Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Flower Pick : Cosmos

With a name like cosmos
how could you not want to sprinkle these lovelies all about 
your cottage garden?!

Long and leggy, simple and sweet-
cosmos were the first flowers I was able to grow in my own garden as a child...
so when I spot them around town now, they instantly conjure up fond memories of summers in the Wisconsin countryside...

As Memorial Day (and the unofficial start of summer) is upon us, 
I thought cosmos would be the perfect Friday Flower Pick 
to set a tranquil tone for a long, lazy weekend.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Words of Wisdom : Mushroom Magic

"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom."
--Thomas Carlyle


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Crochet Project : Mystical Cape by Red Heart

 My clover 5.5mm crochet hook must be smokin' 
because I am just finishing one crochet cape after another!! 

Here are few snapshots of my latest handmade acquisition, 
crafted from my favorite go-to, always-on-hand yarn (Red Heart Soft)
and a brilliant free pattern on the Red Heart website.

I admittedly have an obsession with capes and capelets,
but I am happy to report that I do wear them all!! 
I threw this one on straight away, over a dress and lace up boots,
 for a trip to my neighborhood fabric shop=)

Find it (and me!!) on Ravelry.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cloudy with a Chance of Roses

Bright sparkling sunshine is excellent for bike riding on the beach, 
or strolling along the pier or boardwalk...
But I'd never turn down a cloudy day!! 
...Moody grey skies and cool mists make for some magical rose garden photography moments. 

I spotted these beautiful pink blooms on one of those cloudy with a chance of roses sort of days...

Have a beautiful weekend!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Flower Magic

“The world is full of magic things, 
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

-W.B. Yeats



Monday, May 11, 2015

Mermaid Monday - Caftan Crazy

...and welcome to a fabulous new week!!

...If anyone is looking for me, 
I'm completely buried under a pile of cotton gauze...
in a rainbow of colors of course!!

It's getting caftan crazy around here...
and I'm so pleased to introduce my latest - this lovely maxi ruffle caftan I'm working on!!

I think the red version would be just stunning styled with turquoise jewelry...
...Look for it (and all 24 colors) en shoppe in a couple of weeks=)

In the meantime, have a beautiful MermaidMonday!!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Flower Pick : Cape Leadwort

I've been seeing these charming little powder blue flowers
around town for a few years now,
but we've only recently been formally introduced!!

It was a Dover coloring book (Tropical Flowers of the World to be exact) that put a name to the South African native plant for me.

I've often seen it cheerfully brightening up an alley way wall,
or spilling out onto a neighborhood side walk...

and it is always a delight!!