Nothing store bought could ever compare to something hand made. I would love to see the inside of this beautiful antique valentine. Did you make yours yet?
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
I have always cut my echinacea down to the ground in the fall but now I see the beauty of leaving them untouched for the winter.
Piet Oudolf on Designing a Winter Garden Gardens in winter are typically deemed dormant, but Piet Oudolf believes that they shouldn’t be. Mr. Oudolf, who is Dutch, is the leading exemplar of the new Perennials Landscape Movement, which holds that plants should be chosen for shape and texture more than for color. See his SlideShow via NYTimes
One of Mr. Oudolf’s ideas is that a garden should be designed to have a life throughout the year, not just in the spring and summer. “The garden in winter is an emotional experience,” he said. “You think in terms of decay and disappearing and coming back. You feel the life cycle of nature."
"If you make a four-season garden you have to learn to accept decay and see the beauty of it. It’s about the texture and shape, the seed heads and the skeletons. So instead of using the scissors you use your eyes," said Mr. Oudolf.
This is a miniature Hen on a Nest that sits on my windowsill over the sink. Did you know that genuine milk glass has an orange peel color when you hold it up to the light? The sun was shining through this piece when I took the photograph.
Je suis une brave poule de guerre
Je mange peu et produis beaucoup
Artist: G. Douanne, 1917 or 1918
Paris: Union Française; Comité National de Prévoyance et d'Economies. I saved this poster from World War I to go with my own little chicken.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I copied a few posters from The U.S. Food Administration to illustrate some of the "Great Posters of the Great War" Click on the link if you are interested in the title, artist, date, etc. I think they are still very timely even though they are almost 100 years old, don't you?
Can you tell that the Wonder Dog is feeling better by his expression of total contentment while lounging on my bed this morning? I love the way he arranges the pillows just the way he wants them before settling in. He has one more week of pills to make sure whatever he had is gone forever. The fur is starting to grow back on the top of his paw and he really is acting like his old self again. I'm thrilled as you can well imagine. He send his best regards to his fan club.
Button Hearts This is a pretty hanging Valentine heart beautifully crafted using mother of pearl buttons strung with wire. Why not go to your button drawer and see if you have enough of your own to make one of these yourself. Let me know if you do. Sometimes I buy garments at rummage and garage sales just for the buttons.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A family photo album including a picture of Pooh author AA Milne's son Christopher Robin when he was 6 years old fetched £3,500 at auction in 2004.
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart -- I'll always be with you.” Christopher Robin to Winnie the PoohPoster available here.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A stirrup cup is a "parting cup" given to guests, especially when they are leaving on horseback and have their feet in the stirrups. It is also the traditional drink (usually port or sherry) served at the meet, prior to a traditional foxhunt. The term can describe the cup that such a drink is served in.
The wonderful English hound-head cup circa 1820 pictured in the first photo is available here. Do want!
The thermometer is dropping like a rock and the winds are howling. I can't complain because we've had a few warm days to melt a lot of the snow and ice in the gutters and all of my icicles have disappeared. Have you ever seen a more beautiful blue sky? I actually removed the screen from my bathroom window to snap this photo just a few minutes ago. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that I've seen bluebirds flying around too but couldn't grab my camera fast enough.