Luisa

I’d like to call it ‘le papillon vert’ and I think it’d be absolutely beautiful in the new studio. Maybe I’ll make enough clams on the 5th to give it a new home.

Made by the wonderfully talented Valentina Ramos.
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Here is the listing for Luisa.

Wadmalaw Island

We had to make a run to the dump today (we’ll be doing several more before the move), and the county maintains a small facility on Wadmalaw. The island sits across the water from my parent’s old place and it’s absolutely gorgeous. We took this photo on our way back home. I’ve always loved seeing this property in different stages of use.

Today is the First Flush Festival at the Charleston Tea Plantation. Traffic wasn’t too bad before we veered off to head to the dump, but it was early. We hope to attend the festival next year!

Domestic Bliss – Bounty from the farmers market.

I’ve decided to try to dedicate no less than one post a week to the subject of domestic bliss. I used to do this a regular exercise in my journal. I think it will keep me motivated to remind myself of the beautiful things we have in our lives. It is easy to loose sight when so many stressors are present.

This week’s post of bliss comes from our scores at the farmers market yesterday. Last night we made a cucumber & tomato salad that came from one of the Johns Island growers. We had heated artisan focaccia from Rococco German Bakery, serving it with two goat cheeses from Burden Creek Dairy, a sea salt blend and an ‘Herbs de Provence’ blend. The Provence blend could have used a little salt, IMHO. We also purchased some chocolate mint, thai basil and rosemary plants. Getting ready for the herb garden.

Another project that’s been on my ‘must do’ list is to make chevre/goat cheese. All good things in all good time, right? That’s ultimately what I hope some these posts will accomplish, making me bring some of these ideas to fruition.

After we’re settled in the new house I hope to be able to take photos of some of the dishes we prepare. I guess I could take photos of the market goods at their booths with my fun new Hipstamatic app. 🙂

Saturday Hipstamatic Love

Hipstamatic iPhone App
I must admit that I haven’t fallen into the ‘Life is Apptacular!’ mode. I have very few apps for my phone and all of those are free. I only recently did a major update to my software because my old computer made it extremely difficult to manage it without borking the OS. My goodness, all the lovely new apps I can download and actually use! Flickr, LJ, and Facebook are to name a few. I need to see if they have a Blogger app yet.

I recently discovered the very cool Hipstamatic app, which makes the very crappy iPhone camera tolerable! I decided to venture into the realm of purchasing apps with this fine software. We went to the Farmers Market today and I snapped a few pics. This is going to make for a lot of fun.

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Most of these were taken with the John S or Jimmy lenses and shot on Blanko or Kodot Verichrome ‘film’. I am looking forward to purchasing more lenses soon.

Trailer Trash

We all have dreams, some big and some just the right size to make it easy to say ‘I can’. One of mine that I’ve had since I was a young adult is to one day own a ‘in need of love’ trailer. I’m very happy to be with someone with the desire and skills to apply that love to a tarnished beauty. We’ve put this dream on hold as we manage more important things in our lives at this time. As I was uploading some new images to my Flickr account I was reminded of a group that I haven’t visited in a very long time.


{ 1951 Winnebago with 57 Chevy }

Vintage Travel Trailers on Flickr.

In the beginning.

I thought I’d share a couple of reference photos of the early stages of the garden. These were taken at the beginning of June 2006.

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Seeds of Change.

Gardening was one of mine and Michael’s favorite activities. Some of my best memories are from working in the garden all day, showering, opening the loft windows to let out old jazz, louching a glass of absinthe, and then head back out to retire in our seats and enjoy the evening. Below are some images of our loft garden in Atlanta. It evolved from spring/summer 2006 through spring/summer 2007. By autumn 2007 it was a jungle.

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Today I was on the Charleston MLS site looking at downtown listings so I could see their gardens. Strange, I know, but I figured it was the best way to see some beautiful gardens that you won’t normally see on the internet. My dream garden will have hardy banana (Musa banjo), elephant ears, spider lilies, ginger, canna (I’m partial to the variegated color combo above), gardenia, magnolia, jasmine, camilla, sago palm, palms/palmettos, bougainvillea & crotons (that will probably remain potted for winter storage), ornamental grasses, hibiscus, angels trumpets, and a variety of fruit trees. Along with those, I can’t help but want a weeping willow, our japanese maple, a new bog garden with carnivorous plants and papyrus, and Italian pencil cypresses. We’ll also have a side vegetable/herb garden.

The one thing we will NOT have? Azaleas. I cannot describe how much I loathe them. I usually call them ‘rat bushes’. Yuck. If you want to come take back my ‘True Southerner’ card, I’ll be more than happy to leave it in the mailbox. 🙂

Oh SNAP!

I’m two top snaps away from finishing my bracelet/wrist band prototype. I’ll post pics tomorrow after I make a supply run.

I recently installed the Feedburner/Feedcounter to this blog. I got so excited the other day when I saw I had a subscriber. Now it’s back to 0. As much as I profess to keeping this going for myself, I must admit it made me a little sad. I fully intend to keep moving forward with this, but I am curious…how many of you read this?

Artemisia vulgaris

Commonly known as mugwort. I took these pictures of our mugwort in the front garden. A member of an online community asked to see photographs to help identify what may be mugwort growing in her yard. The pictures she found online caused her a bit of confusion between it and grand wormwood.

In herbal lore, it has been widely used for protection. In remedial practice, it is used as an emmenagogue, which regulates/promotes menstruation. Mugwort has been used to flavor beers, before the introduction of hops. As a nervine, Mugwort is valued in palsy, fits, epileptic and similar affections, being an old-fashioned popular remedy for epilepsy (especially in persons of a feeble constitution).

Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris
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