monday musingsMay 23, 2016
Wake up and smell the Swedish vodka!
It's Monday, and I love 'em.
Spring has been crazybusy as you will see in forthcoming
posts...and first, I must share gratitude for my
close blog friend Tina of The Enchanted Home,
who lovingly featured my post offering a glimpse
of my journey with the BRCA diagnosis.
You are likely well acquainted with The Enchanted Home's author whose passions include blue and white everything,
interior design, and engaging fully with the lovely
blessings her east coast life brings.
I love Tina's gorgeous style and her big heart.
She graciously treats us to elegant glimpses
around her home in which blue and white
live as best friends, bringing sky and sea
into the spaces she elevates with classic design.
Objects from The Enchanted Home's shop appear in
some of the most riveting rooms, as seen here in
Paige Minear's One Room Challenge makeover
(bowl and foo dog from the shop)...
I will be sharing more of Tina's enchanted ways
soon, and one of my favorite things about her
approach to entertaining is how she streamlines it,
using her favorites (blue and white decor,
simple hydrangea arrangements, and tried and
true recipes she whips up herself).
The Enchanted Home
Thank you, friend, for all the lovely you share with us.
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Here is a taste of what I have been up to
when not unpacking boxes and writing strange
one-off essays about spiritual awakenings...
My sons and husband joined me for a stroll
through the magical Japanese gardens near
our home, and just look at these fluffy babies:
my sons love Asian fashion in the gift shop
Inside, it is Limoncello making season.
Find my recipe here:
It is super simple, and the first step is
scrubbing the skin of those babies clean.
A Swedish vodka like Svedka works well.
Love blue and white dishtowels?
Blue Cupboard asked me to try out one of her handmade 'grainsacks of the 21st century'
My friend Joan Marie does too, and the launch
of her dry goods company Blue Cupboard
is on the horizon...keep an eye out for the nostalgic line.
And have you seen the new shade of blue paint
called Inchyra by Farrow and Ball?
The lemon peel hangs out with the vodka for a long vacation.
A recent adventure last week brought me
to a friend's house where with my sister,
we hosted a glam moving/yard sale.
The objects above, including the edgy art piece
by me (she collects my art, i collect hers)
were not for sale, but these were:
We had a blast clearing out the old
and making room for the new.
Spring is also bike season, and this is me Saturday
in my husband's prized helmet from Paris
(I have my own union jack one, but it's so tight,
pulling it on requires an emergency xanax,
and I wasn't having it.)
My husband has a pair of vintage motorcycles
he and my son drive, and I am strictly a rider.
Our kitchen in the fixer upper is functioning well;
it just remains boring so I'll be getting to it soon.
It's graduation season, and last night
involved a fun fiesta with the best
food and service at Milwauky Taco.
In less fun news, I have to pull together
a cocktail party at the fixer upper this week,
and to say that I am uneasy about welcoming
people into its unfinished glory is an understatement.
Hoping for a miracle and little elves
(or Chip Gaines) to appear.