Saturday, August 24, 2013

Appreciation Is A Wonderful Thing!

This was one of those special occasions when I could actually feel the inner appreciation of the beauty of the moment passing like an electric current through the brush in my hand.         ~Prince Charles

Photo by Laura Leeder, August 2013 

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."  ~Voltaire

Last week a wonderful surprise awaited me in the mail as I returned home from a few days at Forest Haven our lakeside retreat.  

With anticipation high, I eagerly opened the envelope and to my surprise and delight it was this beautiful teacup card with a tea sample enclosed. 

Inside the card was this handwritten message:  
"I must say I am so pleased with the order I just received.  I have never seen such beautiful happy I found you in my Tea Time Magazine....looking forward to using your lovely cards." 

I frequently receive an email from a customer thanking me for their order and sharing their pleasure, but I have NEVER received a thank you card in return!  Kathleen's comments not only made by day, but validated my pride and pleasure in painting and in the development of my current notecard designs.   

*New card in the Teacup series.

©Friendship Tea Notecard by Laura Leeder, Summer 2013 

Friendship Tea ~ Fine Art Notecards by Laura Leeder
(from my newest original watercolour painting ~ July 2013) 
These notecards can be purchased on-line in my Etsy Shop.

Cards are sold in packages of 6 for $19.75 plus shipping ( *That’s one free card per package!)  A Single Notecard Retails for $3.95 plus shipping.

I have not been absolutely idle this month, I am working on some new sketches and will start painting shortly. Admittedly though, I am still on my  "summer time schedule" and enjoying it!

Have a happy and creative week, and if you get a chance, dig your toes into the sand and dip your feet in the water!

Laura Leeder 
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC
(from the heart of the Kootenys)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Scenes From A Forest Haven - Summer 2013

"And so, with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."      ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

We found a perfect summer retreat in a forested area along the lake (Kootenay Lake) and enjoyed some warm sunny days there last week.  I thought I'd share a few photos of this idyllic spot with you.  

©All photos by Laura Leeder, August 2013

Even in a forest one must have flowers.......

We've named this spot our "forest haven" as we are surrounded by tall fir and larch that sway gently in the breeze and keep us protected from the strong winds that blow in off the lake.
This stargazer lily really packs a punch of color and added                                                                  beauty to this forest of green.  The fragrant perfume of this                                                                         lily adds another layer to the overall experience.
Each morning we enjoyed a walk along the beach, soaking                                                                    in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
After some light housekeeping back at camp and an hour                                                               or two of reading, followed by a nap, (for some of us that is)                                                it's back to the beach for some late afternoon sun. 
(oops someone has forgotten Kenya's hat)  
That helps, but my own fits a lot better and now I                                                         feel like I'm on beach patrol!

Fishing the lazy way....(fishing rod far left)

What a wonderful way to spend ones afternoons.  I am feeling                              refreshed and my creative juices are beginning to flow again.                                                            Maybe... just maybe...I'll start a sketch tomorrow and paint                                                             the next day...or the next day...for sure the next day!                                                             

Happy Summer Everyone!
Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC (in the heart of the Kootenays) 
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