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seasons greetings from my studio

 

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hello ! shall I show you around town ?

star date december 2014

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… 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 …

coffeeShop

… 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.

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!)

JinnJinn

Some are naughty and some are nice around here …

DeerResting

… and some are serenity itself …

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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 …

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… smell the dust of the blue gravel road, 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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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

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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.

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.

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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?

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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What's not to love?

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… the perfect size to accent a table, shelf, mantel, or a small accent wall …

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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