Where in the World…

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We drove north along the beautiful Skyline Drive here in Virginia for the Fourth of July.

…have I been these past 3 months?  Well, honestly, I’ve pretty much been playing hooky.  I’ve taken some time off to take care of some things that I’ve neglected for the past few years – like my house, for one!

We are getting close to the end of renovating, painting, and papering, upholstering and picking out fabric for new curtains.  After 22 years, it was definitely time for a refresh. And like an idiot, I agreed (for reasons that are completely beyond me now) to open our house for a home and garden tour in early October.  The good thing about this scenario is that it forces you to get it done! Then you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Except when it’s the season that is the run up to Christmas and the height of show season!!  Oh, me.

We also had a bit of a health scare with a stint in the hospital over Memorial Day for the transplant patient.  But that was soon followed by a happier moment, our 31st anniversary!

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Not too long after that, I had a major milestone birthday (the one that involves receiving a red, white, and blue card). How is it even possible I’m that old???

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Birthday flowers

 

Tomorrow, I head off to Asheville, NC for the Golden Glow of Christmas Past convention. If you recall, I attended my first one last year. I hope to come home with some incredible things for wreath-making…and maybe even some treasures for my own tree.

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This was the scene at the hotel in Rye, NY last year for the Golden Glow convention

One of the most amazing things at the convention is the Museum Room where people display their collections. I saw some mind-boggling pieces last year. This is but a taste of the wonders.

 

Keep your eye on the Glittermoon Facebook page where I will be posting pictures from Asheville.

These are a few of the treasures I brought home (and subsequently made their way onto some of my favorite wreaths last year). Do you see any you recognize?

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Hope you all are having a lovely summer.  It’s going by way too fast for me!

I will leave you with a brand new Glittermoon Card featuring sweet Emma P. Buttercup. Enjoy!

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A Distraction

I should be working on taxes this afternoon but it is such a gorgeous day, I could not resist the siren song of the garden. After all, tomorrow is another day…right?

This is what’s happening right now in my shade garden, which positively glows at this time of year.

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Spring is Here

Lil Rhett with Bluebells

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Just popping in to wish you happy Spring!

Patriotic Parade

Patriotic Parade

I finished it!

Meet “Patriotic Parade.”  I think you can guess the reason for the name.  Anyway, July is the perfect time to fly our beautiful colors.

I’m taking it with me to the Golden Glow of Christmas Past convention in Rye, NY next week.  Perhaps I will see some of you there??  I hope so.

Here are a few more pictures for your viewing pleasure (as always, click on them to make them larger – so much better!).

Happy Friday, everyone! And try to stay safe and cool this weekend.  It’s going to be a scorcher.

Adornment and Selective Color

Just a little update – especially for those of you in the Richmond, VA area – to let you know that I’ve hung all new photographs in my space at Crossroads Art Center.

There are 2 themes represented: Adornment and Selective Color.

Adornment:

I’ve returned to my old love of black and white photography to illustrate one of my favorite subjects: architectural detail.  Without the distraction of color, the great bones of architectural decoration become the star.  Whether it is the grandeur and grand scale of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the detail of burnished copper doors in Bratislava, or the intricate metalwork of a church door in Prague, the focus is on texture, scale, and design.  The play of line and shadow in black and white casts the spotlight on beautiful craftsmanship creating timeless images.

Please click on the images so you do not miss all the beautiful details.

Selective Color:

While primarily black and white, these images employ a little twist by inserting a dash of color.  Some are a bit more subtle (Dog + Boy, Graffiti Door) than others (Orange Scooter, Red Trolley, Cat + Mouse) but by adding that dollop of color, I’m putting a virtual bullseye on a particular aspect of the composition.  Perhaps it’s just for the fun of that pop of bright orange of the scooter or perhaps it’s meant to pull you further into the image with the painted bits on the alley leading towards the dog and boy.  Whatever it is, I hope you’ll enjoy these images as much as I loved creating them.

And finally, there is a gratuitous dog photograph.  I simply could not resist this little guy near the Charles Bridge in Prague.

Street Urchin

Street Urchin

It feels so good to be able to slowly get back to work after such a long hiatus.

This weekend, I hope to get out to the workshop and get it organized.  I’ve made  some amazing vintage Christmas buys and I am so looking forward to going through them all.  I’ll take some pictures and share them with you so stay tuned.

In the meantime, happy Friday!

First Snow

No matter how old I get, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I wake up to find it is snowing.

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And just like every kid, I felt sad when it stopped this afternoon.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found.

J. B. Priestley