19 September 2014

Seashell Ornaments

My daughter made some hair ornaments with seashells.

Hopefully back soon.

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11 September 2014

Basil Wreath

It rained so much earlier this week, and it was wonderful to receive so much rain.
In our neighborhood, we made it through relatively unscathed.  
It's dry now, and the people that are redoing our roof are at work.  So there was tapping away on the room at 5:30 this morning, so I headed out to the garden, while my spouse set up the juicer.

My basil is the size of bushes and some of it went to seed before I could pinch it off.
So I snipped bunches and bunches of basil and mint.

This is so simple.  I just used floral wire to attach layered bunches.
I think next time, I might just use one single wire ring, because it took me a while, but I kept working enjoying a mostly quiet morning except for the work outside.

It smells beautifully, and now I need to find a spot to hang the wreath.

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02 September 2014

A New Learning Year

Since it's that time of year again, my thirteen year old wanted to change her personal learning space.  
It's still too hot for the big table on the porch.

She borrowed one of the stools from the kitchen.  She loves cottage, industrial, and boho, and
many of the decorative items in her room are her vintage finds or something someone made.
She loves second hand shops!  (I love them too, but our home is small, and an item has to go or be put away when something is purchased.)

She also loves IKEA.  The Ikea cart keeps her materials organized.

The desk has been ours for many years., and despite its small demeanor, it is quite functional.
It can be closed up at night. For extra items, the baskets underneath store items not often used.

 Hung over the metal door in her room , is the pin board I made her a few months ago.
She uses it to hang jewelry. The door itself is used to hang drawings, postcards, photos with an assortment of pretty black and white magnets.... a changing display of a young teen. Some of the magnets came from an Anthro clearance and some from an office supply store.

With all that is going on in the world, sometimes I feel silly or shallow writing about home or making projects.  I don't even have a business.  But then I think my job is important, I'm raising an adult, keeping a home, and sharing ideas with lovely people who have similar interests.

P.S. Friends, I have many photos of our trip through Tirol, Venice, Florence, Pisa, and Rome.
I will share if it interests. After our three weeks in Tirol, we traveled around Italy for two weeks using the trains, buses, our feet, and the occasional taxi.  We stayed in bed and breakfasts and small family hotels,  and we ate only one meal out per day.  It made the trip reasonable.

26 August 2014

Flower Gardens From TIrol

The flowers were wonderful in Tirol.  These photos are of tamed gardens, but we also took some photos reminiscent of "The Sound of Music" that I will share at a later time.

While my daughter was at class or practicing, I loved the little cafes in the village.  Coffee was served in coffee cups with a saucer.  No "To go".   I would sit there, and someone would inevitably wander by that I knew, and that person would join me, and we would chat.

I would walk around, and admire the window boxes and
the gardens.

P.S.  I've read all your comments, and I am trying to visit everyone's blog to catch up.

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21 August 2014

Magic of Tirol

This summer, I accompanied my daughter to a magical region in the southern Tirol of the Italian Alps, so she could study piano for three weeks with some wonderful professors.

Several times a day we would walk down and then up a mountain from our lodgings to the village to attend classes.  The trail would turn to road, gravel, stairs, gravel, sidewalk, stairs, and then cobblestone. In the early evening one could hear the music down in the village echoing off the mountains.  In the beginning we were panting up the hill, but by the end of the trip, we were easily hiking up the hill.  By the middle of the trip, she was often running ahead, not because she was faster, but because of the perceived safety.

The village church is open most daylight hours. Children on bicycles pedal the village. Shrines greet weary travelers who make it up the hill or who embark on a hike. Apple strudel, gelato, and lattes in coffee cups!  Afternoon siestas and no internet!  Medieval castles and churches....    In the early evening, while preparing to attend a concert in a castle, one could hear the music in the village below.

We loved our simple, summer life, in the summer Alps. A church in the center of a village that rings its bells every hour from seven to seven... Nature all around...   When she finished studying, we spent a couple of weeks traveling, but our hearts missed the nature and the quiet village.  We have been back a little over a week, and we are starting to feel settled at home again.

Three single lane roads meet, and there is a shrine to the left out of view.

This trail is just one stairway that leads to the church.

 This trail appeared, not to go through.

24 July 2014

My daughter and I are in Italy at a music festival in the Alps, but because the internet signal is weak here, I have been unable to update posts and read blogs :(
We are having a good time, and she is learning a lot.
I will catch up with everyone when we get back in a couple of more weeks.

12 July 2014

Mad Tea Party

Adjust your crown!  It's a tea party

with a Mad Hatter.

A Fanciful Twist

It's that time.

Roses are painted red, and

we are brewing orange blossom and youth berry tea.

Teacups are stacked, and pinkies are pointed.

The tables are set.

"Take some more tea."

"Why this watch is exactly two days slow!"

Sugared peaches and Cream...
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes...
"Eat me."

"Oh my ears and whiskers."

The white rabbit has arrived.

"Come and dine with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me."

"No, no the adventures first."

"The Garden of Live Flowers"

(Daughter's photo)
"In another moment  Alice was through the glass,
 and had jumped lightly down into the Looking-glass room."