Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy May Day

I'm joining Chari over at Happy To Design for Sunday Favorites
with a May Day post from 2010

Happy May Day to everyone!
Here's hoping you find something pretty hanging from your front door for May Day.

A metal container with a hanger holds a full bouquet
for a special friend.

Some of my favorite yellow roses fill a folded dinner napkin embellished with ribbons.

Two simple pink rosebuds are nestled in this one, which has a draw string
closure and hanging ribbon.

The roses are from my garden which is exploding with the first flush of blooms.

Pick your favorite and take time to stop and smell the roses.

Happy May Day!

I'm joining Color Carnival again today.
Color is a beautiful thing, join the fun!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wordless ....for Friday


Be sure to check out all the participants in Wordless Wednesday (the Friday edition!)

May Day Dinner

I'm joining all the foodies over at Designs By Gollum for another edition of Foodie Friday.
Bring your appetite and your favorite recipes and join the fun!

I'm also joining Cindy over at My Romantic Home for her
weekly event Show and Tell Friday. Just a few of my favorite
vintage things to share on today's tablescape.

Here's a vintage tablecloth all decked out in nosegays for May Day.
When I was a kid May Day was a big deal, nowadays it doesn't seem to get much attention.

Post86 Fiesta in Chartreuse, Ivory, Sapphire, and Sunflower top the Italian
glass chargers from Tuesday Morning.  Stemware is from Pier 1 last winter, flatware
came from Macy's years ago.

The miniature roses are 'Dazzler' from my garden.

The little brass vases holding the roses are vintage from my folks.

The sugar bowl is vintage Fiesta in Cobalt and the vintage milk
pitcher is also by Homer Laughlin.

The yellow creamer is also vintage Homer Laughlin.

The new 1 quart Post86 Fiesta Marigold baking bowl is serving as a fruit bowl.

Dinner tonight is pork tenderloin liberally rubbed with spicy pepper, mashed 
potatoes and gravy, with a Strawberry Romaine salad dressed with balsamic vinegar,
raspberry vinegar and olive oil.  Topped with Feta and pine nuts.
It is so simple and compliments the pork roast beautifully.

No finished pictures of the tenderloin, it has just gone in the oven here in California!

And the salad is not yet dressed, but I nibbled and it is almost as good just plain!

Grab a glass of wine and your favorite chair, dinner will soon be served.
Happy May Day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless ....for Thursday

'Anne Harkness'

You can see more images from my garden at This Week In My Garden

Be sure to check out all the participants in Wordless Wednesday (the Thursday edition)

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Miss Hickory

I'm joining Coloradolady's party today for Vintage Thingies Thursday.
Be sure to stop by and see some favorite vintage things posted by the participants.

I've always loved books and have saved some of my favorites from my childhood.
I received "Miss Hickory" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey for my birthday in 1947.
It won the Newbery Award in 1947 and is still in print and available from many
retailers.  I loved the illustrations by Ruth Gannett just as much as the stories of
Miss Hickory and her many adventures.

And the page that scared me silly then .... and pretty much does to this day!

Great memories of many hours escaping into Miss Hickory's world as I read this
book many times over.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Lavatera maritima
You can see more images from my garden at This Week In My Garden

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This Week In My Garden

I'm joining Outdoor Wednesday over at A Southern Daydreamer again this week.
Check out all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.

It's about texture, aroma and color.

Gunnera tinctoria, one of my favorite plants with leaves that have
fabulous texture and can reach 5' across.

Melianthos major has interesting very aromatic leaves.

Phlomis fruiticosa - Jerusalem Sage has wonderful gray-green
velvety foliage that is also very aromatic.

Osteospermum - African Daisy

Lavatera maritima - Tree Mallow

Japanese Maple - 'Atropurpureum'

Ajuga reptans - 'Catlin's Giant'
(background) Hylotelephium erythrostictum - Sedum 'Variegatum'
(far background) Umbrella Grass and Vinca major

Ajuga reptans - 'Alfredda' Carpet Bugle

Calycanthus occidentalis - California Allspice

Cistus x purpureus - Orchid Rock Rose

Cistus x aguilarii - 'Maculatus' Rock Rose

Pelargonium cordifolium - Heart Leaved Geranium

I have a large collection of succulents that give great color and texture
to the garden throughout the year.

The Aloes start blooming during January and February and can last for months.

I hope to see you again next week in my garden.
Thanks for stopping by.
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