This was yesterday, but mentally, I'm still lingering over here in happy land. That cupcake was especially good, compliments of Grace who's real-life baking is just as sweet as her dollhouse goodies. If this keeps up though I'm gonna have to let out my pants! I've been particularly charmed with the May 2008 issue of Romantic Homes, (shown above) starting with the letter from Editor, Jacqueline deMontravel, about the changing art of communication between women. About blogging in particular she says, "Step inside these cozy places trimmed with crafty borders. You can visit any time of day, dress as you please and type a few nice words to your host that will be as appreciated as a bundle of flowers." She really captured the essence of it all so nicely in just two simple sentences I think. I keep going back to this issue for all the amazing articles, like the one pictured here about retro baking, Betty Crocker style, so fun, and the cute aprons it inspires like these darling ones from Heavenly Hostess. I feel lucky to have some of those old cookbooks from Mom's day and cherish them. Most are dog-eared and spattered, a sign that it was a favorite and used often. I don't really cook the same way today, but they're a lovely connection to the past. And, of course, lovely to linger over.
More lingering out here too. The garden is at its Spring peak right now and I've been spending more time outside admiring the flowers, trying to keep on top of the weeds, and planting a few things. Field daisies are always a welcome sight. They've propagated themselves throughout the yard dotting the landscape with bright spots of light. Each year they fill in a little more. Some may consider them weeds, but give me a choice between weeds with thorns and weeds with flowers and I'll choose the flowers.
See them over there in the background? They've wrapped themselves around the lawn in this way purely by nature's design. The effect is charming! I'm still gushing over that blue Iris too. It's the perfect accent with all the pink and white. Well, my lingering time is just about up. I have lots to do and I know you do too, so I won't keep ya, but I just want to again say, thank you for stepping inside to visit with me here today. You're most welcome anytime!