Dizzy Swallows

May Day Flowers

May 1st, 2013

Happy May Day everyone! As a child, this day was spent making and wearing flower crowns and dancing around Maypoles. Ah, growing up with a Waldorf education…

So to celebrate this beautiful day, here is a bit of floral eye-candy and inspiration. Also, here is a great post from Style Me Pretty on making flowers last.

Blackberries in a bouquet! Daring…


Love the undone, natural look.


Cascading garlands as chair decor.


I am determine to make crowns like this for my flower-girls.


Love this door swag.


Have a wonderful, sunny day my darlings, and don’t forget to smell the flowers!

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April 15th, 2013

Our weekend time is at such a premium these days, we generally lay plans based on carefully weighed priorities. Sometimes it works. Sometimes life takes over and all the best laid plans go out the window. This weekend was the later.

Opening the shutters Saturday morning I was dismayed to see the previous night’s windstorm had downed a sizable portion of the grand red plum which shelters our backyard. A section of the trunk lay atop our fence and obscured part of the neighbor’s roof. A massive tangle of branches, cracked limbs, and a gaping wound completed the havoc.

At first glance, we thought we were in for drawn-out headaches, requisite repair, and prolonged cleanup. Though I typically stand firmly in the Eeyore camp, I must admit this time luck/fortune/insert-allegory-here smiled on us. All of the potential for real harm and devastation fell neatly into the 4 foot gap between … Continue reading

So This Is Spring

April 3rd, 2013

Spring is the last season we have yet to experience in our new home, and watching the changes as we turn toward the sun has been such a joy. Each daffodil that emerges is a pleasant surprise. Each new blossom is like a revelation. My prized peonies still have a ways to come yet, but in the meantime, the camelia is a riot of luxuriant color, the plum blossoms waft sweet fragrance through the air, and the bleeding hearts sway like so many jeweled necklaces. I feel an immense, and entirely unwarranted, proprietary pride of all the bees, birds, and squirrels (plus one happy kitty) busily foraging in our yard.

Press play and enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget you can click on a photo to pop out a lightbox.

You Are My Sun by Sun Kil Moon on Grooveshark

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The Cruelest Month

February 13th, 2013 3 Comments

T.S. Eliot might say April, but I say February. For me, it’s always right about this time that my inner world gets dark and twisty. The long grey has all but choked out the memory of sun warmed skin, and the cold drizzle does little to alleviate cabin fever. My thoughts turn to unhealed existential troubles like a tongue to a sore tooth.

There is little to be done to bring the warmth of spring closer, but it must not be said that I easily give up the fight against this cruel month. As weapons to combat the dark and stormy, I have chosen the following:

Pruning. Clipping away the water sprouts from our aged apple trees reminds me to do the same to the feral thoughts that threaten to block out the sunshine. Aching forearms seem a small price to pay.

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