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Wanna Go for a Ride???

From Venice to Paris in a day.
Sounds romantic, I know.
Except for…ahem, that my Paris is in Kentucky AND then there’s that little matter of 16 hours of traveling (and there you sit, all rested and in the same time zone;)!
Three plane changes, 2 security checks, (cameras, laptops, kindles:  OUT!  Scarfs, belts, shoes: OFF!)
Scraps of dignity?…Left behind at the freakin’ full body scanner 😉

I thought everyone would be excited that I was back.

Obviously, I missed the gondola on that one…
Do you have any tips on overcoming extreme guilt?  Or dealing with those who are having, how can I say this delicately, anger issues?
It’s been a looong 3 days since I returned….

HOWEVER….Italy was fabulous with you my friend.  I felt we needed to have a grand celebratory ending to our fun under the Tuscan sun (and elsewhere) in Italia.

To that end….ONE GRAND FINALE GIVEAWAY, one more video, and more pics of beautiful Italy!!

Put on your glad rags and get ready to be serenaded.  Your “carriage” awaits 🙂 !!


And while you’re all dressed up may as well look for a place to grab a bite to eat 🙂

Looks like the perfect spot!

Fresh mozzarella with yummy tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
And a little local vine and water dedicated to Italian opera 🙂

Well, if you’re going to paint a still life, everyone knows you need an odd number of desserts items….

In Italy each little thing has the ability to become a work of art.

Door knockers are included in that.
Some welcoming and some

good for those days when you just want to be left to yourself  😉

Uncommon beauty in common things….

perhaps that is what we love most about Italy!

(Please note:  The photos I share here of our time in Italy are to be used as reference for  doing watercolors for personal journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used soley for that purpose:-)

A huge hug for taking this trip with me. I have felt you there with me in spirit, looking over my shoulder and whispering in my ear to make sure we didn’t miss a thing 😉

For my last giveaway I just decided to make it extra fun by including several special things from this experience…

Hint:  Twinkling H2O’s and Little Handmade Paper Notecards are involved 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Phyllis Elliott - September 29, 2013 - 11:45 pm

    A wonderful gift to me from the most giving and talented artist/instructor. I can’t wait for my gifts to arrive! I’m still in shockReplyCancel

  • Lin - September 27, 2013 - 5:18 am

    I do so love your watercolors — as well as your acrylics and oils … and thank you for the trip to Italy. I was there this spring and my weather was a bit chillier than you’ve had — but oh the delights! Thank you for sharing the trip — the glorious images, and your work! Please consider doing a watercolor workshop!!!

  • Donna Rose - September 25, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    Your photos of Italy are fantastic. Love your yummy colorsReplyCancel

  • Mary Crook Moran - September 25, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Loving all the beautiful photos almost as much as your humorous remarks! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Medley - September 25, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Just gorgeous! Would love to win your give- a-way today or ANY day!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Sellers Bunn - September 25, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Would love to win these wonderful art supplieslove those twinks AND Dreama’s paintings!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie Majeski Bassett - September 25, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    beautiful Dreama! Sonny and I started our Honeymoon in Venice. I have such wonderful memories. I will never share Venice with another man~that is Sonny’s. He is gone now.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 25, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Fabulous and funny post! Always love seeing it through your eyes and with your writings. Love the watercolors…you inspire us all to try new things and stretch! That’s is a gift….Thanks Dreama! ReplyCancel

  • Trixie Belden - September 25, 2013 - 3:53 am

    Would love to go to Italy. Gorgeous pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Roets-Waller - September 25, 2013 - 3:20 am

    I have some pictures from Venice that look just like these:) Love that city!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Wilson Howard - September 24, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Great trip, videos, photos and painted postcards. Thanks for taking us along with you Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Terrien Bracewell - September 24, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Brought back wonderful memories of our own gondola ride in Venice!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Moran - September 24, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    You really have me curious about those shimmering water colors. Only you would discover such wonders! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Williams Tracy - September 24, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    I feel like I’m with you in Italy when I read your posts. Thanks for a beautiful travel journal!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Scott - September 24, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    wow, hard to get into your workshops!!booked way in advance!! love your work

  • jobi - September 24, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    Hi Dreama! The wedding is this Saturday! I’ve been in full metal MOBzilla mode! haha Things are all falling into place and both Samantha and I are ready for this to be a happy memory! Here we go! The weather forecast is good so I’m very thankful! That was a biggee! Outdoor wedding on a golf course with no where to go! Thanks for thinking of me! I will get my life back next week. Can’t wait to lay down some color in celebration! xoxo Thanks again for my trip to Italy! It helped distract me from all I had to obsess over! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen Christensen - September 24, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    I have loved this tour with you! I planned on visiting my brother in Italy, but never made it. He moved back a year earlier than planned. Through you, I got to see what I missed!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Dungan - September 24, 2013 - 12:08 am

    Loved your trip and your sharing it with us all, and especially the pics of the miffed furkids!!!

  • Nancy Martin Piros - September 23, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    I really enjoyed following you on my computer during your trip to Italy. I found it refreshing. Also , should I be chosen to win the collection of your wonderful watercolor painting . I promise to take very good of it should I be lucky enough to win it!!! Hugs . Hope you can get rest soon….ReplyCancel

  • Becky Brothers Coleman - September 23, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    I tried to post the Journal image on Pinterest but Pinterest wouldn’t let me. It said it was an invalid photo. I love all the inspiring photos and am looking forward to attending a workshop next year.ReplyCancel

  • Hoda Dimitri Nicholas - September 23, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    What a lovely trip Dreama and welcome home!!! hopefully you’re over the jet lag by now….ReplyCancel

  • Teressa Sliger - September 23, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Your writings, your paintings, your pictures, your videos, have been so wonderful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your life.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Lynn Williams - September 23, 2013 - 1:44 am

    I have been to Venice but never got to take a gondola ride, so thanks for taking one with me! Glad you are home safe and sound.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Walker - September 22, 2013 - 12:47 am

    You have done a wonderful job sharing your trip. It has been and inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Pennington - September 21, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the trip to Italy so much. You’ve inspired me to sketch and paintReplyCancel

  • Linda Macgregor - September 21, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    I do hope to get to Venice someday and I think your idea of ‘renting’ a gondola for the day is perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Janell Sills Mithani - September 21, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    Wonderful video and pictures. Door knockers are always so interesting. My kitty always pouts and ignores me for a few days when we leave him to take a trip. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Defazio - September 21, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    Memories of a beautiful place and a great time linger in your mind. Thanks so much for sharing. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Benkowski - September 21, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    You have brought back so many memories of our trips to Venice and Rome. Thank you so much for sharing your special times with us.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - September 21, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful Venice video! It doesn’t even look real! Hope to make it there someday! Your photos are beautiful as well!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon G. Dozier - September 21, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    Truly a JOY…..find my heart beating a little faster and in awe of the beautiful scenery. Thanks for always giving to others Dreama!!!! Be blessed!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Rosky - September 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    This has been a wonderful arm chair travel at a time when I needed it the most. Thank you for sharing and giving us the opportunity to see Italy through your wonderful Artists eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Ryan - September 21, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing lovely pieces from your amazing trip to Venice. I especially loved the virtual gondola ride – something I have always wanted to do. The scenes in the back canals were stunning. I would love to sit at the amazing table for two at the window, also. Your photos are definitely inspiring me to sketch and paint. The beauty that can be found in the everyday things around us provide some of the most inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Cranston McManamen - September 21, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Lovely, lovely photos. Makes me long for a return to Italy even more than ususal. 🙂 Thank you for your beautiful postings!ReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - September 21, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    What a great trip. You must me exhausted dragging all of us around. Relax and take some time to savor your trip! We’ll all be here when you are rested and ready to paint. Thank you again for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - September 21, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip to Italy! What a wonderful summer you’ve had–first to France, then Italy. Beautiful photos and videos you’ve shared.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Newman - September 21, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos Dreama. Everything was beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Storti - September 21, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful trip to Italy! I enjoyed every second of it and hope to join you again on another exciting adventure! Also….tell your furry children that if they are really good, that you will take them along next time!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - September 21, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us! I’ve got to go to Venice….GOT TO.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Davis - September 21, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Soo. Beautiful. The colors are breath takingReplyCancel

