Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Etoile

Macy's hosted a big event featuring Thierry Mugler's "Angel" fragrance.  A number of people arrived from New York including an artist and engraver to decorate the customer's purchase.  My favorite were the Etoiles, the star shaped faceted glass bottles.  The embellishments were beautiful and I appreciated the tiny details.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Give it a Whirl

I don't know what it is that I love so much about windmills.  When I was a kid I also was fascinated by pinwheels and would get dizzy from blowing them and watching them spin.  When I got older I mounted one on the handlebars of my first two wheeler and rode as fast as I could down the longest street in our neighborhood. . The idea that wind could create energy was magic to me.  So it's no surprise that I love to photograph them as well.  This one is in the Heritage gardens, the first place we took our friends Sharon and Steven when they came to visit.  I love how the shadow creates the fourth paddle here.  Thankfully it was a slow spin kind of day...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Versatility

I've been teaching a children's art class called "Fun With Paper" in which we've been doing a variety of activities including paper m√Ęche.  I thought it was interesting that this was the activity everyone was most excited about yet no one had ever done it or knew what it was.  As we crumpled paper to make the base one 8 year old boy, Jack, announced that his was going to be a VW Beetle as he loves vehicles.  The next day as we prepared for the 2nd layer of newspaper he announced that it really looked more like a turtle so proceeded to make some legs.  On the 3rd day he announced that he liked hamsters better than turtles so that would be his new direction.  So on the 4th day we mixed the perfect shade of brown.  On the last day, when we would be adding final details, he announced that he wanted to make and outfit for his hamster.  Perhaps a sweater?  Never mind that it's a 90 degree day!  So I pulled out the fabric scraps and llama fleece and he went to town.  When he finished the sweater he decided some jewelry might be in order so I found some pearl strands.  He then added a flower to disguise the fact that the pearls weren't long enough to fit around her neck.  The final addition was a huge pink smile that he drew on her face.  It nearly matched the size of his as he admired the end result.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Strokes of Genius

Clouds are paintings in motion.  Color is dispersed with the wind as its brush and one never knows what magic may result.  Process versus product - I like that.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ahhh

My sister, Cathy, recently gave us her hammock declaring that she hasn't used it in 20 years so perhaps it would get more use at our house.  I tried it out the other day.  Why did it take so long to discover this wonderful thing???? And who needs any other furniture? 


                                         Okay, well maybe a small table to hold my cold drink.....

Friday, July 12, 2013

Going Somewhere?

Mia seems to have other plans!  It didn't take her long to find the open suitcase on our bed.  No room for clothes - only me!  Although that shirt you're holding looks comfortable...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Reminder


I think there should be more of these signs.  Think how much happier everyone would be if they just took a few moments everyday and made a point of discovering something?  On purpose.  Now that's not to say that every discovery is a good one.  Finding a trail of ants in the kitchen as I was on my way out the door this morning was not a good discovery.  But the ever evasive hummingbird on the petunia on the back deck was. (I knew they were bound to find it sooner or later!)  So make your own sign on a sticky note or put a memo on your phone and see what happiness you can discover today.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Intertwined


The branches on this old tree intermingle so beautifully, like fingers in a tender clasp. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Step Back in Time

The hydrangeas are so prolific; every yard has at least one.  And I love the variety!  This arbor had a fragrant climber with a lot of character and history.  All that's missing is a woman with a long dress and parasol...
 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Little Details

Yesterday I discovered the Art Museum at Heritage Plantation, a small exhibition space with a few noteworthy pieces.  This scrimshaw was the most intricate that I ever seen.  I just kept trying to imagine drawing something with this much detail, never mind on a slippery, rounded surface like a whale's tooth.  Who thinks of things like that??  That's the reflection of the back of the tooth that you see behind it.  Wow.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Beautiful Blues


Oh, how I have waited for this moment - the first burst of blooms on our hydrangeas!  Now we KNOW that we live in Cape Cod.  Each one is like a present as we had no idea what color to expect.  The blues have unfolded in the front and south side of the house, and the whites are beginning on the north side.  Plenty to cut and enjoy inside, too!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

Last year we visited Cape Cod on the 4th and found a fabulous flag store in Hyannis.  We never had a flag and thought it would be a nice memento of our vacation.  Little did we know that our memento would become real life...this is a day to celebrate!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sunset at Monument Beach



I was invited to do my first photo shoot on Cape Cod!  The 
family requested a sunset shot so I went to explore the beach and select the best timing.  It was a lovely evening and one of the few spots on the Cape that presents a full front shot of the sun with the shore.  As the sun continued to drop I thought of my parent's friend, Maggie, who has a special fondness for Cape Cod.  I'm thinking of you, Maggie, and I know you would have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this beautiful spot.