On the twelfth day of Christmas, I finally made a post.
*edited to say, that thanks to our Vee, I finally learned when the REAL 12th day of Christmas is!
I hope you all are having a BEAUTIFUL December. I hope you are healthy and doing well! The lake has its Christmas tree up and it makes me so happy that Papa Goose has his own tree - he has to share of course - but you know what I mean. And Daisy Cottage has her Christmas tree up too and it is all decorated and bright and shining. The annual Christmas parade was the first Thursday night of the month and it started out with gorgeous fireworks and I brought my chocolate chip oatmeal nut cookies to celebrate. I decked the dining room WALLS with a canvas print of one of my images of Summer Lynn feeding the ducks. I love it up there! I've been busy painting while Marley has been busy sleeping. ;-) Have listed a few cards in my Etsy shop too. And the Great White Pelicans are back - our literal snowbirds have arrived, once again, all the way from Wisconsin. I find that SO fascinating that they find our little lake every single year! They will be with us through Easter. Oh and I stood on our airport's tower catwalk to photograph the runways for a client. I just didn't look down. Or breathe.
Well, I haven't finished Christmas shopping. I haven't wrapped anything. I haven't mailed any cards. I haven't ....
Ahhh never mind. I would rather focus on what I HAVE done.
And being in the moment of the moments. It's all we have, right kids?
Before I talk about the pumpkins, I wanted to thank you all SO much for your SWEET and kind comments about Summer Lynn's "castle." You all are such loving souls and such SUPPORTIVE souls - always. You mean the world to me - always too. Thank you very much my heart friends.
Well you know that I am beyond ready for fall! For those of you north of me, and that's pretty much most of you (haha) pretty please blow some cooler weather my way! I can't wait! So to hurry things along, I have been bringing home the pumpkins and playing! I have real ones on the porch and I have a small collection of fabric ones on the dining room table. I LOVE them! You have probably seen them when you are out and about too. They make me happy - the colors, the patterns, and the whimsy! I used bamboo placemats that I just found at Salvation Army for a table runner and pulled my vintage glassware out of the cabinet to sit out and sparkle. Summer Lynn collected fall leaves for me when she was here last week and I put them in a crystal dish. Vintage coffee cups were found at a thrift shop downtown. While I am definitely a red wine girl when it comes to choosing libations, I love the beauty and art of a bar! I thought for the holidays I would turn the green buffet into a bar for fun and in the spirit of celebration. I love lighting the candles and seeing the dancing illumination on the bottles.
Anyway, I'm having fun playing with pumpkins and layering the house in patterns and cozy fall fun. You know - so that when it drops to 70 something, I will be ready!!!
Our Summer Lynn turned 4 years old yesterday. I had her with me for the day while her Mommy and Daddy had to work. I couldn't wait to surprise her with her special "hideaway" I created for her upstairs! I finally cleaned out the upstairs guest room closet which has a glorious window view to the blue sky and has tall ceilings with rustic 1922 wood floors. I have spent the last few weeks gathering art work from around the house and happy flowers and wreaths from thrift shops. My dear sis made an adorable teepee for her out of several yards of fabric that I picked out in the boho theme to go along with the guest room redo that I just did. There were shelves in there already and I have put all of the children's books that I have saved from my kids' youth and ones that I have gotten for her on them. My childhood Thumbelina, and other baby dolls are in there for her to love on. I filled clay pots with crayons and there is lots of paper to color on. I don't think you can see in the pictures above, but there are branches brought home from the lake perched on the shelf going up to the ceiling. There are play clothes and dress-up shoes and hats. No noise toys - only things to dream and imagine with. I love this special place. And it was a joy to create for her! I will paint the ceiling blue with clouds and add butterflies to the branches .... oh and twinkle lights too. :-)
Upon seeing her special hideaway, her eyes lit up and her smile was huge. You could see her and her little mind and heart take it all in.
