Let’s see if I can line this up correctly…
The day between the Apartment Therapy post and my illumnating post that was inspired by it, one of the AT bloggers posted an outdoor party essentials guide using one of Stacey’s photos. Sweet, thanks Susie!

Bookshelf Porn

Once again, my dear friend Aad has provided a link to some wonderful porn.

{ bookshelf porn }

Dandy Lion Press

Thanks to Lindsey, I’m having a Monday Morning Smile myself!

Brown Jackalope

‘This hand drawn brown Bunnylope is sitting up and taking notice, is there a whiff of cabbage and carrots in the air or has the dog next door come looking for trouble? No matter, this bunny has horns and it knows how to use them.’

How about Mr. McGreggor?

‘There’s a new rabbit in town Mr. McGreggor. This one is a bit tougher that Peter Rabbit or Benjamin Bunny and has no intension of ending up in the stew pot. Farmer Beware!’

There’s more at the Dandy Lion Press Etsy store.

Octopus Chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage

I’m delightfully wrapping myself around these lovelies…

See more photos and read the full article at Apartment Therapy. >>

Domestic Bliss – Through the garden gate.

{ Hipstamatic iPhone App Lens: John S | Film: Float | Flash: Off }

We’ve spent the last few days outside spray painting outdoor furniture and goods. I do most of the sanding (thank goodness for orbital sanders!) and Michael is the spray painting master. One of his college jobs was working at Sherwin Williams. The weather has been simply wonderful and all in all, it’s been very therapeutic.

While I’m waiting for Michael to finish, I have been walking around taking photos of various parts of this property. The house is in pretty poor shape, but the land around us is nothing short of spectacular. Some of the photos are good and some have come out a bit iffy. Sitting/standing still is sort of a challenge because the horseflies have been brutal recently. If I’m not mistaken it is their mating time. They’ll be quite the nuisance for about a month and then we generally don’t hear much from them for a year. I have some favorite spots that I’ll revisit over the next week and post to share.

Soon our beloved friend will have a new home to keep watch over.

Bon Weekend – a trip to Fantasy Garden

Mom was feeling up for a run to a few nurseries this morning. It breaks our hearts that she lives in an world of incredible pain everyday, so when she says she’s ready, it’s go time! I’m so happy to be back in gardening mode while prepping for the move. We bought two hydrangeas at Rosebank Farms and then stopped by Garden Wise where we bought a gorgeous variegated hosta and a Farfugium japonicum ‘Giganteum’, aka the Giant Leopard Plant. The giant waxy leaves look like a tractor seat. They produce a stalk with yellow daisy-like flowers in the fall.

I follow a blog called ‘Garden Porn’ that is maintained by Michelle Derviss, who is a landscape designer. These are photos of the ‘Pina Colada Garden’ in Novato, CA. I believe this is her actual garden. It’s about as close to my dream garden as it’s going to get. I apologize in advance for the large file weight of the images, but I couldn’t just pick a few. I had a very difficult time narrowing it down to just these…

Fantasy Garden
Fantasy Garden
Fantasy Garden
Click to enlarge.

Want to see more?


Having been married for a year now, it may sound a little silly that I still subscribe to some wedding blogs in my Google Reader. Photo shoots and reception details can serve as inspiration for so many facets of living. Once Wed had a recent post of a forest inspired photo shoot featuring the gorgeous vintage style light bulbs (first photo). Knowing Michael is such a big Tesla|High Voltage follower and I’m a big fan of string lights in a garden setting, this was a match made in paradise. Goodness, we only just took down the strands we hung for the wedding (the last two photos) the other day.

Apartment Therapy recently featured an inspiration board with a link to this style of lighting from Restoration Hardware (middle photo). I fell in love with them but at $179.00 for a strand of 25 lights they’re a *tad* out of our price range. I’m beginning to think of searching for just the bulbs and replacing the lights on the strands we currently have. Sounds like a wonderful marriage.

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{ Photo credits: 1.
Jose Villa|Once Wed | 2. Restoration Hardware | 3. & 4. Stacey Bode Photography }

Charleston Green

It’s dark, nearly black and it’s a color that can be seen all over the city and throughout the Lowcountry. Joggling boards, porches, shutters, just about any exterior paint treatment that looks black is pretty much guaranteed to be Charleston Green. We used it for the sign I painted, which hung at entrance to Hickory Hill, the old family home.

The story goes that in the aftermath of the Civil War, the Union donated copious amounts of black paint to aid in the restoration of the city. The Charlestonians could not bear to use as it reminded them of both the color of mourning and it was an ineffective way to battle the melting heat of the summer, so they mixed in yellow and/or green paint to create a new hue. I think receiving handouts from ‘them damn Yankees’ had a little something to do with it. 😉

My mother was mostly sure RustOleum manufactured a version of the color, but I was a tad hesitant. We made a run to Lowe’s yesterday and I was quite please to find out the old lady is right! We picked up several cans along with white paint to breathe new life into some tired outdoor pieces. The wood on our front & back porches is treated wood. I’m very interested in seeing if we can paint them Charleston Green sometime down the road.

feather & bone

Lately, I’ve been loosely following all of the amazing blogs I subscribe to in my Google Reader. I happened to miss this new venture from Nectar & Light called feather & bone. They’re really beautiful. I know Aileen would love to have some of these. I know I do!

Here are a few examples:

feather & bone
{ No. 8 | No. 15 | No 16 | No. 5 }

…Life and death. Art and Science.

I spent two incredibly magical afternoons last November hand selecting the specimens in the ‘Feather & Bone’ collection with the generous support and aid of the Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager at University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

There was something spiritual about being in the presence of such carefully cultivated history. Opening the drawers of the specimen cabinets to reveal what hidden treasures – in form of feather and bone – lay within. Hand scribed notes detailing the dates and locations each dated further in time than the last. The light granted me that day washed across the specimens with a gentle touch and ignited the new found power within their feathers, skins and bones – to teach new generations about their history and relevance. Magical.

Each photograph in this series was shot with a vintage Polaroid 680SLR camera. Prints are professionally printed on acid free, archival photo paper with a linen texture. Each photograph is 8×8 inches and is hand signed.

Pickled Southerner

My post the other day where I admitted that I have no love for Azaleas could be tantamount to blasphemy by some. I think I could even hear a faint, “Well bless her heart!”. The passion I exhibit in my disdain for that lowly member of the rhododendron family can be equaled in my love for pickled foodstuffs. Cucumbers, beets, okra, carrots, garlic, jalapeños (yeah I eat them solo), watermelon rinds, etc. The hotter the better in my book!

Thanks to a lovely lady at the farmers market we currently have garlic, beets, carrots, and cucumbers in the fridge. I was eyeing some fresh okra at the booth where we got our cukes and tomatoes but got sidetracked by the goat cheese. I make some darn fine pickled okra, if I’m allowed to say. I used give them out as gifts along with homemade hummus and salsa.

Time to pick up some mason jars after the move.

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