weekly inspiration & joy: wine, flowers, the painted garden & little altars

I LOVE sharing  weekly inspiration over on over on Instagram – next to my blog it’s my favorite online home! You will find lots of color, gorgeous flowers, quotes, affirmations and a peek into my creative process.

Here’s a recap from the week.

For those of you who aren’t on Instagram I invite you to  come over and join me! 🙂

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May 21 , 2018

I hope everyone had a nice day! I had such a great weekend buying plants and seriously couldn’t wait to get them in the ground. The rain kept me from doing much so I embraced the sweet sunshine of today and was in the garden from the time I got up until dinner time. I’m happily exhausted and feeling a bit giddy and proud of all my work.⠀
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I move things around in my garden in much the same way I do with the colors in my paintings. I love grouping different colors and textures together, planting new seeds and editing and pruning when necessary. I can’t wait to look at the garden tomorrow with fresh eyes. 🙂

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May 23 , 2018

Violets grow like weeds in my garden but I cannot resist putting them in vases to share with you. They are so nostalgic to me. I remember picking them, along with lily of the valley for my mom as a kid. Do you have childhood associations with flowers?

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May 24 , 2018

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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May 28 , 2018

Feeling grateful for all my beautiful friendships. @gaffkeb & I had the most delightful weekend with good friends, lots of laughter and rich conversation.
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These colors set the stage for our 4th annual wine pairing party on Saturday night. Our garden was filled with twinkly lights, candles, food, wine 🍷and flowers🌺. This party gets better and better every year as people “up their game” with their creativity and own unique spin on the pairings. There is SO MUCH LOVE that goes into this gathering. My heart is full…
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Thank you everyone!

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May 29 , 2018

Tomorrow is the last day to register to WIN this painting for the #touchofkind giveaway! It’s SUPER SIMPLE to enter. Scroll back a few posts until you see this painting where you will find all the delicious details. You can read more about this project on the blog. (link in bio or here–> https://bit.ly/2Iq9fIK .
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Best of luck to you! I hope you win! 🙂

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May 30 , 2018

Well, I have to say it’s SUPER exciting when you host a giveaway and you find out you have WON a giveaway! 🙂 Seriously, how fun is that?!?
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I just found out that I won @janice_contreras_sullivan‘s giveaway and feel a little swoony inside. I met her through the fabulous @blacksburgbelle and think you will love her gorgeous photography and blog. I’m a lucky girl to be surrounded by such kind, giving women. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you ladies for being you and sharing your gifts with the world! ⠀
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BTW~If you haven’t registered for my painting giveaway you have until midnight tonight to enter (link in bio to blog for details or right here–> https://bit.ly/2Iq9fIK ). Sending all the good “ju ju” your way!

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May 31 , 2018

First off, I want to thank everyone who left a comment with the wonderful things they would do to “pay it forward” if they won the #atouchofkindpainting giveaway. You all made my heart sing. Thank you! 🙂
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The winner is Cynthia Shannon! 😊😊😊Congratulations!
Please message me your mailing address at laura.gaffke@me.com

P.S. I will be giving away 2 ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS! One will be in the Summer & one in the Fall. If you would like to know when they are announced please join my list (link in bio or here–> http://eepurl.com/G_UvL)

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June 1 , 2018

I have been appreciating this book, “The Painted Garden” by Mary Woodin. It is a lovely journal showcasing a year in the life of an English garden.
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As a painter I am in love with her beautiful watercolors and as a gardener, I lam appreciating how she documented a year of changes in her garden. It’s got me curious as to what I may learn from getting still and observing my garden as both an artist and a gardener.

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June 3, 2018

A little “altar” for the studio window in front of my work table. I am not sure it’s done, but it’s making me happy being surrounded by flowers, my little Buddha and my crystals this morning. They energize the space and bring me peace at the same time. 🌺🌸🌺 The turquoise vase is waiting patiently for the peonies to POP in the garden so I can fill it up ☀.
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So much awakening happening on many levels. 🙂 May you find a little peace of your own on this succulent Sunday!

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