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My Little Trip… Part IV

No trip to the British countryside would be complete without some country garden photos… here are a few of my favorites. I love to think about how the plants all go and look together, why the gardener made certain choices, how one plant plays off the other. The general feel of " slightly overgrown but manicured" is what I love most about the "English Country Garden" look. There is something so magical about it. Along with my hollyhocks this year, I am going to try to recreate this feel in a small area of my front garden. I already have the overgrown climbing roses and various types of hydrangeas in my front porch area so I think we will start there :-).     … this jasmine reminds so much of growing up that I can literally smell being a kid again!        &#8230…

A Little Trip… Part II

  So as much as I love the doors… I love all the rest of it too. The gates. The views. The gorgeous  golden Cotswalds stone that makes all of the villages glow…. literally. The hollyhocks. Those hollyhocks are absolutely everywhere and I have promised myself to plant them in my garden next year. They just define English cottage garden to me! Here are just a few photos of the villages that we explored… okay maybe more than a few. But a few of my favorites anyway. With names likes Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Norton, Moreton-on-the-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Winchcombe, Broadway, Blockley, you kind of want to visit and explore each and every one. Which we kind of did. Again. Since I have done this several times before. It never gets old. Seriously.   Up tomorrow: the…

Just Around

Today I am working like crazy to get these last patterns finished but thought I would share a tiny bit of what was around me as I worked…. I love fall. Just. Love. It. … my favorite color combo right now.   … Love this wreath courtesy of TARGET.   … my favorite tree outside the studio window.   … a little deco on the dining room table.   … because I do, after all, still live in California LOL!   … the carpet that is my backyard right now. Okay, back to work.   &#0160…

Orange Soda

Had some wonderful old-fashioned orange soda & lollipops this weekend… well, the kids had them. I took pictures of them instead. The colors were irresistable. Don't you think?             Hope you had a good weekend…

Happy Spring

        Sometimes all I want to do is take pictures of pretty flowers and share them with you.   Hope you had a wonderful Easter and possibly a little Spring Break. More on our version of that later. Its good to be home…

Magnolias

For those of you who have followed me for a while, you might remember these beauties that bloom outside my studio windows every late winter. The color and feel and shape of them is just unbelievable. Usually I try to photo them alongside my daughter as a way of seeing her change and the blooms stay the same every year. I still hope to do that this year but so far life has gotten a bit in the way.     Look at those petals?!     I don't know if you remember but last week I promised everyone another great reveal. I still plan on getting that reveal to you soon! Unfortunately I had to go out of town quite suddenly due to some urgent family health issues. Wish it wasn't happening. Wish I could make it all go away. Wish that instead I was…

Summer’s End

I can't even believe that our summer is not so slowly coming to a close. I know its kind of an artificial end and that we could all stay in summer mode for a bit longer but I guess we have to listen to the calendar! And so our SCHEDULED summer is almost over and I don't think I am quite ready. My tomatoes aren't quite ready yet, either! In the Kitchen… This morning our FARM FRESH TO YOU box of goodies arrived as it does every week. Its a wonderful thing and even though we are growing some of our own veggies this summer, the weekly box keeps us stocked with everything we might need. This week the box came at 11:00 and by noon I had sauteed up a few things for a quick staff snack. We all took a…

Monday, monday….

Happy Monday everyone! Although I realize that for all those of you who subscribe, you might not be reading this till Tuesday but just know that I had Monday on the brain when I posted this.  Its one of those Monday mornings where I have so much swirling around in my tired little brain that I'm having a hard time focusing on anything. I guess that is what Mondays are supposed to be like anyway. Since I wasn't accomplishing anything work related this morning I actually sat outside on my porch, got the munchkins off to school….   … in case you were wondering what on earth, its CRAZY HAIR day at school today!   And just sat there afterwards. Just sat. Waited for the hub to bring home the most wonderful chocolate croissants west of Paris, looked at what was blooming in my…