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half taken breaths and planting

with life as short
as a half taken breath,
don’t plant anything
but love

~ rumi

Been busy planting more perennials, taking far too many photos of my garden, and keeping busy with Newcomer’s, lunches with friends, and all that delightful jazz. I haven’t forgotten that I promised to post more here and to share some of the fun things I’ve been up to. To be honest, it’s gathering up and organizing the photos to accompany those posts that seem to keep me from getting-to-it!

We’re trying to pick out tile for the backsplash in our kitchen. You’d think that would be so easy yet it’s turning out to be time consuming and even a bit frustrating. Having a very small kitchen and a real busy countertop are hampering our decision-making (why would someone pick such a busy pattern is beyond me but of course they likely loved it). Seems we love the pretty tiles with a bit of sparkle or jazz to them but with the contraints we have, a plain one would work best — we’re both not really wanting plain. I’ll keep you posted on that one too.

For those who are interested in how I took this photo of the dogwood in our backyard, visit my Flickr page for a brief description of what I did to get this. It looks like it was past midnight but really it was just after the sun had gone down. You can see some of the green leaves if you look closely to the background.

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Sherry at Still and All - June 28, 2013 - 8:44 am

Well done with the dogwood. I will have to give that method a try. Thanks for sharing it! We had the same problem with the backsplash a few years ago when we had moved in here. The counter was granite and full of veining – very busy. The former folks had chosen a travertine that was almost as busy — didn’t work at all. We had to replace it when we changed the cabinets so we went with a large subway tile in one of the colours from the granite with a coordinating grout. So happy we went simple. It provides depth and richness but does not compete with anything. The wall colour also coordinates so the eye slides all over easily. I love subway tile! Well it’s off to Toronto for a bit of cultural stim. And hopefully some photos! Let us know what you decide…

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Kelly @ JAX does design - June 30, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Love the flower ๐Ÿ™‚ I know what you mean about getting pictures for blog posts organized. That’s always the longest part for me.

Have you posted any pictures of your kitchen? Years ago, a designer I met said that she always treats the backsplash as the jewel in the room. It’s the one element that really catches your eye, so make it special!

Happy Canada Day Diane!

Candace - July 14, 2013 - 10:12 pm

It’s gorgeously lush against the dark background.