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."

11 July 2014

Where Bloggers Create

The 2014 Where Bloggers Create party at My Desert Cottage

It's not fixed up, but we have a shed to create in.  It is too warm to work in half the year, but someday we will fix that.

Where Bloggers Create

We don't have the room set up, because we want to work on it, and that means everything will have to come out.  This table has a large surface and the glass says "Love" in many different languages.  My daughter and I do lots of projects.

Just a small sample of a few of the paints we have.   We make all kinds of things.




 Angel Wings

 Banners with Words



Faux Painting

The kitchen garden is right outside the door.


 The cats hang out at the patio table keeping us company.

07 July 2014

Virtual Blog Tour

Look at this gorgeous table setting from Janet at Rosemary & Thyme . I want to have tea here with Alice and the Madhatter.This is only one example of Janet's tables.  There are many more and you can see her blog tour here. Recently, Janet was so sweet and asked me if I would participate in a virtual blog tour, and answer the following questions.

1. What am I working on?  I'm working on the Mad Tea Party.  I look forward to it every year!  It breaks up the long, hot, Southwest summer.  You can still join.  It begins July 12th.


2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have a lot in common with other decor bloggers except for the old, very small house that we are remodeling.  I enjoy the fact that this home is in a funky neighborhood.  After many years with an HOA, what I love most is that we can plant anything.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I have always loved decorating since I was a young girl without a doll house.  I would use bookshelves and books to build dollhouses, and I made my own doll furniture from trash that today we recycle.  I also paint, make crafty things, and garden. It's just my nature.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
My creating process goes as follows: bigger projects are budgeted, but smaller projects are often random inspirations.  I love feminine, whimsical, vintage things.

I nominated more than three people that I adore.  Three was too small a number, but unfortunately, life has its way, and people who would normally love to could not.  There were also a few people that I could not e-mail from their blog.  Here are three more blogs that I would like to introduce to my readers.

My first nominee is Magali from The Little White House on the Seaside. Magali has a small, old cottage too, but it is in France by the sea. How wonderful is that!  She was also my first new friend when I started blogging again.  She also takes you all over the French countryside.  One fact that I find interesting, though there are many, is that Magali learned English by watching my favorite cult t.v. series Roswell. Magali will be posting about her blog on Monday, July 14th.

I would of also like to give a nod to my longest and dearest friend in blog land: New Zealand author Sarah Elwell's Knitting the Wind.

I also wanted to nominate Victoria, from Trois Petites Filles, but I could not find her contact.   I love her eclectic, French, romantic, boho style. Her work is stunning. 

If you like, each of you can answer the questions and in turn invite three other bloggers.

30 June 2014

Easy, Inexpensive, 4th of July Table

This is so simple, easy, and inexpensive.  The sand pails with the flags cost two dollars to make, because the flag toothpicks and the miniature pails came from the Dollar Store.  I filled the pails with Kosher salt with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt on top.  I also experimented with rice, but the salt looked most like sand.  If I had small children or a large dog, I would of chosen something like cornmeal or sugar.  

It took about five minutes to make these.  For a more formal setting, one could use them as place settings with a name tag attached or written directly on the pail with a sharpie.

If you would like to see the full display, this Fourth of July, French decor is featured at 
Isabelle's Le Chateau Des Fleurs.  Thank you, Isabelle.
Happy week!

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28 June 2014

Purpose and Randomness

From the Garden we have tomato, chili, mint, basil, and watermelon.
The first watermelon was eaten, so maybe I can get a photo of the next one later today.

A bouquet of blossoms, chili, mint, and basil.

This was the project of the week.
We have been working on installing bifold doors in the library.

The opening needs retrofitting, so the second door is taking longer than expected.
So far, my spouse has removed trim, sanded, filled-in, sanded again, and painted once.

Chia Seed for Health
I have not tried the paste, but it may be better, because it is similar to eating poppy seeds.
They get between your teeth.  I would read about them before sprinkling them on food.
I've also had it in a spread that a friend made.

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