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Thursday, July 18, 2013


Well, I have been absent from blogging lately.
But for a reason......about that later.
This has been a crazy spring,
and a horrible summer for us in the North-East.
The spring was cold and rainy,
frost the end of May,
and  then the heat and humidity hit us full force.
Today we had 98 degrees, and so humid
that I feel like a sponge.
In between there have been torrential downpours,
washing out our driveway and toppling a huge oak tree,
thank God, not near the house.
I only have air conditioning on the downstairs level
where my studio is.
On the upper level there is just a small one in the bedroom.
Thank God for the pool, but even that is like a bathtub.
Well, in short, we are baking.
The garden does not like the heat either.
My beautiful roses were gone in no time.
And then came the CICADAS.
Thousands of them!!!!
The noise was incredible,
and they were everywhere.
And they lasted for weeks!
You start wondering what will be next.
But there were some good moments too.
Hubby and I went to the Country Living Fair
in Rhinebeck, N.Y. in June.
It was their first time there, and not that far away from us.
We went early Friday morning.
Unfortunately it poured.....
I don't mean just rain....no you could have strangled frogs.
But I did not care.
The show was wonderful, and I hope they will
have it again next year.
It was a mixture of antiques, vintage, and handmade things.
We were with the first bunch in,
 and I got amongst other goodies,
this wonderful carrier at Stephanie Lloyd's booth.
It was filthy, and needed a really good scrubbing.
But here is the surprise.
The price was fantastic!
But I do not think that it is a pet carrier,
unless you mean pigeons.
If anybody has an idea what it really is,
please let me know.
And now to something else....
You might remember my post about the half bath
off our bedroom.
I had never gotten around to taking pictures of the remodeled one.
This was the old "green hornet"......
.....and this is the new bathroom.
Because it is so small,
and because I was REALLY sick of the green,
I wanted everything white,
light and airy.
The most important thing
(and the most costly),
was turning the toilet around.
No more hitting the cabinet with your knees.
I used a cabinet from the Martha Stewart Collection
at Home Depot.
Unfortunately the origional gray was not the right color.
It needed 3 coats of white paint.
And I think it was meant for a giant,
so the legs had to be shortened.
I am still looking for an antique-looking wire shelve
for over the toilet.
Something pretty to hold a little clock and maybe a small
vase of flowers.
It came out well, nice and simple.
Love the swiveling faucet from Martha's collection.
Makes it easy to clean the sink.
Long ago I bought these wonderful pressed botanicals.
And they finally found the perfect spot.
So I am ending this post with our little Lulu.
I think only a cat can find the darnedest spots to sleep.
Draped between two antique French finials
my girlfriend Debbie brought home for me from a trip
to Europe.
And now for why I have been so slow with posting or
visiting blogs.......
We had a photo shoot for a national magazine here of
our home last Friday.
I cleaned and cleaned...
rearranged and sweated thru it all.
It could have gone so much faster without this inferno.
 I cannot tell you the magazine, because we don't
know yet in which one it will appear.
The publishers have several different magazines.
It will come out next year, and I will let you all know.
So, this is it for today.
 I will be spending the next few month in my studio,
preparing for upcoming shows.
I hope you all had a wonderful summer so far.
God bless,


  1. Evi, I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I'm so glad. Your basket is amazing and the bathroom is gorgeous. I have a definitely love for kitties too. :)

  2. Now the world will know how special your place is..Congratulations my friend <3

  3. Evi, I'm so excited for you about the magazine feature. I can't wait! As for the heat.........I'm so sorry that you are suffering with such unpleasant weather. We are used to it here in TX, but I know you are not. Oddly, our summer has been mild compared to the past two summers of days on end of triple digits. We've had some much needed rain the past three days, and the temps have been much cooler. Just hope it lasts for a bit longer.
    Glad to hear you are back in the studio. I'm eager to see what you create. Take care, my friend. Wishing you cooler days to come. ~ Sarah

  4. Evi, I've missed you but I can see you have been busy! We have the same heat and humidity...dreadful.

    I am loving your new improved bath, who would put a toilet facing that way??! It looks beautiful!

    I can't wait to see your magazine feature and I can just bet that it caused a bit of anxiety to prepare! But good for you! :)


  5. Oh Evi, was habt ihr nur mitgemacht, die Natur hält euch dieses Jahr wirklich in Atem, das hört sich alles sehr anstrengend an!!! Und trotz allem warst du wieder sooooo fleißig, euer neues Badezimmer sieht einfach wundervoll aus, in all dem Weiß, einfach traumhaft schön!!! Man kann gar nicht glauben, was Farbe ausmacht.........sehr, sehr edel sieht es nun aus und so viel größer! Und das mit dem Foto-Shooting hört sich sehr spannend an (und sehr aufwändig;)........es wird bestimmt eine große Freude, wenn du die Bilder in einem Magazin sehen kannst! Nun schicke ich dir gaaaaanz liebe Wochenendgrüße und ein Küsschen an die süße Mieze........köstlich, wo Katzen sich zum Schlafen wohlfühlen ;)......Hauptsache immer ein anderes Plätzchen! Aber Lulu hat Sinn für Schönheit, sie passt einfach perfekt in diese Szene ;)!!! Alles Liebe,

    bis bald, herzlichst Jade

  6. Congratulations on the magazine!! I can't wait to see it. I have thought for a while that your home should be featured!
    Love how the bath room turned out and I know how great it is to finally see the end results. Lulu is such a doll. I just love how kitties can relax!!!
    Hope you are good. I understand the heat is getting less. Try to stay cool,

  7. toujours si MERVEILLEUX de venir en visite chez toi !!!!merci love & kiss de suisse !!!

  8. Hi Evi!
    One more day of this awful heatwave, thank goodness!!
    So happy for you, can't wait to see your beautiful home in print!
    Have a great weekend!!

  9. Today is my first visit, but I will be back. I clicked on your comment on another post because I saw the words, "my favorite color is red" and I too love red.

    I laughed when I saw the words "our little lulu". I haven't seen the words "little lulu" in a long time. That was what my father used to call me.

    I didn't see why you have been away from blogging, but I am glad you are back so I can read more.

  10. Wow! How fun! Can't wait to hear all about the magazine shoot!

  11. Hello dear Evi,
    so nice to read an update from you! I love the picture of Lulu between the wooden finials, so pretty! Yep if it fits a cat sits and the smaller the space is the better they like it lol
    I liked your old green bathroom with the sweet old washboards and wooden boots on the wall but the new white one of course is beautiful too, love the pressed botanicals!
    The cicadas OMG (my sister was in Virginia one year when the cicadas came and she so hated them, it's only all 7 years or so, right?) and that on top of the humid heat it must have been awful, poor you! But now to the good news I'm so happy for you Evi, your beautiful home really deserves to be published nation wide, no better world wide! How exciting! Now I wish for some cooler air for you for the next few weeks of Summer! We are just having a heat wave here too.
    xoxo~ Carola

  12. Exciting news about having a magazine photography shoot in your home! I can't wait to find out which magazine you will be in.

    Those botanical prints look so fresh and pretty. Just right in your new white bathroom.

  13. A bit late to this post but everything looks wonderful...love the bathroom and glad you found the perfect shelf (now I can stop looking for one for you!). Lulu looks content. The heat seems so long ago now...the low temperature for the day here in the mountains will be 47 with a high of only 64 today! It has been a crazy summer indeed! Hugs, Laura :)


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