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A Magical Garden

Hi friends! How’s life? I hope all is well. We are preparing for our trip to Disneyland to celebrate Grace’s 8th Birthday! She is beyond excited! Claire on the other hand, has decided that sleep is rather over rated and has nightly parties in her crib – laughing, talking and calling out to me. I’m exhausted, to say the least! I’ll be glad when this little night owl phase passes.

Anyway…A couple of weeks back we visited a magical place right here in Lake Oswego – The Elk Rock Gardens. It was a gorgeous Spring morning, so Grace and I headed over there to stroll the many paths that crisscross this enchanting place. I, of course, took a plethora of pictures, so I thought I would finally share them with you…

into the gardens

pink glow

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flower in hand

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blossoms

little girl big trees

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yellow blooms

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What an amazing morning we had exploring this wonderful place! As Spring comes into full bloom, I encourage you to check out local gardens in your area! It’s so easy to forget about these precious places and just get caught up in our day to day tasks. So much inspiration can be found in nature!

Have a beautiful rest of the week!

xo,

Ivy

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Into the Wild

A couple of weeks ago we traveled to Sisters, Oregon to meet up with my parents and have a little vacation in the mountains. We rented a sweet little condo right in town so we could walk everywhere. It was a beautiful couple of days, sunny and warm and in sharp contrast to the dreary wetness that had moved into Portland. Gotta love the high desert! On the way home, we stopped at Detroit Lake. Such a gorgeous spot! Here are some of the pics I managed to capture…

Grace found herself the “perfect walking stick” and declared herself an explorer! Her zebra T fit in nicely for this romp in the wild. As did her head of untamed curls. (It was brushed and in a ponytail when we got in the car…I swear!)

I loved all the beautiful colors and textures!

What a fabulous end to a great weekend away.

xo,

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In the garden…

Hello friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent some time in the garden and took lots of pictures. I’m totally in love with the wisteria vine that covers the trellis on our deck. It smells heavenly and looks so pretty with fairy lights strung about. The blooms on our pink dogwood tree are fading but they are still so pretty in the last light of day…

The sun has been a little elusive since…but I’m hoping to see it’s shining face again soon!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!

xo,

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Gorgeous Nature Photography by Georgianna Lane

Hi friends…hope your Monday is going well. It’s bright and sunny here, after a weekend of rain. The trees look so lovely with the morning sunshine on their leaves.

So as you can probably tell…I am still completely enamored with Fall and when I came across these dreamy visions by Seattle photographer, Georgianna Lane, I knew I had to share them with you…

Aren’t they gorgeous? She does a whole series entitled “The Poetry of Trees”. I think I may have to collect them all…

Please go wander through her Etsy store. It’s a true delight. She also authors a lovely blog…here.

Hope these images brought some beauty to your day.

xo,

p.s. If you missed our trip to Greece on Friday…check it out here.

All images via Georgianna Lane

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Golden leaves at my feet

I took these pictures the other day outside my friend’s home. Autumn, to me, is a magical season. A time to watch the mastery of nature’s brush, while preparing for the colder days to come. To plan, dream, consider, ponder and reflect. After the spontaneous energy of Summer, Fall feels quiet, thoughtful and comforting.

The golden leaves, both at my feet and overhead, dazzled my eyes; the sapphire sky, the perfect contrast.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

What do you love about this season?

I hope your path is paved with golden leaves.

xo,

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Beauty squared

Last year we had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver, B.C.  What a fantastic city.  Highly recommend it.

One day we visited the famous Granville Island Market.  The selection of fresh produce, goods and fine art was astonishing! Among the throng of people, a booth caught my eye.

Beautiful square images…all from nature. I was in love.

We had stumbled upon artist and photographer, June Hunter. Her garden is her studio, its foliage her subjects.

I didn’t hesitate purchasing the rain drop piece as it reminded me of Portland. It  hangs in my kitchen next to my faithful espresso machine. Rain and coffee…the two things that greet me almost every morning in the winter.

Enjoy!

p.s. She can even make these images into tiles! So unique.

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