One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. ~ Goethe

Friday, October 17, 2014

Un peu de beauté pour la journée ~

I love Dahlias and I added quite a few to the garden this spring. They have been blooming for several months, giving me much pleasure and enjoyment.

I have lots of different colors and sizes but this one is my favorite. The flowers are not particularly big, about three to four inches wide; making up for it's size is the wonderful color combination and its prolific bloom.

I thought they looked rather pretty in this tulip vase...a little beauty for the day.

Have a wonderful  weekend. It is finally cooling off a bit here just in time for fall clean-up and planting.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween in a box ~

 For Halloween and Thanksgiving I was planning to fill my new box with white pumpkins and dried hydrangeas, but when I brought up the decorations from the basement and started going through them I found some adorable Halloween plates from Debbie Mum that I had forgotten I had.

I simply had to use them.

So...the white pumpkins and dried hydrangeas will have to wait,  

here is my version of Halloween in a box. 

Love this cute little witch, she's not the least bit scary and reminds me my other little witch that is currently holding court in the media/library.

Doesn't she look like Old Black Witch in the book?

After Halloween I will trade out the plates, add a couple other things, and be all ready for Thanksgiving!

This is such a fun time of the year!

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a lovely day.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fairy flowers ~

Bulb season is here!

It is the time for planting spring blooming bulbs, this year, maybe because of our drought, the selection seems to be limited and so far I haven't been able to find any of the dwarf Daffodils I love.

But, I did find Leucojum bulbs which I really wanted to add more of this year.

I love their dainty little flowers and they adapt well to our climate.

 They naturalize in semi-shady areas, requiring absolutely no care.

No Lily-of-the-Valley for us, so Leucojum is my substitute. Now if I could only find something that would stand in for Peony's I would be very happy indeed.

Such pretty little flowers.

 I took these pictures last year after a light rain; it is enchanting how the droplets cling onto each little bell.

These are the perfect flowers for a fairy garden...I must sneak out early some morning when they are blooming and see if I happen on one.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a magical day.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Catching up ~

I have been busy over the past week catching up with lots of those pesky mundane chores that add up and can no longer be  avoided. And the weather cooled off for a few days allowing me to spend some much needed time in the garden. Alas this weekend it is going to warm up again, hopefully for the last time.

But I did find time for some fun stuff...

A new flag for the front porch which has been washed down and cleaned up for fall. I see so many beautiful pictures of  pristine outdoor spaces in magazines and on Pinterest and I don't know how they do it, I seem to be in a constant battle with dust, dirt, and all of the semi-wild critters that like to lounge on , chew on, and basically destroy exterior decorative items. One morning I came outside to see the whole back garden festooned with stuffing from pillows I had put in the gazebo...why I don't know, I had a feeling it just must have been a fun thing for a raccoon to do! 

Secondly, I finished reading Betty Halbreich's excellent new memoir. For those of you unfamiliar with her she is the grande dame of Personal Shopping, and has worked in this capacity for over 40 years at Bergdorf Goodman.

Anyone that loves fashion and style will thoroughly enjoy this book and may also like the new film, Scatter my ashes at Bergdorfs. The two rather go together, as I understand Betty is featured in the film. I haven't seen it yet but it is number one on my Netflix queue and should come to me this week, I can hardly wait!

Finally, and most importantly, I made the final decorating choices for the guest bedroom, I ordered the fabric this morning. It is a Waverly fabric, Emma's Garden Jewel. The gold stripe will be used as an accent on the day bed dust ruffle and perhaps a pillow or two. The paint, Behr's Vanilla Delight. 

Now all that's to be done is the is time to get out my paint roller and brushes and thread up the sewing machine!

Thank you for visiting

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beautiful Autumn ~

Autumn has officially arrived!

 It will be a while before we will start to see many changes here in our warm climate,  So to remind myself of  just how lovely it can be I found some pictures that I took last year. It gives me something to look forward to. 

The way the garden takes on the appearance of a slightly worn but still elegant lady...

 Boston Ivy on the fence loosing it's leaves leaving a tracing of tendrils and twigs, the plaque might say Spring, but the colors say Autumn.

Old pots waiting to be cleaned and filled next spring...and an old fence badly need of repair, a good project in the winter months.

 The gorgeous colors of the trees before they drop their leaves. In a way much prettier than green.

I love and look forward to this time of the year.

Thank you for visiting
 I hope this season brings you beauty and joy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The very last Hydrangeas ~

Early this morning after I came back from walking I went out in the garden and  cut the very last of the Hydrangeas to bring in the house for drying.

It has been so hot here the past week with temperatures over 100 degrees every day that it is surprising that there were any of them left in good enough condition to cut. 

I plan on using these throughout the fall in autumnal arrangements. I think they will look pretty in the
 new wooden box that I made combined with white pumpkins. Meanwhile, as they dry they look nice in this wire basket in the kitchen.

Thankfully it is cooling off a bit, it is very difficult to think about Fall decorations when it is so, so hot! I am longing for cooler weather and rain.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A bit of an impasse ~

I have a bit of a problem with the guest room, unfortunately the fabric I picked out that would have been perfect has been discontinued. So now I am trying to find a replacement and until I do I can't paint the walls. Darn!

As you see below, I do have some other choices and I also have a couple more fabric samples on the way. I am one of those people that needs an inspiration piece to build a room around and it is usually the fabric.

While I am waiting I was at least able to get the new molding and trim painted. It has been so hot here that I had to do it very early in the morning to keep the paint from sticking. I should be able to get it up over the next week. And because most of the ceiling is white I can paint that.


I sent away for the new decorative ceiling corner onlays.

So even though I am at a bit of an impasse some things are getting done and while I am waiting for additional samples I might get some new inspiration from this book.

I love this author, she writes such interesting and informative books, although I haven't yet read this one I really enjoyed her previous book, The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. 

Even without painting the walls I think I will have plenty to do this weekend.

Thank you for visiting

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ready, set, go ~

Now that the powder room is finally finished I have started a new project, the guest bedroom that adjoins the powder room. 

As you can tell it has been a very long time since this room was updated...I mean who on earth sponge paints a room anymore or has wall paper borders.  

Here is the room sans draperies, down to the bare minimum a twenty year ode to Laura Ashley.




All primed and ready for the new paint. I am in the process of making some decisions as far as drapery fabric and paint color. I had this all decided but unfortunately the fabric I wanted to use has been discontinued. While I am waiting to received new fabric samples I can add the architectural details to the ceiling and change out that ugly light fixture to...


Wish me luck.