The important thing is the rhythm.

January 25, 2015

Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.

But our annual grow your blog time…that has a rhythm of its own!

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Hello everyone, my name is Veronica. Welcome to my world.
It’s full of art. All kinds of art.


I was born here in Prague,

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and now live with these two: Robert: mad genius, inventor, engineer, builder of brilliant machines which race at 200 mph, and Chloe, communications expert, saver of the world, bilingual blogger extraordinaire,

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in this quirky 1950s cottage in Oxfordshire, England,

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and this 1920s cottage in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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That means I log a lot of travel time, can pack a suitcase in my sleep, and am experienced in the fine art of jet-lag survival.

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I photograph pretty images for stock agencies, but all the photos you see here on my blog are all for you. I’m big on sharing.

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I’m also big on learning, and love of learning and sharing means that I post a lot of how-to posts. Everything I’ve tried, from enamelling to silversmithing to wood carving, every one of the practical classes or lessons I’ve taken can be found here, usually under the “Try This, a Tutorial” tag. If you find that you want more info than what I managed to show in a post, then just ask. I’ll tell you everything I know.

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I have a love for vintage, exploring, gardening, and often you’ll find us somewhere far away at some car boot sale, thrift store, specialty rose grower, botanical garden…museum and so on. I also love anachronistic British cars, and, with Robert’s generous help, have restored a vintage Austin mini, and a series 3 Land Rover, (which were both saved from the scrap yard). I love to drive my cars.

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And, along with saving bits of the past, I save old papers from the recycling bin, and give them beauty and new worth thru art.

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Mostly I like to use paper which is close to or more than 100 yrs old, but in reality, I’ll paint on just about anything, and, when I get my act together, you can find little bits of art or silver in my Etsy shop.

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So won’t you stop by for a cup of tea with me and say hello while you’re here? That way I can come visit you too.

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I’m here most days. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Reply January 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    You are without a doubt one of the most creative women I have ever watched from afar and I truly wish we were neighbors !

    • Reply Veronica January 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much Kathryn. Oh boy! Can you imagine the mischief and nonsense we would get into? Love it. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Reply January 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

        Yes I can but I also think you would push my creativity! Here is a question. I found a huge bag of Sea glass sitting outside of a dumpster about a month ago. It was a military apartment and clearly they wanted someone to adopt the bag. Do you want some of the smaller pieces. I have about 200 total. That ring is fantastic.

        • Reply Veronica January 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm

          Really, that would be wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜€

          • January 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

            Ok so do you want to email your address? ????

  • Reply Pamela Gordon January 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    That is a beautiful introduction and I learned a lot more about you Veronica. I truly love your artwork, especially on the old papers and music sheets. It is so interesting. Pam

    • Reply Veronica January 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much sweetie. ๐Ÿ˜€ I need to get back into the studio and paint.

  • Reply Jo January 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Your life is very interesting – I love how you can travel so well. And the bird art – oh that is wonderful beyond words. What a clever idea to paint on sheet music.

    • Reply Veronica January 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you so much JoAnn. I have to get back into the studio and paint some more. ๐Ÿ˜€ Big hugs my friend. x

  • Reply wirednan January 25, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I’m very happy to meet you, Veronica. This is my second year doing this hop and I love it. It’s great to meet other bloggers from the creative world. Most of my blogging friends have been other jewelry makers so it’s great to meet other makers through this blog hop.Thanks for dropping by my blog and thanks for inviting me for tea. I can relate to your life in England as I lived there for 4 years (1997-2001) although I’m happy to be back in Canada. That’s a pretty long commute you have between Oxfordshire and Vancouver. What’s the story with that?
    I love the ring you made and your paintings of the birds on the music sheets are beautiful! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your art.

  • Reply CatieAn January 25, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    hi veronica Thank you for visiting my blog today. I had to rush right over and ‘meet’ you and am so happy I did. You live such a bohemian life…I love it. Your art work is truly beautiful. I live in Washingtons state way over by the Idaho border but have been to Vancouver several times. It is so pretty there. We spent our honeymoon a half century ago in Victoria! I am happy to say I am now following you and look forward to learning more about you and yours.

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn January 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Really really lovely – a bit like watching a trailer for a movie I’ve already seen and loved and while the sequel is just around the corner – i know all the characters and locations and feel at home with them, while still intrigued and able to be surprised by the next instalments xxxx

  • Reply Deborah Weber January 26, 2015 at 5:50 am

    What a fabulous peek into your lovely world and your deliciously creative work! I’ll certainly be back for more.

  • Reply Kelly Deal January 26, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Hi Veronica! Thanks for coming over to say hi and leave your kind message! I LOVE your blog and throughly enjoyed browsing through your adventures and photos. Your bird paintings on paper are gorgeous and I loved that post about the Sandhill Cranes. They fly over the house every autumn on their way south. My husband and I take a trip every year to se their resting area in Indiana at the Pulaski Wildlife Preserve. We enjoy every minute we’re there. You took some gorgeous shots of those beautiful birds. Oh and smiled a little bit when I read your “About” column, much of it sounds like me!

  • Reply dayphoto January 26, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I have loved getting to know you and watching the world through your very artistic eyes. You are delightfully talented! The song birds on old sheet music is special!

    Linda ???

  • Reply Beth P January 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Hi Veronica, thank you for the sweet message you left on my blog. I absolutely love your blog and your art is stunning! I will be keeping my eye on your etsy shop… I look forward to a long friendship and lots of arty emails and posts! ๐Ÿ˜€
    We are expecting a blizzard to hit our area this evening with anywhere from 18 inches of snow all the way up to 3 feet so a few preparations are in order.
    Will pop back over soon for a more proper visit!
    Hugs for now my new sister in art and blogging,
    Beth P
    The Whimsical Dowager

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks January 26, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Your blog is always a thing of beauty and a joy forever! (shhh, I plagiarized that line).

  • Reply Laney January 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I love your painted birds on the sheet music. So lovely. Love seeing your pics , too. I have never been to England or Prague. Enjoy the hop!

  • Reply Marian January 27, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Veronica! Love stopping by and visiting with you, always feel like I walk with you through your words! Happy Blogging Happy life… from one traveler to another!

  • Reply daryledelstein January 28, 2015 at 6:51 am

    charming post โ€ฆ

    • Reply Veronica January 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Aw, thank you so much sweetie. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Monique U January 30, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Sold! Halfway between your 2 abodes (I have the best of all worlds LOL) Following you via Bloglovin. Just because ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Dixie February 6, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Lovely to meet you, Veronica.
    And what a fantastic blog. I love your paintings, especially the birdies.
    You have so much talent!

  • Reply Wendy @ AppleApricot February 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Hello there Veronica, nice to meet you and read a bit about you! Your work is stunning. Oh my, those birds… love! And I love how you try a lot of different things and techniques. That’s what I love doing as well. Learn learn learn, there’s just too much to learn! Not enough hours in a day! So, I will visit you again and again, I’m sure. Am going to follow you through bloglovin and wordpress (though I’m a Blogger-blogger). Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! Wishing you a beautiful day ~ Wendy of Apple and Apricot

    • Reply Wendy @ AppleApricot February 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Ha, so, that didn’t work out, the following through wordpress part… Oh well, just following through bloglovin then ๐Ÿ™‚

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