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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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26 May 2013

Doors....

I have always been fascinated with the uniqueness of doors. Doors are an entry way to a new or different view. Most don't notice the door, they only anticipate what is on the other side.

I keep my camera handy in our travels and snap a pic whenever I see one that is interesting...

  This was taken at the Oregon coast at an abandoned storefront. The weathered chippy and shabby coastal colors fascinated me. My hubby thought I was a little crazy

 I saw this door in Northern California. It had to be the narrowest I have ever seen. Just a little over 2 feet wide.

The tallest door that was an average door width.The handle looks low, but it isn't. This was taken at the restored Tallman Inn at Upper Lake, Ca.

A few years ago we took a southern Caribbean cruise that departed San Juan Puerto Rico which in Old San Juan is know for it's unique doors...



I loved how the doors were different on each floor of this building in San Juan

this last door is in Paris.
The photo was taken by Pam of the Plucky Maidens, she was gracious to let me borrow her picture

Hope you enjoyed my "door tour" I am sure there will be more in our summer travels to share with you.


until then.....

17 May 2013

First garden stroll of the season

Our spring in Oregon has been fabulous! On.Easter Sunday we had a rare 80f day---.then while we were in Hawaii the weather was pretty nasty here. But the sunny weather must have followed us home as we have experienced over 2 weeks of glorious summer--not spring--temps. This gave everything a big jump start, I actually planted my tomatoes 3 weeks earlier than I normally do. But unfortunately, this week we snapped back into normal Pacific Northwest spring weather with temps in the mid 60's and r*a*i*n...........




Today was overcast and a perfect time to get the first photos of the season of my cottage garden and what is in bloom at the moment. I had to start watermarking my photos recently, especially the ones of my garden and the products I sell since I am finding them all over Facebook and Pinterest. I might as well get credit for them, huh?


My annual flowers are not yet planted. They will dance around the stepping stones



 Looking toward my rose garden---not yet blooming except for the climbing rose in the foreground

 how simple and beautiful is the flower of the chive?


 always love to photograph my Eden roses


I hope you enjoyed the first of many pics of my garden to come this season. If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you know how passionate I am about cottage gardening. I find so much inspiration in my art from the colors of the garden and nature.



06 May 2013

a snapshot of our Hawaiian experience

Aloha! I have been back from Hawaii for a couple weeks now, seems that being gone for 2 weeks it takes another 2 weeks to catch up on things. I wanted to share some photos of our trip. We have been to Hawaii many times. It is an affordable trip if you live on the west coast as we do. It is a chance to get away and immerse ourselves in the Hawaiian traditions.

Morning walk on the beach

We are not much into going to Honolulu as it really is such a big city and a tourist trap. Many folks start there for the first trip. But I always try to recommend visiting one of the outer islands as the experience is much more laid back and certainly more "Hawaiian style". We have visited all the larger islands, each one offers its own uniqueness so I cannot be the expert to tell you really which in is the best. It really depends on what activities and lifestyle you enjoy.

Usually our Hawaii vacations take us to the Big Island of Hawaii (Kona) since it is our favorite island. But this trip we were invited by friends to join them on Maui. We couldn't bear to miss our favorite island, so we tacked on a few days at the end of this trip to visit Kona:). We visited Maui about 20 years ago when we took our school aged kids to enjoy the beaches, so this was a rediscovering of Maui for us.


morning sunrise on Maui

Upon the recommendation of a friend, we chose to stay in Maalaea which is located centrally between Kihei and Lahania. this was a nice quiet harbor area with sugar cane fields behind us and the ocean in front of us.
We were thrilled to be able to watch the humpback whales and green sea turtles right from our lanai!


We were also close to the Maui Aquarium. I got lots of good pics of the native fish of Hawaii without going snorkeling!



and those sandy beaches of Maui are abundant..this was Kamaole Beach #2 in Kihei
we put our toes in the sand and swam in the surf




A visit to the Iao valley and Iao needle, beautiful scenery

We also made a trip to some upcountry towns that had some great shopping. For some reason, I did not take pictures that day...


this is a bit of a funky pic of Jim and I--we were lucky to celebrate our 35th anniversary while in Maui. We went on a sunset dinner cruise. While I am not big on this touristy stuff, I did a bit of research on this particular one, and it was worth it...all inclusive prime rib, chicken or fish plus drinks---and they were very generous with the food plus live music and a great crew.
(the blue bracelets were touristy tho signaling our dinner choice)
Sunset wasn't great on this particular night, but everything else made up for it.


!0 days in Maui has ended and we hopped a puddle jumper plane to the Big Island of Hawaii. I knw the plane was smaller--but this plane only held 8 passengers! It was an Indiana Jones type of experience, but really I was surprised how smooth the ride was.

The pilot told us we could take pics so I snapped away. the best part was we flew lower than the jets do so the view was awesome. The bay you see in the above picture is Maalaea Bay were we stayed.

Below pic is over Kihei and Wailiea, some of Maui's best beaches



After landing on the Big Island (our fave) there are a few things that are must do right away after getting settled in our condo.

Local mangos from the farmers market. These are "golden globes" and once you have tasted one, you will be forever spoiled. The little apple bananas and local pineapple are must haves too:)


First stop for Jim is happy hour at his fave hangout in Kailua village. Birds nest view of what's going on below.


a few pics from our lanai in Kona

The beaches are mostly rocky here, but there are some white sand swimming beaches too.


ahhh  yes, a Kona sunset

 there is nothing better than having liquid aloha at the Kona brew co. 

 Kailua-Kona has lots of waterfront restaurants. this is one of our faves too
Bubba Gumps. 
It was our last night in Hawaii and we were able to meet up with my cousin who lives there for a wonderful farewell evening. Our dream is someday to be able to live on the Big island at least half of the year, maybe even full time. We love the islands.

Aloha
a hui hou!

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