Postcards from England: Sissinghurst

The more one gardens, the more one learns; And the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows. ~Vita Sackville West Was there ever a place more magical? A place I felt happier? This place made me giddy with delight and wonder. Everywhere I looked, I was surrounded by beauty. Situated in …

The Grand Connecticut Adventure Day

We set off for The Grand Connecticut Adventure Day at five in the morning because we live so far from Connecticut. I never mind waking up early for adventure, it's almost easier, and I'm so excited that I can't sleep anyways. Connecticut has been in the works for quite some time. I've been eyeing up …

A Quiet Winter

Ah winter. Quiet, rest, hibernation. Those "activities" are generally my over-arching winter goals. Yes, I miss outdoors time and flowers and long hours of light and warm air. But the calming nature of winter, the spare beauty, and the indoor coziness just about make up for it. This particular winter was quite restful for me, …

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Dulac

Edmund Dulac, Illustrator   The Snow Queen and Other Stories from Hans Christian Andersen. London: Hodder & Stoughton 1911. Isn't this illustration just marvelous! I'm so happy I saw it on This Ivy House this snowy and icy morning. It's been a rough weekend and I haven't felt well, but it's amazing what a bit …

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Marc

Franz Marc The Tower of Blue Horses 1913 Long admired by myself, this painting is by one of my favorite artists, Franz Marc. I've always loved the sweeping movement in his paintings, the curves in the horses necks, and the geometry he used to render organic figures. Though this is not the actual painting, I …

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Jan Mankes

View from the Studio in Eerbeek Jan Mankes 1917   This is how I felt on my walk today. It was a bit dreary. We are in the midst of the February doldrums. Despite the dreary vibe, this picture holds a certain beauty. I love the tones, and that background with the house sort of blurring …

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Is it too early to be dreaming of spring? I don't think so. The sun is around so much longer these days. It's really just around the corner. I found this poem on one of my favorite websites (This Ivy House) this morning, and I love how spring is expressed in it. I wanted to …