26 January 2015

Moody Pink

Delicate, bold, vibrant, glorious.

Oriental pink poppies.*

Inspired by Walasse Ting and with some digital manipulation, I love how these flowers have transformed since I first photographed them several years ago with my Canon G10.  I am planning to use these in the Design House I am participating in this Spring and will print them on large scale gallery wrapped canvases.  {I will share the photos of the space when it's complete.}

As soon as I see the artist's proofs, I will be offering them for sale in my Etsy, Society6, and Zazzle shops.

 A lesson...never delete practice photos.  You never know what may come of them.

By the way, what do you think of my new logo and banner?  I thought after six and a half years it was time for an update and change.


Ciao amici,

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*These hibiscus remind me so much of Oriental poppies with their colour and delicate petals that I decided to take artistic license with my photos and re-name the blooms!

09 January 2015

New Year's Wishes

Wishing all of you out there, who stop by every once in a while and especially those of you who stop by all the time {I so appreciate your loyalty}, a very Happy New Year.

I always enjoy the start of a new year - it's a fresh start, a time to forget what got messed up last year, and begin again.

What creative plans do you have for the year?  I have several which I will share with you as the months pass in 2015.  In the meantime, for those of you in the frosty weather, stay warm, and for everyone else...

Happy New Year to YOU!

Ciao amici,

25 December 2014

A Snow Kissed Winter Wonderland

...Southern Style.

Earlier this season I had the opportunity to design a Christmas tree for our local Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Every year, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and designers donate their time and creativity for this project, the Festival of Trees.  

While I design and decorate custom trees for many of my clients in their place of business and in their homes, this year I also participated once again in the Festival of Trees and my Christmas story is shown here.

When the snow falls here in the South, it does not last long.  But it is wonderful and I say that we are...

 "snow kissed" when it falls.

My vignette began with two potted topiary trees and an ornate antique wrought iron gate, circa 1870...

...which I adorned with crystal snowflakes, plaid bows, big red jingle bells, and white fuzzy boots tied with mint coloured organza bows.

Peach blossom twinkle lights were entwined within the gate and glowed.  When you walk through the gate you find...

...two stovepipe hats, the colour of coal, crowing each tree {my son's clever idea}...a powdery snow covered path lined with snow filled jars and candy canes, glittery snowballs, and twinkle lights guiding your way.

Frosted pine cones {winter snow cones} hang on the topiary trees with red satin bows...

...while crimson pomegranates poke through the evergreens.

Peppermint candy canes tied with ribbons, snowy greenery, and juniper berries and...

...melted snowman ornaments were also some of the hand crafted decorations I made.

The urns were filled with ruby red hydrangeas at the base of each tree and the retro inspired palette of red and aquamarine created a timeless Christmas story.

Even my chubby little snow guy twinkled with Christmas delight.

Hoping all of you have had a wonderful Christmas season, whether you are in a snow kissed winter wonderland or someplace else.


Buon Natale Amici,

09 December 2014

December Frost

A season of snow cones...

...and frosty pine cones.

I made these snow covered pine cones for a special winter wonderland vignette and will share with you in my next post.

My secret to making "snow cones" is using thick white glue and sparkly Epsom salts.  Hanging them on my clothes line was just the right spot for them air dry in the winter sunshine.  {Don't you love the bokeh background?  These photographs came out of my camera just like this ~ no editing.  I love it when that happens.}

As always, thank you for your visit.  See you soon.

Ciao amici,

23 November 2014

Thanksgiving Wishes

"Let it go!"

The turkey that is...and let someone else do the cooking!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends,

14 November 2014

Sunny Side Up


French blue eggs,

...and pale brown eggs.

Gorgeous orbs.

It's what's for breakfast.

Happy Friday Friends.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

02 November 2014

On Hallow's Eve...

...we were out in the darkness of our neighborhood playing tricks for treats,

but this happy Jack and some friends of his decided to hang out at home...

reading ghost stories,

startled by howling Guss, but content among each other in their private pumpkin patch filled with

paper roses, pine cones, ghoulishly white pumpkins, and 

 giant greenish gourds adorned with golden yellow vintage millinery blooms. 

Not so scary after all.

Their stories were finished by the time we arrived home 

and in the darkness we could see their grins.  They were happy we were back home.

Hoping all of you had a ghoulishly good time too on your Hallow's Eve.

What tricks were you up to?

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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Playing some tricks with some of these friends this week.

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