21 December 2017

Christmas in the Garden

Bringing you some pretty photos of the garden.
Here is a wreath with green tucked in asymmetrically and hung on the garden cottage she shed. 

It is also time to pick the citrus. These are Meyer lemons, and they are ready earlier this year.
The warmer autumn probably caused them to ripen sooner. Last year I made lemon bars and canned lemon marmalade. Actually, it was my first time. It canned properly, but didn't set well, so ended up using it to make sweet and sour chicken or lemon chicken during the year.  It was quite tasty, because I had placed cinnamon sticks in while it cooked.

The weather is nice enough to place the pumpkins outdoors now. Earlier they would have rotted.
This is a grapefruit tree. It sort of folds over on itself, because the fruit is so heavy right now, and it is fairly young. But once the fruit is picked it will straighten. The tree on the left is filled with delicious mandarin oranges.

Some tasty tangelos over here...

The white roses are blooming and the lavender will begin to bloom soon.
There are tomatoes out here, lettuce, and basil as well.

This time of year, even without snow, there is a peacefulness and quiet ness. The trees that do change color have turned gold and are dropping leaves, and the wind that picks up this time of year will blow them away.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
And thank you for visiting throughout the year!

Christmas in the House is here.

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13 December 2017

Christmas 2017 at Butterfly and Bungalow

I hope your are enjoying this beautiful season of light.
I wanted to post my Christmas tour before it became too hectic.
This year, I begin with the sleeping porch.

Here we have our version of an advent wreath. The Santas represent several countries. France, Russia, Italy, Sweden and so on. The little clogs have goats painted on them, and they were my daughter's some years back now.

Here is my desk area with a fresh rosemary topiary with some flowers from the garden, and a theater that is a cupcake decorating box with a pair of dolls from Poland embracing in a dance.

the porch bed...

The garden... blooming with white roses.

The she shed cottage... with an asymmetrical wreath that I fashioned with fresh cedar.

My daughter decorated the inside in a Swedish style.

Joyeux Noel
Vintage pitcher from Germany and little wooden German  Christmas scenes.

The egg ornament was made in Russia.

We have two decorated trees this year. 

There is one in the library decorated by my daughter.
Owls, Mushrooms, Birds

Library Mantle

Library Rocking Horse

Kitchen and Dining Room

Simple Greens

and the living room...

A basket fill of bleached pine cones and some handmade ornaments of pottery from Mexico.

Madeline in Candy Cane Ribbons
She likes to take photos...
Not so much the other two dogs or the cat...

My bedroom...

My Bedroom...
The Nativity's pieces are all made in Italy. It was started by my mother many years ago.

That's it... Just a peek of our home at Christmas... I hope to return with closeups, but it is the busiest time of the year for most everyone.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah 

14 November 2017

Tuesdays Snapshots: Rearranging for the Tree

old new worn antique vintage collected handmade grown local books
That's my aesthetic: not too precious, it is worn and enjoyed.

The pomegranates, roses, basil, and rosemary are from our garden. I placed the blooms in an empty candle bowl.  The scent was jasmine and wonderful.

Since this sofa is ten inches shorter than the last one, I can turn it. Now, I can better place the tree by the windows. It's amazing how much room was created without the rolled arms of the slipcovered one.  This one I found at a vintage pop up shop that is held once a month. 

This is my favorite time of year. Actually any time from September to April is fine, because the weather is beautiful, and I can enjoy our garden.  I hope to decorate fairly soon, so that I will have sufficient time for other events, so we pulled the stuff from storage this past weekend, and it sitting in front of the doors to the bedrooms! I've been stepping around it for a few days now.  My blog is not fixed. I turned on cookies, but now when I search the internet, I have an add popping up in a new window every time. So much fun!

As of today, Wednesday, I fixed it, and I can now comment here and on blogs I visit as well.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments.

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07 November 2017

Tuesdays Snapshots: November Decor Gathered

It seems that Tuesdays are becoming my regular day to post.
Most of the year, I tend toward seasonal decor with simplicity.
This photo showcases a pair of boxwood wreaths that are closed in the door.
Since this armoire is not opened that much, because it stores seasonal linens, I did not place a small finishing nail behind the door to keep them there.

