Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jon's Graduation


Here is the real reason for our visit to West Virginia. Our brother-in-law, Jon, was graduating from medical school and getting ready to move to Pennsylvania. We were so proud of him!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Leafy Patterns



I love the way the leaves become reduced to simple shapes the further up you look. I was playing around with some high contrast to capture that effect.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Stephanie Levy


I saw "Santa Fe" by Stephanie Levy while perusing new blogs one day, and immediately thought to myself, "I have to have that." I was not familiar with her work, but something particular about this piece spoke to me. The colors certainly are very much what I like, and the illustration is very graphic and modern, of course, but the whole piece was so harmonious to my eyes that I went straight to her Etsy shop and bought it right away. I just picked it up from the Artisan's Gallery in Laramie, where I have my framing done, and now I get to look at it every day in my living room. I know I say this a lot, but I smile every time I look at it, and I think that's the highest compliment I can give a work of art. It's the most important quality in any piece of art I hang in my home.



If you have never seem Stephanie's beautiful little collages, you have been missing out. This one, "Portuguese Bedroom," is also calling my name. This piece has that serene but energizing tropical vibe that my home decorating aspires to.


Some of her original works are still for sale, and the rest are available as prints.

I don't know if Stephanie has been all of the places that inspire her work, but she certainly makes me want to travel to them all. Stephanie is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but has lived abroad for the past 12 years. She settled down in Munich, Germany with her Bavarian husband and has two precious little girls.






Her blog is one I follow, because I love to see her new work when it comes out, and also because it's fun to see her photos of the German markets at Christmastime and the beautiful countryside she drives through to visit relatives. It's a glimpse of something a bit exotic to my eyes, and I really enjoy it. But if you don't visit her blog for any other reason, do go read her "Artists Who Blog" interviews. They are always insightful and inspiring and are a great way to discover artists who are new to you and that maintain incredible blogs. Stephanie has dedicated a whole site to these interviews here, so you don't miss a thing.


If you are looking for a dose of sunshine, do check out Stephanie's work. She has such a large collection of cheery work that there is really something for everyone.
IMAGES: STEPHANIE LEVY

Friday, June 26, 2009

Mossy Treestumps


There was a beautiful moss growing on most everything in Greenbrier State Forest, including these tree stumps.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mushrooms


There are so many little things to be seen if you just look closely.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ferns


I've been mesmerized with ferns for some time, so of course I took many, many photos of them in West Virginia.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Enveloped in Green


These are by far my favorite photos from the trip. When we arrived at the cabin in the afternoon, the light was just perfect. There was a bit of a hill behind the cabin and looking up I could see the light filtering brightly through the layers of trees.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Greenbrier State Forest


On our recent vacation Bri and I met up with his parents in Chesapeake, VA and drove together to Lewisburg, WV, for our brother-in-law's graduation from medical school. Bri's sister had reserved a cabin for the four of us in nearby Greenbrier State Forest. This was the road that led in. I was overwhelmed by the lushness of it all. There was a cool dampness to the air that was so refreshing and the greenness of it all was like living in technicolor. Where I live in Wyoming is green this time of year, but I doubt there is anywhere in the state where the color just envelops you like it does here. This was the road to the cabin.


This was the beautiful little cabin. It had a stone fireplace and the entire thing was paneled in dark wood. It was really cozy and picturesque. I wish I had taken so photos of the inside but I just ran out of time.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Tamar


I bought these pretty little Parisian magnets from Tamar quite a while ago for my sister. They were like little gems - so pretty and perfect.


While Tamar isn't currently stocking magnets, you will find plenty of little gems of your own.

Her necklaces are so very pretty and so very feminine. They channel some nostalgia without being stuffy or antique. They seem like new antiques to me - like one day your grandchildren will open up your jewelry box, look at these with wide eyes, and want to put them on.


Isn't this one gorgeous?

Tamar has a variety of products that make you feel pretty just looking at them. I feel that way about this little bag. The fabric is from India and is something you won't be seeing in everyone else's shop. It would be perfect for cosmetics.



If this sweet little dream catcher looks familiar, then you must read Cookie magazine.
It's made of cotton fabrics and decorated with ribbons, buttons, beads and flowers. Each one is different and would be so pretty decorating your (or your little girl's) room.



I'm a sucker for stationary and these sweet note cards are no exception. They come in a set of 6 for $12! That's a good deal.



If you like Tamar's aesthetic, then visit her blog, Nest Decorating.
IMAGES: Tamar

Friday, June 19, 2009

Azaleas


My sister had the most beautiful azaleas growing in her front yard. Every year in March and early April, I begin to see azaleas spring up in photos that friends post - maybe they are enjoying a warm day on a park bench in front of a huge bush of beautiful blooms - and it makes me yearn for home. It was so nice to see some in person.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sand Fleas



My nephew, John Warren, was excited to show me these 'sand fleas' he uncovered.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Virginia Beach

Hello! It feels so good to be back on a new computer and to be up on the Internet! I've got a faster, meaner machine and a ginormous screen that makes viewing and sorting photos even more pleasurable. I didn't know that was possible.


The aforementioned vacation was to see our brother-in-law graduate from medical school. Most of the trip was spent in transit, so I will start at the beginning.

Bri and I flew into Norfolk, VA, to meet up with his folks who live in Chesapeake. My sister and her family live in Virginia Beach, which is really just a stone's throw away. So we arrived on a Wednesday night, slept in, and drove over to their place to spend Thursday with them. It was an overcast day, but we had decided to go to the beach, so by golly, we went. To walk up the boardwalk and descend the stairs, into the sand and surf, is like exhaling a breath I've been holding in for months. The ocean offers me some sort of sweet release that I can't describe any other way.


There weren't too many other folks at the beach that day, which made it peaceful and quiet, though these two little hams kept inserting themselves into my shots and posing. They really were too cute.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Absent

Sorry for the long absence. When I came home from vacation I discovered my computer had finally given out. A new one is on the way, but it will be another week until it gets in. I am dying to take a closer look at all my new photos (there are literally hundreds of new ones) and to share them with you. I hope you are all well! Thanks so much for the well wishes!