this month’s book

With the “stay-at-home” mandate that so many of us are experiencing, there has been more time than usual for reading. This month’s book is “Garden Inspirations” by Charlotte Moss, who is a designer, author, and philanthropist. This book is a tour through her own garden in East Hampton, New York. In this book, Charlotte walks you through all her garden rooms. How I love sketches … Continue reading this month’s book

spring bouquet

Last week I was reading Traci’s post at Hembree House Interiors, Creating an English Garden Bouquet, and it left me uplifted in spirit, and inspired. It made me realize how much I was longing for spring and the color of flowers. Be sure to stop over and check out the beautiful arrangement she made. It is truly a feast for winter weary eyes. I very … Continue reading spring bouquet

an afternoon photo shoot at kate’s place

On a sunny afternoon over Christmas break, I spent a few hours with my daughter, Kate,  using her home as a backdrop for a photo shoot for my maps.  She lives in an area near downtown Columbus, called Victorian Village.  It is a neighborhood with mammoth, ornate Victorian homes on lovely tree-lined streets with brick sidewalks.  Her apartment occupies one half of the downstairs, and … Continue reading an afternoon photo shoot at kate’s place

yule log

Originally a Nordic tradition, Yule is the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals of Scandinavia, and other parts of Northern Europe, such as Germany.  The Yule log is a specially selected log burnt on a hearth as a Christmas tradition. My Yule log was gifted to me on Christmas Eve by my brother-in-law.  He had made one for their dining room table out of … Continue reading yule log