ever green

It is no secret that I adore the color green.  Please enjoy a collection of photos from Europe last year.  We stayed in several cities, but it was the country side which captured my heart.  I was impressed by all the green around me.
A water fall in the hills of Alsace Lorraine where we hiked.
A vineyard in Alsace.  Everywhere we looked there was green and I felt so happy.
What color makes you happy?

ever green

It is no secret that I adore the color green.  Please enjoy a collection of photos from Europe last year.  We stayed in several cities, but it was the country side which captured my heart.  I was impressed by all the green around me.
A water fall in the hills of Alsace Lorraine where we hiked.
A vineyard in Alsace.  Everywhere we looked there was green and I felt so happy.
What color makes you happy?

sunday shelf – collecting

Friday morning, I had the great pleasure of attending a special event announcing the partnership of two very special people, “Ronda from All the Best blog” and “Vicente Wolf.”
Vicente is a World Class Interior Designer as well as photographer.  The “Trees of Namibia”, a photography collection by Vicente Wolf is offered for sale, a “limited edition” of prints per image are available for purchase via All the Best.  In person, the images are bold and beautiful.
Ronda has a way for inspiring many to join the blog arena, as Vicente recently began a blog. Meeting Vicente was fabulous, he is gracious, earthy and full of life.  I immediately can see his love of journey and crossing boundaries to collect items for design, learning to see the world in new ways are evident in his books as well as his spirit.  I was delighted to purchase the book, “Crossing Boundaries” and have Vicente sign this for me.  He has a humble, down to earth personality  – he signed, “Patricia, I hope you like the book!”  As an artist, we are fortunate to love what we do, but it is an added bonus when others like what you do.  Needless to say, I love the book.
Who have you met recently that inspires you to cross boundaries?  Ronda inspired me to begin a blog and to “love” my illustration.  I give thanks this Sunday to those of you who are on a journey to create, design and inspire others to live an artful life.  It is amazing how we can all learn to see new things every day.  Are you learning to see anything in a new way?  I learned to spell “Vicente” as well.  To learn to see and to spell are all part of a journey for me.

sunday shelf – collecting

Friday morning, I had the great pleasure of attending a special event announcing the partnership of two very special people, “Ronda from All the Best blog” and “Vicente Wolf.”
Vicente is a World Class Interior Designer as well as photographer.  The “Trees of Namibia”, a photography collection by Vicente Wolf is offered for sale, a “limited edition” of prints per image are available for purchase via All the Best.  In person, the images are bold and beautiful.
Ronda has a way for inspiring many to join the blog arena, as Vicente recently began a blog. Meeting Vicente was fabulous, he is gracious, earthy and full of life.  I immediately can see his love of journey and crossing boundaries to collect items for design, learning to see the world in new ways are evident in his books as well as his spirit.  I was delighted to purchase the book, “Crossing Boundaries” and have Vicente sign this for me.  He has a humble, down to earth personality  – he signed, “Patricia, I hope you like the book!”  As an artist, we are fortunate to love what we do, but it is an added bonus when others like what you do.  Needless to say, I love the book.
Who have you met recently that inspires you to cross boundaries?  Ronda inspired me to begin a blog and to “love” my illustration.  I give thanks this Sunday to those of you who are on a journey to create, design and inspire others to live an artful life.  It is amazing how we can all learn to see new things every day.  Are you learning to see anything in a new way?  I learned to spell “Vicente” as well.  To learn to see and to spell are all part of a journey for me.

run for the blossoms


 

Today is a major event, “Run for the Roses” – The Kentucky Derby.
Growing up in Kentucky, there was always excitement leading up to the first saturday in May.
Much commotion around a fast and furious race.  I always felt proud of the city, the blossoms, the crowds coming from all over the world to be a spectator at Churchill Downs.
My sister Liz, painted this delightful “Dogwood for Derby” – I love the dogwood flower, the fence, the fountain and the home in the distance.  Please leave Liz a comment.  She is working hard to build a collection for sale, and this sweet little painting would be in bloom all year.
Will you be watching the race today and taking delight in a mint julep served in a silver derby cup sporting a hat with lovely blossoms?  Run for the blossoms or perhaps a bit of Kentucky bourbon.

run for the blossoms


 

Today is a major event, “Run for the Roses” – The Kentucky Derby.
Growing up in Kentucky, there was always excitement leading up to the first saturday in May.
Much commotion around a fast and furious race.  I always felt proud of the city, the blossoms, the crowds coming from all over the world to be a spectator at Churchill Downs.
My sister Liz, painted this delightful “Dogwood for Derby” – I love the dogwood flower, the fence, the fountain and the home in the distance.  Please leave Liz a comment.  She is working hard to build a collection for sale, and this sweet little painting would be in bloom all year.
Will you be watching the race today and taking delight in a mint julep served in a silver derby cup sporting a hat with lovely blossoms?  Run for the blossoms or perhaps a bit of Kentucky bourbon.

nothing to do – fab friday

fab photo from “whatever” – here
The phrase – “nothing to do” is music to my ears.  It seems as fab friday rolls around, I take great delight in looking forward to nothing to do.  A bit of down time is needed for each of us.
Nothing like crayons, white paper covering a table to take us to another place.  Do you allow yourself some time for “nothing to do” or are we all supposed to be scheduled up the wazoo?  I really treasure having nothing to do but color, eat, talk, and listen to my children, my husband and my friends.  Cheers to a fab first of May and to the art of nothing to do.

