Lilly Pulitzer - Summer 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

It's that time again!  Lilly has put out her Summer 2012 collection, and I have to say, the first round of releases haven't exactly thrilled me.  In fact, there was not a single piece out now, at least dress-wise, that thrilled me.

This bracelet, available now, would look fabulous with my Kate Spade monkey's fist earrings earrings that I wear all the time.  I have trouble with bangles, though, because my hands are small and so are my wrists (I know, I know, poor me, my tiny bones won't let me wear cute jewelry...somebody call a wambulance.).

I have not lost the faith, however, as there are some truly precious looks available for pre-order.

This is perfect for one of the many summer weddings I have scheduled this year:  It's very on trend right now, with the color blocking, though I might liked to have seen it in the very popular tangerine instead of pink.  Bearing in mind, of course, that whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.

I'm adoring the oversized rainbow print, plus nautilus shells.  Can I get an AOT?!

Apparently I'm missing my KD ladies, as this key lime lace number jumped right out at me!

I'm intrigued by this patchwork piece, mostly for the grommetted bodice.  I can't decide if I would love it or if it would annoy me.  This might be a dress I grab on sale.

Any other Lilly-fan followers out there?  Thoughts on the newest pieces?  Anything you loved?  Hated?  I'd love to hear about it!

From Shack to Shed

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Today, my mom and I spent the afternoon fixing up my shed, in preparation for attaching trellises to the side in order to give some support to my new "New Dawn" climbing roses.

I'm going for something sort of like this, except a little less overgrown.

Before I attached the trellises, however, something had to be done about the shed, which this morning, was looking more like a shack than a shed.

This photo was taken almost exactly two years ago, in March of 2010.  I didn't have any more recent photos, but just to give you an idea, try adding to this photo 2 more years of weathering plus several large splotches of green paint (experiments in choosing an exterior paint color).  The old gal was looking rough.

Now, take $100 in wood, nails, paint, and brushes and four hours of relatively easy work and you have this:

The door's still there, it's just open because it, um, won't shut with the addition of my new bicycle and a bathroom door that needs to be painted.  But pay no mind to that!  Look, instead, at the new window trim and pretty green!  The white is my favorite white, Sherwin Williams' "Dover", which I've used on every white surface in my house, from my doors to my crown moulding to my kitchen cabinets.  The green is also by Sherwin Williams and is called "Contented".  What an excellent sentiment to put in one's garden!  Won't the roses look so pretty climbing up the side with the one large window?  I can't wait!

Tomorrow, I'm going to pull out the crap in the shed and rearrange so I can close the door and paint it!  My next adventure in DIY is probably going to be to build a step for the shed, as well as rig up some sort of detachable ramp so I can easily wheel my bike in and out.

A DIYer's job is never done!

a peek into my garden

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

spring has well and truly sprung.  here's a little peek into my garden:

Passion Flower (passiflora caerulea)

'Rosy Wings' bearded iris

Bearded iris (variety unknown)

Dutch iris (planted these in 2010 and assumed they didn't make it.  Guess that's what happens when you assume!)

Autumn Twist Encore azaleas

More irises

Ready to bloom - i. germanica (the German iris)


Red Ruffle azaleas

Frances Williams hosta

Hosta (can't remember the variety)

Passion Flower bud

I just love how full my irises are, after only two years!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

After that unheard-of coldness,
That intolerable Winter,
Came the Spring with all its splendor,
All its birds and all its blossoms,
All its flowers and leaves and grasses. 
- The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow