Do you Look as Patriotic as you Feel?

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Do you look as patriotic as you feel?

It has been  predicted that patriotic fashion and everything red white and blue for the home and decorating will continue to be a huge trend now through the election. Normally these items are popular through summer.  The 4th of July may be over, but your patriotism doesn’t have to stop with sparklers.

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Nautical American Flag Photograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you Display your Patriotism Permanently?

3 years ago we moved from a private community, “into town.” It’s a sweet Pennsylvania neighborhood started in the 1950’s and most of the yards on our street have a flag pole. Our World War II neighbor across the street actually put 2 in his yard. And when we drive out into the country there are flags displayed permanently onto the buildings.

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American Flag Art – Primitive Rustic Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flags fly, decorations abound in the summer, despite all of the negative things I hear people spew about our country online and on television, which made me think about patriotism and patriotic decor. I believe we all feel more connected a sense of pride and gratefulness during this time.  How do you feel?  Do you fly your flag as a holiday decoration and not think much about it other than it looks great, or does it fly in your heart. What do you feel when you see American Flag and other items associated with it?

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Patriotic Country Barn Photo with American Flag

Proper Flag Display – Do you Know the Do’s and Don’ts?

I realized last year that I didn’t know as much about displaying the flag as I thought I did. We hung a lovely large flag on the side of our garage. We hung it wrong, we had the blue with stars on the right hand side, which made sense to me because I held the flag the way it would normally fly and tilted it. The handmade ribbon flag below is hung the correct way.  The union should always be first.  Unfortunately, a lot of people do not know the proper way or the symbolism, I discovered this when looking for beautiful art pieces to share on here.

American Flag Ribbon Art

Patriotic Fashion – Are you In or Are you Out?

How about patriotic fashion? Is it okay to wear the flag on our bodies? The answer may be confusing to some people if they don’t look it up. It is okay to have the American Flag on a garment or on accessories, but it is not okay to drape yourself or wear an actual flag, plus it looks tacky.  Taylor Swift does it right! And so do these men’s vintage cuff links.

Vintage American Flag Cufflinks for Men

Do you know when your flag is ready to be permanently taken down and how to properly dispose of it? I do. Only because our son is a Boy Scout. Under the “flag Code” it says

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

You can contact your local Boy Scout troop to find out when they are collecting flags for a burning ceremony.

 

4th of July Patriotic Decoration

Patriotic Decor – What Do you think of?

I love patriotic decor. I think it’s fun when people are all decked out in their stars and striped and blinking headbands. My kids enjoy it too. I just hope that in the midst of all of the consumerism of mass produced items, we can remember what the flag represents. Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices by the men and women who have come before us.

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Patriotic Decor – American Flag – Black and White

 

In an election year where everyone feels in limbo, it’s more important than ever to remember that we are all American’s first.  We are still at war. We still have men and women living away from their families for many months at a time. And we STILL have our constitutional rights. We can say how we feel, we have the right to bear arms and the right to worship freely.

When I see the flag flying I am always reminded of all of the men in my family that have served their country.  I think about the young men and women that continue to sign up to devote themselves to serving us in such a selfless way. Remember to show your patriotism all year long. It’s not just one day, it’s not just one season. And if you see a veteran, shake their hand and thank them for their service.  Please share your favorite way to show your patriotism or decorate with all things America.

 

Carousel or Merry Go Round?

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Carousel of Merry Go Round?

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Carousel Animal Coasters

Is a Merry Go Round or a Carousel? When I was little I always wanted to “ride” the merry-go-round. Now that I am older, I still want to ride but it’s because I enjoy looking at the “carousel” animals. There is something magical no matter your age about the lights above your head, the mirrors and of course picking your animal.  Most carousels I have seen also have the bench, but I admit I have never sat in one. Even when our kids were babies, we were always excited to hold them on a magical horse and take pictures of them riding.

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Miniature Carousel Horse Figurine Polymer Clay

And then the music starts and you hear the tiny whoosh before it starts to spin. Our kids are old enough now that they can ride themselves so YES, we all get our own horse. I love it and in fact I have pictures of my husband and I on a carousel ride together, before we had kids.

Where did these fantastical treasures come from?

