Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ted E. Graham...The Seagull

We named this seagull Ted E. Graham. A few weekends ago, hubby and I enjoyed several days at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and this funny seagull camped out at our beach spot with us.

Although we didn't have any food in our hands, he must have know that we had a bag of Teddy Grahams, sealed closed and tucked away in our beach bag. He paraded in front of us, then stood and stared. We thought for sure that he would fly away any minute. But, nope, he inched closer to our chairs then stood and stared at us again.

Well, what's an artist to do, but get out the sketch pad and pencils and start doodling away. He stayed in one location, but gradually made a 360 degree turn in the sand so that I could see every possible angle.

Eventually, he became bored, and acted like he was going to leave. But, I wasn't done with the drawing. So, I had to lull him back with a few of the Teddy Grahams that he was so patiently waiting for.

Hmmmmm....so I guess that WAS his strategy after all. I'm such a sucker!

This link will take you to the full blog post about Rehoboth Beach.

And, if you enjoyed this beach post, please check out my blog post from Myrtle Beach in June.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Carlisle's "Art, Music & Wine" Event - October 3

Mark your calendars! It's a day of art, music and wine at the gift shops on West Pomfret Street in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 3.

Stroll along the shops, taste some wine, and visit the on-site artists. 'Yours Truly' will be a working artist at Camellia's Sin Tea Parlor and Gift Shop, so please stop by and say "hello".

Should make for a fun day. Hope to see you there! Note: you can click on the flyer graphic to see an enlarged version.

Camellia's Sin Tea Parlor has been so kind to offer my greeting cards for sale in the shop. See my previous blog about the tea parlor here, the blog is filled with pictures of the delicious tea and the dear Victorian tea items for sale.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hot Diggity Dogs and More...at Rehoboth Beach, DE

Hubby and I savored a few last dog days of summer at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware....thanks to the generosity of friends.

Hot diggity dog, this beautiful girl, Daisy, (below!) was more than happy to pose for her portrait.

A jellyfish glistens.

An endless game of fetch. The owner told me I'd have at least 258 opportunities just that day to take a picture!

The Endless Dog Game at Rehoboth Beach, DE from Cheryl Kugler on Vimeo.

Peacefulness amid the warm, soft sand dunes.

Some fun with shells and surf-smoothed stones. Meow!

A sweetie-pie named Sadie trolling along the beach just lookin' to give someone a great big smooch.

We found ourselves strolling through this flower shop during a rainy afternoon.

Delightful, bright red cardinals were on sale there, and benefitted wildbird sanctuaries along the shore. A perfect addition to our flower gardens.

And, Jasper, the resident flower shop dog, soaked in all of the attention, then wasted no time showing us where his treats were located!

I bumped into this honey of a hot dog along the boardwalk! That's my hubby for those who don't know ;)

Out to sea.

Feather Here....Then Out To Sea... from Cheryl Kugler on Vimeo.

And, last but not least, this fella, who we called Ted, just wouldn't leave us alone. We'll save that story for my next blog post!

If you liked this beach post, be sure to check out my July posts:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And, Four Ripe Tomatoes!

In my last blog post, I answered the question "What To Do With All Of Those Tomatoes?!" by offering a delicious and EASY recipe for Margherita Pizza!

Well, all of this tomato talk got me thinking about one of the illustrations I did for the children's book "Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear". It's a fruity counting book that I illustrated for the American Literacy Corporation. Quite the fun project!

Here, Teddy is ready to eat "Four Ripe Tomatoes."

The colorful illustration even depicts a tomato hornworm happily making its' way among the branches.

If you find a tomato hornworm in your garden that has bunches of white egg pouches on it's back, it's actually a good thing. Although the tomato hornworm devours many garden plants, the parasitic wasps lays eggs on the tomato hornworm caterpillar. When the wasp eggs hatch, the young feed on the caterpillar...whallah...natural pest control!

If you are interested in the book, it can be purchased from the catalog page of the American Literacy Corporation website (www.superreader.org) It makes a great gift for a child's birthday, and a super stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays!