Easy Way to Seasonally Change the Look of a Room

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When the seasons change, I admit I like to decorate and I also admit I like it to be easy. When I get the urge to decorate I need to be able to make my vision happen or life gets in the way and it never gets done. As a fine art photographer and a vintage collector I always have stuff to choose from. But I like some fun pieces that don’t have to be out all year.
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Throw pillows and their decorative covers are on of the hottest trends going. I didn’t understand it at first and I didn’t offer them for sale right away. But after purchasing one for my mothers home with the fall cat on it and seeing how easy just changing out the cover of the pillow changed the look from summer to fall , I am hooked.

Indian Corn Pillow – looks awesome with leather or wood grain furniture

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    Squash Cat – looks great in a primitive setting, but is so cute he works in a modern aparment too

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Autumn – Texture full of Decorative Edge

Autumn – Texture full of Decorative Edge

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Living in Pennsylvania, I look forward to autumn every year. It’s the end of the heat and a pause before turning on the heater. But as an artist I adore the bright blue skies and the rich colors and textures that encompass the fall season.

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Orange and Yellow Mums Photograph
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Golden Corn Stalk Photo in Field
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Indian Corn Art Photograph

Oranges and yellows, reds and golds in the leaves, the flowers, the reflections in the lakes and ponds are everywhere. A crispness in the air that seems to bring the contrast right out in the scenes around us and even more the TEXTURES. The crunch of the leaves curling below our feet, the chrysanthemums in pots with their fuzzy dimensional heads and the wispyness of grasses and cornstalks blowing in the wind all make this a very inspiring season for me.

I wanted to share a few pieces I have created that really show autumn through my eyes.a very inspiring season for me.

Penny Brown, Nurse, Midwife, Memorialized

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Recently my family went to New York, into the Allegany State Park for a geocaching event. The ASP is very close to Salamanca, New York. We are from Pennsylvania so really it is almost over the line.

When we came out of the woods for a donut, we saw on our gps there was another geocache to find in town. so we decided to check it out. We dead ended into an Amazingly Beautiful farm property. We first thought thecache was there but realized half way up the gorgeous drive we had gone to far.
Right outside the gate was a walking path and it was so beautiful out after having rained all day the day before. We hadnt walked very far when we started to notice light blue ribbons tied around trees going down the path. I thought maybe they were planning to cut them for timber. Then we came across a large wooden cross.

As fate would have it the light filtering through the leaves and trees in the spot where this cross sits makes the entire scene magical and enchanting. Purple flowers adorn the cross. I had an immediate feeling come over me that this was something more than just a memorial. Part of me really thought it must be there for a child. On closer look I saw that what was glittering from the trees were pennies, there were pennies at the base of the cross, garland made of pennies and then I saw a little marker that said Penny Brown.

Angels holding babies were at the base and a beautiful cement bench.

The family went on to find the geocache and I stayed back to take it all in and make some photographs of the spot. I was so touched by it and had such a feeling come over me that I needed to know who this was for.

Technology today made that easy for me to start gathering information, even though we were technically on a Indian Reservation. The Seneca Nation with beautiful mountains all around, there is also a state of the art casino a black away and CELL PHONE service with WiFi.
Penny Brown, Salamanca I googled and immediately answers came and so did the reason why this memorial brought on so many real emotions.
On Mother’s Day in May of 1999, Penny a nurse and midwife and active citizen of her community was attacked while jogging with her dog and strangled, raped and murdered.
The criminal, 15 year old, Edward Kindt. If his birthday had been 2 months earlier, he would have had at least an additional 16 years to serve before being eligible for parole.

Because her family, friends and community, including elected officials were outraged by the lack of punishment, Penny’s Law was written into legislation. It changes the lives for juvenile offenders from 5-9 years to life to a more justice serving sentence of 15-25 years to life.The people of her hometown have made other changes too, by reclaiming the jogging area where Penny lost her life and making it a beautiful place for people to walk, jog and stay active. Remember Penny Brown’s life, her family and the sad tragedy that led to her death. If you are visiting Salamanca, visit the memorial and leave a PENNY for Penny to let her family know she is not forgotten.

Is Art a Luxury?

