Wednesday, July 20, 2011

what I have in common with the bees.....

...is that I love lavender! All my bushes are buzzing with activity and are so fragrant.
xoxo
Karen

Monday, July 11, 2011

delicious days

I feel like I'm up to my ears in berries these days! My son helped me pick blueberries from our garden yesterday morning for Sunday pancakes and I was so happy to hear him comment about how awesome our garden is with so much fruit right now. Before he was even born we dreamed of having a summer Eden where you could just walk around and find delicious things growing. Isn't it amazing when dreams like this come true? I am filled with gratitude! However....it is a lot of work trying to preserve the harvest. My husband and kids have been busy picking and I've been busy putting berries in ice-cream, making jam and jelly, applesauce, pies, even juice with this cool juice maker my mother-in-law had in her cellar storeroom.
I hope your summer days are delicious too!
xoxo
Karen

Friday, July 8, 2011

pale & interesting

Our house and garden is probably more colorful and crazy than anything else, and I'm glad it's that way because I love bright and bold colors. But on the other hand, there is something really graceful and peaceful in decor that is lovingly set up in pale tones with tiny flashes of color. I just love paging through Atlanta Barlett's interior design book "Pale & Interesting"...on my coffee table right now. I've been inspired to find a little bit of this through my own lens.....
petunias, little olive tree, lavender from my neighbor (as a lovely gift for feeding her cat)
a postcard from the Beethoven museum I visited with my daughter recently....
carnations and snapdragons.....
a lovely bit of art I got from this amazing artist....
ferns and rocks and big white blooms....
and an angel with gentle reminders of love and light...
hope you all are having a lovely July!
xoxo
Karen