social saturday

all miscellaneous posts related to the social aspect of the blog

Social Saturday | July 2 (More Flowers!)

pink and orange lily blooms

And some more flowers today…the garden is in gorgeous colour right now. This is the first year that the plants are really starting to fill in and my mom has done a lovely job of staggered bloom times, so we’ve got even more flowers coming soon. We’ve also had a lovely summer so far with rain and sun, but not too hot, so the plants (and me!) are very happy.

And… that’s all I have to share for today, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

pink roses

pink roses with yellow flowers in the background

fuchsia rose bloom

white mock orange bloom with pink roses in the background

dark pink painted daisy

multi coloured pansies and white yarrow

purple blue siberian iris

Social Saturday | May 28

three red tulip blooms

Hello and happy Saturday Dear Readers! How was your week?

Here is a round up of some of things I’ve been enjoying lately, paired with some photos I’ve take over the past month. I love all the tiny leaves and cheerful flowers at this time of the year, don’t you? It’s been lovely watching all the flowers and leaves slowly open, the birdsong floating through the air, rain showers and the quiet and busy hum of the bumblebees as they go from bloom to bloom…

red tulip blooms and blossoms

  • What I’ve been working on: a sewing project that I’ve had in the works for several years… I finished it and will be sharing it next week. It’s nice to finally be able to check that one off the “to do” list!
  • As I’ve been sewing in the evenings, I have been listening to the audiobook of “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. It’s one of my favourite books- I listened to a recording of it a few years ago, and decided it was time for a re-read/listen: I’m about 2/3 of the way through now. I don’t particularly love reading Dickens, but I absolutely love listening to his stories! If you decide to read or listen to it, just make sure you don’t start the final 1/4 of the book in the evening, otherwise you’ll have to stay up until 3 AM to find out the ending! (That’s what I did the first time I listened to it- I was very tired the next day, but it was worth it!)

green sedum plant

  • I’ve also just finished reading “Facepaint: The History of Makeup” by Lisa Eldridge. It was such an interesting and in depth look at the history of makeup from ancient times to the present day. I enjoyed not only the text but also the photography, and the photos of all her vintage makeup collection. Why don’t more makeup brands today make pretty packaging? There’s so much boring plastic out there…

    tiny leaves growing on the trees

    • I have also been borrowing some more decorating books from the library, and “For the Love of White” by Chrissie Rucker was another good one. Most of the homes in the book are too modern for my own taste, but I think it can be inspiring to look at decorating styles that fall outside of our niches. Sometimes we can get in a rut, with home decor, fashion… anything really, if we focus too narrowly on what we already know we like. Curated Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards with suggestions of photos “you might like” can, over time, stifle creativity, whereas seeing new things, styled in ways different than we normally would, can be extremely inspiring. I’ve always grown up in homes full of colour, and it’s taken me a while to realize that I actually really like White as a colour, not just a neutral, so this book (full of homes from England) was particularly calming and lovely!

    peony plants coming up

    • This blog post, from Farmhouse on Boone, taught me something new. Before the days of refrigeration people had so many ingenious methods of food preservation, and water glassing eggs is one of them. My mom has chickens, so maybe we’ll try this in the future? I love discovering new-old ways of preserving food!

    Well, that’s all for this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you have planned!

    yellow wood tulips and white and peach daffodils

    miniature purpley blue johnny jump

    tiny green leaves unfurling on a branch

    Social Saturday | May 14

    purple and blue pansy bloom

    Hello Dear Readers, how was your week? It’s been a while since I did a Social Saturday post, so I thought I should do one today, since I’ve got a few collected pictures.

    The greenhouses are open so I picked up a Coleus, below, and my mom some pansies, above. I love the colours of the leaves on this one! I’m going to plant this in a rustic crackled blush pink pot I have- I think that will go really nicely with the red tones in the leaves.

    red and lime green coleus plant

    A while ago I mentioned that I was redoing my quilt and needed to just finish the edge binding- here’s how it turned out. I love the nice clean edge it gives to the quilt. It took me approximately 3 hours to stitch… or the length of one movie marathon.

    the edge of a bed, showing the quilt and bedskirt

    corner of the quilt binding

    Our local library is very small, and doesn’t have much selection (if we didn’t have inter-library loans, I would never read anything), but the one thing it does have is a lot of vintage books still in circulation.

    vintage library book covers and illustrations

    Aren’t these two volumes beautiful? The gilt one is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. And the other is a biography of Beatrix Potter, which was so enjoyable to read!

