Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June Garden

"It's beautiful the Summer month of June
When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom
And sun shines brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o'er lush green meadows play.

Light hearted skylark songster of the wing
High o'er the quiet and lonely moorland sing
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath
Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.

So mellow the gentle breath of june day breeze
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees
And dappled trout in pool bed of the stream
Bask in the sun their spotted skins agleam."
-  Francis Duggan, June
June and early July are my favorite times in my garden.  Everything is nearly bursting with life! This yellow butterfly has been flitting through the flowers all week and seems to be particularly enjoying these blue iris and bright pink chives. (She's also provided hours of entertainment for Ethel who scampers around the lawn trying to catch her!) Look at the beautiful bits of blue and orange near the top of her tail!
And the BIG news is there are lupins growing along the edge of the field in our back yard.  I've had visions of this field brilliant with lupins since the early 90's when I optimistically planted a few seed in soil as rich and fluffy as wet bricks - oh my innocence! Over the years, I've dug plants from the roadside, lovingly dug deep holes filled with fertilizer for garden center lupins and tossed handful after handful of seed into the grass, always hopeful but to no avail. 
I have to admit, I have no idea where these came from :) ... but I am hopeful once again. 
Can't you just see this field brilliant with lupins?
There are three pink, five dark purple and one large white off in the distance!

My poppies are fuzzy ovals ready to open, the roses are covered in deep pink buds, lilies and columbine are in full bloom and this happy window box is gorgeous with bright shades of orange, lime and deep purple-y blue!
Happy June!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm Learning to Play the Ukulele!

that just makes you smile.
It makes you let your guard down.
It brings out the child in all of us.
I'm SO excited! I played a bit of piano when I was a kid and considered taking lessons again a few years ago but never signed up.  And, I always wanted to play the guitar but felt overwhelmed by how difficult I thought it would be to learn. And then one day, a couple of years ago in Maui, hubs and I went on a sunset sailing cruise.  The 'entertainment' was a local guy who sang and played the ukulele - he was amazing! He could play anything and absolutely lifted the mood and fun for everyone aboard.  I started thinking that maybe this was something I could play.... fast forward to...
A couple of weeks ago while discussing summer plans with my niece, I told her I'd like to learn.  She We both love the song 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' by Iz Kamakawiwo'ole and decided to make it a summer project to learn to play it - her on the guitar and me on the ukulele! It might be ambitious but it's sure going to be fun!!  Wish us luck!!!
 Here's my new ukulele!
I've signed up for some online lessons and here we go!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Colorful NEW Rings for Summer!

Full of colorful cheer, I've created and stocked several new bezel rings for SUMMER!
From hyacinth orange and minty green to morning sky blue and glittering green, they sing warm weather and sunny days...
I am completely in love with the candy pink druzy crystal!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Chairs for Our Deck!

We've had two cast off wooden chairs on the front deck for a few years now.  They spend the winter outside and no amount of paint and love was going to save them this year. So, off to the bonfire woodpile they went last week when hubs brought home these new lovelies (that were on sale, no less!).  Yes, they required a full weekend of my life to paint them but they look FABULOUS, darling.

It took me all weekend to paint these four chairs...it was worth it!
 They make a lovely area to lounge while dinner is on the BBQ or just to sit and chat ...AND... I can set the table and everyone still has a comfy place to relax.  Ethel and I had our breakfast here this morning!
Ethel and I had our breakfast outside this morning in our new lounge area!
Life is good!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

My niece and I are writing letters, real letters, to each other. She will be 13 next week and in our  world of immediate communication, has never experienced the delicious anticipation of a letter full of news and tidbits, handwritten on beautiful stationary, being carried just for her.  We began while I was away this winter, as a way to touch something the other had held in their hands. 
 She was a hoot, sending me text photos of the letters she had written so I could see when one was on the way -- a funny mix of past and present. She wants to continue now that I'm home which excites me - it's a wonderful thing for us to share! I reminded her we've been writing to each other since she was writing to Esmerelda, the flower fairy that lives in my garden...
and so it continues.  I'll keep you updated!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Introducing the Touchstone Collection!

Inspirational, modern, and minimalist, I'm so pleased to introduce the Touchstone Collection, my newest pieces at Wild Woman Jewelry. Each necklace, bracelet and ring in this unique collection is made with the intention to offer simplicity and words which remind you of your beautiful self - a touchstone during the day, a mantra while meditating, or maybe an inspiration for someone you love. Each is personalized at the clasp closure with your monogram of choice - a simple uppercase initial-stamped, oxidized, sterling silver charm.
 Mounted on cardstock complete with inspirational message and nestled in its beautiful tin, your lovely piece will arrive ready for gifting as shown in the photographs.
I'm listing many more new pieces in this collection over the next few days -
come see!