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My Favorite Things – On the Pond

We just got back from a quick trip to New Hampshire to see my mom on the pond.  Which pond?  Where?

I invite you to pull up a chair and join me on a virtual tour.  

two red chairs on Goose Pond

To a pond that is as lovely in the sun…

diamonds on the water

As it is in the shade.

sunlight through the trees

A pond that looks just as pretty on a cloudy day…

across Goose Pond

As it does in the mist…

paddle boarding on the pond

And at dusk.

looking towards the dam

A pond where life slows down…

speed boat at the dock

And looking at the water is sufficient entertainment!

Goose Pond water

Goose Pond, New Hampshire



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My Favorite Things – The Windows and Doors of New Orleans

In addition to having a fascination with lampposts (you can see some of my lamppost posts here and here!), I also love to photograph doorways and windows.  This collection of photos was taken on my recent trip to New Orleans…and I find that each picture tells its own story.


Yellow wall with white arched doorway in Nola

orange wall and blue door in New Orleans

Window and flower boxes in New Orleans

Window grill in wall in New Orleans

Blue door with shutters in New Orleans

Old antique shop window in New Orleans

Green door with shutters in New Orleans


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From My Sketchbook – Week 8

I did a lot of sketches this past week in New Orleans.  However, since my mom and I were out gallivanting in the French Quarter almost every day, my sketches were mainly confined to the quiet periods sitting in the airport, or the few times when I went down to the hotel lobby to see if I could capture some of the comings and goings.  (One such fun sighting was Project Runway’s Tim Gunn.  If I hadn’t been so shy, I would have told him that I’m a fan!)

My favorite sketch from the lobby (and no, it’s not Tim Gunn) is this one:

Lady in Omni lobby

Last night when I got home, I did two more sketches.  These were invented faces and were done with my beloved Carter’s flexible nib fountain pen:

Curly hair girl sketch

Punk pixie sketch

Although I was working from my imagination, the inspiration for the two face sketches was this “how-to” YouTube video for rendering fashion faces:

P.S. YouTube is one of my favorite resources for “how-to” videos…and not just for drawing.  My husband and I once learned a dance routine off of YouTube for a showcase dance at a symphony gala.  How good were we?  Well, that’s material for another post!


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Saturday’s Thought – Food for Thought (New Orleans Style)

Some of you followers and fans may have wondered why I didn’t post on my “regular” schedule this past week.  Here’s why…


“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”

(Paul Prudhomme)

In other words, New Orleans happened! (Or, more correctly, I went there for a week of vacation with my mom.)  More photos will be forthcoming.

Stay tuned…

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My Favorite Things – A Weekend Island Escape to Nantucket

I played hooky this weekend and went to the end of the world.  Or so it felt…

Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket

Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod and accessible only by ferry (or by plane during “the season”), getting here from New York City is an all day affair.

But when you see this coastline…

Off the shore of Nantucket

The trip certainly seems worth it!

We were visiting my mother-in-law.  From her place, it was just a short car ride to the Sankaty Head lighthouse…

Nantucket lighthouse

And to the quiet and quaint Main Street.

Main Street Nantucket

Just a few blocks away, the harbor was glorious in the crisp and clear morning sun.

red boat in Nantucket harbor

Nantucket Harbor3

Nantucket is home to around 10,000 inhabitants during the year, though the summer seasons brings lots of seasonal visitors and the island swells to 60,000!

Buying real estate, even just a fixer-upper like this…

Nantucket weathered windows

Or this…

Green weathered door in Nantucket

Is not in the cards for us any time soon.

But at the end of the day…

Sunset in Nantucket

We can count still count our blessings and relive the fond memories!


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The Happiness of Pursuit and What I’ll Be Pursuing Next…

Usually when I travel, I make the mistake of bringing too many things to do – too many books, too many drawing supplies, etc. – only to bring them all back home, together with a dose of guilt for not having been more “productive.”

On my recent trip to Portugal, though, I wised up and took only ONE book…

Book photo


Which I was fortunate to have received an advance copy of from author and blogger Chris Guillebeau.  (The book actually launches officially today, so if you’re interested, you can pick up a copy here.)

I’m not exactly a stranger to the concept of quests – my 365 days of A Design a Day jewelry design posts on this blog was a quest of sorts for me – but I’ve been feeling a bit rudderless of late.  So this book was the perfect read for me.  First off, I love, love the title – and reading a book written by someone who had the courage, patience and persistence to travel to EVERY country in the world was inspiring and reassuring as I braved some of the more stressful moments of my trip to Portugal.

Will I be undertaking my own world trip soon?  No.  Mastering the sport of kick-boxing before my next overseas trip?  No (but it might have come in handy when I was almost robbed in the subway station in Lisbon…but more on that in a later post.)

No, my next quest, while still somewhat ambiguous in my mind, will revolve around building confidence…my own!  As I figure out the hows and whys, I’ll keep you posted.

Stay tuned…


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Off Seeking New Adventures…

I’ll be away from my computer for the next 10 days, so my posts will likely be sporadic.  Fortunately, carrying along a camera is always easy.  Hope you’ll stick around to learn where I’ve gone…

the lone traveler

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
(Ernest Hemingway)


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