Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall Gatherings

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea for a few minutes. I am updating and re-publishing last years post as each year the week before Thanksgiving we start our "fall gatherings" and gather up all of the pumpkins and Fall flowers to take to our  church to use to decorate tables for the annual Community Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in need of a meal.  Most of the pumpkins are donated to our local food bank or to the soup kitchen to use for pies and soups.

                      Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting in the garden to help gather.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those following my blog.

Wishing you and your family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.  Erin

"They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of you righteousness."  Psalm 145.7

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Favorite Fall Garden Places

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by. I am re-posting one of my most popular Fall posts .My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax for a few minutes with a cup of hot apple spice tea while I share with you some of my favorite Fall garden spaces.  We have finally settled into beautiful Fall weather in Southern California after a severe heat wave and are enjoying glorious blue skies and nippy evenings. We are also expecting much needed rain later this week.

"Art in the Kitchen"  - another one of the little paintings I taught at Sherman Gardens "art in the garden" series.

Let's have our tea in the kitchen and then  join Bentley, my helpful Studio Assistant, in the garden where he is waiting to show you around. I use the old vintage wagon to keep small pumpkins and pots of Mums in for  guests pick up a few to take home with them - we call it our "welcome wagon".

Every year I decorate a vintage ladder with Mums and pumpkins.

The vintage metal cart is decorated each season with something new - this year I used pumpkins.

                                         This is one of my favorite corners for tea. Blossom faithfully keeps watch over the garden.

Love how the blue furniture looks in the Fall with oranges and yellows.

                                    This is another favorite spot where I like to sit and sketch.

                              Another cozy spot to sit and work in my watercolor journal.

We support our local farmers by buying lots of pumpkins at the beginning of the season and either share them with friends in our "welcome wagon" or donate them to our local soup kitchen to make pumpkin pies that will be served at the community Thanksgiving dinner for those in need of a meal.

One of my favorite containers for Fall bouquets - an old rusty funnel with a glass inside to hold flowers.
I love using seasonal signs to create little vignettes and  add interest and

A little " art in the garden".  My class at Sherman Library and Gardens painted this little pumpkin.

                                         Another favorite place to have morning tea.

It is starting to sprinkle so I will stop our tour and finish it after the rain.

Thank you for stopping by  I sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e- mails and prayers for my continued recovery from a re-occurring auto immune issue. 

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin  I saw this quote on FaceBook and loved it so much I wanted to share it with you.          "Lord, let them see you in me."        

                   "With God are wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding." Job 12:13

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cottages and Bungalows Magazine

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by. I am so excited to invite you into my home to have a cup of tea and  share with you a peek into the fabulous August/September "easy seaside style" issue of Cottages and Bungalows annual coastal issue focused on all of the sensory experiences of summer.  I am honored and thrilled beyond words that my beach-cottage style home was shared with their readers in an article "Art Imitates Life".  The beautiful article was written by Meryl Schoenbaum, photographed by Bret Gum, and styled by the very talented Editorial Director/Editor Jickie Torres.  Please note  that all photographs were taken by the talented Bret Gum and styled by Jickie Torres and were published with their permission. I ask that you kindly not use their photos.

Bentley, my studio assistant, is waiting to share a few of the photos with you.

I love primary colors and use white walls and white slip covers to tone down the bright colors in my art and accessories - and throw in primitive wood antiques, baskets, metals and wooden boxes to add texture and interest.

I collect blue and white china and use it throughout my home to add a touch of harmony. I adore and grew up with books and use them throughout to add height to tables and lamps. Everything in this room except the lamps, slip covered furniture and throw pillows was collected over the years at flea markets, garage sales or picked up on side of the road.

                         The mirror came from Ballard Designs an was sanded to add a little age.

Mirrors are used in the dining room, living room and kitchen to reflect light and bring the outdoors - indoors.
Fresh herbs in the kitchen are used year round for cooking and are always available to snip for tea or food preparation.
Sunflowers are my signature flowers that appear in most of my paintings along with the ever present blue and white china.

The August/September issue has  more photos of my cottage as well as lots of charming homes, cottages, porches and seaside style and can be found in the magazine section of most stores.

The magazine also has several photos of my art studio. Thank you Jickie, Bret and Meryl for the beautiful article.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits,  comments, e-mails and those following my blog.  I hope to get back to more regularly posting soon.  I was diagnosed with an auto immune issue in June and have been going through IVIG and struggling to get back on my feet.

                         "The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord. "   Psalm 33.5