Marble talk – a story

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I've lost my magical ring… Oh yes silly me—the other day at work. I took it off to wash my hands and never in a hundred billion chances did I ever remember to put it back on my finger, or remembered that I had decided to wear it to work that morning. It didn't help either, of course, that I should, and did not, pay attention to sensations… for no wonder my ring finger was itching like crazy... like, telling me something perhaps? So now it’s gone! Forever gone!

A scary thing that of not paying attention to your feelings, or worse yet, forgetting things. Not only because forgetfulness is a terrible thing, but also because magical stuff that belong to you should be handled, or wore, only by you, and by no one else. If this ever happens, it could be disastrous.

You see, magical rings are like any common witch’s wand, and you’ll never know how these things would behave in the hands of a stranger. We are told that it is very difficult to use someone else's wand; and this is so true. So I’m hoping that whoever had found my magical ring won't stumble upon much trouble; much less provoke it. In the mean time, I'm sitting here in my garden thinking about what can it be done, and what shall I do about replacing my magical ring?...

Best go find Mr. Ollivander faster than fast!!

Remember Mr. Ollivander from Harry Potter’s movies? He’s the proprietor of a wand shop in Diagon Alley. So I guess I can always go to him and ask him to make me a new wand o’ ring. Only problem is, where in the world is Diagon Alley located? Does anyone have any ideas?  Besides, if I can remember well, Mr. Ollivander uses only three types of magical core for his wands: phoenix tail feathers, unicorn hair, and dragon heartstrings, and none of these are really suitable to me.  You see, I have another idea!  I found this little frog wandering in my garden and fell in love...

I wonder if I should kiss him? Maybe it will magically transforms into a handsome prince. In the original Grimm version of the story the frog's spell was broken when the princess threw it against a wall in disgust. But I couldn't do that.  I love frogs!  In other early versions it was sufficient for the frog to spend the night on the princess's pillow. Shall I take it inside and put him in my pillow? Well no. I have a better idea.

I’m thinking I want my new magical wand o' ring in real frog core. Yeah, that’s it! Wouldn’t that be extra nice? Ah yes, besides living in fresh water and on dry land, some frogs are adapted for living underground as well as on trees... and how cool is that!  So, I want a magical ring made out of frog core. But who on earth would make me such a thing—I wonder? Not that I don’t have any other rings, mind you… I particularly love this one, but, sadly, this old ring won’t perform the same magic as the one I lost… no, it’s not the same; not even close!

Maybe if I follow the floating lights that from time to time I see in the garden in the darkness of night, they could take me to a certain witch in the woods who would design a magical ring just for me? Remember Merida in the movie “Brave”? Have you seen that movie yet? Super super cute, by the way! Just like Merida in the movie, I too have seen these will o’ the wisps magical lights dancing on the horizon, I have hear them whispering tempting invitations… pledging the answers to lifelong questions, the realization of dreams, a key to secret treasures, for sure. Perhaps, these wispy little lights would take me to a certain shop somewhere where I can find hand-crafted magic rings in every mood imaginable? Oh I do hope so!

In the mean time, I guess I’d just have to keep imagining, keep dreaming and making up silly stories for you to read… marble talk? Yes!  ;)

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities”. Dr. Seuss


Powder Room Tour

Hello! :)  Thanks for stopping by today and for reading my blog!!!  It truly means a lot to me.  Let's stay connected on facebook!

On to my house tour!  Today is nothing fancy, just my powder room.

We did a couple of updates since buying our house.

We added granite countertop.  We had this done at the same time as our kitchen.

We painted this room, Capilano Bridge by Benjamin Moore.

I made the curtain myself.

We also added crown molding the ceiling. 

We added a new sink and foucet.

This is our downstairs powder room and we really like how it turned out.  The sink is my favorite!!

Well, that is it!  It is simple and functional! 

What color do you have in your bathroom?

What is your favorite thing about your bathroom?

Have a great day!

Bonnie :)

Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons.  
~Author Unknown

This and that and an enchanted little town

Monday, November 26, 2012

I cut some grasses from the garden and made a lovely bouquet for my table… this is my latest tabletop arrangement—soon to be taken down, because I’m about to start decorating my table for the holidays.

