Diagon Alley! Colorful Fire Pinecones

Pardon me while I get my bearings. I’m suffering from weather whiplash. It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately because I’ve just returned from a nice vacation in sunny California! And now I’m watching the snow fall heavily outside my window.

As I am enjoying staying inside in our warm house, I thought the perfect way to bounce back into blogging would be to share one of our favorite winter things: colorful fires! I love a good fire and goodness knows we have enough firewood to keep them going.

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Cabinet Knobs – Oh the Choices!

I am currently in the middle of refinishing my first pieces of furniture – hardcore!

I have finished raw furniture and have repainted furniture, but I have never taken a piece and fully sanded it down before – until now.

I got an old dresser from my grandparents in the fall and it has been sitting in our sunroom waiting to be brought back to life. I’ll post about that whole process later, because right now I’m looking at knobs!

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Mason Jar Vase


Is there anything better than fresh flowers in a mason jar?

Well-crafted bouquets are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I like a simple grouping of flowers.

I think fresh flowers need to become a regular part of my life.

Don’t you?

Field Luuuv

How cute is this?

We were driving on some back roads on Saturday and drove by this field with a huge heart planted in it.

It was so sweet.

There were two red Adirondack chairs at the base of the hill looking up at it.

You will have to rely on my mental picture, because this was all I managed to snap as we drove by.

: )

Summer Nights

Today is the first day of summer. (Can I hear a collective YEAH BABY!!?)

Although today doesn’t hold as much ecstasy as it once did (is there really anything better than the feeling you got on the last day of school because you were starting summer break?), there is still plenty to look forward to. (Although I’d gladly welcome three months of popsicles, running outside and the pool club like the good ole days.)

The nights start getting shorter again starting today, and that’s okay because summer nights are a welcome sight.

While certain activities can commence throughout any seasons, in New England we really have to make the most of it and embrace the summer nights before they disappear again.

These are these nights for dinner parties with pretty strung-up lights.


These are these nights for campfires and smoky-wood-smelling conversations.


These are these nights for real s’mores.


These are these nights for turning off the television and stargazing.

image (P.S. Isn’t this a beautiful painting? It’s by David Hayward.)

Now if only I could get come fireflies out here. Then I’d be all set.



Summer, I deem thee welcome.