Some great steampunk, vintage machinery photography.
Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:
While I was taking a break this weekend, what we were doing as a family was visiting parents/grandparents. We stayed in McDonough, GA for a couple of days and while we were there, we visited the Veterans Memorial Park. It’s a great place and you should check it out if you’re in the area. The veterans working in the museum always have interesting stories to share and the ones we’ve met have been friendly and helpful. Today’s gallery doesn’t come from inside the museum but rather outside of it. There’s a fabulous collection of contraptions that were probably used in the early 1900s (how long they were used is anyone’s guess…) and they present a wonderful series of photo opportunities. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed editing them. If you want more info on any of these pictures, or if you’d like to download them…
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Originally posted on Wattle Lane:
For those of you who have read the first book in my Wattle Lane series and wondered if there was ever going to be a second one, I wanted to let you know that it is going through the editing stage at the moment, and is due for release in January.
Down a lane, in the small town of Kerrigan, stood three dilapidated, Victorian houses, waiting for somebody to come along and give them new life.
In the first book, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, Angeline buys the end house in the lane and transforms it into a scrapbooking shop. Soon Wattle Lane Keepsakes becomes the weekly destination for four women, drawn to scrapbooking for widely different reasons. Together they help each other navigate their way through life’s challenges, and along the way they discover the true meaning of friendship.
In the second…
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A page from my art journal.
Originally posted on Where the Moths Dance:
The full moon bathes Gum Tree Hill Cemetery in a violet glow, casting silvery shadows across the stone angels. The wind whispers through the towering gum trees that encircle the graveyard, offering protection to all they encompass. Midnight Max, the cemetery cat, prowls stealthily between the graves, keeping a close vigil over his domain, while a solitary crow watches silently from its perch atop a gravestone. Overhead, attracted to the moonglow, moths perform a clumsy dance through the night.
While the dead rest, the graveyard is alive.
Our early spring garden is looking pretty this year. A friend gave me a packet of tulip bulbs for my birthday. I had never grown tulips before, so I was excited to see what they would turn out like. They are a mix of colours and look stunning in our front garden amidst the wallflowers, calendulas, bluebells and purple alyssum. Nick took these lovely photos.
I love the faces on these pretty blue pansies.
I have got some seeds on the go in our little shade house – tomatoes, peas, beetroot, spring onions, zucchinis, lettuces, marigolds, phacelia, echinacea, stevia, and bergamot. Nick has built a fence to stop Finn getting into the vegetable garden, so I’m able to start planting seedlings again. Finn was jumping up into the raised beds, digging and pulling out the plants. He developed quite a liking for broccoli and demolished most of the plants just before they were ready to pick. At the moment I can only garden in short bursts while Finn lies on the other side of the fence, patiently watching through the palings, until he becomes bored and starts barking and whining. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, he’ll get used to being on the other side of the fence as I spend more time in the garden.
Recently my dear Aunty Jo passed away, aged 80 years old. She was a very close member of our family and is dearly missed by us all.
Very skilled at handcrafts, she was seldom seen without her knitting at her side. When we were little, she would knit us beautiful cardigans and jerseys, and make lovely clothes for our dolls. She embroidered tablecloths, and stitched tapestries that adorned the walls of her home. In later years she learned to quilt and made each of us beautiful patchwork quilts for our beds. It was she who inspired me to take up quilting, a hobby I quickly became hooked on. Right up until the last few months of her life, Josephine was knitting clothes for the prem babies at our local hospital, and blankets for the orphans in Romania.
I wanted to honour Aunty Jo’s memory by creating pages that reflected her love of crafts. I used vintage doilies, lace, and buttons that once belonged to her. The photographs are layered with patchwork fabrics, and the page borders hand stitched with embroidery floss from her stash of cottons. The little purple rings holding the inchies to the photographs are stitch markers used in knitting.
I love seeing her in the old, black and white photographs showing the styles of the times.
Her warm personality and sense of humour clearly shine through.
I am excited to announce that Enchanted Book Promotions has organised a virtual book tour for my young adult, paranormal novel, Where the Moths Dance. The tour runs for the month of August and includes book excerpts, author interviews, book reviews, and a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of the book. I’ve posted the tour schedule below and hope that you will check out these great book blogs!
August 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
August 1st: Book Excerpt @ Sylv Jenkins’ Blog
August 2nd: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader
August 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog
August 5th: Promo Post @ The Reading Guru
August 7th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog
August 9th: Promo Post @ Rose Shadow Ink
August 11th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover
August 13th: Book Excerpt @ Realm Tramper
August 15th: Promo Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog
August 16th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers
August 17th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
August 18th: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading
August 19th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily
August 21st: Book Review @ I Heart Reading
August 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct
August 24th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books
August 25th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian
August 26th: Book Excerpt @ Fantasy Book Lane
August 28th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings
August 30th: Book Review @ Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
September 1st: Book Review and Book Excerpt @ Dalene’s Book Reviews