Friday, June 14, 2013

A Vintage French Watercolor, Senior Portraits, A Jersey Cow Named Annabelle, An Auction for the Children in Africa



Hello!
I scored this vintage French watercolor for a few dollars a couple of years ago.....
It sat in a drawer, until this last year,
I decided to hang it from my vintage French barn door....
The door that can't seem to find a permanent spot in my home : )


I used our dutch Nautical twine and a vintage French clothespin to hang the painting.....
I just tucked the twine behind the door.....
An easy way to hang paintings from doors without putting a hole in your door......


I decided this might make a great area to take a few portraits of the kids....

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I recently shot a few senior portraits of my daughter, Nicole....
We have lived on this ranch for almost 10 years, and the kids have spent many summers swimming in the ponds on the ranch..... 
Time goes by way too fast!
I thought it was fun to capture Nicole in a location that holds a lot of childhood memories.....



We have an equestrian inspired shoot that we are working on at the moment : ).  
We are hoping it turns out like we have planned....

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I also wanted to share a picture of our little Annabelle....
A jersey cow that we will soon be milking....
Our boss generously allows us to run so many cows on his ranch....
I was so excited to add a jersey cow to our small herd....
She is so beautiful.....
We purchased her from Ryan and Amber Dias.....
The Dias family is the sweetest family that has the most beautiful herd of Jersey Cows.....
They gave us a tour of their dairy, we were all in Jersey Cow heaven....
I will be sharing lots more images with you of Annabelle in the future : )

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On a final note....
Kimberly Taylor is holding an online auction Monday June 17 at 8 a.m. PST and will run until June 19th at 6 pm PST on her website Kimberly Taylor Images to raise money to help benefit children in Africa....
Kimberly's Mom, Barb has built a home for children in Africa and is doing amazing things for these children.....
You can visit Barb's blog Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels and read more about this amazing woman and what she is doing for these children......
The online auction will help raise money for supplies they need to purchase for their home they have built in Africa....
Here are a few items that you will be able to bid on.....



One of my blue striped grain sack dog beds : )




Beautiful cuffs.....

This is just a sampling of what you will find listed in the online auction.....

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Hope you all have a great weekend!
Take Care,
Maria 

23 comments:

Marianne N said...

Beautiful photos!!

cowparsley said...

Gorgeous portrait of your daughter, what a pretty girl.

Happy weekend.
X

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Maria, I always love almost all your beautiful treasures - that watercolour is gorgeous...but wow, your daughter is STUNNING - she is so so pretty.

You have captured her perfectly.

Love your new Annabelle, she's awesome too.

Taylor said...

Your home is gorgeous & I love the styling! And the cow!! :D

Laviedetaylor.blogspot.com

tina said...

Home is so pretty! fantastic photos

toves sammensurium said...

I am sighing out loud too Al this beauty!Picture perfect!
Tove :)

Nicole Michelle Centers said...

Breathtaking photos!

Nicole
www.eleganceandclutter.blogspot.com

Burlap Luxe said...

Stunning daughters photo shoots, love her senior photos beautiful eyes.
I am sure when you are all together everyone thinks you are all sisters :)

I love this auction a beautiful paying forward to meeting others needs.

blessings to you and yours.

xx
Dore

Bonny Neiman said...

So proud your cow is from my home, New Jersey! What a lucky MooMoo. Congratulations to your family and your daughter on her graduation....she is beautiful! All the best.

VINTAGELINE said...

Absolutely LOVE your style.

Klem

sarahgolden said...

wonderful pictures! would love to live there!
xx
sarah

vintage-rose Cottage said...

The Pictures are soooo beautiful!!!!!belinda

Attic Clutter said...

such a beautiful blog(:)

kimberly said...

You are so wonderful- thank you my friend.
x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Maria,

What a perfect and beautiful way to share your vintage watercolour find! And your daughter's eyes....WOW! Love Annabelle and your pup. Enjoy the day! Anita

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Beautiful photos, as always, Maria! I love Annabelle, jersey cows are always my favorite. And what rich milk they have! Your daughter is beautiful, love her eyes.

~Shanon

Cindy said...

Oh i love your Jersey Cow, she is so pretty standing in the little meadow! Beautiful photos as always too. Your daughter couldn't look any prettier sitting the boat on the water like that. What a wonderful place you must have!

Cindy

Quirky Comforts said...

gorgeous cow and love that water colour on door!!! Leisa. Quirky Comforts

lessthanperfectmama.com said...

beautiful photos!

sandy @ french laundry 132 said...

Such beautiful photos and your daughter is gorgeous! Love the sweet cow too!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Maria, I am visiting late to visit some of who you are inspiring here. I had a beautiful weekend with Fifi and Mark and after the Santa Barbara home staging inspiring Fifi's wedding book my head is spinning with beautiful ideas and creative energy.

come for a visit where I posted Renee and Gordons Santa Barbara sea side French cottage that will be one of the garden settings for fifi's wedding book.

Looking forward to what the summer months bring for you and what you will inspire us with.

xx
Dore

Kaylee Andersen said...

These pictures are gorgeous. What lens do you use?

Anonymous said...

What a charming little sofa-love seat! Where did you get it? It is just what I have been looking for!