Our collection of pumpkins that we gathered from trips to the pumpkin patch are showcased.
My favorite is the cheese pumpkin on the right and the warty apricot one, but they are all so beautiful in their subdued shades. The garland was a six dollar Target find that I repainted to go with the decor.

Here are just some fallen leaves gathered from drives up to the mountains mixed with a few nuts.

So leaves, pumpkins, nuts, apples, pears, acorns, pinecones, baskets and so on are simple things to decorate with this month.

Thank you to At Rivercrest Cottage
for featuring my French drying rack. That was so sweet and such a surprise.
I also love what her daughter did to remake a chandelier and the paint color she is featuring.

Thank you for visiting.
I still have not figured out what is wrong with my ability to comment on this blog or others.

Have a Happy Week.
Thank you for all the lovely comments and well wishes.


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31 October 2017

Tuesday Snapshots: Kitchen's Painted Update

You may or not may recall that when my husband and I remodeled this kitchen, we left the wood natural. I liked it then, but I couldn't decide on a color.  That was over four years ago now, and the natural wood yellowed and it didn't work with the lighter gray or white depending on the light on the other side. It was bugging me. 

So after some trial and error, I decided on gray.
(I actually stained them first, but didn't like it!  Then I tried a white, and I didn't like that either!
In  the end, I sanded them all down, and painted them Annie Sloan French Linen, and waxed them with white and clear wax.)

I really like how the two shades of paint seem to compliment one another now.

This time of year, it is a little bit difficult to get a great shot.  This is an old desert house, so there are carport overhangs and porch overhangs on all but one side of the house.

Even my angel received a makeover with chalk paint. You can see it the old way in one of the photos; He had turned all one color... It was not old... I bought it new some years ago...

As you can see my garden is recovering from the summer heat and starting to produce again.

I am sorry, that I did not respond to all in the last post.  It appears my commenting has changed settings or something. I comment, and I can't see them or they are disappearing into the ether.
I think others have had this problem. If you know what I need to change in settings feel free to tell me.
Thank you for reading.
I love the paint that I used, and I was not compensated.  I just like the paint.

Have a fun filled holiday today.


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24 October 2017

Tuesdays' Snapshots: the Kitchen and Library

Another month has slipped by. I've been so busy! Finishing up projects like distressing the armoire below.

Another one of these projects has to do with the kitchen.  When we remodeled this kitchen ourselves, I never decided on a paint color for the island and the cabinets by the stove.  I really didn't like how the bare wood these days is looking more yellow, and that doesn't work with the other cabinet color.
Well, I've been on it... for the past month now....
They have been stained, then one painted, white, and one blue, and then back to square one,
but now I am finishing up, and soon I will reveal what we chose. The clue is that I decided to stick with what I like. I am working on the last one, so any day now.

In the meantime, I did some small changes for the seasons.
Instead of my teacups, I hung my french pans from the shelves we made several years ago. They are usually sitting on an empty burner.  Speaking of cooking... hop on over to RJ's in the next day or so to the Sketchy Reader to enter a chance to win a cookbook . I also put away my madonna for now, and I am displaying this angel for the season.  I have had it longer than I have a  daughter.

Roses are starting to reappear in my garden, and I am bringing them into the kitchen, because I love their beauty and scent. Now that we are finally starting to dip below 100s most days roses and basil are making an appearance.

This is just a little suggestion to make a house a home.
Do you like to burn palo santo and sage?  Or, do you like essential oils? We love them, and I've had a diffuser in the kitchen for a couple of years now. Someday, I will try to remember to show our box of goodies.

And of course Christmas and the holidays are ahead soon enough.
I bought these lovely stockings from Dore at Burlapluxe, but she is now selling the pattern so that you can make them.

And just because.... Sometimes we need some whimsy... and this is the room... our Madhatter Library... It is a little over the top, and the fanciest room in this house... But in this world we need some fun, and we are fortunate; we have a room that makes us smile when we walk in, and it's the best feeling to have an  escape. We hung a better light in here. I had a smaller chandelier ceiling light, but it was not enough lighting for the evenings, so we changed that one out for this balloon shaped one, and it throws out enough light to realize what we have been missing  not been seeing.  Just as a reminder or if I have a new reader, almost everything in this room has been acquired second hand or repurposed like the bookcase that we trimmed from an entertainment unit.
And just so you know nothing is perfect here... see the jar of shells, someone through a tissue in there. xoxo Su

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