20 April 2014

Easter Wishes

Happy Easter Friends!


It's been a month since my last post, but I will be back soon.  If you would like to see some of what I have been up to for the last month, take a peek at my Summer Arts Camp blog and all that is happening over there, including some fabulous art projects we have been working on for this year's Camper Kids in June.

Wishing you all a joyous Easter.


Ciao amici,
Suzanne

21 March 2014

Nature's Color Wisdom ~ Featured on Houzz

Last week I was happily surprised by a personal e-mail from Houzz that read, 

Hi Suzanne MacCrone Rogers,
Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz. See it here: Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Pink From the Great Outdoors.  

So, I saw it there and was pleased to find my Bright Blue Brick Wall photograph within the editorial.


This was one of the very first photographs I made soon after I moved to Georgia.  My husband and I were travelling through some tiny southern towns on our way to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, and I found this bright blue painted brick wall in Monticello, Georgia.  
Stop the car!  
Had to shoot it - with my film SLR camera {back in the day, that's what I used}.  
One shot and I was done.
Had no idea that it would be such a popular photograph, win first place at the Georgia National Fair, sell year after year, and be featured regularly on Etsy and now on Houzz.
{I have it hanging in my studio.}  
I just liked what I saw at that moment.  
There is nothing like the purity and honesty of making a photograph with film.

If you would like to see more in my Houzz, some of my other work, and my ideabooks please stop by.  
Thank you for your visit today.  Put a little pink in your day.

Happy Spring!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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16 March 2014

Lucky Charms from Our Garden

There's nothing sweeter than the fragrance of vintage snowdrops blooming at the end of a cold winter.  


These petite blossoms burst from the cold, hard, neglected soil in our backyard every winter. 



They've been bulldozed, run over by tractors, frozen under snow and ice, smooshed by fallen limbs, and still never fail to dance below the trees in the March winds year after year.  I wish all of our garden could withstand this abuse!

  

So for about three weeks each year, I get to pluck these fresh blooms from our garden, which look as though they have been hand painted with little dots of mimosa green on each petal, and enjoy them inside. 


The fragrance is not unlike narcissus, but more delicate and their bell blossoms and straight green stalks are perfect in my collection of vintage crystal vases.

These are our lucky charms from the garden.  
What are yours?

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Will you get lucky today?

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

10 March 2014

Vintage Style Spring Inspiration

I took a break from my "real work" a while back and fooled around with some pretty vintage millinery pieces, vintage violet flocked florist ribbon, my homegrown and dried French lavender,


...and some other "French style" beauties - 


one of my favorite hand painted antique French side chairs I found for only twenty five dollars a few years ago,


a complete box of vintage French vocabulary cards I purchased at our library's Old Book Sale, along with the tiny French-English Dictionary {I do not even speak French, but loved these treasures}...


...and I created this vignette, fooling around with the focal points, angles, and lighting as a "study" in composition, colour, and texture...


..from which I captured two photographs I offer in my Society6 shop and which are available on fine art prints {framed & unframed} and stretched canvases.


Love this soft palette of tarnished silver, faded lavender, mossy green, and of course, French blue!


So much so, that if you take a peek up above, you'll see that I used one of these images in my new Spring blog banner.


Happy Monday.


As always, thank you for your visit and especially to those of you who let me know you were here!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

28 February 2014

Sunshine on a Winter Morning

There's nothing better to beat the winter doldrums than sunny yellow daffodils smiling at you on a cold morning!


Earlier in the month the delicate but strong stalks were pushing through the snow, ice, and frost reminding us that Spring was coming soon...and every February our vintage daffodils do not disappoint.


'Don't know about you, but I am still bundled in sweaters, boots, gloves, and wool scarves...even though we have had a few teases with some warm afternoons lately.  The South is not supposed to be this cold for this long!


The morning I made these photographs in my garden, the sunshine was so luminous and the daffodil petals almost transparent with the sunlight shining behind each one.


This photograph was a surprise with the halo surrounding the bloom.


These classic winter blooms are everywhere you look,


...including this precious garden in our historic downtown, which I pass everyday as I drop my son off to school.


{I made these photographs with my phone - something I really do not do often, as I am so attached to my camera but did not have it with me at this moment so I took a chance and used my phone.  Not so bad, huh?} 

I love this cottage garden - it is pretty year 'round...and if you look carefully, you can even see a bit of Saint Francis watching us from the back of the garden.


Our winter sunshine keeps me warm in spirit and wistful for Springtime.


And this sunshine is about to burst with news soon of our Summer Arts Camp 2014.

Keep a Sunny Disposition!

Ciao amici,

Suzanne

13 February 2014

LOVE

Happy  L O V E  Day!


Amore.


My little boy the other day asked me if I was going to decorate for Valentine's Day.  I have been so busy with my interior design work that I almost just let it slip by.

 {My favorite handmade Valentine box with vintage millinery I made a few years ago and a Katie Daisy card that I "love" perched on an Italian white porcelain cake stand in the glow of the afternoon sunshine.}

But then, if I did that, our "love shack" just would not be the same this year.


So, when I was left alone for a bit a couple of days ago, cupid came flying in from cloud nine and landed in our home to help me celebrate this season of LOVE.


He seems quite comfy here, too - watching all that I do.

{Look at those precious buns!}

I found a sunny spot for this fun tulle heart wreath I made while with a group of special friends during our annual Valentine's Day brunch the other day.  
{Thank you Sherry for such a lovely day!}


And...this - special heart from my heart.
{My little guy doodled this for me.}


This work of the heART makes our Valentine's Day complete.

Happy Valentine's Day Friends.

Love the one you are with today and always.  
We never know what tomorrow may bring.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

08 February 2014

Not Just "Filler"

'Love the delicate creamy blooms of Baby's Breath...


...don't you?

I rarely use it as a "filler" because it's so pretty on its own in a 
crystal vase
pewter jug, or 
tarnished silver urn.

Happy Winter Weekend.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

PS
I am proud to say that this photograph came out of my camera looking just like this.  No re-touching, no filters, just right out of my camera.  Love my camera!


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