Monday, August 23, 2010


Prelude - an introductory performance,event or action preceding a more important one; a preliminary or preface ~~~






















All of the photos above were made at Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, Florida. This beautiful beach stretches for miles and miles and is famous for it's pristine undeveloped landscape. The seashore's natural shoreline and dunes are a landscape photographer's paradise.

The coastline is often rugged and vegetative. The National seashore is home to many varieties of birds and florida animals such as sea turtles, alligators, wild boars, over 300 varieties of birds and a variety of unusual plants, trees, and cactus.


We stayed very late at the seashore the day of the photoshoot. I wanted to make the photos in the evening light. We were among the last people to leave the beach that day - the Ranger blew the fog horn telling everyone it was time to leave - we were almost the only people left on the beach in our area. Right before we left I gave the camera to one of the Rangers and said "take our picture."

The drive from the Visitor Center entrance - to the seashore is about 15 miles long. As we were leaving, the sun was just beginning to set over the lagoon.

This was the view as we were driving towards the Visitor's center. The National Seashore is in close proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and the launch pad is visible as you exit the seashore.

The last of the photos were taken a few days later at Satellite Beach, where we have our condo. The Gardener was "supervising" this photo shoot!


See that building way down there? That is our condominium complex. Our beach is beautiful and is such a special place for us. The Gardener is displaying his "supervisory" skills here!

I love this picture of the Gardener and his Panama hat~~~

The sun was just going behind the dunes when this photo was made.
In a just a few weeks I will preview the first in a line of designer nests - (it was bound to happen you know!) I am hoping to show these to you around the last of September. They will be limited in their edition as I am only making 20. I can only say - they are going to be incredible~~~


michelle said...

wow Vicki .beautiful photos once again.I can just picture maddie girl and baby keri playing in the sand on that beautiful beach.and those bags,just breathtaking.looks like you and the gardener had a fantastic time.blessings and much love michelle

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Vicki... what beautiful photos! I love the sea, and I love all of your seashell and ocean themed purses! And the yarn... oooh, how dreamy! Don't forget I have pre~ordered a shorebird nest! I can't wait! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie and the Sissie Nests

sjmcdowell said...

Hello Sweet Vicki,

What wonderful pictures and both you and Gardener look well rested!!
Vicki the beautiful bags in the pictures are wonderful...I should
send you some money for you to grab one for me!!!

My brother lives in Titusville Fla.
Very nice there.

Hugs and Blessings,


Esme said...

Vicki-what beautiful photos-I adore the bags. I hope Bitty Kitty is doing better-what was going on? She has my prayers and kisses and to you a big hug.

Esme said...

My copy of The Recessionistas is yours-I just put it in the garage for the library.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What amazing pictures, Vicki. I love that shade of blue in your perfectly pretty bag! Happy carrying, filling and wearing!!
Wishing you a happy Tuesday. xxx

PoetessWug said...

I am not a beach type of gal, but I love, love, love beach photos...and these are superb!!! Thanks for sharing them.

Lisa said...

I can't wait to see your new designer collection/limited editions! I love your photos and those "beach bags" are beautiful! Where did you find those?!

Unknown said...

Oh Vicki - I nearly had heart failure when I saw your 15th picture from the top. Is that bluish yarn Italian felted wool flat yarn? I had (and still have a little) of that brand (which escapes my mind right now because I'm so excited) and they made the most luscious colors. Unfortunately I can't find it anymore. Tell me you know of a source?!? Beautiful beach pictures too and I can't wait to see your new nests.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos and what intensity on your face as you set up that photo shoot. Mixing business with pleasure works when your business is such a pleasure.

gigi knits said...

Just absolutely beautiful pictures.. need to know how can I order NOW one of you new liminted nests.
Just love love your bags as I am a bag lady myself.. A lady can never never have to many bags or shoes..

SuZeQ said...

Welcome Home. Welcome Back. The photograps are delightful. Thank you for taking us along on your vacay. Can't wait to see the designer nests ... I just know they'll be the cats meow!

Susan said...

Beautiful are quite a photographer. Love all that yummy yarn and fiber. Susan

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you so much for this lovely post. The area you visited was where my Grandmother lived as I was growing up. Every summer we went to those same beaches. There used to be a great flea market in the Satellite Beach area. What wonderful memories you have stirred up of me. My Grandmother is 95 and lives here in KY now with my mother. I will share these photos with her. Love all the yarns and those lovely vintage purses. Can't wait to see the new nests.

Unknown said...

"prelude!" I can hardly wait to see your gorgeous designer nests!

Drawn to The Sea said...

A little peek into the way your mind talks to your hands... & a beautiful inspiration to start my day. Truly.

Unknown said...

Какие изысканные сумки! Вы с мужем такая красивая пара! счастья вам и долгих лет!

susan jenkins said...

Hi Vicki,

Absolutely beautiful pictures!Purses,yarn,miles of beach with gorgeous vistas. A lovely post. What a lovely trip.
Wonderful way to start my morning!!

Thank you!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Folks must have thought you were a photographer for a magazine or something. Great pictures. Those bags are magnificent. And the beach is always a glorious place to be. Wishing you all the best. Tammy

Caprice said...

so pretty! I love the purse with the blue seahorse, just in case you want to send it my way or something!

Lili said...

Oh Vicki that is an absolutely beautiful part of Florida and a perfect place for your photo shoot. You both look like you are having a wonderful time and I am so curious what exciting new idea you have up your sleeve! What a beautiful environment to create in there. You two must be enjoying yourselves immensely. xo ~Lili

knitalatte said...

Looks like a fun photo shoot. Such beautiful handbags. I'm glad to see you got to spend time at the ocean. There is truly nothing like listening to the sound of the surf and watching the waves lap onto the shore. Perfect holiday. Looking forward to your new nests, I don't know how they can be any more adorable than the ones you've been making!

