Summer Rose

“Love” Summer Rose

“LOVE” Summer Rose

The first Rose of the Summer on my Terrace Garden!

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“Imagine all the people living life in peace”
“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”


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Valentine’s Day Gifts

Candy Cane Roses (NY Botantical Gardens)

Welcome to my Valentine’s Day Blog featuring some great gift ideas for your loved one! These are just a few suggestions I thought would make that perfect gift!

I have chosen a few friends from various Social Media Sites, such as, Etsy; ArtFire; Indiemade; and Bonanza. Hope you enjoy my Valentine’s Day suggestions.

****For those featured, please take a second to help promote the other featured “Artisan’s” on your own Social Media sites!***


Valentine LOVE Earrings w Pink Swarovski Crystals


Valentine’s Day Personalized Hand Beaded Heart Bookmark


Valentine’s Day Crocheted Newborn Pink Bolero/Sweater


Lotus Flower Pendant/Necklace Jewelry Set


“Love Lifted Me”/Floral Fine Art


Handmade Heart Lampwork Glass Heart Bead/FineSilver


Romantic Moonstone Cameo/Garnet Necklace


Valentine’s Day Personalized Pendant/Necklace


Hibiscus and Lillies NoteCard Watercolor Prints


Victorian Cupid Valentine Card


Valentine Heart Washcloth Crochet Pattern


Valentine Gift – Granny Square Throw Pillow


Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet/Red Pink Czech Glass Beads


Floral Embroidered Young Girl’s Dress


Die Cut Valentine Hearts


Valentine’s Day Charm Bracelet


Red Fused Glass Ring Dish
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Remembering Veterans Day

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Remembering our War Hero’s and what they fought for! Painting by RESO914 #reso914 #ryanedward #ryanbaker This is one of many “Street Artist” painting my son painted. Many of his works can be found in Galleries in NY City, Brooklyn. To … Continue reading

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Respect Life 

Since the First Century, The Catholic Church has affirmed its position on abortion. “Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception.”


In 1972, before the United States ruled on the “Roe vs Wade” controversy, the Pope set aside each Sunday during the Month of October as “Respect Life Sunday “.


Although I do believe that in certain cases, a woman should have the right to make her own choice. I do also believe “Human Life must be respected and protected from the moment of conception”.

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Autumn Leaves Gifts

Autumn Leaves Gifts

Welcome to the “Autumn Leaves Gifts” Blog, welcoming the beautiful changing colors of Fall! Featured are a few treasured Gift Ideas from talented “Artisans” of Etsy, Artfire , Indiemade and Bonanza. Clicking on a specific link or item, will take you directly to the particular Shop. Hope you enjoy my choices to celebrate Autumn’s Beauty.

ButterflysAttic – Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards

ShadowDogDesigns – Tree of Life Pendant/BeadedNecklace

PrettyGonzo- Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

AndreaWagnerDesigns – Hand Knitted Brown Scarf

MagdaleneJewels – Autumn Swarovski Crystal Bracelet

WatercolorsNMore – Autumn Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

Daisyblu – Wedding Photo Album

RivendellRockJewelry – Ruby Ziosite Gemstone Pendant/Necklace

CoverGirlBeads – Amber Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads

ChristieCottage – Crocheted Brown Beaded Bib Necklace

KatsAllThat -Autumn Beaded Memory Bracelet

MagdaleneKnits – Autumn Red Newborn Cloche Hat

BootsieBoutique – Young Girls Velvet Holiday Dresses

RSSDesignsinFiber – Crocheted Autumn TableTopper

ClairemDesigns – Fall Pumpkin Felt Candle Mat

LilacCottageCards – Autumn Gift Card Tags

These are just few of the many beautiful Autumn Gifts found on these various sites. ***Please take a second to help promote this “Artisans” on your own Social Media sites….

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2019 NY Botanical Rose Gardens

NYBotanicalGardens: “Candy Cane Cocktail” (Hybrid Roses 2016)

To many, June means Summer vacations; walks along the beach; graduation; but to me the 1st weekend of June means the opening of the “Peggy Rockefeller Rose Gardens” featured at the NY Botanical Gardens, when the Roses are in full bloom.

. “Dark Night” Heirloom Rose

Being one of the most popular exhibits at the Botanical Gardens, each year never seems to disappoint. Last year my Blog took you along my walk of the Rose Garden’s 700 variety of different fragrant Roses. I was amazed that with all the beautiful Roses featured last year, not one of the 650 Roses’ exhibited this year, was a repeat of those I enjoyed last year.