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Carousel Horse Photography – Surreal Dreamy Home Decor

It is said they were originally designed for a combat practice in Arabia, where they used swords and practiced stabbing at balls, later a smaller model, made from wood was created for children. These carousels which then were found in Italy became “crusader” type games for the kids that were interactive while they spun.

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Antique Carousel Horse Head by Charles W. Dare

But the carousel that we know today really evolved in the 1700’s. They were man or horse powered and found at fairs. Luckily, the men and horses were given break in 1861 when an Englishman, Thomas Bradshaw developed a way to use steam power. He did a great job, but America took the lead in developing the larger and more complex carousel’s that we still use today.

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1930s Antique Carousel Horse Hand Carved Folk Art Wood

It didn’t take long for the artists and creators to begin adding zoo animals and other magical creatures to ride along with the horses.

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Dreamy Surreal Carousel Photography – Sea Lion

The merry go rounds did lose their place as the centerpiece of an amusement park when roller coasters were invented and became rides mostly for little kids. But the talent of restoration and new beautiful restoration of these interactive works of art they are making a comeback. I personally think they have made a comeback like so many other things because grandparent and parents today want to relive the experience and share it with the small children in their lives.

I remember a person in our neighborhood that loved to paint ceramics and I was fascinated with a large life-size merry-go-round horse that they were painting. These enchanting animals are still loved by many as party themes, collectible items and conversations pieces in home and restaurant decor. I think if I had to pick to words that immediately come to mind when thinking of them they would be – Nostalgic Magical.

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Carousel Horse Acrylic Necklace: Appaloosa Sunflower

 

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1950’s LIBBEY glasses in MERRY-Go-ROUND pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960s Vintage Baby Musical Carousel Horse Planter

I would love to hear about your favorite carousel memory.

 

 

The Silent Town of Centralia Part 1

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We recently visited a town called, Centralia. On the surface the town probably doesn’t sound like something you have heard of before, but think again. If you have heard of the video game or movie, Silent Hill, you have in a round-about way heard of Centralia.

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Silent Hill

It was through our love of adventure and exploring through geocaching that we found out about this infamous “ghost town” of sorts. So we packed up and headed out to do a 50 cache trail.
What we knew about Centralia before we went….

We knew it was mining town, mostly deserted because of a fire burning beneath the ground that will most likely continue to burn for the next 250 years

We knew the Federal Government took all of the properties that weren’t left by choice through eminent domain.

We also heard we could find “smoke”

We are total LOST and X-Files junkies, so this seemed like a must do.

When we got to Centralia with three teens  / tweens in tow, I parked at the opposite side of the trail that my husband had planned. I saw people and spray painted trees and stopped to see.

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We were going to do a Geo Art Trail in the shape of a flame. On these types of trails, you solve questions for “mystery” caches and when you log them they will make a design, in this case a flame. If you become a geeky cacher like us, you will enjoy seeing the smileys form the art design on your map, like the pig on the Hatfield -Mccoy trail shown below, from a trip a couple of years ago.

The Hog Trial Geocaching Power Trail;
Hatfield McCoy Geo Art Pig Trail

We started to walk up a hill. At this point I had not spoken to my husband about the trail and I honestly (since I picked the place) thought it would be various points throughout town and so on this hot day, I thought we would, “snag a few caches,” get back in the car and go for more. We got the first cache and then he told me how many miles it would be as a loop. I realized  with the hot weather, the clothing the boys were wearing and the kids without water, it was not happening this time, even if we might see Smoke. This was a bummer because this trip was 2 ½ hours away from home. But I could see the writing on the wall. It could go bad, very, very bad in this, “Silent Hill,” town if we attempted it this day with these kids. All jokes aside, I am serious.
We walked back down near the tree’s and someone said, “did you see the highway down there?”

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Centralia PA Graffiti Highway Photo

We headed that direction and were in for a big surprise, that even our teen son would love. An urban artscape if you will. An entire stretch of highway filled with nothing but graffiti. Not the fancy graffiti you see on big city wall, no Banksy’s here. Just ordinary people making their mark with words or silly simple shapes. Some rude, some graphic, some sweet. As a whole however, that was the art. If it would have only been a couple of people that painted something, it would have had that dirty negative connotation. “graffiti,” “vandalism” but for us, this bright colored path with hardly a bare piece of pavement in sight was wonderful.


