Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice and a Bounty of Bougainvillea










Hello, friends!!  How has your summer been thus far?  The marking of the Summer Solstice today (or yesterday depending on your time zone) means it's official!  Summer has arrived...not that I needed any reminder, it has been above 107 degrees all week, hot, hot hooooootttt!!!!

Typically, I post about little blossoms poking their faces out at the onset of the Spring, but in today's post, I am sharing some pictures of my bougainvillea.  The whole garden is practically bursting!




Bougainvillea, or paper flowers, are indigenous to South America. However, they are cultivated and grown all over Spain (as Buganvilla), Italy, and Greece, and numerous other areas.  There are approximately between four and eighteen different species in its genus, and they can vary in color from the fuchsia you see here to red, yellow, and even oranges, whites, and pinks!
Santorini




Although these plants appear as an abundance of blooms, they are quite the tricksters!!  The actual "flowers" are the teeny white flowers you see depicted here, while the colorful part are leaves. 



These lovelies adore heat, and with temperatures soaring here in Southern California, I am so glad I have found them.  Don't they make a pretty addition to this Spode Italian tureen?   I will be sharing more about that later in the week.  Until then, keep cool!




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Checking In


Hello, my dear friends!  Words cannot express how much I have truly missed the comradery that comes from blogging!  I hope that you are all doing well. 

Over the past year, I became more involved with my community theatre group and began working behind the scenes.  It has been very enjoyable.  I hope to share some of those projects and costumes soon either here or via my crafting blog, The Crafting Table

We have also transitioned our eldest son into adulthood, and as he left the nest, it was a bittersweet moment.  It is incredible how fast time goes!  It seems like just yesterday I held him for the first time as a young woman, and I can't believe he has finished culinary school and is now off to work at a Four-Diamond resort and restaurant.  We couldn't be prouder.

I hope this post finds you all in good spirits and health, and I will be back to blogging shortly, so please expect visits from me soon; when I don't blog I have the tendency to "unplug" completely, which means I have a lot of catching up with everyone and a good deal of what I know will be enjoyable reading. 

To all who have remained loyal subscribers to my silly little blog, I so appreciate it, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. 




See you very soon.


--Yavette







Extra-large hat, Ralph Lauren
Crystal goblet, Godinger Dublin Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus


Saturday, April 30, 2016

My First Visit to the UCR Botanical Gardens


Hello, sweet friends in blogland and beyond!  I am so happy for the Spring and wonderful weather, aren't you!?  The beauty of Spring can be found all around; in the fragrant breezes, the beautiful blooms, and the twitter of God's children great and small.  The weather has been so fair that I thought it would be the perfect time take a tour of the UCR Botanical Gardens.  It made for a lovely morning, for certain!


The garden boasts four miles of wonderful hiking trails, conservatories, and ponds, just to name a few of the attractions.  During my visit, I was able to tour a portion of the gardens, and it was really gorgeous.

Upon entrance, I took notice of several types of Cacti, the website states there are hundreds, in fact; I was most intrigued by the cacti with blooms or ones of interesting color.

Gorgeous blooms of a Yucca.




Lovely pink petals of a Easter Lily Cactus, with buds that are just opening.


Closer look.


Wonderful purple.  Echinocereous Stramineus (No common Name).






I love the vibrant color and delicate blooms of this Coral Yucca.






This "Traveler's Friend" cactus appeared more prickly than friendly.  ;)



I found the flowers of the Twistpine "Prickly Pear" quite interesting, they almost emulate roses.


Closeup.


Speaking of roses, one of my favorite areas of the tour was the extensive rose garden.  I could sit here for hours taking in the sweet aroma of the beautiful flowers, of which there were over 300 types!

Here are a few of my favorites.  


Wild Blue Yonder Roses 




Eureka Roses



Handel Rose



Friendship Miniature Tea Roses






Little Jackie Miniature Roses





New Beginning Miniature Rose



Beauty Secret Miniature Hybrid Roses



Dream Come True 



Memorial Day Rose






They were all so unique and fragrant!  

There was a section of irises, 






and a wonderful butterfly garden




full of attractive blooms such as this Adonis Blue English Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)!!


Hello, little fellow.


The trails were laced with wonderful trees, such as these incredible Italian Cypress


that climb into the sky





and beautifully fragrant California Buckeye.  



So wonderful smelling!


