Friday, January 31, 2014


First things first.
Happy Lunar New Year!
Welcome to the Year of the Horse.

Year of the Horse

I made several of these for a postcard swap.


I've spent most of the icy days catching up on the television shows I've missed.
I'm now caught up with CASTLE.


Speaking of icy - how about another Snowman?!


This little angel may be as tired of winter as the rest of us are.
I think she's helping them melt!
No artist listed but there was a suggested 1939 publishing date.
Thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.


Do you have a favorite flower?
I love roses and daisies are such a happy flower.
But there is something about the iris.
It calls to me.


What is it about irises
in the garden
whether blue flag or yellow,
deep purple, white with red
why do they catch the attention, the imagination
more than lesser blooms?
A certain allure
that Georgia O'Keefe didn't taint
a beauty that draws you in to ponder and marvel on
a delicacy that is real
but a perennial that wears well
the seasons in New England too
bitter cold and short summers
whether in bog or flower bed.

~Raymond A Foss



It's time for "Spring" baseball practice.
Even the umpires have to get their practice before the season starts.
The Owls will start the season in California against the Stanford Cardinal.

Thanks, Nancy!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!


Linda@Creekside said...

Wow! I love the header you've created ... just too fun and a truly wonderful welcome!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

At this time of year my favorite is the hyacinths which start to appear in the local grocery store floral departments. I have not purchased one yet but will next month. Love their sweet and heady scent :)

Lynne said...

Exactly what I like about blogsville . . . when I least expect, I meet someone new and I feel delighted.

Corrine at said...

Love your horse....and a deep blue flag iris, the ones that are purple midnight blue are so gorgeous they do indeed make me overlook other florwers. xox

Mascha said...

I like the fragrance from Iris...otherwise Japanese anemones and hostas. The first postcard is especially beautiful.
Happy Lunar New Year :-)

Viv@within the Frame said...

Love Castle one of my favourite show. I'm looking forward to seeing some more Spring flowers I love bluebells...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy Year of the Horse! I love irises too -- especially a single stalk in a small ikebana dish. They are truly exquisite.

Stephanie said...

Daisies are my favorite but I love the deep color of the purple iris. I never miss a Castle episode - he's one of my favorites.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I love purple flowers- that color just calls to me. It must be warm where you was in the 20s yesterday, and now this morning a hot 46 degrees! Whoo- hoo...

Maggid said...

It's always happy-making to visit your blog.

LOVE that horse . . lucky people who receive your art.

(Your profile??? EXCELLENT!!!)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love your Year of the Horse card! You have such great style and creativity. :-)

Irises are special to me, too. I always think of a great-aunt who had a whole garden of them when I was a child. My mother and I would visit and walk up and down the rows, admiring the beauty. Good memories.

Karen said...

The irises are gorgeous. I'd have to my fave flower is Columbine.

Vee said...

Irises are such a feminine flower, lovely and delicate and the colors! All caught up with Castle...I watch that show sometimes.

Gattina said...

Love the postcards ! We didn't have any snow yet to build a snowman !

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the start of baseball season means warmer weather will soon be following. I'm ready to see those snowmen melt away.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It is very hard for me to say what my favorite flower is for I love them all. I do know that I look forward most of all to the lilacs in the spring, for I love their scent. Roses are beautiful, iris and peonies are also at the top of the list, too. I can't decide!
Happy Friday to you!

EG CameraGirl said...

Your postcards are wonderful! And I do love the scent given off my irises!

augcott said...

What a great blog header .... I love Victorian anything!
As for flowers ... I have a soft spot for daisies.
Have a great weekend.
Diane @ thoughts and shots

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i should say there are no flowers i dislike. but if i had to pick - i would say my most fav are daisies. they look like they are smiling & are too cute. ( :

Ida said...

Your horse card is really cool looking.
Oh that little angle and those snowmen made me smile. I'm ready though for spring too.
I don't think I've every met a flower I didn't like. I just started growing Iris a couple of years ago, they are lovely.

Sarah Huizenga said...

I love carnations. They smell pretty and they are cheap. In the garden I love Poppies and coneflowers.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Your Year of the Horse postcard is wonderful! Anyone would be delighted to have one.

I love the little angel with the snowmen but to me the snowmen look a little menacing. No wonder she's melting them.

Sue said...

Purple Irises always remind me of the walkway to my grandmothers farmhouse, I would say Zinnias would be at the top of my list, as my grandmother also introduced me to them, and allowed me to plant a flower garden full of them.
Thank you for sharing.

Pat - Arkansas said...

A Happy Lunar New Year to you, also, Snap. Love your postcard.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I like Iris as well. I'm not sure what my favorite flower is...I think it changes with the seasons.

Pondside said...

I like most flowers, but tulips and peonies are rather special to me.

Nancy Claeys said...

I did hear that MLB spring practice starts in two weeks... a sign that spring is on the way. :)

Brandi said...

Just realized it is the Chinese new year! We'll be making some pot stickers today and maybe a dragon or horse parade. And I love daisies.

Sharon said...

Your post made me smile. I love the angel and snowmen. I used to have a favorite flower -- the daisy -- but now I love so many I can't decide. The purple iris are lovely!

Jill of All Trades said...

I love all flowers and when spring hits and I spy anything pink, yellow, orange, green, purple...I get so very excited. LOVE all flowers!!!!!