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Teaching Adventures

Hello my Quilty Friends! Its been a while since I have blogged and I sooooo want to get back into a better habit of doing this because it really is a place where I can share so much more than I am able to do on Instagram, which is where I am most of the time these days. Why? Because it is SO MUCH EASIER for me and with the totally insane schedule I seem to keep, EASIER is sometimes the only way it will happen!  I would love it if you would join me there if you haven't already. I am figtreeandco !! Anyway, I have been getting A LOT of questions and requests lately for teaching and folks wondering why I don't seem to be doing it so much anymore. Well….. traveling to teach takes a lot of time and energy and frankly…

A Little Trip… Part III

Up today…. the actual thatched roof cottages that the Cotswolds are known for. These are all homes of current families! Can you imagine living in a little dream cottage like this? Hopefully this won't offend anyone who actually lives in one… but all I can think of is a Hobbit coming out the front door! I love them. The roofs are made entirely of straw and many of them have a netting on them at this point to keep them from disintegrating.Apparently from what I heard from one home owner, it takes an ubelievable amount of work and upkeep to keep them! But then again… who wouldn't want to live in one of these? I mean seriously.                     Back to reality. Up tomorrow… the gardens…

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…

A Little Trip…

This past week I have been on a little excursion with my mom, just the two of us. We spent a few days in the Cotswolds, a charming country and farm area of Britain about 2 hours outside of London, and the last day in London. It was totally impromptu and a bit at the last minute but full of color and beauty and quitness. I wasn't sure how it would go since we have never travelled together, just the two of us, but it worked out perfectly! I guess we both needed some relaxed travel time. I am home as of yesterday and wanted to start showing you some of my photos. Lots more to come but today I wanted to start off with doors. Yes, that's right, doors. One of my favorite things to do in the villages of the British countryside, is to…

Summer Memories

As I have a moment to breathe today [ inbetween 3 different deadlines and a couple of sick kids], I realized that I haven't had a chance to share with you much of our summer. So before its totally too late [ I think the first official day of fall is right around the corner], I am going to bombard you with some of my favorites shots. So going backwards from the most recent…. Our family vacation to Seattle, the San Juan Islands and Vancouver. Mostly through pictures because I am a bit too tired or maybe brain dead 🙂 for many words. More likely, I would sit on this post for another 2 weeks waiting for the energy to add a lot of verbage and then it WOULD be too late to show you LOL!   LAVENDER FARMS ON THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS       BEACH DAY AT…

Paris, my friend

Now I have to tell you that Paris, although still completely intoxicating, spellbinding, breathtaking, mysterious, and a whole group of other adjectives, has become somewhat of a friend over these last couple of trips. Mon ami as they say. I now have a "regular" place I like to stay. On "my little island". A regular place I have my morning tea and croissant. Sometimes they even recognize me there. A regular afternoon crepe with nutella to snack on, couldn't think of anything other I would rather eat when strolling around Paris. A regular corner florist where I buy the flowers for my hotel room. My own metro stop. A favorite place to walk along the Seine. My favorite market and even a cheese shop that i can't resist. And yet the city is full of idiosyncracies that I love to observe and…

Paris: are we done yet?

When I daydream of France, I think of little window scenes like this one here below. I really can't put my finger on what it is about this that is so "French" feeling for me, but it just is. I don't know why.  Whereas some of my favorite pictures of Paris are grey and neutral and soft and old and vintage looking, Paris is also all about color. Its everywhere you look really, in every nook and cranny as they say. … like in the windows   … or in the scarves in a store … or in the jam jars at the Bon Marche department and grocery store … or in the flower market   … even at night, the streets and cafes of Paris seem to be aglow in color   … the store shelves are lined with wonderful colors. This…

Paris: A little more

When most people go to Paris, they go see landmarks and take pictures that might look something like this.   Well, when we go to Paris, we get looked at a bit funny because we are seen mostly taking pictures of things like this…   in fact we seem to have a real thing for fencing… And we seem to spend a lot of our time looking up…      When our necks hurt from looking up, we would stop in for one or both of these…   So we could spend some more time looking at these…    When we got our fill of the beautiful blooms that seemed to be on every street corner, we reveled some more in, well, in food… just looking though…     Usually that would make us hungry enough to sit down and…