Monday, September 29, 2014

Mermaid Zodiac Series : Virgo

There's nothing I'd love to share more on a Mermaid Monday than a fresh illustration for my Mermaid Zodiac series!!

This lovely golden-haired maiden is my interpretation of Virgo...
...featuring bursts of sunflowers, wings of sunshine yellow 'n earthy greens, and even a sassy little apron (perfect for the harvest!!)...

She'll be available in prints soon,
complete with a dusting of glitter paint on her wings!!

...Libra is up next!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Flower Pick : Focus on Crocus

Today's Friday Flower Pick features a focus on crocus!!

...Few flowers radiate fairy magic quite like the purplish-pink blossoms
of this delightful plant do!! 
I love the effortless way they seem to just push out of the earth,
 with their faces upturned to the sun!!
...A field of crocus was a spell-binding treasure to stumble upon during my recent visit to the Chanticleer estate in Wayne, PA...


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday Words of Wisdom


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Other Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I woke up this morning to that beautiful Fall feeling...
A spiced cider candle, apple herbal tea, 
and a tiny hint of crispness in the air...
You know what that means!!
...It's the other most wonderful time of the year!!

Yup, it's time to start thinking Halloween!!

This year I'm doing 31 days of Halloween...
...celebrating each 'n every day of the month of October with a little something special in the spirit of my favorite holiday, and I'll share a few of them here over the next few weeks!!

First up?!...I'm checking out a fun, witchy movie I was just turned on to: Practical Magic.

...and HappyHalloween!!

Mermaid on the Move : Philadelphia, PA

Mademoiselle Mermaid is on the move again...
...Hello, PA!!

...I spent this past weekend in the lovely city of Philadelphia for wedding at the picturesque Normandy Farm and Blue Bell Country Club.

During my trip, I had a chance to do a little sight-seeing at the glorious gardens of the Chanticleer estate
...Traveling there involves a few winding country-ish roads, marked with deer crossings and beautiful early fall foliage...ending at a perfect gem of a place, sure to delight any garden, architecture, or fresh air lover!!

The enchanting Chanticleer estate was one of the highlights of my trip...
...and it's inspiring me to do a little gardening of my own this early a.m.!!
Time to roll up my sleeves and freshen up my flower boxes with some beautiful purple wishbone flowers!!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vitamins & Violas : Portrait of a Tuesday a.m.

Eggs*, avocado*, cilantro*,  and power greens*, 
...chopped red and yellow peppers*
...and a sprinkling of shredded cheese*...
*organic ingredients, of course!!

...That's flower-photographer fuel for this lovely Tuesday morning!!

I've just finished adding chrysanthemums, zinnias, violas, and some gorgeous velvety-purple annuals (wishbone flowers) to my hanging garden!! 
Here are a few of my favorite shots from this morning's shoot:


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mermaid Monday : Walk Along the Beach

Presenting: sunshine, refreshing ocean breezes, and soaring temps!!
...This Mermaid Monday feeling brings to mind a song...

So I'll put on my Bob Marley tape
And practice what I preach
Get Ja lost in the reggae mon
As I walk along the beach

-Jimmy Buffett; Fruitcakes

Stay cool out there!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Flower Pick : Sunset Rose

I'm starting the weekend off right
...with a sunset bike ride through Santa Monica Beach and the Pacific Palisades!!
...That's where I found this gorgeous rose bloom, blacklit by a golden sunset!!
...It's my Friday Flower Pick...


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Things I ♥ : All Things Rosé

Taking a cue from Jimmy Buffett:
Mother Nature has turned up the heat I'm chillin' the rosé!!

Pink- the color of unconditional love, lightheartedness, and nurturing,
looks gorgeous in rosy blooms, delicious in crisp, fresh wines, and so fashion forward in a ruffly Victorian collar!! 

I'm particularly in the mood for a romantic, pastel pink today!!
...How about a little crochet under a shady tree?...
...And there's a brand new item in my ruffle collar collection today on Etsy!!

...The world looks fabulous through rosé-colored glasses...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Words of Wisdom : Thought Power

Welcome to one of my favorite times of the week!!...
...It's the time when I sit down with a cup of mint tea and delve into some of the inspirational quotes and images I've collected over the week!!

Simple 'n sweet, today's post features some beautiful trumpet flower blooms and everyday magic- in the form of positive thought:

"In optimism there is magic. In pessimism there is nothing."