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Valetine Stephie McCarthy

 

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… hello , from my life

… it`s that kind of late winter …

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… a little extra nip to the air …

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… shimmer to the water …

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Well, if it must snow, I wish … I wish …

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… I`d like only just a little bit …

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… enough for an adventure in a secret garden …
( every garden is secret to some people )

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… just enough for a little sugar outside the window …

… a little frosting on the gingerbread …

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Because spring and summer will bring their own sweets wont they?

Like pink pampas grass …

… and marshmellow bunnies …

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… and those Cadbury egg minis …
Damn, candy is so addicting, really I mustn`t …

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… check out my recipes, healthy and original …
40 more days until Spring … Happy late winter!

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Sail away with me for a while … love waits the wings …

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Watch your love carefully. Steel kisses and then …
Sprites in the fields will sing songs of Spring.

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The colors are amazing in the winter here. Who knew?
We`ve been exploring these sleeping meadows in Harpers Ferry.

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My family went back a five or six generations here
… though I was brought up near DC.

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I often think of my grandmother`s sitting room,
… where I wanted to touch all those touchable things …

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… pincushions beating like hearts in a sewing box …

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… this is what a studio cat thinks of pincushions, so we don`t keep real ones out …

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Penguins are another thing I love because they don`t care what we think.
They just love each other. Don`t mind the cold.
Are always dressed for dinner at Downton Abbey …

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Have I lured you into my antique salon yet?
Here`s one small corner I can show you, without the clutter and dust.

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… sshh, don`t wake the others until, nightfall … serious NAPPING going on …

… tell that rabbit to stop blowing that toy trumpet …

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Easter is a challenge to me, as I can`t eat much refined sugar.
And I`ve been obsessed with marshmellow bunnies …
… eating lots and lots of berries instead … but I am weakening …

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It helps to have smoothies, isn`t that what the personal trainers say?
I can make us a big smoothie (or we can drink Bolthouse and just pretend in my pretend~y French Salon, which is really still a dusty old studio space …
with a small section of the floor refinished as a test of endurance …

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It`s coming along in colors like these alpine berries.

… berries are nature`s way of helping those of us
that really shouldn`t eat marshmellow bunnies …

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In the summer I make my strawberries into this lovely sugar and dairy free

S T R A W B E R R Y * B U T T E R
that a professional chef LOVED and asked for permission
to adapt it in his kitchen.
If you share it, I hope you will remember me in the credits too.

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If you are a garden lover, berries or any lovely thing …
won`t you let us know at Flea Market Gardening Facebook page
what is your favorite flower, and how can we help you take care of it?

We get lots of conversations on this topic,
and it is so helpful to have knowledgable friends like Sue Langley
and our many friends who are into gardens, art, and flea markets …

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Until next time, keep watching for that first robin
if he comes through your town, on his way back to the Artic .
Robins are even better than groundhogs
for making our Spring hearts beat faster!

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Snuggled under 4 quilts with a hot water bottle
we waited for the snow …

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… and we got hardly any at all … but that`s all right …

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Weve been cozy inside with berries and bubbly …

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… and seeds to sort for winter sowing

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I love pretty seed packs and how they always smell like good things.
Don`t you?
… seeds from dear Facebook friends, and found along the way …
… carefully saved and mostly sorted…

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Do you winter sow? What a life changer it is!
Check out my winter sowing technique using storage bins.

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It`s a great way to extend your growing season.
An old fashioned cold frame works really well too!

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… inspired by the White Rabbit`s cucumber frame, remember him?

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… they are not as light and convenient as a plastic bin.
Just look how these greens are thriving in the snow in late January
under a storage box with air holes !

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If you are passionate for great gardening ideas don`t hesitate
to visit the beautiful and fun Flea Market Gardening!

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Sign up for the newsletter and our Facebook page!
They are overflowing with creative concepts for crafting unique items for your garden space, with many wonderful artists, it`s like a virtual gallery garden.
Read how I design our banners .

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… and some creative ideas on celebrating Valentine season.

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… warmth from our etsy shop … CoralBella

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Rosco is waving goodbye for now; my prince holding Rosco on a clear winter day.

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Our 2014 in photos …

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We adopted JinnJinn on Christmas Eve 2013.

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Quiet snow on a quiet mountain town, we had a handful of beautiful storms.

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The rose arch bent by a climbing kitten, but Pat made it strong.

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Jumping ahead to Spring and summer, see why we built this arch?

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The arch is loved by roses and cats alike.

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We painted and patched this old workshop on the milder days…

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Wood stain on the hearth bricks was one day`s good work.

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We write, draw, and take photos, and keep an old~fashioned journal.

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What to do with an old drawer found in a barn …

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Rainy days don`t stop me from using leftover paints on the deck.

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The first foxgloves ever for me, and a small kitchen garden.

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Discovering one of the prettiest waterfalls I`ve seen, well hidden in WV.

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In the Autumn I worked on my first film and fell in love with that industry.

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Exciting to know that it will be coming out in 2015
on the National Geographic Channel as a mini series.

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The room of hidden things in Harry Potter reminded me a lot of my workspace.

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Blue sky and very cold days brighten the colors on the Shenandoah.

The old house studio and its many bay windows is our passion.

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Boliver Heights in Harpers Ferry reflects ever nuance of the passing seasons.

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Patch, patch, patch, and patch some more.

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Do a little more everyday, let go of all your troubles,
someday it will all be marvelous!

looking back over a little more

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

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

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… or the rush of water over ancient river beds …

… 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

… The coffee shops in these small towns are as cozy as old cardigans …

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And High Street looks lovely in red bows and white lights!

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… LATE SUMMER 2014, blue birds and hydrangea …

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… walk up the mountain with me to the pond in the woods …

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… it smells like the dust of blue gravel, mixed with pollen, and bees …

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… 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 …

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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

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The village below constantly temps with cafés and gift shops …

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

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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.

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

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… 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?

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

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And it came with a lot of architectural salvage …

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

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

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More salvage pieces found in the small barn.

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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 …

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

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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?

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Isn't this a great town for an artist, I ask you?

Dragonfly by Stephie McCarthy

… lots of inspiration from the smallest jewels …

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… to our "children's" antics. Our kids (as you might have imagined) all have tails.

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… girlfriend Maxie …

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… Luna Bisque which rhymes with tuna fishk …

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… and Margeaux who knows all the secrets …
… and she never tells them!

Kitten by Stephie McCarthy

… and I'd never even had a cat before I came to West Virginia …

Cats are like vinegar, you don't make them, they just happen (old country saying).

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… and here I am on a magic journey with a handful of them …

You can read more about me here …

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I'll admit to a little sadness when I say goodbye to summer …

There are a few more freckles on your shoulders
the hammock swings lower and touches the grass
the apples are ripe and the corn is past,
and everyone says summer goes by so fast
and we just got here.

— Carly Simon

BUT THAT'S WHY GOD INVENTED PUMPKINS!

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What's not to love?

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Featuring mini-print SETS from $2.99 to $3.99 — 
… the perfect size to accent a table, shelf, mantel, or a small accent wall …

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

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