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Friday, May 30, 2008

A New Vignette and Garden Update

I have just posted a new 'Vignette of the Moment' for May 31st, 2008. It is a design from my own living room...hope you all get a chance to get over for a visit! I have been quite bad at keeping up with mentioning when a new vignette has been posted here on my blog...sorry about that! The best way to keep updated is to join the newsletter I send for it, if you are eager to see the latest vignette. And if you haven't been in awhile...be sure to look through the archives...as I have featured some beautiful vignettes from some very talented ladies...including...my own mother ;), Polly from Counting Your Blessings, and Sandy from My Lu La Belles. I know you will love their vignettes, so check them out if you haven't yet!
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Garden Pink
Other happenings around here...Josh and I have been doing lots more work in our "gardens"...I enjoy calling them that even though they mostly consist of two slabs of concrete...one small one in the front for the porch and one large one in the back...that's what you get in townhouse living! But I am doing my best to spruce them up and make them as romantic as possible.
Pink Annuals
Josh was so sweet this week (and every week of course!)...but this week...he bought me a little white wrought iron bistro set with roses on it (above)...so pretty! It's not old, but I am hoping that the weather will help it to fit in with my "old" and "chippy" lifestyle.
Pink Annuals

Garden Flowers
I got sick of waiting for seeds to grow, so we also headed out to Lowe's this week for some flowers that were already blooming (I am a bit impatient...lol!). We purchased the above pink annuals and lots of petunias...
Hanging Petunias

Hanging Petunias
and these cute pink Impatiens...
Chippy Tin & Flowers
The other day, I noticed the first buds growing on our Billy Graham rose bush that greets you as you enter our home. I was so excited!
First Rose Bud
Can't wait till they start to bloom!
First Rose Bud
One of the rose bushes we planted about a month ago never took off, so we replaced it with these bright pink ones that were already nicely blooming...
Pink & White Rose 2

Pink & White Rose
As usual, I still have lots more planned for my little "gardens"...keep trying to convince Josh to get me a little picket fence for the backyard and I desperately want an arbor with a little gate...but we shall see if either of those things happen by the end of summer. Josh and I are both notorious procrastinators! But...I will keep you updated on all my latest gardening endeavors that do happen!
Till next time...
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

New to the Shop...

Tiara and Roses - Unframed
Little late on sharing some of my latest work with you, but I thought I would today anyways! I have been doing a lot of painting lately, while I took a break from custom web design work. Most of them have been small works done on canvas panels, so that they can easily be framed. This one, "Tiara and Roses," has sold already...but look for similar ones to be added soon!
Tiara and Roses - Unframed
I have been obsessed with adding chandeliers to all my paintings...like in this aqua and gold one:
Aqua & Gold - Unframed
It can be purchased, unframed or framed in the following vintage frame, from my website.
Aqua & Gold - Framed
This one is an experiment with colors...red, blue and cream...
Blue, Red & Cream - Unramed
And can be unframed or framed in this shabby chic white wood frame:
Blue, Red & Cream - Framed
I have more paintings that I have not yet listed, and more in my head just waiting to be put on canvas...so look for those coming to the shop soon! And you can definitely expect them to have roses, chandeliers, and French themes!
Click here to see all of my paintings currently available.
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Some other new additions to the shop this week are reproduction antique/vintage prints:
Hush-a-Bye-Baby
These two are by the amazing illustrator, Anne Anderson and are from an antique children's book...they would be adorable in a nursery or little girl's room!
Mary! Mary! Quite Contrary
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Swift's Ham & Breakfast Bacon
These two are actually blown up from vintage playing cards that I purchased from an antique doll shop in Rhode Island a few years back. I love these images so much that I wanted to make them bigger, to enjoy on my walls, and both are now available in the shop too!
Clark's Spool Cotton Victorian Lady
Click here to purchase any of these prints.
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Hope you enjoy seeing my latest offerings! And thanks for all who participated in my "Blog Music" poll. Since leaving my music on received the most votes, that is what I will be doing (thanks for all of you who sent me messages letting me know how much you enjoy it!). However, for those of you who do not...you can always scroll to the bottom of my blog and shut it off.
Hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Sale through Friday!

Memorial Day Sale through Friday!
MEMORIAL DAY SALE!

Head over to the shop where we are extending our Memorial Day sale through the rest of the week!

Receive 20% off all orders of $15.00 or more until Friday!

Enjoy!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Lilac Festival

Light Purple Lilacs
Every year, in May, the Lilac Festival is held here in Rochester. Hyland Park is covered with all different kinds of lilac trees that you can wander through and lose yourself in. It's one of my favorite things about Rochester.Light Purple Lilacs
From their website I found out that there are "1,200 lilac bushes that [display] a floral rainbow of more than 500 varieties, from deepest purple to purest white, from lightly scented to irresistibly aromatic. They cover 22 of Highland Park's 155 acres." Rochester is even recognized as developing some of the varieties that are transported around the world! Who knew in my little neck of the woods?!!
Lilac Trees
I think this variety is my favorite! I love the pale bluish-purple color...
Light Purple Lilacs

Light Purple Lilacs

Lilac Trees
Each tree is planted in someone's memory and has a little plaque attached...
In Loving Memory

White Lilac Tree
I love the white ones so much too!
White Lilac Tree

White Lilacs

White Lilacs

White Lilacs

Lilac Trees
and the purple ones!
Purple Lilac Tree

Lilac Trees
and the pink ones! There really are too many to choose a favorite...lol!
Pink Lilacs

Purple Lilacs

Purple Lilac Tree

Purple Lilacs

Purple Lilacs

White Lilacs
The festival can be quite overwhelming with all the people...but it is lots of fun with good food (Our favorite is the sugared almonds! And this year I enjoyed a Grilled Chicken Caesar Panini for lunch! Delicious!) and talented vendors showing off their arts and crafts. Josh and I purchased a children's book from a local author...he signed it for my little sister Destiney's b-day in June...and had designed some plush animals to coordinate with the story...so we had to get one of those too!
Cotton Candy
They offer horse drawn carriage rides through the park...for which the horses get a special "hair do"...lol!
Carriage Rides

Carriage Rides
There are also several other blooming trees and flowers around at the same time...so there really is beauty everywhere!
Cherry Blossom Tree

Pink Blossoms

Pink Blossom

Bright Pink Blossoms

Bright Pink Blossoms

Apple Blossom Trees

It's always sad to me that the lilacs only bloom for about 2-3 weeks...but as soon as they are gone...I long for their return the next year! If you ever plan a trip to Rochester...do it in May...so you can stop by and smell the lilacs! I posted a lot more photos on Flickr if you haven't seen enough here...lol! And here is the link to the website to learn more: http://www.lilacfestival.com/
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