After having a relatively normal summer, weather -wise, followed by a delicious autumn tease the first week and half of September, summer roared back with a vengeance. This uncomfortably hot, increasingly humid, and drought-like weather caught me off-guard. I had already washed and stored away all of our summer shorts and tee-shirts; I couldn't help … Continue reading Goodbye, Summer, Goodbye
Not that many years ago, we saw so many Monarch butterflies at this time of year that we were oblivious to their presence. This year, sadly the numbers have declined so much that I could probably count on one hand the number I've seen. This alarming decline is attributed to several factors, including loss of … Continue reading The Missing Monarch
Students returning to school for another year were the inspiration behind my most recent mixed media collage. For the background, I covered a 30cm canvas with layers of gesso, texture paste and paint. When it was completely dry, it was time for the fun part: putting the collage together. Looking through the Tim Holtz deck … Continue reading Back To School
An interesting look into a by-gone era.
Debutantes did not do dishes.
They were taught piano and guided in the art of flirtation. However, once married, they realized their inadequacies. How, in fact, did one manage a household?
“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” became an acclaimed necessity, answering all of their questions.
And her insight holds to this day.
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Recently, we flew to North Carolina to attend a family wedding, which was held in an historic Benson house. This Queen Anne style house was built in 1910 for a local merchant and politician Preston Woodall. Over the years, the original house has seen several additions and has served as a bed and breakfast until … Continue reading Preston Woodall House
It was lavish or nothing at all.
Interior design of the Victorian Era required grandeur. An ambition to which they reached through displaying each and every furnishing. Opulence began in the rug design to the fringed valance.
Discover how to incorporate 19th century home decor in your home.
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It seems that I have strayed from making greeting cards in the past few months, so I was glad to be motivated by needing to send a birthday card and a graduation card. I set myself a little challenge: to make four different cards using a single sheet of 90 pound watercolour paper. First, I … Continue reading When a Card Says it All