I love the sea,
so I brought in some beautiful blues
to remind me of lovely
summer days spent at the shore.
Blue and white stripes have
a wonderful 'beachy' vibe,
and here I have found some
woven napkins to add
to my 'new' vintage wire basket.
Blue hydrangeas remind
me of seaside cottage gardens
with weathered picket fences.
The blue striped crock
was a gift from my daughter.
Pillow covers sewn from
vintage sheets and a softly worn
quilt give the daybed
a summery update.
Thrift store paintings provide
I painted the unattractive brown wood frames.
I simply 'shopped' my home
to gather all things blue.
I recently found this pretty paper covered box.
A thrifty find.
The 1950's kitchen gadgets
are fun to display.
The bottle opener comes in handy
on a hot summer day!
The box holds my garden notebooks where
I jot down things I want to remember ....
My pathetically empty wine rack
is the perfect place to add some
pretty colored glass.
The stained glass was a recent thrifty find.
I think it was $6.00!
The cobalt bottles were my Mom's.
The seltzer bottle was a gift from my son.
The tiny blown glass pitcher and bromo-seltzer
bottle were also my Mom's. I remember these
from my childhood. She always kept them
on her kitchen windowsill.
They frequently held bouquets of wildflowers
brought in by little hands.
(I was the eldest of 5 daughters)
The marbles were found digging in the garden
in my children's former play area.
Another recent vintage find - this Anchor Hocking
It has wonderfully thick, heavy glass
and it adds a little touch of blue.
A book of inspiration - published in 2001
by the editors of Victoria Magazine.
A favorite page.
This is where I always sit.
Won't you join me for some Blueberry Crisp and tea?
Here's the recipe:
Bake in a 9x13 in. buttered baking dish
@ 350 degrees for 10 min.
Reduce temperature to 325 degrees
and continue baking 1 hour.
Toss 8 cups blueberries with
1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour,
and the juice of 1 lemon.
Pour into a buttered baking dish.
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
With pastry blender,
cut in 1 cup cold butter
cut into pieces.
Mix until crumbly and sprinkle over blueberries.
This will keep for several days,
loosely covered with plastic wrap,
in the refrigerator.
in the refrigerator.
This recipe can be halved
and baked in a 9 inch square pan.