Thursday, December 12, 2013

Why I love living on the Outer Banks.....

The Simple Things in Life....Is a Bridge to somewhere...

When I first started coming to the Outer Banks in 1979 the immediate feeling was peace, serenity and paradise.   I grew up in Alexandria , Virginia ,,,technically the mailing address...the actual growing space of my life was done between Penn-Daw and Mount Vernon.   I went to school in the Penn-Daw area and spent my summers with my grandmother, great grandmother and great aunts , uncles and cousins in the Mount Vernon area.  Almost all of them had worked at the estate of our first president as well as all our family before them , one working with George in his surveying and collections.   But what that life taught me was to appreciate the simple things life presents to you, not necessarily give , because sometimes you have to work hard for it....such as the taste of home grown garden tomato, dashed with salt from the salt shaker hiding in your pocket while you are out picking the garden or weeding it.  Sometimes it laying on the ground under a oak tree one of your ancestors planted watching the squirrel races or the birds and clouds pass by.  Here on the Outer Banks the Simple Things are in overwhelming abundance and we have to make time to enjoy them, because the place we choose to call home is not an easy place to live.  We have bad storms, hurricanes, bridge issues , work is often difficult and or hard to find...   Since I moved here in May of 1999, I have watched government and organizations take a lot of those simple things and  corrupt them , such as watching the birds dash on the beach , but the environmentalist groups made us despise something we were use to protecting and coveting in our way.  So we didn't pay as much attention as we should have, and then they took it one step further and told us we couldn't build a bridge that we needed to continue the life we struggle to have because we love it here.  Then the government started over regulating the fishing industry , causing many to seek other kind of work, yet that is what their families in many cases have done for hundreds of years . it was their survival.  I didn't need a fishing license when I came here on vacation , nor when I moved here but with in a few years I did.  Doesn't matter , I never have time to go fishing anyway trying to maintain a living here.    But it still all comes down to people fighting to keep what they love, an island such as Hatteras where their families have lived for hundreds of years and that respect the island and its surroundings and the wildlife that is a vital part of it .  And the island I live on Roanoke Island , and the little fishing village I live in Wanchese , that has its vast and wonderful collection of souls that love what they do and will always lend a helping hand.  They are trying to change this too...because of the over regulation , but the fishermen keep adapting trying to keep their boat afloat on the waters of their family heritage.  The history that has built the Outer Banks.  Then there is the other parts from Nags Head to Kitty Hawk, built up , four lane road ...two lanes more than when I first started coming many "Box" stores, before it was a part of the adventure of coming here to find groceries , fishing gear , camp grounds and the best little places to eat...but everyone was nice, they were helpful , they enjoyed the simple things of life here.  Knowing in their hearts how blessed they were to live here, and the community that surrounded them...  Their ancestors settled here and learned the means of Survival through trial and error.   In the last 34 years that I was blessed to be a part of the Outer Banks , 20 as a visitor, and the last 14 as a resident local,,,a title I found hard to earn , but respect with all my heart.  Something went terribly wrong and the small quaint beach paradise started being overwhelmed by the Metropolizing of it , bigger houses, more places to shop , especially when the "Box" stores such as Kmart and Walmart , Food Lion, Lowes, Home Dept came crashing down like a tsunami   although appreciated by some it hindered the small businesses that helped this place become what it did, and now we have lost so many wonderful places because they just gave up.

So now the environmentalists who probably own stock in those companies and who we all mostly feel have never been here , or if they have not experienced the real Outer Banks want to shut down basically Hatteras Island , turn it into a wildlife refuge and tell all those people that have lived there their entire lives back several great grandparents in many cases they don't matter.  But they do ...because without those people , Hatteras and the Outer Banks would have stayed a deserted island, it didn't tho and now we all love our piece of paradise and gladly share it with as many as we can.   One of the reasons I started this Photo Blog was to share all that I love about my home.

So what I ask is that you understand that the Oregon Inlet Bridge is not a Bridge to no where but a bridge to someplace so special and magical that we are the somewhere over the rainbow for North Carolina and all the states and people close by and even far away who have come to love it as much as those of us who live here.

A Bridge to Somewhere....
Ok if you have come this far I will share with you what made me write this piece today, I am usually not this long worded...but well today ,,,one of the simple things that mattered to me disappeared.   I drive a school bus for Dare County and for the last two years I drove a route on the north end of Roanoke Island.  Down one of the streets I drive twice a day , was a little house with  the cutest little Chicken coop and a few hens.  every time I would drive by it , it made me smile, because it reminded me of my great grandmother and my time as a child on her farm (Spent most of my childhood there when I wasn't in school) , and they had just repainted the coop a beautiful red and gave the scarecrow a fresh paint was a simple thing that I got to experience that gave me a happy thought.   Well today I drove by the coop was there but everything else had flown the coop so to say...the chickens , the scarecrow , the people who lived there.  So now I have to find another simple happy thought...God Bless us all ...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Metal Allergies worries , try my Jewelry

