Friday, June 28, 2013

Tea in the Library #4


I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Patio House & Pink Honeysuckle

June is flying by!

Our patio house project is well underway. The screening and canopy got quite damaged in the storm (Sandy). He Who Builds Things decided it time for an upgrade. Below is the patio last summer.

If you look closely you may be able to see The Groundhog resting on the bottom step of the pool deck. 

 The structure seems so much bigger now, but it has the same footprint. Although the mulberry tree had to be pruned back to allow for construction, we wanted to keep it, and the mock cherry next to it, for shade and  because they are such great food sources for the local fauna.

(The Groundhog is a dedicated groundskeeper and eats the leaves as fast as they fall  as well as the tender shoots of weeds that grow in the pathway.)

You can see a dry patch in front of the back of the grill. (Look ma, a paradox!) More lavender will be planted there.  I can envision my old sundial finding a home right there, where the potted palm is resting. The palm likes the pool deck but gets there in stages - it's heavy! I'll sneak in some  thyme and oregano and other herbs in with the lavender, things that like full sun and good drainage.
 Although everything is in disarray the pink honeysuckle is blooming and  my heart is happy. It pulls me into the moment and all I can see is the firework of pinks against the gloss green leaves.The pink honeysuckle covers a portion of the  fence and will be a great backdrop for the lavender and herbs I want to plant. If you look at the 1st picture, left side - the big green blob covering the fence - that's the pink honeysuckle!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Tea in the Library # 3

When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die... or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tea in the Library # 2

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea – Henry James

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Here it is in a Nutshell - Happy Birthday !

This frisky little squirrel makes a
cheerful  birthday ambassador.


Here is a side view.
 The base is a cat food can . After covering the can with a strip of scrapbooking paper and some rickrack I  hot glued a ribbon spool to the (open side) top.

 Since this is going to be a cake topper I made the squirrel double sided then added embellishments. I love the little walnut with it's birthday candle!

  Looking down.

He sat on my work table waiting for just the right finishing touch.. .

 I think these tiny embroidery daisies are it. 
Here are the images I used. 


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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tea in the Library #1

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those are the most beautiful words in the English language – Henry James

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  Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage

Friday, June 7, 2013

Think Pink

 Classic Pink

 Grandma's Corsage Pink

Turquoise & Pink 

Shabby Chic Pink

My favorite Pink
How Sweet the Sound
Where I found
(teaser picture below)
Can't you just smell these  roses?
Her pictures of a momma Robin and her babies are the sweetest thing ever!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vintage Graduation Card Images

Part of my 'cottage style' is using vintage images for celebrations.  I thought I would share a couple of my favorite vintage  high school graduation card images.  
You’re graduating
 and that proves that study is effectual.
You are now a full-fledged  

So now you’re SMART!

I love this project for it's the 'shabby pink' -ness.

As you graduate from high school

This brings congratulations

And comes to hope that future days exceed your expectations

Images used.  

The gold glitter areas -  I used diamond dust to bring back the sparkle.

I love the  music and roses border!

Pink roses and quill pen. 

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