Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The moon in my garden...

I have brought in all my ferns and geraniums from the garden to winterize.  The geraniums remain in the garage under the two windows where indirect light will sustain them throughout the winter months.  Some ferns remain there also, as I don't have space inside the house to bring them all in, but some of them are now festooning our dining room area with their green preciousness and vibe. 

winterizing; ferns, decorating in black and white

I love the amount of light and atmosphere of this room 

Black and white decorating, plants, winterizing

...and I love that the green from the ferns goes so well with all the black and white there... like magical burst of life.  

 Witches cauldrons have been filled with pansies for the winter too. 

flowerpots, pansies, cauldrons used as flowerpots

Witches cauldrons intended for collecting candies on Halloween.  But perfect flower pots to me... and for less than $7.00.  Per-fect!

When I was out there planting pansies, it occurred to me it was time to transform the old thrift store table that I had there since the day we moved to our little white cottage, into a cheery accent.  I'm not a decorative painter. I'm not even good at stenciling anything either, but I can always opt for a decorative furniture makeover trick that it can make me look like a decorative painter ;)

Decorating with self adhesive shelf paper, black and white.

Self adhesive shelf paper.... An easy way to fake a decorative finish when you don't have decorative painting skills.  

Voila! A decorative table that required no artistic painting skills.  I love this black and white zebra design.  The thick glossy paper is easy to clean. I'm using a plate under the flower pot to protect the finish. 

Self adhesive shelf paper on furniture.

 The moon must had fallen down from the sky the other night.  

fairy gazing balls

It now resides in our pond.

garden fairy gazing balls

If you look closer 'round the pond, you'll discover a brighter second moon....

Late, on autumnal evenings, mermaid Maritza sings lullabies by it, as she guards it

Did I mentioned that these lovely moons were originally bowling balls?  Yes, now turned into magical garden gazing ball... or moons.  Love it.

This afternoon, we thinned out some of the trees resting at the edge of the garden.  If we were to let things be, soon the woods that skirt our gardens will take over our tiny cottage and swallow it up.  I like the canopy of gentle branches that hangs over the pea gravel paths that flow like rivers throughout the garden, but tree branches had gotten super bushier during the summer and had spread out so much that they were practically covering the entire paths.  It looks really nice now that the area has opened up a bit, letting some light shine through. 
Aren't those patches of afternoon light filtering through branches behind the cherub lovely!

"Oh, listen, little Dear-My-Soul to the fairy voices calling, for the moon is high in the misty sky and the honey dew is falling; To the midnight feast in the clover bloom the bluebells are a-ringing, and it's come away to the land of fay, that the katydid is singing". - Eugene Field

See you soon!





Monday, October 26, 2015

Stories on a rainy day

It always amazes me how things in nature can change so quickly from one day to the next.  The northern winds had brought in the rains during the night hours upon us, and this morning I woke up to a world already in autumnal delightfulness full swing...

A shower of russet color leaves mingling with raindrops...

and beyond the garden, voice the woods enthralling chants...

I am happy that last evening we were finally able to take down the summer awning that shaded our vision from the woods behind the garden for way too long.  Now, opening the panorama to the most exquisite view...

 Of raindrop kissed trees and giant leaves....

Of shadows embracing sunshine in the afternoons....

And mischievous cherubs guarding the entrance to the woods 

and autumn witches...
Oh can you see her 
can you see her not? 

and ghostly figures reflected on old mirrors...

and strange birds from far away lands...

As you can tell, I live in an enchanted forest... and I'm not kidding when I say this.  The Cherokee people, who once populated this area called this region "the enchanted land".  Oh I know it is true, and I cannot love it any more...

I have so many stories to share with you, I hope you won't mind coming back and listening.  I guess that autumn does that to your mind... I mean, add a little magic and imagination to your days.  What can one do?  Just embrace it I guess...

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” Lewis Carroll

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Autumn song

The garden has started to settle into its rest... its scent is sweet and rainbow tinted.  Rose bushes and trees rest quietly under the spell of crimsoned days.  Early in the morning, the sky dresses in cotton candy pinks and muted blues. 

It wears a tutu of crimsoned toasted autumnal leaves, and the wind blowing through leaves has brought in whispers from beyond the unknown.  

The little white cottage shines under the autumnal sky.... like a tiny light in the dark.

I too have been enchanted by autumn.  It is the season of wild hair blowing in cool breezes, showers of toasted leaves and mysterious cats strolling the gardens. 

The barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin.... It is that time again!  The arrival of the Crow-witches! 

 Witches cackle and prepare merrily evil potions and some brew
They're bringing with them all that sort of stuff that comes from the other side too...

But, of course, don't pay attention to everything I say and only believe that this nonsense is nothing else but the joy autumn brings into my crazy life...  igniting it with an overdose of imagination and filling it with little pieces of joy like sparkles of glitter. 

...and who wouldn't feel this excited!~  I love how the world appears under this slanted light of October, how the birds seem to fly swathed in joyfulness, as they congregate by the feeders carrying new songs under their wings.  How lovely.  How marvelous the hours are at any time of day.

Nature sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.
My heart too sings...

It is the joy that comes naturally by knowing that everywhere you look you see God making our earth sweet and clean with the magic of autumn....

Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees....
Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream...
~Ernest Dowson (1867–1900), "Autumnal"

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Of fairies and witches

The darling little fairies of my heart who visited our little white cottage the other day had an exciting time playing in the garden...

While playing, they discovered some old, thrift store one dollar bowling balls scattered around the flowerbeds and shrubs that a certain witch must had forgotten behind...

And decided to turn them into something else... ;)

With a bolt of white light from the tip of their magic wands they
transformed them
into some lovely fairy gazing balls.

"Alohomora!"  They commanded
and puff....

Some pieces of art with a bit of their own personality they got!...

Even Dumbledore would had been impressed~

The white witch... 

and her white cat 

came back for another stroll in the garden 
and found the little fairies' gazing balls

Boy were they proud!
They could have not been any happier... 
What a fun day that was!

We still have one more bowling ball to finish up.  I wonder what it will look like this time or what it will be turned into, as our magic is not always that precise and you'd never know what we can come up with... Hopefully our spells will be the right one and no frog will be turned into a prince or anything like that... although I'd not mind if one of the fishes in the pond could be changed into Mr. Darcy any day! ;)  Oh well friends, I best be going to bed now, as I'm starting to see swirls of nonsense bursting out of me... my eyes widening with anticipation... ;)

What to do when you can't sleep?  Bah!  Make more bad stories?
Or go to the darkened garden and deadhead the roses?
Do tell me what do you do when you can't find your sleep!



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fairy day

It was one of those magical days the other day...

As soon as the sun came up, magic unfurled... 
like a fresh bloom,  
like a breath of sunshine,
minute by minute...

You see, it was the day of the fairies...  
one by one the came out of the woods to play



Flowers smiled, and the woods, dressed up in autumnal jewels,
clapped and danced to the rhythms of fairy songs...

Whispered the tall maples magical words...

Whispered the heart the truest 'I love yous'

to the sweetest, most wonderful fairies of all

Living a trail of sparkles wherever they went...

They laughter broke into a thousand pieces...
like strings of bells in the walls of my soul

as they all went skipping about

playing in enchanted little cottages

little fairies...

and one more too...
forever a child at heart

and that was the beginning of a most fairylicious day ever!...
A truly magical day, indeed!

I hope you take time to enjoy life and treasure each and every magical moments of your days
wherever you are....

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