I used to be such a dedicated blogger and follower four years ago. If I did not write a post three times a week and share a little of my life, I felt something was amiss. Now with my shop and my husband home and retired, I find that there simply are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I have on my ongoing list. One morning, on my routine walk, I took a photo of this tulip, and it gave me a chance to pause…..what is it that moves us in our lives? I would have to say that every time I see a beautiful garden or flower in bloom, I am moved to arrest my pace and slow my life down. Coupled with the warmth and the sunny days we have had in Portland lately, I have been feeling a little drunk with sunshine. I think that is a good thing.
If you have followed any of my postings on Facebook, you will know that I tried to adopt a store kitty. When that did not work out, I decided perhaps having Sophia in the store for a few days might be the best way to expose her beauty and sweetness to the world. It did not take long. Sophia is one of those creatures that is so delightful and social that it is easy to fall in love with her. She is moving to Seattle to be a big city girl with another very special girl who will love her immensely. I am thrilled and so are all the parties involved that made this happen!
Last summer I really neglected my garden. I was just too busy with my shop and business to give it the attention and care that it needed. With my husband home, I have had a chance to get back to it and nurture the beauty that to me is always a rose. Yesterday as I was watering, I grabbed my phone and took a close-up of this rose. I am a huge fan of Heirloom Garden Roses in Oregon. They sell the most beautiful own-root roses. Last year when I was out there stocking up on a few things, I came across a table called “mystery roses”. They were all on sale because they had lost their tags and could not be named. Did I ever find a beauty!! I really don’t care what she is called, but she must be one of the older roses, the singles that boast their beauty through simplicity and elegance.
Sunday, the beginning of my weekend, I decided to start the completion of a project that I have been working on for awhile. I love painting furniture at home, but it is not a thing I can indulge in very often due to time and guilt. Guilt? When I am home, I feel I should be catching up on so many things that are pulling at me, laundry, cleaning, weeding, grocery shopping, the well known routines we all have. But on this day, I just picked up my brush and started working. I love the process of applying metallic leaf to a piece. And I wanted to try my new product by Artisan Enhancements that I just brought into my store.
I am so anxious to finish this piece. I purchased the furniture almost a year ago when my neighbors were moving and having an estate sale. The lines are beautiful and I love the hardware. It will be moved to my shop soon, I hope.
Many of you have come to know my husband, Solon by coming in the shop and being charmed by his polite Southern manner and greeting. I cannot tell you what a boost he has given my business as well as my energy. For a long time he has wanted to paint some outdoor furniture, primarily an Adirondack chair that we have had for some time. He picked the color, Chalk Paint® Greek Blue.
It was a hot sunny afternoon on Saturday and Solon was determined to finish this and set it out in the side yard, where we seldom sit, so he could have a place to relax and get a different perspective of the neighborhood.
I offered to finish it so he could mow the lawn. I really love this color for summer furniture, and of course there will be no wax finish. I cannot wait to see how it weathers and becomes even more beautiful!
I cannot tell you how many times I have driven up to the house to see Solon sitting in this chair with the most peaceful look on his face. This is not just girl’s paint! Boys love it too!!