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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola: Wisteria

Wisteria

Wisteria

The Wisteria in the Tree

The Wisteria in the Tree

The Wisteria in the Tree

The Wisteria in the Tree

It’s Day 117 in the 120 Days of Crayola Challenge and I’ve been looking forward to the color, Wisteria! At the edge of the woods climbing way up to the tippy-top of the branches, is a massive Wisteria! I’ve been waiting for just the right bloom day to take a picture so I could post it for the color in the challenge! Wisteria seems to just look for something to climb on and finds it even in the woods! Enjoy the color of the day!

Wisteria has been part of the Crayola Collection since 1993. It is also known as Coral Purple in the “Discovery” series and Fruited Plains in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

IPhriday Photo Challenge: The Vinson House

The Vinson House

The Vinson House

Vinson House Painted in Waterlogue App

The Vinson House Painted in Waterlogue App

Vinson House Painted in Brushstroke App

The Vinson House Painted in Brushstroke App

In our small town we are very fortunate to have many of the homes, built at the  turn of the century, still being lived in today. I started with two of the cottages in previous posts and now, after taking another stroll through town, I’d like to feature one of the larger homes once lived in by the Vinson family. Notice the azaleas are in full bloom now!

Today, we’re looking at the Vinson House, although the original home was white.

Professor William Vinson came to our town to teach mathematics at the college.  He married Miss Lily Helper, one of H.P. Helpers’ large family of daughters and they settled into the antebellum Blake home, on the curve of Main Street, owned by the college. After teaching for fourteen years he died and his widow moved out of the home owned by the college and built “the Vinson Home” for herself and their two children. Her daughter, Miss Maude, became a teacher of French, Mathematics and Latin at the high school where she was described as, “rather more than plump, her hair long since escaped from whatever contrivance of hair pins held it together at the start of the day, her dress always green or maroon, whitening with chalk dust as the day wore on. She was energetic, good humored and outspoken, setting academic  and moral standards.”

The Vinson House became a boarding house for the college students, providing a living for the genteel Mrs. Vinson and her family.

I hope you enjoyed our walk through the village today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood and post it for the IPhriday Photo Challenge!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Bloomers

Bridal Wreath Spirea Up Close and Personal

Bridal Wreath Spirea Up Close and Personal

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Iris Time

Iris Time

A Splash of Violas

A Splash of Violas

A Splash of Violas in Waterlogue App

A Splash of Violas in Waterlogue App

A Splash of Violas in Brushstroke App

A Splash of Violas in Brushstroke App

Walking around the neighborhoods the blooms are bloomin’! Here are some of my favorites for the IPhriday Photo Challenge. Bridal wreath spirea produces the loveliest arched boughs of highly scented flowers. In early to mid-spring, this perennial shrub produces clusters of tiny flower head blooms on cascading stems, looking much like a bride’s bouquet! Wouldn’t these color combinations be beautiful for a spring wedding? I’m making quite a collection of notecards with my IPhone Apps, Waterlogue and Brushstroke! If you missed the blog I posted about the easy way to make notecards look Here!  I hope you enjoyed our walk through the village today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood for IPhriday Challenge posts!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Icicle Cottage

 

The Icicle Cottage

The Icicle Cottage

About two weeks ago I featured The Green Cottage and said I would be showing more of my favorite landmarks. This is the Icicle Cottage to everyone in my family. It is one of the best preserved and charming Victorian cottages anywhere. Built by John Eli Brattain around 1883 notice the “gingerbread” trim on this home. My family always called this trim “icicles”. Mr Brattain was a woodworker by trade and the trim was cut by hand, so no two pieces of Icicle trim is the same.

The Icicle Cottage Painted in Waterlogue

Icicle Cottage Painted in the Waterlogue App

 

The Icicle Cottage Painted in the Brushstroke App

 Icicle Cottage Painted in the Brushstroke App

I also love the HUGE tree in the front garden and the yellow climber that has overtaken the tree on its way to the top! This tree is a show stopper in the Spring!

A Side View of Icicle Cottage

A Side View of Icicle Cottage

 

THE Tree

THE Tree

 

The Climbers' Blossom

The Climbers’ Blossom

I hope you have enjoyed our stroll around the village today! Get out and enjoy your spot and take a Photo with your phone (or Photos, I can’t help myself) for The IPhriday Photo Challenge!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Spring Green

Spring Green Snowball

Spring Green Snowball

 

Spring Green Snowball

Spring Green Snowball

 

Spring Green Snowball in Brushstroke App

Spring Green Snowball in Brushstroke App

 

Spring Green Snowball Painted in Waterlogue App

Spring Green Snowball Painted in Waterlogue App

It’s Day 97 of the Crayola Challenge and we’re looking for Spring Green! I didn’t have to look very far for this color that was introduced in 1958. These big, chartreuse colored blooms are aptly named Snowballs! Aren’t they beautiful? As you can see I’ve been at the pretend easel again in the garden!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! 

