Happy New Year!

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I’m excited about this new year – all the possibilities and opportunities ahead!  I’m also very grateful that I have you, my long-time and new friends, following along with me in this journey!  I enjoy reading your comments, I’m blessed by your likes, I’m encouraged by your shares…and excited to see my little corner of the internet growing!  I hope your year is richly blessed – and that this space will continue to encourage and inspire you too!

Free Calendar – January

I was going to post this tomorrow – for New Years Eve – but I just couldn’t wait to share with you!

Here’s a little something for you, my lovely readers, for the new year:

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– I thought I’d make an illustrated wallpaper calendar – a free gift to  you – for each month this year!  I’m pretty excited that I figured out how to make these because I’m not a very tech. savvy person ; )

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I’m just so grateful to everyone who has been supporting my work here, on facebook and instagram – I’m grateful for each of you that read, like, comment, and share my posts!  Thank you!

You can download January’s wallpaper HERE  – Enjoy!

(since this is my first try at digitizing a wallpaper design, let me know if the dimensions work for you or not – thanks!)

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Snowflakes

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Hope you’re all enjoying these last few days of 2016!  Here’s a sneak peek at something I’m working on for all of you, my dear friends and followers, in the year to come!!

Introduction Friday

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Hello!  I thought I’d do a personal “get-to-know-you” post here.  I’m a stay-at-home wife and mother to 3 boys.  My family, my church, and my friends are the most important things in my daily life.  I have a weakness for chocolate and coffee.  I love gardening and I love my home in Maine!

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My dear husband built me the potting shed shown above and I have this old claw-foot tub for a water garden.  I have perennial beds all around our little grey cape with peonies, irises, poppies, hydrangea and lilacs.  I also have raised beds for growing vegetables and herbs.  I draw inspiration from my gardens and the nature all around – birds at my feeders, butterflies on the flowers, and moths by the porch light in the evenings.

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I go the the ocean at least once a week in the summer – rocky coast, pebbly inlets, sandy beaches, and wooded shorelines…they’re all beautiful places to sit and relax and watch the boys play.  The woods and the ocean are my happy places and I can have them all in this beautiful part of Maine that I call home ; )

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The real attraction and passion for me is the native flowers – wild woodland, wayside and meadow flowers.  I plant them in my perennial borders wherever I can: asters, rudbeckia, trillium, goldenrod, milkweed, jack-in-the-pulpit, queen-ann’s-lace, blood root, may-apple….I started my own little wildflower garden when I was 12 and my grandmother gave me her old wildflower field-guide so that I would know their names.  I had bell flower, star flower, may flower, wintergreen, and blue bead lily.

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Somewhere along the way, I started painting every flower I could find.  I even painted the flowers on the pumpkin vines and bean plants in the vegetable garden – so my mom signed me up to take a watercolor class when I was fifteen.  We’d go to a location, like Bailey’s island, and while the rest of the class painted the ocean, rocks, and blue sky, I would be over by a bush painting the pink rugosa roses-just the flowers, not even the whole bush ; )

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So, my love for flowers and painting grew together.  I found endless inspiration in the beautiful gardens: Thuya and Asitcou in Acadia (Thuya Lodge pictured above), Celia Thaxter’s Island, McLaughlin’s Gardens, Gilsland Farm Peonies…I visit most of them every year and bring home new natives and exotics for my own gardens, and in every spare moment I paint them!

Hope that helps you to know me a little better!  I’d be happy to answer any more questions you may have – just leave a line in the comments ; )

 

 

Blue Poppies

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Loving that soft, cool blue color!  I have always love poppies – but all of my gardens have red, pink, peach, and coral poppies.  I’ve cultivated shirley, japanese, oriental, and opium…I collect or scatter seeds each fall (depending on the type of poppy) for the next year.  I start new batches of california poppies in the spring along with my other annuals.  This last summer I bought a horned poppy – so dramatic with those long seed pods!  So, this summer I’m hoping to get one of these blue poppies for my garden…

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Boreal Owl and Hellebore

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I’ve finally settled on a pallet for this season and painted this little guy, sleeping under the flowers.  My hellebore grow and bloom through the snow in the winter – I dig down and pick a few flowers for a vase on my window sill to remind myself that there is life, even in the cold, dark days of winter!  The boreal owl is a little guy and seldom seen in the northern forests of Europe and America – I’d love to actually see one some day!

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Here’s my colors for my winter palette this year – all muted tones of blues, greens, pinks, and browns.  I’m starting another painting today with them!

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Butterfly and Flower #8

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This is the Painted Lady (or Cosmopolitan)  butterfly, with one of it’s host plants, Centurea – one part of the Asteraceae species.   They are widespread because they migrate through the seasons and breed year around.  It’s one of the Vanessa family which include the Red Admiral and the American Lady.  I’m planning to paint the Red Admiral next!

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Side note: I’ve had my Lukas 1862 watercolor set for over 9 months now and I LOVE it!  I think it’s been the best money I spent all year ; )

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Portfolio

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I’m loving this portfolio set-up by Format!!  It allows people to scroll through your work and there’s a nice menu to bring them to your homepage, blog, shop, etc…  It’s too bad there’s only a 14 day free trial – I’d use a free version if there was one!

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I’ve grouped together shared color themes – so each screen shot has a different feel/esthetic

; )  It only took me 30 minutes from start to finish – so easy to set things in order…maybe someday I’ll actually pay for a portfolio like this one!

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