Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer in this little valley may look laid back lazy, but there is a lot of labor behind the scenes.
I've been so busy there hasn't been a moment to post a thing.
But then, you've probably been too busy to notice anyway!

The studio has been almost frantic, with snippets flying as I design a line of sea-themed dies for Sizzix- hooray! It'll be released in January (more about that soon.)

Above, another Sizzix die collection with a rose garden theme, inspired by the trellised roses by the studio door, perfect for parties and weddings all year long.

When the studio doors are open the warm breezes blow through and I can hear the cows in Schleh's pasture calling one another, a pleasant distraction. Sometimes I have to wander over to see what the fuss is about.

Summer, season of warmth, blue skies, ripe berries!
The sketchbook and camera fill up so fast.

We make it a priority to slow down in summer... for long walks, for grilling out with the neighbors, for basking in a garden abundant to overflowing.

We are busy but still there is the farmland to be savored and friends to be cherished.
Somehow we find time. Thank heaven for long hours of daylight!

Call me a sentimental sap (you'd be right!) but the pie social and barn dance we had to celebrate the end of summer was like a story book come to life.

We even had a hay bucking contest and cherry and berry pies made from our own home grown fruit. Not to mention blackberry lemonade. Oh, yes, we do love summers here.

Inspiration abounds here in the Skagit Valley, and I am really longing to time for more art based on the farms I treasure.

There is enough right here in this small place to inspire a lifetime of gratitude, art to fill many a museum... there is a whole world full of life and beauty right here, right now.

How priceless the beauty of everyday summer life...
a cat with intense green eyes, a little girl whose laughter is music.

 Take time as summer fades into autumn to look around you. 
What simple pleasures are hiding in plain sight?


Unknown said...

Wonderful photos and thougthful words!

Jules Woolford said...

Such a lovely vibrant post Sharyn. It all looks so beautiful!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Sharyn - you can be sappy anytime with lovely pictures like these. That end of the summer barn dance sounds wonderful. Like you I am enjoying all those last minutes of this beautiful season. Take care and thank you for a great post.