15 June 2015

Summer on the Sleeping Porch



The sweet bird was purchased from Dore Callaway at Burlap Luxe







The days have sort of flown by here, and my home is actually quite in disarray at the moment.  











There was one more room to put the flooring down in, so the library is currently stacked almost to the ceiling, and the overflow is on the sleeping porch. This is not hyperbole. There is not a lot of places to put things in a cottage. My spouse still has to do the baseboards. We left the floors on the sleeping porch that pretty epoxied gray, because it works perfectly out here; I'm not sure why it stays so clean compared to the rest of the house, but it does, despite two sets of double doors to the outside. The new floor in my bedroom is that same pretty gray, distressed, and scraped bamboo that doesn't look like bamboo at all that we put in the kitchen and open areas. In the meantime, I have something beautiful to hang up that I purchased from Dore.. Also, check out  Daphne's Diary . It's one of my favorite magazines and Dore's designs are in one of the photo shoots on weddings on p 30-35. Dore  left me a message in the post below that explains it. It really was a surprise to her.










We have busier than usual. Presently, my daughter is finishing a couple of classes, while doing a summer ballet intensive and piano, so that involves driving. But we are also packing for our mother daughter trip next month. This year, I have a better camera and hope to get some great shots. I took many photos last year, but in the end, I didn't share many, because my daughter thought our trip was so magical that she wanted to keep it between us. We will be returning to Europe, but we have some familiar and some different places on our list this year. We save all year, so she can study piano with some world class teachers. So the precious little garden bird reminds me to relax.






















There are always flowers...
Some fresh blossoms from the garden, and some dried ones...






























I made the wreath, the painting, the chalkboard drawing, and the two white garlands.
I purchased the red, white, and blue banner, but I made a bunting last year; I was waiting to put it out in July. 









And I am excited about participating in  Brenda's Cozy Little House 's Garden Party on
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Thank you for visiting.
Su

87 comments:

  1. It is ridiculously OBVIOUS that you just enjoy what you are doing here in these spaces...Loving it!

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  2. Have a fabulous trip to Europe with your daughter!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. I still have a few weeks to go, and I scheduled a couple of posts for after we are gone, because we always do a Mad Hatter Tea Party, and Where Blogger's Create. xoox Su

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  3. The sleeping porch is so charming. How exciting about your mother~daughter trip! It is such a wonderful opportunity for your daughter and her piano studies. I always wished I had learned when I was younger.

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  4. Su,
    I have thought of you often since your last post. I adore your bird from Doré as I adore the one I have been graced with. Doré's talent transcends time and fills the heart with appreciation. Su your sleeping porch is something magical to me, especially living in a city dwelling. I would rejoice and indulge my fantasies in such a magical room.
    I just purchased a male Santos and I realize just how much inspiration and insight I have gathered from you.
    Your return to Europe with your daughter, seriously is heartwarming and even if you choose to keep its adventure between you and your daughter we all wish you joy and heart felt discovery,
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. I love Dore's bird, and she shares so much talent and kindness. Your santos is so pretty, and I loved seeing him. I should do a post on them; I have a number of wooden ones. I just haven't because I can't put everything out at once, but if I have time I will, because everything is in the library right now. I live in the city too, but it is nothing like a city in Pennslyvania. There are older and newer neighborhoods beneath mountains and houses beneath them. The lots are larger in some of the older parts of the city than the newer parts. Just the opposite of some cities. xoxo Su

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  5. Have a wonderful time in Europe with your daughter. It sounds like so much fun and magical. Love all the items that you have made and your pretty little bird.
    Have a great week and can hardly wait to see all the remodeling you have done.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. It's a great learning experience for her. xoox Su

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  6. Wow, Su, you get to return to Europe? I bet you are going to have the most wonderful time...again! What a wonderful experience for you both.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It's a good program for her. xoox Su

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  7. What a wonderful trip to take with your daughter Su!! LOVE your pretty summer vignette!

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  8. Hello Su.

    I love your home. It has such a warm aged look. You have created such a beautiful and interesting home. Lots of visual impact.

    I know how busy life can be. Especially during summer months. Enjoy your trip to Europe with your daughter. Wonderful way to create fond memories.

