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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

The big snowstorm didn't happen ...
just lots of wet, slushy snow ...
& hungry squirrels happy that all the feeders are full :-)
If we shall take the good we find,
asking no questions,
we shall have
heaping measures
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From the February Garden ...

I try and save my bouquets as long as possible by keeping the water fresh & cutting and re-cutting the stems often until they are only tall enough to stand in a mug of water :-)
One of the reasons I love daisies so much ... they last for weeks and weeks.
The french pussy willow bush in our garden is full of fluffy little puffs ~ oh I love pussy willow & having something new and blooming in the garden in February is a bonus !
I sent my husband outside with secateurs & my favourite gathering bucket and asked him to collect me a big handful of all different sizes.
With a bucket full of tall stems, I began clipping away ...
and filled in all the empty spaces in the vases with pussy willow branches  ♥
A garden
 is a grand teacher.
It teaches
and careful watchfulness;
it teaches
and thrift;
above all
it teaches
entire trust
~Gertrude Jekyll~

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Journal ...

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW ~  it is snowing.
I AM THINKING ~ I can't believe the time! 
I AM THANKFUL ~ for a lovely warm studio space, radio is on, Archer at my feet sleeping (we just got home from our walk & it was cold!).
IN THE KITCHEN ~ all is quiet.
I AM WEARING ~ grey long sleeved shirt and yoga pants
I AM CREATING~ a memory quilt for grand baby #2 ♥
I AM GOING~ to slip a special little book in with the quilt once it is finished.
I AM WONDERING~ if I will ever get caught up with "Project Life" & "52 Lists" ... is anyone else working on either of these?
I AM READING~ my new Country Living magazine
I AM HOPING~ to get the pictures on my USB printed so I can make a dent in Project Life!
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO~ spending time with my daughter this weekend ♥
I AM LEARNING~ so many new, wonderful vegan recipes thanks to same sweet daughter mentioned above :-)
I AM PONDERING~ a  gallery wall in my Studio
To find new things
take the path you took yesterday
~John Burroughs
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS~ daily walks with A
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK~ still organizing studio :-D

~sweet dreams lovely one~ ♥
Joining in with The Simple Woman's Daybook here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Texture Tuesday ~ The Downton Edition ...

Spirit Showers
Kim Klassen Downton Collection Texture
Rain showers my spirits
and waters my soul
~Emily Logan~
Watched the end of  Downton Abbey Season 3 on Sunday. There have been so many twists and surprises this Season! Eagerly anticipating what  Season 4 will bring. 
Cold, windy and rainy here today .  Photo is an older one, taken from my kitchen window.
Joining in Texture Tuesday .

Monday, February 18, 2013

Rose Garlands ...

My friend June recently shared a wonderful idea creating rose garlands.
I save everything, & the beautiful roses my son gave me for my Birthday had dried and were in a bowl sitting on the dining room table. 
So for  Valentine's Day, I strung a few dried roses on twine and hung them from the dining room mirror ... so pretty!
Thank you June for sharing this sweet idea ♥
For happiness
is anyone
and anything at all
that's loved
by you
~Charlie Brown~

Friday, February 15, 2013

Macros & Memories ...

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday ♥
I came home to a wonderful, candle lit, Valentine dinner, made from scratch by my sweet ♥!!
At Christmastime, we string fairy lights all around our kitchen window/bookcase area and leave them up until Valentine's as they look so lovely and romantic.  I am loving the look so much that I think they may just stay there a bit longer.  In the evening we need only these lights left on in the kitchen while eating dinner (I am an early riser and plug them in first thing in the morning too ... lovely soft lighting while it's still pitch black outside).
I put my Macro lens away at the end of the Summer, and thought it would be fun to use it again to take some photos of my Valentine's bouquet.
My Studio needs a huge clean-up and re-arranging.
I don't think I'm utilizing the space as well as I could, and some furniture needs to be moved around to make use of lighting better.
I haven't been getting as far along with the chore however, as I am finding things I had long forgotten about.
I came across a portfolio in my Art cupboard (which is a bit like the cupboard in Narnia ... I can go further and further into it and still find STUFF) :-D
Finding the portfolio itself brought back floods of memories.  My daughter gave it to me for Mother's Day many, many years ago.  "An artist needs a proper portfolio Mum" she said ♥
The sides of the portfolio were bulging (I wondered how I had managed to zip it up)!
Inside were tons of watercolours, sketches, finished pieces & others not.
Sadly I hadn't put dates on most of them, but looking at the picture, I could tell roughly when they were done.  Like the hamster above ... my children always had hamsters when they were little - one in each of their rooms.  This is Daisy, our only girl hamster.  She was the inspiration behind TONS of  story lines.
I was the lucky recipient of handpicked bouquets filled with big yellow  dandelions on walks home from school and back then, the kitchen counter always had a mug filled with fresh dandelions.  This would have been done about 20 years ago (based on the length of my daughter's hair and braid)
I will have to sit and finish the bouquet of flowers.
My children were (and have always been)  a huge inspiration ...
I remember sitting for our 1st Family of 4  portrait :-)
I wanted to capture my children's gorgous Auburn hair...
When we moved into our 2nd home, one of the first things my husband built was a picket fence.  Being from England, I made plans to create an English cottage garden like I had in our first home... and every cottage garden needs a picket fence :-)

And this sketch which was dated, was done on a small scrap piece of paper the day my son was born ♥
Memory ...
is the diary
that we all carry about with us
~Oscar Wilde~
Now, back to cleaning up this Studio!!
Have a wonderful weekend xo

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Full Snow Moon Sunday ...

Hello ...
Happy Full Snow Moon ...
The snow was heavy making our walk through the woods hard trekking today ...
Archer helped plowing through the snow ahead of us :-)
The snow sparkled like diamonds ...
And the sky - the most gorgeous blue ♥
Wishing you New Moon energy!
And hand in hand
on the edge of the sand
they danced
by the light of the moon
~Edward Lear~
(English Poet)
Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my Sentimental Sparrow post & your lovely e-mails. I treasure each one xo