Friday, September 17, 2010
Northlake Boulevard was built on a former railway line from long ago. GrassyWatersPreserve.com
My house is about six miles from the preserve and there are many canals around the Acreage that funnel the water from our yards to the preserve, like these:
Friday, September 10, 2010
Congratulations to Sue McGorie of Mrs Twins.
Sue is a collector of
little piggy things.
Here’s to you Sue!
Sue is also the creator of the SIBOL (Sunshine International Blankets of Love) blog and as you can imagine keeps quite busy putting together lovely blankets like these:
This group of blankets have already been delivered to a nursing home and will be given to new residents to help them feel at home.
But….wait there are many more blankets waiting to find new homes. Sue has gathered together a wonderful organization of people from around the world who make the squares that she transforms into blankets.
Sue you are a special person and I am very proud to have your friendship. ~ Congratulations!!!!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Larsson’s watercolors depicting simple everyday things with smiling children are some of my favorites. The following is called Brita’s Little Nap:
“Woman Lying on a Bench”
For better views of Carl Larsson’s other works you can visit WikiGallery.Org.
The Larsson home is still owned by the family and is open to the public from May through September for guided tours. There are quite a few Larsson Home YouTube selections about the garden if you are interested.
Also, I found a property located in North Carolina that is listed for sale on Realtor.com that was definitely done in the Larsson style:
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Peruvian Connection company was started as a mail order business specializing in textiles made from the luxury fibers of alpaca and pima cotton. According to Wikipedia, Annie Hurlbut visited Peru and found a sweater with an alpaca fur-lined collar for her Mother’s birthday. Biddy Hurlbut showed that sweater to a buyer who wanted 45 more.
I’m always on the lookout for handmade textiles and Peruvian Connection works with cottage industries in Peru. These artisans make beautiful items by hand. If you are interested, take a look at the Peruvian Connection websites for the US, UK and Germany, as well as their blog at blog.peruvianconnection.com.
These bags and accessories are creative and full of detail:
My favorites are the Floral Skirt from 2008, Pima Cotton Doily Scarf and the Bella Cardigan:
I know you’ll find something to inspire you!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Annika has a happy little blog named Seelenfein and the header reads “everything that is good for the soul.” Annika is a fan of Hello Kitty so I could not resist including this little dancing kitty in honor of her birthday. I read that Annika lives with her little daughter and sweet Mr. Seelenfein in Germany.
It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful and interesting people you meet in the blogging world!
In addition to the birthday wishes I also wanted to thank Annika for awarding Posy Linda its second blog award!
I am so happy to find a new friend through my blogging adventure.
Thank you Annika!
Merchy lives in a little green valley in the city of O Porrino and province of Pontevedra, Spain. O Porrino is located along the Atlantic coast and looks like a lovely place to live. Here is a photo of a street in O Porrino.
I first learned about Merchy from Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL) after seeing some of the squares that she had made and sent to Sue (Mrs Twins) for SIBOL. As you can see Merchy loves to make things and is especially good at crochet.
We’ve all heard about the ongoing plight of the bee, particularly Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is an alarming and mysterious phenomenon in which the workers abruptly disappear, often leaving behind their brood and Queen. This is mysterious in that honey bees are are normally very social insects and will defend their hive and Queen with their lives. While the debate regarding the causes of CCD continues, there are a few simple things we can do to help the bees.
- When encountering bees, don’t be intimidated. Most bees are not aggressive unless they are provoked.
- Make your garden, patio pots and window boxes bee-friendly. (Here are a couple of great sites for info on urban bee gardens. Nature.Berkeley.edu and The Melissa Garden. )
- Avoid, limit, or if possible, eliminate pesticides.
- Buy organic food. It’s no secret that buying organic protects humans and bees (and other pollinators) from harmful pesticides.
- Buy local honey. Eating local honey may help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Allow a beekeeper to maintain a hive or two on your property. More information may be found at OutdoorPlace.Org.
- Bee swarm removal – do not call an exterminator! Instead contact a local beekeeper through your state or county honey and beekeeping association. HoneyO.com has links and information that you may find helpful.
