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Valetine Stephie McCarthy

… e n d l e s s l y .. c r e a t i n g …

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… my art and my life …

Spring at last !

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… spring showers are on the way …

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Walking in the rain one spring day …

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… Rather than a rain gutter, rain sings in this tipsy rain chain …

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I made this chrome rain chain with a double strand of chain,
some small funnels from eBay, vintage cookie cutters,
all linked together with jump rings.
The sound is shear magic in the rain …

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… rain is welcome here.
I love the sound of it, on the roof, on the pavement …

Love the way it brings up the tulips in the Spring …

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… two tone tulips are my favorite …

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… and Kennilworth ivy in bloom warms my heart …

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Last year, I wondered what tulip petals tasted like …
I tried them with hummus and geranium petals.
Crisp, but a little goopy like okra.

… the lilacs …

… antiques, that must be 100 years old, now belong to me for a time …
One is a soft violet that dries well …

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… I learned to hang them on the fireplace screen …

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Another antique lilac is a frothy white, see it on the top right?

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Top left is quince, bottom left blue bell, and bottom
right is mountain laurel. All four flowers were bonuses
for moving to the Blue Ridge

… and always, pansies …

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like miniature stained glass windows …

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Cousins to the violets that we use in as many ways as I can think of …

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I've got a pretty big crop of them under the deck,
and it's raining violets in my dreams!

… and sweet muscari …

I've moved muscari many times, closer and closer to the front door

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Margeaux approves!

… more mountain laurel …

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Soon a fairy tale parade of wild flowers will appear along the
Shenandoah River … Dutchman's breeches, blue bells, trillium …

My tips for when you are adding paint/color to a flea market find: 1. give yourself a full hour to work … it takes time to build up and wipe away the layers, 2. keep a stack of baby wipes on hand, they are great for wiping away excess color. This is a drawer and a piece of gingerbread wood nailed together. I enhanced the color with craft paint. 

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… and, all these flowering branches I discovered along the river!
My husband has learned to pull over quick!

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The red/black rosettes are Paw-Paw flowers …
I ate my first paw-paw fruit last year and saved the seeds.
Sent many of them to gardening friends …

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When I saw this meadow one year, we stopped and took a photo.
"Flower fairies come at dawn,
dance and play,
and then they're gone."

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And then, there is the kitchen garden

In Spring we plants our vegetables into beds that are full of buckwheat.

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Looks pretty through the summer
and seems to stop early blight.

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Our kitchen garden is surrounded by woods.
We get about 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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So, we try all sorts of tricks like growing miniature vegetables, lots of herbs and greens, and things that tolerate shade, like berries.

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here's what I do with old vines

They creep over every fence, but now and then
I cut them and roll them into a bird's nest.
Here's my instructions on Sue Langley's Flea Marketing Gardening site.

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We figure you can never have
too many flower pots!

THIS HUGE RESIN FLOWER POT … Cat approved …
was freshened up with pink, orange, ivy, tan,
and plaster white chalk paint …
Put the pink and orange colors on the raised areas and rims,
put the greenish white colors on the rest of it …
Took one hour to paint, no need to stay in the lines …
Jesse wants to trade a stick for it.

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As an artist I've learned
to toot my own horn!

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And let folks know whenever one of my images gets published!
So I'd like to wish you a Happy Easter for 2017 …

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And let you know that the bunny and chick are available
on gorgeous rainbow glitter cards from Leanin' Tree Greetings

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And remember, always, that …

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… and …

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… be warm and safe as winter turns into Spring !

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I'll be Tweeting at the Top!

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You can also find me on Facebook!

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summer past

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We went into town for a look around …

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… and saw the old town in her summer bunting. Archival

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Makes us smile to see such frivolity on a summer day …

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We gathered our lilies, the two colors we grow, to make this photo …

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… picked beautiful peas and raspberries … ate them on the spot …
We don`t ask a lot from our small plot, and are always so grateful …

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A fence protects our small treats from … see the rascal?

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The porch at the old house got lots of touch ups this summer …

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… and strings of bells to scare away roosting pigeons …

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The log room at the old house is the only room
there with an airconditioner that works quick.

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Drip, drip, the air conditioners roar and drip all around town.
Do you ever plant ferns under them like we do?

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Ah, cool ferns and big leaved violets make cool glades for small ones …

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So we keep walking through these forests studying beauty…

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… and take beauty with us into our dreams …

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Time for a treat! Care to share?

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T H A N K Y O U for visiting this beautiful day!

 

 

Come back soon, I`ll be Tweeting at the Top!

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