Jan Thomason said...

spectacular beach
amazing panama hat
good looking supervisor
fabulous and gorgeous artist
wonderful purses!!

remember to put me on the list for the shorebird nests after we talk price. hahaha
i'm not kidding.
still laughing

Pat said...

Vicki, These photos are just beautiful! I feel like I've just visited "your" beach with you and the Gardener. Speaking of guys make a very handsome couple indeed! It will be very interesting to see what you do with your designer the yarns and the bags pictured here...such inspiration! take care, pat

elvira pajarola said...

Carissima Vicky..........You are not only a very talented creative Lady; you are also a fantastic Stylist.......

I do love indeed your original and exclusive Boutique in this wild; romantic and sublime beach.....
absolutely MAGIC....!

All my greatest COMPLIMENTS for this fantastic ART WORK !!!!!

The Countryside- Evening Photos are breathtaking; so wonderful and peaceful!!

....and the pic which took the gentle Ranger of You and Your Gardener.......: SUPERHANDSOME COUPLE.....!!!!!!!
I just love your natural look..!

Have a wonderful week, cara Vicky!

ciao ciao elvira

Lisa said...


Wow, amazing pictures Vicki. I am so curious to see the designer nests. I know they will be amazing! Lisa

Dorthe said...

Sweet, dear Vicki,
you and your gardener have had a most beautifull vacation, in this gorgeus place.Looks so wild, with those big beaches, full of white sand, and the wonderfull yarn, and bags of yours.I can see you both enjoyed the time, but it is good to have you back, sweetie.
Vicki, will it be possible to pre order, a limited nest-????
I hope!!! I so love the one already "living" here, and I`m sure your new ones will be gorgeus, and very quickly dissapiering,dear.
Wishing you a warm welcome back,dear friend, I was happy to se your comment today.
Love and hugs, Dorthe

wanda terry said...

hello vickie i hope you get this. i look at your blog everyday. i so enjoy looking at your pictures

Carole said...

I don't know what to say...seeing the yarn on the beach like that just seemed so that's where they belonged.
What an amazing place. Just gorgeous!!1

Jody Hammer said...

All of those photos are stunning, as usual!!! What beautiful bags and beautiful yarn and beautiful faces!!! How lovely Florida is. I love living here. I look at those pictures and realize I live in paradise. How is it that you capture it not just with landscape pictures, but also in the way you display the yarn and the bags? Your talent is limitless and amazing. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful things you share with us. I love it! You're wonderful!

RedBettySummer said...

Very clever photo shoot. What a gorgeous outting, to that beach. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to see how the nests turn out.

Shane Pollard said...

Love all your pics from your fantastic photo shoot - what a location.

That beach bag is so fun and just fit for a cool mermaid!

Enjoy the rest of your summer - it's still cold winter here in New Zealand!!!
Take care

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Vivki,

Oh my - goodness - your photographs are awsome - amazing - beautiful - wow.
Have a great week.

Diane said...

The pictures are just breathtaking! I can't wait to see your nest and would love to own one......
Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

Gail said...

Vicki, beautiful photo shoot, love the bags. The landscapes are breath taking.

Sherri said...

Vicki, I just found your blog and it is wonderful! I love all the purses in your post! I'll definitely be back!

Sylvia said...

Hello from Rockledge...your yarn nests are beautiful and purse collection is stunning.


Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi Vicki,

Thanks so much for your visit. I LOVED walking the coast with you and enjoyed every photo. Although I live right on the water in Maine half of every year, our coastline is rugged and hard to walk. I would love to spend hours strolling the sandy beach, picking up shells, and absorbing nature.

Sending best wishes and now checking the weather to see if that hurricane is heading our way this week. Yikes, we'd have to board up quickly.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Denise said...

Hello, I found you via Karen's blog.I've really enjoyed looking through your blog at your lovely work and your gorgeous photos

Finding Joy said...

You should take photos for books and magazines - you are amazing!!!!

What a beautiful beach - I love the beach as the sun sets, it is magical:)

Those bags are great - so full of detail.

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Vicki! What lovely pictures! Your jeweled bags and yummy yarns look so beautiful photographed with the soft colors of the sand and beachy background... I played on the beaches around Kennedy Space Center one summer when I was a kid, and got to see the satellite my dad worked on, be launched, which was very exciting. (This was around 1972...way before the Space Shuttle!) ... Can't wait to see your new nests, I'm sure they'll be soooo wonderful!
Have a fun day Vicki! xo Paulette

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Tonight I opened my computer as I have very little time with 2 Grands here til Thursday...
I thought I must see what Vicki is up too.
Like a balm to a thirsty soul!
I felt like I had returned from the ocean and caught myself smiling at all your creativity and energy.
My favorite...the photos of you and your love....
okay , and the OCEAN!

20 nests sounds like a lot of work.
Great idea to have a limited edition...
I pray you enjoy every minute you pour into these beauties....
You must have a photo shoot of each and every one.

The beach is calling my name ...
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

wanda terry said...

hey vickie. just looking at your pictures again. can"t wait for your next contest.

Jennifer ~ Mi Vida Loca said...

You look so beautiful, tan and happy in these pictures! The shots you took are stunning!

I'm interested in these nests of yours! Can't wait to hear & see more...Are you taking pre-orders?

Seawashed said...

You are so summery sweet! I love that blue wrap on you...stunning really. So tan and beaming with the seasalty air in your hair.

These nests are incredible. And I am loving the colors you have for the next batch...the beiges, creams, greys, hint of sea blues....lovely lovely.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Beautiful colors...looks like you had a great day.
Mary Ann