I was feeling a bit colorful yesterday when I saw this ice cream sundae coloring contest in Food Network magazine.
There’s been such a resurgence to the 70’s in the design world. You see it everywhere. Colors, textures and patterns exploding next to each other, macramé hangers holding long, unending trails of green. Bamboo.
That’s what inspires this sundae. It’s a tribute to the summers I remember as a kid from the 70’s. The summers of color and joy and freedom. Of being outside all day and at the drive-ins or front yard (capturing lightening bugs) at night.
It was gritty, too. Food wasn’t so pretty or gourmet. It was hotdogs and hamburgers and corn on the cob. I’m happy for those memories. I hope to make them for my own children. Less Martha Stewart. more Janis Joplin. OK a little easy on the Janis Joplin, but still.
They were like this for hours.
And they didn’t bat an eyelash. Or a wing, or a leg.
Just stuck on each other. 😍
These are parsley blossoms. They look delicate, but they have staying power. Parsley grows so easily here in North Carolina. And it grows in abundance so I let it bolt. They make for lovely arrangements indoors, too.
Even next to my fake, purple flowers on the mantle.
Plants are back. With a vengeance. And it’s not just ferns and fig trees. It is everything: twigs, oak leaves, evergreens. And it’s beautiful.
You don’t need a green thumb. They do pretty well on their own.
A nice privacy screen and setting for my porch. Instant relaxation.
That rose has seen better days though.😬
I’ve been waiting for this moment for two years.
They were not open this morning, but as I pulled into the driveway about an hour ago, I could see that brilliant purple.
Awe. Like first time you see that fledgling sprout push its way through the soil.
In fact, I gasped.
Beautiful purple irises.
I wish I could tell you their specific name, but I have no clue.
They are majestic no matter what their official name may be.
With all the negativity in the news these days I thought I would create something that speaks to beauty and love. And it is almost spring. A time to celebrate renewal and color!
I shot most of this video while walking my dogs around the neighborhood…it’s where I get lots of inspiration for color schemes! The spanish moss shot is from a recent trip to Savannah, and that soft, white, fluffy rug is from Home Goods. Honest Stephielou.
The short video is a twist on one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies this year, La La Land. Hope it inspires you to see the beauty around you.