Among these beauties were lots of wildflowers indigenous to the area...

sweet purple mallow growing wild on fences,






a sprinkling of vibrant California poppies,


prettiness spilling over walls,



and even a gorgeous sitting area trellised with white prickly poppies!



Closer look.


All-in-all, it was a wonderful tour, and I hope to return soon to see more!


Thank you for touring with me!  Until next we meet~ ❤️❤️




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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Set Your Table With Flair--A Spring Tea For National Tartan Day

Hello, dear friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me!

Are you a fan of tartan?  I can clearly remember when my love affair with tartan began; as a girl, going to school smartly dressed in penny loafers, knee socks, a cabled sweater, and of course, a wonderful skirt or shorts of Black Watch Tartan (Think:  Alicia Silverstone or Stacey Dash in Clueless, but loooong before the film was released).

In just a few days is National Tartan Day.  National Tartan Day occurs every April 6th, and it is a celebration for people of Scottish heritage.  Did you know that plaids and tartans are not the same, and that all tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans?  According to Encyclopedia Americana 1957 ed., a plaid is a pattern in textile fabrics consisting of bars, or stripes of color crossing each other at right angles, and a tartan is the typical Scottish plaid; a thin worsted cloth having alternate bands of different colors, forming a checkered pattern, which has been highly specialized by Scottish weavers for the dress of Scottish Highlanders, each clan having its own pattern

The word plaid originated from the Gaelic word for "blanket."  Therefore, plaid may have originally referred to a long cloth, double the size of its wearer (patterned or not), and was worn by people of the Scottish Highlands.  The word tartan originated from the French word tartarin meaning "tartar cloth".  It has also been suggested that "tartan" may be derived from modern Scottish Gaelic tarsainn, meaning "across."  Tartans are usually specific to a clan.  So many Scottish wore tartan plaids, that in Northern America, the terms became confused and intertwined. 

There are a multitude of websites on which people can research the tartan of their specific clan, but I find that The Scottish Register of Tartans is the most complete and concise.  You can even create a new tartan if so desired with an interactive online weaver via House of Tartan, Tartan Designer, or Tartanmaker.

Black Watch Tartan has been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember,


with McQueen (registered as MacQueen on The Scottish Register of Tartans) as a close second,


especially during Christmas.  I usually prefer rich tartans such as these during the holiday season, but for National Tartan Day, I thought it might be fun to take tea with a pretty Spring theme, and of course, tartan!  I hope you enjoy the post!



I began the table with a pretty topper of Springy pastel;


a simple centerpiece of coordinating colors


in a depression glass bowl lined with pink petals


lends to an atmosphere of playful springtime whimsy.








A flowered teapot along with a creamer and sugar, all in white...


dainty gold-rimmed teacups and saucers sit pleasantly on plates, also of fresh white.
 

At each setting, a delicate gold spoon, sachet of tea, and napkins held by pretty peony petals.







If you would like to view the tutorial for my pastel Victorian tea sachets, you may do so on my blog The Crafting Table here.



Completed Tablescape.








We enjoyed some delicious little bites.


Although not traditional teatime fare, they were a hit.
 

To view the recipe for my spicy grilled ham and cheese, you may visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum here.
 

To view the recipe for my spicy roast beef brioche, please visit the same post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum here.


This week was spring break for us, and it was so enjoyable.  My eldest and I just started watching the full series of Soap.  Do you remember it?  I vaguely remember it, but I knew I liked the series, so when I saw it, I nabbed it.  It is pretty zany, and very un-PC!  You would never get away with some of those off-color jokes nowadays.  How times have changed!



I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful springtime!










From my collection:

Topper:  Tommy Hilfiger, HomeGoods
Pink teacups and saucers, Grace's Teaware, HomeGoods
Gold flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Grand Duchess Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection 
Teapot, Godinger
Sugar, creamer, and white napkins, generic
Pastel Victorian Tea Sachets, yours truly
Peony napkin rings, Bed, Bath, and Beyond
White cake plate, Ralph Lauren Pavilion Collection


UPDATE

 

04/08/2016~~ 


I have noticed a few comments and/or questions about the bench featured in this post.  The bench is my handmade highback bench, which also was the impetus for starting this blog.  You may visit the full tutorial for the bench in my archives or by clicking here.  Thank you so much!
 

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