This week I launched my website for my business , Fairy Godmother Arts and currently will be showcasing the No Metal Bead-woven Jewelry that I am designing for every day wear that anyone can enjoy and accessorize.   It has taken me years to find a "thread" to sew each piece with that could withstand every day wear and never break.  Well I have done it and all of my jewelry is completely guaranteed for life.  If it ever has an issue of any kind I will gladly repair or replace it at no cost to you.  All pieces close with Button Clasps , antique, vintage and funky that I have spent years collecting.  The button clasp allows for ease of putting on your jewelry and adds style to it, as well as no metal.   So many of your friends and family cannot wear jewelry because the mass market jewelry contains metal in some shape or form. Imagine how excited they would be if you got them a special necklace or a stack of bracelets they can wear and enjoy...simply brighten their life with your love for them.

I love colors, textures and I put all of that and more into each and every piece I create....
I also create elegant pieces such as my full moon necklace with a Blister Pearl Moon Pendant, vintage crystals and dreamy wearing. 
I gladly will design and create any style for you, from necklaces, bracelets, anklets, brooches and more.
I can do any type of theme, dogs, cats, birds, home , flowers, whatever  no design is too crazy ...check out my dragon bracelet below or the seahorse and fish necklace.

So check out my website soon ... I am still posting pieces for sale ...but it will be fully stocked for your viewing by the end of the week . 

Don't worry...Bead Happy!!!

Click on here to visit my website        Fairy Godmother Arts Jewelry

wide bead woven bracelets 

A vintage roadrunner Brooch that had lost its back was recreated into a beautiful funky necklace.

My Beauty in a Broken Shell necklaces...all the shells are harvested from Hatteras during the winter months

small bracelets and anklets any color combination some with focal beads

More Beauty in a Broken Shell Necklaces

This was one of my favorite creations a antique
              hand painted hollow bead that I put with "Carnival glass" looking beads it was stunning
Dragon Bracelet the fire is the clasp

Crystal necklace with wood button

Large Bracelet or Anklet

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ghost of Kill Devil Hills

Ghost of Kill Devil Hills

There used to be a wonderful old house in Kill Devil Hills that was built around 1939 and was a Coast Guard station.  The last owner was a lady who loved Kill Devil Hills and donated land for the use of building the schools and the town hall.  This building had a tower on top that looked like a airport flight control tower and this eccentric lady always kept a Christmas tree in that tower year round and it was always lit.  Locals and visitors for years always looked at this amazing building and felt like we were home when we first saw it if we were among the visitors.  The House was torn down in 2003 despite valiant efforts to save it.

Everyone who has seen this piece loves it and it brings back the memories of a place that touched our hearts and souls.  

This incident is a perfect reason to fight for old buildings that not only contain History but live in the SOULS of those around them.

New Works...on the small side...but big design

Many of you know I love fabrics, beads, and found treasures...and have made it a life passion collecting them since I was about 10 yrs old.  Well I have come to the understanding that they do not do anyone any good in a drawer or box , so I am creating ATC size (2 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inches) art work that I then frame on a fabric mat that creates a beautiful small Art Work...ready to share and enjoy.  These pieces will be listed on my Etsy shop in the next few days.

It is a process of 3 layers of fabric, handstitched and embellished with beads, ribbons, broken jewelry pieces and more...I am enclosing photos of the process along with some finished ones.  Hope you will leave some comments as to what you think....

Please enjoy!

Dragonflies Amazing creatures

Butterflies make my imagination take flight...

I drive the Tour Tram  for the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, as a lover of nature all my life and photographer I have been blessed with a volunteer job that allows me to mesh all of the above.  I have experienced such glorious exposure to the beautiful and sometimes funny moments of nature and record them in my soul and with my camera.

This week I shot some beautiful photos of butterflies I wanted to share with you and soon they will become my art....Enjoy and stop to look at the little things around you in life.

These beautiful Monarchs are feasting on a natural wet land bush that grows in the Pocosin at ARWR, it is called    Lizard's Tail  to learn more click on the link

I posted this photo to show you how far I actually was away from them...I love my Canon EOS Kiss

sorry had to sneak in one dragonfly...but isn't it beautiful

This little guy is only a little bigger than a quarter but look how important he is....

Why I create (my new name Lorri Lee Glennon)

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Hobbsville, North Carolina, United States
Having been a artist literally all my life, I love color and dimension.I learned to sew at age 10 , by age 13 started a stuffed animal business, which grew into a collectable Teddy Bear Business for 15 + years. I opened my own bead store specializing in Spontaneous Creation classes and love to teach everyone they could be creative and open the door to their imagination.I recently returned to one of my favorite art forms taking photographs my father gave me my first camera when I was a child and I have loved photography ever since. I took professional family portraits and weddings for the first 5 years living in the Outer Banks, I am now shooting Family portraits again and sharing my love of the Outer Banks through my blogs. Be creative, walk in faith and never give up....It all happens in God's time