Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flags and Fourth of July


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 glass of lemonade, and enjoy the flags and reflect on the true meaning of Fourth of July and what it means to our great country and the freedoms we are afforded here in America. I don't know about you, but Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It is a day to share with family and friends. Do you have a favorite holiday memory?



Looks like Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is ready to show you how the addition of a few 99.cent flags can add a lot of festivity to home and garden.





My son gave me the adorable 4th of July door mat for my birthday and I love the touch of whimsy it adds to my front porch.




I love whimsy in the garden - the bee signs were purchased at a craft fair for just a few dollars and are so fun to place in the garden along with a few flags.





The parasols were purchased at the end of the season as few years ago - they do not completely open but I use them anyway for a touch of color and more whimsy.


























I have had the vintage wooden flag for years and it just gets better and more worn and weathered each year.



























Let's leave my garden and take a drive around the neighborhood to enjoy some more flags and a taste of Americana and see how our neighbors celebrate Fourth of July.

































































"Now may the God of Peace . . .make you complete in everything good." Hebrews 13:20,.21






Wishing you and your family a peaceful Fourth of July.




Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails, and those who follow my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special. I am still having problems leaving comments on some of your blogs and will start sending comments to you via e-mail.





I will be on a little blog break getting ready to participate in WHERE BLOGERS CREATE 2011 on July 14th and look forward to sharing with you my creative spaces in my home and garden. Looking forward to seeing you on July 14th.





Sending a big THANK YOU to our Service Men and Women and their families who sacrifice so much to protect out freedoms.






God Bless You and Your Families




Blessings, Erin


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Painting Hydrangeas

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 while I share the inspirations for my art. The Hydrangeas are beautiful this time of year. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to look for inspiration.



Finding inspiration . . . . .


















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Everywhere . . . . .








I picked a basket of blooms to paint.






















"Art In The Garden"














"Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you." Psalm 70:4






Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those of you are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.




Have a lovely week. Blessings. Erin

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vintage Lady Garden Tour

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. Today my friend, Cathy, who owns The Vintage Lady, is going take us on a tour of her charming and delightful vintage garden located behind her equally charming and delightful shop. Her blue door is always open for you to come in and sit and relax and enjoy her shop and garden.




You are greeted by happy words in her shop as well as throughout the garden - both are alive with creative projects and provide a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary - Cathy feels laughter, music, flowers and prayer are essential and her Life Goals are to "dig deep - pray - expect". She will take us on a tour of her shop on another day.






One of my favorite signs in the garden: "When I grow up I want to be a little girl".
Everyone who tours her fun garden feels like a child again.





Cathy has all of her signs custom made just for The Vintage Lady and they are all unique and originals.




She is well known for her custom Fairy Gardens .














She also has fun "make-it-take-it garden container classes on special occasions.

















Sadly someone just stole her vintage pink bicycle.








Love her old flower box with vintage iron brackets.












The garden is filled with unique and charming vintage items used as containers.



"Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you." Psalm 70:4




It is not unusual for friends to drop off old vintage items (to save them from the dump) for Cathy to give a new home.




Another one of my favorite signs.





I hope that you enjoyed Cathy's garden tour. You can visit her on her website at:

www.thevintagelady.com or better still visit her charming shop and garden at:

434 El Camino Real

Tustin, CA 92780

714 731-0422


Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your comments, visits, e-mails and those of you who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.


Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin