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Pilot Pens are great for calligraphy practice.

Create Every Day

What I love about being an artist is that there’s always something new to learn, therefore there’s always something new to create!  When learning something new, sometimes we get frazzled.  It is important to remember that with practice, it will get better.  It certainly didn’t feel that way a few months back when I touched Adobe Illustrator for the first time!  I felt lost and wondered if it would ever get better!  Ahhh…silly!  I kept at it and although I still have TONS to learn, it’s not as big of a mystery as I once thought it was.  There’s a lot of advice out there and it comes in various mantras, but it all boils down to this in a nutshell:  If you want to be a successful creative, put in the time.  Do something everyday to reach for your goal.  Create every day.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  I thought so, until I really looked at the direction I was going in creatively.  I realized that although it *seemed* like I was creating and practicing frequently, I really wasn’t buckling down and putting in enough time.  Two weeks ago, I decided to just do something consistently every single day.

Create something with colored pencils
Colored pencils are quite the eye candy.

Sunday Spring Flowers and a Short Post

spring lilac flowers
Lovely lilacs and bokeh

Look at the Flowers!

This week has gone by in a flash and I’ve found myself unprepared for today’s weekly blog post!  I had grand ideas of starting a sewing project and sharing it with you all!  But!  I ended up spring cleaning in the studio instead!  I literally had to dust off the sewing machine and thought that I might as well start from the bottom up!  Rearranging started to happen next.  Then, it turned into an all consuming project!  Throw some workdays in there to break it up and there you have it….no sewing project started.  What else?  Oh yeah!  Spring is exploding out there!  So there’s been time outs in between work and home to grab the camera and seek out the flowers!  

10 Inspirational Quotes to Keep You Creating

Inspirational Quotes
Go be Creative!

Inspirational Quotes to Keep you Going

Sometimes, as a creative,  you need some kind words to keep you going, especially if you’re trying to reach some important goals or deadlines!  A couple of weeks ago I took part in a challenge, as part of the Roost Tribe, to create illustrated art with an inspirational quote.  The purpose being that we all need some positivity and focus when we are starting out & sometimes a good quote can help with that!  It was hard to pick just one, so here are my top 10 inspirational quotes that keep me striving to reach my goals!  I hope they inspire you too!

A Historical Shirt from the Early 20th Century in Detail

Front of shirt with ruffle and glass buttons.
Details of the front, showing the ruffle with glass buttons.

A Walk in History

I have a huge fondness for historical clothing, as a result I’ve started a small collection of clothes to study and hopefully reproduce someday.  This lovely shirt dates sometime from the early 20th century.  Most noteworthy is a lovely ruffle around its collar that comes down the front and is adorned with clear glass buttons.  The ruffle has beautiful floral embroidery and is also edged in delicate lace.  It was found at a flea market in Connecticut and there was no known story attached to it.  A shame, really, but we have our imaginations to help us out!  I wonder who made it & wore it.  Where were they living and what did they look like? Oh if it could talk, I’m sure it’d have a lot to say!

Close up of the embroidery details and the delicate lace.

Spring Bursts Forward and Easter Greetings!

A nest with Easter eggs and tulips for spring.
A spring nest full of eggs and adorned with tulips.

Spring has Sprung!

It’s finally arrived!  Spring!  All of the goodness that one can expect from this time of year has come forth with a wave of warm air and blossoms ready to burst open!! Being filled with the joy of the season, I took to my new studio space to create some still life photographs inspired by the freshness in the air and the Easter holiday. Bouquets of flowers, farm fresh eggs, and collections of rustic tidbits provided plenty fodder for the imagination!

Nature Inspiration When Spring Arrives Late

A tidbit of Nature, this hemlock pinecone basks in the sunshine.
Hemlock Pinecone with Light and Shadows.

Nature Walk

It always happens this time of year. The anticipation of spring consumes those of us who are in the Northeast.  Winter just doesn’t seem to want to let go and we are so ready for it to let go!  There comes a point, however, that spring can no longer be denied and that point is now!  Things still look pretty brown up here in the North Country, but if we look hard enough, nature provides plenty of inspiration!  I had the pleasure recently of taking a walk with a friend through the forest.  Little bits of nature provided joy and sparked the imagination!

Adventures at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Phalaenopsis Orchid from the New York Botanical Gardens.
One of the many lovely Phalaenopsis Orchids, in lilac, that greets you upon entrance.

The Excitement of Orchids

    I missed last week’s blog post, because I was out and about on a most wonderful orchid adventure!  I met up with friends and went to the “Orchids of Thailand” show at the New York Botanical Gardens.  After getting off of the train & taking a brisk walk through the city, the botanical gardens were a much welcome sight.  As we approached the greenhouses, a sense of excitement settled in, because we knew that our eyes and our souls were in for a treat!!  On the exterior, these Greenhouses are beautiful on their own, but the real treat is the treasure tucked inside of their seemingly delicate glass panes.

Upon entering, you are greeted by a beautiful display of orchids balanced on the backs of large mossed elephants by a reflecting pool.  A large glass dome above streams in bright light that is filtered through the leaves of towering palm trees.  Urns filled with Phalaenopsis “Moth” orchids, in every imaginable color, decorate the entrances.  In addition to the moth orchids, several varieties of Brassia, Miltonia, Dendrobium, and Oncidium orchids are tucked away among the trees.  The warm and sweet smelling air immediately lifted our winter weary spirits!

Elephants and orchids and the New York Botanical Gardens
A mossed elephant carries an array of colorful orchids.

DIY: How to Make a No Sew Vintage Inspired Pincushion

A vintage pincushion inspires your own DIY project.
The Original Pincushion that Inspired this DIY Project.

A fun DIY Pincushion Project

I have a thing for vintage items and antiques.  It seems like everything from ‘back in the day’ was well made and beautifully designed.  Even something completely utilitarian, like a pincushion, was decorated.  And why shouldn’t it be?  It would serve us all well if we surrounded ourselves with beauty.  Something simple like a cheery pincushion could make a task a little bit better or perhaps provide some inspiration!  We all need more inspiration in our lives, don’t we?

New Place, New Ideas, Same Me

Petit a petit l’oiseau fait son nid.

Bird's nest found in nature, inspiration for my new website.
A Found Nest

Welcome to my new adventure!  My Lost in the Valley Studio Blog is now this lovely website!  Coming soon will be a store and other fun things!  It’s been a long time brewing & I’m very happy to have finally taken the leap to change.  “Petit a petit l’oiseau fait son nid.” = “Little by little the bird builds her nest.”

I’ve needed a change.  For a long time, I’ve wanted to hit the ‘refresh’ button on my business.  I had a hard time being honest with myself as to what I really wanted to do with it. It felt like I didn’t know, but I totally did.  I had to find my voice first.  Then, I realized that the photography is just one element of what I’m passionate about. I wanted to expand and tie it all together. This new space is the first step in that direction.  

Planning the Garden

zinnea

A Zinnia flower from last year’s garden

It’s that time of year again!  Time to start dreaming about what you want to plant in the garden!  I have a few small raised beds by the house that I’ve unsuccessfully tried to grow vegetables in. I say unsuccessful because any veggie that I plant in them is doomed once the free-ranging geese and chickens discover them.  What I  really need is a fence, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon!  This year I plan on filling them with annual flowers.  Hopefully, the birds will be able to control themselves.  I’ll find another place to grow my veggies far away from roaming fowl.

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