Sunday, July 23, 2017

Simple Pleasures

Here are some simple pleasures I found this past week.

A basket of gathered apples from the old orchard near our home...








 veggies to please the appetite...














 fresh picked beans...hmm looks like someone is checking them out!















feathers and a sprig of larkspur to sketch...



















and lastly a bouquet of wildflowers with a delicious handful of blackberries.

May each of you find some simple pleasures too.


Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Plein Air Painting

Yesterday morning was perfect for doing something I love - plein air painting.

These sunflowers volunteered to pose for a couple of hours.  












The birds provided lovely music...




















 while a couple of friends stopped to visit.


                                             

  Before I knew it noon had arrived and the morning had disappeared.   Amazing how fast a few hours can fly when one is doing something they love.

Hope sweet friends you find a perfect morning to enjoy that special thing you love to do.

Hugs 
Debbie






















  

Monday, July 10, 2017

...Late..I'm late

"I'm late...I'm late for a very important date."
That date was yesterday with you sweet friends.

Missed my usual posting on Sunday .   Like Alice in Wonderland... there are times when I fall down the rabbit hole.   Hope all of you are having a lovely start to the week.

Rain has swept through Ohio making our fields lovely and green...




 Hollyhocks tall...












and Squash plants spreading wide.












 It has given me indoor time to put up my feet and get inspired with some creative reading.













Plus a bit of playing in the studio.

If  any of you have not fallen down the rabbit hole...drop me a note and let me know how your week is going.


Have a lovely and blessed day.

Hugs!
Debbie

Sunday, July 2, 2017

"God Bless The USA"

Wishing everyone who is celebrating in America a Happy Fourth of July and to all my friends across the world - God Bless You!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Floral Sketches

  
     
Dear Friends,
                                                                                                                                                                          Sharing a floral sketch done this month.  June always seems to have so many flowers blooming at once.  It is hard to decide which ones to capture.
 These were sketched directly in the garden with a micron pen.   Later a bit of watercolor was added in the studio.  Canson makes a great Montval Field Watercolor book.   Seems to accept light washes well without buckling.   Mine is a 10x7 with 50 pages .   This size suits my taste because it is easy to carry outdoors.  

It is hard to realize that the last week of this beautiful month is here.   Where did June go?  

Guess time flies when one is soaking up the sunshine and enjoying those glorious blooms!

May all of you enjoy those last days of June...See you in July!

Hugs Debbie


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mini Vacation

When summer's heat makes its visit I love to take a mini vacation.

It is my favorite way to travel.   Not far to go, no traffic jams or fear of getting lost.

Packing is easy too.  A straw hat, cool glass of lemonade and a good book makes the luggage very light.  

When I arrive there is a comfy seat in a spot of shade.

Yes friends this place is right out my back door.

Now that I have shared my mini vacation...hope you will shares yours.

Have a lovely week!

Hugs Debbie

  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June

The month of June is already gifting us with lovely picturesque moments.

Pink poppies and larkspur are in full swing.












Abundant sunshine and blue skies lift hearts...















while fresh picked strawberries wet appetites.














A special scene such as this is sure to bring a smile.
















Speaking of smiling - here is someone else who seems to be enjoying this beautiful month of June!   Hope you all are too.

P.S.
Thank you everyone for your sweet words , thoughts and prayers at the loss of my dear father.   They mean so much.

Hugs Debbie


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Heaven

I have been pondering heaven of late.

My dear father passed away two weeks ago on a Sunday morning.

He slipped away from us ever so gently into the arms of  the Lord.

His love and faith for God, family, and country left a legacy that will live on in all of  the hearts who knew him.

There is much I could write but grief is just too fresh to allow the words to flow.

Let me simply finish by saying I know that my Dad is finally home in heaven.   "...No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."  1 Cor. 2:9 (NIV)

God Bless!

Debbie

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Rainy Afternoon

Sometimes a quiet rainy afternoon can be a blessing.

Yesterday was one.

Originally I had planned to do some much needed gardening.

The weather had other plans.








So instead I spent those sweet hours sketching a gathered bouquet...












 reading an inspiring book...













Experimenting with a new pen the Elegant Writer...













and savoring the freshness that comes from the passing showers.

Thank you for letting me share what I did with a rainy afternoon.   Hope you will do the same.


Have a lovely week.

Hugs Debbie




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blooming

Here are a few pics of what has been blooming at Harmony Hills this past week.

Orange tulips with Virginia Bluebells... they make a lovely pair.










 These pink azaleas always tell me spring is in full swing.












A few of the later variety of daffodils are still bringing cheer along the woodland path.











Pink Bleeding hearts never fail to to bring joy to mine.











 The sweet scent of lilacs always evoke precious memories of my Grandmother.  They were a favorite of hers.











 Well there you have it friends.   Hope you enjoyed the garden tour.   Thanks for letting me share what has been blooming here.

Have a Blessed Week!
Debbie 







Sunday, April 16, 2017

...He Lives


                 "Because He lives  I can face tomorrow; Because He lives all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives."   Gloria Gaither & William Gaither

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!  Luke 24:5b (NIV)

Have a Blessed Easter  

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, April 9, 2017

"The Old Rugged Cross"

Holy week always brings to mind an old hymn written by George Bennard "The Old Rugged Cross".

Alan Jackson does a beautiful job with this beloved song.   Hope you all enjoy it.











Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie






Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring

The grape hyacinths tell me it is spring....








the carpet of  blue scilla does too;













and of course those lovely daffodils are singing spring!

Hope all of you have a lovely first week of April.

God Bless!

Debbie























Sunday, March 26, 2017

Painting and sketching

In spite of many spring chores I found some time this week to do a bit of painting and sketching.


  
The viola was painted on Yupo paper.   It is a challenging surface but also forgiving.   If you don't like something you can just wash off and start over!   










 This little piece was done on Strathmore precut watercolor paper.   5x7 is a nice size to use if you choose to make a greeting card.   

Well best go for now I hear the garden calling.   So glad you took a moment to stop by.
Have a lovely week.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men." Col. 3:23
(NIV)

Hugs Debbie  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"His Eye is on the Sparrow"


   This little sparrow reminded me of an old hymn we sang many years ago.   Unfortunately we don't seem to sing it much now.   "His Eye is on the Sparrow"  written by Civilla D Martin.   The tune was by Charles H Gabriel.

The words to the first stanza are:

"Why should I feel discouraged, Why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely And long for Heav' n and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He cares for me.

The chorus follows with "I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, For His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me."

 
Lovely words that remind us that a loving Heavenly Father is not only watching over the Sparrow but He watches over us.

Hope all of you have a blessed week.   Hugs Debbie

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Bit of Surprise

We awoke to a bit of surprise Friday morning.

Overnight had brought us a gorgeous snow fall.
It had been warm Thursday afternoon - sunny and above average temps.   Things were certainly looking spring-like.









Then the weather reminded us that winter was still here.












So instead of getting grumpy and sad... decided to go outdoors and enjoy a beautiful winter morn.











Shelby was more than happy to go see what the day had brought...












 Schindler too.












Mr. Cardinal seemed quite at home with the snow covered branches...his feathers certainly didn't seemed ruffled by the cold.












As for me I was very grateful to be amazed by such a breathtaking start to the day.


Hope you enjoyed seeing our surprise.


Hugs Debbie