Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Seashells and Teapots...

My latest concoction created with clay...

the view from the front,

and the other side with the lid removed.

You can see it before glazing process here!

Monday, September 27, 2010

1st Time Give away

I had to go inland for work this morning and

Oh My Goodness
108 degrees just 1/2 a mile inland from my cottage.
So thankful to be home and in the shaded court yard.
It is just past noon and here at Summerland Cottage in Laguna Beach the temperature is 78 degrees with cool ocean breezes.

I am so grateful !

Having empathy for all the local inlanders in this crazy heat,
I have come up with an unusual blog give away,

A one night stay in the guest cottage for this Saturday October 2nd 2010.
Check in @ 11 a.m. check out Sunday October 3rd @ 5 p.m.
The cost (is $1.00 to the winner only ), see details of the cottage on site below.

To enter leave a post under comments.

The winner will be selected and notified on Friday October 1st by 8:00 p.m.

You can view more photos and details of the guest cottage here.

Description below and stories of Summerland Cottage by Julie Nutting can be viewed at

One day last week I went to Laguna Beach to spend the day playing with my friend Paulette.
I can't even begin to describe her home. This historical seaside cottage is just a few blocks from the charming village of Laguna. Paulette's talents as an interior designer are very apparent as you walk through this delightful home but it's her gift as an artist that just makes my jaw drop. Her cottage is like a candy shop. You don't know if you want to look at the pink candy or the green candy. You don't know if you want to taste cherry, lemon or lime. There are so many flavors you just simply don't know which way to turn. One thing is for certain, you are filled with inspiration and you want to go back for seconds and thirds.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Still life

mini collection under glass...

with one of my seashell ceramic boxes included

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A quiet Sunday

the weather overcast and cool

makes you want to curl up and contemplate

the mysteries of life

tucked under the eaves

the loft seat becomes the perfect perch above

the sparkling Pacific Ocean

to stay warm and cozy with a good read.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Creative Organization

a wooden box intended for ornaments

becomes the perfect home for a collection of vintage laces and trims

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cozy factor...

a comfy old chair
a collection of design books
tucked in an intimate lamp lit corner

invites one to cozy in and stay a while,
maybe pore over a few books,
and listen to the rain on the roof.

A little library with inspiration galore !

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall nesting...

comes with the turn in the weather...

an assortment of favorite teas

and french cacao en poudre,
( a favorite treat in my coffee )

grouped in front of a vintage serving tray,

displayed in easy reach

on top of the antique Hoosier cabinet

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's beginning to feel like fall


Happy nesting...

Visual snippets of artful curiosities

and sweet mementos

that create ambiance in the sitting room

of Summerland Cottage