Monday, June 13, 2016

new painting and Queen Victoria

in the shop
8" x 10"

Had a lovely workshop at the shore last week.
I misplaced the lighthouse photo I was going to work from so I looked at my Dropbox on the iPad. There was the winery in Chadd's Ford that I pass to go to Longwood Gardens.
My daughter has already beautifully painted this scene in pastels,
but I needed to get started in the class and my photo was there.
It was so much fun with all the greens!
So, another winery painting, different artist & different medium.


Just saw a preview for Victoria on Masterpiece PBS.
Looking forward to that one!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife is the one show that brings me to tears.
The season finale was another mix of joy and sorrow.

I love that show.

Friday, April 15, 2016

3 to go!

Our Etsy shop has 3 states to go!

Never did I imagine that our paintings, prints and photographs
would be in 47 states and on four continents!
We are patiently waiting for Delaware, Idaho and Wyoming to discover us ; )
Yesterday a dear person from South Carolina purchased a print
and the cheer sounded!
3 to go!

Have a wonderful Spring weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2016

listening to

The Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman.

I love listening to Alice Hoffman's books.
This was so interesting!
From St. Thomas to Paris, this book is about the life of the woman who was Camille Pissaro's mother.  Pissaro's work is among my favorites.  He is referred to as "The Father of Impressionism".

Friday, April 1, 2016

Etsy is unveiling a new look on April 5.
All shop owners were asked to update their banner and add a shop icon.
My new banner is above

 and I chose Amanda's portrait of Rocky for the shop icon.
I also tweaked the shop sections so everything we have is categorized.
Some prints can now be made into a 12" x 16" size.
Lots of work and organizing, but I'm proud of my little shop.
***From now through April 15, 2016 use the code newlook
for 20% off  any print or photo (originals excluded)***

Sunday, March 20, 2016


If you read my blog then you know I just adore my cats.
Buster was my very favorite of a long line of kitties in my life.
He was big, beautiful and the most gentle soul.
He passed away this week suddenly and I am just heartbroken.

It's so sad to lose a pet who is truly a member of the family.
I have been crying a lot and I am crying now.

Through the sadness though, there are wonderful things to remember.

He had the loudest purr of any cat I ever knew.
He was so sweet to people, even some strangers.
He liked our book club until we got noisy and then he would leave the room.
He loved to eat and sleep.
He shared his naps and meals with little Rocky.
He loved his big brother Jack.
He loved to go outside with Dad and Jack.
He liked to go "frogging" (he only watched, never hurt)
He liked to sit next to me on the sofa and did so on his last evening.
He loved to be brushed.
He loved his tummy rubbed.
He would carry a string in his mouth and sing loudly, often late at night.
He was silly and lovable.
He was our biggest cat ever.
He loved us for 8 short years and I told him I loved him every day.
We will miss him forever.

Sweet dreams Baby Buster.

I will hold you always in my heart.

Friday, February 26, 2016

read, read, watched

Still recuperating from foot surgery and getting a bit restless.
at least now I have a post-op shoe and can get around a little.
In the meantime, The Bee Cottage Story entertained me.
I love a peek into someone's home, really..who doesn't?
The Bee Cottage Story is just full of before and after pictures of
Francis Schultz's redo...of her life & cottage.

I saw this book mentioned in several recommendations on the web.
I will add mine, as well.  This is historical fiction, about two women and weaving two tragic events:
the fire of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911 and the World Trade Center attacks. 
A beautiful scarf of marigolds floats through the story.  Clara is a nurse in the hospital on Ellis Island and Taryn works in a fabric store called the Heirloom Yard in Manhattan.
Loss, survivor's guilt and allowing happiness back into one's life are the themes.
I'm mentioning this one to my book club.

I missed this one in the theaters, but was happy to find it on HBO.
A British period piece, this film is set in the time of King Louis XIV.
Kate Winslet plays a landscape designer hired to work on one of the gardens at Versailles.
Hmmm.....really enjoying this leisure time!