fine jewels

I had my first experience with jewelry making this week. I was inspired to try it out when I came across this tutorial. It was surprisingly easy! Fun, too. I want to come up with my own design and try again.


promise sink

Today I turned 29.

We went swimming at Promise sink, snacked on wild grapes, and walked 2 miles barefoot in a light rain on the way back to car. It was so cool to stop and really listen to the rain, and watch the leaves dance under the drops. I was happy for the chance to be out in the elements-- I've been hiding out indoors a lot lately to get away from the heat.

Ruben dug up some sassafras root so we can make tea tonight. Also, my family is taking us out to a fancy dinner! I can't wait to put on some earrings and a dress. It's been all yoga pants all the time around here lately.


what a lovely

What a lovely long weekend.
I didn't do all the things I had planned, but I did:

work on linen squares for a pillow inspired by this project
juice limes for limeade
make goat milk kefir
soak in one long mineral bath
read some of this book
take two naps
make pizza with my granny
process muscadine grapes into pie filling
visit Thomasville GA for Saturday brunch
rescue a baby squirrel from our cat, and take it to St. Francis
wash many, many dishes and loads of laundry
make a menu plan for the week, primarily from this cookbook
think about making curtains for my sewing room

There has been the tiniest bit of fall in the air in the mornings! Autumn is my favorite season and I feel as if I'm buzzing with excitement when I think about hot chai and pumpkins and red leaves and wearing my sweaters and socks again.

Tonight I'm going to raise my glass to the short work week. Cheers!


purely lovely

My mama (and dad, in the first photo), in the late 70's and early 80's. In North Carolina. I especially love that last shot-- she looks like pure love to me!

It struck me that all those clothes are so stylish now.