Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello October!

Hello October !

With the start of October, I am adding just a bit more of Fall , Autumn to my home.
Even though it will NOT feel very Fall(ish) for a bit yet here in North Central Florida.
Entry way vignette. Window box filled with hydrangeas and a couple of creamy mini pumpkins and 2 white candles.
Books tied with twine and topped with a key and a pinecones.

There was a time when I did the bright orange and pumpkins all over the house, but of late, I have been in a more neutral frame of mind.
The leaves don't change outside my windows...
No bright russets, umber and burnt oranges to he seen.
It is all still very much green and summerlike outside.
But I am a fool for Autumn and the cozy vibe it imparts.
Sofa table. Basket with 2 gourds, more hydrangeas and pinecones


So, I am sprinkling the dried hydrangeas about.
Tossing in some pine cones.
Plopping in some gourds.
And layering some creamy mini pumpkins .
Even Master Vic's favourite perch in the sunroom has some dried hydrangeas added .

I might just add some dried roses and crepe myrtle seed pods as well.
Just things I can pick up, harvest from the garden and neighbourhood.
Things I can toss together in a few minutes and yet get the feel.

(sorry, the TV was just a black box reflecting me, so I  turned it on)

Mantel... Vines from then back garden with a  creamy pumpkin spray, pinecones and a bit of cotton from  sweet Jane at Cottage at the Crossroads. Vintage oil lamp adds to the neutral look. Silver sugar shaker and frame adds a bit of bl7ng.


As the month progresses, I will be adding more...
sprinkling a bit here and there throughout the house.
Putting away the lace throws for plaids , fleece and knits.
Trading out the pale throw rug for braided in the sitting room.
Cosy(ing) up the place.
A little corner in the sitting room.

Gourd in an urn is in my sitting room.

Dreaming of pumpkin spice coffees, lattés and soups.
Home made breads  and comfort foods.
Orchard apple pumpkin candles....

vignette atop the hutch.

Vines from then back garden, dried hydrangeas and corn husk.

Hello October. So
glad you are here.....
Luving your cozy , homey feel!
Dresser in the master. Tarnished silver and hydrangeas....

Happy October hugs,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Such a pretty day , a promise...

Today is such a pretty day...

A pretty day for harvesting some things from the garden to add to my Fall décor.

My hydrangea bush has outdone itself this year.
It's bounty from May to now, with blooms still on it, has been abundant.
It started out with powder blue blooms bigger than I have ever seen.


Then moved on to bluish purple, beautiful shade of lavender..

then chartreuse green.

Now a pink, and a pale, almost white bloom is mixed in with the chartreuse.
I think I have one more harvest left before it is spent for the season.
May to September ,
a sweet splendor of blooms that has made my theme for this Fall into Winter's décor.


A nature
inspired one..
A season of of neutrals, and natural.

Dried Hydrangeas and vines,
creamy baby pumpkins and pinecones.
It seems the older I get, the more I lean toward the simple...
The less fussy.

Rustic and Luxe .... I like that
Tarnished silver, crystal , wicker baskets, burlap and nature.

Today dawned gloomy and grey.
 A day shrouded in a mantle of clouds after the stormy night we had.
A day perfect for gathering my spoils without the sultry heat of the late Florida summer.
A perfect day for appreciating a soft breeze....
and watery sunshine,
and sweet birdsong.

A sweet promise...

Overcast and gloomy today
cooler with a teasing breeze.
A heavy sky of varying shades of grey,...
lit from behind by a smothered sun.
Various birds are singing their songs
in the hopes of charming out the sun.
Serenading those rays of warmth
to kiss away the diamond drops...
Sparking drops of moisture
clinging to each leaf, shining .
Mocking the hidden sun,
chiding it to peek through, blaze!
These sweet birds sing,
a hope, a promise.. of brilliance !
~ Me~

Happy weekend!
The last weekend of summer...
a first week of Fall/Autumn/ Harvest time.

Hugs, Gee


Monday, August 11, 2014

I hear whispers....

I hear whispers...
Whispers of the end of summertime .
Of school being back in session...
those whispers.
Have you heard them?
I am torn... mixed feelings.



Living in Florida, even the North Central part of it, we have what seems to be endless summers.
I am not complaining mind, not at all.
Just stating a fact.
For most people , summertime means the beach!
For me, it harkens to slower pace of life.
More relaxed meals.
Less elaborate gatherings.
Slow and easy.

