Life, art, and nature on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Feeling grateful today for the little things...small gifts from a generous Mother Nature.
Clematis blooming around the driftwood on the front steps.
For sparkling webs in my little woods, and for not walking face-first into this one.
Blue Jay feather.
Rogue pumpkins in the clearing.
A bumper crop of pine cones for fall decorating and a friend to help me gather them.
A tiny bee making good use of the few remaining lilies.
A handful of beach glass from last night's pedal to the river.

Butterflies on my butterfly bush.
Hope your week is filled with blessings, and the time to notice them. XO.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Took a quick road trip up to PA to see our girl this weekend, stopping for a stroll through Hershey Gardens. Want to see some butterflies and flowers?

The Butterfly House has a larvae hutch!
Did not know Cannas came in orange. I've only seen red.
After all the travelling we've done lately, we needed Sunday to catch up on chores and finally try out the new kayaks. Also, needed to do a little dog spoiling. Nigel and Scout find entertaining a house sitter exhausting work.
One's boat shoes should always match one's boat, dontcha think?
Have a great week blog friends! XO.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Vacation was great, but it's good to be home and up to my elbows in paint and fabric again. Played around with this pic from a March trip to Blackwater.
Used editing software to get this. I loved the purples, so I printed it on fabric and used some snippets on the final project. Also, cut out the bird and used it as a template.
Started with a previously collaged and painted background. This one has nautical references. I was lucky enough to find notebooks that contained engine logs and ship's supply lists at a used bookstore. They are large and make a great background layer for all sorts of paper projects.
Printed this on fabric, backed it with linen and cotton batting and began to layer the fabric for my sandpiper, and finished with this.
Used bits of the gorgeous fabrics in my oldest scrappy quilt. I'm going to be very sad when I've used that up, so I should probably start looking for another. Tip: Using fusible webbing will stabilize fabric enough to enable you to use even very fragile bits.
Finished with a bit of hand stitching.
In barn news, Abby has the "clover slobbers." A 1200 pound teething baby and a Saint Bernard together could not generate the amount of drool that one horse produces at the peak of clover time. It's disgusting. Is that TMI? The good news is, it is August and we still have pasture. Usually the grass is brown by this time, but we are still mowing the lawn weekly, and I've even had to cut the pasture. Can't complain about that when parts of the country are dry as dust, so I am counting my blessings here.
Tootles, blog friends.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Home at last. Had a great time on our trip to Washington. Visited my brother and family near Bellingham and stayed with Mike's cousins on Orcas Island. This is a such a beautiful part of the country and it was so much fun catching up with family. Took tons of photos. Naturally. Here are some things I learned on my vacation.
  1. Mountains are hard. I have the legs of a flatlander, apparently.
  2. Sorry blue crabs, but dungeness crabs are much easier to pick with a bigger payoff. One can fill you up.           
  3. You're never too old to throw a snowball at your brother.
  4. Boat shoes give you no grip on glaciers. At all.
  5. I am not too proud to creep along on my hands and knees if the alternative is tumbling down a mountain. See number 4.
  6. I can eat fresh salmon every day and never tire of it. Ditto the dungeness crabs.
  7. Jumping into the water in that part of the country will make you scream, right before it takes your breath away completely.
  8. I am hopeless at a card game called Pitch.
  9. Over packing can be hazardous to your health in the mountains. Uphill is hard. Downhill, you run the risk of being run over by your own luggage.
  10. I can survive without air conditioning. Over there. Don't ask me to try it here.  
The view from Mount Baker.
Picture Lake.
Mike on Mount Baker.
We could see seals from the house!
Dungeness crabs.
Sailing with my nephew, Barkley.

Barkley and I developed a serious crush. So much so, that when we left for the island, he moped and refused his dinner.
Random dog on Boundary Bay. I liked his attitude.
Mike paddling over to Skull Island.
Great climate for gardening. Beautiful flowers everywhere.
Painted on the side of a gift shop in Edison.
It was a wonderful trip but as always, I am happy to be home. There is nothing like the whistle of your own tea kettle. Bye for now, I have unpacking to finish and several days worth of dog/horse smooching to catch up on.
View from the ferry. Orcas Island to Friday Harbor.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Having a little vacay. Can't wait to tell you all about it.
Picture Lake
Back soon! XO