I had the kids pose on the hot pavement (the trade-off for not hiking the long trail) And to their surprise after cooperation, Karma stopped by with 2 full cans of spray paint to offer them. We each took a turn, even though my contribution was barely an infinity sign with two straight lines.


Our son is an artist is his blood and heart, of course did something cool.

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And when we were finished we passed the paint on to the next group that looked like they found this place my mistake. They were probably here for the smoke, which apparently cannot be seen during the day anyway.
However, we will be returning to Centralia soon to hike the whole trail with another couple. And I am sure we will explore more of the once was town.
For now: a SNEAK PEEK photo of what will be to come in Centralia Part 2. Don’t let the photo fool you, it might not be as colorful. And it won’t be about the spray paint.

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Graffiti Wall Centralia

A little P.S. One of the best documentary movies we have ever watched is called , “Exit through the Gift Shop.” It’s all about Banksy street art.

Creative Photography – Laurel Correll

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I’m happy to introduce our guest photographer today,  Laurel Correll, with Forever Frames Photography. She has been inspired by the famous, Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer to the star’s and  Jessica Drossin, creative art photographer; both very accomplished and creative female photographer’s. Laurel herself  is a talented photographer, as well as a mother, a new volunteer to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and the name I like to write the most today, my friend. She started her portrait and wedding business 8 years ago and in the past 2 years started a new creative body of private work that really intrigued me. Today, she is going to share some of her  process on creative photography with us. And of course she will share some TIPS at the end and there will be a mini challenge for you on my FB page.

 “My personal Photography Journey,” Laurel’s creative body of work:

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Creative Photography Shoot by Laurel Correll

Why are these shoots your favorite? “I love taking pictures of all types but these creative sessions are my all time favorites. I control the whole thing from start to finish. That includes props, clothing, hair, makeup, lighting, and editing.”

What inspired you to start shooting this work? ” I wanted to push myself further in the creative process. I think it’s important to constantly try to do new things or go out of the box, otherwise your work begins to look exactly the same and become boring.”

What is your process for doing a shoot?  “The very first thing I do when I schedule a session is I pray. I, on my own cannot come up with an inspiring image. So I pray. I have an inspiration notebook. I take lots of notes and sketches while praying. ”

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Preparing for a Creative Photography shoot with Laurel Correll

What about models and hair and makeup?  “A lot of the time the models come to me. At first I was asking close friends to let me dress them up. Now I am thankful for the little
following I have and people tend to come to me. I do have a lot of repeat models which I love. I mostly do everything from hair and makeup to wardrobe. There have been a few times I have enlisted the help of others who know more about costume makeup.”

What about the shooting process, do you go in with the end in mind or have something you know you want as the finished image?  “I always have a certain shot in mind that I want to get, but I allow room for the spur of the moment shots. Generally with each session I have an “Aha” moment and decide that one will be it. But I always continue shooting just in case.”

How much of a part is the editing in your process? ” I generally have an overall “feel” I am aiming at with each session. The editing is HUGE for these types of sessions. One image can
take up to 6 plus hours. ”

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Creative Photography Portrait Laurel Correll

How has this work spread into your work for clients?  This has made me realize how important it is to style all of my sessions. Before when I made appointments with clients I would just do whatever they liked. Now I give suggestions before hand even with wardrobe.

What’s your biggest tip for one of these shoots? “The biggest thing when it comes to these pictures is what type of emotion are you trying to achieve? If its a happy slumber party use lots of
natural lighting. If you are trying to get the emotion of peaceful slumber, then use indoor lighting with a more intimate feel.”

LENS: I love my 18-75mm tamron lens

LIGHTING:  I always prefer natural lighting, but my sessions end up about 50/50 with both natural and manipulated.

Follow Laurel Here: Facebook  Instagram  Website

MINI Photo CHALLENGE for YOU: Find a photograph you have taken where you achieved the emotion you wanted to see and share it on our FB page, OR EVEN BETTER, get your think of a photo you would like to create and do it, share it on the thread. If you want critiques or tips, just ask, otherwise just get in on the fun and share.

