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.

Tulip Flower Photo
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.

Flowering Tree Photo
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.

Pink Bleeding Heart Photo
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.

 

Geocaching Playing Cards
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.

Spanish Flu Pandemic 1918
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.

Friends Sepia Tone Photograph 1900s
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.

The Pathway To Mental and Physical Perfection 1904 Health Book
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.

Kaye Gibbons Divining WOmen
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.

Digital Art Collage
A Tight Fit Art Print

 

 

Ladies Room Wall Art Print
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.

Copper Jewelry
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.

Alpaca and Wool 2 Blend Fiber
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.

Easter Basket… What’s in Yours?

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Easter Baskets… what are you filling yours with?

When you think of your childhood Easter Basket, do you remember dying eggs, egg hunts or a visit to the bunny?

This past Sunday in church they showed a little montage of small children with the Easter Bunny posing for photos. They were all extremely weird, creepy and some down right scary. The kids were crying, the rabbits had huge teeth and crazy eyes. Those rabbits no doubt filled helped fill the schedule’s of some counselor’s later in life.

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This is my husband in 1973 – 9 months before I was born;)

What I remember, being small in the 70s, was a giant pink styrofoam easter basket that had sort of large green pipe cleaner handle.  So I asked my mom for my Easter picture and this is what my basket actually looked like. Maybe the pink one with pipe cleaners was in my dreams or maybe it was later in life.

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This is me and my beautiful mom in 1973

 

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Our kitchen in the 1970s – look at that retro wall paper (I still own that bunny bank)

I also remember a year where my basket was actually a tiny child’s wheel barrow full of Easter grass and candy. We later replicated this for our kids with a red wagon.

As an adult, what do you like in your Easter basket? My must have, Reese Peanut Butter Eggs. That’s my breakfast with milk and sometimes a yellow hardboiled egg yoke with salt and pepper. It may sound odd or even yucky but it’s my tradition and I have done that every year since I was little.

I came up with some fun vintage Easter items that were around in our Easter’s past.

Easter Basket Goodies

A link to the items above: Easter Dress, Easter Egg Decoration, Basket, Easter Rabbits, Vintage Basket, 3d Paper Bunny, Berry Baskets, Little Chick, Popcorn Rabbit, Easter Tins, Vintage Basket, Bunny Cookie Jar Check these out, they are some of my favorite vintage sellers.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and if you like this post or want to share an Easter memory, I would love to hear it in the comments below.

Spring Pantone Colors – Rose Quartz and Splash Green

Spring Pantone Colors – Rose Quartz and Splash Green

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Pantone’s color of 2016 is Rose Quartz with Serenity. Its lovely, but for spring I am seeing Rose Quartz with Splash Green as an incredible pairing that we find in nature. Fore example this tiny seedling of a pepper plant is naturally splash green and has a lovely rose quartz background.

Rose Quartz with Splash Green
Tiny Pepper Plant Seedling Photograph

And when we combine nature and a found object like this rose quartz – pink vintage trailer in the wood and the rambling neon or splash green trees and leaves we get something rustic and lovely.

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Rustic Pink Trailer in the Woods Photograph

And because I love vintage, I wanted to show that people have been using this color pallet for a very long time. And no coincidence it has a touch of nature to it.

Rose Quartz and Splash Green Vintage
Country Gingham Vintage Mikasa Plate

I find the most beautiful colors to not be manmade but already created in nature and then expanded on by artists and designers. In fact my son has this bold green choice on his bedroom walls and it was called, “grass,” when he chose it. Do you have a favorite Pantone color for spring? Or have you found a favorite pairing of the spring Pantone colors? Please share your favorites in the comments below.

Vintage Style Men – Their Love of the Classic Cigar

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Why did so many of the most classic vintage style men love their cigars? Smoking is hazardous to your health, it’s expensive and it smells bad. So why do some of the classiest men consider smoking the largest, most expensive and down right smelliest tobacco products to be a luxury on the most special of occasions?  Does it blow an heir of wealth, success or confidence?  Or celebration? A brand new baby? Light it up!  The odor aside, I don’t know why, but cigar smoking men do exude a look of confidence that has been seen in the movies. And then there is that famous quote from Freud (pictured first in the collage) “Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.”

This is a little round-up of some famous and some not so famous, handsome, vintage cigar smoking men and the classic cigar accessories they may have enjoyed as a gift.

 

 

 

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Vintage Lighter with pipe for men
Vintage Cigar or Pipe Lighter for Men
Vintage Glass humidor with leather strap
Vintage Glass Romeo Y Julieta Cigar Humidor

 

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Vintage Chalkware – Cigar Smoking Clown

The first time I ever encountered a humidor, it was a large walk in style one for a new cigar store in town. It was a crisp, clean smell and really big. The business didn’t last. But what has lasted and I have come across more than once are antique wood tables with built-in humidor, box style vintage humidor and most recently the glass humidor with strap for easy travel.

