Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday Memories

Snow Dove

Christmas Cherub

Through the Window

Promise of Spring

The Nutcracker

Looking Up,Up,Up

Winter Nest

Trimmed for Christmas

Traditions are wonderful, but every now and then I find myself straying with curiosity or need from the familiar and my family's time worn traditions.

This year indeed I did stray. Decorations to deck the halls were taken from storage, the wreath and swag were hung to greet visitors, but when it was time for the traditional tree of Balsam or Spruce to be brought in to decorate, a grand winter storm appeared leaving a thick sticky blanket of new snow. We have donned snowshoes is years previous to search for the perfect tree, but this year I decided to leave the snowshoes hanging. For many years my father has wondered what a tree of Cedar fully decorated would look like at Christmas, and lo, that perfect Cedar was standing in our very yard. The scent of a fresh cut Balsam tree is wonderful at Christmas, but I think I may decide to permanently change this tradition! Cedar is beautiful as a decorated tree, with no sticky pitch!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chronicles of Whimsy Winners!

The Toad Prince

The first Chronicles of Whimsy giveaway is now officially closed. The Whimsy clock chimed noon, and with my Toad Prince overseeing, the Christmas vessel was reopened, given a very, very good stir, and with tightly closed eyes so as not to peek, the Chronicles of Whimsy winners were drawn. I wish to thank every one of you for popping in and leaving so many wonderful comments and compliments! It has been a true joy to see you here! I hope you will stop back often! Please be sure to look for Whimsy's next giveaway in February. I love giving things away around my birthday! :0)

And now, without further ado, the Toad Prince and I shall announce the Whimsy winners.....

For the two ACEO prints Pegasus and the Unicorn and Peek A Boo...the winner is...Phaedra96!
for the handforged hook by Blacksmiths III...the winner is...Lindax!
Congratulations to you both!

Please remember to look for the next Whimsy giveaway this coming February!

~ I wish you all a beautiful Christmas, and the best of New Years! ~

Monday, December 14, 2009

Waiting for the Christmas cheer

The Christmas vessel

Forest in frost

Christmas is coming ever closer. The trimmings are out and the windows have been beautifully frosted by nature in amazing ice designs. Soon the house will be filled with the fresh aroma of forest pine and wonderful scented cedar bows.

If you haven't already entered the Chronicle of Whimsy's first giveaway, please look to the post below. Happy winter everyone!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Chronicles of Whimsy Blog Giveaway!

Pegasus and the Unicorn

Peek A Boo

Blacksmithed iron split top hook

Welcome to the Chronicles of Whimsy!

In celebration of the Chronicles of Whimsy's first holiday season I am having a giveaway! Two winners will be chosen. One winner will receive one each of the ACEO prints Pegasus and the Unicorn and Peek A Boo, the second winner will receive a beautiful blacksmithed hook created and graciously donated by my husband of Blacksmiths III. His shop can be viewed at

To enter this giveaway, please leave a short comment at the bottom of this post saying what you love about this holiday season. This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. Entries names will be stirred together in the Christmas vessel and winners will be drawn when the time strikes 12:00 noon on the Chronicle of Whimsy clock, December 16th, 2009. Please check back in to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Good luck to all, and I wish every one of you a beautiful Holiday Season!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cats and I

Yesterday it snowed.

So today the cats and I took a walk in the woods,
Bumble and Prince,



no not the Cheshire Cat, but really close,
it's Fuzzy,

to look at the beautiful trees,

and visit the grand old Birch. This tree is special to me. I dreamt of it sitting on this hill when I was very young, and saw it for the first time ten years later growing on property we had just purchased.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Grandmother's Art

Winter Creek, oil on stretched canvas

Winter Sunset, oil on canvas board

It may seem as if I have been creating with oils again but, not today. Instead I thought I would share a little of grandmother's art with you.

Here and there you may have come across writings of a gentle grandmother full of love and talent, lost to me in my early years, and an easel and art box brimming with paints, brushes, and memories. Recently the beloved art box was once again opened, spilling those wonderful memories and stirring a desire to share with you art she created before and during my youngest years.

Only a few of her many paintings are with me along with an old tattered box containing a treasure of sketches and illustrations from her 1950 Home Study Course by the Washington School of Art, some of which I will share with you in coming posts.

For now I hope you enjoy this little travel back in time with visions created when I was very, very young.