August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites

I have not done a Friday Favorites post in ages but this week has been so full of little things that have made me happy that I felt compelled to share them with you. I'll start with this Blueberry Crumb Cake that I enjoyed with a chai latte in the studio with a friend this morning. That's the way to start off a day! It's also the last sweet treat of it's kind for me for awhile as I am starting on a doctor advised Gluten elimination diet. Any helpful tips welcome!

To inspire my creativity I am loving all the classes at the Creative Bug website! Well worth the $5 per month to access it all and you can try it out free for two weeks. How will I ever find time to do all of the classes that interest me?! Also, I am adoring these podcasts from Jooles at Sew Sweet Violet. It's like sitting down with a cozy, sweet friend and talking about crafty things.

With there being quite a lack of anything worth watching on television right now, we have been enjoying watching Season 1 of the BBC's Cranford. It's not quite Downton Abbey worthy, but it is charming and quirky and the actor that plays Carson is in it, and I happen to have a mad crush on him! We also watched the movie Big Stone Gap on Netflix with Ashley Judd which I loved! How did I not know that was a movie? What a happy surprise! Last weekend we saw Florence Foster Jenkins and laughed so hard! I don't know how, while sharing the screen with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, but the piano player steals the movie!

Last, but not least, while I'm holed up waiting for the arrival of autumn, I'm loving this candle. It's a bit of a splurge, but a worthy one. Some women love to buy shoes and clothes. I buy books and candles.

Happy weekend! I hope yours is full of favorite things!

August 24, 2016

Summer Fades to Fall

I've been meaning to share these photos from the garden for awhile. These were taken in the garden's prime. It certainly doesn't look like this now as everything is starting to fade.

One of my favorite things this summer has been sitting at the bistro set on weekend mornings while I drink my tea and my guy drinks his coffee. I usually have music playing and sometimes I bring my camera.

It is complete serenity at 7am in our backyard. I find it impossible to not feel at peace in that moment. We sit and sip and talk about gratitude and dreams. I would happily start every morning for the rest of my life just in that way.

This girl is always by our sides. First she strolls around the yard, exploring for any new smells since the evening before. Invariably she wanders over to the tomato or berry plants and helps herself to a little treat, maybe a trip through the catmint which will make the kitties crazy when she makes her way back inside and then she plops down near us, looking as content to us as we must look to her.

Like everything else around here, our gardens have been a labor of love, slowly being molded to resemble the vision in my head. I really have no idea what I'm doing but I never let that stop me. I just fumble along buying and planting, moving and rearranging.

I used to get frustrated with myself for working this way. Now I just embrace it as part of my process and I actually enjoy it. It's incredibly satisfying to keep at something that you know nothing about and to eventually create something that makes your heart happy.

When I think back to what this yard looked like when we first bought the house, I am amazed at what we have created. There is still much work to do ,but I'm enjoying every moment of the process.

These sweet pea were gifted to me by a blog reader friend. They make the treehouse look like an enchanted fairy house while they are in bloom.

Sadly, their time has faded and all that remains is this lone blossom that I've brought inside to enjoy. The light is changing, the mornings are turning cooler and the summer days are fading to fall.