A New Post…Finally


Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there?

I’ve been away from my blog for so long that I’m starting to wonder. I stayed up until the wee hours last night uploading photos for this post because every single day, for about two weeks now, I’ve been telling myself that I need to give my blog some love.

But then you know what happens? I start playing with the kids or eating a cucumber sandwich or doing laundry or making no bake cookies or eating no bake cookies or painting the bathroom and, before I know it, another day has passed. Sigh.

Anyway, I finally managed to pull a few things together and take some photos.



Lucky for me, the temperature was a wee bit cooler yesterday when I was shooting this group of pictures. Holy cow, has it been hot and humid!  It was so wonderful to be outside enjoying the weather. There was a little bit of a breeze too…that’s always nice. I enjoyed every minute of it, except for when I almost stepped on a snake. Yeah, that part wasn’t so good.


I stopped by my favorite garden center this week and purchased a few pots of English Lavender and after looking at how pretty they were, thought I’d pair one with a few other things for a simple tablesetting. I got out a bottle of lemonade that had been stashed in the cupboard…something that I’d forgotten all about until just the other day. And, of course, I added one of my favorite things to the mix, other than the flowers…fruit.

I could just imagine us sitting here in the dappled sun, chatting about the day’s happenings and having something to drink and nibble on. Wouldn’t that be nice?


The weather calls for lots of sunshine today and I’m looking forward to fun and time spent visiting with my family. Anyway, I’m hoping that’s how it works out…my little girl isn’t feeling so well. This is birthday week around here. My mom, dad, father-in-law and brother-in-law all have their b-days, so tonight we’re supposed to be having our festivities. Lot’s to do, so I’ll bid you farewell for now.

Hope you have a great weekend!










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  • Clara {Clover and Violet}

    Tricia, your photos are worth the wait! It sounds like you are having a wonderful Summer! Enjoy!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • janice15

    Your photos are sweet and very nice…Happy birthday to all…with love Janice

    July 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Sherri

    Tricia, those photos are gorgeous! Life has a way of getting so busy doesn't it! In the summer I don't get to post on my blog as much as I usually do. Thanks for sharing!!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Alice

    That's what summer is for: playing with your kids, baking cookies, and all that other stuff. Before you know it the summer is gone and the kids are going back to school again.

    Your photos are lovely, as usual. Your little table vignette is just darling!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Dagmar

    Hello Tricia, when you do post, you make it such a feast for the senses..the way you write sounds like you are speaking to each one of us personally! truly sweet…Happy summer days❤

    July 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • julie - eab designs

    Catching up on some blogs this morning and was happy to come across your photos. Makes me want to head outdoors for a picnic. The temps this summer have been brutal, but rain is in the forecast for today and tomorrow so maybe we'll fit that picnic in next week. Have a fabulous weekend!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Beautiful as always. Love your table and chairs. Have fun celebrating. That's a lot of birthdays.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    Sounds to me like you are doing the important things in life! You'll never regret playing with your kids. Your posts are always worth waiting for. Oh.my.gosh…..these photos are so, so, gorgeous!! I am pinning for sure so I can stare at them again and again!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Kia

    So much gorgeousness! 🙂
    It sounds like you are having a wonderful Summer. 🙂

    July 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    beautiful images….makes me want to make strawberry shortcake NOW. 🙂

    sounds like you're having a great summer, Tricia!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • IMPRESSION "ein lebensgefühl-emotion of life

    Such a romantic and beautiful pictures!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    just realized I commented on the post with blueberries about that post you did before this one on strawberries. 🙂

    I like your blueberry shots, too. 🙂

    July 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    How beautiful and what a lovely place to dwell.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

    Lovely and serene. Love wispy lavender, but never thought to enjoy it in a pot!

    Have wonderful celebrations!

    July 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Tulla and Catie

    Really nice photos, but nevertheless: take your time with your children and your family, time runs so quickly, enjoy it! There will come days when you have time to post (and I am looking forward to it :-)).
    Have a nice weekend,

    July 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    Gorgeous photos Tricia, not quite sure about being worth stepping on a snake though, I hate snakes 🙂
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    July 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Debra @ Common Ground

    Always beautiful, Tricia!!

    July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm Reply
  • Eli crea shabby

    Your photo are very nice!!
    Elisa from Italy

    July 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • Vibeke Sæther Svenningsen

    Beautiful place and pictures:))
    Love it!!

    Hug from Vibeke

    July 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Donna

    These are ALL, Simply Gorgeous!!
    Hope you have a sweet weekend!

    July 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm Reply
  • Debbie Petras

    I love your photos! This is my first visit to your blog and I can through Pinterest.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage

    These are exquisite photos, Tricia! They make me feel so happy. I love summer above all seasons, and you have captured its very essence.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Oh Tricia, my heart just sings when I visit your sweet blog. The photos just make me happy. Hopefully your little one feels better and all will be able to enjoy the birthday celebrations!!

