s the one that’s been very clear he’s
the one that

stands at the door in knocks

and he called out to us

Isn’t Christmas about calling out to us

what more do you want Him to do

Die he does that at Easter

you see it makes a difference

that God exists

it makes a difference that God loves us
and has a plan for our lives

what should our response be we should
ask Jesus Christ to be the leader of our

life

I don’t know a simpler way to put that
to you

and yes that means you’re willing to
have a spiritual transfusion

and it may mean you have to be willing
to take the band aid off in admit that

really didn’t work that didn’t really do
it

it was comfortable

it was easy

God wants more than anything else

that you would believe in him

because he does not want you to perish and
hell is heavens awful alternative

he wants you to believe in him

so that you won’t perish

but you will spend

eternity with him

Let us pray

Lord some of us would like to wait

about deciding

you know when

I’m on my deathbed that I’ll get serious
with you

and if we’re conscious enough to be
able to do that then we know you’ll

even accept this then

but then there’s the whole issue of why
wait

what do we have to lose some old habits

bad attitude

Mess up thinking

Lord we are thankful that you

you call to us you bang on

our heart and soul

you invite us to be in relationship with
you

for those that have never ask you to be
the leader of their life today I’d ask

that they would

open that door

that they would

be willing to simply acknowledge

that they need you

that you’ve paid the price for their
sins

and that they truly want you to be the
leader of their life

Lord that’s what it means to believe in
you

and as we do we’re now in relationship
with you

Lord help us that learn more about that
helpless Lord to live to the

best of our ability through the power and the
presence of you Holy Spirit

thank you for this day

And we pray in your name Amen

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Available on the iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shus-garden/id821684800?ls=1&mt=8

Available on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.jasonrtbond.shusgarden

Grow your own garden playground with Shu, a bouncy alien who nourishes the soil wherever she rolls. Shu can shrink really small then release her energy and jump high into the air. Plant blossoms stick to her and she can shake them off in new locations to plant the seeds. Plants grow as the days pass, but remember that plants need nutrition to stay healthy and grow tall.

Little ones will enjoy exploring and playing on this mysterious planet while learning to care for their own garden. Children will see how plants need nutrition to grow and stay healthy, how mature plants produce seeds and how planting those seeds in new locations grows new plants.

The game has no explicit goals, and instead the player’s imagination is the engine behind the gameplay. Children will come to understand that a garden is a personal space free to craft as they please according to their own notions of order and beauty. And of course, there’s always the joy of rolling and bouncing!

So sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Shu’s Garden. You may even find you want to squeeze in some play time for yourself.

FEATURES
• A large planet to bounce around.
• 18 different plants and flowers to decorate with.
• Play with Ira, Shu’s best friend.
• Explore deep ponds and bounce into orbit.
• Find ancient relics and strange creatures.
• No in-app purchases or ads.

HOW TO PLAY
1. Tilt the device left to roll left & right to roll right.
• Wherever Shu rolls she nourishes the soil.

2. Touch the screen to shrink down & release to jump into the air.
• The longer you hold down, the higher Shu can jump up!

3. Jump into mature blossoms (the ones glowing) to collect them on Shu’s body.

4. Shake the device over an open area of land to release the seeds.

5. Touch Shu’s face in the lower corner to open her mouth wide and suck in any plants she passes! This is good for pruning the look of the garden.

THE CREATORS
Shu’s Garden is created by Colin Sanders (design, sound, music) & Jason RT Bond (design, art, animation), but important contributions were made by Ami Matsuda (voice, Japanese translation), Mike Bond (grass) and Ornella Bertrand (French translation). All of them live in Toronto, Canada.

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Case Study #1: Greengate Garden Centres



Photography: Ric Kokotovich
Art direction: Rob Sweetman
Copywriting: Bryan Collins
Agency: Cossette West

What was crucial for us on this project for Greengate Garden Centres was the pre-production meeting with art director Rob Sweetman and photographer Ric Kokotovich, and how they imagined the final images turning out.

The possibility of using some, or all, CGI was discussed but in the end we all agreed that it had to look real. Really real. And nothing’s more real than photographing the real thing.

So after the pre-production calls, Ric shot the talent in each location, wardrobe-styled as if they were actually gardening. Sun-hats, Crocs, rubber boots, gardener’s uniforms– it’s all under there, along with actual branches and twigs taped on for lighting reference.

Then he shot potted plants in the same position and lighting as the talent, starting at the ground then rotating them up and down until we had literally hundreds of shots for the composite. The plant shots were edited down to find the same lighting and focus as the area on the talent. As well, we used multiple plates of the skies, houses, yards and different exposures and propping options to create the final locations in which our gardeners were working.

To see the rest of the campaign, please visit jackgriffin.ca

-Jack

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A garden is a process



Gardens – as all gardeners know – are never finished; they change and develop over time to reflect the personalities and interests of those who work them, as well as the issues and fashions of wider society. The Botanic Gardens in Oxford are no different. In this film, Director Timothy Walker introduces us to the Garden’s oldest resident tree, and describes how the site continues to adapt and pioneer fresh approaches to horticulture.

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