I guess, having spent all my childhood summers just a few steps from the  Beautiful  Caribbean Sea , at both my Grandparents' home was all the beach fix I needed.
Childhood joys of splashing in the Sea.
Tangled hair and wet swim suits.
Aunts, uncles, cousins, and my Gran. My beautiful Gran Adela. Gran by marriage and luv.
Yummy lunches and dinners prepared tirelessly by her hand.
Also my paternal Grand dad Mohan.
Of hugs, and luv. Stories of Punjab... a far away land...
Of walks and chats. He was my yardstick to measure luv as a child.

At this stage of life, the beach conjures up images of sand, HOT sun, and the overwhelmingly fake coconut smell of suntan lotion.

My idea of the beach is a sunset. Walking on damp sand after everyone has gone for the day.
The setting sun, moody skies, and a fresh breeze.
The beach by starlight and moonlight.
Collecting shells...

But today, after a little sabbatical from blogland, I return.
I return ready for change.
Ready for the bright to be transitioned into the cozy.
For the sea shells to be traded out for pinecones.
White iron stone traded out for tarnishes silver...

For the smell of cucumber melon to be traded out for apples. Which will be traded for spiced apples and pumpkin.
For throws to go from lace to comfy.
A dinner salad traded for chili. YUM!

I have already noticed the change in the angle of the sun as it streams in through the windows...
A difference in the light.
I am ready. For Fall even if only in spirit. As it will stay warm here for w few months yet.
But my calendar will mark the change.

Will I miss  summertime?
Yes. I will.
For different reasons that you may think.
The end of summer markets a change for me. For us.
May 2013 , we went for  a small close knit family of 4 to a close family of 6.
Our eldest got married and his luvly wife made us instant GG and Papa to Bella Rene .
Now this month, we will once again grow to include a brand new baby boy.
Winston Thomas.
A change... not only in seasons, but in family.
In life.
This gives an entire new meaning to nesting for me.

I am also looking forward to little  décor changes as well.
Like updating the vanity in the small master bath.
Hurray for paint!
I have been putting this off for months.

I also have 3 commissioned pieces in various stages of planning and execution.
I will be a busy little me in a few weeks.
I look forward to it.

Taking it easy ( in my own way) has been forced upon me this summer. I am ready for busy!

I will not be taking the position of Seasonal Social Worker with the Salvation Army this Fall.
I will be busy with helping with baby Winston when his parents return to work.
I will miss it, but my heart will be filled with gummy smiles and soiled nappies.
That is more important.

So yes,
have you heard the whispers?

Of change a foot?
Of dried Hydrangeas taking the  place of fresh?
Of pine cones replacing sea shells???

Are you ready?

I think I am :)

Hugs. Gee

Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer, summer, summer...

Summer, summer ,summer !!
It's June 2nd already. Summer is in full swing where I live in North Central Florida.

Spring was but a fleeting thing that passed in a few short weeks blessing us with an abundance of flowers and new green leaves.
Then comes SUMMER!
Summer with it's beautiful sunrises, all peach and lavender. Bright morning sunshine and brisk sweet breeze.
The ' toss all your windows open'  kinda morning.
And I do !
I sit in my sitting room sipping that important first cup of coffee, with the windows open and that sweet smelling summer breeze coming in.
The smell of roses, and lilies....
The swish of the curtains in the breeze, the clank of the terra cotta wind chime outside the window.

Blue summer skies slowly getting cloudy,
as the morning comes to a close.
Afternoons , that's when the excitement happens.
Oh yes!!
Summer afternoons where I live ,they are
Wild and unpredictable... in a way.
As the dark clouds gather,
and the wind picks up,
and the thunder rolls ,
and the lightening flashes,
the rain begins to pound.
Yes pound!!!
The sound of pounding feet as I run to close all the opened windows.
It crashes into the windows and pounds on the patio.
The wild , wind making the trees dance a crazy dance of waving arms.
Rose petals fall, flowers droop,
bushes sag under the heavy unrelenting drops.
The birds are quiet in their nests.
The only sound is the pounding of the rain
the rolling thunder.....
and the frequent sizzle and flash of flashing lightening.
Then, silence.....
it stops!
LOUD silence!
Except... except the drip... drip .... drip
of the water from the eaves.
From the trees.
Sometimes the sun comes back out in a pale watery version of itself.

But the air is fresh!!!
Rain cooled.
The leaves sparkle with diamond drops.
The air once again splendid with birdsong.
And I reopen all the windows and marvel at the sparkling drops on the window screens.
And the sun sets in a fiery orange and purple sunset.
As beautiful as the storm that proceeded it.

Yes Summer....
Flip flops and sun block.
Miniskirts and shorts.
Tanks tops , swim suits
AND afternoon storms!
.... and when it storms, this girl rearranges things.
Summer, summer, summer
It turns me upside down!
Summer, summer, summer
It's like a merry go round.

Hugs, Gee