    Have a great week.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet, for your dear comment and sweet visit. xoox Su

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  9. I love the beautiful girl with the starfish and all of your pretty things. It sounds like you have a wonderful summer planned. Enjoy! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I love your visits. Doesn't she look like she is in an old fashioned bathing suit? She is a santos. xoxo Su

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  10. Your sleeping porch is so inviting, Su. I love all your colors, especially the pretty colors in your bunting. So cute!

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    1. Thank you, R.J. That one I didn't make. It was 7.00 at World Market. I couldn't make it for that price. xoxo Su

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  11. Bonitos objetos.

    Belo conjunto de decoração!

    beijinhos, Lígia e =^.^=

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  12. How wonderful, a trip to Europe! And I really like your summery colours here - so bright and light considering our cold winter here :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. It's too hot here. I wish I could send you a twenty degrees. It's 112 F. xoxo Su

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  13. Dore does such beautiful work, I don't own any of her pieces but I sure visit her shop/blog often to see what she has created! I'm sure the article is great! You sleeping porch sounds wonderful! Enjoy your upcoming trip, I know you will! Blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. It's good to get away given the heat. I wish the monsoon would start. xoxo Su

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  14. You have done a wonderful job. Everything looks beautiful...

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  15. Love this bird, if fits in beautifully with all your lovely handmade pieces on your sleeping porch. How fantastic that you and your daughter are returning to Europe this year. I hope this year is even more magical than last.

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  16. It looks so beautiful. Love that bird.
    Hugs from here

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    1. Thank you, Bente. Dore does beautiful work. xoxo Su

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  17. Everything is fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful and equally magical trip this year!

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  18. Oh I'm so envious!!! Enjoy your trip - take lots & lots of photos to share with us!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love the porch. xox

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I hope to. Last year she was so against it. xoxo Su

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  19. Su, just beautiful, as always! I'm so looking forward to the garden tour and to seeing your beautiful garden area! Have a great day! Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you, Benita, for your sweet visit. xoox Su

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  20. The upcoming trip with your daughter sounds amazing! And I always love your beautiful, ethereal vignettes.

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  21. Oh Su that sounds wonderful to experience the mother daughter trip again together. I love everything you have made especially the wreath and the garland. Enjoy your week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you, Julie, for your sweet visit. xoxo Su

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  22. It sounds like you are incredibly busy, Su, but also enjoying some very good time together with your daughter. Love your little bird - and the reminder to take time to relax. :)
    Hugs,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. It is such a sweet little bird. xoxo Su

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  23. Love your sleeping porch always and your pretty vignette is awesome. Enjoy the trip.
    Kris

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  24. Love the sleeping porch-Lovely!

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  25. Your sleeping porch is so gorgeous <3. I wish you a splendid time in Europe with your daughter.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. It was so worth all the work we did to get it that way. It use to be missing its windows and all the laundry got dirty. It's hard to believe. xoxo Su

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  26. Su,
    I'm back to comment on how impressed I am with your daughter's strong desire for achievement in ballet and piano. I wish you and your daughter another magical summer while studying piano in Europe.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. She is so sophisticated. She loves art history, ballet, piano, writing, and singing. xoxo Su

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  27. Hi Su,
    I wish you the very best! I think it is just so special the relationship you have with your daughter.
    I also am very proud of her desire to do well. That is so wonderful to see in young people.
    Sending prayers,
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. It is hard these days for kids with so many distractions. xoox Su

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  28. What a perfect little summer spot

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    1. Thank you, so much. The weather is like our winter. It is wonderful. xoxo

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  29. Oh Su,
    What inspiration here that sooths the soul, and as for the bird I am so glad it has found a place in your home, so sweet of you to share.
    As for your sleeping porch, I remember seeing more or it and it had me so wishing I lived somewhere in the country where I had a sleeping porch that could add beauty and relaxation in restful nights with a cool breeze.

    You and your daughters holiday to Europ sounds amazing, the practice piano under the guidance of teachers she must make you proud of her beautiful playing and dance.
    You need to post a you tube of her playing on your blog so we can all hear her hands perform such beauty.

    It's always so inspiring here, see you soon dear.

    A wonderful week ahead of you.
    Xx

    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. The porch is really a nice extra. I love it when my daughter and niece have a sleepover out there. I really love the bird, and its perfect for my home. I will have to find a link to send you. We had a wonderful time last year, and she learned so much. xoxo Su

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  30. A mother / daughter trip is such a precious get away and I completely understand her wanting to keep it private.

    Installing new flooring does create a lot of clutter and upheaval in a household but is so worth it. I can't wait to see the finished project.