    I have been on a winning streak lately with thrift shopping. For the past year or so I haven’t found much worth bringing home, but in the past few weeks I have found quite a few great vintage pieces.

    vintage thrifted items- glasses, baskets and boxes

    A large basket that needs a bit of repair, but was only $2 so I couldn’t pass it up, a couple of hatboxes that I plan to recover, some “Boopie” glassware that matches my other sets, and a velvet t-shirt that I plan to use the fabric for a hat.

    thrifted tea pot, box, silver items and a glass candle votive

    And above, a little blue and white teapot (which is the exact same design as the one my sister has!), a silver napkin holder and pedestal, a carved wooden box and an embossed glass votive I’m going to pour a beeswax candle into. The box just needed a bit of refreshing with some linseed oil and it was good to go.

    And finally, to end this post, these are the first flowers to come up each Spring, and they are so cheerful. They are wild Woodland Tulips and they are are only a few inches tall, but they make such an impact.

    wild yellow woodland tulips

    I hope your week is a wonderful one, whatever you have planned!

    The Peace of Easter

    pysanka easter eggs in a basket full of moss

    “Surely he took up our pain
        and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
        stricken by him, and afflicted.

    But he was pierced for our transgressions,
        he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
        and by his wounds we are healed.”

    Isaiah 53: 4-5

    On this day in between the remembrance of Christ’s death and his resurrection, I am so thankful for the Peace that the cross means to those who seek Him.

    I wish you all a blessed Easter season, dear Readers!

    Social Saturday | March 26

    pink tulips in a tiny vase sitting on a windowsill

    Happy Saturday, Dear Reader. How was your week? Mine was a busy one full of inside projects. Inside because, even though I would love to be outside enjoying the sunshine, my allergies have been acting up because of the melting snow and resulting snow mould…so indoors I am staying until it, hopefully, dries up out there. At least I was able to bring some Spring indoors with a bouquet of tulips! Some of the pink ones wilted very quickly so I made them into a mini bouquet for my windowsill.

    stack of vintage pillowcases and sheets to make into a quilt

    I’ve started keeping a master “To Do” list in a note on my computer and it has been an absolute game changer in terms of getting projects done. I’ve got different categories and have been adding everything from simple tasks like “wash a load of white laundry” to more complex, future projects like “refinish antique dresser”. Some projects I won’t get to right away, but it’s been nice to be able to keep track of all the plans I come up with. I used to write out a list in my schedule, but I wouldn’t get to everything through the week and didn’t always carry things through to the next week. Keeping an electronic list that I can delete items and add items to without running out of paper has been great so far. This week I was busy working on my quilt…again. I didn’t like how it turned out last time, so I added another layer to it, and am now stitching a proper quilt binding around the edge.

    an open decorating book and a cup of tea in front of it

    I also got some decorating books from the library and had a fun time paging through them for inspiration. As nice as the internet can be, there is still something even nicer about looking at a decorating book. I really enjoyed “Feels Like Home” by Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed blog, and have actually decided to buy this one for my own bookshelf. It feels like the sort of book I will want to refer to again in the future, especially because it’s more of a “how to” and not just inspiration.

    a vintage evening bag hanging on the wall with other pictures

    After I finished looking at those decor books I was inspired to add this little purse to my gallery wall in my bedroom. It was my Gramma’s and I never use it, because I never really have an occasion to wear it, so this is the perfect place for it to live. And if I ever do have an occasion, I can easily take it down!

    And finally, because it is officially Spring now, it was time for me to switch out my winter encaustic artwork by Donna Hanson for my Spring/Summer one!

    Well, it’s back to stitching (my quilt) for me. What are your plans for this weekend?

    encaustic artwork of a yellow field and blue sky