. ~ digital collage above by filigree moon ~ .

February 21, 2010

~ Turnips, Grapes 'n Courthouse Lace ~

After last week's uncharacteristic
snowfall in North Texas, my parents and I took a
day trip to Weatherford for lunch and to
shop the Farmer's Market. 
Rich color was in abundance everywhere,
 from the clear blue sky to the
fruits and vegetables on display.
First photo ~ turnips and green grapes.
Please pardon the kaleidoscope view.
Just having a Paint Shop Pro heyday!
Stained glass?   Nah...more turnips and grapes.
Next up, chili peppers.
Spicy red.
You reckon this could be red onions in a basket?
How 'bout taters in a basket.
Right.  New potatoes and Idaho potatoes.
How about a punch of color!
Glorious oranges!
In addition to produce, this
Farmer's Market also carries an
array of
local art and imported ironwork.

As well as a variety of baskets.
Fun colors.
Ooooh, and a bit of Parisienne influence...
Fleur de lis.
A trip to Weatherford is always special, as its
courthouse is an architectural wonder to behold.
This image became the most beautiful
lace when tweaked in Paint Shop.
Can you believe that sky?
And now it is sepia-toned courthouse lace.
This vignette of local art
truly makes you aware that you are in
So, if you are in the area, saddle up and giddy-up
like a whirlin' dirvish and head to
Weatherford  for a colorful day.
Y'all have a great week!

February 17, 2010

~ Bears 'n Snow ~

Last week's big snowstorm in Texas was
absolutely picturesque for several hours. 
Almost unbelievable.
A MaGiCaL pLaYgRoUnD for our
wee furry pals,
Bear and Lily.
Bear is the smaller of the two sisters.
So named because she really
thinks she is a big ol' bear.
She resembles those in my collection.
And speaking of big ol' bears, this polar bear came
to reside here as a result of LaurieAnna's Winter giveaway.
I thought I should share this photo before
blogging focuses on Springtime.
The waning Winter season hints of Spring,
when bears come out of hibernation and
experience the joys of  newly budding nature!
Relish the gifts of warmth and shelter.
Share the blessings and love.

February 7, 2010

~ Silver Sunday ~ Valentine Blog Carnival ~

 Silver Sunday has arrived once again, and
I have just barely squeezed in a post, as the
weather has been a bit dreary.  So, with
Paint Shop Pro, I adjusted my poorly lit photos
 until they were somewhat blogworthy.

My subjects ~ sterling puff heart charms.
Filigree charm, puff charms, etched charms ~
 image awash in lavender hue.
Same image ~ soft focus.
Etched charms in vintage purple transferware bone dish.
Silver shaker before vintage violets postcard.
A different point of view, i.e. askew.
Mixed silver charms atop ca. 1900 booklet,
cover embellished with lavender engraving.
Vintage sterling buckle.
Sterling cupid charm, lovely green glass bottle
with raised heart design.
Ceramic charm~carrying Cupid.
Thank you for joining me for Silver Sunday.
For more silvery participants, visit
She has extended
Silver Sunday to a monthly soiree.
Thank you, Beth, for a lovely party.

Also, take a peek at
 for their
Valentine Blog Carnival,
signups due by 6 pm, February 10.
Carnival takes place on February 12.

Hope your week sparkles and shines!

February 4, 2010

~ CuPiD at Cottage Panache ~

has been frolicking about
Cottage Panache,
leaving tokens of
scattered throughout the shop.
As my current muse,
 has challenged me to create
gifts with the theme of
LoVe and  fRiEnDsHip.


Soldered charms.

Maureen also has
gift ideas available at
her shop.

being such a dutiful messenger of
is taking a brief rest, so
now is your opportunity to stock up on
gift opportunities for your
 LoVeD oNes
available at
Cottage Panache.
Selected items also available on Etsy, at