  • Andrea Liebman Hawkes - September 21, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful photos – thank you so much for sharing. As I am unable to travel at the moment (I have a very old dog to whom I am devoted and who I cannot leave) it is so amazing to have these photos and be able to use them as reference. ReplyCancel

  • Dianne L. Stroup - September 21, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    What a beautiful trip it has been…Thank you again for the introduction to Venice…I know I’m gonna love it and the gondola is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Ward - September 21, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    thank you so much for the trip through Venice. I love traveling with you.ReplyCancel

  • Gaylynn M. Robinson - September 21, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Loved the gondola ride. I have enjoyed all your videos and seeing Italy through your eyes. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna Tennent Masterson - September 21, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    ! was in Venice last September, but didn’t take a gondola ride so enjoyed yours so much! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hayes Schiff - September 21, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    Dreama, thank you for this wonderful tour of my favorite place in the world. It was almost as good as being there!ReplyCancel

  • Cj Rider - September 21, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    For some reason when I try to pin the image it does not place the image- so I had to pin a different one on this page. Don’t know what I am doing wrong!

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - September 21, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    Welcome home! Thank you for sharing with all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Josephine Hardison Fine Art - September 21, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Love the Gondola ride!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Tooker - September 21, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Love the journal – how beautifulReplyCancel

  • Tish Barrens Murphy - September 21, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    You know I would love to win this!

  • Patricia Stoelting Langley - September 21, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Makes me want to go even more!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Murray Ward - September 21, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Dreama, I hope you got one of those beautiful journals for yourself! Thanks for taking us with you…ReplyCancel

  • June in Ireland - September 21, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Welcome home, Dreama!

    I have had the best-ever holiday while simply sitting in my chair at home these past two weeks.:) Molto bene! Bellisimo! And most of all – molto grazie!

    Thank you for every single photo (especially of Venezia and Burano, and also all the cafes and the cats), every single beautiful watercolour bonjournal painting, every single video diary, every single blog post you took the time out from your holiday to share with us, and every single amazing giveaway you have generously offered to all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Thompson - September 21, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    What a beautiful ride, loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Child - September 21, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Beautiful photos, glad you had a wonderful time….next time you must visit Florence…I will see you there! ReplyCancel

  • Susan R - September 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    Italy is a dream trip of mine! Loved being able to share your trip with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Reid Brasher - September 21, 2013 - 11:54 am

    What a wonderful armchair travel experience!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. ReplyCancel

  • Susan Crouch - September 21, 2013 - 11:51 am

    Thanks and welcome home! (the Eddies clearly missed you… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - September 21, 2013 - 11:50 am

    This has been so much fun! Thanks for “taking” us along.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Amos - September 21, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Lovely! Thank you for the armchair trip!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Chapman - September 21, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Wow what a trip, I loved every minute! Please keep sharing, it is a joy to travel with you!ReplyCancel

  • Fay Terry - September 21, 2013 - 11:31 am

    It was fun traveling with you, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Prudy Weaver Artist - September 21, 2013 - 11:14 am

    Oops, have already commented below.ReplyCancel

  • Prudy Weaver Artist - September 21, 2013 - 11:11 am

    Have really enjoyed your trips both to France and Italy. When and where are you going next ;>)ReplyCancel

  • Dotti Matyi - September 21, 2013 - 10:44 am

    I so enjoy all your emails, thanks for taking the time to share some of your views and joys on your travels.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 21, 2013 - 10:36 am

