today, in the garden

A peak at the garden today: It is the opening weekend of Lilyfest 2022! There is a delightful array of late spring/early summer perennials popping colors about: Last fall’s pansies are nearly recovered from winter: The perennial herbs are lush and thriving. Some annual herbs have recently joined them: And, finally, our spiderwort has been […]

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spotlight on lighting

Thanks to my sister’s nudge, I realize that five years ago, my husband and I were into the push to clean up and out of new home and get moved into it. On this day back then, I was working on the light fixtures, many of them original to the 1927 bungalow that is now […]

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marking the holiday

It isn’t wholly the holiday without my mom’s fruitcake. I never got mine last year due to the pandemic. So they thawed and enjoyed it over Thanksgiving, which is fine. But this year, I travelled home, so this year’s fruitcake is all mine! My mom has made a habit of doubling the candied fruit. Wait! […]

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reflecting the present

I reworked the peacock tree last night to add those gorgeous poinsettia reflectors that I found. I also found some lotus flower lights with removable silicone covers. These lights were multi-colored and wouldn’t do on the peacock tree so I found a strand of micro LED garland lights and moved the covers to that. The […]

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it’s not heavy, it’s our tree skirt

Catching up on the holiday decor, I present to you the completed tree skirt: Seventy-three silk neckties, a couple hundred Swarovski crystal rhinestones, various glass beads, and tassels. It speaks in whispers of so many ancient things: lace collars, Renaissance finery, luscious hand-sewn heirloom… Rich golds frame muted holiday hues and anchor the massive heap […]

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