Thursday, September 15, 2016

Autumn in Alaska: family time



A week in a tiny village off the coast of Alaska... 
time to visit much-loved family, to ease the ache of living far apart.


Time to fish, to savor the sunsets and laugh at the chilly storms rolling in.



When your family live on a charming boat, there are happy hours on the water and plenty of seafood on the grill.






And the art that emerges from busy scissors...


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Art in life

This summer has been one of art come to life.


My friends and I have been throwing literary parties that feel like you've just walked into a favorite story.


This week we spent an afternoon living the Anne of Green Gables books. 

The plan was to show up in home made costumes. 
We'd eat a beautiful and delicious spread (always a part of our get togethers!) and then read passages from the Anne of Green Gables books while we embroidered together.


 It was like stepping into another time, one where time slowed down.





The home made costumes were great fun- some family heirlooms, some (like the blouse above) stitched from thrift store finds and garage sales.



We sipped raspberry cordials and peach shrub, munched delicious deviled eggs and home made cakes, and laughed the afternoon away.




It's been so much fun to exercise our imaginations and bring art to life, a summer to remember always.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Extraordinary



The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one 
is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things. 
Veronique Vienne
 


Sometimes I think the most real things are not the ones on the news, but the common, ordinary, wonderful things.

Neighbors. The things growing in your garden and alongside the road.
The crunch of a pickle or smell of a baking pie.
 The pleasure of being able to see color and hear the song of birds.



Your life is extraordinary. Mine is.

Let's slow down and notice the ordinary miracles today.


Summer's ending and we have so much to savor and celebrate as the season is on the cusp of change.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

What I did on my summer vacation... A Postcard Life


Summer has been so jam packed full of postcard moments that I've had no time to post lately.


It's been full of the miraculous, overflowing with adventures like this day trip to Mount Baker's Artist Point.




It's exactly like the Alps, and we hiked across snowy glacier fields, scrambled up a rocky pinnacle, and sat painting the mountain landscape, complete with profusions of wildflowers in bloom.




Sometimes life is so full of amazing moments that the wise move is to leave the digital world behind for a season. 


In my case, all this time sketching and photographing the wild outdoors has left me refreshed and energized, ready to join the online world again.


And thankful. 

So very, very thankful for a season of fresh air and sunshine and time away from digital media, completely immersed in nature.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Early morning in the garden


Rain tapped on the roof last night and early morning sunshine beckoned me out to the garden.


And here is what greeted me outdoors...