She said, "I love my castle Birdie!! I love it TOO much!" She always says "too" instead of "so." I asked her if she might want to call it something else - like her "hideaway" or her "forest" or her "tent." She was very decisive in that no, thank you very much, this was her CASTLE.
And so it shall be.
Happy Birthday my love. You are so deserving .... I love you always and forever.
Our world may be badly broken and it may be severely hurting and how I worry, and cry, and hope that it mends as my heart breaks for all who suffer. But, like the incredible Louis Armstrong, I will always believe our world is wonderful and I will always see trees of green and find the good somehow, someway, wherever I go.
Happy Monday to you! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! It is still hot here but the light is softening and I just know that fall is coming! ;-) I have been in the mood to play house but don't want to spend very much or if any money! So what does one do when one gets the urge to freshen up her surroundings but without spending anything? One raids closets, and goes under beds, and searches drawers - that's what said one does!
I have had the upstairs guest room white and serene for awhile and while it was pretty, it never called my name to come back and continue loving on it. Hmmmm ..... perhaps it was the one room that I strayed from my true love of color and pattern? Yes, as the light bulb went off in my head AND heart - that is why! I am keeping the walls white but I am filling the room with all things color and pattern and I am loving it so far! This space will embrace my inner boho spirit, which believe me, is even stronger now than ever! I don't think I have ever shared the tiny bathroom in there before but you can see it above. I will add some red in here. The gold vintage drapes were a Goodwill score and I hung them yesterday using a hammer and just three tiny nails. I love the little sink in there too. Anywho, the rest of the images are from the rooms that you have seen. My poor office needs to be completely redone! It is small and has no closets so storage is always an issue. But the vibe in here is so wonderful and I truly feel the energy from so many .... all of the precious cards and notes sent to me over the past 10 plus years of sharing Dear Daisy Cottage are in here, along with the handmade hearts given to me long ago. So many sweet things in here... I always do feel the love. And that means more to me than you will ever know.
And speaking of love, our fur babies are such a part of our homes and families, aren't they?
As I often say, I can't imagine life any other way.
How is it the 7th day of June already? I cannot even wrap my mind around it! In a blink we are here. We ring in the new year and blink, blink, it is summer time. We inhale, exhale, and wake up to what was once the future. In an instant. Or so it seems.
BUT - as scary or as unsettling as this can often be, this travel in time is denied to so many. We are here. Let us NEVER forget that privilege. And yes, THIS - right here and now - is the time of our lives.
Speaking of right now, I am really excited about several upcoming things, including a few trips planned for the rest of the year! One will be to the mountains; one will be to Savannah; one will be to Round Top; and one will be to NYC. God willing but of course! You know that I don't often stray from home, so these are big trips to me! It will be good to have a change of scenery and I know I will come home from each adventure, inspired and refreshed. I am also going to have a little feature in a publication soon and it looks like I will be on page 16....
And of course I will share with beautiful you when it is on the stands. :)
It is hot, hot, hot here now - though as I type we are experiencing dark skies and storms from Tropical Storm Colin. Maggie is on my lap; Bentley is on a quilt, and Marley is at my feet on a rug. He has lost his hearing, but is adjusting. Such a sweet boy. He will be 14 years old on August 1.
Yeppers. This is the time of our lives. Whatever we are doing; whatever we are seeing; whatever we are living - this is it. Whatever and whoever we are loving - this is it. Let the flowers bloom! Let the birds sing! Let the ducks quack! Let our freedom ring!
And no matter where we may roam, may we always be safe and know that there is no place like home.
To those of you who are having some difficulties, or are in emotional or physical pain, or perhaps on the mend but are just needing a friend .... PLEASE know that I always keep you in my heart and that all of us here CARE and love you. You are not alone. We gift each other with our loving presence in the way that we can in this life. Our thoughts and prayers ripple into the universe to the one and ones intended for. It is such a beautiful thing.