    July 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Ms. Redo

    We've missed you but always glad when you stop in to show us some gorgeous pictures! I'd be glad to come over and sip lemonade with you but I've heard there may be snakes nearby 😉 Enjoy your festivities tonight, that's a lot of birthdays close together! Hugs ~ Mary

    July 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    it’s so divine to visit you over here. I’dloev to sit there for a drink and a chat, the photos are bursting with sunshine and happiness… i might want to stay a bit longer 🙂
    hope you are well Tricia, x sandra

    July 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Modern Country Lady

    Hey, don't worry about it..life is for living, not just for blogging…Wish we had that kinda weather right here in the UK- so enjoy!

    July 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • Faded Charm

    I'm so glad you found time to share your wonderful photos with us…they are simply dreamy:-) And I know how the days just fly by when time is spent with the kids, or eating cookies…hahaha!

    Enjoy your weekend,

    July 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    It was worth the wait, Tricia!
    Beautiful and inspiring as always!

    July 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • tinajo

    Beautiful pics! 🙂

    July 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    How absolutely beautiful, Tricia…and I am glad to hear you are spending your summer with your kids, enjoying the moments you can't get back…

    July 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging

    Tricia — Welcome back to blogland! These photos are absolutely transporting! Thanks.

    July 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    I did the same…a break is good now and then. I know it got my creative juices flowing again. Plus we all have lives that need to be lived off line. Nonetheless I love seeing you post again! Gorgeous shots!

    July 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    Pinning all your lovely photos to my photography board. I'd love to know more about your camera and preferred lenses.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    Did a search and found a post you did on your camera and lens. 🙂

    July 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm Reply
  • Shabby Look

    Tricia, your pictures are simply gorgeous as always!
    Have a great weekend.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • The Rosegarden in Malevik

    Hi Tricia
    Welcome back……and as usual youre photos are outstanding…..
    and do not miss…




    it is FUN 🙂
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

    July 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Blueberry

    The light is magical!
    I just want to be in these photos!…:)

    July 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Mari Crea

    Beautiful atmosphere
    Have a nice weekend

    July 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    Hi Tricia, I'm here :)) Nice to see you again.
    Your shots are beautiful – what a lovely setting. I hope your wee girl feels soon.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm Reply
  • Lara

    So pretty.. I agree, the atmosphere is beautiful and magical! And how dainty are those little purple petals. xo

    July 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm Reply
  • Evelyn

    I would love to sit at that table and read for hours! Gorgeous!


    July 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply

    oh so pretty – can I come over for tea?

    July 21, 2012 at 12:40 am Reply

    What a delightful setting! Absolutely love your photos, staging and editing!! Just beautiful!

    I just love that you take the time to share such loveliness with all of us out here in blog land!! Thank you!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:32 am Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    So glad to see you post! Love the photos–always so light and airy and perfect. Hope the birthday festivities are full of fun!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:39 am Reply
  • Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop

    O.k so your photos are STUNNING….as if they would not be….thank goodness you posted I was going through withdrawal here..no more long breaks….thats it!!!! Enjoy your weekend…xx0x

    July 21, 2012 at 2:03 am Reply
  • Tereza

    simply beautiful! how I wish i could be sitting there 🙂
    Happy weekend!

    July 21, 2012 at 2:42 am Reply
  • Val

    I want to sit in one of those chairs!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 2:54 am Reply
  • Laurel's Quill

    so soft, so magical…nice space. Thanks for posting, Tricia.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:22 am Reply
  • cathywhatisoldisnew

    Good to hear you are enjoying your summer. I love the sweetness you captured with this lovely peaceful setting.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:59 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet tricia, i missed you so much! So happy to see a new post and photos! These photos make me smile! So happy to know you are enjoying summer. Have a lovely merry happy weekend. Love to you!

    July 21, 2012 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Cristina

    Bellissime foto e che bella atmosfera!
    Complimenti, ciao e buona giornata! Cri : )

    July 21, 2012 at 7:52 am Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    So very pretty Tricia! Glad you found some time to share! Life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions! Always enjoy my visits here so uplifting!

    July 21, 2012 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Georgianna

    Hi Tricia! Oh, my, these are among your most beautiful photos ever – I'm very glad you took the time to take them and post them. Beautiful styling and setting and gorgeous light – so magazine-worthy!!! Enjoy the summer – it's always gone to fast. Plenty of blogging time in the winter. Meanwhile, have a fabulous celebration and thank you so much for stopping by. xoxo

    July 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm Reply
  • Maison Beldecor

    Hi Tricia,
    what a beautiful and romantic place is your garden, and always an overwhelming styling – wishing your and your familiy lovely festivities and a lot of fun!
    Warm greetings, Bine

    July 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply
  • Linda R

    I would love to sit and sip on a cup of tea there in your garden it is so beautiful. Your photos always looks so dreamy and wonderful. I just love them. I do hope your daughter feels better.


    July 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm Reply
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    Stunning photos. It makes me want to go outside and enjoy the sun. Such beauty captured by the lens. Thanks for sharing.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

    Tricia, what stunning photography you have! I wish I could sit here with you and sip lemonade. Gorgeous!


    July 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm Reply
  • Silvina Soave

    Tus fotos son peciosas!! Hermosa ambientación , detalles y luminosidad, me encantan!!.Saludos desde Argentina!

