It’s remarkable how scents can take you right back to a moment in time and you are re living it in every sense of the word. That’s how I felt this morning when I finally unpacked a carton that has been tucked away for years in my storage. The smell of oil paints entered into me like breath into my lungs, it filled me up, imbuing me totally with fresh inspiration. There is no remedy for it.

My French easel that I had bought over 20 years ago, I had forgotten how beautiful it was in it’s aged beech wood  and brass-plated fittings in the tradition of fine cabinetry. It’s definitely a design that has stood the test of time.


My painting does not come from the easel but it sure helps.

in the garden

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“You still dream about the people lost in your memory, fabricated by your nostalgia and romanticized by your broken heart”…

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I came across a beautiful set of children’s classic books at a garage sale, everything from Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Gulliver Escapes from The Collier Press, New York published in 1912.. the year The Titanic sank!… The leather bindings are still perfect and I could tell they have had a good life. The pages are slightly withered but I knew they had been loved and experienced. How cold it must be to read from Kindles and iPads these days for nothing beats the feel and smell of a real, live book in your hands, especially an old one. It reminded me of this.. “Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.”

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“Old Books Smell Of: A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying muskiness.”

― Chemists of the University College London


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Today isn’t just another day.Today I will create something beautiful…

beading by the sea

I love having a day surrounded by beads and bits of sea glass. Collecting after a storm especially in the winter months  is one of my favorite things to do.. being a savvy sea glass picker usually means I will check the tides first to find out when they are at their lowest and plan accordingly.

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“All you need is love… and some really nice beads”…

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I dreamed of two moons

last night.

Upon waking I was filled

with sorrow.

You were gone

and I was still here.

My pillow had caught fire

dreaming of uncommon love.

You told me your despair

and I told you mine.

Meanwhile the moons

were moving

and both of us

were heading home again.

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“The best things in life are unseen. So we close our eyes when we kiss, sleep and dream”…Mauricio Louzada

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Some nights the moon wants to keep her secrets and it doesn’t matter how much you change your settings etc.. she doesn’t co-operate….! Jupiter was just beginning to sparkle beside her when I shot this earlier tonight. Beautiful evening for sky watching my friends…

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That moment when blue turns to black.

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Jupiter in the sky with diamonds…

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These days I find myself drawn to antique and vintage collectibles, so much so that I almost feel displaced in time. Antique and vintage are both terms that refer to an object that can give us a glimpse of what the world was at that time. I take particular pleasure in surrounding myself in what I consider vintage appeal. I wonder how my taste could change so much in furniture and art and I realize it’s the uniqueness or quality that speaks to me.

I have had fun adding some of my own touches to certain pieces, like the pair of antique cherubs who were missing their flute and violin bow. I used a piece of bamboo for the bow and downloaded the  music from the Titanic  “My heart will go on” and rolled It up and placed it where the flute should be.

A vintage affair

The lamps I have added paint and made them a touch more brilliant than what they already are.. they carry their own past  and I have added a touch of  myself to them. Usually I have no idea where I will place them in my home but soon they are exactly where they should be and they have claimed me.


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I’m just a vintage soul…

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According to Greek mythology, muses are the ageless spirits who inspire and watch over us as we create. What better place for muses to reside than a cool, green mossy garden?All who enter my garden are promised a quiet place of peace and inspiration.

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“She surveyed the undergrowth and focused on a cluster of fern fronds curled tightly against the new life they had been given. She often wondered why the fern’s new existence was so firmly wound up”…


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