Monday, May 30, 2011

Decoration Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.  It is a day to remember and honor those who have died in our nation's service.

The least we can do is decorate our homes with the flag and our hearts with gratitude :)

This room by Wisteria is something that just made me smile.

How perfect for....

Decoration Day!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend



Friday, May 27, 2011

Spin Class

I came along
I wrote a song for you
And everything you do
Yeah, they were all `yellow'

So then I took my time
Oh what a thing to've done
And it was all yellow

  YELLOW by Coldplay  

May the sun shine bright from the inside out this day and everyday!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sun Kissed

With the sun out a little brighter, a little longer and a little hotter...I am thinking of a recipe for the body and soul that will give us that extra glow...

Beach bound 2011.  Ready to go?

Ahhh, summer and the sand in your toes!  XOXO

P.S.  I just found out I am being featured over at The Buzz blog by Diane James Home.

How wonderful a gesture and so not surprising from the classiest place to find flowers and extra special gifts.

Thank you! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hanky Panky

My Inspiration:

Bobbin Lace Hankerchief c. 1800  with fine white detailing.

The crown emblem potentially tells the story that it once belonged to a royal family.

My Creation:

Spring Buddies, c. 2011

What delicate details will you be working on today?

Have a good one :)  XO

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sugar Plums Dance In My Head

It's 1am, Thursday morning.  Just because I am not asleep yet, doesn't mean I'm not already dreaming!

This is the bedroom of Designer Lisa Martensen...

image via D Magazine, photo by Stephen Karlisch

Good night and Good morning!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Drying and Trying

Well, my absence is due to my parents visiting from Texas since last week.  Tomorrow is their last day/night and then they will head west again Thursday morning.  They came in town to surprise my oldest son who tested for his black belt in Tae Kwon Do on Saturday morning.  He passed and we are so very proud of his accomplishment.

I also have not been typing much lately, since I almost succeeded in chopping the tip of my finger off cutting carrots for my pot roast.  As I type right now, I am trying with one finger in the air on my left hand and my right hand is giving the backspace button quite a work out.

Today my youngest had beginner's day for kindergarten.  Knowing he's walking into school and out of my arms this fall had me pretty teary eyed...worse than when I hurt my finger!

My picture for mid week are the roses that have begun to dry up.  Thrown out on the back deck, headed for the trash, I somehow still found they had a pulse and found them to be beautiful even past their prime.

Hope you are having a great week!  If you are attending blogfest 2011, I know you are :)  XOXO


Saturday, May 14, 2011


Petals, they have beauty AND brains.

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not...

He loves me
He loves me not
He loves me

Hanging Heart by Jeff Koons

Koons' "Hanging Heart" sold in 2007 at Sotheby's for $23.6 million setting a record for the most expensive artpiece by a living artist ever auctioned.

Did your heart ever receive comfort and counsel from a rose?


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scantily Clad Plaid

There once was a print named Plaid

Plaid was pretty rad

Along came Paisley, Pinstripe, Chevron and Ikat

They told Plaid, "You might as well scat!"

Well, Plaid got mad...

And set out to prove it's not just a fad!

Now presenting Plaid all scantily clad!

Original series created by me.  Will be available together or separately in my shop.

Are you mad for plaid?


Monday, May 9, 2011


Mom.  Such a short and to the point title for a job that is far from that.  Mothering is a lifetime commitment and there is nothing easy about it.  The only thing that comes easy is the instant love you have for a life that you've never met.  Whether by adoption or growing in your belly, there is nothing as fierce and protective a feeling that begins from the moment you know a soul has been assigned to your permanent to do, to love and to cherish list.  The rest is hard.

It is hard labor.  It is hard not getting sleep.  It is hard to run errands.  It is hard to leave.  It is hard to watch your baby fall.  It is hard to walk them into school.  It is hard to hear them cry.  It is harder to keep your eyes dry.  It is hard to say no.  It is hard to schedule everything.  It is hard to give more when you thought you had already done that the day before.  It is hard to see yourself in their eyes.  It is hard to let them make the mess and try.  It is harder to pull things off once they can read and tell time!  It is hard to not be hard on ourselves and keep our feelings in line.

Yet no matter the pain, I see it as my greatest gain.  Nothing else defines me like my two boys that came from the place I strive to get their souls back to.  This main event of being "Mom" is worth any anguish.  There are no words to describe the mosts beautiful moments I have had being a mommy.  The smell of a baby, the softness of their skin, their innocence, the trust, the bond, the laughter and the understanding that is unspoken...and as they get older, the understanding that has to be shouted for the 19th time :)

I put my boys to bed.  Once I know they are asleep, I go back and I sit near them and give them kisses they can't refuse.  Tonight I just looked at them and thought about my wonderful did she do it all these years?  She once told me that "it is a never ending job".  I smiled to myself and thought that is good :)  To think that my greatest title could ever expire, would be very hard.

