Summer Scenes

Boston in the Summer

In case you haven’t looked at your calendar recently, it’s August.

August is technically late summer, but pumpkins are making their way into the craft store and I can’t say that I haven’t started to wistfully think about the impending arrival of my favorite autumnal things.

Here in Boston we still qualify September as summer, otherwise we hardly get summer in at all.

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Top 9: Farewell Party to Summer

I am protesting the end of summer.

While grocery shopping this week the stockboys were putting out Halloween candy. HALLOWEEN candy.

Then, I get home and start going through my (shamelessly overstocked) Google Reader. Bloggers are already blogging about fall projects.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s been far too long since I’ve done a Top 9. Today my Top 9 is based on a theme for a Goodbye Summer party. 😦 Wahh.

The theme is sunset-based, because summer should be an eternal sunset. (So poetic. I know.) Why? Well, I only get to see sunsets during the summer. Otherwise I leave work when it’s dark. Sunsets happen at the end of the day, this party it happening at the end of summer. And if you want to get real scientific, the days are starting to get short again, thus a sunset theme.

I’m nothing if not well thought-out. Either that, or I am a champion of meager excuses for a party…

1. First you’d need awesome, summery invitations like these to invite your favorite peeps over.

2. I think it would be fun to decorate my deck with some of these lovely sunset-colored mobiles from LilSproutCreation. With the goldenrod, coral and tangerine hues of this beauty, I think you could even sneak this into your fall decor.

3. I would serve this refreshingly tasty looking Creamsicle trifile by Amy Atlas. The colors are beautiful! Is there anything more classically summer than a creamsicle popsicle?

4. This beautiful necklace by Alyssa’s Gems and Jewels would adorn my neck and add instant “summer celebration” to any outfit. (How is it that I’ve never heard of Maple Turquoise before? It’s lovely.)

5. Ahhh, the quintessential summer activity. Friendship bracelets. I’d love to sit around a campfire and make some chevron bracelets like these babies by LARaised. (I think it’s hilarious that these are a “style trend” right now. I think people just want to dress like they are 12 again and call it a “trend”. Not that I am opposed. I still have one.)

6. A kitschy patchwork tablecloth with hues of goldenrod and pink, like this one from CakeforBreakfast, would help set the tone.

7. I would also serve this Taste-a-Rainbow cupcakes from Family Fun magazine.

8. A pretty orange dress, like one this from AmandaArcher, would help soften the wardrobe blow in the transition from summer to fall.

9. Lastly, I’d thank my friends for coming with these “Cheerio” cards from TheDesignConspiracy. I love the yellow printing and custom screenprinted type.

Around this time of year I am grateful to live in New England. The leaves start turning and we can still go to the beach for at least another six weeks. (Yes! I have swam in the ocean in October before!)

Three cheers for an Indian Summer!

Summer Tuna Salad

1. Drain one can of tuna.

2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of poppyseed salad dressing.

3. Throw in one handful of (freshly picked!) blueberries.

4. Serve on cucumber slices.

Delicious and refreshing!

(Although my husband gave me the side-eye. Me thinks this is not a man-friendly meal.)

I think it would be a nice appetizer at a luncheon or a shower.

A Taste of Summer

I love the 4th of July.

I know it’s over and this is a little anti-climatic. But you’ll overlook that fact, won’t you?

The 4th of July is the real kick-off of summer. School and spring cleaning often drip into June. And June is already overrun with graduations and parties and bridal showers that summer celebration gets lost in the mix. But no longer.

It’s JULY friends. It is summertime.

Random note – We spent the weekend at my family lakehouse in the Finger Lakes. I must have had patriotic clothing on my mind for the holiday, because I packed red and white striped clothing for every day. Hah-hah!

These are my Mom’s blingy table decorations for the 4th. She’s got pizazz

Our  neighbors have a large farm area. They have a vineyard (Pinot Grigio to be exact, or so I learned) and also have lots of fruits and vegetables growing. We happened to be there at the peak of cherry picking season and they invited us up to pick a H-U-G-E bag of delicious cherries.

I had the best of intentions. Why, with these amazing cherries, surely I should make a cherry pie or tart or jam or something, right? But I can’t help just eating them all plain. They are so fresh and sweet they are like candy!

Random – our neighbors plant rosebushes at the end of each grapevine. Do you know why? Apparently the mildew properties are the same. So, if you see mildew on the roses you know how to take care of the vine. I wonder who figured that out and how.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

– John Lubbock

And nothing can beat a summer night. I insist on campfires and s’mores everytime we are at the lake. It’s the best way to end any day spent in the sun.

And of course we watched the fireworks.

We watched from the very spot we got married (collective “aw”), although it was more due to last minute boat engine funkiness than planning. But it was beautiful. And all the boats on the water was an unexpected beautiful sight.

I think that is why I enjoy the 4th of July so much. It’s a quintessential summer weekend of celebrating with friends and family. Eating good food, enjoying the world we live in and some old fashion fun.


What did you do for the 4th of July? Do you like cherries as much as I do right now?

Windowshop Wednesday with The Katie Chronicles

My immensely talented and hilarious friend Katie, of The Katie Chronicles, is starting up a new Link Up series and I am happy to join her! Especially when the first topic is the droolworthy Crate & Barrel.

Here’s a fun fact about me and my girl Katie. We’ve never actually met in person! We became friends about two years over The Knot while we were planning our weddings and have been friends since!

Today our mission is to share our Crate & Barrel shopping wishlist:

Dear Cucina dining table,

You are so pretty. I love your taupe gray neutrality and your pretty crossed legs. You are a cross between a picnic table and a Parsons desk, rustic yet modern. I would like to own you, but paired with rustic espresso wood benches, not with the chairs shown.

Love, Kat

Dear Jack table lamp,

I love your squatty bulbous of the base and the geometric pendant shade. The song “Fat Bottom Girls” must be written about you. Except your name is Jack, and not Jill. My mistake. You do, however, make my rockin’ world go round and you would look great in any room!

Love, Kat

Dear Belize striped napkin ring,

I am officially twitter patted with you. I love your chunkiness and bright striped colors. You are friends with everybody. Cinco de Mayo party? Check. Summer Picnic? Check. Use it with white dishes? Check. Use it with green dishes? Check. The beauty of bright multi-colored things like you that most people don’t realize is that you go with everything! Please be my friend.

Love, Kat

Dear Table-in-a-bag, picnic chairs and Carmen picnic tablecloth,

Don’t tell the others, but you are my favorites.  I’d love to take you to concerts in the park or a picnic on the beach. Your sunset yellow cushions on the chairs scream summer and you are bringin’ down the funk with those sexy multi-color stripes.

Love, Kat


The thing I love most about window shopping is it’s free!

Thanks for the link up Katie!! Be sure to check out The Katie Chronicles today!