Even after living in Austin for three years there are still lots of places I haven’t been to yet. During Courtney’s visit last month, we (finally) went to Zilker Botanical Garden. I had driven past the gates lots of times, but never explored all the different gardens.
There are waterlilies, roses, all kinds of cacti, and a lovely zen garden filled with streams and bamboo. A frontier village with lots of info on historic gardening methods. I want to go back for the annual orchid show!
These are threes things I am enjoying this week:
I tried this recipe for Ham, Cheese & Spinach Puffs and it’s a keeper! I like recipes that teach me a new skill. This one taught me how to make a béchamel sauce. We had a few hot from the oven for dinner with a good bit of salad. The rest I stored in the refrigerator and they make great lunches warmed up or cold.
I’ve been reading this review of Go Set a Watchman. I pre-ordered Watchman and I am looking forward to reading and thinking through it with my friend Tiffany. We are starting our mini-book club back up with this book. (We last read Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and The Paris Wife. They make very good back-to-back book choices for a book club interested in historical fiction.)
It’s just too hot to be outside or out of the pool right now in central Texas. But for some reason I just can’t stop looking at quilts and quilting patterns. This one is a beauty!
Earrings // Zip Pouch // Notebook Set
The 4th of July always feels a little like milestone to me. Summer is no longer young, but we are filling the days with peaches and nectarines and flowers and lots of walks with Cors.
It also makes me realize how much I have done since the semester ended. I have: done lots of yard work, rescued a little viola (photo below), painted the bathroom, completely re-organized the office/studio, did lot of great Austin things with my sister during a visit from her, and started a new job!
I really love my new job! I’m the Fulfillment Coordinator for Son of a Sailor. I’ve been following them since their early days on Etsy and now I’m a member of their nine person team! I take care of packing up all of the orders and also do some project management and customer service. I really enjoy working in the studio with this bunch of crazy-fun folks!
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I have been collection quilt inspiration in this Pinterest board. There are so many great images of modern quilts these days!
I really like the idea of taking a heritage art (I remember watching my grandma, great aunt, and great-grandmother all busily working quilt frames filled brightly colored squares) with abstract, modernist principles.
I always have a hard time dressing for summer. I’m not sure why, but dressing in layers feels more like an outfit than a tee and jeans to me.
So each year when the temperatures start getting closer to the 100s, I always start rethinking my summer clothes. This year I have also been reading a lot of articles about uniform dressing. (I recommend this article.) I like the idea of having a set uniform. I think I might try to go with something like this for summer:
Navy Dress // Scarf // Sandals // Light Dress
Sleeveless dress in durable, breathable cottons with a scarf (or other accessory) and sandals. Adding a cardigan would make them good transitional pieces too. What do you think?