Photographs or Virtual Photography

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Did you know May is National Photo Month? I didn’t know until this week. How did I find out? QVC was using the opportunity to sell more cameras. It makes sense, photography has been the #1 hobby in our country since the 90’s. In the 90’s and prior to that, anyone with a SLR camera, had a bit of a mystique to them.  For the most part, people with nice cameras knew how make photographs with their cameras and had an understanding of what photography was and how it worked.

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Professional Portrait Photographer

Are you making photographs or just experiencing virtual photography? Unless you are a photographer by trade or an artist, I am betting you are what I call a virtual photographer.

The definition of photography that I  like best, “is creating an image with light.”  Millions of people take pictures and don’t even know that. The light doesn’t matter. “Virtual Photographer’s, ” as I call and define them seem to think photography is “the act of pushing a button to make and record what they see.”  Nothing tangible, just a snap, possibly a share and then forgotten.

Prior to the new millennium, the average person didn’t even try to take a photo. And it wasn’t really their fault, there was no instant gratification. They were snapping a photo with a hope and prayer that it would look good; that they didn’t cut someone’s head off and hopefully not discover their thumb in front of the lens. Now those same people can take photo snaps the same way they did before and know immediately that they cut a head off and quickly re-snap. 

 

I know YOU virtual photographer’s can do better.

In the past,  photos were sent off (when I was a wedding photographer I literally had to wait 2 weeks to see how my film photos came out…. Stressful) Some people couldn’t stand to wait and would go to a “photo matt” or a one hour photo lab. But even then, the moment’s they were trying to capture had passed by and there was no way for a do over if the pictures, “didn’t turn out,” as they used to say.

Things have changed, we have 2 different groups of people. The people with the fancy cameras and the cell phone snapper. There is also some overlap, some people have a nice camera but choose to only snap photos on their phone.  

While we are going to get into more specialized photography in the rest of May with guest photographers, today is all about the basics…. I want you to think about what a photo means to you?  And are the pictures you capture important? And if so, how many did you actually print in the last year.

In 2015 nearly a trillion photographs were taken with nearly 80% captured on a cell phone. WOW! And the majority were not printed.  It is predicted nearly 5 Trillion photos will be stored somewhere by 2017. Cool graph info here. And the majority haven’t and never will be printed.

Photography used to be a physical  thing. Even for the person who only got the camera out at Christmas, the roll of film was touched between the fingers, loaded in the camera and then taken out. The majority of people would take their film out to be “developed or processed.” Sounds so fancy now. And then they made prints, many times, “doubles.” One for you and one for me.

We had a physical piece of the moment to hopefully put in an album, or in a frame. And baby boomers that have a drawer full of photographs in a lab envelope that were never looked at again, don’t feel bad, you are doing better than this generation and BONUS, you most likely have the negatives with them. Where are your photos? What are you doing with them? Do you have a back up copy?  If you are not printing your photographs, I say, you don’t really have ANY photos!

Your CHALLENGE, go to your big box store and spend 20 minutes plugging your phone into the mini lab. Pick the images you want and print them. This Weekend!  Delete the ones you didn’t print and back up the ones you did when you get home. And please go over and like Facebook Page where all of the interaction will be this month, including “call outs,” where you can share a photo with everyone. To not miss anything on facebook, you will want to do 3 steps, LIKE, Hover over the arrow and click SEE FIRST and then Notifications ON. I don’t want you to miss out.

I can help you take less shots in the future, not have less moments, but take less shots down the road with some tips. But for NOW, we will deal with what we have. And if you don’t want to miss a blog post, subscribe by email in the upper right hand corner of this page.

 

The Little Paris Bookshop – My Thoughts on the Book

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Paris Book Shop Photography by Melanie Alexandra

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

These were the words spoken by Jean Purdu in Nina George’s, “The Little Paris Bookshop.”  Monsieur Purdu could “prescribe” someone the perfect book for how they were feeling or for what was lacking in their lives. But his own life was empty and had been stuck in a bad place for 20 years.

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The Little Paris Bookshop

This book took me on an unexpected journey. Enticed by the idea of a little bookshop on a barge in the water, “The Literary Apothecary,” I expected romance and details surrounding the possibilities of the stories and magic they would bring to people when read. Instead, I found myself reading about romance AND also friendship. An unexpected  friendship between men, from different places in life. Hearts had been broken, hearts were still searching and all perhaps hoping for their soul mate.  The beautiful, very touching friendship between the group of traveling companions unfolded within the pages brilliantly.

