Summer Sand

The moment finally arrived. Yes, my feet have officially found their home in the sand. 

 Summer collections  

 Summer collections

 

Sportsmanship 

Sportsmanship 

After weeks of college graduation celebrations, in between working, and general home maintenance, I get this moment on the sand.

Not often seen... The backside of my Dream Home from Somethings Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson & Dianne Keaton.

Not often seen... The backside of my Dream Home from Somethings Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson & Dianne Keaton.

Batik Beach Blankets, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. History, Craft, Artistry and a seasonal favorite.

Batik Beach Blankets, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. History, Craft, Artistry and a seasonal favorite.

Hearing the clacking of sails hitting the masts of beached sunfish and hobiecats create the perfectly timed melody of the lake-shore. In between lifeguard whistles, and soda cans popping, I can see seagulls become master divers once they plunge under the surface to get their lunch. And here I stand. 

Clink, Clank, clang   

Clink, Clank, clang 

 

Kinfolk magazine and sand; recycled & re-purposed

Kinfolk magazine and sand; recycled & re-purposed

Lighting the night, The openings were hand carved one by one, in a meticulous manner. When lit, the effect is magical, dramatic and special. Perfect for a night on the sand & available in my own the look tab.

Lighting the night, The openings were hand carved one by one, in a meticulous manner. When lit, the effect is magical, dramatic and special. Perfect for a night on the sand & available in my own the look tab.

Beach Bungalow 

Beach Bungalow 

Witnessing the beach routine for some time now, I too find my place in the melody. Every hour or so I turn over on my sun-bleached blanket, creating the sound of grinding sand and add my own percussion— I exhale in addition to the tune of flipping the pages of a magazine page. 

The art of sandcastles....Indoors! 

The art of sandcastles....Indoors! 

Here, on the white sand beach of Lake Michigan, the season welcomes me to join in on the fun. And I hope your summer is just as inviting. 

Collecting Color  

Collecting Color

 

Enjoy the season 

Enjoy the season 

Cheers to finding the melody. 

Verde

Pen and paper in hand. Scratch that, pencil and manila folder. Electrical power flickering on and off. No internet. Quiet and calm outdoors—that is—excluding the occasional breeze making the Cherry blossoms fall like snow outside my window. 

Wondering into a new season

Wondering into a new season

Fresh

Fresh

Welcome spring

Welcome spring

Yes, I’ve had all good intentions of writing a new post entitled “Green.” No, “Paradise.” No, “Container Entertaining.”  Verde / Vert…. that’s the ticket, sounds just exotic enough. 

Danielle Rollins Home Boxwood

Danielle Rollins Home Boxwood

Maiden Hair fern, one of the first signs of spring

Maiden Hair fern, one of the first signs of spring

Recently, I have had the opportunity to meet a few amazing talents as well as larger than life characters and catch up with friends. Danielle Rollins, Debi Lilly and Mark Isenberg just to name a few. What I have learned is that they all have one thing in common. In spite of the initial meet and greets that go along with book signings, presentations, and brick and mortar presents, they are all striving to make things a little more beautiful, accessible,  and most of obtainable. For this they should be recognized. As Debi put it so eloquently in her presentation at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue here in Chicago “my job is to help people celebrate”. In whatever fashion they desire.

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

The art of entertaining

The art of entertaining

Historic containers

Historic containers

Which brings me to the celebration of spring on this stormy night. Yes, it has finally arrived in the Mid-west and the competition has begun to see which neighbor has the greenest grass, the prize winning urn or the well decorated front stoop. All of this for the anticipated garden walk to take place in just a few short weeks. It may be a little premature now, but just wait.

Debi Lilly Gatherings; A Perfect Event

Debi Lilly Gatherings; A Perfect Event

Here, I have selected, edited, and shot a few photos of what inspires me. Including a new find, introduced by my good friend Courtney Price, a company named Long Shadow, located right here in Illinois but ships and installs almost anywhere. They were well represented at the Art and Antique show at the Chicago Botanical Garden a few weeks ago, which I was fortunate enough to attend as a guest of Ms. Rollins with the MRD Crew

Long Shadow Planters; Classic Gardens

Long Shadow Planters; Classic Gardens

Double RL Display; Just rustic enough

Double RL Display; Just rustic enough

There was much inspiration and product, so I found it hard to narrow down my favorites at the time due to our lack of springtime weather…I wanted it all. (At times I had to cut conversations short in order to take a peek at the new vendors’ merchandise!  All of this to guarantee a beautiful, but delayed spring.) In any case here are a few ideas just to make the neighbors jealous. 

 Take in the view and all that the season offers

 Take in the view and all that the season offers

Just remember that, the sowing of one seed can give us tremendous opportunity with the very idea of its magic. It can transport a towering runner bean or a fragrant sweet pea into a showstopper. No matter what the container may be. 


What will you be witness of this season?