    BTW, I love the figurine holding the starfish, is she a decorative item available for purchase anywhere ?

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    1. Hi, Kathy. Dore made it at Burlapluxe. My spouse found her in Santa Fe, she doesn't have a company name on the bottom, even so I think she came from a company, because she is not as primitive as some others I have. She has such a pretty face. I would google "Santos". She has a wooden base, and she is probably made of plaster or some sort of paper mache. The shop that she came from doesn't sell online. xoxo

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    2. I meant that Dore made the bird, and the santos came from Santa Fe. Dore sells online at https://www.etsy.com/listing/235344643/black-traypink-roses-yellow-roses-wall. I think the shop in Santa Fe is called Todos Santos, Chocolates, and Confections.(all santos, chocolate and candy) xoxo Su

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  31. Good for your daughter. It is wonderful when young people can find something they throw themselves in to and yeah to parents who sacrifice so the kids can excel.

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  32. I love the way you incorporate colour into your spaces. And that little dove ornament is the sweetest! Always peaceful and elegant, never overdone. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I love your new look at your blog. It's so pretty with the gold and soft plum. xoxo Su

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  33. Beautiful post. I love your painting and the way that the empty frame is positioned in front of it to highlight the building. Sounds like you have an exciting summer planned. So happy for you.

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    1. Thank you, Lorri. Your garden looks wonderful. xoxo Su

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  34. How exciting that you are off to Europe again.

    I think I need to get a subscription to Daphne's Diary so I can guarantee finding it.

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    1. I know. I tried to, but it is from Denmark, and right now they don't have subscriptions available to the U.S. I get it at Barnes and Noble, but it is not at the one closest to me. xoxo Su

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  35. Hi Su, Wishing you a wonderful trip to Europe with your daughter. It will be a fabulous time together. Love your sleeping porch. All your creations are gorgeous.
    Safe travels, Hugs, CM

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  36. Just lovely! I think your sun porch is my favorite, or is it the library? I guess I love it all!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  37. I hope you have a great time on your trip. I might just sneak into your suitcase and go with you ;)

    I love that sleeping porch of yours.

    xoxo,
    rue

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    1. Thank you, Rue :) I think it's my favorite room. xoxo Su

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  38. I love how you create places of beauty in your home even in the middle of the floor remodel!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I sort of get overwhelmed with the mess, so I tried to have one area that feels special. xoxo Su

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  39. Just beatuiful Su - all of it - I LOVE that lady holding the starfish!
    Another trip to Europe - how wonderful - your daughter is blessed to have you 2 as parents ( I know you are as well )
    XOXO

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzan. We have been getting ready these past couple of weeks, so I have not had as much time for reading, visiting, or even my own blog. It's approaching quickly.

      xxox Su

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  40. I wish you the most beautiful Summer together in Europe. The piano is my favorite instrument and I miss my daughter filling our home with her playing. I would guess that your daughter moves you to tears from time to time. My daughter's playing made me cry often. Its just so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kerrie. I agree that it is beautiful and moving.

      I'm sorry that I've been slow to respond. I've been getting ready, so I have not had time to blog or visit blogs. :(

      xoxo

      Su

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  41. First off, your home is just so comforting to me. You know, it's kind of weird to say, but I feel like I could be such good friends with you. Your style, your comments on my posts...just the way you say things and present yourself here. I adore you, Su. I love how you live your life. Truly, I do. How neat you do a Mother/Daughter trip each year. I can't WAIT to see your pics this year! You know what I also love about you? How you are exposing your daughter to classical performing arts, just the way I was brought up. My father went to Juilliard as a piano concert major before becoming a doctor. He had a world class Russian piano teacher come to his home growing up. I only listened (and still do) to classical music. I studied classical ballet with a teacher who danced with Balanchine, taught Gelsey Kirkland and Darci Kistler from NYC Ballet, and I also studied with the Mistress of the Royal Ballet. Neither teachers are alive any more, sadly. xoxoxo Jen

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  42. Thank you, Jen, and the sentiment is mutual and returned. That is so fascinating that your father started out as a pianist and then went to medical school to become a doctor, but I have heard that pianists make good surgeons. It makes sense: the attention to detail and other qualities that go into playing well. That is so neat that your teacher studied with Balanchine; what a wonderful opportunity. Have a wonderful holiday weekend. xoxo Su

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su