Category: Upstate NY

Sunday Spring Flowers and a Short Post

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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!  

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!

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?

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!

Hearth and Home

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“Days Gone By”

The sun struggled to come out today, but ultimately lost its battle with the clouds.  Errands needed to be done this morning & because of road construction, a detour had to be made.  Now, there are many ways to get to where I was going, so I decided to opt out of using the detour.  I made my own detour away from the confused leaf peepers lost along the way on Adirondack back roads.  I went down REALLY back roads.  As it turns out, it was the perfect day for a little distraction.  The lighting was beautiful & highlighted the more colorful maples.  I brought my camera, but decided to just soak it into my memory instead of stopping to click away.  I passed old farms tucked in the hills, some still in use, others collapsed and abandoned.  I daydreamed about what life must have been like for the hardy folks who made this place home in the 18th & 19th centuries.  It couldn’t have been easy.  Heck, it’s not easy now!  

A Grey Day

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“Through the Grass”

It’s funny how you get used to the sunshine.  Day 3 of cloudy weather and I can feel an immediate change in my mood.  It’s still pretty green here, considering that it’s October 1st.  What colorful foliage that can be found pops against the grey sky.  Walking through the woods and fields, wildflowers can still be found.  It’s a reminder that there’s much left to the season to be explored. The distant mountains are just starting to tinge to shades of yellow, orange, and red.  Slowly things grow tired of green.  We have been lucky in that we’ve escaped a frost thus far.  The gardens are still producing tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.  There’s also a plethora of squash, gourds, and pumpkins which reminds us that the fall season is indeed in full swing. The air is fresh and the days are getting shorter.  It’s time to take in the houseplants and prepare the wood stove.  Time to ready the nest for winter!  In the meantime, you can find me enjoying the last bit of green and warmth of the season.

Migration

Well, the birds are gone, except for the hardy souls that stay to brave the winter!  The barn swallows and all of their cheerful chatter are off on their fall adventure to elsewhere.  The geese are gathering in chevron flight and pointing south.  The lovely songbirds of summer have left behind the chirps of crickets to fill in the void, that is until the first frost.  After the frost there’s almost a deafening silence.  Perhaps it is a welcome rest after a season of busyness.  Until next year my feathered friends!  Cheers!

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“Perched Barn Swallow”

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