Sunday, May 27, 2012

Support Your Local Bees

My routine errands take me past a handful of independently owned roadside stands that I've never visited until recently. I've been missing out.

Greg's Beehive on Highway 6 @ Huffmeister.  Open Tuesday-Sunday. Honey is from A.C.'s bees in Spring, TX

Ruby's Taqueria on Huffmeister just south of Hwy 290. Always open!

Next door to Ruby's Taqueria. Debbie's Garden & Farmers Market sells local produce,  grass fed beef and herbs.

I hope you enjoy your long weekend and find something special off the beaten path.  These images are from my new instagram account...follow along there with my username curiousdetails.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I think one of the reasons we love vintage is the contrast it provides..are you with me? This collection of tarnished pewter is an interesting contrast to bright colorful summer citrus, lillies and white ironstone.
Nothing dull about that!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hat Tricks

I love the casual summer feel that a collection of vintage straw hats brings to a room:

                                                               Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

                                                      Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

                                                                        Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

                                                         Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

For about $10 bucks (thrift store)  and 10 minutes I added some summer style to our bedroom.
Hats make me happy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Belinda's Dream

This is my favorite rose, Belinda's Dream.  I recently planted two of the shrub roses outside my bedroom windows and they have already begun rewarding my effort with new growth and beautiful blooms. I grew this rose years ago in our first home. Our second home had a shady yard, so I took a break from rose gardening. The new house gets lots of sun, and I was really excited to welcome an old friend back to the garden.  We have all become so dependent on easy to grow Knockout Roses, that we forget about other varieties that offer the same low maintenance approach to rose gardening but provide greater enjoyment. Belinda's Dream is disease resistant, grows fast, and is a steady bloomer with a rich and distinct's beautiful! Once established, the  pink blooms get huge and remind me of the old fashioned cabbage roses.

Combined with Knockout Roses and clippings from my Dusty Miller, it makes a simple but beautiful display. Did you know that Dusty Miller clippings stay fresh and pretty for two weeks?

Happy Mothers Day to those who are celebrating Sunday.  This was a week of high octane mothering for me. My boys weren't feeling well, the doctor's office wasn't cooperating and the frustration was mounting. I was reminded that motherhood isn't for sissy's.   
Mothering these two boys is one of the greatest privileges of my life. Talk about being rewarded for one's efforts!  They are a gift and a treasure.
Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Table Talk

A small size table or chest can be a work horse in your home. It's an opportunity to be quirky, creative, hold a small collection or one over sized accessory that makes a statement.. Of course, it could always be of use in some practical way, but how boring is that! And a couple of quick changes give a completely new look.  They're affordable, easy to find and everyone's home has room for one.  Here are some from my Pinterest boards:

Love this last one!  I spotted some accessories  from Urban Outfitters that will help you get started on this look:

And this great shop on Etsy is always being updated with one of a kind vintage finds and collections:

Here are some beautiful vintage apothecary jars. The real deal. A quick search on Etsy shows these at prices for all budgets. I've picked up similar bottles at thrift stores:

What a great way to bring in some fresh summer style!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tiny Treasures

 Garage sale season has begun here in the suburbs. I'm still purging my own excess from the move, so I don't need to bring much more  in. However, a couple of tiny treasures found their way here.  This sweet little oval oil painting of a Dutch windmill set me back 25cents.  Speaking of deals, see that potted orchid down there?  I've had it since January and it's still this normal?

Anagrams game. Love the black and white letter tiles.

I think these are French prayer books. Pretty dusky purple covers.

I love handmade business cards. So I got my hands out and made some with tags I picked up at the thrift store and some scrapbook tape from Hobby in the Lobby (that's what we call it)

I also used a couple of pages from one of my favorite things which is this note pad from Sugarboo Designs. At the bottom of each page is a lovely quote which is perforated so you can tear it off and share it or use it in your own creative way.  I recently had dinner with a friend I don't get to see often enough and I think I will leave this laboratory vial with the quote and a feather inside in her mailbox for her.

"As I love nature, as I love singing birds and flowing rivers, and morning and evening and summer, I love thee, my friend."