Lighters are part of the experience of smoking a cigar and buying your man a cool one for a conversation starter at a party is a great gift ideas.

And lastly, chalkware is always such a cool thing to come across, especially when they are in nice shape, but a cigar smoking clown, is something you do not find everyday.

And lastly if you read this post, I will share, YES I tried to smoke a cigar once.  When we had just finished photographing our first wedding, my husband and I lit one up. I did not look like the men I shared above and so I never tried it again. If you don’t smoke, I am not suggesting you start.

Fruit, timeless and classic for Kitchen Decorating

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Decorating the home with fruit is as old as the invention of the paint brush and canvas, maybe earlier. Many old masters created pieces that were made for the fine dining room experience and then donned museum and gallery walls.
At some point fruit fell off the tree, “back to earth,” and became something we could decorate the kitchen with.

Master painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, created fine art portrait of important people, but did them in a way that was “fruity.” Intriguing works of a mosaic feeling and style where the fruit made the person. Pictured here The Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, which I adore because this man of stature had a sense of humor and Arcimboldo was definitely bold and confident to approach such subjects with this style. I really enjoy the Adams apple!

Giuseppe Arcimboldo oil on wood painting of Vertumnus (Emperor Rudolph II)

 

Flash forward 350 years and the new housewife discovered fancy beaded fruit to display in fine bowls, wooden fruit for in monkey pods and kitsch anrthropomorphic faces for in the kitchen.

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Vintage Anthropomorphic Fruit via Etsy
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Vintage Beaded Fruit via Etsy

 

 

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Vintage Wood Wooden Fruit via Etsy

 

 

I tried my hand at a 3d fruit head sculpture to make a photograph of in college. I had a styrofoam wig form and I cut up fruit and tried to attach it in a nice way with straight pins. Kiwi, pineapple, oranges and I think some bananas. Needless to say, with no background in food styling at that time, what I ended up with was a puddle of sticky juice and pins in a styrofoam head with tiny scrapes of fruit still hanging.

But I recently created this fruit still life collection. It wasn’t planned. We always have fresh fruit in our kitchen. I walked in to get coffee and the natural light was amazing and I was so drawn to the almost overly ripe bananas with their freckle’s. The end result was a collection of 3 that are a more dramatic and moody color palet for the kitchen than usual. I like them a lot.

Set of 3 kitchen prints
Banana Fruit Still Life Photograph Collection

No One Brags about Their Hood Anymore

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I love to drive but I am not a car person. I don’t like car shopping. I haven’t really ever gone shopping for a dream car. Several of the cars I have owned, have been ones that I have purchased from family because they were a great deal. Maybe it’s just because I don’t see anything really tempting about them?
New Cars…. mehhh

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Blue Ford Edsel Class Car Photograph

But old cars, 1950s, 1960s, curvy, round, self indulgent cars sort of turn me on with my camera.
Even the Ford Edsel above charmed me with its shape and color. I didn’t know until after making the picture that it was known as a “greaser,” an “ugly duckling, “one of the top 10 Ugliest cars of all times.” But compared to the boring shapes of cars today, it intrigued me.

I have always been able to imagine myself in a big old car with a giant steering wheel, big sunglasses on and a scarf around my neck.
Something about the big steering wheel is so seductive.

Big Red Steering Wheel Photograph, Classic Car Photo
Big Red Steering Wheel Photograph
Classic Studebaker Steering Wheel Photograph
1950s Classic Studebaker Photograph

 

 

Mint green Studebaker Hood
Mint Green Studebaker Car Photograph

And Please, we cannot forget Hood Ornaments, so classy, so rich and so appealing. I will gladly pull out the redlipstick and take a ride with the top down anyday.

A Simple Christmas Book Review

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My sister gave me this book, A Simple Christmas, written by Mike Huckabee on Thanksgiving.

A Simple Christmas
Mike Huckabee

I like Mike Huckabee. I like how gentle he is on TV. I like his ability to laugh and his gift with music.
I like that he’s a christian and I usually like his sense of humor.
A Simple Christmas is a collection of 12 short stories.
I enjoyed these stories. Reading it in the middle of the holiday season, I took it one story or chapter a day.
I have heard Mike’s voice so many times on the radio and tv,  that when I read the book, I felt like I could hear him reading it to me, with his pauses and smiles.
I also love vintage and mid century things and when he describes his life growing up as a child in the 50s and 60s I could picture the homes, decorations, clothing and scenery.
It made me think of my parent’s, the same age as Mike and I could insert my own family’s faces into some of his stories.
This is not a political book, Thank God.
It’s a book about simplicity, growing up and learning to appreciate things until the things grow smaller and smaller and eventually there are no “things,” but moments and people.
A great book to unwind during the holiday season while having a cup of tea.

Storybook Christmas Card
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