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Summertime Doing

Certain elements feel like Summer. Are almost necessary for Summer to achieve Summer-ness.

Fiona and that face in the hello kitty pool on Shalavee.comon

There’s bubbles, fireflies, sparklers, s’mores, and “swimming”, which just means being in “woger” to Fiona.

ripening tomatoes on Shalavee.com

On the Shore here, Summertime means local food. Crabs, corn, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.

Maryland Blue Crabs on Shalavee.com

And all activities related to obtaining these yummy ingredients.

crabbing on the Eastern Shore on Shalavee.com

We went dip net crabbing once and had a blast.

A day at the blustery beach on Shalavee.com

Visiting the beach can be a challenge with the onslaught of traffic but well worth the effort for a Wednesday outing.

Adam's Market on Shalavee.com

Stopping back by the Adams market on the Delaware line for produce.

shucked corn on Shalavee.com

crabcake and corn salad on Shalavee.com

And then fondling, shucking, and cooking your treasures. Crab cakes, corn salad, and pita chips.

obligatory sunburn on shalavee.comAnd as always, there’s the obligatory sunburn at soccer camp.

Yup, chaos and boredom aside, I think we’re hitting some sweet Summer notes, grabbing great pictures, and actually having fun.

One month left. I think I may need a vacation from this vacation however.

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Summer Drive

The fields are full. The corn is tall and as I drive through them, it’s like navigating a labyrinth. Walls where there were none weeks ago, soon to be gone again after you get used to them.road and cornfields on Shalavee.com

Through the open window, it smells different. There’s a sweet rot smell giving over to patches of dirty dank mildew. The sound of crickets and cicadas and happy birdsong fade in and out.Queen Anne's lace at the edge of the field on Shlalavee.com

I swoon and graze my vision on the Queen Anne’s lace and chicory lining the roadsides, an occasional late day lily and Black Eyed Susan joining the ungathered bouquet. I see the orange spotted wings of wily cow birds darting in and out of the flowers feasting on grasshoppers and buzzies.cornfield and tree on Shalavee.com

Inside the car barreling along the tar and chip side-roads, we switch the radio station back and forth and wait for the little girl to fall asleep. The rhythm of the life staying somewhat the same despite the Summer’s onslaught of Busy. The smell of ketchup fills the cab of the truck and I dream of a quieter life in the middle of The Land of Pleasant Living.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Happy Flowers and Fourth of July

I can admit without shame that I detest our country’s flag colors. Don’t get me wrong, I feel patriotic when I see red, white, and blue bunting up on people’s porches and the flag itself could bring tears to my eyes on occasion. But I really don’t find the color combination attractive otherwise.

Wanting to be patriotic for the Fourth of July, I aspired to make and take pictures that I liked and appreciated the holiday color scheme.

Purple clover too on Shalavee.comNature has a way of offering alternatives that make any color combination OK. So I endeavored to put together a little eye candy in a blue ball jar that everyone could enjoy and that paid homage to the red, white, and blue combination. Yes I pulled over and jumped out of the truck to retrieve the Queen Anne’s lace and the clover. Nothing’s too crazy for art. Especially to stare at two of my favorite flowers.

flowers in the crate on Shalavee.comQueen Anne’s lace, blue hydrangea, and Autumn Sage in a blue ball jar inside a red vintage coke crate and, stick a fork in me, I’m done. Add some vintage white doilies, a white-painted child’s school chair, and a Parcheesi board and I had a cute little photo shoot in my backyard this week. Coke crate on Shalavee.com

 

parcheesi board with flowers in front on Shalavee.com

Flowers with Parcheesi background on Shalavee.com

Here’s to celebrating your love of freedom and beauty however you want to.

Love to our country and to all the souls in it.

Independence is a place of freedom in your heart.

Truly visit for even just a moment

and you’ll know what bliss is for your efforts.

overhead of vase on chair with parcheesi board on Shalavee.com

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Butterflies Are Free

Last year at this time, I was asked by Susan Langfitt, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator for Talbot Humane, to take part as an artist and decorate a chair for the Talbot Humane Society’s fundraiser. They raised 17,000 last year for the puppies and the kitties between their live and silent auctions. Oh, Promise Me!, decoupaged Adirondack rocking chair on Shalavee.com

Again this year, she asked me to “paint” a chair and this year, it was a child’s chair to be auctioned off at the benefit auction. I said sure but then was so absorbed in teaching my blogging workshop that I ended up pulling it together last-minute. As usual, I’d say it really turned out well. As I did with last year’s chair, I did a  little decoupage and a little paint but really wanted to leave the raw wood exposed as much as possible. butterfly fabric for inspiration for my collaged chair on Shalavee.com

The inspiration for this year’s chair was from this fabric with the neutral vines and branches on white background with colorful butterflies popping off the surface. I had made some cards on which I used shapes cut from old encyclopedia pages color washed with watercolors. And that was what I knew I needed to use for the butterflies. Again I love using the vintage paper in the design. Watercolor Butterflies on Shalavee.com

I decided the vine lines would be more childlike if they were swirly and exaggerated. I may retry a more sophisticated version of this on another piece of furniture later but this worked for this child’s Adirondack chair.Three quarters of the chair for the Talbot Humane Society

I named it Butterflies Are Free and my chair is being displayed at Ouvert, an art gallery, museum, and gift shop in St Michaels co-owned by my friend Jen Wagner-Campbell, until it goes to the auction being held this year at the Avalon Theater at 6:30 on Friday May 29th, 2015. For more information on the Rock On Talbot Humane project, contact Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or susan@talbothumane.org.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Happy 100 Days of Making

It was brought to my attention by Ms. Kim Werker, the lady who turned me onto this idea, that last Friday marked the first 100 days

for My Year of Making. You  may vaguely remember this project.

You may also remember my realization that I’m much more of a maker than I had previously recognized. March Making collage3

Either way, I kept at it, recognizing and recording every act of creativity I demonstrated each day

from cooking to picture-taking to writing to arting.  And I have these pictures to prove it. Fiona projects on Shalavee.com

I created a collage in February to commemorate my first month of making which you can see here . This project is important to me because I tend to not appreciate the cumulative effect of my life and experiences.

But this project really forces me to keep an eye the quantity of my creativity in front of me.

And I recognized that I’m an uber-creative.Making collage on Shalavee.com

So here’s to 256 more days of keeping track of my making madness because, like it or not,

I’m on a making roll that will last a year. And probably a lifetime.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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