|Walltown Crags, Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, England|
|Loch Garten, Cairngorms, Scotland|
|Near Doune Castle, Perthshire, Scotland|
|Print from Champion Awards on Etsy|
|- Brian Andreas Story People|
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day and get a chance to participate in some Irish tradition, even if it's just a pint of the black stuff. I've long been enchanted with Ireland and several trips to the Emerald Isle have only reinforced this. The small country has a lot to offer and the landscape there was surprisingly diverse, changing constantly as we drove up and down and around. Below is a collection of photos that embody this diversity and offer a look into Ireland's breathtaking geology, landscape, history, and ambience.
|Grazing sheep near Charleville Castle|
|Craggy coast in County Clare|
|The enchanting Giant's Causeway (volcanic rock formations) on the north coast of County Antrim|
|View of Little Skellig from Skellig Michael, home to 6-7th century monastic settlement - one of the most unique experiences Ireland has to offer. The 45 minute choppy boat ride to get there and the hundreds of ancient steps to the isolated top are well worth the visit.|
|Lake near Killarney, County Kerry|
Only a few more days until the official start of Spring for which we are all eager. Enjoy the stark skeletal trees for a few more weeks before they beef up with leaves. Enjoy the absence of humidity and blood sucking insects, too, for they will return in the blink of an eye. Winter's been long and cold, so let us welcome Spring with appreciation and gratitude.
|Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.|
Soon, when spring begins to push up her green shoots and blooms, I will be making a voyage to Scotland after a few days in Northern England. In preparation, I have crafted the travel journal which will accompany me. I'll share a post-voyage look at the journal once the miles and oceans are behind me.
|Distressed leather with elastic closure. [Can you spot the unfortunate stain left by a rogue goldfish cracker, that I mostly got out with sandal cleaner?!]|
|A long stitch of sorts with an antiqued metal embellishment|
|Endpapers of greens and golds with a vintage bookplate of a woodcut complete with traveling gnome.|
|Ink and watercolor painting of Scotland and Northern England with counties labeled.|
|This is a custom order for a wedding album to hold photos and memories. The flower is not a part of the book but given to me for color inspiration.|
|Colorful endpapers provide a whimsical yet romantic touch.|
|Monogram for the bride and groom along with wedding date.|
|A fun stitch with metal embellishment.|
|Fuchsia on the roadsides of County Cork, Ireland|
Here is our whimsical table setting: Three picnic tables with fern table cloths. I actually cut a large table cloth into 3 for our small tables and hemmed up the edges. A metal canopy frame trimmed in tulle and ribbons. And a hand-painted sign on barn wood that says "Once upon a Time." An iron chandelier is hung in the middle wrapped with ivy and ribbons. Bunting made with green patterned fabric was hung about as well.
Hobby Lobby was my shop of choice for this party. Here is a wooden 3 covered in patterned felt, a ceramic mushroom for the garden, a tiny, ceramic owl planter all sitting on a table covered in a sheet of moss.
A fairy dwelling in the woods they made with found objects from the forest: walnuts, mosses, grasses, a cedar trunk with roots, butterfly wings, ivy, sticks, etc.
|Another fairy threshold.|
Glass fairy pebbles led the party on a woods walk. Each girl got a tiny vial of fairy dust to take on the walk and sprinkle around. We talked about where fairies like to live and we searched for evidence of the wee folk. The pebbles led us to this meadow where fairy wings were waiting for everyone.
|The cake (made by the birthday girl's aunt) fit right in and was delicious.|
All the guests got a small wooden fairy house to paint and decorate. They took them home to their yards to attract fairies.