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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Early Summer Garden Tour

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 while I share my early Summer small space garden with you.

Bentley, my Studio/Garden Assistant, is waiting to show you around.
The vintage metal market basket is located inside the front gate to welcome visitors and is filled with seasonal flowers.


Our small space garden is divided into little rooms filled with vintage finds. The first room is pea gravel lined with a brick sidewalk.






The blue bicycle basket is also filled with season plants/flowers.  Flags and flag pillows come out around Memorial Day and stay throughout the summer months.



The seating area is located across from the front porch. Our neighborhood is located about two miles from the Newport Bay and Pacific Ocean where small lots are a trade off for ocean breezes and located within a bicycle ride to the beach.  Our lot is small and every inch is used to maximize its use - most of the flowers are planted in containers which make it easy to change around seasonal plants .
A vintage sap bucket welcomes visitor to the seating area.












I painted faux flagstones to create a walkway around the garden rooms.  This one leads past the potting bench to the little table where we have lunch or afternoon teas.



"Blossom" the vintage dress form watches over the garden - she is a fashionista and changes her outfits often.













This is my favorite reading nook - located in a corner across from the dining table.


The path leads behind the house to the Sunflower Garden that gets sun all day.


Bentley loves this part of the garden and likes to nap in the sun.




The path leads to the kitchen garden where we grow herbs for cooking and is the perfect place to have tea in the morning.




Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those following my blog.  You can follow me daily on Instagram or Facebook by clicking on the icons on top of my blog post.

Have a joyful week.  Blessings, Erin

"Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord." Psalm 144:15