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Shocking Pink

 

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

 

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

 

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree painted in Brushstroke App

Ultra Pink was the name of a bright pink color in the Crayola Collection. Then it all went decidedly down hill from there, if you ask me!  From 1972 until 1990 Ultra Pink was known as Shocking Pink. Then it was known as Plug & Play Pink in the “Techno Brite” series!  What in the world is that?

So I’m sticking to a nice Ultra Pink color that looks on the purpley side in nature, and that may be shocking. But the Eastern Redbud Tree, as it is named, is actually a pinky-purpley color! Shocking to say the least, but oh so beautiful to look at! It is one of the first trees to flower in early spring, blooming huge pink flowers in large clusters right on the bark of the limbs of the tree!  A Shocking Pink that is such a boost to any garden!

During this period of ultra, shocking, and plug and play pinks, Crayola also decided to buy the Silly Putty Company. I’d say that fits right in! Do you remember copying the funny paper onto your Silly Putty? Now those were the days! The Silly Putty history was so fascinating look for a full blog post to come!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 94!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Shamrock

 

Irish Shamrock Plant

Irish Shamrock Plant

You know the old saying, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Well so are the Shamrocks, so to speak! I love this green colored Irish Shamrock plant along my neighbors fence line. They remind me of the real deal Shamrock.

In my garden they look like this! I have the Purple Shamrock Plant!

My Purple Shamrock Plant

My Purple Shamrock Plant

Shamrock has been in the Crayola Collection since 1993. It is known as Circuit Board Green in the Techno Brite series and US Mint in the “Colors of Washington, DC” series.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 93!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Shadow

Green and My Boo!

Green and My Boo!

 

Baby Bella Boo

Baby Bella Boo

 

Grown Up Bella Boo

Grown Up Bella Boo

Shadow, is a greeny- brown-tan color that was introduced in the Crayola lineup in 1998. I think they just ran out of names for colors myself! So I picked a photo that had green, brown, and tan! My dog, an Akita named Isabella Boo, or sometimes called Bella Boo, or sometimes just Boo, journeys with me on our walks around the neighborhood. You could say I’m HER shadow!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 92!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: The Yellow Garden

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden

My neighbors surely wonder what I am always up to, sleuthing in the neighborhood, in and out of the gardens, IPhone in hand, up close to my subject and far away, at dawn, at dusk, always sleuthing.

 

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden Painted in Brushstroke App

 

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Clemens Garden

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Clemens Garden

 

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden

 

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden Painted in Brushstroke App

Confederate Jasmine in The Yellow Garden Painted in Brushstroke App

 

Yellow Jasmine Painted in Waterlogue App

Yellow Jasmine Painted in Waterlogue App

Enjoy the IPhriday Photo Challenge! Post a photo taken with your Phone on Fridays! It is great fun getting outside to see what is going on!

 

IPhriday Photo Challenge: YOU r LOVED!

YOU r LOVED

YOU r LOVED

A couple of weeks ago, when I was out walking my dog, I saw the neighbor boys, I’d say around ten to twelve in age, hovering along on their boards. They said hey and I said hey and we went on our merry way.  Returning to my house, which is a little off the beaten path, I saw the boys scurrying around the corner of the way (I have a Way to my house you see) going to their house.  Heads down, no more waves.  Hmmmmm………

When I got to my door there was a note on it. YOU r LOVED.

My first reaction was, Did they just leave me a note?

Then I thought, Do they leave all old ladies a note?

Then I thought, Do they carry sticky notes and pens around with them when Hovering?

Then I thought,  Was the note a church project, or something like that?

Then I thought, I AM THINKING TOO MUCH! Simply enjoy the Note! YOU R LOVED!  I saved the note. I think a lot of people could use the note this week! I think many of us need the message on Good Friday! Thank You!

PS If the boys didn’t leave the note, then I have a secret admirer, and that’s a good thing for an old lady too! It’s good to let your husband know somebody else loves you too!

Enjoy the IPhriday Photo Challenge! Post a photo taken with your Phone on Fridays! It is great fun getting outside to see what is going on!

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