We are off to Sis's in Napa tomorrow. She told me not to bring a thing. Now THAT's a holiday! But of course I will take some treats and look forward to chopping, slicing, taste testing and generally laughing my way through the day with a family that does not let any stupid crap get in the way of enjoying each other. Makes the day spectacular. I'm SO excited!
I am SO sorry to not have come back until now! The good news is I was hired for a full time job. The bad news is the lack of free time I now have! It's quite an adjustment to get used to. What I really want is to just dive into this beautiful home in San Francisco that was recently featured in House Beautiful magazine. I could sit at the breakfast nook for hours!
My son recently moved into his own place so I'm excited about taking over his old room. Into it will go the computer desk from our master bedroom which means I get to buy a cool floor lamp from Ikea to illuminate the chair that will be moved from the living room to create a reading space in the master.
Also moving from the living room into the extra bedroom will be my jewelry crafting table which currently hides our fireplace. Oh man, this is all going to feel so normal! 1,100 square feet works when you have 2 adults and a small child, but not so well for 3 adults. It will be wonderful to spread out.
I'm not sure when I will see you again here, but my shop is still open, so check back on occasion to see what is new.
This post has nothing to do with jewelry and everything to do with beauty and wonder. Since my mom passed away, I have wanted to take cuttings of her Cecile Brunner roses that grow along the white picket fence at my dad's house. I tried to grow some miniature roses from the local nursery years ago but aphids went crazy on them and I easily gave up.
Months ago I asked Dad for some cuttings which he put into plastic
baggies which my husband brought home to me....and I promptly killed.
At this point I was determined to learn more so I could be successful.
Eventually my stepmom dipped some cuttings into growth hormone and
nurtured them for several months until my next visit.
and I were overjoyed when we gently dug beneath the dirt's surface to
find roots. Out of the 6 cuttings, 3 took root. I asked her what
usually kills a plant...too much water or not enough. Too much, she
said. That's what I always felt was my most likely error.
home, I would feel the soil just beneath the surface each day and was
surprised the plants needed water only a couple of times a week. 2
months ago I saw a teeny ball that would become this awesome, fragrant
rose. Just this single rose bloomed from the 3 cuttings that survived.
much emotion and anticipation came from watching this rose develop.
I'm kind of glad only one bloomed. It feels much more significant.
The least successful cutting produced only 4 leaves and then stopped growing. The leaves did not continue to grow, but they didn't die either. I cut the offshoots to hopefully freshen their growth.
Today as I was thinking, "now what do I do that this one rose bloomed" I thought I should check the other plants to see if I should cut them back to produce more growth. Surprise: the 4 leaved plant....has new leaves coming in! How about that.
Patience paid off. I've never been much of a gardener but am now enjoying becoming one. I even dared to plant seeds for sweet peas which are growing at an amazing rate. My Nona used to have sweetpeas and the color and fragrance always amazed me. How lovely to have flowers my mom and her mom used to grow. Ahhhhhhhh.
Hi again. It's been awhile since my last post and I have a wonderful update....I had a fabulous dream about my mom! Every once in a while she'll appear in my nighttime dream and IN the dream I feel how wonderful that is...then IN my dream I realize she can't be real because she's no longer alive....so I suddenly understand I need to enjoy her as long as she'll "be" there...and that is the moment she would disappear....well, not in the last one! She stayed in my dream for what seemed like hours (you never really know how long they are) and I knew I had to enjoy her and so I did and she was there for so long that when I awoke I was happy and completely fulfilled with the time I had "spent" with her.
We talked, we laughed, we read a little...we just hung out all over the house and backyard. Wow. There is nothing more I could want. How wonderful.
On the jewelry front, I've got lots of springtime pieces that are packed with color and will make you smile each time you see them. Come on over and dream of spring with me!