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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

hOMe is where the heART is …

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Mornings . . .

Mary Oliver .... I have been carving out time in my day for tea, sunporch sitting, and reading through my gorgeous Mary Oliver books - one of my Mother's Day gifts. Her words always speak to my soul & as I sit with the sounds of our garden pond in the background and birds singing, I  have a sense of peace, contentment and gratitude.

The bouquet of flowers I created at the DIY floral workshop at the St Jacobs farmers market smells so amazing.  In a few days, I'll start taking it apart, hanging the roses to dry and snipping the daisies and carnations down to put in little vases. I always make my flowers last :-) 
It's that time of year when we start to spend more of our time outside and eat most of our meals on the porch. I like to decorate the outside "rooms".

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience,

everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,

is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of Grace"

-May Sarton- 

I love my vintage dresser - all chippie  and worn and well loved by many in the past I am sure.  She is mine now and there isn't a thing about her that I would change.  Big deep drawers to hold all my gardening tools and gloves, a spot for twine and ties, seed packages, gardening books . . .  everything at my fingertips.

Another drawer holds bird/gardening/she shed books. All ready for sitting with a book. 

Then there's the candle drawer & blanket drawer . . .  for evening sitting, star watching and moon gazing.

So charming, dove tailed &  the sweetest little key hole plate (and key)!

Windows draped in twinkle lights . . . 

my ideas of summer time bliss . . .  

Much like the Velveteen Rabbit poem by Margery Williams Bianco . . . .

"you become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. . . "  

 Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! 
The geranium cuttings I over wintered are now slowly making their way outdoors.
 First stop, the porch and then I will pot them up for the garden. 
I have *never* had any luck with lavender . . .  but that hasn't stopped me in the past and it won't again this Summer. I just love it so much & every time I visit the nurseries I seem to be drawn to them. I suppose it's because I  have visions of lovely lavender sprigs that I can clip and dry. 
So this beauty came home with me over the weekend &  I will try again. 

 Have a wonderful day!
d xo

Monday, May 9, 2022

Magnolia Magic . . .

Had the loveliest Mother's Day weekend being thoroughly spoiled by my lovely family.

We all admired the gorgeous Magnolia trees in bloom as we were out and about.

"I want to be yours
as a magnolia
belongs to Spring"
-Alexandra Vasilia-

"The claw of the magnolia

drunk on its own scents

asks for nothing"

-Sylvia Plath-

The Magnolia stands stately and tall

with her branches reaching high into the sky;

a symbol of strength and beauty

-Happy Monday-
d xo 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

flower child . . .

"Wildflowers can't be controlled,

 and neither can the girl

 with a soul boundless as the sky,

 and a spirit as free and as wild 

as the ocean" 

- Melody Lee- 

 Moon Gypsy
Some pretty pages from my flower press ...
 perfect for making Mother's Day tags to go on my daughter and daughter in laws gifts this weekend xo 
"Chase your wildflower dreams,

because even the smallest buds 

can become something beautiful"

-C.V. Sutherland-

 "To be thrilled by the stars at night;

to be elated over a bird's nest

or a wildflower in spring - 

these are some of the rewards

of a simple life"

-John Burroughs-

Happy Tuesday

xo d 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Sharing an apple a day . . .

This was one of those times when I was grateful that my camera was nearby !

I need not look very far for happiness * entertainment * pure joy than my own garden. 

This was a  "when your eyes are bigger than your tummy" moment ;-D 
The "regulars" . . . our Cardinal couple are so sweet 
and Callie, our beautiful  garden bunny . . . 
sweet Milly 
each and every feathered and furred friend is welcome in our "Sparrow Garden" . . . 
I love to sit in our sun porch, cup of tea in my hand, and just watch . . . 

happy & full 
"If you really want to make a friend,
go to someone's house and eat with them.
The people who give you their food
give you their heart"
-Cesar Chavez- 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Sparrow Studio snippets . . .