I created this piece for all the lovely women out there.  For anyone who has already lost their mom.  For anyone who has mourned the loss of a child.  For those who aren't mothers, we as women are capable of loving and nurturing all that is good in life :)

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Rain In A Bow

There have been lots of rainstorms passing through these parts lately.  Since I have yet to see a rainbow, I got out my grandmothers crystals that are waiting to be restrung and made my own.  To my sparkly, colorful, blogger friends, have a wonderful weekend!

"Whoever you are, where will you be?
Are you the same old dreamer out there waiting only for me?
Waitin' for love, waitin' for the same old dreamer on the other side
Hopin' that no matter how far I'm gonna find my way to you
Followin' a rainbow"

Rainbow ~ Colbie Caillat

Thanks for another great week and thank you for followin' me :)

To hear this song:

P.S.  If you like this picture, let me know...
I am still trying to decide which one will be my first giveaway to launch my store!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Catch My Bouquet

With the 2011 wedding season off to a grand start with the royal wedding this past weekend, I created a bouquet of flowers just for all of you to catch!

I just adore the song Marry Me by Train.

"You'll wear white and I'll wear out the words I Love You.  And You're beautiful."  

Yes, a bouquet is the beginning of joining two lives, one love and our forever in a blessed day :)

My creation above will also be available in my shop


Monday, May 2, 2011

Well FINE!

Warning:  I haven't been blogging, so I've got a lot to say!

Image via flickr photostream

Back from our Easter/spring break.  It was a lovely two weeks and now begins the countdown to the end of school :)

Since my kids are back to school today, I thought we'd have a lesson here about Fine Art.  Fine art is strictly for aesthetics as opposed to applied art.  Placing the word FINE just before the word art does not necessarily give the piece its seal of quality, rather it comes from a deeper understanding of the artist and the origin of their vision.

Antique Camera by

Fine art is used to preface an artist's repertoire of masterful works and near perfect technique of their craft.   Just like art, the definition itself is hard to grasp.  Either way, visual art is something that has exploded in modern times.  Throughout history, art and artists have so often been secluded to their own world and intricate minds.  Today we find ourselves very saturated with the beauty and freedom our culture has embraced of artists everywhere.  Celebrating as they are discovered and grow instead of only recognizing the greats once they are long gone.

I for one have always been a lover of the arts in all forms.  Historically the five major categories of fine arts were painting, architecture, sculpture, music and poetry.  The minors were drama and dance.  With much gratitude to evolution, we can now add collage, installation, calligraphy, photography, printmaking, conceptual art and many more sub categories within each of these listed.

Necklace at

After announcing I have taken the steps to emerge as a new Etsy store owner, I got cold feet.  I have always been passionate about the things I do and create.  I am most at ease when I know that nobody will see it except for me.  Over the break, I decided that perfecting my craft and pushing the limits of what I can do it something I need to do.

As you know, I am mad about details.  The smallest of things is where my mind conjures up the biggest ideas.  My love for fine living and beautiful surroundings is second to none.  My camera and photography is where the magic happens in my everyday life.  One of the things I love to do is when I get a monthly design publication, I look at all the art in each of the rooms.  I challenge myself to create an original work of art that I also think would rival (not take the place of) the amazing fine art chosen by either the discerning homeowner or talented designer.  The final piece is never a simile, just something that I am proud of and dream of being worthy of the public eye as well.

Being disconnected for some time over spring break (yes, I don't have an iphone or internet connection on my cell), I did stay connected to my laptop and worked very hard on works that I plan to put in my shop.  If all goes well, someday I can afford my own domain.  Until then, let this blog be the groundwork for what I will place on Etsy and hopefully launch a very old dream I have long dreamed.
Kicking it OLD school at

My next few posts will be creative photography works (some possibly already posted) and the ones with the most comments will be my first giveaway.  I do not want to sell prints by the masses.  I plan to produce high end quality finished works of art (framed and canvased) to those that will have the confidence to hang my pieces on their walls.

I figured there is no greater extreme than the hot and cold that runs through our emotions.  The physical hot and cold that we experience on opposite ends of the earth.  The hot and cold that is so beautifully stated when you hear FIRE AND ICE.

Here is a two part series I have created and entitled Fire and Nice.  I hope the latter is what your response will be!

The Fire picture has a circular pattern to it, much like a ball of fire.  Much like our feelings we ball up and let rotate and tumble around in our minds and hearts.  It's also representative of never ending passion.

The Nice picture has a squared focal point, much like an ice cube and how angular and edgy things can be when we let things get the best of us.  The obvious would be sharp the feeling of actual frosty cold.  Blue is also soothing and can set our minds adrift a never ending sea of creativity.

Notice that they are also off center, one to the left and the other to the right, as they are opposites that will hopefully attract :)

Once my shop is open, these will be available as a pair or can be ordered individually.  

Happy Monday and much Love, 

Fine Art Photographer