Kardinal Kolorscape Red Roses (Germany 2014)

Kardinal Kolorscape Rose Bush (German 2014)

Last year featured many antique variety of Roses, some dating back to the 1600’s. This year’s NY Botanical Rose Garden’s were a delight of newer species of Nature’s “Fragrant Beauties”!

Peach Rose “The Lark Ascending” (2012)

“The Lark Ascending” Rose Bush

“Grande Amore” Tea Rose

Hybrid “Tea Roses” bear one Rose on each stem. The vast majority of “Tea Roses” are known for their strong fragrance. “Grand Amore” is a standout of the Hybrid Tea Roses due to its exceptional depth of Dark Red color!

. “Scepter’d Isle” English Tea Roses

While walking along the many pathways throughout the Rose Gardens, I tried to capture as many beautiful Roses that were newly planted in this year’s “Peggy Rockefeller” Rose Gardens. Surprisingly, we came across these roses which were left standing after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

It is no wonder that these Pale Yellow/Ivory Roses are an Award Winning Rose. “Polar Express” is known for its classic beauty and strong fragrance. In the second photo, I was fortunate enough to capture this pollinating bee busy at work!

“Polar Express” Award Winning Roses

One of the most famous of Roses is the Pink Cabbage Rose,

“Rose de Mai”. The Cabbage Rose is a Dutch descendant dating back to the 16th – 17th Century.

Pink Cabbage Rose “Rose de Mai” Dutch 16th-17th Century

The next Rose we came across was this French Hybrid beauty, “White Meidiland” Rose, which was first introduced in 1989.

*White Meidiland” French Rose (1989)

As we were finishing up our stroll among the beautiful exhibit of the

NY Botanical “Rose Gardens”, we came across this beautiful

Pink Rose with Yellow inner leaves, honoring “Julie Andrews”.

*Julie Andrews” Rose

These are such a few examples of the 650 Hybrid Roses features along the many pathways of this year’s “Rose Garden” Exhibit.

To view last view’s Blog of the “Botanical Garden’s” click on this link to see more beautiful Roses!

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The Sun is Up!

The Sun is Up

The Sky is Blue

It’s beautiful and so are you….Beatles

I was sitting under this Tree in Katonah, NY – when I looked up at the perfect sky of blue and saw this brilliant sun shining through – I could not resist taking this photo!

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Christmas Time

Welcome to my “Christmas Time” Blog of some great last minute gifts!

With only 3 weeks left until Christmas, I thought I would add a few suggestions for those who still have a lot of family and friends on their Christmas list.

I have chosen a few of my friends from various sties like Etsy, ArtFire, Indiemade, Bonanza, and those who have their own sites! Hope you enjoy my “Christmas” selections!

****For those featured, please take a second to help promote on your own various Social Media sites*****

MagdaleneJewels: Christmas Necklace/Earrings Jade/Siam Swarovski Crystals

Lindab142: Star of David Earrings

LanaMoes Art: Floral Crown Watercolor Artwork

RivendellRockJewelry – Christmas Swarovski Crystals Choker Necklace

BlondePeachJewelry: Christmas Dangle Earrings

Daisyblu: Handmade Christmas Wreath Card

MagdaleneKnits: Christmas White Maryjanes/Headed Red Silk Rose

NancyAndersonDesigns: Red Green Faceted FireAgate Necklace

WatercolorsNmore: Magnolia Watercolor Print

ShadowDogDesigns: Christmas Frosted Lampwork Earrings

PrettyGonzo: Vintage Tin Holly Christmas Earrings

CoverGirlBeads: DarkGreen w Silver Lampwork Beads

PostcardsintheAttic. Star HandmadeChristmas Card

TJBDesigns: Peppermint Key Chain/KeyFob

ChristieCottage: Sleeping Santa ACEO

Paper Simplicity: Quilled Christmas Card

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A Street Artist

Reso914 – A Street Artist

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Kate Moss   Reso914

Ryan Baker (my son), better known as Reso914, is an artist from Westchester, NY who uses his background in Street Art to portray his personal style in his art.  Reso draws influence from his experiences growing up in NY, and loves using 90’s NY references in his work.  

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Ryan has had a love for his art his whole life, and made the switch from Graffiti Art to Paintings in 2007.  Since then Reso has contributed to a few shows, and provides pieces for his collectors.

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Iconic WWII Statue   Reso 914

Ryan’s work is currently showing in two Gallery Shows (starting Sept. 14).  One in Soho, NY and the other Gallery is in Brooklyn, NY.

