Unexpected Joy



A Winter Primrose in the dining room bay window.  Ceramic planter from Clear Mountain Craft


These little primroses are my favorite way to decorate mid-winter. You can find them at your local nursery or grocery store: typically for about a dollar a plant. And while they will spruce up a winter-grey yard quickly, I like to place them in ceramic planters I’ve collected and tuck them into unexpected corners of our home for a touch of spring where you might not expect it. Long dark winters need moments of unexpected joy, don’t they? 

Sweet Peas


Look what the corner Dahlia stand had.

Friday’s Pin: Floral Inspiration


Friday’s Pin: Painterly. On A Passion for Flowers


The painting in the background has me dreaming. And wishing I had the time to sneak off into my studio to play with some dye.

I did order silk for my Sunday School Class. We’re doing a project for Mother’s Day (shhh… it’s a secret!) and if there are any left-overs, I might just have to find the time to get creative. I’ll keep you posted! 

Daffodils for Spring


A Daffodil bouquet ready for delivery.


Nothing says “Happy First Day of Spring” like a bunch of Daffodils. . . so I wrapped up bouquets of these lovely blooms and delivered them to my neighbors. Winter went out like a beast, winds blowing all night and into the morning. Most of us are a bit sleep deprived today–so, some floral sunshine seemed in order. Little rays of potential.


Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard. . . 


This has become my little sanity ritual. Stopping by the neighborhood dahlia stand and buying a bunch of flowers each week. It’s hard to buy just one bunch, they’re all so pretty. But $4 of dahlias goes a long way.

To say it’s been nutty here is an understatement. Along with the new job, I’ve taken on some ministerial tasks with the kids in my church. Fun work. Exhausting work. It doesn’t leave much time to focus on Mireio or the house. So, once a week, I stop to buy dahlias and deep clean our house.  I dream of getting things painted. . . but for the moment, it’s just a dream. 


The new butcher block is starting to age nicely… Now if I could just learn to take photographs in my kitchen. 


I’ve not given up on Mireio, however. Just today I ordered new fabric for fall pillows, in a color palette that reminds me a bit of all these pretty flowers. Lots pretty coming your way. In time. It was unrealistic to think that I’d be able to juggle it all immediately. But I can see a pattern emerging and I am hopeful I’ll find studio time starting in September.

It’s not the August I imagined, but it’s the one I have. And it’s amazing what a difference a $4 bunch of dahlias can make.