June 11, 2019

My Divine Ya Ya Moment....on a Sunday

The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

I had a "Ya Ya" moment on Sunday and I needed to share. I am spending the summer exploring workshop ideas for Tahilla Gatherings, my business idea that continues to evolve. My hope is to use Tahilla Farm as a venue for women to come together to discuss topics of mutual interest..ie books, art, health, cuisine, nature and the like. I am currently exploring ways in which I can achieve those goals.

On Sunday I signed up for a flower arranging class with the talented Mary Potter O'Neill of  Billies and Tillies when in fact, before I left the house, I noticed that it was a workshop to learn how to make flower crown's. I instantly thought of our dear blogging friend Elizabeth of The Vintage Contessa and thought...well, why not? I am not a flower crown kind of gal...but maybe I could be. Elizabeth looks fabulous in them...I will give it a try!

And off I went...with a few other twenty somethings and me, the sixty something. Which reminded me of the scene above, in reverse. I haven't seen The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood in many years...but I can tell you, I will be watching it tonight! In fact, I may even read the book again. Seems to me it would be a fun one for a Tahilla Book Club Gathering...with a flower crown workshop. ;) OH...the fun we could have!

I am getting ahead of myself...
back to Mary and her very easy instructions.

Weaving flowers along the crown base...

Mary explained to us how to make the base of the crown 
with a few strands of wire and florist tape. Easy.

Sprigs of Queen Ann Lace and Peony

She then showed us how to make a series 
of small flower bouquets 
which we would ultimately tape together onto our crown. 
Easy. Sort of.

White, cream, blue, burgundy, green...

There was a lot of chatter 
and Oohs and Ahhs...and voila...we all had
very distinctive and very different flower crowns.

Succulents and grasses..with Lily of the Valley

If ever there was a case of weaving a personality
into a crown, this was it. I was channelling the color scheme 
in our garden HERE. All the while thinking of flower fairies
in the children's books by Cicely Mary Barker.

The Stitchwort Fairy
Cicely Mary Barker


I ran off to a corner of the room to take a selfie
for my daughters...trying to keep a straight face.
It didn't work.

What 6oish looks like. ;)
And no where close to the gorgeous Elizabeth,
but I tried!

When class ended, I felt a spring in my step 
as I placed my flower crown
gently on my summer hat and traveled home,

Summer travels...

I showed it off to Mr. H and my son Connor.
I think they were jealous.

I rested my crown for the day,
thinking of the next one. 
I have a lot of ideas,
Mary does too!

Resting my crown for the day

How about you?
Are you a flower crown kind of gal?
If presented with a flower workshop,
what would you like to create
or learn how to do?

I am taking notes for Tahilla Gatherings...
please feel free to write to me

From the 
Collage of Life Archives..
more Ya Ya moments

Last but not least...
for your viewing pleasure...

Thank you for reading along
and Happy Creating 
with whatever stirs your soul!

Jeanne xx

June 8, 2019

News From Tahilla Farm: Gardening, Books and Shopping Tips

Hello! Hello! and Happy Weekend!

It was a busy week around Tahilla Farm, as I dug my way in and out of pots and into the herb gardens. I was fortunate to spend some time on Monday with a very talented plantswoman and garden designer, Maude Odgers, who guided me in the plant selection. We went along to a wonderful nursery, Walkers Farm in Dummerston, Vermont. 

May 22, 2019

April 29, 2019

Sharing the LOVE....The Travelwrap Company

My daughter, Miss Claire, charging ahead
 in The Spittal of Glenshee

The Traveler....
Yesterday I calculated my "air time" since leaving Tahilla Farm three weeks ago. Through Hong Kong, China and Australia I have clocked 55 hours in the air, excluding transit time. Ah...the things we do for the people we love! It's been a whirlwind visit full of laughter, food and family. The very best kind of trip. Times that I cherish dearly.

April 24, 2019

My Stylish French Box...the winner!

My Stylish French Box

I love offering giveaways on my blog, 
even more so when it is something I personally love.  
My Stylish French Box is one of those extra special gifts 
and my only wish is that I could send one home 
with each and every person who entered the Giveaway.
Thank you all for taking the time to write to me.
I always love hearing from you!

April 15, 2019

Taking it easy in Hong Kong...

Tea time in Hong Kong..

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!

Seeing that I am somewhere in between, I thought I might as well cover it all! I am in a rainy Hong Kong at the moment, taking it easy, taking some down time and truth be told...feeling a bit restless. 

April 8, 2019

The First Gathering...Tahilla Farm

My Vintage Corona

My First Gathering…

I am typing away with this much loved vintage Corona typewriter behind me, thinking about all that has transpired in the past months and days. As many of you helped to shape what has transpired, I thought I would "report in".

I have always known there is a special magic that happens when women talk together. We have been doing that through Collage of Life for nearly ten years. Because of the connections that have been made, Tahilla Farm was found, bought and renovated...and as a result, I am able to write from the "space" that was once a hay loft and now my studio. I feel truly blessed by the constellation of friendships forged through blogging.