nothing to do – fab friday

fab photo from “whatever” – here
The phrase – “nothing to do” is music to my ears.  It seems as fab friday rolls around, I take great delight in looking forward to nothing to do.  A bit of down time is needed for each of us.
Nothing like crayons, white paper covering a table to take us to another place.  Do you allow yourself some time for “nothing to do” or are we all supposed to be scheduled up the wazoo?  I really treasure having nothing to do but color, eat, talk, and listen to my children, my husband and my friends.  Cheers to a fab first of May and to the art of nothing to do.

brains & beauty

   

I take great pleasure in introducing the brains & the beauty behind my new blog look.  Allow me to introduce you to her here. (That is, if you do not already know and adore her!)
Lucky me to work with Bryn and to have had the pleasure of this interview;
1.  How did you begin designing blog pages?
In college I majored in Advertising and I spent all four years designing for the student newspapers and doing some brochures on the side.  Although I didn’t go into graphic design professionally,  I still liked to keep it in my daily life.  I designed our own wedding invitations, and at the beginning of 2009 I re-designed my blog.  I had people e-mail me about it my blog design, and voila!  That’s how I got here.  I’m lucky enough to have a computer engineer for a father, and he helps me with the HTML and CSS.  Although I plant to learn more programming in the future, my Dad and I currently split the projects (and earnings) down the middle.
 2.  Is this a full time or part time passion?  Where do you see yourself in a few years?
For now, this is a part time passion.  During the day, I work at a marketing job and during the evening and on weekends I work on my designing.  I absolutely love working with people and helping them create their vision, and I’m so lucky to have such a great hobby.  In a perfect world, I’ll someday be able to quit the 9 to 5 and concentrate all my time on my passions: interior decorating,  idea boards, web design, paper goods and maybe even painting someday.
3.  I know you are a newlywed – What are you finding to be the most challenging and the most rewarding?
The only hard part if being a newlywed for me are the chores.  We aren’t particularly people who enjoy cleaning, so it’s a challenge when something needs to be done but neither of us wants to do it:)
As for the most rewarding part…,sometime at night we will keep each other up just by talking and laughing.  We’ll laugh and laugh and sometimes laugh so hard that we  cry, and those are my favorite nights.  It’s cliche, but it’s true: my husband is my best friend.
4.  What are a few things that inspire you?
I get so much inspiration from blogs.  I LOVE blogging!  You “meet” amazingly talented people and find the most obscure, cool things that you would never know about otherwise.
5.  Tell us the highlight of your life>
Wow!  This is a tough question.  The highlight so far was our wedding day (it was amazing), but I think the best is yet to come.  I can’t wait to buy our own home, be a Mom and career-wise hopefully to be able to live what I love someday.
Thank you Bryn for being the brains behind the beauty of my “new” blog design.  I appreciate the time and the patience you took to create my blog to coordinate with my web site.  It truly was a pleasure to work with you, “all on-line” and I am in hopes that we are able to meet one day in person.  I wish you much love, luck and success in your life doing what you love with the one you love.  Have a beautiful day full of design!
If you are interested in working with Bryn, please feel free to contact her and tell her that 
pve design sent you!   Are you looking for a new look for your blog?

brains & beauty

   

I take great pleasure in introducing the brains & the beauty behind my new blog look.  Allow me to introduce you to her here. (That is, if you do not already know and adore her!)
Lucky me to work with Bryn and to have had the pleasure of this interview;
1.  How did you begin designing blog pages?
In college I majored in Advertising and I spent all four years designing for the student newspapers and doing some brochures on the side.  Although I didn’t go into graphic design professionally,  I still liked to keep it in my daily life.  I designed our own wedding invitations, and at the beginning of 2009 I re-designed my blog.  I had people e-mail me about it my blog design, and voila!  That’s how I got here.  I’m lucky enough to have a computer engineer for a father, and he helps me with the HTML and CSS.  Although I plant to learn more programming in the future, my Dad and I currently split the projects (and earnings) down the middle.
 2.  Is this a full time or part time passion?  Where do you see yourself in a few years?
For now, this is a part time passion.  During the day, I work at a marketing job and during the evening and on weekends I work on my designing.  I absolutely love working with people and helping them create their vision, and I’m so lucky to have such a great hobby.  In a perfect world, I’ll someday be able to quit the 9 to 5 and concentrate all my time on my passions: interior decorating,  idea boards, web design, paper goods and maybe even painting someday.
3.  I know you are a newlywed – What are you finding to be the most challenging and the most rewarding?
The only hard part if being a newlywed for me are the chores.  We aren’t particularly people who enjoy cleaning, so it’s a challenge when something needs to be done but neither of us wants to do it:)
As for the most rewarding part…,sometime at night we will keep each other up just by talking and laughing.  We’ll laugh and laugh and sometimes laugh so hard that we  cry, and those are my favorite nights.  It’s cliche, but it’s true: my husband is my best friend.
4.  What are a few things that inspire you?
I get so much inspiration from blogs.  I LOVE blogging!  You “meet” amazingly talented people and find the most obscure, cool things that you would never know about otherwise.
5.  Tell us the highlight of your life>
Wow!  This is a tough question.  The highlight so far was our wedding day (it was amazing), but I think the best is yet to come.  I can’t wait to buy our own home, be a Mom and career-wise hopefully to be able to live what I love someday.
Thank you Bryn for being the brains behind the beauty of my “new” blog design.  I appreciate the time and the patience you took to create my blog to coordinate with my web site.  It truly was a pleasure to work with you, “all on-line” and I am in hopes that we are able to meet one day in person.  I wish you much love, luck and success in your life doing what you love with the one you love.  Have a beautiful day full of design!
If you are interested in working with Bryn, please feel free to contact her and tell her that 
pve design sent you!   Are you looking for a new look for your blog?