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Vintage Children’s Book
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Antique Apothecary Bottles

I really enjoyed the vision of the bookshop, the resident cats, the ethnic cooking on board when they gained a chef, the travel along the water and the events that transpired when the Literary Apothecary literally turned into an escape vehicle. An escape from pain, fear and confusion as it steered them toward clarity, healing and peace. But what spoke to me the most was just the vision of the men allowing themselves to be vulnerable with one another in a loving friendship.

I liked this story a lot and would recommend it to a friend. In addition to it being a great story, there are beautiful quotes from Purdu, thoughts and reflections that I found myself pausing to take in and reflect on for a while before moving on.

 

Girly Pink Spring Blossoms

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It’s that time of year when pink spring blossoms are peaking and the flowers are capturing my eye and creating a desire within me to be outdoors more.

I look forward to the smell of the pink hyacinth that we planted in our yard, it’s so dainty and it’s also bold because it pokes through the ground  even when the ground still has snow. It’s also a reminder someone loves me (I got it from my husband as an Easter present one year.)

Next the tulips are vaulting straight up to life. They try their best to stand tall even when the winds can be fierce and blow them inside out. I don’t have any tulips in my yard but I enjoy seeing everyone else’s and even though they grow here, I still think of Holland, Dutch People, Windmills and Wooden Shoes every time I see a group of them.

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Hot Pink Tulips by OverTheRainbowPrints                    Pink Tulip Flower by eireaneilis

Then the dance of the pink cherry blossoms begin. These famous flowers blew my mind when we went to see them during the festival in D.C. If you get there during the peak it is a virtual fairy land with petals raining down on you. I can’t think of a better way to feel like the little girl deep inside who once felt like a princess; than to put your arms out and feel them touching your skin. It’s like magic.

The crab apple tree blooms next in our area. With vibrant colors and textured shapes against the sky, they  always give me an energized feeling. It’s like nature is telling me to wake up, stop hibernating, Get back to life.

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Pink Flower Photography by MollysMuses                    Pink Tree Fine Art  by MollysMuses

And finally the largest blossom- so soft and sensual and creamy-  the pink magnolia tree opens up and signals that spring will prevail and winter will not return again.

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Pink Magnolia Photograph by MollysMuses                 Pink Crab Apple by MollysMuses

I can’t leave out the pink bleeding heart, sprouting up among all of these but these flowers. It waits just a little longer to share the love of its blossoms.

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Pink Crab Apple Tree by MollysMuses                             Pink Bleeding Hearts  by MollysMuses

I love all of the pink spring blossoms that the season brings. I also love all the rainbow of colors in our yard with flowers across the color spectrum, But the pinks in spring represent life in different stages to me and like Peggy Lee sang,

I Enjoy being a Girl.”

Spring flowers aren’t only pink and for girls, there is a list of blue spring blossoms here.

 

A Visit to The Eternal Flame

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Last summer we took a visit to The Eternal Flame. Our family is big into geocaching and the adventure it provides and I enjoy the opportunity to discover places I have never seen before with my camera.  There was lots of talk amongst the local geocacher’s that The Eternal Flame was a must see destination, so we added it to our bucket list and waited until the right time. We were going to use it has our 3000th find.  Located in Chestnut Ridge Park, New York, there is a beautiful hike through trees where we saw runners and sheriff deputies on horseback. This is not an easy hike, so you should make sure to bring everything you need and use caution.

The bonus of this infamous flame is that it sits inside of a waterfall.

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Eternal Flame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a challenging but very fun day. If you have never geocached before, I hope you will consider checking it out. It’s free to play this global game. YES global, there was a geocache placed on the Space Station.  Our “caching handle,” is fishingalong.  Caching is a great time, we’ve met many unique people and made some wonderful friendships.

 

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GO Cache Card Game

What is the eternal flame and how does it stay lit? The flame is actually fueled by natural gas, ethane and propane and is inside of a grotto made of shale. In cases where the flame did go out, a hiker was able to use a long lighter and reignite it.  Science in nature is really cool. But fire behind a waterfall? Even cooler.

