Tuesday, April 25, 2017

T stands for Tchotchkes

My friend CJ encouraged me to start blogging, and I have really enjoyed it. It is another creative outlet and provides a connection to so many creative people to learn from. As I have added blogs that I am following, I have also been inspired. I was oohing and aahing over Susan Branch's Easter decorations, and decided to add a bit to mine.
Easter decorations.
Although Easter is over, looking at the display makes me happy, so I will leave it up a little longer.
Taste the Magic of Every Moment of Every day.
Always on display are a picture of my kids when they were little. I bought the frame when I was in Belfast.  I thought it was perfect caption for the photo of little ones devouring a huge slice of watermelon. Nish bought the demitasse cup  for Fi when we went to An American in Paris.  What I night! Out to dinner and followed up by sipping champagne at the show. The little ceramic art studio was a gift from Onz. It was made by Beth S Macre, who I found on instagram. Onz said it way passed the hint stage because I kept mentioning it, but it was still an awesome surprise when it came!
Some bunny loves you!
I just picked up the bunny and ceramic egg. The egg lights up and gives a nice reflection on the wall. The silver hand holds 5 hearts, symbolizing the 5 people in my family.  I always say that I hold these hearts in my hands, so be kind, be gentle.  I like to think most days, it works.
W.B. Yeats
my favorite Irish poet
And for my kids, I say dream big...you got this, and I am always in your corner.  And for you on Bluebeard and Elizabeth, dream big, taste the magic. Happy T day!




Monday, April 24, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Some outgoing mail for envelope exchanges

Happy Birthdays and Spring

Love is..love is...receiving mail!
Card received from Jean and some more outgoing mail
And some postcards for the MMSA Quilt postcard exchange..
Watercolor quilts

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

Fi and I enjoyed some outdoor yoga at our local golf club!
Dancer
Eagle
A five Mile Walk, and a view of Boston on one side, Revere Beach on the other was how we celebrated Earth Day.
View of Boston



Hope you enjoyed the great outdoors too!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Words on Wednesday..

I love books that make you think, especially about complicated issues. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves A Novel by Karen Joy Fowler was based on a scientific experiment from the 1930's. It was not a book I would normally read, but Onz gave it high marks for being unexpected and thought provoking.
 
                                Thoughtful Primate                        

There is so much to think about in this book, from human/animal interaction, family relationships and scientific testing. I read this book years ago, several years after seeing an art installation  at the DeCordova Museum. The museum had lifesize 3d fabric monkeys hanging on vines. The exhibition was about animal testing and included a photographs of the monkeys. Their faces looked so human like and expressive. From this room, you entered another room, where there were photographs of the ravaged faces and bodies of AIDS vicitms.  it left me wondering about the costs and benefits of animal testing. I still don't know the answer. 



  
      
        


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

T stands for Treats and Time

Patriots Day is a holiday here...a funny sort of holiday, because some people have off and others don't. Fortunately for me, Fi had off, so that meant some quality time together. I am a firm believer if there is an opportunity for fun together, you need to go for it and make it special in some small way.

We started our day with a trip to Swiss Bakers, whose motto is "our food makes you feel good". No false advertising there, they are right.
swiss bakers, store front

ham and cheese croissant
We were fortunate enough to find Swiss Bakers through a groupon deal a few years ago, and it was a find. It's not a big place, but it has a variety of savory and sweet croissants, freshly baked breads, and rolls.  So that we would make the most of our visit, we grabbed a raspberry almond croissant for that evening. From there it was time to head to the beach.
My happy place.
A little windy, so we had the whole beach to ourselves...after our visit, we admired the flowers at some local garden centers.


Mahoney's Garden Center
It was still early, so I felt inspired to go home and do some gardening of my own. Fi made western scrambled eggs for us. It's always nice to have someone else do the cooking and it was scrumptious. Now for my own garden..


Spring flowers
I love nature and springtime especially when everything is coming back to life. In celebration of earth day coming up, some of my favorite mugs....
Mug from Kew Gardens
Gifts from Onz after our visit there

John Muir Quote
another present from Onz
When the city feels like it's closing in
Wishing you all a happy week, and a chance to get out to enjoy this beautiful world of ours.








Monday, April 17, 2017

What's in your mailbox?

Tell me why I don't like Mondays....I love them, especially if there is a mail delivery! At 74 degrees, it was a beach day and a mail day! What's not to love!
Life's just a beach and
I've got mail!
I received the following hand constructed envelope from Janet.
From Janet
That is my blue bird of happiness sitting on top of it, and it's arrival certainly made me happy. I am going to try to figure out how she did it, and return a similar version to her. It's really bright and fun. It's a collage of all different images which she has affixed with some sort of super glue. Inside is a sticker, A good rule of thumb...Start slow and taper off... so funny, I've already started slow, so the tapering off may be just around the corner. It looks like a Susan Branch design; I love her whimsical style,, so I am pretty certain I recognize it.  The next envelope was from Cathy.
Pretty in Pink
I love the lettering. The white on the pink really pops, and the Oscar delaRenta stamp is a perfect match to the envelope. She took an on line class Flowers, Foliates and Flourished Envelopes. Just looking at the envelope makes me think that she learned a lot. The next one was from Jannie
Zentangle Flowers
Jannie used the fun purple orange combination with a variety of type sizes and styles.  The colors really pulled out the purple and orange in the stamp.
And also the postcards from Mail Me Some Art.
Postcards.

The theme was spring...it was fun to receive such a variety. Spring was definitely in the mail. Now I am off to get my envelopes done? Are you on my list?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Eggs-cellent Easter

Easter Baskets filled with chocolate or at the Grand Floridian at Disney World, it is Easter egg hunts and decorated Easter Eggs. While Fi and I were waiting for our afternoon tea, we enjoyed the Easter eggs completely made out of chocolate.






Tangled

Cinderella's sugar spun shoe
The lobby smelled divine. The scent of chocolate permeated the air. All of the eggs were handmade and completely edible. While Fi and I were enjoying this, Onz and David were hard at work in Ireland, making sugar cookies.
Easter Sugar Cookies

So festive
I love the bunnies and the soft colors on the eggs, so pretty! She has promised me a lesson! I can't wait. Maybe she will serve me up some of her scrumptious cinnamon breakfast rolls.
Yum! Lovely with a latte!