- Set up a bee bath. Bees need water too. I don’t believe that the birds would mind sharing, so you could modify an existing bird bath for bees by adding a few pebbles for them to land on.
- Stop by GreatSunflower.org to find other ways to help bees.
- Become a hobby beekeeper like Cindy at The Bee Lady from Hilltop Farm.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Frankly, it’s not the perfect destination for everyone. The park offers a few “primitive” cabins and campsites, primitive being the operative word…there is no electricity (except at the ranger station), so you can forget about air conditioning!
For those who don’t mind roughing it, Cayo, in my opinion, is some of the best atmosphere Florida has to offer, the quickly-disappearing “real” Florida, the way it used to be. Our last trip was in July of 2009, and boy is it hot in July! But there is always a breeze along its nine-miles of secluded beach.
Cabbage Key. This little spot is a private island that has sweet cottages and a small inn with all the amenities:
Note to self: get back to Cayo soon!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
There are times when words just can’t express how you feel about something. This is one of those times.
Zip over and take a look at a glorious work in progress by Vanessa Cabban of Do You Mind If I Knit. The divine Miss V is working on a little piece of color heaven.
You’ve gotta check this out for yourself.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
This entire weekend has been a wet one. The National Weather Service in Miami has issued flood warnings for Palm Beach and Broward counties through tomorrow evening. We may get between two and six inches of rain to deal with in a short period of time.
It rained on Saturday. These are a few shots taken from the patio:
It rained on Sunday. These were taken at a local park today before the storm:
Earlier this morning before the weather came in my husband and I took a nice long bike ride around “the Acreage.” We ran into one of the neighborhood peacocks, but he kept walking away from the camera. There is also a woodpecker that can only be seen in silhouette on a palm tree at the park.
This post is a little trial run of Windows Live Writer. Actually, this is part two of the trial - the post I had written yesterday disappeared overnight. One thing is certain - the photo placement options in Writer are great!
Friday, August 6, 2010
So often you hear about "Granny Chic" and "Granny with a Twist." What are these?
For close up views of Stitch Encyclopedia and Quirky Heirloom, zip over to Anthropologie.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
During the 1994 Olympics hosted by Norway, my husband purchased a little book for me from the used book store: The Royal Palace of Stockholm by Ralph Herrmanns. This book contains many beautiful photos (by Hans Hammarskold) of the various and sundry royal belongings. After that I was hooked....
I would love to visit Norway, Sweden, Finland, and especially Denmark. Is it because I live in Florida and long for cool weather and the change of seasons or.....because GreenGate is headquartered there!?!
If you visit the GreenGate website, you'll soon find yourself lost in all manner of lovely kitchen and homey items.
Lastly, this sweet little number is from a previous year's online catalog.
Isn't it pretty? Sure wish GreenGate would "branch out."
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Any dog owner knows a rain can magnify scents of bunnies and possums and raccoons, and heaven knows what else, to extreme olfactory levels. A canine's true bliss!
Hmmm. Hunting in the ficus hedge again?
Enjoy a beautiful weekend.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I couldn't possibly name here all of the interesting blogs and talented people I have encountered online, but in the coming months I will faithfully try to list as many as I can in my blogroll.
Attic24 and Creative Breathing were two of the first blogs to catch my attention. From there I soon discovered others, like Mrs Twins, for instance, a/k/a Sue McGorie, who also happens to be the creator of SIBOL (Sunshine International Blankets of Love). With the help of people from around the globe, Sue uses donated, crocheted "squares" to assemble blankets that will be distributed to nursing homes and hospitals in remembrance of her Grandmother. SIBOL has blossomed into a wonderful "good deed".
I look forward to sharing with you and hearing what you think. Hey, I might want to show you something I've made, or something someone else made. Maybe a great recipe, or even a picture of my dog, Posy, doing something goofy. (My husband is also not immune to this condition.)
So, first things first. Thank you bloggers and blog readers for inspiring me to join this wonderful community.