And sometimes we just need to be quiet and sometimes we just need to be loud. Sometimes we just need to fill our minds with what we see and then our hearts fill accordingly. The imagery in our life is so important. I know that it helps me - what I choose to focus on and seek. Whether it be family, friends, nature, or all the little things that I love in my home, I have to focus on what makes my spirit happy or at peace. It is not that we should shield ourselves from the harsh realities of life and live in a cloud but we have to really try to balance the bad and seek the good, whatever that may be for us, as much as we possibly can.
We have to keep finding the light that lifts. Does that make sense? Whether it be our child's face; our dog's eyes; our garden's rose; our love's embrace; our friend's voice - whatever lifts us we must seek.
Though the heat is rising, the harsh summer light hasn't arrived yet and everything is still so beautifully lit outside. I love being on the porch this time of year. I wish I could get good pictures of the cardinals who love to frequent it but they are too fast for me, as are the butterflies. How lucky am I that while rocking or swinging on my front porch, there is such precious life two blocks north of me - always beckoning, always blessing.
It has been so incredibly beautiful here and I love every bit of it. We had our neighborhood home tour yesterday, and while Daisy Cottage wasn't on the tour, my next door neighbor's home was AND if you happened to walk by and I happened to be on the porch, and we happened to "connect" with a glance or a smile or a kind word, I invited you in. It was so wonderful to do that! I met Barbara and Amy - adorable ladies, and many other sweet and fun souls AND our own dear and beautiful Gail of Georgia came to see me, along with her precious mother, Nellie, and sweet sweet sister, Linda. They come each year for the home tour and we try to see each other while I volunteer, but the last few years I wasn't home for the tour. Yesterday, however, I was and I am so thankful that we could spend time together again! I love each of you girls.... you always are a delight and a treasure and you always make my heart soar. I also was so happy and surprised to see a dear friend of mine, Jane, walk through my gate with her beautiful friend, Anita. Sigh. It was truly a heartwarming, soul-lifting, precious precious day. Love was in the air.... and I am so grateful.
Grateful for blue skies. Grateful for old and young doggies. Grateful for color. Grateful for winged spirits. Grateful for new ducklings. Grateful for Papa Goose. Grateful for flowers. Grateful for food. Grateful for friends. Grateful for all things family and home. Grateful for brand new blooms and the hope that we see when we look up.
It is buried in all things bridal shower. I have one week to get it all together. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
I got sick again - now have a full blown sinus infection, but I am on an antibiotic and hoping I feel good as new, like NOW. In the meantime, I am making lots and lots of tissue paper flowers and early this morning I made the dream catcher that you see above. That was fun to do!
I love doing these things .... even if I can't breathe.
I know we ALL are - busy busy bees - you and me! Now where is our honey to show for it?
Again, please forgive me if and when I should ever repeat myself here as I honestly don't go back and check to see if I have already mentioned something and menopause can make one forgetful - that is my excuse and I am sticking to it. And speaking of menopause, I really think it is time for that season of my life to be done! Seriously! Enough already!
Anywho .... I was sick the first two weeks of the new year with the same stuff the whole town had and currently has. I feel better now and have been working on things for a bridal shower I am hosting here at the beginning of February for my nephew's sweet bride-to-be. I am really excited to have it here at Daisy Cottage and have been having fun planning it and getting it all together. I promise I will try to take pics on shower day and share. I've also been busy making art greeting cards from some of my paintings and am slowly getting them listed on my Etsy shop. They are really cute in person, if I do say so myself, and I am happy with them. They make me smile and feel a little proud, and that's a really good thing.
When one has an event coming up in one's home, it makes one tend to freshen up and redo things a bit and I am no exception! So this shower has motivated me to play house with a few changes here and there. I painted one of those plastic gold mirrors that we see in thrift shops and that I usually paint red, aqua this time. I just used the same paint I use for the paintings and dabbed it on quickly with a brush. I found some vintage needlepoint chairs one day when thrifting with my son and will paint them white. They were only $10 each! Score for sure! Lots of work play in progress and all so fun!
