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Valetine Stephie McCarthy

… e n d l e s s l y .. c r e a t i n g …

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… my art and my life …

January 2018

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Old Man Winter arrived in a flurry of crystal stars …

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A little unpredictable, and dramatic …

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Sometimes scary. Mostly ephemeral …

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Old Town Harpers Ferry looks astonishing in its sugar coating …

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But believe me, we stay at home on the mountain …
steep roads on icy days, makes me shiver at the thought of it …

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I'm all for curling up inside …

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Most winter days are clear here on the river …
The colors of the Blue Ridge winter are
diamond, amethyst, jasper, and aquamarine …

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Past winters I watched my adoptees
discover snow for the first time.

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Luna is now a grand dame with a luscious coat.
Now she knows all the secrets of snow.

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What makes the cold season fly by is "winter sowing"
lots of seeds I collect in fall and winter …

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I put seeded containers outside in storage boxes
to sprout around March and April (saves time and space).

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Some folks call this "Winter Sowing" …

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I like to think I'm a master of it too, after all these years.

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Even plastic doesn't last forever, but it stores easily in summer
and creates a micro-climate for delicacies in cold weather …

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You can't imagine how this humble greenhouse extension
has helped me and extended my "winter sowing" experience!
And yes, it's just rigid plastic and a metal frame.

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At the old house we are restoring, I see something in my future …

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Thank you for visiting on this winter day, angels!

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Scenes from our old house project

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It's a hobby and a passion and a life-long investment in love …

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This old house …

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Hours and hours, of which I've never regretted doing.

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Lots of secret pleasures, and I wonder who will
have this house after me someday?

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scenes from the warmer seasons 2017

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Busy, busy, busy … here I am making the kitchen door
at the old house, look like a gypsy wagon.

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I researched Pinterest for embroidery patterns for the
decorations … I'm adding color now. I got this marvelous
wood finish by mixing craft paints with clear wax!

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How did I make this cat art?

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With a lot of help! I made the stencil in Photoshop.

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But first I had to finish this faux brick wall!
This is metal siding, embossed with brick.

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I painted the wall in red tones, then went back with white paint
dipped into diatomaceous earth. The grout was detailed
with a half inch round brush.

I brightened up this deck with some oops paint …

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It helps condition the wood for long life, I've found …

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The color wears away gradually,
leaving ghosts of rainbows as pretty as a June Bug!
Even when faded and worn away,
I smile every time I look outside.

Read more about the Unicorn Deck here!

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I spent an hour painting white polkadots on this umbrella.

We figure you can never have
too many flower pots!

THIS HUGE RESIN FLOWER POT … Cat approved …
was freshened up with pink, orange, ivy, tan,
and plaster white chalk paint …
Put the pink and orange colors on the raised areas and rims,
put the greenish white colors on the rest of it …
Took one hour to paint, no need to stay in the lines …
Jesse wants to trade a stick for it.

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I painted these metal chairs with wood stain! It bonded
beautifully to the powder-coated surface.
Cushions came later … whimsical colors and lots of ruffles.

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sewing my flea market fabrics …

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I call these the petticoat pillows. My cushions were too
small for the newly stained chairs. Thrift shop gypsy
skirts came to the rescue.
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With red, white, and blue petticoats
I made this bunting for Independence Day.

Petticoats, petticoats … or call them gypsy skirts!

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Christmas mementoes 2017

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I'm a born nester …
and treasure hunting, craft lady.
This Christmas tree below came from elements
I found at church bazaars and thrift shops …

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Light snow began to fall around December …

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Just enough snow for a mini snowman …
Snow people in windowboxes … I love this idea.

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The mantel at the old house we are restoring …

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Collecting vintage style ornaments and whimsy is
a year-round preoccupation around here.

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A lovely tall light fixtures protects
trinkets from the cats …

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I found the white horse in the barn …

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Max is our eldest cat, white with green eyes …

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Luna, black with a poof of white on her chest …
this is when she was a kitten, her first
Christmas.

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Come back soon, I`ll be Tweeting at the Top!

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