Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celebrating Summer

"Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light: and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."  - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is a stillness to the morning light - Summer has arrived! I grab coffee and walk out barefooted to feed the squirrels - the grass feels delicious beneath my feet. Gardens are blossoming forth; in the afternoon, iced tea is served to girlfriends on the front porch; there is time to chat and linger. My lavender and lion's tail are a' buzz with honey bees.

June has been a busy month (yes, friends, that is my excuse for being so remiss in blogging!!) The month kicked off with Vintage Marketplace - I did manage to get pics up and describe how extraordinary this event was...and then things took off.

The following week, Rita Reade organized a day for creative girlfriends that started out at Key Creek Lavender Farm - about 20 amazing women showed up - wish I had gotten pics of everyone who attended!

Bouganvilla archway - Lavender Labyrinth behind

Rows upon rows of fragrant lavender

Then we were off to Christine Schulz's for a gourmet lunch prepared by her daughter, Rachel and sister, Vicky. Christine's home was incredible!  -  I'll let you see for yourself -

Then we were off to
Matilda's Mouse - a very unique barn sale held on the old Betty Crocker estate.

It was such a magical day. Taking time out to hang with my creative girlfriends is so important! But June didn't stop there!

Taught my coptic journal class (Van de Mortel Designs) at Whimzy, followed up later in the week with a celebration of Summer Solstice and shopping at Gilding the Lily. Shop owner extraordinaire, Nancy Jamar, had everything Victorian I was looking for (and then some!!) - took a rose painting class with Christy Repasy - the BEST art class! If you have the chance to take her class - jump on it - they book up months in advance. Managed to get over to Jamestown Village Flea Market and picked up a few items that I will be repurposing and blogging about. Yesterday had tea with my Fa La Vecia partner, Lydia Reza ...

June has been such a fun-filled month. I can't think of better way to kick off summer - can you?


  1. Love your post! So much fun spending time together. I really want to see your painting when you are finished. A little bird told me how incredibly talented you are! Happy Summer my special friend. Ciao Rita

  2. Wonderful posting~~We had such a fun day !!

    I need to share my photos from Matilda's~~~soon! Maybe I will do it tonight~~~cuz tomorrow is July 1st!!

    Loved your pretty blooms in the garden too:))

    Kay Ellen

  3. What a lovely post! Wish I'd gone to the Lavendar fields with you all, your pictures are beautiful.