Blog Posts - Nancy Olivia Designs

Inspiring Studio

I love having my supplies on open shelves where I can enjoy them - piles of fabric, stacks of ribbon spools, colored paper, markers, brushes, printed photos taped to the walls.Even if I am not working, I enjoy being surrounded by it all. Sometimes th...
by Porch Days on Aug 21, 2016

Celebrate the Gardens of Windham with the Garden Club of Windham CT

The Garden Club of Windham Connecticut is having a social event to "Celebrate the Gardens of Windham." I volunteered to help. Yes, I know. Why did I volunteer? Well, it is for a good cause and what I was requested to do is right up my alley. Besides...
by Porch Days on Jul 20, 2016

Life without Mr. B

Every day is a struggle. I try to find solace in my art, but creating is not the same without my number one fan. Mr. B  was such a support and always shared my excitement when I had new work to show him.
by Porch Days on Jul 18, 2016

Mr. B's Hibiscus Tree

Mr. B loved to accompany me to purchase plants. Part way through one summer we found a small hibiscus tree at half price. He loved it so we brought it home and it lived the summer on our front walk. Every time we left the house we counted the blossom...
by Porch Days on May 1, 2016


Dear Friends,It is with a heavy heart I announce the passing of my beloved Mr. B, two days after our fiftieth wedding anniversary. One of the last things he said to me, "My love is eternal." Heartbroken does not even describe how I feel.To forget is...
by Porch Days on Dec 23, 2015

Improbable Butterfly

This picture was taken in my yard this summer. With all the medical appointments for Mr. B, there has not been much time for art. I have kept my hand in by snapping pictures but have not worked with them. Taking time now, to experiment while Mr. B wa...
by Porch Days on Sep 13, 2015

Grateful for a Quiet Evening with Mr. B

My world changed when I drove Mr. B to the emergency room one night in late July. Scary times ensued. Two and a half weeks in the hospital, eight days in ICU, nine days without eating, four procedures and sleepless nights for Mr. B and which ever of...
by Porch Days on Aug 20, 2015

Orange and Pink - Butterfly and Flowers

You have to admit, this combination of orange and pink is spectacular! This photo was taken at the Garden on the Bridge in Willimantic, CT. The Garden is planted and maintained by the Garden Club of Windham of which I am proud to be a member.
by Porch Days on Jul 7, 2015

The Days Pass

There are so many "must do" things to see about every day. Even the simple things like getting ready for bed require many steps: Check the door locks, Clean the kitchen, Be sure the cat is inside, Pack the travel snack bag, Etc. Then there are always...
by Porch Days on Jun 18, 2015

Peony Time!

Peony Time is here! Do you love taking pictures of peonies as much as I do? The photos can be used by themselves or changed and used so many ways. My first peony opened today.This white peony is a picture from my yard last year. I am waiting for this...
by Porch Days on Jun 2, 2015

Back Yard Daffodils

It has been such a treat to be out takingphotographs after being holed up in the house through the long,bitterly cold winter here in Connecticut. These daffodils are in my back yard. I love the intense orange ruffled center with yellow around the cen...
by Porch Days on May 20, 2015

The Simple and Ordinary as Art

"Closet and Red Scarf" just finished.  Am I totally crazy for liking this?  What do you think?
by Porch Days on Mar 24, 2015

Summer Flower

This peach colored iris was new in my yard last summer. I hope it survived the winter and will appear again. Don't you love that color? It is planted near the front door so we can see it every time we go out. And it is visible from the kitchen sink w...
by Porch Days on Mar 22, 2015

Sunflower - a Burst of Summer

This time of year, photos of sunflowers are a welcome site. I had this photo printed on canvas and it arrived the day of my Windham Garden Club meeting. Being eager to share this burst of summer, I took it to the meeting. Everyone smiled when they sa...
by Porch Days on Mar 15, 2015

Coming Soon to a Yard Near You!

Yes, really. The tulips will be blooming soon. Get ready for color!This photo was taken last May in my yard.
by Porch Days on Mar 7, 2015

Flowers for the First of March

It is snowing again. (Sigh) Probably another eight inches. To cheer us up, I am posting a flower picture!I enjoyed adding filters and adjusting the color. I named it "Hydrangea Bouquet" because it looks like an entire bouquet in this one bloom.
by Porch Days on Mar 1, 2015

Special Merit Award in Light Space Time Exhibit, All Photography, February 2015

I am pleased to announce my photo, "The Wlesh Run" received a Special Merit award in the Light Space Time All Photography exhibit, February 2015.This the "Welsh Run" a creek in Welsh Run, PA.
by Porch Days on Feb 28, 2015

Going Stir Crazy or Fun With Ice

There is a lot of snow out there and instead of soft snowbanks we have hard icy ones. Last night's low was -2 and it was windy all day. Tomorrow we are to get another big snow. Predictions are from 6-12 inches or more. So maybe I am going a little cr...
by Porch Days on Feb 13, 2015

Art Chain on Facebook

My artist friends are doing an Art Chain on Facebook. After an artist posts three artworks a day for five days, he/she nominates another artist to do the same. So now it is my turn. I want to share some of the work I have been posting on NancyOliviaD...
by Porch Days on Feb 7, 2015

Fine Art America - National TV Photo Contest

Do you ever buy a lottery ticket knowing the odds are against you but hoping and wishing anyhow? I have done a similar thing by entering Fine Art America's National TV Photo Contest. Each person can enter three images and each image must receive 250...
by Porch Days on Jan 31, 2015

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