Sunday, September 30, 2012

Autumn Arrives Gently

Autumn weather arrived a few days before it was officially supposed to, and the leaves have been working on transforming to gold and red since then, albeit slowly.  I was lucky enough to be out and driving around a day before the hard rains pummeled most of the color from the trees, and I took this shot.  Now all the yellow is all over the ground and we'll have to wait another week or two to see some more in the treetops.  I hope wherever you are autumn is arriving gently.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New In Shop: Retired

I wanted to let you know I added a print of this lovely old vehicle to my shop.  You may recall it was resting near the edge of a West Virginia road I took on my summer road trip.  I just love rusty old things...especially when they look so at home in the wild.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wyle's First Hike

Yesterday we took Wyle on her first hike.  Her favorite thing in the world is to ride on my husband's shoulders, so we thought she'd love the baby backpack.  The day was sunny and crisp, and we set out in time to catch the last of the afternoon light.  We went to Beechwood Farms which has lovely trails through the woods and has the bonus of being the headquarters for the Audubon Society in western Pennsylvania.  The trails are generously wide, which was perfect since we didn't want Wyle to have to contend with low branches hitting her or frankly so she couldn't grab at leaves and eat them while we weren't looking.  We were out for about 45 minutes, and saw bunnies, deer and of course lots of squirrels and chipmunks.  Wyle seemed mesmerized the entire time, though she did keep looking over her shoulder to make sure I was still behind her.  It went so well that I hope we can do this often through the autumn and perhaps even on some nice winter days.  It felt so nice to just get out in the woods, even for just a short time.  Nature has a way of recharging our batteries, don't you think?

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I love how delicate the willow leaves are as they blow in the wind.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wyle's Room

I have been meaning to photograph Wyle's room for about eight months now, but it always seemed to fall to the bottom of the to-do list.  I had been wanting to share it with y'all.  It is the only room in my house that is together, and I do love it so.  I hope Miss Wyle does, too.  There is a recent photo of our little bird.  If you look closely, you can see two bottom teeth!  They have been causing her (and us) some grief.  One came in right after the other with no break.  I do hope it is a while before the third makes an appearance.

But back to the room.  It is a little woodland wonderland!  I started with the three animal art prints from John. W. Golden, one of our favorite artists.  I had seen them a few years ago and knew I wanted them for my baby's room (long before we even began trying).  I guess I am good at prior planning.  When we moved into this house, I was three months pregnant, and my mom was up to help me with the house.  I wanted to get the baby's room done, but I didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl, so we decided to go with a yellow that was bright and happy and that I knew I loved.  We have a great view of the yard and the woods from Wyle's windows, and I was so happy to see forest again after living in Wyoming that I decided to go with a woodland theme in the room.  I found the curtain fabric online after much searching for a woodsy pattern.  Brian picked out the crib and reworked the dresser and chest of drawers that had been left to us with the house.  Wyle's Nana lent us the rocking chair, and we bought the white end tables from a local furniture restorer.  I framed the bear family print I had also bought long ago from Zukzuk.  Then I had just one more thing to add - that huge tree decal we also bought from NouWall.  It was so easy to put up and really filled up the room and gave it the warm, foresty feeling we were going for.  I liked it so well I wanted trees in every room!