Friday, June 20, 2014

day lilies

I know they're like weeds, but I love their short-lived orange blossoms mixed in the jungle of green along the roads everywhere.  They go just right with steamy weather, bugs, thunderstorms, and everything that comes together to make summer itself.  Happy summer solstice!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

pleasing things

 Every single picture is blurry... I accidentally threw my digital camera in the washing machine with my laundry, and I have yet to develop a steady hand with my phone camera.  Even though life is never about 'things', the things are usually indispensable in fostering what life is about.  These are some things that give my heart fluttery wings.  A new block of paper is a beautiful thing, full of the promise of paintings to come (and the orange and black and white are a sight for sore eyes if you ask me).
 While at the Goodwill with my Mimi I lost it a little bit and decided it was a great idea to buy this silver clam shell and these little golden clogs.  I filled the shell with water, and have been playing with them in a five year old's state of mind. The water is soothing, the little clogs clink together in a satisfying way, and it's really refreshing to empathize with the little lady who left her shoes behind and stepped right in for an adventure.  I need to know:  Why don't older people do stuff like this more often?

I don't think a person can ever have too much terracotta in their life.  Or twine.  These are from the outstanding Faulconer's hardware, and I got a lot of satisfaction transplanting a few things I'd been putting off for too long.
And this is the most magnificent parachute of seeds from some kind of weed I found in the corner of the yard and have yet to research. It's about six times bigger than a dandelion, and on the windowsill above the kitchen sink, it serves as a good reminder to make big wishes!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

at home, at the shop

Dahlias on the balcony at home...
Afternoon sun in the shop window... 

Cows in the field on Sunday..

Cutting board sprinkled with blossoms at the store...

Monday, April 28, 2014


 April has been a beautiful month in so many ways, but also a hard month.  I'm exhausted!  And somehow I feel completely depleted and defeated and poor and hopeful and rich all at the same time.  Leave it to life to be complex and surprising, every day.  At the beginning of the month, I was so stressed that I couldn't take a deep breath... my lungs just wouldn't expand quite enough.  But the past week or so I've been able to enjoy delicious lung-fulls of air.  If nothing else, good old oxygen will keep you going!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

redbud branch

Just finished painting this redbud branch.  I love how the emerging leaves are an orange-tinged green.  It is a beautiful afternoon, still and warm, with a soft blanket of gray clouds promising evening rain showers.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

my brother

I don't know how people live without brothers, or with bad ones.  Somehow I got a really, really good one who can make me laugh even when I feel terrible, and who is willing to come balance on a banister and hang up my shop sign after already working a long day.  Thank you, Trey!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

shop opening @ 132 East Main Street, Orange, VA!

I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't think it might be a good idea to be a shop keeper.  On March 20th of this year (the first day of Spring!), I'm really and truly going to become one!  Here are some messy photographs of the set-up in progress.  Regular hours will be 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays, BUT I've moved my sewing machine, cutting and ironing boards all to the shop, so it will be a workshop too, and the door will be open anytime I am there working.  Please come and visit me!  

132 W. Main St.
Orange, VA  22960

Monday, January 27, 2014


I love winter.  The cold, the pure colors, the way everything is stripped down bare.  Only one thing is missing so far... enough snow for a good sledding party and a bonfire.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

heaven...I'm in heaven

Nope, I'm not dancing cheek to cheek with anyone, but I'm feeling completely in love with winter!
This morning I met my mom at Food Lion around 7:30.  It was fifteen degrees.  I kept my woolly headband on, and shopped while I was still drinking my coffee in my mug from home.  The people that work at the Orange Food Lion are so nice.  I really do enjoy seeing them.  Then I came home, rich with groceries, and set out again on my bike for the post office.  The people that work at our post office are so nice. too.  I want to hug them every single time!  Then I rode to the florist to get some sprigs of eucalyptus.... and it was on my way home, with half-frozen jelly legs, un-feelable fingers and my heart pounding me up the hill that "Dancing Cheek to Cheek" came clamoring happily into my mind.  (This is the tune that typically plays in my head when a big surge of happiness comes over me out of nowhere). I can't justify it or say exactly what is wrong with me, maybe I have some kind of Pollyanna sickness, but I absolutely love winter, and riding my bike in Orange on a fifteen degree morning is heavenly!

I think eucalyptus is pretty heavenly, too.  I highly recommend getting some for your house.  Here's what I got this morning:

If you don't like the cold and you need something to warm your heart, here ya go!