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FOUR SEASONS of my art and my life …

autumn 2016

Ready to roll? Let`s see what the new season brings …

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Brought tomatoes and peppers in from the cold.
Picking up pretty leaves, acorns, and pinecones.

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Pumpkins, they always make the end of summer more tolerable.

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Time to walk along the river dressed in her tapestry gown …

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Meadow stripes lead us right to the edge of the world where …

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Water falling over golden stones … sounds like 2,000 people clapping!

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Here we are with a panorama view … see JinJin and Pat?

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Golden light touches everything at the end of every day now …

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But I`ll never be completely okay with letting summer go!

Wishing on a white horse for three extra weeks of summer …

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But then there are things to look forward to in winter!

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It's my birthday in Autumn too, thank you very much!
Friends are the best possible gift, really,

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Speaking of friends, Flea Market Gardening, by Sue Langley, Jeanne Sammons, and Marie Neimann have worked hard on remodeling the main site for those little portals we love … SMART PHONES!

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Flea Market Gardening is an endless stream of garden and art that will have you smiling through the year, no matter the season!

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See you there soon ! I`ll be tweeting at the TOP!

winter 2015

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Hooray for days of memories and magic …

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… sorting through elf~sized treasures …

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… everywhere I go, any time of year, I search.

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I never get tired of Christmas, especially in this part of the country …

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Shop windows at Christmas are hypnotic … don`t you think?

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Some day I will make magical windows like these.

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I have ever so many ornaments by now …

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… and also crafting some wreaths …

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… painted pinecones will get a layer of mini spheres from a broken garland …

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Did some body say broken? …

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Luna who sometimes pushes vases and many other things off of tables …
yes, this one was broken the next day … !!

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Luna thinks that`s what it`s all about. Lots of sparkle and crash.

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Now were having to be more creative like Santa!

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… and find places for decorations where cats can`t reach them.

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Like at the old house, where there are no indoor cats …
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Nothing fancy … just a bit of slap~dash sparkle …

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Cats are left to their own devises at the mountain house.

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Dogs stay home too. This one is recovering from a sore knee.

Where everyone seems to be …

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… waiting for the first sugar snow like this one in old town

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Oh, I must mention the BIG NEWS!

Sue Langley`s Flea Market Gardening site gave away my CR Gibson Santa cards!

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There were 150 entrants!

And the winners were …
• Jeannie Scott
• Laurie Spencer
• Donna Gooding
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The cards are on the way, thanks to CR Gibson and other elves.

There are many beautiful cards on sale at CRGibson.com !

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May the jolliest elf of all bless your home this Christmas too!

spring 2016

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above, a garden in Winchester, Virginia called Glen Burnie

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white horses in Ireland

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Local flowers, Blue Ridge Mountains, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia …

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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… my furry family

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summer 2015

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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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