Monday, July 21, 2014

Shadow Box: Summer

I've been having fun creating Shadow Boxes using items from my collections. Shadow Boxes are as varied as the people who make them. 

Some use nature.

 Image by douglemoine
Image by douglemoine

Image by Constanza

Some Shadow Boxes display medals.

Image by Ed Ball

They can tell a story, like this wooden one of the children's book Goodnight Moon, made by the Tryon Toymakers of Tryon, North Carolina. 

Image by George Brett

Can you guess the story this one is about?

Image by June Campbell

Under the Sea is a very simple Shadow Box. Too bad it doesn't have a seahorse.

Image by penguincakes

My Shadow Box is entitled Summer.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Poinsettia: Second Generation

I've had two Poinsettia plants for several years. The leaves don't turn red anymore, but I still like them. One looks good, but the other had dwindled to only a few leaves. So I cut them off.

Then I waited to see what would happen. In a short time, this is what I saw.

Three months later, it's looking healthier than ever.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Seahorse Pins and Earrings

This simple Seahorse stick pin is one of my favorites of my mom's.

I love how elegant this one is.

I wonder if this Seahorse is carrying babies in his fat tummy.

The colors in this one make it my favorite pin.

Wearing my mom's Seahorse earrings always makes me feel closer to her.

I love the design of these earrings.

I don't usually wear tiny earrings like these, but they are so cute.

I bought these after my mom died. They are a nice remembrance of her.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rolinda Sharples

I was intrigued when I discovered this painting (The Artist and her Mother) was done by Rolinda Sharples, an artist I had never heard of. She was an English painter who lived from 1793-1838. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists.


Look at the amazing transparency of the sleeves on these paintings.

Jane Horley

Madame Angelica Catalani

I love the little curls on this self portrait, dated 1814.

The Cloak-Room, Clifton Assembly Rooms, has been used for such books as A Portrait of Jane Austen by David Cecil, Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane and High Society by Venetia Murray.

I love the title of this painting: The Village Gossips. Looks like someone is eavesdropping.

Both of these paintings are entitled Study of Flowers, but they are so very different.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


I love trees. I love pictures of trees. This is one I cut out from a newspaper years ago. It reminds me of the story "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry.

I even like doodling trees, like this one. I wonder if I labeled it because I was afraid I wouldn't remember what it was.

Now that I have my trusty digital camera, I can take tree pictures to my heart's content. I look up, I take a picture.

Even more fun is editing it. Lighting can make such a difference.

So can rotating.

And especially cropping.

I got some nice, spooky pictures when I removed the color.

Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Frog and Toad: A Friendship Forever

My favorite children's literary friends are Frog and Toad. There are four books in the series, with different stories in each book.

The stories are funny and silly and heartwarming, as Frog and Toad go about their days, sometimes having adventures . . .

Sometimes doing day-to-day things, like riding bikes, eating cookies, trying interesting ways to get seeds to grow (yelling doesn't work) or giving a birthday present that doesn't quite fit.

Or being embarrassed in your bathing suit.

Frog and Toad do nice things for each other, like sending a letter when one is sad because they haven't gotten any mail. (It was sent by the real snail mail.)

Frog and Toad teach us that friends do things together, care about each other and stick together.