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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

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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.

Sunday Thoughts: February 19, 2017

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“Winer Barn”

I’m hoping to make a habit out of this blog thing!  It’s easy to fall away from it when life sweeps you away, but I feel like it is a good creative outlet that I can’t ignore any longer!  So Sundays are for blog posts!  Observations of the week! This week: change in the air….literally!

Today was the most glorious of spring days, except it’s February and this is the North Country!  We still have quite a bit of snow on the ground here, enough to make you burst out in a sweat when trying to walk through it.  Today, however, it did not radiate its usual cold up back at me on my morning dog walk.  No, the sun was shining and I could feel a distinct difference in the way it felt on my face.  It was warm & inviting.  It felt close.  So much different from just two weeks ago!

Space

Food Photography from the Studio

Today as I gaze out of my snowy window, I keep my mind fixed on the arrival of spring.  Currently, a winter storm rages outside with the possibility 16 inches of snow. It’s hard to believe we only have 5 and a half weeks left until spring!  My creative mind is racing with the promise of delicate lilac flowers wafting their scent through the yard. Oh, that smell!  I’m filled with visions of apple blossoms blowing in the wind, raining down their petals, and covering the ground much like this snow that’s happening now.  But!  I must digress!  The subject at hand is space!  I have a lovely studio space within my home, but with all of the props that I’m hoarding, I’d like to move this space out of the house!

Where the Heart Is

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“Mountain Reflections”

“Home is where the heart is.”  We’ve all heard this before.  But what if your heart is torn between multiple places?  I live in a beautiful land.  The Adirondacks.  Forever wild.  But it is not where I am from.  I have to say, however, that where I’m actually from never felt like home.  I have no sadness for what I left behind there.  There is a place between where I grew up and here that tugs at my heartstrings though.  It has an ocean and stone walls and antique homes and old cemeteries.  It also has dear friends.  I’m often torn when I go down for visits.  I miss everyone terribly, but I’m not sure if I even fit in there anymore.  Funny how the heart sometimes does not know what the answers are.   I also happen to feel quite at home in Vermont.  It’s no surprise as I have family roots there. Let’s not even bring up how I feel when I visit the Quebec province!  Talk about feeling at home!  There’s also many family ties up there.  It’s hard being torn between so many beautiful places!

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