The Magical Garden: I Shall Never Get Tired of Plants and Garden Whimsy

A few photos from the little whimsical garden outside my shop, Sidetracked:

A planter full of sedums.

Bottles sit atop metal posts.
Bottles in the garden.
A stack of this and that.

I will close with a few photos taken from an antique photograph in the shop currently. There was no information on the back of the photograph, but I sure wish there had been!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Jamming with Friends

I have always wondered what it would be like to get together with a bunch of friends and just jam.  Well, I found out over the weekend.  It was the first of hopefully-many-more-to-come jam sessions.  Eight of us got together to play, sing, and just learn more about music.

Playing my beloved Martin. The Guild is in the shop currently having the frets worked on, the nut repaired, and basically just being set up to ring and sing even better than she does now.

In my apartment, there is this narrow end of a partition wall where some cool old photos and what-nots hang. I was admiring them today, and I thought you might want to see.

Cat’s view.
Old frame with old photo.
Roses. That’s all.
Check out that hat! I love the heart on the frame.
I love cherubs and angels.
Princess of the Universe.

Happy Tuesday to everyone!
ENJOY THIS DAY!
Lynn

My Love for Alice in Wonderland

I am embarrassed to say that I have never read the book, or at least I don’t remember reading it.  I did read a lot growing up, so maybe I read it.  But I love the movies, the old and the new.  I love the vintage illustrations from the different, old versions of the book.  The clothes in the most recent movie version?!  Be still my heart!!  Can anyone say “most beautiful blue dress ever?” As you might remember, I have made several Alice brooches in the past. I think they turned out great, and they did sell well. One lady even bought one for her daughter’s wedding because the wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed! Can you just imagine?  I sometimes forget the many versions of the Alice brooch. I have to remind myself. Does anyone remember my blue vintage suitcase full of Alice ornaments that decorated a tall pink Alice in Wonderland Christmas tree?  And then there was my own version of the Alice blue dress.  It is time for me to start on paper Christmas tags for the shop. Of course, some of them should be Alice tags. I have to make a batch of brooches. Of course, some of them should be Alice brooches.  I think I need to make some pieces of clothing in honor of Alice!  So here is to more Alice!

photo from ScreenCrave.com
photo from ScreenCrave.com
Photo from Pinterest
Photo from Pinterest
alice-brooch
Alice in Wonderland brooch
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Shower of cards by John Tenniel
Shower of cards by John Tenniel
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham

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Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Drink Me by John Tenniel
Drink Me by John Tenniel
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham

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Alice in Wonderland Christmas ornaments
Alice in Wonderland Christmas ornaments
by Gwynedd M. Hudson
by Gwynedd M. Hudson
by Arthur Rackham
by Arthur Rackham

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Enjoy This Day!

Acrylic Painting Faces, Daughter Growing Up, Photo Editing Fun

I will dive right in.  My girl has grown up!  Oh how I remember the sweet homeschool days and how my princess helped with the children younger than herself.

michaela FIAR homeschool

Fast forward to our recent beach trip.

michaela and mom 2016

My sweet girl is still my princess, but she has grown up! She is ever fun-loving, ever fun, and I love her so much! She is my heart. I cannot even put into words the emotions that have been involved in getting us from her wonderful birth to where we are today. We have walked some rough places together, but here we are! How did I get such a firecracker of a girl! Oh yes. I am her mom.

Now, not much to say about the following photos individually. I just wanted to share with you some of the most recent awesome vintage hats I’ve acquired for the shop!

red vintage Henry Pollak

The red hat is a vintage Henry Pollack of New York (Glenover vintage hat).

Vintage golf hat

How about a vintage Crosby golf hat!

And it’s fake, the best way to have it, but how about a coon skin cap?

coon skin cap

And be still my heart! This next hat was gorgeous! I knew it would not last long. And it didn’t!

lovely pink hat

In other news, I often scan photos before I sell them. My first thought is that I might put information on line and connect families to their ancestors. However, as is the case with this photo, sometimes there is no real information to record. Just faces. Are they not sweet? This photo sold to a local doll artist. “For inspiration,” she cheerfully told me. I know the photo is in good hands.

vintage children

If you are bored to tears at this point you may click away, but I wanted to show you a recent painting if you are up for it.  It is so cool, to me, to look back at versions of paintings.  I think a canvas will sort of unfold as it should once you get the basic thought on there.  Or even just the color of paint that is talking to you!  I started with a girl’s face.

caged early

Looking back, maybe there is more life in the rougher draft than the final cut! I don’t know. There is indeed life in her face, but not enough, in my opinion. And her eyes looks a little off. I kept painting. Finally, either I just had enough or she declared herself done, and I found a really cool frame to put her in.

I call her CAGED, because there is something very sad and oppressed about her.

Do names for her come to mind? Do you see a different person in the first photo than in the second one? 
caged finished

That’s all for now! Thank you for bearing with me! Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy this day!
Lynn

It Feels So Right

Dear Friends,

I am in shock at how good this feels! For so long I have tried to blog on the iPad, with wavering success. It becomes so cumbersome to try and get pictures published, I give up. Really, the design and layout and template functions are hard to work with. I give up. But over the past week, Jason has transferred literally thousands of photos from CDs and thumb drives onto an external storage drive for my use! I am using his desktop to blog right now, but I am so very hopeful that soon I can purchase a Macbook or Mac Air with a keyboard! On this big screen, I can see everything! I am able to drag photos from here to there. With a mouse!

Going down memory lane this evening, I found this.

 Christmas 2007

From Christmas 2007. My princess of the universe looks so tiny! That was nearly 9 years ago. She is now 18. I was carrying on, pushing as hard as I could for the life I wanted for myself and my children. It was a lonely road, but I loved (love) my children so dearly and so much! They were a very bright fire that kept me going. Daniel is in this photo as well. What a hard few years, as things got worse. If I had known that only a few years down the road from this I’d finally implode and leave my home, I may have cried. But I might have felt overwhelming hope. Unless you have walked in the shoes of despair and loneliness and grief and, dare I say, abuse, you will never know the ache to be somewhere other than where you are!

 Christmas 2007

I walked with my mom around their pond. My sister was probably somewhere nearby. I always love going out and looking at plants. Taking pictures. I was probably thinking of my work day the following day. And lesson plans! And food! It was Christmastime, after all, and my mom always has a spread of delicious food for the holidays.

Fast forward…

 

Grandma Lynn with Addie and Leighton

Life is so different now.  So full.  I think most of my discontent, when it is present, comes from agonizing over what things should be.  I have to remind myself that for me, this is what things should be.  I am exactly where I should be.  I am healing and being a parent and a grandmother, making the best choices I can day by day.

Greyson 20160826

I could post so much more right now, but I will stop. It is getting late, and I have not even had dinner yet! I won’t even tell you how late it is, because most people don’t eat this late! I also would like to pick up the Martin and strum a bit. And tomorrow will, Lord willing, be another day in my sweet caboose, Sidetracked, so I better get off of here. I do want to share just one more photos. A scan from the shop today. This one is by William Shew. You can google him to find out more, but seems he read about photography in the early part of the 1800s, took off to learn about it, his brothers in tow, studied under Morse, and finally ended up in San Francisco with a photography studio. He was obviously very good at what he did.
 

William Shew photo circa 1870

Isn’t she just lovely!  I would love to know her name, but it is a mystery.  She knows her name.  God knows her name.  Ah well.  I love old photos!

Enjoy this day,
Lynn