Happy Monday!

I have lots happening here in the studio ... projects completed and new ones to begin, so first a tidy up was in order. Since the camera was already out, I took the opportunity to take a few photos of things that caught my eye. 

Framing mats 
My painting Sangtuary is on the CD cover of the fabulous musical duo Sweetbird
Meditation beads  created
 with heart shaped stones I've found on my morning/afternoon
 mindful beach walks
Having my illustration Soulful Whispers chosen for the Premiere Issue of The Coloring Studio in 2016 was a dream come true! Somerset Studio kindly sent me a box of gorgeous coloring sheets printed on heavy cardstock at the time .  I would add one to my print orders as a little extra "thank you" . 
I just recently framed the one I put aside for myself :-) 
My little meditation spot with singing bowl * candles * sage * incense * feathers and other treasures.   
I change things a bit  with the seasons, adding flowers picked from our garden, place found treasures from walks, but the above mentioned items always stay there.

Twinkle lights are always on and music that changes depending on my mood is always playing in the background - at the moment it's smooth jazz . . .  Dianne Reeves * Gregory Porter * Mavis Staples * 
My painting cloths become their own works of art!
"Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way" 
-Albert Einstein-
Every little thing holds sentimental meaning to me 

"Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, active drawing,
 painting, sculpture, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage.
No matter how well or badly,
 not to get money and fame,
 but to experience becoming,
 to find out what's inside you,
 to make your soul grow. 
 I mean starting right now,
 do art and do it for the rest of your life"
 -Kurt Vonnegut-

Have a wonderful day!
d xo

Monday, April 11, 2022

Dundas Valley School of Art Auction 2022 . . .

The 51 st  Dundas Valley School of Art Auction closed Saturday evening.

My daughter and I headed down Saturday afternoon to view all the work in person and picked up some amazing items from their basement sale.  We both found some beautiful, funky pieces of pottery and I spotted a large ornate frame that I have a canvas in mind for. 

Thrilled that both my pieces sold. I hope they bring much joy as they fly to their forever homes.

Many thanks to all the bidders and all involved with the Art Auction! 

Admiring all the amazing art.  

There is something about seeing the art in person that on-line can't do justice... and the atmosphere in the building was wonderful and positive and joyful!

"Art is everywhere

and everywhere

is art"

-Brandon Boyd-
Congratulations to all the artists on their contributions and art lovers who purchased and support local art and art galleries!! So much to be proud of.
Here's to another year of  joyful painting and getting ready for the 52nd Annual Art Auction in 2023!! 

  Life is Art

Paint your Dreams

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Our City Community Guide 2022 . . .

I love these little Community Guide booklets filled with wonderful local news and upcoming events that you wouldn't want to miss.

Our Burlington Post Community Guide 2022 is 43 pages long and filled with local businesses* shops * restaurants * calendar of events * inspirational stories *coupons and in the middle,  photos from local photographers who entered the 2022 Photo Contest.  A showcase of just how beautiful our city is! 
I am very happy to have my submissions added to the "Birds" category. 

Both photos were taken from my backyard. Jay enjoying peanuts and a Hummingbird enjoying our trumpet vine which grows all along the fence on one side of our home and a magnet to the Hummers.

~thank you for stopping by~
have a great day!
d xo

Monday, April 4, 2022

Upcoming Art Feeds Community Auction . . .

I have been so impressed with how beautifully put together the media for the   Art Feeds Auction has been!
And . . .  it hasn't even begun yet! 

So happy to be part of the 2022 Art Feeds on line Auction as a participating artist.

Name of Event: 2022 Art Feeds on line Auction presented by Welcome Inn Community Centre.

Event Date: April 18-24 2022

I have 5 pieces of art available in the auction. 



 12" x 15.5"




10" x 8"


 11" x 9" 




19" x 15.5"




10" x 8" 


11" x 9"
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12" x 16"