The lake is simply beautiful. Sigh. I could be there all day and all night in a heartbeat.
And I could be with this one all day and all night in a heartbeat too, but she would wear me out. In a cute, and so very precious way, but of course ...
I hope you are well and staying warm and staying busy BEing all that makes you YOU and happy too.
And just like that we have crossed over to the other side - luckily, thankfully, blessedly - you and me! In a New Year's Eve minute, it is now 2016. Do you remember when we first said the year 2000 out loud? It sounded SO strange. So "Tomorrowland" - like the attraction in Disney World. It took me forever to get used to it. It took me forever to get used to writing the year 2000 on checks. I missed the 1900's immediately and I remember feeling that I didn't like change. Well, thank goodness it isn't up to me and the world does keep turning and life does keep changing, though I know we could do without the bad. So now 16 years have passed and here we are. Think of all of the things we have lived over the past 16 years. It is truly amazing, isn't it?
We had a beautiful Christmas and many lazy family days afterwards. Summer Lynn made everything even more precious, but of course, being the sweet doll that she is! She fed Papa Goose and had her first beignet at a new fantastic andjust around the lake place! I made fudge; ate most of the fudge; forgot to take a picture of the fudge; and wanted even more fudge. I gave my Mom the little Santa painting and my sister the little peace wreath painting for Christmas and I will admit to you that I felt really proud to give them something that I made with my hands as I think that is the first time that I have done that for Christmas. I felt like that little girl in kindergarten who - well, yes - felt proud. It was a nice feeling. Our tree was amazing this year in its freshness and beautiful rich green hue and I didn't want to let it go. Every year I miss the golden twinkle and its presence and I find it hard to say goodbye. That must be a thing with me... the letting go; the changes; the new ways of being. But you, who have known me forever, already know that.
To be honest, I have thought about ending this little site here and only sharing on Instagram, as it is "easier" to share there with the way they have it set up as opposed to how Typepad (my blog host) has it. You take a pic, have a thought, and bingo, bango it is on your Instagram - either uploaded through your smart phone or from your computer. I resisted Instagram for years - me, the one who doesn't like change - but I am so glad that I finally joined in because it has been a great fit - another way to share images and thoughts with friends, old and new, and I have loved doing so. I also tend to share on Instagram more in "real time" and in "real time thoughts" than I do here. In the old days our blogs were our only option to share. But alas, there is that change thing again.
So I thought about it, yes, that maybe the time has come for my Imagery by Kimberly blog to be done. But it isn't. Because even if I am just sharing here with myself and only once a week, or once a month - it is what my heart still wants to do. I love the opportunity. I love the music. I love the history.
And I love you.
It may not be as fast or social media friendly as Instagram, but that is okay. It's sharing the "old way." And that is also a good fit for me too. Now the "fit" sometimes may be messy and raw and yes, random ...
But that is where I am at and I feel that is where many of us are at on our paths in life and that is all part of our journey. And that is also okay. I can't imagine being on any journey without you. You have been such a precious part of my life. It has been an incredible honor to be a part of YOUR life. Like all of the beautiful Christmas trees, I want to hang on to YOU.
I hope that is okay. I hope your 2016 is all that you want it to be. And I will cherish sharing and being under the same sky with you.
I am finishing up some recent photo shoots and loving every minute of working on them, while doing some decking of Dear Daisy Cottage's halls - including the dollhouse. I painted Santa for a very special someone to have one day when she has her own Summie home. I have finished mailing out Etsy Christmas orders and now I think I need to focus on Christmas shopping as I have yet to begin - other than something for Summer Lynn. It will get done - it always does, right? Right! I hope you have been having a wonderful week! Is it cold where you are? Still waiting on that here. BUT the Florida December light has been magical!