Steamy Days & Sultry Nights

In honor of Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent I wanted to share with you a series of black and white photographs I made about ten years ago while visiting New Orleans for the first time.

I made this series of cemetery crosses while in New Orleans in the heat of the summer one hot and humid August {many years before Hurricane Katrina left her mark on the city}.  The steamy days and sultry nights only added to the allure of this magical city.  This was the first vacation my soon to be husband and I took together.  I asked him to join me on this adventure as my photo assistant and he gladly obliged.

It was  one of the most decadent trips I had ever taken ~ from the photo opportunities, to the fresh oysters and scrumptious food, jazzy tunes made by street side saxophone artists, gorgeous architecture and gardens, colourful people, and a palm reader who told me what my future would be ~ everything was truly hedonistic ~ classic New Orleans in all aspects.

It captivated me and my camera.  I did not have a digital camera at that time and was toting around my original Canon SLR, all the gear, and about six rolls of film.  These photographs were made with Kodak black and white film and have not been retouched in any way.

These crypts, crosses, and tombs are in Saint Louis Cemetery on the outskirts of the French QuarterI did not dare to journey into these gates alone ~ my photo assistant was there to protect me from all the voodoo spirits and ghosts as I carefully tip toed onto the sacred spots and shot each image.

{This is my favorite.}

Because these photographs have such a special meaning to me and my husband, I matted them postage stamp style {large mat, small image} and have them hanging as a group in our bedroom.  It’s a wonderful remembrance of our first adventure together in a beautiful city.  

Hope you all had a fabulous Fat Tuesday.

Warm wishes for a peaceful Lenten Season.
Thanks to all of you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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Celebrating with some of these friends this week.

Love at First Sight

They met and it was love at first sight...

True love...this rustic garden gate heart scroll layered with my market bouquet of blush pink tea roses

Here are the two original photographs before these two fell in love...



...a heart full of roses.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing all of you love and friendship.

Ciao amici,

Romance Novels

I'm just lovin' these pretty silk screened papers and vintage images that I have used in my newest collection of "Romance Novels" ...

...hand made books to inspire you to write your very own love story.

This new collection includes six images of precious putti, chubby cherubs, and mischievous angels

Each book is embellished with ribbons, millinery, rhinestones, beads and baubles and is one of a kind.  Although I can duplicate the images on new books, because of my limited collection of papers, vintage millinery, and baubles, each book is unique.

These are wonderful books for bridal or housewarming gifts for your shabby romantic friend and lover of vintage art.

This pretty princess sits beautifully in a sea of pale blues and a Spring green and pink floral background and accents finish this book perfectly. 

The creamy whites and iced mocha colours make this Butterfly Fairy Girl a lovely engagement book for all those important details of your wedding.

You may remember this putti from a previous postI just recently framed this print in a vintage frame and have it hanging in my home.  The artist, Stephen Mackey allowed me to use his image for this piece.  {Obviously, this painting is not vintage.  His work is fabulous, by the way.}

...Love the drama of this book with the black floral cover and rich Renaissance colours of the French angels and garland of flowers.

These books are available as a limited edition in my Etsy shop.  I am always open and am happy to do custom orders for any special occasion ~ just let me know what you are thinking about and we'll do something fabulous!

Have a wonderful weekends friends.  I'll be sharing with you sometime soon an interior design project I am currently doing {and that has kept me away from here much of the time}. 

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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Joining a few of these friends this week for some blog beauty.

Special Delivery

Special delivery from me to you ~ and some lovin' sent your way too.
{This precious painting was painted by you know who, and is available on art prints and other good stuff in my Etsy and Zazzle shops.}

A big thank you to all my followers and fans here, on Etsy, Zazzle and My Front Porch, and on my Facebook page too.  I have not had much time to visit you blog friends of mine lately {or for that matter write much here either}, but that does not mean I do not appreciate your comments and visits here always.

I DO!  It's heartwarming to know you take the time to comment on my posts and say hello.

Thank you and  big  L O V E  to you all!


Ciao amici,

I'm missing my old font...don't know what Blogger did with it.  It just changes the whole look around here and I don't like it...bring it back Blogger, pretty please.

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Linking up with some of these lovely blogs this week.