my favorite place...on the farm...honeysuckle in the air...the summer sun starting to set...serenity

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Thursday, December 29, 2011


Why does a simple life seem so magical?  Here's a few things that come to mind when thinking of simple living (it's different for every person):
  • cooking from scratch
  • eating fresh fruits/vegetables/unprocessed food
  • letting go of materialism
  • limiting tv, internet, mobile usage..does anyone write letters these days? :)
  • gardening
  • learning new skills (new language, sewing, DIY projects)
  • meaningful relationships

Friday, December 16, 2011

Alcove bed


I want to grab a book and cuppa tea and hop into this picture.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Saint Lucia Day

Happy Saint Lucia Day! (Art by Carl Larrson)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Little House on the Prairie interior

I have always dreamed of living in a log cabin, isn't this perfect?  Whoever painted the Trompe l'oeil did a wonderful job. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Easy Holiday Gift Idea #1 - Hot Chocolate

This is a great gift for someone who loves hot chocolate, if I do say so myself.  I bought this tin at Sam's Club (I forget the price but it was around $9.99-$12.99).  Around this time of year you will see lots of holiday gift baskets for sale.  I saw several hot chocolate type baskets at Marshall's (some made by Starbucks and some generic label).  Usually these will include mugs / single or double serving of hot cocoa / bag of marshmallows and fancy wrapping.

Now I think everyone already has their own mug...and the best thing about this tin is that it contains 56 servings!! Yes, that means you will be making hot cocoa for a long long time.  I used to make my cocoa from the recipe on the back of the Hershey's cocoa powder box and then a few months ago happened to see this at the store.  I love it!  Yum! 

(p.s. I do not have any sponsors and this is my personal opinion)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Elegant baby shower inspiration

Here are some pretty pictures of baby shower table decor I've been inspired by...

I'm helping organize a baby shower and we're going with a "fall/autumn theme" (colors & desserts -  apple crisp/candied apples/pumpkin bundt cake, etc).  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beautiful Norwegian Sweaters

Keep warm this winter with a beautiful Norwegian knit sweater.  I love all the little details.  These pictures remind me of Victoria magazine with a dash of Anthropologie.  Found here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Back from Vacation

I'm glad to be back!  Back to my own comfy bed, a kitchen where I can cook my own food, my pitiful little garden, a washer and dryer, etc, etc.  Yes, I mentioned a washer and dryer because we were only able to locate a laundromat halfway through the trip and do laundry once (we went back the next night and sadly found it wasn't open 24 hours).  When we got to Italy we filled the up the bathtub and hand-washed a few more things.  I told my sister some people take a bucket and plunger and do laundry that way while on the road.

We spent the first few days in London, then went by train to Paris, caught a plane to Italy and then flew back home from London.  I tagged along with my sister and her family and traveling with a toddler is always quite an adventure!

I bought my first macaron at McDonald's in Paris.  Then we went to La Duree and got several more.  I finally understand why bloggers can go on and on about these yummy macarons!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet

This cute hamlet is my dream farm!

Monday, October 10, 2011

French Style

I'm headed for Europe tomorrow so that means lots of last minute packing (and re-packing after I think up some more genius outfit ideas).

It is always tricky trying to predict the weather.  I keep checking the 10 day weather forecast and hopefully it will stay in the 60s.

Isn't this lady darling?  Trench found here.   

My travel wardrobe has quite a few striped shirts.  What can I say...I love striped shirts - especially if they look even remotely French.  From here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Floral Friday

Today was a flowery day :)  We went to a nearby park that has many different varieties of pretty roses.

I wore a thrifted orchid print skirt  - I'm attempting to wear a totally different outfit from my closet everyday.  It's been said that most of us wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the's so true.  I could probably get rid of 98% of my wardrobe and just wear salwar kameez and be happy.  They might just be the most comfortable clothes in the world.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Apple Crisp and a Sunset

Last night brought us a beautiful sunset so I ran outside with my camera to try and capture it.

This morning I baked an apple crisp and the house filled with scents of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and apples.  Apple crisp and whipped cream makes a delicious breakfast.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blueberry Pie

I made my favorite blueberry pie last night and it's basically the easiest pie ever since you don't have to peel or cut any fruit.  Top with home-made whip cream (no cool whip in this house) and you're good to go!

