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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Down Jersey....Stopping by a Cemetery!

It was an ideal afternoon to do a bit of "leaf peeping"
in South Jersey... ending up in the historic town of Greenwich. 

The Old Cemetery of Greenwich Presbyterian Church
was the perfect place to stop... so many stories to tell,
about so many different lives... lived so well.
(tea-burners, craftsmen, Revolutionary soldiers, doctors, 
preachers, school masters; all with a story that should be told)

At first glance, this pile of smaller stones was unsettling...
only to find out that these are "foot stones" that 
have been gathered over the past three centuries.
At one time both a "head" stone and a "foot" stone
were placed as burial markers. 

In the background... the old brick church; built in 1736.
It originally occupied a 34 by 44 foot space.
The stone in the foreground was placed a century later.

"Hope... aged 24 years, 2 months, and 5 days"
(we didn't measure time much differently, two centuries ago)

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, 
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
~Proverbs 13:12 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Day at the Wheaton Arts Festival

Stroll with us on this glorious South Jersey afternoon,
as we share some highlights from the festival...
at Wheaton Arts in Millville:

From this delicately, detailed carved wren... (Tom Ahern)
To the whimsical work of fall gourds fashioned into birds. (KuKu)

(see who won my heart over...)

From delightful Fimo tree frogs and "friends"... (Small Wonder)
To owls captured in a photographer's lens. (Andy Smith)

From woven basketry, detailing nature's best... (Samuel Yao)
To woven ash that is as traditional as the festival. (Mary May)

From contemporary mixed-media... (Daryl Harwood)
To just plain... contemplative! (Daryl Harwood)

It was a festival... a feast... for the eyes and soul!

Oh... and did we mention "food"???
There's nothing like a chili-dog... on a cool October day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Angels of the Shadow Children... on the Road!

The "boys" are on the road... (well, actually they have arrived!)
These three are in Laguna Hills, CA for a photo shoot at Prims.
I had to make the call... they were either going to be in
the "Plain and Fancy, Through the Artist's Eyes" folk art show at the
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts this month...
or fly to California!  (they arrived safely...)
FYI... three other dolls made opening night at the folk art show!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Collage of Our Carousing!

We had such an enjoyable week-and-a-half away... 
all caught in these collage pics!
From the butterfly exhibit... to the carousel dragon!

From Komodo dragons and more carousel rides...
to discovering, yet another butterfly!

From discovering a great old cabinet in our kids' 1860 
farmhouse basement... to a stash a "treasures" we picked up at a Vermont antique shop... to swiss chard from their garden...
to fresh-picked corn-on-the-cob, some marinated asparagus 
and a little bit of steak thrown in!
It was a joy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Off To a New Gallery!

I couldn't be happier... I just dropped these three mixed-media dolls off
at the Mullica Hill Art Center & Gallery.  They were all featured in
Art Doll Quarterly for an article "Folk Art That is Functional!"
"The Memory Keeper" (a repurposed three-drawer jewelry box)

"Music Box Angel" (with a nursery theme wind-up music box)

"Angel Assemblage"  (with a vintage, working clock)

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Just a different take on some of our "finds" over in
Lancaster County... 

Overnight in Lancaster County...

We just returned home from a relaxing overnight in Lancaster County,
stopping by The Art of Recycle and the Green Dragon Market in Ephrata, Vintage Kollections at Carson's in the Cornfield over in New Holland, 
and today... Shupp's Grove Flea Market in Reinholds.

The Art of Recycle is a treasure-trove of "finds" and great junk;
This trip I picked up more rusty old springs, these greenware heads
wooden beads and some paint... Sigh
The vintage wooden blocks (spelling "Emily") will be integrated
in an up-coming doll; celebrating the life of Emily Dickinson!

Shupp's Grove Flea Market (Saturday only) is our favorite...
nestled in a huge wooded lot with every imaginable vendor
you could ask for... The pics say it all!

Did I have fun "digging" through these German bisque doll remains, or what!