Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Windows

  I'm eager to get started planting our garden and looking forward to moving our geranium plant outdoors where it will certainly be happier. A little longer and the plants can look in the windows instead of out of them again.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Fresh Coat of Paint

I think the perfect space may be a gallery with freshly painted white walls and very little else. I remember painting the studio walls white in art school. It was easy since you didn't have to worry about trim and the floors were already covered in paint

House painting is another story. I've spent the past two weekends painting a room and still need to finish the trim. I really hate house painting. All of it. The prepping, taping, cutting in, painting and clean up. Except the final product. There is something so wonderful about a fresh coat of paint pristine gallery or tv room at home. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Verry Bunny

This Weeks Happy Place

I'm headed for warmer climes this week, at least mentally. My happy place this week takes me to Capri. I'm going to bask in some much needed warmth. If the cold weather eases up a bit, I'll be happy to return home in time for Easter this weekend.

Photo via blue pueblo tumblr

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lady Bug

Lady Bug
Equipment knit sweater

Rag bone


Marc Jacobs satchel bag
$1,600 -

Time to Think Easter Eggs


Easter is so early this year so we are going to dye Easter eggs this weekend. Hard to believe the Easter bunny is due to visit next week end. It doesn't really feel like Spring yet with cold weather and snow, but we will break out the PAAS dyes and get to work.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013



Welcome Spring, even if you are freezing cold. Not get to work and green things up.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reading Room #5: Angels and Insect's

An A.S. Byatt novel came to mind as the perfect reading material to pair with this Victorian inspired greenhouse. I think I would read few chapters of the novella "Morpho Eugenia" from Byatt's "Angels and Insects". It would be easy to imagine one had slipped into the conservatory described in the novella to spy on a the building and unraveling of a marriage within the Alabaster house hold.

Photo via Deb's Dust Bunny blog.

March Plays the Lion

In like a lion now where's the lamb. I think I have finally had my fill of winter. I certainly hope the Easter bunny doesn't leave tracks in the snow.

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Happy Place for the Week...

This is where I'll be hanging out mentally this work week.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Less is More: Sal's or You May Know It as The Salvation Army

I remember my friend Susie excitedly telling me she had gone shopping and gotten a whole bunch of great tee shirts at Sal's. She said "Sal's" as if it were an unmistakeable brand name like GAP. When I asked what Sal's was, she laughed and said her nickname for the The Salvation Army. Good mid-westerner that she is, she bought used tee-shirts for her job which includes working with printer inks and other materials that ruin clothing. I've been calling The Salvation Army "Sal's" ever since.

My local Sal's used to be located conveniently on the corner of Bedford Ave and North 7th (pictured above). I visited it many times to unload unwanted stuff. I've browsed the racks and knickknacks, but what I love about Sal's is being able to get rid of stuff. It makes it easier to part with things that are unwanted but still useful, when you know they have a chance at second life.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

I enjoyed last Friday's snow storm and was struck with how pretty everything looked in the morning not to mention that the weatherman got it right. I wasn't bothered because I saw it as winter's final hurrah. A snowy goodbye that didn't cause too much trouble or last long. Now I'm ready to embrace a Spring state of mind.

The photos above are from a wonderful DIY project from the Norwegian blog Bratte bakka. Check out how some old windows and cinder blocks were transformed, with some imagination and hard work, into this wonderful green space. Reuse and recycle works.

Dream Garden

The British really know how to grow their gardens. I would love to walk out my back door and step into a garden like this one.

Right on Time

Photos from my iPhone.

After Friday's snow melted these guys showed up in our garden Saturday afternoon. Just in time to Spring ahead with the rest of us. I have today I found their timing amazing.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Circus is in Town

I think my little one was very serious about signing up for the circus when she informed me that she would be a tight rope walker. She told me not to worry there are nets below.

When I asked what I should be? She chose juggling for me. She even explained how sometimes they drop things to be funny. Nice of her to take into account that I can't juggle to save my life.

So we may not have ended up joining this year, but we did put on our clown noses and cheer on the performers from ringside. A three ring circus may be more spectacular, but The Big Apple Circus is charming because of its small size and how close everyone is the performers. We were very close!

When the horses came out and did their routine, I almost regretted our great seats. The saw dust was hitting us and my fear of very large animals with hard hooves had its moment. I'm always taken aback at how large horses are.

Another close encounter came when the dogs performed. At intermission I bought a hot dog and the woman serving it asked if she put too much stuff on it. I said it was okay. I'd manage, but that I'd be eating it in the front row under the spotlights. She laughed and warned me that the dogs were performing next. Back at our seats, I tried to finish my hot dog as quickly as possible without making a spectacle of myself. I tucked the empty box under my seat, but sure enough when the dogs made their way around the ring one paused near me and took a good sniff. I could see him thinking about investigating further, before continuing on. Luckily, he was well trained and all that was left of my snack was the aroma.

Being so close adds to the drama. It's amazing when a performance transports you with it beauty like the Desire of Flight aerialists. Being close also let's one see the small imperfections and the amazing effort that goes into the performances. When things go slightly awry, everyone gasps a little and the performers shake it off and keep on going. That's equally impressive.