“Russian Ballerina” Portrait   Reso914
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“Nude”   Reso914

Demin Jacket w Ballerina (Child’s size)

Alison (Winner – America Top Model)

Little Dancer

He has also done murals on local restaurants. He did a large mural in a Mall in Texas.

To see more of Ryan’s “Street Art” or purchase any of his paintings, visit his Instagram page @ RyanEdward or RESO914.

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Sept 11, 2001-Etched in Memory

Sept. 11, 2001- Etched in Memory


At exactly 8:46 am EST, it will be 19 years since the tragic events of 9/11. I ask that today be a Day of Reflection not just of September 11, 2011 and the many lives lost; but a reflection of how our World as knew it then, has changed into a World of so many lives lost since then fighting for our Freedom.


Let us never forget the over 3,000 lives lost that day.  Eventually since that time we have lost more lives, those who so dedicatedly rushed to the Trade Center as the more than 1,000 First Responder’s, many of whom have since lost their own lives.



Last Fall, I visited the World Trade Center as it today. With the “Freedom Tower”, what made the most impression on me was the “Reflection Pools” surrounded by the names of each person lost that day, as well as the over 700 bones they have yet to identify.

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For more Reflections on this “Day of Remembrance” as I listen to the tolling bells for each person lost.  Attached is a link to my previous article (written last year on Sept 11, 2016).

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Heavenly Bodies


Fashion & The Catholic Imagination

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Last week I went to the “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit at the Cloister’s in Upper Manhattan.  My son, his girlfriend, and I visited this Fashion Exhibit of the “Catholic Imagination” on a spur of the moment adventure. Although I have been going to the Cloister’s since I was very young, this was one of the most exciting exhibits I have experienced.

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House of Dior. Angelic Evening Ensemble

“Heavenly Bodies” features the work of many Designers’ whose work is based on the own interpretations, imaginations, and relationship to Catholicism. Their designs were influenced by their own imagery and symbolism, using as a reference specific garments worn by the Clergy and Religious Orders, hence “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”.  An example is Versace’s interpretive designs of the various Medieval Religious Orders.

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Versace Designs. Fashion reflecting Monastic Nuns

For those who know of the Cloister’s, which overlooks the Hudson River; much of the architecture used in the construction in the early 1930’s. was from many Gothic and Medieval structures, Paintings, Statues, and Tapestries, many of which are over 800 years old.  The Cloister’s features various rooms with antiquities from the Romanesque Period (500-1500 `AD); Gothic Era (1500’s); to the Medieval Period of Art and Structures; all of which are reflected throughout the “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit.

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View of the Hudson

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Medieval Gardens

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Gothic Nun’s Dress.  Medieval Gardens

With these images in mind, I will share many of the Designer’s Fashions shown throughout the Monastery, many of which I will compare with the iconic works of art, which are a part of the Cloisters.

One of my favorites, and most popular Exhibit is Alexander McQueen’s Red Velvet gown, entitled “The Annunciation”; inspired by the “Annunciation Triptych” (1427) which is just to the right of the Gown.

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Alexander McQueen “The Annunciation” Red Gown
(his interpretation of the Red Gown worn by Mary)

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Annunciation Triptych (1427)


Weddings also played an important part during these Monastic periods. Featured are many of the interpretations by these iconic Designers.

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       Wedding Dress. House of Balenciaga “Holy Sacrament I”

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                                              Wedding Dress. House of Balenciaga “Holy Sacrament II”


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 “Bride” standing at a 14th Century Altar



As one enters the Cloister’s Romanesque rooms, designed using part of a French Benedictine Monastery, including the original Monastic Columns from an 804 AD Benedictine Monastery and Romanesque Cloister’s.  All this inspiring Designers from the House of Valentino, using various Black fabrics, Velvet, Silk, based on the Nuns habits worn during this period. One Black Dress & Cape with the Gold Stars is based on the Painting “Black Madonna of Czechoslovakia”.

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Romanesque Dress & Cape w Stars. House of Valentino

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Black Velvet Dress. House of Valentino

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Black Velvet Dress. House of Valentino
**(Note the front of the Dress inspired by the Monastic Columns of the Cloisters
on the front of the Dress – see pic below)


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Monastic Columns in the Cloisters from 804AD

In the Early Gothic Hall with its 15th Century Stained Glass Windows, Statues, and Paintings of the Madonna and Child, in the center stands the fashion inspiration by the Designer, Gaultier titled “Lumiere”.  Note the Virgin and Child on the shoulder of this colorful Stained-Glass Dress.

