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Friday, April 17, 2015

Bits of Bliss

Earlier this week I received an unexpected package in the mail. My bff Tracy sent me an entire box of Meyer lemons from her Southern California backyard. I can’t wait to juice them and make some lemonade and lemon blueberry tea bread.

I’m still thinking about some wonderful cookies I had last weekend. These gingerbread beauties were as yummy as they were pretty.

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Our housing subdivision is having a community garage sale tomorrow. Today I am working on pricing our soon to be gone treasures. Mr. D├ęcor can’t wait to reclaim our very full garage and I can’t wait to have a bit of pocket money to buy some more roses for the yard so at the end of the summer I can do this:

Wedding hanging jam jars | Image by Alexander James, Styling by Lavender & Rose Planners

Earlier this week I was beating myself up. There is a popular cleaning blog that is currently in spring cleaning mode. I had printed out the sheet of recommended tasks at the first of the month and as of yesterday had not done one single thing on the list. I mean my house is tidy, the laundry is done and no one is going hungry, but…

Then I read how uber popular designer Tobi Fairley does it all. She has a team of 13 people. Thirteen. Which then reminded me of the team that Oprah and Martha have as well. So I decided to feel pretty amazed about all I do get accomplished each day BY MYSELF and I put the spring cleaning list in the recycle bin. #happyandrelieved

My favorite Tobi Kitchen:

Lastly….over the past few years my Grandma Jingles would send my return suitcase home loaded up with treasures. After running an antique doll repair hospital for many years she had amassed quite a collection of antique/vintage fabric, buttons, lace and all sorts of goodies. When she passed away last fall a few family members took some of these textile treasures but I still ended up bringing three large boxes home to join the ridiculous amount of what I already had. So I kept looking as this lovely and rather large collection without an idea of what to do with it. Then it came to me that it needed to be shared. I have spent days, weeks and months hand cleaning delicate fabrics and trim and sewing them into fanciful creations. I plan on sharing the goodness this Monday with those who love little bits of bliss as much as I do. This Sunday would have been her 93rd birthday. I will be making a cake and excitedly waiting for Monday with what I think would have tickled her very much.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the goodness line drying in the bathroom.

May you find your bliss.



Kelley said...

Monday, Monday (dah-duh...). Coming right along! Garage sale started today? We're any early birds at the door?

Until Monday, happy weekend hugs,

GSGreatEscaper said...

Lace looks lovely as a ribbon wrapping on brown paper packages! Just wrapped my new grand-niece's baptism present that way last week.

Auntie Em said...

There is something so wonderful about touching a beautiful piece of antique lace. I have been to yard sales and flea markets and come across a old box or basket filled with these dainty treasures and it almost brings tears to my eyes. I think of how much love and care the person who made them put into the tiny stitches yet this person sees nothing in them. I love the way you have carefully washed and cared for each piece so the new owner will know what a wonderful item they will be lucky enough to own. Good luck with your sale!

ellen b. said...

That jar chandelier is so darn cute! Have fun at your sale. Hopefully you'll meet lots of your neighbors and sell lots of stuff. I'm flying to Southern California to take my almost 92 year old dad out for breakfast and spending short visits with friends and family tomorrow. Enjoy the cake you make for your dear Grandma Jingles!

Rita C. said...

Laura, every month when I read Martha's calendar in her Living magazine, I think, "yea, right, you're gonna plant those vegetables and touch up that outdoor furniture and scrub those porch ceilings and walls....", all the while baking and cooking up a storm and walking the dogs and doing Pilates. Yea, right, she and that team of minions of hers. You're amazing, and don't let anybody else influence your thinking otherwise.
I didn't know your Grandma Jingles was a doll doctor! My Panoply sister M is too!
Have a great weekend.

Rita C. said...

And, btw, I am totally jelly of those Meyer lemons! I can only imagine how sweet those taste, coming straight from your friend's tree. To have my own producing lemon tree is a dream.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You do wonders every day. Now I know for a fact that your house is always cleaner than most people. Every time you clean you go clear to the bottom, so it is always done right. You accomplish more than most, so just relax, have a cup of tea or lemonade and a cookie and pat yourself on the back.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You are amazing! I remember you talking about Grandma Jingles. Have a great day of remembrance.

Karena Albert said...

Meyer Lemons, yum! Laura I love that you are sharing some of your treasures with others! Bringing home and planting roses to enjoy will be so gratifying for your family!!

The Arts by Karena

Terri Steffes said...

A team of 13. What I couldn't accomplish! I got a big box of lemons from my friend in Arizona. I had no idea lemons could smell that yummy.

Rue said...

First, your hutch looks great in green!

Second, no one can do it all. Right now, my house has dust bunnies everywhere, because I was painting for the last 4 days. I guarantee you that even the most beautiful homes in Blogland don't look perfect when they're redoing their house for the umpteenth time ;)