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artist:MariaWojtiuk Poland

IS ART A LUXURY? This question was posed today by scoutiegirl, a blogger that I follow faithfully.
As an artist, but I feel more IMPORTANTLY as a LOVER OF ART, the answer has to be yes.Art is luxury because it is something to be breathed in, tasted, swallowed and savored. I know if I was a bazillionaire after giving lots of money away, I would have a house full of ART, why because it makes me feel good. Art that I love inspires me, changes my mood, makes me think and is a momentary visual vacation.
I also love the idea of being able to help support artists and I don’t think people who are not active art collector’s or artists themselves realize what they are really paying for when they buy original art from an artist. There is a perception that it may be too expensive. For me, I never judge a piece to be too expensive, I know that it takes hard work, skill and talent to create a piece and more importantly if it is something I would like to own, then that artist has become a kindred spirit to me through their work:)
I only know that many times I cannot afford it now, rather than thinking it is too expensive.
That being said, for people who live in cities there are amazing FREE resources to look at beautiful works of art…. they are called MUSEUMS… I could spend all day there. And just visiting a museum feel like a luxury to me. My favorite museum that I have visited is The Legion of Honor. I am actually a little teary thinking about it because I had the HONOR to visit it twice with my mentor and dear friend Jack Welpott, who passed away a year ago. His birthday would have been yesterday. He brought me to this amazing place in San Fransisco and we saw everything from Van Gogh, Monet, Manet and Bourgerau. The second time I visited we went and saw the exhibit of Georgia Okeefe. I can feel the whole experience again right now just thinking of it.
Another free place to enjoy art is to visit galleries. Take it all in and see what you connect to and fall in love with.
And of course there is lots of free window shopping online for art now. Including on of my favorite sites ETSY. I love it because I can talk to the artists directly without a middle person.
Remember just because you don’t have the money now, you can enjoy the arts and let it be a part of your life and if you are an artist or gallery owner, don’t take for granted the shopper who windows shops often, they are appreciating what you have to offer and they very well someday may come and make a purchase.
Some Fine Photographers I am following right now:
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Brett Edge

ArtTales an AMAZING freestyle RECYCLING-FABRIC Crafter-Artist

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Fishing season, specifically TROUT season, will start very soon in Pennsylvania and if you live near any lakes, rivers or ponds in PA, you know this is a BIG DEAL!
I found this amazing shop on Etsy recently when I was looking for other artists in Pennsylvania and the uniqueness of her shop…. (HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW THAT MAKE STUFFED TROUT) not the taxidermist kind and not the edible kind??? Probably NONE!
But she does:)

“The trout idea sprung up because of my Uncle, who is an avid fisherman.
Men need to have plushies too ;)”
LEFTZ is the name of her shop.
Unlike myself living in rural Central Pennsylvania, Mary lives in the suburbs of Eastern Pennsylvania. She would love to someday live on a farm and that is also reflected with her mice and owls.

How does Mary approach a new piece?
“Each one starts out as a totally free form design (without a pattern) I love to collect fabric from yard sales, thrift shops, and remnant shops. With the added charm of vintage trims, vintage buttons, and with their signature missing left eye, LEFTZ are born.”
LIZZY the plush Owl

What are LEFTZ?
“LEFTZ (pronounced le-ft-e’s) are handmade plush softies made with reclaimed/upcycled material from yard sales, thrift shops, or my family. These eco friendly plushies are stuffed with recycled plastic shopping bags and are unique in their own way. Their good eye is made from layered vintage buttons. I don’t use patterns just my imagination o.X”
When I asked Mary if she displays her pieces in her home, she passionatly answered, “Absolutely! I have mounted plush on my studio walls, a full-sized Canadian goose, and an 8ft plush alligator hanging from my ceiling. All my other plush are on bookcases in my studio.”
From the magic and success of her work a viewer may think she has been doing this forever, but that is not the case. “I started sewing seriously in June of 09′ Before that I had tried to make quilts but the blocks never seemed to line up correctly. I can’t follow a pattern to save my life!”
I am a firm believer that is how some of the BEST arts and crafts are formed is through giving up using a pattern or list of rules and ArtTales proves it.
You can see a selection of the plush creatures that have been chosen for the vol. 4 summer issue of STUFFED Magazine. It will be out in July and can be found at Barnes & Noble.