May 26, 2011

Read With Us: My Antonia

The Prairie is My Garden by Harvey Dunn

This month's book for the Read With Me La Porte Rouge book club was My Antonia by Willa Cather. What a delight! How refreshing it was to feel the simple wonderment in uncovering Jim and Antonia's world!

The bucolic Nebraska landscape, described in such raw and poignant detail, plays such a central role in the novel that I felt it was just as much of a lead character as Jim or Antonia herself. From the robust heat and hard work of Summer, to the breathtakingly rich blue sky of Autumn; from the cold harsh snows of Winter, to the renewing abundance of Spring and knowing its arrival even with your eyes closed; Cather so gently invites the reader into this beautiful pastoral countryside and so warmly welcomes us with the tales of its people.

In looking for images that captured the mental images I had while reading this book, I discovered the artist Harvey Dunn. Dunn was born in South Dakota and pursued his artistic career, first studying in Chicago, then, opening up a studio in Delaware and finally, establishing a school of illustration in New Jersey. Although Dunn's career took him far away from the prairie of South Dakota, he never forgot the land and people of his birthplace. As the South Dakota Art Museum states, "He is remembered as South Dakota's finest artist; having left a legacy as a war reporter, teacher, and painter of the Plains of his native state." Dunn's work so accurately and beautifully reflects life on the Great Plains; so many of his illustrations match so many of the images I had in mind while reading My Antonia. I think you'll agree...

The Prairie Trail

After School
After the Blizzard
The Visit
Girl Driving Oxen
Something for Supper
Just A Few Drops of Rain
Homesteader's Wife
Storm Front
all images via South Dakota State University here and here

May 25, 2011

A-round and A-bout: Leu Gardens

I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful visit with my aunt while I was in Orlando for work last week. We went to the Leu Gardens, the beautiful botanical gardens on Lake Rowena, where the rose garden and the butterfly garden were in full bloom. The flowers were absolutely breathtaking and the old trees covered in Spanish moss that covered the whole property were so eerily beautiful. 


May 22, 2011

A Party!

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday and threw a little party...decorations and food made by me and N; decorations and food enjoyed by Lily and our friends!
Margarita Cupcakes!
Salsa Bar!
Frozen Strawberry Pie!
Decorative Puffs, DIY tutorial here
Streamers and Confetti!
Puffs and Twinkle Lights!

May 9, 2011

Read With Us: Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton was a novel I was unfamiliar with when Nadia announced it as April's Read With Me La Porte Rouge Book Club book. Short and perhaps, unsweet, this book was over before I felt it had really begun. So many questions swirling around my head and no answers to be found by the end. I felt empty at the conclusion; as empty as Ethan, Mattie and Zeena must have felt at the sinister conclusion of this novel.

On a side note, I love that Regina Spektor sings about Ethan Frome in her song "2.99 Cent Blues". Regina is not only crazy talented (I heart her + her music), but well read too!

But when I get me all real tired
And I got no more strength to roam
I catch me a horse driven carriage ride
From a local man named Ethan Frome

He don't say much as he tips his hat
And he carries his body as heavy as lead
He could have been flying through the snow on his sled
But the wife was in bed and the horses had to be fed

May 8, 2011

Wild Wild Flowers

 Some wild wild flowers gathered in a yarn wrapped Ball jar for my mother on Mother's Day.

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