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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday In The Studio

Starting a new year, here, at Anchor Cottage. I took inventory and weeded out the discontinued. 

Listening to my new favorite jam. Interestingly enough there is a song on this album called, "I Let The Sun Go Down". Written by Elvis Costello. In light of Prince Harry stepping down, the song is pretty relative. The whole album is a great jam. He has a couple of singers in his vocal group, Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee, that are absolutely great! I was fortunate to hear them, live, in concert.

If you see anything you would like to look at closer, give me call and we will make an appointment for you to come in. 

This funny pink is luscious paired with Mad Cap Cottage.

I am still sorting through 2019, but managed to order fresh fabric swatches already and it is only January 18!

When the world, outside, is a blanket of white I tend to pile the color on. 

I perched all my hand carved and painted birds in the window.

I could use a larger desk but then I would need a larger studio. 

Ordered new rug swatches to start the year! I have another dozen coming in before April, I will keep you  posted. 

Fresh calendars and folders, I sharpened my pencils and replaced the pink erasers. Time to start my taxes. 

There is a story, to tell, about the sea captain poster. I'll save it for another day. Time to go shovel the white stuff!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Let It Snow

With three more months to go, of white fluffy snow, you will probably become tired of seeing the snow photos every time we get new precipitation. 

It is truly remarkable to look outside and see no color!

So, today, I took a couple of photos showing garden art buried in the white stuff.

The yellow, glass stem, is the only crayon in the box, outside in my flower garden. 

White and black and gray.

And all the neutrals in between. 

A sepia landscape out my windows.

Bam!! The green Jade Plant on the desk.

Black cars, white cars, black jackets, gray hats and boots. No wonder Valentines Day is so popular in the middle of February. Red and pink hearts to brighten your day in the snowy white landscape of winter.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Up With The Sun

Up with the sun sounds pretty good when the sun rise is at 8:20 in the morning!!

Here she comes, shinning through the trees. 

The beginning of a new year. 

She was just a glowing. 

The reflection of her light across the compound. 

In the mean time, first breakfast of the year. Champagne to toast the start of 2020. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, made from scratch, for breakfast! 

This cake was so moist that it came out of the pan in crumbs. I had to mold it together and pop it into the freezer so I could get some frosting on those layers! 

Granulated snow, like diamonds, glittering in the sunlight. 

The sky was so blue overhead. 

A pristine white, to start the new year, it's going to be a great one!

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What A Fun Little Christmas

Ha Ha! Merry Christmas! Steve brought home the best tree this year. Fit perfect...after we changed the living room around!!

We took up the sea grass rug and laid a brand new rug and pad down. Found another Dash and Albert rug for behind the sofa. 

Kitchen is undergoing renovation, Steve is building new counter tops and cupboards. We got a new faucet for Christmas! It's a humdinger, I will show you when we get the sink in, the sink that was in the woods. Lol, you'll see! 

Thank you to all who had the time to send Christmas cards, I love hearing from all of you. 

I saw that Bunny Williams used animal and African tribal patterns in her home! So I went and made a velvet, leopard skin pillow for this couch and brought up the Annie Selke pillows from my store room.  

I bought the first star a few years back and gave one to Steve's sister. Steve thought that they were so vibrant that he bought three more for Christmas presents this year. I hung an extra one in the window, over looking the woods. 

So, new rug, new sofa pillows, required two new pillows on the leather sofa and a slipcover for the ottoman. Lucky that I had this fabric in my stash and was able to whip them up. 

A big thank you to Jennifer who allowed me to sew along side of her, this summer, and gain some stitching confidence. 

So, as you can see, everything got moved into a new position. Moving my props around, I always say! 

The dinning table is now in the sun room, where we can keep our reading material at arms reach when we need to look up a bird or a description that has stuck with us.

I started this stained glass collection a long time ago! 

I found "Snowy Snowman" at Tom's grocery in Northport, eighteen years ago, when Steve and I were newly in love. It is the first decoration out and the last decoration to be put away, every year. I love tradition. 

Hung the wreath and garland to cheer the birds and chipmunks. 

All this before I got dressed this morning.

Merry Christmas to all!  

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter Solstice Walk Through The Woods

What a beautiful day for a walk in the woods.
 The sun was shinning, reflecting off of the snow, giving everything a silvery glow.  

This looks like a great run to practice my short swings! In ski terminology, a narrow, steep chute that keeps you over the tips of your skis as you pop back and forth over the fall line. 

A field of shadows in gray and sepia. The sun is in the south. That ole sun is all the way down to the 45th parallel south of the equator today. The light is coming across the field from the side instead of shinning overhead.  

The light was so good today, bringing clarity to the mottled colors of the bark.  

When you need to envision how colors work with each other, take a look at the works of nature.  

Where some are able to visit museums to observe the play of color, in my area, the north woods is what I have to work with.  

The hoof of a Deer. 

You can see by the shadows how low, in the sky, the sun is today. 

We are having a slight warm up and snow traces the shapes as it recedes from the stumps.  

A long time ago, when men were kings, a young fellow pulled a trailer down the path into the woods and added on a lean-too. There he spent the first few years while building his log home. 

Complete, with outhouse! The young prince was not stupid and spent his winters in the south!

Until, one day, his vision came to be and he moved up on the ridge in his home built of logs. He never looked back and lives there still. The hermit on the hill. 

A bouquet of sticks. 

Weather is hard on the outbuildings. As they serve their purpose and then they deteriorate, much like the body of a human. 

How do you know when it is time to push them over into the hole? Or, maybe if you are lucky they fall over and bury themselves with moss and leaves. 

Sliver gray, here at play, on the Beech tree as well as the building. 

This truck should have a great big wreath with a red ribbon tied in a humongous bow! He is our workhorse around here, he did a nice job of clearing a path for walks in the woods.

And there you have it!
 A walk in the woods on the shortest day of the year, here on the northern 45th parallel. 


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