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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

More Spring

There still isn't a ton of yard work to be done, so I just keep walking around, enjoying the milder temperatures and searching for the latest developments of Spring.

I'm taking a little road trip west this week end to see a good friend, and I've heard things have progressed a little further over her way, so I won't forget to take my camera.  Also, her neighbors have a fantastic selection of pets.  Maybe they'll let me spend time taking their portraits to share here.  I always have such a wonderful time when I visit, so I'm really looking forward to Friday!

Here are a few photos I took this morning. 


Pussy willows starting to bloom.



Lilac buds.



Moss.  I love moss.





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Signs of Spring

I was out for a stroll this morning looking for signs of Spring.  You wouldn't notice them at a glance. You have to get up close and even dig a little to unearth the details that promise that change of season.

This first photo almost looks like something you would see on a coral reef, but it is how the sem false spirea shows signs of life early.  It is definitely the early bird of the shrubs.



Although I have seen a few ladybugs here and there, we actually dug this little guy out of his fallen leaf bed. He happily provided us with a portrait before he asked us to tuck him back in, which we gladly did of course.




If you put a penny over top of the larger one, and a dime on the small one, they would both be completely hidden!  They are 2 tiny, adorable weeds growing on the west side of our shop among the gravel and moss.  When you look up close, it looks like I put together a little succulent garden.  If I'm correct, and I'll keep a close eye on them, these weeds are an invasive type that have to get pulled before they go to seed, or they will quickly take over the gravel pad.  But for now, anything green is a welcome sight. 



This is not a sign of Spring, but rather a memory of the season.  What is left of a lilac blossom, my favorite scent, a fragrance that I'm certain is a gift straight from Heaven. 



It has been too long since I've joined in with Mosaic Monday at Judith's Lavender Cottage.  So here is a little fun with the lady bug!  Thank-you for hosting Judith!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

8th Teacup and Mug Exchange Reveal

It was so much fun to put a parcel together and then wait in anticipation for my own to arrive.  Chel at "Sweetbriar Dreams" sent me the loveliest of gifts.  I don't think I've met a more cheerful teacup.  On the bottom, the maker, "Pip," has a slogan that reads, "Happy products for happy people."  Isn't that sweet?  There were several types of tea, and some very yummy chocolates, and yes I know they are yummy, because they are gone!  The pretty, little heart is hanging at the front of my own clothes closet, and has been scented with lavender.  I haven't tried the Earl Grey massage bar yet, but the scent of it is heavenly.
Thank-you for putting so much thought into this lovely package Chel.  I am so glad to have met you through Stephanie's teacup exchange, and I look forward to visiting your beautiful blog often.

I cannot thank Stephanie at "The Enchanting Rose" enough for hosting this event.  
















Thursday, April 7, 2016

Storms

With all the storms moving through here in the past few days, we have had some interesting skies.  Although I'm ready for sunshine, these skies are far better than a washed out grey any day of the week, which is what we have again today.  You would think that my longing for blue skies would steer me towards color photos, but I just loved these in black and white.
An interesting yin yang split.

I love when light, bright, puffy clouds are layered over top of dark, stormy looking ones.

There was so much movement and so many textures.



Clouds can be so majestic.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Redo!

The blurriness of the vanilla bottle in my last post was driving me nuts.  So I set up the scene again, messed up again, set it up again and now I'm pleased.  I hope.  I'm leaving the problem photo up for comparison as well as a reminder to think everything through thoroughly while going through that much trouble for a photo!
And just because, here is a picture of my lovely girl kitty Georgia.  I love the pose!



 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Our Favourite Cookie

I love a good chocolate chip cookie, and I love the batter even more.  On a day when I feel like treating myself, nothing but baking my family's favourite cookie will do.  We all share in a reasonable amount of the batter, and at least one fresh cookie.  As soon as they are cool, they are frozen, and that's how we enjoy the rest of the bag.  I'm not sure why they taste better frozen, but once they are more than a day old, that's how they taste their best.  
Today I turned this common process into an opportunity to practice my photography.  Of course, I will also give you the recipe.







1/2 lb unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
a generous tsp of vanilla
1 cup of chocolate chips (more or less)

Cream together softened butter and sugars and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each one.  Add flour, soda, salt and mix until just blended.  Finally, fold in your chocolate chips.  
Bake at 375 F until golden around edges.  About 10-12 minutes, but that depends on your oven and what type of pan you are using.  I always use parchment under my cookies.

Chances are, if you are a baker, you already have your go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but if you decide to give this one a try, let me know what you thought.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter in the Details

A little freshening up, a bunny here and there, my little birds placed front and center and besides the goodies, that pretty much sums up how I decorate for Easter.  Subtly.  I would like to add a bit here and there as I find the time to get crafty and make a few things.  But here it is for now - 

I love the look of this carved bunny.  He fits in all year round, but has a place now where he'll get noticed.

Those are all real eggs.  I'm sure that wee bird is wondering who produced that giant one.  Actually,
it is a dwarf chicken egg.  The wee blue ones?  I'm not too sure, but I accidentally knocked down
a little nest last year while mowing, and the mama never came back.  Temperamental little things. 

This is a vintage creamer from the Bunnykins collection.  I look for more pieces to add, but I never find any.  This one
was a gift to my children from their Great Aunt.  She asked me to put it out every year for them.  Aren't they
a lovely little family?

This quaint fellow used to have a friend, but my kitties apparently didn't like
him, so he ended up in little terracotta pieces all over my floor.  I actually
had no idea they were terracotta until that one met its demise.

An overall look at my dining room. I just love the embroidered blooms on the
linen square and it comes out as soon as anyone mentions Spring. It doesn't
matter that the someone who mentioned it is 1000  miles south of me, it
is Spring somewhere.