We are in the height of tomato season here and I am reveling in the juicy bounty. I can’t count how many BLT’s I’ve already had and I plan to have many more. Thanks to my husband for planting so many vines we have an abundant harvest and thanks to these little punkins, the tomato picking has been a joy.
Burgers and salad anyone?
I hope you’re enjoying the summer. I’ve been soaking it in and am not ready for it to be over yet. I’ve also been finalizing my kitchen projects. I’ll have a full “before and after” to show you next week.
In the meantime I want to show you one “before”.
The charcoal walls are now gone! I can’t wait to show you the new color along with my easy DIY window treatments and lots of other projects and vignettes I have put together to bring in the farmhouse feel I love.
I strolled around my yard this morning with my camera while it was still halfway cool and caught some summer sights to share with you. One of my favorite things about summer is having fresh, delicious tomatoes. We (and by we I mean my husband) always plant both cherry tomatoes and big tomatoes. The cherry ones are always ready to eat a good 2-3 weeks before the big ones so having them helps me be patient for the others.
The yellow cherries are my absolute favorite. They are super sweet and bursting with flavor. Last year all we could find were the yellow pear-shaped minis and they were disappointingly blah. But this year we’ve got the good ones!
There’s a BLT with my name on it once this pretty thing ripens up.
Speaking of pretty things, isn’t Bella gorgeous? She belongs to my next door neighbor but she visits almost daily.
This morning I believe she had her eye on these:
There is a family of bunnies living under our shed. I enjoy watching them. They’re cute ~ as long as they leave our produce alone. So far, so good.
This plant will soon be covered in Baby Boos (little white mini pumpkins). We (husband) plant them every year and occasionally the bunnies will eat the blossoms.
Last week my husband and I were relaxing in the living room. I stood up to go to the kitchen and something caught the corner of my eye.
Yep, this bat was hanging out in our living room for who knows how long before I noticed it. It’s the second one this summer, so my husband grabbed the phone and called animal control. While we waited for them to come get it out of our house, I grabbed my camera and got the best shot I could without getting too close. Gross, right? The woman from animal control commented that he was “a big one” then scooped him up in her net. Apparently she had been out on several calls already that night from other people with bats in their houses. Now I walk around scanning the walls with my eyes because you just never know!
Hey there! I hope you’re enjoying the summer! When it’s not 95+ degrees I’ve been soaking in some vitamin D. I just got back from a mini getaway where I was able to relax and rejuvenate at a spa resort. It’s the first non-work getaway I’ve had in exactly one year and I was way overdue! Pedicures, full body massage, pool time and girl talk was just what I needed after the hard physical work of the weeks before. It was also a chance to clear my head and get a new perspective, away from some of the close and extended family issues that have been making my heart heavy the last few months. I haven’t shared anything about this on the blog. Maybe I will eventually but for now I’ll just say that when your family members are hurting, you hurt too.
I’ve been spending some time in my studio, not creating ~ boo! ~ but organizing. After the garage sale (which was a huge success and earned about 3/4 the cost of the new mattress I want to buy) my house was a shambles. I tore up my studio and storage area during the clear-out, where I keep a lot of my jewelry supplies and props but didn’t organize as I went, leaving it for afterwards. Once I get it completely whipped into shape I will be ready to get in there and create! In the meantime I want to share with you a couple of pairs of earrings that I will be putting in the shop soon.
The first pair is perfect for summer with its vintage lace and gold shimmer.
These could be worn for day or night. I picture them with a sleeveless maxi + other gold accessories by day, or with a romantic summer dress, hair up and heels for a date night.
The second pair can be worn year round but I always think of leather in conjunction with fall.
I hand cut the cross pieces from an old belt and gave them a turquoise patina. I added a Swarovski crystal in Pacific Opal to the center of each cross.
A couple of months ago I shared part of the makeover going on in our kitchen/dining areas. I will soon be sharing some pictures of the rest of our kitchen and dining room, pre and post painting/updating/farmhouse-izing. Thanks for stopping by!