    July 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Nely

    Simple beautiful,so magic and romantic place:)
    Have a nice weekend:)

    July 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • Kristi R Artisan Jewelry

    Beautiful…and I love the backgrounds too!

    July 22, 2012 at 12:49 am Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    I agree with Clara, Tricia! Your photos are always worth the wait. They're dreamy and ethereal and oh so beautiful. 🙂

    xoxo laurie

    July 22, 2012 at 1:13 am Reply
  • beth

    isn't it fantastic that our weather finally gave us a break? i'm not too far from you so i know you've had what we've had and frankly, i'm ready for at least a week of 80.

    these photos are wonderful !

    July 22, 2012 at 2:46 am Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    See…we're here…just waiting patiently for you to reappear! Beautiful photos, Tricia….fantastic bokeh, too. Your scene is so serene.

    July 22, 2012 at 4:36 am Reply
  • Shabby soul

    Darling Tricia I was dazed by so much beauty!
    Your photos have something… magic. It's not only beauty… is light, color, air, breath…
    Thank you so much for share, I'll save them all

    July 22, 2012 at 7:47 am Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    As always your post is filled with lovely images which capture the beauty of a summer day.

    My philosophy is life comes first, blog last. :@

    July 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Marina {Yummy Mummy)

    Just gorgeous, Tricia. I wish I could pop over to your beautiful talble and have some lemonade with you.

    You have probably already said this, but would you mind sharing what lens you use? The bokeh in the lavender picture is awesome. I use a 1.8 50mm for my close ups but it creates a completely different bokeh.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply
  • Lisa Gordon

    Summer definitely has a way of allowing us to lose track of time, and I love that!
    Each of these photographs is just beautiful Tricia.
    You truly have a talent when it comes to styling and photography, and it is always such a pleasure to visit you here.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • Sandi~A Cottage Muse

    Wow…you sure know how to come back strong…these are gorgeous!

    July 24, 2012 at 12:17 am Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    I've been MIA in the blogging world too with school and everything in life! lol But I have to say, even when you are busy – you always take the most beautiful photos!!! LOVE these – very summery and inspiring!! Have a great day, my friend.


    July 24, 2012 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Женя Joy_L

    very beautiful photos

    July 24, 2012 at 4:30 am Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    It has been a while…
    Summer days fly by, you get so busy, right? Lovely table.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    I would be delighted to sit and sip lemonade with you at the beautiful parlor table and chairs! Such lovely, summer-y pictures!

    I do not tend to my blog as much in the summer either…life is meant to be spent with the ones we love, so don't appologize for living a fulfilled life and taking care of your sweet family! But I do enjoy your posts when you do get around to it!!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm Reply
  • Pam

    Flowers and fruit – always a gorgeous pairing. I bought some blueberries to put in my vintage fruit containers last week and my husband went off and ate them before I had a chance to take photos. I had to explain that food isn't always food around here and then he just looked at me like I had three heads. Hope you had fun at the birthday festivities and got to eat lots of cake!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm Reply
  • Sleec Photos

    What a heavenly series…the epitome of warm summer days. Aaaahhh!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:43 am Reply
  • kelly

    Very summery feel.


    July 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    Hope your festivities
    have been fantastic,
    despite the heat wave!

    Love how you styled this
    shoot. You truly have a
    gift, my friend….

    xo Suzanne

    July 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • June

    Hi Tricia,
    I didn't know you had posted or I would have been here 'like that'!
    These photos are just so beautiful I feel like I could sit right now and have a cucumber sandwich with you : )
    I knew exactly what you meant when you said you tried to get to the blog but another day would pass and then another, and another. That is exactly what happens to me.
    Enjoy you day!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Susan

    I have you on my reader, so I don't miss a post – I might not be able to leave a comment immediately, but I always know when you have a new post – the wait between posts just whets my appetite for your next post!

    Your photography is beautiful, as always!

    July 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my Table for Two! I had such fun setting it up and photographing it.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Mira Crisp

    Oh yes! We are all still here waiting on your beautiful posts to help us day dream! 🙂

    July 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Beautiful photos!

    July 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • aboutgarden

    Hi Tricia
    I love your beautiiful blog. It's a long time that I read it…
    Tanks for this photos
    un saluto dall'Italia

    July 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm Reply
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    Beautiful Blog..♥
    Hugs Gaby..♥

    July 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    Hi Tricia, glad you are having some cooler weather. It's been hot and quite buggy outside lately around here. I love summer but a little less bugs would be nice 😉 Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • lugarandcompany

    Indeed I would love to pull up that summer chair and sit a spell with you, Tricia. Absolutely lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to following you on more outings!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • ZielonaMila

    Beautiful picturesque photograph. I am greeting

    August 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    wow…summer at its' finest Tricia. I LOVE those glasses! I almost picked a few up just yesterday! I want to live in Anthropologie!

    August 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Amy Kinser

    Girl, I would love to sit at that beautiful table with you and chat. Such gorgeousness!

    August 3, 2012 at 1:58 am Reply
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