I love flowers, blooming in the garden, wild flowers by a road site, freshly cut at a farm stand, and pressed with love in a Herbarium.
So when a few years ago my friend Laura@52Flea bid and purchased two exquisite Herbariums from e-bay..... one for each of us, I was thrilled.
There were pages and pages of dried flowers.
It was always a double page with a hand-drawn picture and description in pencil on the left hand and the pressed flower on the right.
I wonder who this young girl was, was this a school project, and where did she find all these beautiful flowers?
Look at all the details in her drawings. She describes everything so well.
This was in the year 1908 and in my mind I picture a thirteen to 15 year old little girl with her head covered by a straw hat, a white dress of fine lawn fabric, running through the meadow and delighting in a new find.
Perhaps she had her best friend joining in this adventure.
I think she had a lot of fun putting this Herbarium together.
Over a hundred years later, I treasure it as much as she did, maybe even more!
I framed as many as would fit in our hallway and hung them with great pride.
My little imaginary girl, I think you would be happy with the way I honored your Herbarium.
Although I love orange in the colors of nature, I don't love it so much in our home. But in the Fall I have to make an exception. After all, what is the season without a little ORANGE..... As you are about to enter our home, a basket of pumpkins and leaves greet you. The orange pumpkin sports neat old hardware. We bought him on our vacation trip to Pennsylvania. I just love him, and he can be recreated every year!
This antique shelf hangs over the stove. Of course the crows, which are vintage decoys had to wear ribbons for the season.
This pumpkin man riding a crow is the work of the artist Dan DiPaolo.
Love these two Halloween characters!
In an other part of the kitchen, some more crows
are nesting, happy to be sporting their ribbons too.
An array of ghoulish pumpkins.
And what would Halloween be without cats.......
Even the soup terrine is an ORANGE pumpkin. I will be serving Ina Garten's Corn and Cheddar
It is wonderful on those nippy Fall days!
Yes, more crows....
I love these tiny little treasures....
These two look so innocent, but...............
Wonder what these two are talking about,
almost looks like Spooky, the dog, is getting
a lecture. Wonder what that is about! Who knows what goes on at night
when we are sleeping......
You know.... Halloween and things that
go bump in the night......
Now that is Halloween!
One of my "babies" walking her crow. I just love crows. Yes, they have some "nasty" habits, but when you watch them interact, they can also make you laugh.
Could not help myself, had to sneak in a little
black and white.
To everyone , enjoy the season,
before you know it, we will be shoveling snow..........
I live in a small town an hour north of New York City on the beautiful Hudson River. I am married to a wonderful and patient man who supports me wherever my fancies take me....be it antiquing, fleamarketing, decorating, etc.......
We have a great son and two absolutely wonderful and bright grandkids. I have been creating dolls and other creations since 1984...loving every minute!.....
My background is in fashion design and marketing. My birthplace is Germany where I lived my first 23 years. In my work, you will often see things that remind me of my childhood in Germany.
I have been fortunate to have been recognized for my work.
My dolls have been featured in Country Living, Country Accent,General Store,and Early American Life.
In 1997 I felt honored to be asked by the Folk Art Museum of New York City to display my work in one of their windows at Rockefeller Center for Christmas.
I will use my blogs to showcase my new creations and dolls that are for sale and you can still find me exhibiting at a few shows a year. Thank you for stopping by and please visit again soon!
God bless, Evi