Four for Friday.

Here are four more stunning friends of a feather.
In shades of blue and green.
From a day spent at the San Diego Zoo.


I hope your weekend is filled with beautiful birdsong, dear ones!
Much love...xo

True Blue, by way of Monaco.

As you may have heard, Pantone's 2013 Color of Spring is Monaco Blue. One of my very favorite colors. We were in Monaco this past summer. So I feel even more connected to the color. So as you can imagine, I'm tickled blue about this. *wink*

One way I'm demonstrating my happiness is at Fringe. Here are two examples:

{in monaco blue}

{in monaco blue} 


Both designs are now available at Fringe


We are slowly getting things ready for the holidays. The front of our house glows with Christmas lights, and the door is graced with a lovely wreath. Inside is a different story. We won't buy a tree until two weeks before Christmas. We love having our tree up through New Years so getting it a bit later ensures freshness. I've actually purchased a few gifts already. For me, that's crazy talk. We are notorious for waiting until the last minute for most gifts. I'm sort of proud of myself for being more on top of the gifts this year. I think I deserve a rumnog!

How is your holiday season so far, darling friends? I'd love to hear about it.

Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for being you. 
Much love...xo

Four for Friday.

Magnificent birds of a feather.
In shades of brown.
From a day spent at the San Diego Zoo.


I hope you are enjoying this last day of November, dear friends. How did it get to be the last day in November...?

Much love.

In Which Nature's Bandit Plans Ahead.

Hello, dear friends!

If you took part in Halloween festivities yesterday, I hope you had a grand time. Ron is away on business, so the boy and I were left to our own devices...

{rascally raccoon thug}

Last night, at approximately 7:30 pm,
(in other words, before Halloween was even over)
the boy looked at me and said:

"Next year for Halloween I want my costume to be 
a pony dressed as a Viking being eaten by a shark."

Wherein I replied:

Four for Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in the backyard...

 {abandoned and halloweenish}

 {my love affair with roses continues}

{october shadows}

{sea grass, beautiful sea grass}

The Poet and The Postmistress.

There are many new arrivals at Fringe, dear ones, and there are many more to come.
I thought posting here by style types would be a grand way to display the new pieces.
A few at a time instead of a major bombardment...

So today I would like to share with you a handful of the new collars I've created.
I am so in love with them!
They're extremely romantic.
Made for the romantic soul indeed.
Sweet and feminine.
Sexy and alluring.

Here are the two collar styles I've added to the shop -
The Poet Collar 
The Postmistress Collar.

 The Poet Collar {in butter yellow}

 The Poet Collar {in vanilla cream}
 The Postmistress Collar {in chocolate brown}

The Postmistress Collar {in rich teal}

 The Postmistress Collar {in vanilla cream}

The Postmistress Collar {in butter yellow}

The Postmistress Collars were made as a tribute to the Letter Writers Alliance. 
I am a proud member.
If you’d like to find out more about the LWA, go HERE.


Thank you so much for visiting!
Much love...xo

Everlasting Moments.

Ever since I saw the movie Everlasting Moments, I think of photographs as everlasting moments. If you've not yet seen the film, I highly recommend it. It's a film that will stay with you and touch you deeply. It is a movie of deep meaning and beautiful photography and heartbreak and dreams and the pain, brutality, joy and reality of life.

Here are a few moments of my today, my everlasting moments...




  1. Have you tried the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix? Let me tell you, it's fantastic. As good as any baked from scratch brownie. I'm not usually a fan of bake mix, but this is an exception. I'll most likely never make brownies from scratch again.
  2. Air plants drying on the kitchen sill. They are the easiest plants, aside from succulents. I've written about my love for air plants before. If you want to see the post, it's here. Next to my air plants is a special little hippo. Ron brought him back for me from a long ago business trip to Belgium. He's been with me for more than fifteen years (the hippo, that is).
  3. Just some beautiful green produce: a watermelon and avocados. My favorite sandwich: avocado and tomato on toasted whole wheat bread with spicy mustard, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Yum!
  4. Scene No. 1 from the magic cabinet in my studio.
  5. In my studio: An old doctors bag I picked up at the swap meet for $5 and antlers purchased at the same place, the same day. The antlers were $30.
  6. The saddest carrot crop you ever did see. All that's missing is Scarlett on the hilltop of Tara at sunset.
  7. A trinket dish (originally a cup saucer) on my bedroom dresser. 
  8. The decrepit dashboard of our very-much-a-project-car Chevelle.
  9. View from the stairs, looking straight down into our front rooms.
  10. That blue water brings endless inspiration.
  11. From my Study in Succulents series.
  12. Our little clementine tree.
  13. A treat for myself from The Velvet Bird. I first saw it on the beautiful Katie of Skunkboy. I knew I had to have one.
  14. The end of another glorious day. So much to be grateful for.


Thank you, dear friends, for taking time out of your day to visit me. I'm so happy you did.
Until next time...Much love!

P.S. Many new items will be arriving at Fringe this week.




  1. This morning's shadow play on the back patio.
  2. My shadow play on the pool.
  3. The circus came to town! In the form of the boy's mid-morning snack. He's been home sick for the past three days.
  4. A corner of the built-in that Ron built for our bedroom.
  5. Another nook of the built-in, where my old university books live.
  6. Barbecued pork roast sandwich for lunch.
  7. Only two left...DANG it!
  8. Books that arrived in the mail. Yay!
  9. The sandals Ron brought back for me from Spain.
  10. Thoughts of last summer have been visiting me today. 
I hope you're enjoying your day today. Thank you for visiting.
Much love!