Notice the apples in the first I was going to make apple pie then I realized we didn't have any sugar.  And then blueberries at Sam's club looked pretty appealing :)  It was pretty much a no-brainer.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Minimalist bedroom inspiration

I love everything about this brick walls, platform wooden floor, beautiful curtained canopy bed.  Dreamy!  It brings to mind a medieval castle.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Today after lunch I planted some Gardenia bushes.  They aren't blooming but I'm hoping to see some buds soon.

p.s. Is it too early to be thinking about winter?  I'm looking forward to fall and cooler weather.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom


~ Happy Birthday Mom ~
(This isn't a picture of her but I thought it was a pretty cake photo).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Lady getting ready to paint


I love the brushwork in this painting - and also what she is wearing.  When it gets cooler I am going to try plein air painting.

Wish I knew who the artist was...there was no artist's name on the site where I found the image.

image source

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Classic Travel Chic


Do you remember when it was the norm to "dress up" to fly on an airplane? When I was little I remember my Dad always wore a suit jacket whenever he flew off on his business trips.  And when Mom took us kids to the airport to meet friends or family...we knew we better be wearing a nice outfit!

I've been trying to make an effort to pack less "stuff" with every trip I take.  So instead of arriving at the airport in a mess, I hope to look like the picture above...effortless and happy!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Country Wisteria Vine


The wisteria is growing over the old smokehouse onto the grapevine.

I just love how pretty wisteria looks, and even better...there are white and pink plants as well as the purple shade.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Lei Day ( May Day )


Happy Lei Day!  My talented Mom crafted this floral vine crown in about 30 seconds flat.  She added some daffodils and grape hyacinths for color.  This natural floral crown is a lovely idea for a fairy or woodland wedding.  (Having a flower garden in your yard always comes in handy).

I am wearing one of my favorite Edwardian dresses.  If you can't make it to an estate sale, ebay always has pretty white cotton lawn dresses.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Spring!


Isn't this picture beautiful?  I love the colors of jacob sheep and the contrast of the pasture.

image source

Saturday, April 2, 2011

White Lace Jane Austen Lawn Dress - Vintage Textile


Isn't this cotton dress exquisite?  I think so, anyways.  It would be a lovely wedding dress!  If you have an extra $1400 - it's for sale over at Vintage Textile.  They say it's from the 1820's and neoclassical style.  I call it a Jane Austen dress only because it has a slight empire waistline.

Almost looks like an old fashioned nightgown


~Beautiful frock details~

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gardening shortcuts - My Earthbox experiment

tomato & basil

Ever since I saw an Earthbox advertisement showing 8-10 foot plants growing out of control, I have been dying to try it out! Wouldn't it be nice to plant your veggies and have them magically grow to produce a big harvest without having to do a lot of hard work? (Well of course that would be grand).

one of the heirlooms

sugar snap peas

My vegetable gardening usually involves lots of weeding in 90+ degree weather, and my neatly planted rows eventually turn into a jungle.

So...could this gardening container be the ticket to my success? (ha ha). This year I finally purchased five boxes and transplanted my seedlings as well as store bought vegetables. So far I have planted 3 kinds of heirloom tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, green pepper, basil, parsley, sugar snap peas, and yellow squash.

I am happy to say that so far the plants look good. I went away for a weekend and when I came back it seemed like the plants had doubled in size. Maybe their roots finally touched the fertilizer...


Sunday, March 13, 2011

View near Cathedral Cove, NZ


This picture was taken on the way to Cathedral's Cove (from our trip to NZ last year). I didn't do much research about how you get to some of the most of the time we were hiking all over the creation just to get to the beach!! (some of which happened to be very secluded and off a very long well-beaten trail path). But then once we got there, it was so beautiful that you couldn't complain.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lavender plants

lavender field,lavender

Today I was fortunate to find english lavender plants on sale for 50% off. I quickly brought home 30 or so. In my mind I had visions of something similar to the picture above :)

I plan to use some of the flowers when I get around to making soap.

image source

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lovely floating lanterns


Isn't this picture beautiful? Over 1,000 candlelit paper lanterns get released into the waters at twilight during Honolulu's Toro Nagashi ceremony to honor loved ones who have passed away. The writing on the inside of the lanterns are personal messages.

found via Hawaii Magazine


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