Travel

Oh to be in England

Oh to be in England

Hmmmm….I may not be in England in April but I will be in England in May! Yep, I’m off to merry olde England in early May with my dear friend, MJ. We’re going to fly to Heathrow, rent a car & drive on the other side of the road. What an adventure that will be for 2 ladies in their 60s.  WOW!!!!

First stop….. The world of Beatrix Potter!

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Walking the paths one of my favorite women walked, seeing her home, & enjoying a picnic with author & watercolorist, Susan Branch, will be a dream come true! Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, is in the Lake District in the northern part of England. From there we’ll work our way south.

 

The Cotswolds

A long time ago I visited Greenfield Village outside of Detroit. There was the most charming cottage & rustic fence enclosing sheep & lambs. I fell in love with the little stone house with the sign that said, Cotswold Cottage. I often wondered what the Cotswolds in England were like….well soon I’ll know.  The land of quaint villages, sheep, and walking paths;

Two Lambs butting heads

 

Bath & London

Next, we’re off to Bath & all the sites that surround it like Glastonbury, Salisbury Cathedral, & Stonehenge. There’s just so much to see & so little time.

OH NO! We’ll be in London on the day that Prince Harry & Meghan Markle wed. The most important destination for the day is the Tower of London. Why? Because that very day is the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution. It’s a somewhat important day to me. I’ve  been reading, studying, & researching the life & times of Anne Boleyn since I was 12 years old. She has remained one of my heroines my entire life. I would love to leave a tiny remembrance, a note with a falcon on it tied to a rose.  My eyes well up with tears just thinking about it.

Our last few days will be spent in the countryside of Kent, south of London. It’s going to be a gentle whirlwind of activity because I dislike vacations where I have to go, go, go…I want quiet, down time for sipping tea & nibbling on a scone or crumpet. Time to just sit & soak in the history of a place.  Time to let the senses take over & enjoy the tastes, sounds, smells, sights & how it all feels.  A lifetime wouldn’t be enough time to see every castle, every garden, every museum, path, or touristy attraction that a place has to offer, so I am very content to accept this & take my time on the things that I can do & love.

Julia Cameron Quote

 

From Julia Cameron’s books I gleaned the idea of refilling the inner well. Sadly, in the last few years I’ve not been refilling the well with any consistency. This trip is not just a dipper full of inspiration, it’s an ocean of inspiration, wide & deep, vast. It’s exciting, scary (I am a white-knuckled flyer, not terribly happy to be above the earth & let’s face it; driving on the opposite the road & beginning in a place like Heathrow is more than a bit disconcerting), adventurous, & amazing. As a creative, taking this trip is something much needed for so many reasons, but I hope to come home renewed, refreshed, inspired & ready to tell the world through my work & creations just how wonderful I found England.

I keep wondering if I could possibly do a blog post from England….not sure. I guess if you’re curious, you’ll just have to stop by & see.

PS I’m working on a bevy of tutorials or what I like to call them, Step by Steps. I’m hoping these tutorials will be helpful to you.

My Printed Signature

Freebies, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Éirinn go Brách

Irish Welcome

Wishing everyone an Irish welcome to Studio on the Corner! Tomorrow we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s day with Steak & Guiness pie, a sumptuous meat pie rich with gravy & good things that make your lips smack in appreciation. I discovered a shortbread cookie recipe a few years ago that has become a tradition. The recipe is super simple & uses a lot of Kerrygold butter.

Shortbead Cookie
Image Source: allrecipes.com

My cookies look similar to the ones above. I use an old cookie cuter that makes the scalloped edge.  A pecan or almond  is pressed into the center of the cookie. This year I’m going to look for turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top. So good!

It’s good to have a wee bit of the Irish runnin’ in my veins, but it’s even better on St. Patrick’s day!

Tulip Border copy

The Easter bunny will be hopping this way soon. I have 3 old postcards for you to download.  SotC Children & Chicks Postcard

They’ve been tweaked a bit to restore some color & brightness.

SotC Children w Bunnies Postcard

Each postcard shows children with spring animals.  So sweet!

SotC Children w Lamb Postcard

The first 2 postcards are in JPG format, the third is a PNG. You can use them as is or extract the bits that you don’t want. Print or create something new from something old. The lamb & children is my favorite postcard.

DOWNLOAD

You can simply right click on each image & then select SAVE IMAGE AS or… you can click on the linked words below to download the zipped folder:

Old Easter Postcards

Don’t forget in order to access the files inside you must unzip the folder first. Need help? Just click on the link that pertains to you:

For Windows
For Macs 

That’s it for today….short & sweet.

Yeats Quote

Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

International Womens Day

Almost every woman I’ve ever known was a creator, an artist fashioning wonderful somethings from all sorts of mediums.

My mother loved sewing & quilting. She would gather fabrics, carefully trace patterns on to the material, cut the shapes out & sew them together before sewing the entire quilt to frames to hand stitch flourishes & lovely patterns. She was an artist. Mouse w thread & scissors 2

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People who paint with oils, acrylics, or watercolors have my admiration & one artist that truly amazes me is my niece, Emily. With paints & canvas she brings ballerinas & beautiful women to life.  You really must see her art to appreciate it…it’s just so stunning. Take a look at Emily’s art HERE.

 

My daughter has a way with words that truly makes me wonder why she isn’t a published author. Yeah, I’m a biased, but she’s wordsmith that doesn’t seem to think she’s all that good. I am a flowery writer & my inspiration comes from classic authors like Jane Austen, the Brontes, & the ever so flowery, omniscient point of view Victorians, while her writing is raw, authentic & often injected with subtle humor. Her creativity with words serves her well in the marketing field, but I think there’s a book or 3 in her.

 

Every woman I know is creative in one way or another not always taking the form of the obvious.  Life tosses us situations that require original solutions & women have been taking up the challenge in inventive, colorful ways.  Warmth is a basic need, but why not make it vibrant with intricate patterns created with other women. One of the necessities of life is a roof over our heads, but let’s hang art on the walls that makes us feel. Reading & writing adds so much to our lives, where would we be without these skills? Why not write with flair & share our words? Woman & creativity….we’ve always been & we’ll always be!

The Studio on the Corner has a new set of recipe cards just in time for Easter. Like the images on this post, the adorable bunnies & chick all began life in books from the late 1800s & early 1900s.

I’m going to share a secret with you…starting in 2017 SotC has been adding a little something extra in each listing. I’m not going to tell you what those little secrets are, but I’m pretty sure Do-It-Yourselfers out there would enjoy them. You can find the recipe cards along with some charming Easter tags to hang on baskets & gifts at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

Stop by back next week for an Easter freebie!  I think you’ll like it, alot!