Friday, May 28, 2010

little happies

white cheddar grits with spring onion and eggs over easy

blowsy antique roses spilling into the street

a spider that fancied me, he landed on the windshield of my car and tried to spin a web around me

summer clouds!


The sky is one enormous Botticelli painting...everywhere I go I'm staring at the clouds, and more dangerously when I am driving.
It is becoming unbearably hot here, but we have our first ever! grill and it is completely revolutionizing our lives

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

the kindness of friends

This is a lovely sideboard/ buffet that I am going to use as a bar. I already have the bottles and glasses ready. Whoo-hoo! and much love and thanks to my fellow Gary Oldman crusher, Jacki. I will miss you dearly but I hope you have a lovely time down south, I hope to visit someday.
She also gifted me a hutch, a beautiful old chest and square wood table, but I don't have pictures of the last bits yet.
But here is a picture of the awesome hand-made broom that I picked up at the Sheep & Wool, leaning against my new hutch. Reuse Recycle!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I finally got my wool on

I've wanted to attend this festival for about 3 years now, and was so excited that I finally made it! We were slackers and didn't show up until 2 p.m. on Sunday (the last day) but according to my early bird friend, Saturday was crazy-packed with a line of cars 3 miles down the road and the exhibit halls were cheek by jowl. Sunday afternoon was mellow and I'm pretty sure the prices were a bit lower than the previous day.

here are some yummy pictures, if you are interested in attending next year's festival check out the website

I only ended up purchasing one skein of yarn, I will add pictures of it soon. It is a lovely mustard color wool, from Seacolors and it was solar dyed in seawater from the midcoast of Maine! The beautiful skeins are pictured above on the right hand side. If you are interested check out, M gets the husband of the year award for going with me and he truly enjoyed himself, I'm just not sure how much of that can be attributed to the lamb kebabs and corndogs...
A great time was had by all and we will definitely be attending next year.
We picked up some pen and ink artwork, a hand-made broom and an amazingly simple Mason jar lamp [pictures to follow soon] The coolest thing about the event, aside from the delicious concessions were the sheep pens, all of the beautifully unique breeds were displayed and proudly exhibited with informational placards and posters. I had no idea that so many different types of sheep were to be found in this region!

There were also hand shearing competitions, sheep dog herding competitions and other fiber bearing species present, e.g. Alpacas and Angora rabbits. If you happen to be in Maryland next spring, make sure to get there.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

spring fling

the ephemeral spring blossoms came and went in the blink of an eye, dogwood, cherry blossom, forsythia, magnolia, tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and cyclamen.....

...another breathtakingly beautiful mid-Atlantic spring has come and gone. I'm really beginning to like this place. The air is moist with promise and the trees are a riot of verdure, climbing and exploding in the least expected places. Sadly, the blossoms are all blown out now and tossed in the gutters, but the trees are vibrant and glowing. I think some of them are actually ents sleeping...

I was so happy to share this spring with a few of my friends...I had lovely and dearly missed friends come visit, others pick up their lives and stake a claim out here too--old friends are like dog-eared novels, on any page you know where you are.

some dried magnolia branches are still lingering on my bookshelves--so insubstantial that the leaves fall apart if you touch them but I don't have the heart to throw them out--the smothering heat of summer is just around the corner but for now some bitingly cold May showers and a glass of spicy Malbec are keeping me company.