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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

The shelves of  my Etsy shop Vintage Sparrow Studio
are being filled with new prints today.
Prints and stories that are dear to my heart.
I have started adding some prints from my
© Women of the Woods Series
From Where You Dwell
is #1 in the series
Celtic Prayer
"The Deer's Cry"
I arise today
through the
Strength of Heaven,
Light of Sun,
Radiance of Moon,
Splendor of Fire,
Speed of Lightening,
Swiftness of Wind,
Depth of Sea,
Stability of Earth,
Firmness of Rock.
I always wonder
why birds stay in the same place
when they can fly anywhere on the Earth.
Then, I ask myself the same question.
~Harun Yahya~
Hope you stop by and have a look

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vintage Sparrow Studio ...

Where do I begin?
 I have wanted to share the news here for so long ... the thrill of opening up my email and finding the loveliest note from Leslie Howell, publisher of The Country Register.
My very 1st Cover!  An absolute dream come true. The fact that it is on The Country Register of Michigan makes it all that much more special.
Many years ago, as a young mum with a 4 year old and newborn, my husband's job took our family to Michigan for a year.  It was a joy filled  experience that we will never forget. 
I ♥ Michigan.
Picking up The Country Register magazine is a tradition while travelling. It's always the first thing I do upon entering a lovely shop.  I never dreamed that one day, my artwork would find it's way on the cover of this gem of a paper ♥
Thank you so much Leslie.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and I have enjoyed each and every one of our email conversations back and forth getting to know you :-)
You must live in the present
launch yourself on every wave
find your eternity
in each moment
~Henry David Thoreau~
And with Thoreau's wise words, I have also put another dream into action.
Vintage Sparrow Studio Etsy shop is now open.
I am so looking forward to sharing my Art  & creations with you and filling up the shop
bit by bit.
Thank you to my sweet friends who offered assistance and shared their knowledge (you know who you are).  xoxoxoxo

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

like trees ...

If we surrendered
to Earth's intelligence
we could rise up
~Rainer Maria Rilke~
Went away for a few days last week & packed a picnic lunch so we could stop mid journey,
stretch our legs and enjoy some time out of the car.
There always seems to be a tree that I gravitate too & this particular day it was this amazing Weeping Willow.
Oh the images I could spot as we sat and enjoyed bread, cheese, tomatoes and pickles.
Do you see the bird and the owl, the mountain goat  and hare?
Her branches framed the Thames ...
and kept us cool as the temperature rose...
the ducks knew where to rest ...
visits from the swans reminded us of home
Happy September!
the time for acorn gathering

Friday, August 29, 2014

Somerset Holidays & Celebrations ...

 So excited to have 2 articles published in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations.
Such a beautiful magazine absolutely filled with inspiration for ALL life's celebrations.
 Love Intertwined
is on pages 110 & 111
 I will be creating more of these for an all white Christmas tree this year ♥
 And on pages 22 through 25
Brown Paper Packages
tied up with string.
Congratulations to New Editor Amber Demien for an outstanding publication.
It was a joy working with you.
have a wonderful long weekend

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Joyfully celebrating
the life & art of an amazing woman
and always remembering
August 28th
Tasha Tudor Day
Tasha's family continues her legacy through their lovely blog
Rookery Ramblings & I always look forward to receiving their wonderful newsletter.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A greeting & a homage to the sea ...

we had a little getaway
visiting with friends
at their cottage...
as soon as we arrived and looked out at the lake
I spotted him!
running back to our room, I grabbed my camera.
I did not want to miss out on what might be my only opportunity to get a hummingbird photo :-)
I clicked and clicked
even though more often than not
he was barely visible,
camouflaged amongst the cedars.
one morning
I took my coffee outside
and waited.
I could hear him chirping away
but could not see him.
And then finally
I spotted him.
I had never seen a hummer resting on a branch either.
At home they have always been flapping their wings rapidly in mid air.
thank you Hummer for making my day(s)!
the most gorgeous rock
refreshing mist
I find myself
at the extremity of a long beach.
How gladly does the spirit leap forth,
and suddenly enlarge it's sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue,
sunny deep!
A greeting and a homage to the sea!
I descent over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me,
and bathe my brow.
That far- resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome.
His salt breath
brings a blessing along with it.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
"foot-prints on the sea-shore"

Monday, August 18, 2014

A birthday & lots of buzzing around the nest ...

a very special someone celebrated his 5th birthday recently ...
and a lovely parcel arrived in the mail addressed to Archer
from his (our) very special & kind friends
Julie Marie & Tessy
who sent along this gorgeous blue bandana ...
and a doggie can never have enough bandana's ♥
yes Archer, I see the little bit of grey appearing ...
you are still the most gorgeous boy to me xoxo
I was so surprised to see it has been a while since I last posted.
I have been a very busy deb BEE
with lot happening here in the Studio
which I will tell you all about soon.
taking in a little
"time to stop and smell the flowers"
Back soon