Free Botanical Print

Kalmia latifolia 8 x 10 teaThere is nothing like an aged botanical print. It can add so much to a craft project or art for your home. I have even made small note cards and envelopes as a thank you from this particular print.

I have attached a Kalmia – I love the color of this print and the tea stained background. This was a salvage print that has been restored, but still has a nice amount of patina. Great for a vintage look.

Kalmia (Mountain Laurel, Calico Bush) is ideal as a landscape accent, informal border or hedge, or anywhere its star-like, deep pink, flowers can be appreciated. Leathery, evergreen leaves adorn the reddish-brown, scaly bark, and the blooms attract even more beauty to the garden in the form of birds and butterflies! Kalmia is a low-maintenance, evergreen shrub that’s great for naturalizing, works well with other evergreens, and is an excellent choice for partially shaded sites.

Happy Sunday!
Much love,

The Beauty of Spring and a free Spring Print

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With the air crisp and cold it almost convinced me it was a January morning. Even though it is April, this was the view on Saturday. The trees frosted with a thin layer of snow, a fresh blanket of white on the ground and the spring birds singing. Usually, the lake is frozen and offers no reflection of the landscape on the water when the snow falls. The previous day was a balmy thirty eight degrees and just enough to melt the lake. This is the beauty of spring. The little surprises when you open the curtain in the morning. We have no green signs of life at the moment, the poor little dears are buried beneath the snow, but with the sun it still evokes magic. Nature, no matter what the season, still provides a serene stillness you can enjoy if dressed properly.

This morning, the view and temps were slightly different. It had dropped into the low teens over night. I don’t think the geese appreciated this fact as they were standing on the ice. Today, I could not get close. They flapped their wings in anger. I really could not blame them, they were freezing their tail feathers off. If you look close you can see their outline.

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Since there are no signs of green and certainly no flowers, I thought a spring print would brighten the day. Click on image below to save to your device. This is for personal use only. This is a 4 x 6 print.

4 x 6 Watercolor Rabbit Post with pink hydrangea

I hope wherever you are the sun is shining!

Much love,



Botanical Paper

Blue Flower and butterfly botanical paper 8.5 x 11

Easter is such a blessed holiday, mine was extra special this year because I was able to spend it with some of my family.  Even though we received snow yesterday and more to come on Tuesday, I know the green will soon be stretching itself across the landscape.

For Easter, I thought this beautiful Lily of the Nile would pair nicely with the colorful butterfly and invoice paper. Right click or copy the image to your drive. This is for personal use. This will print out at 8.5 x 11 or A2 and can be resized. Can be used as art or a craft.

I hope everyone who celebrates has a fantastic Easter and is filled with love.

Much love,





Line Drawing Inspiration

Line Drawing

Line drawing is near and dear to my heart. The above picture is just a few of my drawings. It’s my favorite form of expression, I am a doodler. When I am on the phone, I tend to make a page full of botanicals and dogs. Not sure why, but I do it mindlessly.

This is a sample of the commissioned pieces I did based on a photo seen at a shop in Texas. I recreated a similar drawing for the customer since they no longer offered it in the store. I enjoyed working on it so much. Thank you Alissa!

This time of year, I love to capture the skeletons in the garden. Once the plants have wintered over, they are exposed, in a skeletal state. You can visualize what makes them beautiful. I go back to these pictures to sketch a leaf or a petal on a flower to be sure I have drawn it correctly. Here is a sample of what I captured outside in my yard today.

Lismore CottageLawrence LakeLawrence Lake March 18PineConesYellow ButtonScotch PinePine ConeMushroonPineLiatris SkeletonHydrangea SkeletonsGround IvyPine StumpPine MarchBirch Peel

Have a happy Sunday!

Much love,





All images are copyright by Lismore Paper.


When Fashion and Nature Collide – March 2018

Check out this post from 3C Style! Dominique has put together outfits based on nature and I promise you will be captivated! She has inspired me to stay strong, stay stylish and I am seriously crushing on this fabulous fashion!

People are naturally drawn to the bright colors and organic look of flowers. And the view of animals often brings an Awww feeling as well. Personally, my fashion aesthetic is rooted in part in my love for nature and art. The colors and patterns of flowers and critters always inspire me new outfit ideas! When I pointed that out to Roda, from Growing Self, in a comment on her blog she replied So cool! Let’s do this. And that’s how the idea of this special project started. I was already planning to style some outfits based on Darren’s flower pictures so naturally we asked The Arty Plantsman to team with us. Another friend of ours soon joined us: Lisa, from Lismore Paper. We are the Fabulous Four.
The third wednesday of each month you will see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Roda’s critter…

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When Fashion & Nature Collide: March Edition

Check out Growing Self blog. Roda captures nature’s finest critters up close and personal. You don’t want to miss this!

Growing Self

Fashion is such a beautiful form of self-expression.  Although, I do enjoy clothing, I admit that I am not a poster child for the latest fashion craze.  If sandals, embroidered floral jeans and “I  my donkey” tees are in style, then I am golden!  I do find it interesting to learn about current trending styles and colors, but I will always be true to myself.   Feeling confident and comfortable, in my clothing, always makes me feel extra fabulous! As I always say, JUST BE YOU!

Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life.  Nature is inspiring!  Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode!  Mother Nature’s inspiration is endless… we just need to slow down and take the time to notice.

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When Fashion and Nature Collide: Iris elegantissima and Geissorhiza radians

Visit the Arty Plantsman. Darren has an incredible wealth of plant knowledge and his art is out of this world. He is so inspiring!

The Arty Plantsman

When Fashion and Nature Collide: March 2018

This is the first of my contributions to the special collaboration announced here on the 18th. These flowers and Roda‘s critter photos have provided the inspiration for Dominique‘s styling and Lisa’s art this month. Please go and visit their own blogs and see their posts.

elegantissima Iris elegantissima – photo by author

Iris elegantissima (more formally Iris iberica ssp elegantissima) is found wild in Turkey, Iran and Armenia. The classic area being in the foothills of Mount Ararat where it has been described as looking like a drift of discarded handkerchiefs where it flowers in the grass: You can see a good example at:

Iris elegantissima is one of the Oncocyclus Irises, a group within the same section as the classic bearded Iris of gardens. It has similarly large flowers but on stems often only a few inches high.

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