Divining Women a Book Review

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Divining Women, written by Kate Gibbons is a novel set in the early 1900’s during the Influenza outbreak.

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Antique 1910s Influenza Photograph

A strong woman leading a woman who has been made weak through an emotionally abusive relationship should be an empowering and inspirational read. Mary, the young single and strong niece through marriage and Maureen, the pregnant Aunt, who is emotionally sick and worn down from a horrible husband should be just the characters. However, I closed the book feeling like I didn’t really know either one of them.

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Antique Photo of Women

I however, was more interested in the Grandpa, who is mentioned occasionally through the book as a free-spirited nudist with ghosts in his home. And I  wanted to know more behind the scenes into the lives of the help that took care of the home Maureen lived in.

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Antique 1900’s Ghost Photograph

Poor Maureen suffered greatly at the hands of her husband, even succumbing to cruel mental health procedures, which really were more torture than healthful in my opinion and still I felt like, “Poor Maureen,” I didn’t really care all that much about her. Not because of her sadness or emotional illness, but more because her character just felt flat to me.

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VIVILORE Antique Book

Mary, on the other had tried hard to be spirited and fought to be a person alive in the pages, but like any actress, playing against someone who is lifeless is not a win, even if you are having your best performance.

I did like the way Gibbon’s painted a picture of the surroundings for me and since the character’s left behind in the beginning pages interested me so much, I would try another of her books. I think Gibbon’s and I just had a differing opinion on which of her characters should be in the spotlight.

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Divining Women Book

Although Divining Women, was not a favorite for me, two of Gibbon’s books were part of Oprah’s Book Club. A Virtuous Woman and Ellen Foster, which are the books I think I will pick up this summer and give it a go. Have you read this book or any other’s by Kaye Gibbons? I would love to hear what you thought.

More Book Reviews are here.

Loving and Trading Art at Shows

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Do you fall in love and end up trading art at crafts shows? If you are anything like me, as the show is getting put together, with my coffee cup in hand,  the drooling begins as the work starts popping up all around me. And as I get to know the people and connect with them; I usually want to bring a piece of their work home.

Recently I participated in my first Pop Up Shop, through the PA Wilds, of which I am a juried member. I met a mother and daughter who set up together but they create very different work. I purchased a mini matchbook set from Mulchkin, the daughter to put in Easter Baskets.

 

Miniature “Matchbook Notebooks”

I fell in love with her mini assemblage pieces and her collage prints and we made a trade.

Usually at shows when people make trades it would be for an equal-fair value item, so we traded prints for prints.

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A Tight Fit Art Print

 

 

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Black and White Outhouse Photo

 

One of the people I adore at shows is Stephanie Distler. She is a jewelry artist. I would have loved some photography with her for a statement ring she had, but they sold out. I do own one of her copper pendants. I have mine on a leather choker necklace. Its adorable and extra special because it was made with the hands of someone I admire.

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Vintage Camper Trailer Pendant

And Stephanie was nice enough to share some trade’s she did with me here. At the most recent Pop Up Show I talked about, Lois from Little Bear Creek Alpaca’s was set up. She raises alpaca’s and turns the fiber into the material that she sells as well as weaves and creates with. She was making a gorgeous shawl wrap while we were set up. She made a trade with Stephanie for one of  her hammered safety pins to use on a shawl made with some of this homespun fiber.

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Large Hammered Copper Safety Pins
Copper Fibula Pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally my neighbor at the show all day was Deborah from The Muddy Moose. I have been to her open houses at Christmas time in the past and her stuff goes fast. She shared with me this most adorable pottery pig that she traded for some of her Goat’s Milk Soap. She and the potter have traded every year for the past 3 years at a show where they are always next to each other.

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Handmade Pottery Pig

 

 

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Goat Milk Lotion

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom line, we are makers and we appreciate and are inspired by things that other people make. Sometimes as maker’s our heads can start to spin, thinking “I want to try to do that or make that.” For me, that usually means I don’t ever end up with what I saw.  While it’s fun to daydream about, I am better off to refine and work on what I am good at and to collect other beautiful things from artist’s that specialize in those arts.

If you get the opportunity to do a Trade at a show, Go For It. I would love for you to share your favorite trade or trade experience in the comments below.