April 14, 2014
Humbly serving all with their beauty, flowers say more to us about God than anything else. Each one brings a message that the Heavenly Father is right here.
Is there anything more beautiful and sweet than flowers? Springtime is a time to rejoice in the rebirth of life. I planted roses last week replacing an old thorny agave plant and look forward to bouquets they will give me for my table. Graham & Brown’s wallpaper inspired this visual design celebrating flowers. The bold complementary color scheme of apple green and red violet has always been a favorite. Products found on Project Decor.
April 6, 2014
Are you ready for Easter? Last year Easter was on my birthday and my beloved dog Romeo died the day before. I never did celebrate my birthday or Easter. I created this design on Olioboard for some Easter inspiration. Easter is my preferred holiday to bake and decorate cookies because I get to use some of my favorite cookie cutters and use colorful pastel icing and sugars.
Floral Arrangement by Dandelion Ranch
Here are links to other Easter posts on my blog
Easter Greetings 2011
March 20, 2014
March 15, 2014
February 10, 2014
January 30, 2014
The term salon wall dates back to the 18th century in France when artists and thinkers of the time met in large rooms (salons) with soaring ceilings. The walls were covered in art. You can create your own salon wall by using brown craft paper the size of your artwork as a template. Tape the craft paper template with blue painter tape to the wall to get a visual of how the art will appear on the wall before placing any nails. I like to place the artwork on the floor first until I find a display that is visually appealing before placing the craft paper templates on the wall. Your display will be more visually appealing if the frames and matting are cohesive with your design scheme. The gallery wall art display photos are from the Arcadian Home blog.
January 24, 2014
Sherwin Williams Color of the Year Exclusive Plum
December 16, 2013
These are Ikebana arrangements we made in class for the holiday season. They are made with creosote branches, fern, poinsettias and pine branches. Mine is the third one.
December 1, 2013
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is listening to Christmas music. Since I was a little girl the carols of Christmas have been playing. I grew up listening to Nat King Cole singing Oh Holy Night, bubb, bubb, bubba Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Frank Sinatra and Sing Along with Mitch Miller. The Sing Along with Mitch album helped me to learn all the words to the many Christmas carols at a very early age. One year my father brought home a stack of albums for us to enjoy and told us, “I think this woman is going to go far in music.” The woman he was referring to was Aretha Franklin; this was her first album. In that stack of records was the album produced by Phil Spector titled A Christmas Gift for You. This album has become a family favorite throughout the years. My sister and I would always sing and dance through our favorite song Sleigh Ride by the Ronette’s. This is my all time favorite holiday album. Back when this album came out I wanted to be a Ronette.
All the music on A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Vince Guaraldi Trio is so good I can listen to this any time of year. I first purchased the album December by George Winston in the early 1980s. This album has become a classic favorite for me in the winter months. His version of Joy can elevate my spirit to another place entirely. Emmylou Harris’ Light of the Stable is another album that puts me in the holly jolly spirit of Christmas especially the song Christmas Time’s a-Coming. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Emmylou’s country charm. About ten years ago, I purchased James Taylor’s A Christmas Album at a Hallmark store at D.C. Ranch in Scottsdale. The album was later released with a different cover. James ‘ version of Deck the Halls is the best version of the song I have ever heard. Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is a soulful version of all my favorite Christmas songs. She is adorable on the cover and at the top of her vocal strength. I adore her version of All I Want for Christmas is You and always look forward to hearing it again.
In 2010 the Indigo Girls released their first Christmas album Holly Happy Days which I immediately purchased from iTunes. Their version of I’ll be Home for Christmas is lovely and so is Angels We Have Heard on High. Last Christmas I was delighted to learn Lyle Lovett had released Songs for the Season. Though there are only three tracks, these songs are wonderful especially his version of Christmastime is Here. Since Christmastime is here, have yourself a musical Christmas.