REMEMBER...

LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

November 16, 2017

HANDMADE HUMBLE HOSPITALITY

Oh, it's getting quite chilly where I live, and my gardening work season is drawing to a close.  Cozy, crafty activities are on my mind, and I look forward to having the wintertime to enjoy it wholeheartedly.  I seized the opportunity to stay indoors and whet my crafty appetite one recent rainy day, and I'm thrilled to share with you what I made.

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©Linda Nelson 2017

Do you have a humble little stash of scrap fabric?  I'm sure you do.  I came across a 10" square piece of green and pink floral patterned fabric while rummaging through one of my fabric bins.  It's been in my possession for many, many years, but I was never moved to do anything with it..... until the other day.

I present to you some humble little holiday coasters.
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©Linda Nelson 2017


Wait!  There's more.........

A humble little ornament.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Humble little place cards.......
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©Linda Nelson 2017
And, finally..... some humble little gift tags.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
That's quite a bit of creative milage out of one little scrap, don't you think?

Now, you go get scrappy and crafty.

October 17, 2017

DOLOMITE-Y IMPRESSIVE

The delightful October temperatures where I visited Italy were identical to that of my hometown.  No guessing games with packing, and no adjustments my body had to make in order to be comfortable.  To clarify, I'm speaking in fahrenheit dialect.  I left New York's temperatures of the upper 60s to low 70s, and was granted the same throughout my stay.  The exception was the Dolomites, in the northernmost region of Italy, where which we were greeted with temperatures in the mid 50s.  Not bad, nothing that a turtleneck, light wool jacket and a pair of gloves couldn't provide one comfort with.

On our way up to the Dolomites, we first stopped at a little gem of a restaurant, Tobia De Cuck.  Talk about pure, home cooked deliciousness.  Monica, the restaurant owner, and her daughter were front of house, and welcomed us warmly.  The hearty vegetable soup was to die for.  And, if you, like me, thought you never did care for apple strudel, Monica's strudel would change your mind.  Really.

Not long after, we arrived at Moserhof, our two night bed and breakfast destination, where I fell in love with the decorative touches of red gingham pattern fabric.  Perhaps it was the rich quality and thread count of the fabric, yet with the humble look and comfort of one's grandmother's well cared for linens that stole my heart.  I failed to ask my "photographer" to capture some photos of the fabric; however, you can get a glimpse of it by visiting the inn's website.  An early morning stroll around the grounds gifted me an earful of clucking chickens and mooing cows from the barn located below the inn.

Now, aren't the Dolomites and Lake Braies(or Prags if you speak German) impressive?  I think so.  Dolomite-y impressive.









The following day we tooled around a bit more, taking advantage of access to some moderate impact hiking areas.


And, though not on our itinerary, Austria was just a stone's throw away; we crossed the "border" just for amusement's sake.

Allora........ stay tuned for a most well planned Tuscan experience and where I laid my head to rest for four fabulous nights.

Ciao!

October 16, 2017

ALLORA........

Allora....... a simple, yet fully loaded Italian expression, that means everything and nothing at the same time.  In English, it may translate as so....., well, then....., okay....., here we go......, now.......  It may also simply translate as that little thoughtful pause or inhale one takes before saying something.

How do I know?  Because I just recently visited Italy!!!!!
I will be breaking down the sightseeing of my trip in two or three posts, and please note that all Italy photos are property and courtesy of
Bandito & Co.
As much as I enjoy photography, I was blessed and spoiled silly with a hands-free and care-free adventure.  Well, almost hands-free; I certainly did do some shopping.

Allora....... let's start at the beginning, at a private residence in Rovereto, where I initially plopped myself and my luggage down after an eight hour flight and a three hour drive from the airport.
I was instantly smitten with this family compound, and settled in as if I had belonged there.  Who wouldn't want to start their morning with coffee on a balcony overlooking a beautiful vista and koi pond?
The interior walls were bathed in saturated hues that made me drool with delight.  And, as for bathroom tiles and fixtures...... I admit, I do have a fetish for ones such as these.
Couldn't you just imagine Mozart possibly having performed in concert on the grounds here?  If you agree, then you would be correct - because he did.


Allora........ I'm going to stop here for now.  The Dolomites, Lake Braies and how I fell in love with red gingham fabric and apple strudel will be next, so do check back soon!

July 16, 2017

NEVER MIND THE ROOSTER.....

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Rooster, though I really think it's the year of the Hydrangea.  And moles/voles.... but, we won't go there.

Perhaps it's the generous rainfall the north east received this past spring that has something to do with it, I can't be sure, but they certainly are showing off everywhere I look.  It's absolutely delightful!
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Do you know what else delights me?  I've got beets!  Yes, I've finally had some success growing beets, which hasn't been the case in years past.  They are one of my most favorite vegetables, and simply plucking them from the garden is such a treat.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
They're great roasted in a drizzling of olive oil, salt and pepper, along with onions and sweet potatoes.  Don't forget to throw a few sprigs of sage into the roasting pan, too.  Even better, just peel and shred the beets, dump them into a bowl and toss with oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and some sliced onions.  That "farm to table" movement is all well and good, but there's usually a lot of cooking, canning or freezing involved, and I don't have the ambition or patience for that.  My movement is "farm to mouth."

The bumble bees are loving the leek flowers, as are a slew of other magnificent winged insects.  It's truly a collaborative effort with regard to pollination.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017
I'm drawn to leek flowers, too, though not for pollinating purposes.  I'm attracted to them for beautification purposes, and added a few to this arrangement made up mostly of herbs.  Cutting flowers and making a little bouquet for yourself in the early morning is one of life's sweet and simple pleasures.  Do it!  Give yourself that gift, even if it's just a tiny bud vase with one single flower in it, which is perfect for placing near your kitchen sink.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Now, do enjoy this lovely day!