August 11, 2011

Hydrangeas in the Dining Room

Hello to you!  Hope you're having a good week.  Let me tell you, the weather here has been absolutely glorious.  I've been trying to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the sun and the last little bits of summer, just tending to my plants and such.  My hydrangeas are in bloom, so I'd thought I'd cut a few, style them up and take some photos in my dining room.

Oh, I just love hydrangeas!  When I bring them indoors, I always like mixing a few green blooms in with the white, even though they haven't fully flowered, since I like the contrast and the texture.  I decided that some pretty aqua-colored vintage jars would be perfect for my arrangements.

I've had this old trug, carrier or whatever you want to call it for ages.  I don't know why I never thought to use it in here before.  Sometimes I'm so blind.  Do you do that too?  You just get used to something being in a particular spot and never really notice it and it's other possible uses?  Anyway, it seems like the rustic look of the trug combined with the silverware and linens works well together, don't you think?

The vintage grain sack that usually hangs on the ladder was put away and replaced with one of my tablecloths instead for a nice little burst of color.  Feels lots better...not so drab.

Of course, the blueberries brighten up the room too.

Well, my lovelies, that's all I have for ya...I'm not feeling super chit-chatty today.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xo Tricia

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August 06, 2011

Sweetie Pies and My Blog Anniversary

Hello, you.  Are you having a good weekend?  I thought I'd never get a post up today since I spent the better part of the afternoon making these little heart-shaped pies, or sweetie pies, as I like to call them.  Clever aren't I? 

I bought a pie mold from Williams-Sonoma a week or so ago and thought that today would be the day I'd whip up some super cute little cherry pies.  Let me just say that, number didn't go that smoothly and number two...I'm not much of a baker.  The filling kept coming out of the pies, it looked like my hearts were bleeding.  Ugh, I was glad when it was all done.

Anyway, today's my one-year blog anniversary.  I just wanted to say that, for my sake at least.  So I can look back and say to myself, "Oh look, I made little bleeding cherry hearts, I mean, sweetie pies, that day."  :)

Speaking of sweetie pies, I just want to say thanks.  First, to you...all my new sweet friends who come to visit me here on my little bloggy space and share your thoughts and friendship.  I've loved getting to know you all over the past year.  ♥

Second, there's Sarah at Shabby Chic Interiors, a beautiful Italian blog.  She featured me about a month ago and put together some pretty collages with my photos.  I know a lot of you would love her style, so you may want to go and take a peek.

Lastly, one of my very best friends, Jo at Secret Garden Cottage, gave me a nice shout out the other day and I just want to say, "Right back at ya sister."  :)

Well, I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend.

Big hugs ♥ Tricia

August 04, 2011

A New Little Love

I have to tell you, I have a new love.  No, it's not a sweet someone or a cute furry little friend.  It's photographing food. it!  So much so, that I just got a new book about food styling and photography the other day and I can't wait to devour all the words of wisdom it holds inside.

Today, I thought I'd combine my love of  food and flowers into a photo frenzy of pretty, purple profusion.  Try saying that three times fast :)  A few weeks ago, my Jackmanii clematis was laden with blooms...just look at them all. 

Wanting to make use of their prettiness, I paired them with some deliciously plump blueberries. Together, they felt so summery.  I took these photos when it was so hot, hot, hot outside and since the berries were frozen, they thawed out and got all nice and frosty in no time.

My sister, the baker extraordinaire, whipped up these yummy little blueberry-topped cheesecakes for birthday week.  It was my mom's, dad's and brother-in-law's birthdays, all just a few days apart.  I think I gained a few pounds on the day we celebrated, since she also made strawberry shortcake and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Sometimes I just can't control myself.

Don't they look delicious? 

(The photo above is my entry for the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge)

Well, sweet friends, that's all I got for ya today.  Hope you're having a great week.

Until next time...

xo Tricia

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