Archive for July, 2010

Birthday Brosage

July 30, 2010

I recently created this brosage (brooch + corsage) for my friend Judy R’s birthday.  I started with a vintage gardenia millinery flower, and just started sewing on elements in creams and whites.  Her color palette.  My favorite component is the gauzy stuff – strips torn from a first aid kit gauze bandage roll.  I added a pin back so she can attach it to a purse, or a pillow, or add a tie to it to adorn some element in her house decor.  I can’t wait for my next invite to her lovely and serene home to see how she has used it.

Special NYC Wedding

July 29, 2010

Here’s a picture of my beautiful family.  (Minus our beautiful granddaughter Claire.  I’ll share a picture of her one day soon.)  Our youngest son Morgan married Eileen in June in New York City.  Beside them are our daughter-in-law Casey and our son Carlos.  We had the dreamiest time imaginable on this private boat cruise on the Hudson and East Rivers at sunset!

Another Favorite Hydrangea

July 28, 2010

I forgot I had one more FAVORITE hydrangea.  This one is Limelight, a paniculata variety.  Mine thrives in full sun.  These cream blossoms will turn to a vivid chartreuse before long.  It might as well be called spotlight for all the attention it demands.  At the end of the summer, its’ flowers will turn shades of pink and burgundy, and dry beautifully.

Shopping Diet

July 27, 2010


We finally cancelled our daily newspaper subscription. Even with recycling, all the energy to move that amount of paper around didn’t make sense. I’ve watched my grown children keep up with the news on-line, and I’ve joined them. (I’m still clinging to my beloved monthly magazines with pretty pictures.) So besides checking our Seattle Times on my laptop, I’ve also been checking out the New York Times. Recently, I discovered this captivating story:

Shoppers on a ‘Diet’ Tame the Urge to Buy

There is an entertaining video in the article that I’d recommend watching by one of the co-founders of Six Items or Less.

While doing all this internet surfing, here’s a great quote I ran across from Shirley from Bombay: “I love the idea of living with a little awesomeness than a lot of mundane.”

Hydrangea Heaven

July 26, 2010

This is the view of our hydrangea garden from our deck.  It is coming into its’ full glory this time of the year.  I envisioned a garden room with walls of hydrangeas when I planted it eight years ago.

Another view from the doorway to the room.

If I had to pick a favorite hydrangea, it would be Hamburg.  It starts off chartreuse, transitions to a beautiful blue and lasts until the late fall when it retires in shades of burgundy.  Plus it has the best frilly edges ever.

The first thing I will plant in our future, new garden will be more hydrangeas!

Junk Masterpiece

July 23, 2010

This is my idea of a junk masterpiece!  I had watched my friend, Lisa R, collect some of these pieces, heard about her vision, and even got to see photographs of her work of art.  But seeing it in person made me realize what a stunning statement it makes.  It is captivating to study and appreciate each component.  It mimics Victorian gingerbread trims.  Only way better.

Absolutely a spectacular creation!

Wonderful Window

July 22, 2010

A wonderful window display I saw on our recent adventure to New York City.  This is the swanky Stella McCartney shop in the Meatpacking District.  Expensive shoes and purses sitting on simple cardboard boxes.

Downtown Chic

July 21, 2010

I enjoyed Cortney and Robert Novogratz so much on their recent reality show, 9 by Design, on BRAVO that I had to order their book.  Downtown Chic arrived recently, and it’s my kind of book – useful info, great learn-from-our-mistakes stories and lots and lots of vibrant pictures.  Their eye for design is brave – they combine vintage pieces with ultra modern choices.  Plus they have seven children!  Check out their website, Sixx Design, to learn more about them.

So on our recent trip to NYC for our son Morgan’s wedding, we arrived a day before the festivities started to see some new neighborhoods in Manhattan.  Like any self-respecting nosy-butt, I wanted to see the Novogratz’s latest home, which was featured on the television show.

Here I am – looking quite pleased with my successful pilgrimage!

Purging (The Good Kind)

July 20, 2010

I woke up today and could let go of these three special pink depression glass pieces.  They are gorgeous, and belonged to a special aunt and uncle of mine.  I never used them.  But in that sentimentalist/packrat/hoarder mindset I had for so long, they brought me joy to possess.  It is still not easy to part with them.  I’ve learned though, how wonderful it feels to pass these things onto others who will take pleasure in owning them.  I will not forget how much I loved Aunt Iris and Uncle Ted.  And I’ll reinforce the feeling of freedom I’ve been experiencing from having less stuff to take care of. 

I’m practicing letting go of something every day now.  I’m strongest in the mornings.  I look at it as an installment plan.  A little progress every day.

Come Junk With Us

July 19, 2010

One of the best vintage sales in the Northwest is Barn House’s Flea Market on July 31 near Battleground, Washington.  And one of the very best ways to visit it is with Come Junk With Us.  Timi, the junket queen and tour guide supreme, is one of the funniest people I know!  There are still a few spots left on this junkers’ dream roadtrip.  Hop on over to her site to find out everything you need to know and do to get yourself a spot.

And here’s the scoop on this sale.