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Victoria Cullen
Benicia, Ca
Think Kitty Bartholomew ("it's-not-what-you-don't-have-it's-what-you-do-with-what-you-do-have"), Scarlett O'Hara, and Carmen Miranda all rolled into one big yule-log!
Interests: vintage finds, home design, crafting, letter arts, photo-styling, and writing.
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"I see beyond the road I'm driving..." Tom Scholz One of the benefits of attending the Write Now (www.modocforum.org) workshop in Alturas was that it gave me an excuse to drive over Cedar Pass to stunning Surprise Valley. I've been to Surprise Valley twice before but never during spring. Spring,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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This brief post is dedicated to my new friends from the Write Now workshop held in Alturas over the weekend. I stumbled upon these quotes (thanks to my Facebook friends-of-friends, Melinda Sabo, Columbus, Ohio; and Mascot, Oakland, CA) and simply had to share them with my fellow classmates... and... It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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Frittatas are a crowd-pleasing dish. The traditional Italian crust-less egg pie has been a popular addition to many Queen Without a Country gatherings. Great to serve for a springtime brunch for forty or a light dinner for two, everyone loves a frittata. What I appreciate about a frittata is that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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"tour de force: n.; a masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect, or accomplishment"; Collins English Dictionary, 2010 For 25 years, the Benicia Historical Society has sponsored the Vintage Home and Garden Tour. That's a total of 175 homes (averaging seven per year); double that number and you get the approximate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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"Easter is the only day of the year when it's perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket" Unknown ~~~ Easter is a time for giving loved ones and special friends dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies but what if you want to give a special someone something a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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~~Happy Birthday, Queen Without a Country!!!~~ Queen Without a Country is turning three! To celebrate, the Queen wishes to thank her loyal subjects and to encourage each of you to treat yourselves like a queen. Remember, a queen does not ask for time, she takes it! So, take some time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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The other day my daughter Clare earnestly asked, "Mom, what's your favorite quote?" I have many favorite quotes but I wanted to give her one that would "sum me up", that would express the sentiment about life that I most want her to know I believe in. I told her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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"Like a rock, standin' arrow straight Like a rock, chargin' from the gate Like a rock, carryin' the weight Like a rock" From "Like A Rock" song by Bob Seger, also Chevrolet truck slogan and advertisement theme song Dontcha' just love an old truck? Judging by the number of cool... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London Magazines are my number one go to for inspiration. Whether it's for design inspiration or inspiration for that evening's dinner, the first place I turn is to my stack of magazines. Which is why... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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For the past 25 years I have made the northern California town of Benicia my home. Benicia was attractive to me because it is a small town within the context of a thriving greater metropolitan area (San Francisco is about 30 miles away). The petite city of 28,000 seemed a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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"[Y]our letter—your dear, warm, true-hearted letter — was put in my hand. I kissed it how many times before breaking its envelope!" ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens The secret within...using a piece of beautiful paper to create a hinge between two envelopes... There are few things more romantic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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It is said that some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. From now until at least Valentine's Day I'm wearing mine on my front door. The result of a scavenger hunt in my basement and a desire to spend no money on door decor to commemorate the month of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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"Out of the chaos the imagination frames a thing of beauty" J.L. Lowes, The Road to Xanadu Mode of transportation, Verdi, Nevada In the nearly three years since I started QWC I've been surprised to find that photography has become a bigger and bigger part of my creative expression. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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News flash: Winter is a great time to tackle nagging housekeeping chores and to get busy work done around the house! Okay, so that's not earth-shattering news... Following the busy-ness of the holidays, when the weather is too chilly or drippy to feel like doing much else, I enjoy completing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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Perhaps it was the nightmare I had the other night about going blind (while I was driving no less - frightening! Analyze this!). Or maybe it's the fact that my arm is not long enough to read even a large size font without the aid of my cheap-o reading glasses...and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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Yreka (pronounced why-reek-uh), the quaint former Gold Rush town of 7.800 located half way between San Francisco and Portland on handy dandy (relatively straight!) all-weather Interstate 5, boasts a high concentration of well preserved Victorian and early twentieth century homes. According to local writer/historian, Claudia East, during the 1850's boom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Queen Without a Country
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I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your continued readership throughout 2012 and look forward to seeing more of you in the coming year! Queen Without a Country would be nothing without you... Wishing you a wonderful 2013! XOX, V Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Queen Without a Country
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To me, no Christmas season is complete without gathering around the tube to watch the Frank Capra classic, It's a Wonderful Life. Long after the holiday has come and gone, I can't hear a bell ring without thinking of this heart-warming, life-affirming tale of selfless George Bailey, the night he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at Queen Without a Country
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'Tis the season for crafting and making, wrapping and baking! For the last twenty-five or so years, my daughters and I have created ornaments, gifts and treats for family and friends. Though Hilary and Cori were not able to be with me last weekend, the youngest two, Caroline and Clare... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Queen Without a Country
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Dec 15, 2012
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~~~ Wreaths are the order of the day for this holiday season in the Cullen household. Twenty-two of them in all... Wreaths of recycled grapevine canes...a symbol of abundance and rebirth... Wreaths of evergreen rosemary from the garden...symbolic of eternity and remembrance... The circle unending and unbroken...infinite. ~~~ Did you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Queen Without a Country
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My collection of Christmas ornaments is one of my most prized possessions. Among them ornaments made with my daughters and their friends each year at our kitchen table; ornaments given to me by dear friends who are aware of my ardent appreciation for such things; ornaments I picked up along... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Queen Without a Country
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Mise en place, French for "the act of putting everything in place before starting" ~~~ I'm not ready. The holidays are upon us, primetime for us creative types (according to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, we are ALL creative types). And I am not ready (Julia also says... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Queen Without a Country
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"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks" John Muir On a gray-flannel Sunday in late autumn, while on a car-trip from my parent's home in Oroville to our home in the Bay Area, my family and I decided to make a pit-stop at Delevan Wildlife... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Queen Without a Country