… my life …

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2013

… mini bio …

I think of myself as a hat~wearing, illustrator and designer
who never gets tired of fairy tales or anything botanical.

Heart Collage by Stephie McCarthy

I love vintage and rustic homes and gardens.
I think my artwork really reflects that love
from my childhood adventures …

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… in the Blue Ridge mountains of
Maryland and West Virginia
where grand folks and lots of cousins made for a colorful world.

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Born on the West coast …
raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Traveled a bit. Danced a lot.
Married late in life to my partner who is "Greg to my Dharma."

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Truly my better half, we garden as often as possible,
walk dogs … watch movies …

Take oh so many photographs! Create …

! L A U G H ! ( He has a pirate smile. )

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I have hair like Albert Einstein! Here it is, somewhat tamed …

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“How did you become an artist” is a question I get asked a lot.
The way it happened for me was growing up in a family of artists.

Grand folks, three uncles, my father, two brothers, cousins, and a niece are all remarkable artists.

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Creativity was admired and rewarded everywhere it seemed.
It wasn`t until I was much older that I met the occasional person who was completely devoid of, suspicious, and even scathing of anything or any one creative … luckily, my creative roots were already deep.
Because I still sometimes run into those scary people.
I learned a long time ago to avoid anyone who doesn`t accept you for who you are!

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Do I have children? Yes!
Our kids all have tails and whiskers … our charities all animal~related.

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Girlfriend Maxie …

Luna

… Luna Bisque which rhymes with tuna fishk …

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… and Margeaux who knows all the secrets …
… and she never tells them!

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JinnJinn, adopted on a recent Christmas Eve
is the best gift and shaggy dog we could imagine.

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About my Old House Studio

Growing up , I could not get enough of cherry, berry and flower laden gardens, charming collections, faded floral wallpapers and murals, not to mention, being surrounded by rivers and mountains.

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So a few years ago, I bought an old house to fix up in our spare time.
It`s on a hill with a view of a Colonial village.

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The bird bush across the street …

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You might see me up in one of these windows …

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Or in my spare time polishing, patching, painting …

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Taking photos of the few corners that are now photographable …

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Reality behind the scenes … a lot less polished!

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One rainy, cold day I decided to decoupage artwork onto these decrepit shelves to cheer myself up … now this view makes me happy every time I open this cellar door.

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Fixing up an old house takes hard work and determination.
If you're creative and focused, you may LOVE it.

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A little bit more …

I write and am Art Director for the hugely popular, fast growing Facebook page called FleaMarket Gardening and companion site called FleaMarketGardening.org which is reaching 190,000 likes as I write this!

Our Chief Gardening Officer is Sue Langley of Sierra Foothills Garden in California. My mountain garden sister!

3 Ball wand

I always try to come up with unusual crafts for FMG that I haven`t seen before … like this 3 ball magic wand …

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I am also so lucky to get to create the monthy Facebook banner for the group … read about how I design fun banners and my job in Wonderland …

At Flea Market Gardening, great notions and talented friends have added up to over 190,000 visitors (!) as of this writing. FMG is packed with lovely photo galleries of ideas and articles, with others who love gardens and have a passion for creating beauty and harmony.

Maggie Langley

Maggie Langley (Sue's garden companion … )

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