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Gaultier “Lumiere” Virgin & Child Stained Glass Dress


My earliest memories of the Cloisters’ was the large room of Medieval Tapestries.  Obviously, Alexander McQueen was inspired as I was by the beauty and design of these Tapestries, in his “Angels &Demons” Collection.  His designs reflect the work found in many of the Tapestries hanging on the Walls.

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Alexander McQueen. Tapestry inspired Dresses


The Gothic Chapel is well known for its original 13th Century 7 Sarcophagus’ (tombs) carved in the likeness of the various Counts, Knights, who fought for the Crusades, and the Baroness of Neubourg.  The Designer, John Galliano, was inspired with his Design Gown with a Cross resembling the Crosses carried during the Crusades.


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Galliano Dress –  Woman on Sarcophagus

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Close-up View


The Late Gothic Hall is filled with many Medieval Sculpture and Altar pieces.  Adorning the entranceway to the Late Gothic Hall is a beautiful Gold Wedding Dress with a Gold Jeweled Crown designed by Dolce & Gabbanna.

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Dolce & Gabbanna. Gothic Gold Wedding Dress w Gold Crown

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Close up View of Dress & Crown


While this beautifully, artistic work of the Designers whose work is featured in the “Heavenly Bodies” Cloister’s Exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA) also presented many more of these Designs of the “Catholic Imagination” of “Heavenly Bodies” among the Art at the Museum.  Many of the fashions explored the designer’s “imagination” of  the transcendence from earth to the spiritual.  One example featured at MOMA is the Designer, Thierry Mugler’s “ Madonna” with its sparkling pale Blue Dress and Crown at the top of an archway, representing Mary’s Ascension into Heaven. 


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Close up of the “Blue Madonna’s Crown

Although many may not understand these fashions in the traditional sense, they illuminate the many ways that one’s imagination can transcend those of the Catholic Church’s view into enchanting “Heavenly Bodies”.  What I have shown is just a small example of the many fashions being exhibited at the Cloister’s and the Museum of Modern Art. 







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Rockefeller Center (NYC) Tree Lighting

The Beginning of the Christmas Season


                                                 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting                                                      
  (Tree in front of 30 Rock – skaters below)

The first Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was in 1933, when 30 Rockefeller Center opened.  Yes, the same as “30 Rock”!  The first tree was about 20 feet; while this year’s Tree measures 94 feet.  As you can see in some of the pictures, the Tree towers over Manhattan.  Once the lighting takes place, it is officially Christmas in New York City!


My sister, Wendy and I celebrating Christmas in NYC (me on the right)

As a very young child, my mother worked for Yardley in the Rockefeller Center Building. My sister and I would stand at the large windows overlooking the skating rink and watch Christmas unfolding before our eyes. 


 Kelly and Keith at the Tree Lighting

Years later when my sister and I both worked in Manhattan, we would rush over to catch the Tree Lighting.  We would meet at the entrance of Rockefeller Center where the large Angels stand with their trumpets ready to announce the beginning of the Holiday Season! (see the picture of Kelly standing in front of the Angels).


 Kelly, age 6 – Keith, age 2 at Rockefeller Center

As I started my own family, the tradition of joining the crowds continued as we would view the very large Tree erected each year. 

 Hopefully the pictures will give you the feeling of being right there with us!!!


 Rockefeller Tree Lighting (Nighttime View)

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Along the Hudson: Cold Spring

A Day in Cold Spring

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Hurricane Isaias

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Pre-Summer Storms

The past few days the Northeast, including NY where I live, has experienced a heat wave of 90+ degrees, plus severe storms at night.

This morning at 5am woke up to a loud crack and crash outside my bedroom window. The first 2 pics were taken at 5am – the others at 7am.
I loved this Tree as its long branches reached my terrace – providing a bit of comfort from the heat of the setting sun..

Can’t imagine what is in store for the rest of the Summer, if this is just early June!

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Christmas Gifts 2019

Artisan Handmade Christmas Gifts

Welcome to my “Christmas Time” Blog of some great last minute gifts!

With only 3 weeks left until Christmas, I thought I would add a few suggestions for those who still have a lot of family and friends on their Christmas list.

I have chosen a few of my friends from various sties like Etsy, ArtFire, Indiemade, Bonanza, and those who have their own sites! Hope you enjoy my “Christmas” selections!

****For those featured, please take a second to help promote the other artists featured!

ShadowDogDesigns – Christmas Nativity Earrings

















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Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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