Monday, May 25, 2015

Afternoon

The Flying Clubhouse: Afternoon - Cardinal
The Flying Clubhouse: Afternoon
The Flying Clubhouse: Afternoon
Flying Clubhouse: Afternoon
The Flying Clubhouse: Afternoon
I've been spying on the backyard birds. It took some patience to get a snap of a cardinal - they seem to be especially sensitive to noises. I recently spotted some birds I have never seen before. They turned out to be brown-headed cowbirds, but didn't get any good photos of them. Cowbirds are interesting because they are brood parasites. They lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and let the host foster their young.

I haven't been taking as many photos or blogging as much as I like because I've been busy planning for the summer and writing. In my spare time, I've been enjoying long walks. The air smells nice with clover and honeysuckle. May has been incredibly beautiful.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Buttercup

The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup
The Flying Clubhouse: Buttercup - Together
The trapeze top I'm wearing in these photos is a thrift store gem. It had a rip in one of the seams, but it was an easy fix. I usually don't buy things that need repairing, but the handkerchief hem and mix of ditsy prints made this top an exception. It's perfect for wearing on warm-weather adventures. My husband's everyday top of choice is a thrifted Hawaiian shirt. I'm a big fan of tv series M*A*S*H, and this look reminds me of Hawkeye Pierce's devil-may-care style.

top // jacket // bag: thrifted
sunnies: asos reclaimed vintage (similar)
boots // hat: target
cutoffs: second-hand

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Moonbeams

The Flying Clubhouse: Moonbeams
The Flying Clubhouse: Moonbeams - field
The Flying Clubhouse: Moonbeams - pearl crescent butterfly
The Flying Clubhouse: Moonbeams - bleeding heart
The Flying Clubhouse: Moonbeams

How about the waning gibbous moon? It's been beautiful. I've had my eyes (and lens) to the sky recently, although I didn't get a chance to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. There is too much light pollution where we are. Did you see any meteors?

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - The Seasons, Op. 37b - May, Starlit Nights

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wayfarer

The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer
The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer
The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer
The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer - pinecone
The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer
The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer
The Flying Clubhouse: Wayfarer - outfit
This fringed scarf was once a bright sky blue. It was very pretty, but I never wore it. After using Rit to dye it a moss green it works much better with my wardrobe. I'm as passionate about earth tones now as I was last October when I wore the scarf with this outfit.

jacket // boots: thrifted
bag: c/o malia designs
hat: asos
scarf (modified): sugar magnolia


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Treasure Box and Travel Plans

The Flying Clubhouse: Amethyst Necklace
The Flying Clubhouse: April Rain
The Flying Clubhouse: Treasure Box and Travel Plans
The Flying Clubhouse: Feather
The Flying Clubhouse: Treasure Box and Travel Plans
The Flying Clubhouse: Treasure Box and Travel Plans
The Flying Clubhouse: Treasure Box and Travel Plans
The Flying Clubhouse: Amethyst
The Flying Clubhouse: Treasure Box and Travel Plans
We're dreaming of a road trip this summer - the longest one my husband and I have ever planned. Before we were married, we traveled to Memphis for a business trip and to northern Virginia for job-hunting. Since we've been married we've taken two trips to the coast of South Carolina and one to the coast of North Carolina. Now, we're thinking of traveling west this summer. If you have any road trip tips, I'd love to see them in the comments, because this is new territory for me. It's part of what makes it so exciting, though. We're after new experiences this summer.

However, I've recently been thinking of old experiences. I rediscovered my childhood rock collection. My mother held on to it. It was a jumbled mess. Nothing was labeled, and I couldn't help but wonder why half of the rocks look like they came from somebody's gravel driveway. But I've been taking some of the more interesting stones and using them still-life subjects. The amethysts(?) are my favorites.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dear Forest,

The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The Flying Clubhouse: Dear Forest
The azaleas are in bloom and they're stunning this year. It's wonderful to see some green on the trees. Despite all the showers, April has been a gorgeous month.

I cut myself some 'hat bangs,' which is what I call short bangs that look a little odd on me, unless I'm wearing a hat. Then they're smushed down and look perfect. The bang length I prefer goes into my eyes when I'm wearing a hat. I don't mind these 'hat bangs' since I plan on wearing wide-brimmed hats all spring and summer. When I'm not wearing a hat, I'll just pretend my baby bangs are edgy.* :-) 
*they're definitely not edgy - probably the opposite

reclaimed vintage dress: asos green room
hat // scarf: asos // new look
pendant: stuart nye
boots: thrifted

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Wisteria

The Flying Clubhouse: Wisteria
The Flying Clubhouse: Dogwood
The Flying Clubhouse: April Flowers
The Flying Clubhouse: April Flowers
The Flying Clubhouse: Wisteria
The Flying Clubhouse: Wisteria
The Flying Clubhouse: Wisteria
The Flying Clubhouse: Wisteria and Dogwood
"Wisteria and sunshine" is what a newspaper ad for an Italian Villa promised in the 1991 film Enchanted April. To Lottie and Rose, ensnared in dreary marriages and dreary London weather, the words seemed like magic.

To me, wisteria is one of the most enchanting flowers of spring. It explodes all over the trees and gracefully hangs down, blowing in the breeze. It's hard to miss the striking blue-violet color, especially when it grows in such large bunches.

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