9.14.2014

Bringing the Outdoors In...

 I was so excited when Easy Canvas Prints asked me to review their product!

After all, my readers know I am all about photos of my garden….LOTS of photos of my garden. In fact not a day goes by that I don't photograph flora or fauna. It's kind of like brushing my teeth. Part of my daily routine. So,  the chance to see one of my photographs on a canvas made me so excited!



I tried to pick one that would really fill the canvas with color.  I also wanted one that would fit the rustic theme of the dining room we are (still) remodeling.  Soothing tones, vintage embroidery, touches of burlap and just a modern country home feeling. Our early lavender was so pretty. We had three varieties at once, so it seemed just a perfect choice for the canvas.



I love that the Easy Canvas Prints had a few options for how the "wrap", (the photo around the sides),  looks. And I especially liked that it has a hanger attached. After I played around a bit, I also realized it could stand nicely, leaning on a shelf or a mantel. This way you can easily rotate your photo if it looks great from a variety of angles. (of course your family photo would probably not be rotate friendly. :)



This canvas is a generous 16" x 20".

The clarity was perfect for a canvas this size.
I was also very happy with the color….true to the original.


I LOVE that while we are entertaining in our dining room we 
will be able to enjoy our garden….no matter what the season!

MY EXCITING NEWS….

I get to give away a canvas!

One lucky winner will win a generous 16 x 20" canvas AND FREE shipping! WOOT! WOOT!

WHAT TO DO:

Leave me a blog comment telling me how you found my blog.  (1 entry)

Leave me a separate comment telling me your favorite flower . ( 1 entry)

Share this giveaway on Facebook (click the link below post) Leave me a separate comment telling me you did and your Facebook name. ( 1 entry)

So each of you is allowed three chances!

The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 21st.

GOOD LUCK!!



9.10.2014

I love you too.

I really think my garden is trying to tell me something….because every time I am even remotely close, I hear a whispering.


As I head down the hill and across 
the field to the garden, I first start to hear it.


It is muffled at first…a distant crowd murmuring a secret message.


My pace quickens….worn Muck boots striding forward with sudden eagerness.


The distant murmur intensifies as I reach the twisted bittersweet fence surrounding the raised beds.


Wordless voices shouting, then screaming...


A sensory overdose of color and aroma surrounds me.



Nature, and all of its glory echoes from the woods, encircling me in a funnel of pure joy.


This is my place.


A place where time stops and dreams become purposeful.


A place where the universe speaks in tongues...


...and I whisper back…."I love you too".

9.01.2014

Good Morning

Who knew the joy I would get from planting a few packs of Morning Glories.


I have always admired my dad's Morning Glories. I'm not sure why I have never taken the leap.



This year I went a little crazy.


 

I planted at least five packs.
And they twisted their way around the rustic fence.



They have blessed me with the most gorgeous blooms. Blooms that seem to have a sunbeam hidden deep  inside their opaque petals.


But the faded blossoms have me as intrigued as the full showy flower. The way they shrink inward in a perfect circle….like a popped balloon….


Nature is AMAZING!




My only complaint is that I have been missing the blooms on school days. 
This one is ready to put on a show. And although I will not be there to revel in its beauty….I will anxiously await Saturday morning and my newfound friend.

8.27.2014

Prince Snow Farm Rustic Card Giveaway

CONGRATS TO melaniek40!
I have emailed you (from maggie_3)

Rustic Card Giveaway!


As many of you know, I have launched a line of rustic greeting cards featuring my garden photography here at Prince Snow Farm. (available here)

I am very excited to give away my first few designs, BUT it gets better. The winner will receive these three designs, and will receive one copy of EVERY design I print for the next YEAR! I will be printing at least 20 cards, but my goal is to have many more! ( I will guarantee the winner at lead 20 cards throughout the year!)

The cards have a wonderful rustic garden theme, are blank inside, and are a generous 5 x 7.

Please us the rafflecopter below to earn chances to win!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! THANKS!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

8.25.2014

Dreams

First off, I thought you would like to see my card designs!  I only started with 3, and I am working on many more, as well as prints. I love that these 5 x 7 matte finish cards can also be framed.


My favorite part about designing these cards, is that they are truly MINE! They are the result of many morning walks through the garden….camera slung around my neck, taking in the sun or fog or rain….and they are truly from my heart!





I have never purposely set out to photograph for cards or prints. I just photograph what I love and then choose something that fits. A bit backwards, maybe, but that's how this brain of mine works.


A perfect example is this hobnail milk glass vase with a rose. My friend dropped a pair off for me, my first (ever) roses were blooming….so I took them on a field trip around the property.





The color was so vivid, it was quite hard to get a crisp image...


…so I tried many different backdrops...


…and came back in with a few photos that I truly love.



It wasn't until Nancy Wallace from @wallacegardens suggested a card series from them, that it even clicked! So sometimes what might seem a pre-planned event to you, is actually just a creative gardener at play!





Several of you have inquired about where they will be for sale. I am still working on that….here or Instagram or Etsy. Or maybe all three! And of course, local delivery too :)



So this girl is headed back to school….but believe me, I am full steam ahead chasing my dream!

"You may tire of reality….but you never tire of dreams."
-L.M. Montogomery-








8.21.2014

The Inevitable

My Mother's Day roses are blooming.
This gardener who has planted and tended and coddled since I was single digits, has never had roses.


So my joy is a bit intense. The velvety layers of ruffles….


…the gentle curves….


…the hidden creases….detail only brought to to me by a camera's lens.


They are just starting to bloom now, as August's light changes…as shadows become long, 
and nights become cool. 




They are rebels in the gardening world. Rebelling against nature's
 time plan. 
Bucking the seasonal bronco.



I think that's why I am so consumed by them...



…because I too am rebelling….fighting the changes that inevitably occur next week.


I cannot hold back the tear that slips across this freckled cheek.


Nor do I want to.


For it is this mama's way of protesting the inescapable. 


How I have absorbed every moment of this summer. Every smile, every grumpy morning face, every request for a snack or drink or cuddle or ride. Every early morning walk with my husband, every big eyed pug green bean plea.



 I will approach my 23rd year teaching with grace….


….but will take this bouquet with me.

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