I adore this room with its deep stone walls and the stove inside the fireplace looks so inviting, doesn't it? That time of year has finally arrived at my house and I'm so glad. via
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
A lovely littly ivy covered cottage for the birds. Did you watch the Emmys last night? I stayed up until the very end. I was very happy for Homeland but a little disappointed that Mad Men was completely shut out. Did your favorite show get an award?
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Webster has been babysitting his friends this week. Before we leave everybody goes inside for biscuits.
We go to their house for feeding and walking. Webster is such a good dog buddy. He's always happy to get work and I'm glad for the photo opps.
There are no words. I have been clipping my boxwood so I can really appreciate the work involved here. It's wonderful and so is the house. Have a wonderful Sunday. via
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Doesn't this look like the perfect place to enjoy one of the last weekends of summer? Or is it the first weekend of Autumn? Webster and I have already been out for a morning drive with a stop at the Post Office to grab our mail. See you later. via
They are always perfect together, especially in such a lovely bookcase. I plan to reply to the comments left on various blog posts over the past two days this weekend. via
Friday, September 21, 2012
I just updated my one year old iPhone 4S software to IOS 6 and now I can take panorama photos just like the new iPhone 5! I'm having so much fun. Starting with my fireplace on the left and panning to the right you see almost 3 complete walls and the hallway leading to my bedroom.
I worked so hard outside yesterday I was a zombie all day today. I needed this diversion to perk me up. Have a great weekend. See you tomorrow.
Mix 1/2 cup sour cream with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
Spread over chicken breast in a baking dish.
Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top.
Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top.
I made this two days ago and it was amazing. I used the frozen chicken tenders from Costco. I did not defrost them first. I had a wedge of hard Italian cheese in the fridge and I coarsely grated it with my box grater. I used one cup of sour cream and about 3/4 cup of cheese. I didn't have any Italian bread crumbs so I crumbled a big piece of left over cornbread and it was perfect. I cooked at 400 since the chicken was frozen and I extended the cooking time. I just kept checking until I thought it was done. This was honestly the best chicken I have ever tasted. I found it on Pinterest. Original recipe here.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I bought a fabulous book at a house sale over the weekend that was originally $60.00 and I got it for $7.00. I'm sure it's out of print -- American Home From Colonial Simplicity to the Modern Adventure by Wendell Garrett, David Larkin and Michael Webb. It's a big fat volume and I love leafing through it. I took this lovely photo with my iPhone. There will be more from time to time. I'm rushing around this morning because I have a helper coming and we are going to work outside all day long. See you later.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Wonderful Art Deco Owl above the door of the center reading room on the fifth floor, Library of Congress John Adams Building, Washington, D.C. Owls and libraries go together perfectly, don't they? via
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
This beautiful photo inspires me to keep weeding to make way for something beautiful. I wish I knew the name of this plant with leaves that capture the dew drops in such a lovely way. Happy Monday! via
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Virginia Creeper vines are starting to turn red, a sure sign of autumn. I made a real dent in my weeding this weekend and did a big mowing from the road to the rear all yesterday afternoon. Weeding is being done piecemeal so I don't burn myself out. That job is somewhat demoralizing if you know what I mean.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I bought this three tiered stand from a private home recently with absolutely no idea of where it would end up here at the cottage. It turned out to be perfect in my bedroom and I love it. I keep all of my iPhone and iPad chargers and cords and earbuds in the drawer under the center shelf and so far the bottom drawer remains empty. It is a very handy piece of furniture that is appropriately scaled for the space. Actually it looks custom made, doesn't it?
Can you even imagine having this door and a thatched roof as well? This isn't a dutch door but it has a hinged door within a door for peeking to see who is on the other side. It's pretty wonderful as is this straw cottage. via
I took one of my photos from this summer and somehow darkened the background without losing the two daisies and then cloned out the few blades of grass that remained to get these floating daisies. I'm sure I could never figure out what I did again....but I like the end result.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
He is Piggy's cat.
I photographed him this afternoon. He has a new "Lion Cut". The gray fur you see on his chest in the top photo is very short. Some day soon I'll try to get his whole body. He looks really cute and he's huge. I'll find out the breed too.
You can thank Karen at Garden Home and Party for finding this. She commented on yesterday's post about using maps for scrapbooking and photo corners. She said she thought there was a site that would print your location from Google Earth on an envelope template.
The Map Envelope [ mapenvelope.com ] website has a three step process: enter your address, print the map template using your home printer, and finally cut/fold and stamp for delivery. It's ridiculously simple and very cute. You could use better paper stock so you can't see the map through the other side, but otherwise it works like a charm, as you can see from our sample above.
This was posted on Apartment Therapy and so was the photo above. This is so cool!!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I photographed this hydrangea today in the contrast of the noon-day sun and played around with it using one of my photography apps. It looks very old fashioned, doesn't it?