Sunday, December 30, 2012

A snowy sunny Sunday ....

Today is a gorgeous winter day!  The sun came out and chased the grey skies away, and everything sparkled ....

We've gotten more snow in the past week than we had all of last winter.  The dogs and I love it!  There are definitely some challenges to dealing with this much snow, but it's so much better than the mud we were dealing with earlier this season.


The tree by the pond, weighted down by the snow ... I was trying to hurry up and get this picture before the winds came up and blew the snow from the branches ....


Had some chores to do this morning, one I hate, is bringing in more wood for the week.  And today I had to first dig out the pile of wood before I could bring any in the house ....


That was a lot of work, and I was hot and sweaty by the time I had brought the wood in and cleaned up ... guess I got my aerobic exercise for the day!  All stacked and ready!


The other "chore" I did this morning, was to create a path in the snow for the donkeys, so they could get out of the barn and into their outer shed ...


They wouldn't even venture out until I walked a path for them ... it gets deep quickly for miniature donkeys!  Here's Merlin heading back ....


Then Sam and Cosmo ....


While Merlin watches everything from the safety of the barn .... isn't he so cute?


While I was working on my chores, my neighbor Sally came over and took Rocky with her as she went cross-country skiing on the snow mobile trail down the road .... the trail has a decent surface so it's easier for Rocky to manage the snow.  They were gone for over an hour, which is why I have a snoring dog behind me as I create my post for today!


That's them on their way back home ....


Of course, Lily needs a turn when Sally gets back to my house ... though Rocky needs to torment her a little first.


Unfortunately, Lily's not too dependable off-leash like Rocky is ... so she only gets the shorter walks off-leash.  But with the snow as deep as it is, she's not anxious to go too far ....


And thank goodness for my neighbors ... mine are all wonderful.  Sally especially, she's adopted my dogs and helps me take great care of them ... she's definitely prone to spoiling them more than I am!


Lily ... in all her snowy glory!  She and I are both prefer the cooler weather, we're definitely not heat seekers!

Hope everyone has been enjoying their Holidays ... I spent some of my time off updating my website and uploading my 2013 daylily price list.  The list has links to many of the pictures of the daylilies .... check it out at http://www.mysticmeadowsdaylily.com

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Holidays ...

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc .....

Today, in the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would share with you my Christmas Decor and some of my collection of Santa's.

It all started with this Santa (in the middle), bought at a craft show many years ago ... one of the few handmade Santa's I have found.


I just love him ... and was horrified to come home last year and find him on the floor, Rocky had taken him off a lower table.  Rocky quickly learned to leave the Santa's alone!  The only other handmade Santa I have found, so far, is this one ...


Notice the base, it's the bottom of an old lamp.  I found this wonderful Santa and reindeer at the huge Holiday Craft Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds quite a few years ago.  I've gone back to see if I could find another good one and have been disappointed in the quality of the crafts in more recent years.  He sits on my clock table with another interesting Santa my friend Shannon gave me ...


This Santa is obviously on the move!  Here's my fireplace mantel and large Santa's and gold twig musicians ... I won the musicians at a Holiday party I went to with my Mom a few years ago, it was her annual Master Gardener Holiday party.


Next is my collection of woodland Santa's ....


Trapper Santa in the back left, in a canoe in the front.  Here's one my friend Judy gave me that matches my kitchen!


And my leaning Santa in the window with the succulents ...


My advent calendar Santa ... I move the Santa in the pocket along each day ...


My largest Santa with feather trees and more reindeer ...


Here is my manger scene with a large donkey watching over it.  My friend Mary found the donkey head at a re-use warehouse and bought it for me.  We think it probably came from an old manger scene ...


Here's a collection of smaller Santa's on my dining room table ... same craft table I used to make my barn quilt square I posted about previously. 


This Santa sits on the moon and hangs on the inside of my front door ...


Speaking of the front door, here's the outside of the house with my white wreaths ..


That picture would look so much better if there was snow on the ground!  And last but not least, my tree.  I went with a smaller tree this year and am very happy with it.


The gate behind the tree is to keep my silly dog Rocky from standing in the bay window ... I'd come home and see him standing there with his tail wagging a mile a minute ... how he didn't disturb any of the glass items on the shelves on the windows, is amazing.

I have many other Santa's that I no longer display, most of them aren't as interesting.  I haven't bought any new ones for a couple of years, since I am now very particular about what I want to add.  But I do keep looking!

If I don't post a new blog next weekend ... I need to finish getting ready for Christmas dinner, house cleaned, cookies made, etc.  Have a safe and wonderful Holiday, enjoy the time with your friends and family ... I know I will!

Friday, December 7, 2012

My grandparents art ....

On my last post, I mentioned that my grandparents were artists ... on my Mom's side.  My grandfather, Arthur H Lindberg, was the known artist.  My grandmother, Esther B Lindberg, was known for her quilts and her gardens but not her art.

Here's a picture of my grandparents when they were young, living in Kenmore, NY.


Actually, now that I look at this picture again, this might have been taken on Long Island.... but I love how "stylish" they were!

My grandfather was an art teacher in the Kenmore School district and lost his job during the Depression.  My grandmother was also a teacher, if I remember correctly, she was an English teacher.  When my grandfather lost his job, he used his talents to bring in some money.  He did amazing portraits, restored damaged paintings ( Charles Penney told me that my grandfather had done restorations for him!), created fancy calligraphy scrolls with gold-leaf, illustrations for books and magazines, etc.

Here he is with his box of pastels next to him, I always wanted to play with the colors in that box when I was a kid!


He was known in Buffalo, NY for a series of oil paintings he did of the Buffalo waterfront in the 1940's ... this is the article that was published:

 Most of the local art community still only knows him for that one short series ... I've been trying to educate them on his real passion; New England landscapes.  Every fall my grandparents would travel to Vermont and Maine so my grandfather could paint ... here are some of his landscapes:


 
 

Watercolors, acrylics, pastels .... he loved them all.  There are pieces of his art in the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery.  I donated another piece to the Burchfield a few years ago, and took a few of my grandmother's pieces with me to see if they had any interest in her art.  And they did, so they now have two pieces of art from my grandmother too!  She spent all that time watching my grandfather, that she decided she might as well try too. 

Here she is with my kitten, Sly, on her lap ...


She was an amazing gardener and quilter, my inspiration for my gardens and quilt!  And a really good artist too.  Here are a sample of her work:

 
 


As you can see, she was very talented also ... though my grandfather (the "artiste") didn't agree!  LOL!  And my older sister Sandy was lucky get this talent and uses it as an Interior Designer.  I think I got their appreciation for color and putting colors together, even though I can't even draw a circle. 

My Mother has made me the keeper of the family art and I have plenty of pieces from both of them to sell.  So if you are interested in an original piece of art, just email or call me.