I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 26, 2019

Blue Skies, Pink Trees

Hi! Another April week has flown by. Mostly we have had rain and fog---a thunderstorm right now, as Mo snores through his walk time, oblivious. Looking back  can count two bright sunny days and Mo and I took long pleasant walks, enjoying every hopeful moment.

Late April brings the trees here into bloom. I adore flowering trees, to me they seem magical, so wildly brighht like cotton candy or birthday cake roses. I tried to capture their brief, ephemeral beauty for us to share.

Mo also enjoys the fresh green grass, he roils and grunts in puggy ecstasy.

Then, "Mommy made me have a bath cos I got grass stains. Sherry the Groomer came to visit."

''So unfair, I like being green.''


Flea market note:

I braved the midday thunderstorm and downpour to go to the church flea today. It was packed with shoppers. Lots of folks seem to think flea marketing is a fun idea for a rainy afternoon. [no parking, walking about six blocks,] Inside the shelves were filled but nothing appealed and the prices seemed high.

The brown gravy boat was still there, but 5.oo? Not today. A couple of sweet pitchers, one a sweet sky blue with a pink rose, sort of 1910-ish/ matte glaze, made in Japan. 5.oo/ no. The other was a chunky japonaise milk jug, blue and white transferware, 5.oo. No. And last a small-ish yellowware mixing bowl with brown stripes, 5.oo/ nope. I didn't even take pics to share with you guys, maybe next week. The drive and walk in bad weather just plain wore me out, if only in my mind. Maybe next week.

Have a fun weekend!


lizzy gone to the beach....

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter! A Bunny or Two, and Easter eggs, plus a menu

Hi again! Easter update:

Mo's Bunny ears were found!

Other bunnies,

Chocolate Bunny is faux, a thrift shop find.

He looks so real.

A table runner I made years ago, I still love it. I love how the chickens are cooky cutter chickens, no attempt at all to be real. A Brannock & Patek pattern I think.

Easter eggs----I started with real, blown out eggs of many types from etsy and the flea, but Mo has chomped them up over the years, so now there's additional mixed in wooden, papier mache and plastic eggs, as long as they look fairly real.
I keep the bright colors separate, so they look like dyed eggs.

I still collect the German eggs when  i see them. The brown one is a rare color.

Easter Menu

Deviled eggs/ Carrot & celery sticks -"Bunny food" for starters

Main course:

Pork roast with garlic, onion, pepper, orange crust, made with TJ's pepper jelly and Valencia orange marmalade. (add the jelly toppings for the past 30 minutes only)

Brown gravy.

Basmati rice pilaf with fresh chopped parsley, lemon, and pine nuts

Quick-steamed asparagus with lemon-tarragon bearnaise sauce.

Garlic roasted Brussels sprouts

Wine, a German Riesling

Dessert: store bought chocolate coconut macaroons and pastel tinted meringues.

Happy Easter!



gone to the beach....

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hello! Happy holidays! A storm is blowing in this Easter Friday, don't let that blue sky fool you! Chilly mid-50s, very windy.  But inside the beach cottage Mo and I are relentlessly sunny and springlike.

Mo is very happy that I have mislaid his bunny ears.

I made matzo ball soup to ward off the chill. Second try, different broth. Much better, yum.

I searched my closets high and low for daffodil accents to add to my blue and white decor. Found nothing except some silk forsythia and a few small quilts.

I'm relying on my new bright pillows and vases of spring flowers, eggs and bunnies too. You'll see in the photos how the rooms evolved over the weeks since end of March, items moved and rearranged, ending in  a very Easter-y look, just for this week. Using yellow is new to me, it required experimentation and patience, but no real effort, no ''heavy lifting'',lol.

Easter Basket/ "Tiny Baskets'' quilt on the bed. Flannel sheets and warm throws still very much needed.

Adding [easily changed out] bright yellow accents:

 Starting with quiet blues.l

This is a pillow made with a remnant of a beautiful Coxcomb pattern. I hope to remake a version someday. The quilting is exquisite as is the reverse applique. Very poor condition now.

 Adding the new Daffodil Yellow pillows, and another Basket quilt

The Swedish bench evolves...

 I love my authentic eggs and get them out in late March.

Flowers everywhere, so plentiful and inexpensive in the stores here. The candle is bergamot scent.

 Adding a sweet little quilt.

A favorite plate under the candle, Cape Cod Dump Swap Shop treasure.

The glass cylinder vase, from the Costco tulips, now holds Easter eggs.

Another little quilt and Bunny.

More flowers. The blue hyacinths smell so delightfully of Easter and spring.

Tiniest old ink bottle c.1850?, a beach treasure, 1" tall. It holds a sprig of hyacinth.

Enjoy your holiday! 



gone to the beach....

Tonight: The Pink Moon, be sure to look.