private time



























Seriously, is there anything more tempting than that of a private gate or a sign that reads “Do not Disturb?”   Taking time off from the blog has sort of made me feel like I have gone behind some gate or undercover, sporting dark glasses and an Hermes foulard on my head.


























I must admit that seeing a sign that reads “private” on a gate or a road is tempting.  Do you ever take time out to spend time alone and in private.  Please tell me that is a yes.  It has become more challenging to find undisturbed time alone whereas in past generations, one could go missing fairly easy.  I remember as a child, I announced that I was running away and my Mother packed me a lunch.  Permission for private time is like taking a mini time out or vacation away from life and all the to do list.

























I thought this was a clever and cheeky idea . I think as a parent or newlywed, a “do not disturb” would make a great gift.   We all need personal chargers to plug in and feel like we are 100%, right?




















A sign like this for a man cave would be perfect for keeping out unwanted guests.
Tell me, do signs that read -”keep out” – “off limits” tempt you as much as they do I? I’ve been in sort of a private mode this summer and finding lots of joy in spending time to refuel my reserved side.

















I do hope that this post will serve as permission to take a little time out.  Go to a spot where no one knows your name or to a quiet garden and think about your secrets and feel charged and ready to take on the world.  It’s like opening a gate to another side of life.

smooth sailing

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Just making a quick stop here today to thank-you for letting me take a break from the blog and enjoy time with my family and friends. One son left for Ft.Knox Boot camp training and the other son is now working at his Summer Internship at a nearby Engineering Firm. In many ways, it feels good to know they are both finding their way and have unique experiences. My daughter is keeping busy with swim meets as well as meeting with friends. She is not yet old enough to work and I think that Summer should be a time to relax and recharge one’s batteries.

Taking time to slow down has been a great reminder for me to be more mindful of my own actions and to organize a few areas of my home plus complete some summer reading. I have always been inspired by time near the water, books and the colors of summer. Hope each of you are taking time to slow down and enjoy summer.
I’ll be posting again, but not with any real routine. Let me know if there is something you would like. For now, it’s smooth sailing for the month of July.

window of opportunity

Summer has begun. School is done. Now, is a time for freer routines and time to connect with family and friends.
Windows of opportunity are now. The next few weeks, I will be focusing on a few things in my life and enjoying a break from the blog. I feel the summer is so short and before I know it, my children will be off to school again. Happy and healthy Summer to each of you.

tussy mussy



















Tussy mussies were also referred to as nosegays during their inception in the English Georgian period (AKA the age of Aristocracy). A time when pestilence was rampant and personal hygiene was lax. Elegant ladies would carry around these small bouquets of fragrant flowers to fend off noxious odors, and gentlemen would pin smaller versions to their lapels. A dear friend gave this to me as a little gift when she arrived the other evening at my home.














It was often referred to as The Nosegay, need I say more.

















Love this image of the lady with her vintage-tussy.











Can you imagine carrying around a small tussy mussy to fend off odoriferous odors? Do you think this might be working for her?

growing grace

10488130_815049535181674_6891072329424403051_nCollecting elegant greenery reminds me of growing grace and how I might inspire others. It is my daily actions that will in kind determine how I connect to others and make them feel. A simple oakleaf Hydrangea and a bowl of limes in a green bowl I bought years ago on Shelter Island, set on my kitchen counter to represent living with growing grace. How do you grow grace daily? Do you allow room in your life for grace?

monday motivation – watermelon

7d0d7228bd312b032ff994eeb008db8e It’s officially Summer and watermelons to me just say summer and provide inspiration to motivate me.













Besides making me feel like a kid, they are refreshing and require no utensils.  They truly are nature’s popsicle.




friday al fresco

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It’s friday al fresco and my thoughts are consumed with creating a patio of perfection to spend the weekend with friends celebrating the start of Summer. This is an illustration I created for a sweet and spunky stylish gal a few years ago and it totally says summer to me.












Do you have a little patio, pool or deck for a little friday al fresco fun?

Let’s get this party started!



Many of you left such kind and inspiring comments as I seem to be gathering lots of images to wet one’s whistle this summer and a spritzer is another go to drink. This morning, we are getting a splash of rain which is aligned with today’s post. How many of you drink Spritzer’s during the summer?


aee7597e574b0ef96fe22ff10c4418feJust love this refreshing bar set-up. A polished silver tray used as a caddy for cocktails.
This week, I seem to be on a roll with keeping our thirsts quenched.

white sangria

SR -White Sangria2122In keeping with my thirsty post from yesterday, I remembered this fun illustration I created for a client a few years ago. White Sangria for Summer sounds like the perfect party drink. You can also create a spritzer sans the alcohol. Remember to stay hydrated. What is your go to Summer drink?