Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Aqua Beauties!

While traveling in upstate NY last week, we did a little antiquing.  I found these beauties...

and these....

and these...

and these...

I bought enough for you too!  If you want some, they are available for purchase at Lavender Hill Studio .

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Swedish and French

On the way home from our recent trip to NY we drove through Pittsburgh and saw an IKEA store.  So we took a driving break and went inside to look around.

I found these wonderful flour sack dish towels for the low price of 49 cents each.  That's right!  Forty. Nine. Cents.
They look a little Swedish and a little French don't they?  They could be used as a kitchen valance.  As pillow covers.  As a place mat.  You could make shrugs for the backs of your kitchen chairs.  Or, use them as they were meant....drying dishes!

Changing the subject now.  A week ago I won a giveaway that Darla from Bay side to Mountains blog had.  She hand knit some cute dish clothes and gave one away.  I won it!

Besides knitting, Darla also creates these wonderful Sketchy Ladies, and she included one with a little note on the back.  Don't you just love both of these?  If you don't know Darla, stop in a visit her.  Her blog is filled with the outdoors, book reviews, art and more.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cutting Garden

Next to my potager (kitchen garden), I have a cutting garden.  Right now it has tall (6') sunflowers in the back row, not yet in bloom, zinnias in the middle and short sunflowers in the front (not in bloom).

Mr. Comforts of Home is expanding it.  I want to incorporate perennial flowers too.
Short sunflower in front, getting ready to bloom!

Do you have any suggestions for flowers for my cutting garden?

See the plant below?
This is growing on my hill side.  Do you know what kind of flower it is?

Here is the plant before flowering in  the picture below...it has a leaf similar to irises.

So I would love suggestions for my cutting garden and I would also love to know what kind of flower I have growing on my hill side...any help would be wonderful!

(p.s. I don't have any wedding pictures from the post below....:-(  My battery died after taking the first picture along the river on the way to the wedding.)
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Road Trip

We have been traveling for the past week.  I scheduled blogs to post while I was away.  If I haven't visited you this week, now you know why!  I will catch up this weekend.

We went to upstate NY for our niece's wedding.  It was so beautiful.  She got married in a beautiful state park called Stony Brook State Park.  The guests and the wedding party hiked along a rambling river to a water fall for the ceremony.

It was probably the most beautiful wedding I have ever been too.

I need to catch up on my garden (no rain while we were gone and it looks pretty sad :-( ).  I need to do a weeks worth of travel laundry.  I need to grocery shop. 

So I will be back in a couple of days after I catch up.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Counting Down The Bags of Mulch

Only 34 more bags of mulch to go!

There is light at the end of the tunnel!
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Green Beans

I have baby green beans....
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Roses are Red, Yellow and White

I started doing this after my friend Mary, from A Breath of Fresh Air, posted a picture of hers a while ago.
Every week I buy roses at the grocery store.  When they are starting to have seen better days, I take them out of the water, attach a ribbon to the stems and hang them upside down in my studio, until they are dry.

I use them as decoration on wrapped gifts.

Happy Weekend!
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Easy As 1. 2. 3.

Walk out back to the garden (that is growing like crazy!).

Cut some lettuce.
Pick a couple of male Squash Blossoms, making sure not to pick the female blossom on the baby squash.

Rinse the lettuce and squash blossom in ice cold water and drain.

Dip the squash blossom in a beaten egg, dredge in flour, salt and pepper and fry in a small amount of olive oil until golden brown.
Place the fried blossom on top of a grilled chicken, cucumber, tomato and black olive salad.  And enjoy!

That's what I had for lunch today...
Edited to add....I have had some questions about how to tell a male and female squash blossom apart.  The female blossom is at the end of the actual squash.  The male blossom grows on a thin stem and does not produce a vegetable.  Click here for some wonderful recipes (stuffed blossoms, blossom soup etc and pictures to tell the difference between male and female.
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Monday, June 14, 2010


I am linking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for this post.

Decoupage: [French d├ęcoupage, from d├ęcouper, to cut up or out, from Old French descolper : des-, de- + colper, to cut.
Take some vintage French papers....
A vintage French song book...
A paper mache rooster I told you about in this post...

Oh...it is looking very French!  I promise to show it to you when I finish.
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Sunshine, Rain and Sweet Endings

Yesterday Mr. Comforts of Home drove about 45 minutes over the mountain to Lake Lure, NC. Lake Lure was where the movie, Dirty Dancing was filmed.

(view from Penny's dock)
My blogging friend Penny and her husband live on the lake and invited us over for a boat ride and dinner.
Me on the left and the other Penny on the right, standing on their dock next to their boat house)

The sun was shining when we started the boat ride.  Penny and her husband treated us to some wine and appetizers as we toured the lake.

(me and Mr. Comforts of Home)

Above is Mr. Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.  Look in the distance.  Do you see the "cloud" dropping into the mountains?  That is a rain storm that descended rapidly.

We were almost to the boat house and it opened up and started pouring.

The above picture was taken after we had docked in the boathouse.  See the huge drops of rain on the lake?

We got a little wet, but after we dried off, Daisy, Penny's dog greeted us.

Penny's lake house is just beautiful!  It has beautiful stone floors in the kitchen.  Look at that wonderful French black cabinet with the chicken wire front!

Dinner was delicious.  Penny made a sweet potato salad, coleslaw, squash casserole (recipe here) and Mr. Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen grilled pork tenderloin.

And for dessert.....the "sweet ending" part of this post, a wonderful coffee ice cream, dark chocolate crumb crust dessert with toasted almonds. 

We had a wonderful time!  Thank you Penny and Mr. Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen! 

If you want some wonderful recipes, please visit Penny at her blog....she would love to see you!
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Living The Glamourous Life

Just keeping it real here folks!  In case you were wondering if I do my own landscaping work.....Yep!
(Brave of me to post this picture, isn't it?)

We are digging up and moving some of the landscaping that was on the front right side of the house to the front left side.  Ten more bags of mulch were spread on Saturday.  Only 48 more to go.

We are taking a break on Sunday from yard work.  See you Monday!
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Friday, June 11, 2010

So Many Projects...so Little Time

See those two chairs under the trees?  They are old metal chairs with chippy paint.  One of them has a piece missing on the back. 

Mr. Comforts of Home removed the mesh seats for me.  I want to attach chicken wire and landscape fabric and fill with potting soil and plants.

They will be cute, don't you think?

They will probably sit there naked for a while.  I have 58 more bags of mulch to spread.

We are having dinner with a blog friend this weekend and are really looking forward to it.  What are your weekend plans?

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Leaning Tower...

...of Mulch!

Why so much mulch?  Remember the post here where I was digging up sod in my backyard to create landscape beds?  Well I continued to dig up sod all around the house.  So we need mulch here...






and when I finish digging up the sod here...

Want to come help?

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