Monday, August 1, 2016

Around the Clubhouse: Cactus Flower

The Flying Clubhouse: Cactus Flower
The Flying Clubhouse: Strawberries in Milk Glass
The Flying Clubhouse: Late Summer Hydrangea
The Flying Clubhouse: Queen Anne's Lace
The Flying Clubhouse: Queen Anne's Lace
The Flying Clubhouse: At the Lake
The Flying Clubhouse: Retro Milk Glass
Wow! It's August! Here are some images from the end of our July. 

I've talked about my lack of horticultural skills before, but this story takes the cake. I acquired a small pincushion cactus a long time ago - sometime when I was a kid. I don't remember how long I've had it, but it's been over 13 years. For ages it's been looking sickly, and I finally determined it had cactus rot at the base. I put it outside in early spring along with another dying cactus and forgot about it. It survived the late freezes, the dry spell, the wet spell, and instead of croaking, it made a flower last week - for the very first time. Maybe all it wanted was to be outside.

It's been so hot lately. Although I just posted some paintings featuring hot drinks, I haven't been drinking tea as much myself. When I do, though, it's from some retro milk glass cups I recently thrifted. This glass mug didn't have a maker's mark on the bottom, but I was drawn to the groovy flower design. It's going to get a lot more use this fall. But I don't want to think about the seasons changing yet. We enjoyed our July and I'm looking forward to this month. August is such a beautiful time for wildflowers here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Still Life Tea and Coffee

1. Pascal's Pensees, Henri Matisse, 1924
2. Still Life With A Coffee Pot, Camille Pissarro, 1900
3. Still Life With Red Tea Kettle, Man Ray, 1913
4. The Tea Set, Claude Monet, 1872
5. Fruit And Coffee-Pot, Henri Matisse, 1898

I like to photograph cups of tea. There's something calming and pleasant about a picture of a quiet personal ritual. I find these these paintings with tea or coffee to be very inviting. With no human subjects, these cups and trays seem to be set out just for the viewer.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Queen Anne's Lace and Friends

It's that time of year for Queen Anne's lace and lots of other beautiful wildflowers. These shots are from a recent hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pinecones and Bell Sleeves

With long sleeves and boots, this outfit might be a preview of fall.

I just found the most crazy beautiful boots in a thrift store that sells clothes by the pound, so they were only about $3.00. I wasn't going to try them on at first, because they were size 5, but they were siren boots and they sang to me. I usually wear 8-8.5, and I don't think I've even managed to fit half of my foot in a size 6, much less a 5, but these were surprisingly large. They're quite snug on me, and I plan on stretching them out, but they feel like the cozy 7.5 J.C. Penney flats I wear with fancy outfits.

As someone who likes 60s and 70s pieces I learned long ago to stop fretting and love the polyester, but this new poly-spandex top by Vintage Havana is the softest thing. I love that it's made in New York too. I seek out bell sleeves on all my thrifting adventures, but I haven't had much luck. If I'm looking for something specific, I'll try to find it second-hand first, but I don't always have success. Usually the hits outnumber the misses, though.

*Outfit photos by Steven

top: vintage havana via asos
skirt // boots: thrifted
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbananas

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Around the Clubhouse: Summer Sparks

 I just wanted to share a short post with the shots from last week. As you can see, Steven and I had fun with sparklers. I hadn't lit one in years. Steven took the last photo and the third to last. I didn't seem so long ago when I was wearing the same dress last year at the Grand Canyon.

I recently found a vintage shell top with a lovely yellow and orange psychedelic design. I don't often wear orange and yellow (I like my clothes to contrast with my face and hair), but I couldn't resist this classic top - especially with a $3.50 price tag at a local thrift shop. I'm always excited to find vintage pieces that can be worn in the summer too.