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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Last Week In March

It has been a spring ritual, for the last sixteen years, to wash the logs! First we vacuum then we wash.When ever there is a deep clean it means moving my props around. One of my favorite things to do.  

 This time I moved the kitchen fixtures into a different floor plan. Trying to make some sense of the space, as it is tough to move logs! Removing the large black and stainless box into a corner less prominent feels easier on the eye. This is the view when you come in the front door. I don't mind so much as it looks very easy and comfortable to chill in.

Cleaning out storage areas and finding surprises that you had forgotten about, like this dyed, indigo, sheepskin pillow. Thank you Annie Selke! I am currently knitting a throw with the stripes placed in a traditional "Hudson Bay" pattern.  

Faux forced, spring bulbs on the kitchen windowsill. The felted Oriole, with his head raised in song that I purchased at Treillage, in New York City, on a rainy Christmas eve. 

So we are now at the end of a five month winter. The ash down the driveway, for traction on the ice, is replaced by boards, so you don't sink into the mud when you step out of your car. 

Still I managed to slip and fall on some black ice coming down from the car. Slammed down onto my left shoulder and hip. Sore body and sore subject today. 

The happy part of the end of March is getting ready to drive to Florida for a much needed winter break. Sewed a new tote for books and magazines. 

Pine Cone Hill "Happy Fish" shams on my pillows and "Blossom" duvet cover on my comforter. They look so good together like tropical fish swimming in the coral on a tropical reef. I always bring my bedding with me when staying in rental units!    
Not only do I bring my bedding, but I bring my picnic basket with coffee, fixings for "Jungle Juice" and a sharp knife, two dish towels and dish cloths, a can opener that works! The little things that I find lacking in these weekly rental units. 

I stock my portable desk with postcards and stamps, scissors, packing tape and stapler. I add a glue stick and needle with thread to round out the "might needs"!  

A pair of beach chairs with comfortable, outdoor pillows, to sit on while we while away the hours, listening to the ocean. A breeze and some sunshine on our shoulders. 

Are we there yet? I am ready to go! 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Spring Is Around The Corner!

vintage TOUCH too

Dreaming of fresh strawberries. They come right after the Asparagus! The first berries are the tastiest. 

Topiaire Extraordinaire | gardens_open

Waiting for the garden to green up and blossom.
Inspiration lane...

Everything is fresh and new when the spring season comes in. 
Let's talk red and pink on Valentines Day! - The Enchanted Home

Your nest needs freshening, scrub 'er down and sew new cushions to brighten up your red chairs. 
Love the little window above the porch rof
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Fluff the porch cushions so you have somewhere to sit and take a break from raking up the dog poop.
It's Just Dottie: Easter
It\s Just Dottie

Isn't the little scarecrow sweet? I was on my way to the recycle shop with spring wear that doesn't fit and dressed my garden gal instead. She reminds me of my red headed neighbor! 

Snaccident: When you accidentally eat all the chips...

This is the story of my husband, who eats all of the chips all of the time! I find the empty bags under the seats in his truck. 

Snow flurries and thirty degrees out this Saturday morning. But I know, in my heart, that Spring is around the corner. Gotta keep that upper lip stiff and not lose patience with this long winter's hibernation that we, in northern Michigan, live through every year. Can't help the stiff lip when the wind blows cold! 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Listening To Egypt Station As I Work

I am so lucky to have such a pleasant work space. 

Inspiration all around me. 

Lots of colors. 

Dreaming up a kitchen for a client. 

I nestle my reminders in the leaves of the Geraniums above my desk. Hey, I get to go to the Petoskey antique show this summer!! 

 A beautiful, hand picked, selection of fabric swatches! 

Mad Cap Cottage, a cozy, comfortable look for a knotty cedar paneled cottage in the north country. 

All the bedding, Pine Cone Hill, Taylor Linen and Jon Robshaw, are sorted and hung on their hooks. 

New, as of today, rug swatches from Dash & Albert. 

Textile Hall!
 At five feet wide I can pretty much put my hand on all the choices from my desk chair. 

Listening to Egypt Station, by Paul McCartney, as I work.

What a beautiful day! 

Monday, March 4, 2019

It Is One Degree Out!

Are you cold
This about sums it up! Trying to make light of putting on all my gear to drive to the gym and walk the track today. I'm not going. It is not worth it. I can't even go up to my studio because the electric baseboard heat would have a hard time heating the space up above fifty six! So I changed my walking schedule to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week. Today is a good day to stay inside and clean the house! 


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