Entries from August 31st, 2011

Supermarket blooms



I’ve recently gotten into the habit of enjoying little inexpensive bouquets picked from the grocery store to keep things feeling fresh and alive in the house. It’s proves to be a super duper quick pick-me-up on the less than bright days we’ve had of late thanks to our not-so-good friend Irene.  I snagged these for just $6.99 at the supermarket on an impromptu pre-hurricane milk run  and boy am I happy I did. I have promised myself to continue this new tradition especially into the Fall and Winter months when things can begin to feel a bit stagnant.

They look great on the table  coordinating nicely with those colors I chose for my freshly painted Flower and Paisley paintings. I’m loving the little color that says yes this house is loved and yes I can match colors in my home.

Up close the feathered edges of the flowers are fuzzy and soft adding some great texture and color. Although I’m at a loss for the name of these flowers as I’d love to plant them in the garden some day. Wouldn’t they be just lovely in the garden?

And, instead of opting for a super bright vase that would compete with the flowers I chose a simple glass vase I had lying around. It creates a a nice contrast between the fuzzy texture of the flowers and the smooth texture of the vase.

So there you have my super duper quick way of infusing a little life and color in the home with a $6.99 bouquet I bought on a quick pre-hurricane milk run. Has anyone else picked up some super market flowers lately and have know idea what the flowers are called? Been to the grocery store just as a hurricane was about begin? Or any other quick fixes to brighten a less than sunny day?


Sailor’s Delight



What a week it was! First, I left on a business trip to Chicago on Monday. Then Tuesday while I was away there was an earthquake albeit a small one compared to west coast standards. Now, Hurricane Irene seems to have left it’s path along the east coast.

There was definitely some storm related activity happening here. Throughout the day the neighborhood men braved the storm to secure some of the boats that had come loose from their ropes.

It was touch and go for a while worrying that some of the docks were in imminent danger of floating away thankfully with some impromptu securing of dock lines so far we’ve come out of it relatively unscathed at home with some mild flooding in the yard.

But as I type the excitement and turmoil of the storm has passed and the old adage “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” comes to mind.

Chicago Bound



Chicago Skyline image via BigSkyline

I’m off to Chicago for a few days for a business trip. I’ll be back Thursday, till then hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Happy Weekend



It been so hectic around here I don’t know where all the time has gone. If you asked me to name all of the things we did to make it so hectic I couldn’t even tell you. So this weekend I’m looking forward to relaxing around the house with my 2 boys before I have to fly out on Monday for a business trip. Hopefully we’ll even get to do some of this.

And maybe I’ll go shopping for some art supplies. There’s some fantastic art inspiration pieces I’ve been obsessing about that I’m dying to show next week.

Have a happy weekend!

Here comes the sun…



I’m at a loss for words today which is quite uncommon for me. I think it’s all the sunshine after almost 72 hours of torrential rain. This morning we woke up to bright blue skies and low humidity. It’s the kind of day that makes me want to play hookie and enjoy these late summer days.  Savoring every moment of the lingering summer sunshine.

Hope your day promises to be as sunshine filled as ours!

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