Published Work!

Twenty-four hours of traveling, and the sunshine and sea breezes of the South American spring faded behind us as we turned hearts and minds back to the cool realities, darkened evenings and unique beauties of our Northern autumn.

And at last, the chance to share with you the double honor I received at the beginning of October – having my work appear in two of my favorite publications. My deepest thanks to the Editors and staff  at Romantic Homes and Somerset Life. I’m very grateful to these amazing people who create and share such inspiration. And my gratitude to each of you who contribute in no small measure to making this possible by visiting here and being so supportive. Special thanks to Paulette Adams at Summerland Cottage Studio.


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Here’s another look at some of the pendants I made for the Stampington staff that Christen mentions in the Somerset Life article above. I’d been working on this jewelry project on and off for over a year and it took me quite some trial and error to get the casting resin to work correctly. And D did the soldering for me as I didn’t know how. :) I’d hoped to complete more of these for the holidays (I bought a lot of supplies!) but I think I’ve run out of time! So, a new year project. If you have any tips on using two part resin, I’d love to hear.

I think that’s all for now, dear friends. A bit of rest this week and then to embrace the holiday festivities with as much gusto as I can muster – it’s been a busy year!

love to all,

– g

Spring in Chile

Hola, friends! Apologies for the short absence but you know by now that it likely means I’ve been traveling again and not so easily online for blogging. I’m posting today from the central coast of Chile where D and I have been visiting his family.

Here, it is spring, and every day has been warm and sunny, much more like summer than mid spring.

I took these images of wisteria and Lady Banks roses a few days ago at the family’s ranch outside of Valparaiso.

One of the highlights of the trip so far has been my visit to a very dear friend, Maria Cecília of Casa Dulce Hogar (Home Sweet Home).  We’ve been blogging friends for over a year and it was a true joy to visit her at her most amazing home and garden in the Andean foothills outside of Santiago.

Her terraces have views over the hillsides that are remarkable.

If you read her blog, and I hope that you do, you’ll know she loves roses, gardening, flea markets and vintage linens, and that she has exquisite taste.

My images and descriptions really won’t do justice to her home so I highly recommend you visit her blog.

Such a paradise!
Now I am back in Viña del Mar at the family condo, catching up a bit and walking around the local streets, where roses and bougainvillea are spilling over railings and doorways, wonderful subjects to photograph for our image library (oh yes, I am actually working!).

I’ve been gone a bit longer than planned due to flight delays from volcanic ash. Not so much looking forward to returning to the gray, dark days of the Northern Hemisphere but will be home next week and share the promised inside spreads from Romantic Homes and Somerset Life.

And thank you so, so much for your recent visits and comments! I hope you are all well and have enjoyed this little burst of spring-in-autumn!


– g

The Time of the Roses

Hello, dear friends! Thank you for your much-appreciated visits and comments on the Giverny village photos. Although many of us are well into autumn, at least per the calendar, in our garden we still have roses budding and blooming and very few leaves of any color. So, I thought we’d take one more visit to the magical village of Gerberoy, France, and its romantic, rose-covered cottages, okay?

Centuries-old stone work and beautifully-aged wood, softened by untamed roses.

Red timber work faded to deep pink.
This last was taken in Normandy, at the manoir where we stayed when we left Gerberoy. I’ll be sharing more of that amazing place soon.

In other news, I’m thrilled and honored to be featured in two of my favorite publications this month, Romantic Homes and Somerset Life! You can see the covers on the sidebar at right and I’ll share the inside details in the next post. And kudos to you, too, since each of you contribute so much by encouraging me in creating this online endeavor.

Wishing you a fresh and sparkling new week!

much love,

– g

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