Tuesday, August 31, 2010
As we sat on the stools at her kitchen island, I could almost hear the cries of the seagulls and feel the ocean breezes, as I observed the scene before me. I asked her if I could take pictures her kitchen window. She decorated it with the coastal living look this summer using her star fish and old glass bottles.
I think I could wash dishes all day with this seascape before me.
On the kitchen island her decorating touches continued with a white ironstone platter, sunflowers from the farm, and some of the seashells that she picked up on the beach during her family's vacation.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I told you before, that I like bringing in fresh flowers during the summer and choosing containers that I have on hand to display them. You may have tired of my flower and container posts. If that is the case feel free to click onto another blog now.
On the table of my porch throughout the summer season, I enjoy changing the tablescape using old pieces of glassware and flowers from my gardens.
I thought this small sunflower in the tiny, old salt shaker made a pretty presentation...
...as did the red flowers from my pot by the back door, in this old salt shaker.
A daisy and clover in another glass salt shaker.
It cheers me up with each visit. Do touches of beauty do that for you?
I wish I could share the aroma of the pink rose in this tiny glass vase with you.
More than any flower arrangement could ever do, these precious ones create spirit lifting for me. Their little smiles continue to warm my heart.
Maybe, just maybe this post will lift your spirits today. Your visit has certainly blessed mine.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Since the little ones were here overnight this week, I got to do some of their laundry. As I pulled each the small sized pjs, shorts and tops and dresses out of the dryer, it was so much fun. I am one of those rare people who enjoy doing laundry. And, to add to my oddity, I love to iron each little piece. It stems back to the days when I worked for my grandma in her tourist home. Ironing everything was what made up my days in the summer. There is some sort of rare satisfaction for me in this simple job.
I like to stack the clothing on a neat, straight pile, smiling as I think of each little person who wears them...
...like the guy who happily wears this outfit that looks like his big brother's choice.
I use this wonderful smelling freshening spray from the Meyer Company as I iron. I lightly spray it on and then iron. I like the "Baby Blossom Scent". On the label it states,"The blossoms of spring wildflowers, butterfly violets and honeysuckle with a teeny bit of apple, lemon and mint--oh so gentle for your baby. Hush, the baby's sleeping." One bottle of this spray lasts a long time.
So, that is why I spray it lightly on clothes that I iron...it just makes me happy whether I have baby clothing, adult clothing or bedding that I WANT to iron. I am well aware that many of you out there have not touched an iron for many years, and that is just fine. Me...I am an odd one.
If you choose to iron, you most likely have a favorite iron that you like to use. Over the years I have tried a few different irons, and this is one of my favorites, an inexpensive Black and Decker iron.
Recently, this magic has become my choice when removing stains off of these little clothing and the bigger ones too. I spray, let set and then wash as usual. Stains disappear and that is all that matters to me.
I only use spray starch when I feel it is needed. This brand works well and again it's soft lavender scent is a bonus.
As I close this fun laundry post, I want to tell you that I did read a beautifully done post on doing laundry and the room she does it in, at the..missgracieshouse.blogspot.com/ Her laundry room decor certainly would add joy to doing the daily chore. If you have time, pay her a visit.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
As I was driving close to my home last week, I chose not to go the main route and instead to use the quiet country road route. As I came around a bend in the road passing by the creek, I came to this clearing in the woods. I stopped and watched this young farm boy working with his horses and equipment.
Sometimes I find it hard to believe that in our world of modern, cutting edge technology and electronics, that methods of farming like his continue to be used. Aside from the sound of the piece of equipment and the work horses, all was quiet in the wooded alcove where he worked on this Wednesday morning.
He waved a friendly "hi" and I drove on. Yes, there are times when I long for simpler days. Maybe I could get a job on the farm:)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This is definitely a "good to the last drop dessert" in their book.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you are reminded of some simple pleasures in your life.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Way back on her December birthday I gave her a gift card for her and a friend to share tea time at a local bakery/tea room. I was delighted when she asked me to join her. On Saturday noon her and I went for tea/lunch at the beautiful and elegant tea room.
Walking into the Tea Room revealed to us immediately, that this was a special place. The pastel painted walls and crystal chandeliers created an elegant feel to the tea room. We were seated at a table for two.
What made this celebration even more of a celebration, is that my dear sister-in-law had just become a grandma for the first time, a few hours before. What a perfect reason to celebrate together. I never would have imagined when I gave her the birthday gift, that this case scenario would have taken place. I do want to share that despite the fact that she has a pink blouse on and a pink plate, she did just welcome a new little grandson. Because her son and dil live in the midwest, she was not with them in the hospital on Saturday noon. That reunion will be coming soon.
Each table had a silver tea pot like this and we were served endless cups of delicious hot tea.
A kind lady served us each course. She personally baked each of the tiny delicacies and served them. We liked this tiny chocolate tea cup.
We all agreed that sometimes food looks attractive but the taste is not there. This tea room had both and thankfully provided take-out containers for each of us.
Well known for it's wedding and all occasion cake decorating expertise, the bakery provided a lovely display areas and glass lit cases for it's baked creations.
I was so intriqued by the artistry and the vast amount of creativity that went into all the aspects of this place.
One of the decorated cakes on display, that captured my attention was this adorable cake. The attention to details given each cake, was amazing.
It was the perfect way to spend a few hours on a dismal Saturday afternoon, and being with my sil..."the new grandma"... made it even more memorable. Hope you enjoyed the pictures from this outstanding bakery.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
My sister captured this setting sun in Florida last week
And this one, looks like an artist's rendition of a sunset. I can't imagine sitting by the water and watching this evening come to a close.
My uncle captured the next four pictures several weeks ago in his area of the country.