Last month when we went to Florida we visited the nation’s oldest city and most charming and unique little town I've ever seen—St. Augustine. Have you ever been there? There's a distinct charm prevalent throughout St. Augustine and you can’t help but feel enchanted as you stroll through the quaint streets that  much remind me of the small villages of Spain. Every time we're in FL we have to visit St. Augustine. I so want to move there! But is it possible to have anything like a rose garden in St. Augustine? I mean considering the heat and humidity factors of the Florida climate? Any knowledgeable gardeners out there who might know if roses grow in FL? ‘Cause I must live in a rose garden wherever I am ya know! ;)



While strolling the pedestrian-only shopping streets in the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine, my sister Lissette and I discovered a lovely bohemian chic boutique with long, flowing dresses in soft and sumptuous fabrics and gorgeous prints, blouses and dresses with beautiful embroidered details, bohemian jewelry, sandals, and shoes. I was in heaven!  Here, Lissette and I admiring this lovely dress in deep burgundy and green... and yes, I bought it! You know I had to, right! ;)



Anyway, as I was saying, or meant to say when I started my post, when we visited the city’s visitor’s center I found a barrel full of faux ancient manuscripts.  I went bonkers with excitement over them, and they were only 4 for $1.00! I almost bought the entire barrel! ;)

I love the ancient looking patina and the mystery old manuscripts hold...

Of course, I haven't dared myself to unfold any of these ancient manuscripts… not one! Would you have done it? Imagine if by doing so we liberate some creepy spirits from the past? Or bring upon ourselves some archaic spell? You know, like the ancient Egyptian funerary manuscripts that were buried with the pharaohs? These funerary manuscripts included lots of magic spells for whoever unrolled them.

Best let these manuscripts be... or shall we go ahead and unroll them?

Oh yes I think I should.  Who knows, maybe I'll be the first one to uncover evidence about the times when Cicero and St Augustine lived! I’ll be famous… I’ll be rich! I’ll be moving to St. Augustine for sure! ;)

Well my dears, for the moment, spells or not I’m truly loving these replicas. They look marvelous displayed around my house… just love them! Oh and don't forget... one must throw themselves into dreaming with reckless abandon. Long skirts, layers of lace, and of course, as true bohemians, wear your old snow boots covered with sheepskin with pride ;)

See ya super soon!

Simple Family Room

I am sure that you picked up by now that I like things SIMPLE!!  

I hate clutter and being surrounded by stuff!!  

I can't stand it especially because we always have so much of our own stuff out that we use daily.

Today, I wanted to share our family room with you.  It is nice, modern, cozy, and simple.

I went with neutral colors because they are safe.  I actually love color but I was afraid to decorate with it.  (I am not anymore- I will show you soon.)

The wall color is Alpaca from Benjamin Moore and the back wall (with the mirrors) is Capilano Bridge.

I kept the room very basic.

Here is another view of the room.  We have a little "cut in" so we used that for our entertainment center.

I love all the windows in the room.

We have our "his and her" chairs.

Our couches were a steal!

We bought them used for only $400 dollars! :)  Sweet!  (They were practically NEW!)

The lamp is from Target.

This lamp was from "new" from the Goodwill.

Of course, I need family photos.

I showed how to hang a double hook frame here.

I really like how the kitchen and family room are connected.

I love the openness!

Here is one last view.

Where did I get it:
  • Curtains and rods- Linens 'n Things
  • Couches- used $400
  • End tables- from my MIL (Mother-in-Law)  not sure where
  • Mirrors- from my MIL (Mother-in-Law) Crate and Barrel 
  • Rocking chair-  from my MIL (Mother-in-Law) Pier One
  • Leather chair-  from my MIL (Mother-in-Law) used for $300
  • Leather ottomans-  from my MIL (Mother-in-Law) not sure where
  • Entertainment Center- for free from our old neighbors
  • Family photo frame- Pottery Barn (but I bought is used for only $20)

Have a great day!!

Bonnie :)