Monday, July 28, 2014

Seahorses Standing, Seahorses Hanging

My mom had lots of Seahorses either hanging on the walls or standing on shelves. They are too cute not to have out where one can look at them frequently.

I have this darling Seahorse poster hanging in the bathroom.

Isn't the texture on this little guy interesting?

This is also hanging in the bathroom. So pretty.

My sister in law found this Seahorse wind chime in Florida.

This one has a magnet on the back. I used it on the white board at school.

Isn't this Seahorse adorable?

My mother kept this yellow Seahorse in a large glass bowl with shells.

This beautiful Seahorse is one of my favorites.

I made this quilt for my mom. I love having it hanging in my home, now.

Giraffe #321 also has a magnet on the back and I used it on the white board to hold white-board markers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Backpacking ~ Italy

When I backpacked in Europe, Italy was one of my favorite countries. I stayed in a pensione in Florence. Isn't it pretty?

Traveling on to Rome, I took this shot looking up towards the Spanish Steps.

I got some nice bargains from the sellers on the Spanish Steps. At least I think they were bargains!

This interesting musician was playing in the Piazza della Rotonda.

This Coltelleria store front is by the Pantheon. I thought the picture of men carrying giant knives, forks and spoons was so funny (coltelleria means cutlery).

This view of Rome was taken from Capitoline Hill.

Bridge of Sighs. I fell in love with Venice. 

The buildings along this canal are just gorgeous.

Another canal. It almost looks like a painting, doesn't it?

A funeral gondola. So fascinating.

Baby Giraffes #320 have their own personal gondola.

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.