seasons greetings from my studio



hello ! shall I show you around town ?

star date december 2014


… Old Town Harpers Ferry with a bit of snow on the Colonial landscape …

Harpers Ferry Winter

In early winter, when most of the visitors have gone
and it`s quiet except for occasional paws on cobblestone …

Jinn Cobblestone HarpersFerry

… or the rush of water over ancient river beds nearby …

… and you can almost hear the ice crystals on these mountains …

Ice Mountain

It is COLD, yes, very B R I S K .
Most days find us wandering the hills
with a cup of something warm and energizing …

coffee cafe Harpers Ferry

My latest favorite: half caff with a shot of hot chocolate …
or Tiger Tea (cinnamon based) … very calming!

Elf and Bee

Coffee shops and cafés in these mountain towns are as cozy as old cardigans …


… and High Street Harpers Ferry looks sweet and inviting in red bows and white lights!

Christmas Harpers Ferry

Looking for ornaments that ring a nostalgic chime …

ornament box

Do you ever try to plan a Christmas to top all the others before?

Give new spins to old decorations, like new paint on last year`s Martha Stewart pinecone wreath.


And decking the halls … both big and small …

bling angel

tree case

This tree is inside a light fixture~turned~plant case, to protect it from …

Luna and lace

Who?? (You know who!)


Some are naughty and some are nice around here …


… and some are serenity itself …


More Christmas doin`s coming soon, until then …

… LATE SUMMER 2014, was dreamy … care to remember with me?

Blue Bird by Stephie McCarthy

… let`s walk up the mountain to the pond in the woods …


… smell the dust of the blue gravel road, mixed with pollen, and bees …


… some one in western Maryland cut this rose of sharon back hard,
and it came back with pure love for life, shaped like a heart …


It`s nice when art just happens, I think!

Do you like a good walk? This one wont make you too tired …

Harpers Ferry Episcopal Church

We can follow Pat and Rosco down the steep path above Old Town Harpers Ferry


The village below constantly temps with cafés and gift shops …


Just outside of town we can catch a breeze from the river … and look misty eyed at the white cliffs.

Laurel Lodge postcard

On top Ridge Road, is my Great Grandmother's house, now called "Laurel Lodge" or the Curiosity House. It's a Bed & Breakfast you can stay in when you visit Harpers Ferry.

Emily and Frank

Uncle Frank and Aunt Emily who also spent summers at Laurel Lodge in their day.


… Patrick, with our "son" Rosco … on Boliver Heights …fields that never look the same way twice.

Falling Water by Stephie McCarthy

Another cool spot … Falling Waters where there is real magic in the air …

OK, now fancy a visit to my Old House Studio?


It's pretty much flexible studio space in a real American Colonial house.


And it came with a lot of architectural salvage …


There's always one "Base Camp" for lunch somewhere on site.


The Old House Studio, a jumble of wonderfulness … where the doves greet us from the chimney tops …


More salvage pieces found in the small barn.


The fireplace gas stove in the front room is the only source of warmth during the winter.

Here's the decrepit Colonial closet turned into a fun art supply alcove …


Here I am on another West Virginia porch that belonged to another Grand Mother.


Is there any wonder I fell in love with old houses and porches in a State like this?

Hey, have a little treat with me? I'm always in the mood for one!

Chocolate Chef by Stephie McCarthy

What's life without a little treat now and then?

Aren`t the Blue Ridge Mountains wonderful for artists!

Dragonfly by Stephie McCarthy

… lots of inspiration from the smallest jewels … and natural treasures …


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CoralBella Birds

and once again … our Santa CR Gibson Santa will be in Hallmark and other fine gift shops!

Stephie McCarthy at CR Gibson


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