Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer Fancy

The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy | maxi dress
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy | maxi dress
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy | Novica shawl
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy | Novica cotton shawl
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy | August outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy | mushroom
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy
The Flying Clubhouse: Summer Fancy
This crochet tiered maxi dress was a gift from my husband earlier this summer. I imagine it's the perfect thing to wear on a beach vacation, but I've enjoyed wearing it around town, running errands. It's a great dress to combat the August heat and humidity (while feeling oh-so-fancy). This is the first maxi dress I've tried. While this outfit deviates from my typical style, I enjoy trying something different.

shawl: novica
moon pendant: light years
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbananas
sandals: salt water via modcloth (old)

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August Gold

The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | Great spangled fritillary
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | Great spangled fritillary
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | Eastern tiger swallowtail
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | Butterfly Gold cup and saucer
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | Butterfly Gold cup and saucer
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | oranges
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | oranges
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | sunflower
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | sunflower
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | sunflower
The Flying Clubhouse: August Gold | sunflowerIs it any surprise that I've been singing Yellow by Coldplay all August? I've always thought of August as a yellow or gold month. Nature puts on a beautiful show this time of year.

I have a soft spot for vintage CorningWare. Every now and then on my thrifting adventures I spot something with the "Butterfly Gold" pattern. I picked up a couple of saucers at 25 cents a piece to go with my Pyrex tea cups. It's such a cheerful 70s pattern.

Of course, the real butterfly gold is outside. I was lucky enough to get close to this Great spangled fritillary (first) and Eastern tiger swallowtail (second). They're just crazy about the lovely purple milkweed.

These sunflowers are grown in a local garden. I like to stop by and admire it every now and then - especially since I don't garden myself. I'm certainly impressed people who do. A few hardy houseplants are about all I can handle, so I'm glad there are people in this world who grow stunning sunflowers like these.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

You Remind Me of the Babe

The Flying Clubhouse: You Remind Me of the Babe // vintage fringe bootsThe Flying Clubhouse: late summer outfitThe Flying Clubhouse: fair trade white tunic blouseThe Flying Clubhouse: fair trade sling bagThe Flying Clubhouse: fair trade sling bagThe Flying Clubhouse: fringe moccasin bootsHere I am, with a casual late summer outfit, pretending my hair is longer than it actually is. This cotton sling bag by Thai artisan Russamee Thepphanakit via Novica is the perfect summer bag. It's nice and roomy, has a comfortable hip-length strap, and I just love the elephant print. This lantern-sleeve top is also from Novica - this one doesn't seem to be available anymore, but there are many similar ones. I loved wearing this tunic top at the Grand Canyon.

Whenever I put jeans and a white blousy top together, it reminds me of the outfit Sarah Williams, the protagonist of Labyrinth (1986) wears. Maybe I should find a vest to complete the look. :-)

blouse // bag: novica
jeans: target (old)
boots: vintage
scarf: gift (similar)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Deer and Foxes

1. Foxes, 1913
2. The Red Deer, 1912
3. The Enchanted Mill, 1913
4. Deer in a Monastary Garden, 1912
5. Deer in the Forest, 1914
6. Sleeping Deer, 1913
7. Crouching Deer, 1911
8. Deer in the Forest II, 1912

If I could rank my favorite paintings, the first might be Foxes and the second might be Deer in the Woods II by German Expressionist Franz Marc. Animals were a favorite subject of Franz Marc. I especially like his paintings of deer. There is so much emotion and movement in his paitnings, it's almost overwhelming. At the same time, the bold primary colors always lift my spirits.

Tragically, like fellow artist August Macke, Franz Marc died young in WWI. I often wonder what he would have painted had his life been longer.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mountains and Teacups

The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups // viaduct
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups // sand myrtle
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups // forest sunflower
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups // morning tea
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups // postcards
The Flying Clubhouse: Mountains and Teacups
Happy August!

As I'm writing this, I can hear heavy raindrops on the roof and steps outside. We've been in a drought for awhile and it's a relief to get some rain. We've really been enjoying the last days of summer vacation. The other day we visted Rough Ridge Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I'd only been there once before - last November. Although the autumn foliage was beautiful, I was even more impressed with the greenery of summer. The fragile sand myrtle with its tiny white flowers was a treat to see growing by the boardwalk that made up part of the trail.

I couldn't help but include some more tea photos. I love quiet summer mornings. 

Blue Skies, "Whispering" Jack Smith, 1927

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Around the Clubhouse

The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // tea with lemon
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // tea with lemon
Between traveling and zipping around for various projects, it's been nice to catch a few moments at home. One of my favorite things about traveling is coming home again and enjoying all the mundane things that you coundn't enjoy while on the road. I even appreciated doing landry - i.e. it was nice to get all my sweaty, dusty, packed-up clothes clean and freash again!

✽ My favorite way to start the day is with a cup of tea. Sometimes I take it with milk, and sometimes with lemon. 
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // painting
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // green painting
✽ It's been ages since I've painted. It feels good to pull out the brushes and paint again.
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // thrifted shirts
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // thrifted finds
✽ I've had an incredible lucky streak when it comes to thrifting. (Sadly, it's over now). Some of my recent finds are two much-needed blouses, a metallic clutch and a gorgeous pair of black heels. (The last two are for an up-comming event). The blouse with the aqua-colored pattern is a silk-cotton blend and feels delicious to wear. It had a yellowed stain on the front that came out easily by soaking in water and vinegar.
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // rose of sharon
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // rose of sharon
✽ The rose of sharon outside our place is beautiful this year.
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // braided rag rug
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // braided rag rug
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // braided rag rug
✽ Traditional arts. I'm a little obsessed with rugs - all kinds of rugs. Rugs are expensive, however. I decided to attempt my own braided rag rug. Incidentally, I've also been getting more organized and trying to clear some space. Making a rag rug is an excellent way to quickly eleminate a fabric scrap collection. The braiding itself was fun and went by quickly, but now I've started to sew the braids together by hand, and the going is very slow. Maybe I'll have a nice rag rug by next winter!

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