    Just home from France and have jet lag too! Up at 3 a.m. and reading your fun blog. Love all the beautiful pictures. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Brevell - September 21, 2013 - 10:30 am

    It takes me at least 2 weeks to feel normal after coming back from France & Italy. I force myself to stay awake when I’m staggering around the house at 5 pm. It will come, but slowly! Bottom line – it’s all worth it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and moments with us.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Badger - September 21, 2013 - 10:30 am

    I love your blog, trips, spirit and art, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - September 21, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Welcome home. Thanks for the wonderful trip. I so appreciate all your photos, videos and comments.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Brevell - September 21, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Rest in the Beauty that surrounds you and savor the moment. There is beauty everywhere around you, just take a moment to drink it in.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie G. Miller - September 21, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Loved our trip together….where to next?ReplyCancel

  • Evelyn - September 21, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Loved all the photos of Italy and Dreamin I will get there soon!ReplyCancel

  • Alan Cayton - September 21, 2013 - 8:16 am

    This is so beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing your trip with us.ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - September 21, 2013 - 8:08 am

    Thank you so much,for these wonderful adventures,without having to endure jet lags and security checks…Thanks for getting chances to win beautiful goodies! AndréeReplyCancel

  • Nancy Rhodes Harper - September 21, 2013 - 7:48 am

    No one captures the beauty of a trip to Italy or France like you Dreama. Inspiring and beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 21, 2013 - 7:47 am

    Hey Kids–can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed having each of you along for this trip. It honestly does sharpen my eyes and softens my heart to do my best to single out things that I think will bring some beauty to your day, some wonder to the moment and some giggles along the way 🙂

    And James (creator of my favorite easel, THE coulter plein air system;) you do need to make it happen–you would bring your special painting touch to what you see in Italy. And Durinda–you are going to have so much fun! Go out early and go further in on Venice to have less people and more of the amazing timelessness of Venice. If you can work Burano in, do it!

    And Jobi–has the wedding happened yet???

    And to Marcia and Marianne–thanks so much!

    Happy Saturday to everyone and Big Hugs!!!!

  • marianne leal - September 21, 2013 - 7:20 am

    grazie mille for sharing the fabulous italian scenery and your beautiful watercolor paintings! ciao:)ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - September 21, 2013 - 7:10 am

    So enjoyed everything on your trip, thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Durinda Cheek - September 21, 2013 - 5:49 am

    So fun to see Italy through your eyes! You see beauty in everything. I am really psyched for my trip this coming week. I had better hurry up and sign up for a workshop so we can paint Italy together! I was thinking about getting a Venetian mask for my cat but may have to consider the straw hat!

    Ciao Bella!ReplyCancel

  • James Coulter - September 21, 2013 - 5:45 am

    Thank you Dreama for a wonderful trip. A visual feast. I loved the videos too. It really was inspiring and such a diversion from the hot desert here in the AZ summer. I need to get back to the Mediterranean again someday.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Farson - September 21, 2013 - 2:46 am

    Thank you for the beautiful trip, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Cj Rider - September 21, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Lovely video.. thanks for sharing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - September 21, 2013 - 12:58 am

    So nice of you to share this time…I so enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

  • Martha King Fulghum - September 21, 2013 - 12:09 am

    Best armchair trip I’ve ever taken! Thank you for sharing your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Roseanne Campagna - September 20, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    What a wonderful trip… Grazia…

  • Jacklyn Karabaich - September 20, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    Great movies! What kind of camera did you use?ReplyCancel

  • Lucinda Hathaway - September 20, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    i want a hat for my cat….so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Anita Tresslar - September 20, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    It was an amazing trip Dreama. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • jobi - September 20, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    The looks on those adorable cat faces are priceless! And you can tell your sweet pup is just happy to have you home! Glad you had a fun safe trip. Thanks for bringing us along! I enjoyed every beautiful minute of it! xoxoReplyCancel

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