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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Nature's garlands ♥
Pops of colour
A cool spot to rest
A life well lived
One of my favourite trees along the Avon river ...
we normally sit here with our lunch
and the best company ...
do it badly;
do it slowly;
do it fearfully;
do it
any way you have to;
do it.
~Steve Chandler~

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

We have been noticing all the little subtle changes on our daily walks with Archer as Summer begins winding down.
I usually find a few leaves to bring home & press between books on every walk.
Skeleton leaves fascinate me ~ such beauty! And while they look so delicate and crumbly, you know their strength just by the fact that they have survived so much.
Watching our garden bunnies enjoying the leaves, having a bit of a "change of Season tasting" ,
 I wonder ...
do the leaves taste as different as they look?
A little blush here and there
tiny curls
each unique in their own way
For Thankful (things I love} Thursday,
I am
So Thankful
to live where we celebrate
and have 4 very distinct Seasons ...
Autumn has always been my favourite ♥

Saturday, August 13, 2016

with the bees ...

Last week I took some pieces of art out into my garden to photograph them.
The natural twists and turns of our Trumpet vine created the perfect little easels.
I was so focused on what I was doing that I forgot  the bumble bees loved the trumpet vine as much as I do :-) 
So I stepped back for a bit,
and watched as they crawled deep inside (so deeply that I could no longer see them until they wiggled their way out backwards).
Adding so much beauty to my day ♥
"Build this day
on a foundation of pleasant thoughts.
Never fret at any imperfections that you fear
may impede your progress.
Remind yourself, as often as necessary,
that you are a creature of God
and have the power to achieve any dream
by lifting up your thoughts.
You can fly when you decide that you can.
Never consider yourself defeated again,
let the vision in your heart
be in your life's blueprint.
~Og Mandino~

Friday, August 5, 2016

A walk on the wildside ...

Nature is man's teacher.
She unfolds her treasure to his search,
unseals his eye,
illumes his mind,
and purifies his heart;
an influence breathes
from all the
of her
~Alfred Billings Street~

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Brush roll

I purchased some brushes last year that came with a (bonus) canvas brush roll.
The brush roll had the store logo stamped in black predominantly on the front and was not very attractive, and sat all rolled up in my craft cupboard.

I came across it  a few weeks ago and decided it was time to "make it my own".
Some free hand painting ... just adding as I went along ... first ... a nice big nest where the logo once was stamped :-) some branches ... a bird  {hello sweet Sparrow} ... flowers {lots of flowers} and once the paint had dried, some stamping.
Now it feels like mine ♥

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Where Bloggers Create 2016 ♥

So happy to be participating again this year in the
Where Bloggers Create blog party
{other years tours can be found on my sidebar}
Welcome to Vintage Sparrow Studio
I'll show you around my little creative  sanctuary ♥
I always seem to have something growing or rooting along my window sills
{avocado pits have been a favourite for years as we eat so many avocados}

My vintage metal drawers were found and gifted to me by my son.
In my favourite colour green ~ the drawers hold all my stamps and stamping inks.
Photos I've taken of the Sparrows in our garden can be found throughout.
And the sweetest little "love notes" by grandsons hands.
When you become a Grandmother
you are blessed with lots of art work & I have it displayed throughout  ♥
Everything in my studio  {with the exception of my art cupboard which my hubby built}
has been found at
garage sales * our local animal shelter store * or curb side freebies
My Clair  Murray hand hooked runner was a lucky garage sale find!
I love to combine my Art with favourite quotes and my weavings
This is one of my favourites ...
With lots of woodland walk treasures added ...
skeleton leaves ... feathers ... pinecones ... dried flowers...acorns ...

Feathers found on walks come home with me
studio chandelier
A recently painted canvas brush roll
old vintage drawers found curbside now hold excess bottles of paint
a new painting on the easel
an old variety store "chip rack" holds small pieces of art
jam jars with garden flowers sit on my art table
cards ♥
another fun garage sale find was my store magazine rack
which now holds magazines I've been published in
my "Narnia" like art cupboard
which holds paper, books, canvas, paints, brushes, markers, pencils etc
a well loved suitcase holds my wool
loved brushes
favourite pens
sparrows ... always sparrows ♥
keeping my loved ones near
a gift from my children 1992
I love nests of all kinds & create these from snips of left over wool
some stitchery
a hand made journal
studio sign
old printers tray
lots of journals
a portrait I painted of my daughter Kate on her graduation
magazine love
thrilled to have my Art on the front cover of
The Coloring Studio
some of my gift bags
these book shelves get changed around quite a bit :-)
and Archer the sweetest little studio dog ever!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Thank you Karen  for hosting Where Bloggers Create again this year !!