Monday, September 1, 2014

Bulldogs and Hunt Masters


Aside from the hutch y'all have seen in my kitchen, I have another one in the
family room.  While it is filled with lots of blue and white transfer ware too,
there are also ceramic dogs interspersed with all the plates, cups and tureens.

As you may (or may not know) from seeing other pics of my home, is that
I love horses, dogs and I have a decided English Country Home slant to
my decorating style.  My latest additions reflect this style.




I found two new ceramic dogs recently that I had to add to my collection.
This cigar smoking, Union Jack wearing Bulldog.  My husband David
loves bulldogs, and smokes the occasional cigar and is a full fledged
Anglophile.  He would like to take it to his office at work, but this
time I won't let him because I think this Bulldog is so cute and it just
belongs right where it is.




And the Hunt Master.   Of the two, this one is my favorite.

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.  It's still the holiday
so make the most of each minute!


Bentley has really been enjoying spending some extra
time with his daddy this weekend.  Bentley actually 
smiles when he sees David.  It's the cutest thing!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Fairy Garden Camping Trip and Tale


It is well known that fairies love nature.  They flit from
flower to flower in gardens.  They love trees and the
woodland forest.  Next time you are out for a walk in the
woods or along a nature trail, look carefully.  You just
may spot a little camp ground like this one.  



Look very closely.  See the little tent set up in the clover?
Tiny twigs serve as the poles to hold up the bit of
fabric they found to construct the tent.  These clever 
little spirits  created a little camp stool and a sign to let
others know that this is the place they are meeting.



A tiny little lantern on the left.  Do you see it?  Oh, and
look, a little table too set for tea.



They must be out in the forest for a bit because I 
don't see them now.  I imagine they will return a bit
later for their tea.



Here is a better look at their lantern.




I think this must be a sleeping bag tied up with bits of yarn.
They will no doubt want to take a nap after their tea.

Lets wait a bit and see if they return.




Be very quiet ~ they have returned.  One of them has 
opened her sleeping bag.  She turned it down and set 
out her pillow too with a teddy bear.   It will be a perfectly
cozy spot to take a nap under the stars.

Have a magical weekend everyone!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley




Friday, August 29, 2014

Best of Ash Tree Cottage ~ Fairy Garden


Labor Day Weekend starts for us in a couple of hours.  Hopefully,
we will be able to enjoy three full days without any interruption.
Often my husband gets called away on an emergency on
weekends and we are keeping our fingers crossed that everything 
will be calm until Tuesday.  So, in order to make the most of the
precious time we have together, I will not be posting until 
Monday.  In the meantime, I am leaving you with pictures from
some of my favorite posts over the last several years.


So let's begin with my fairy garden and a visit to Tinkerbell Cottage












This was one of my favorite projects.  I built the little 
fairy cottage out of twigs I found in the yard.  I carefully
snipped them to be the siding of the cottage.  The roof
underlayment was heavy cardboard and it was covered in
pine cone segments.  The whole fairy garden was 
laid out in an old whiskey barrel which sat at the 
entry to the back porch of our house in Idaho.
I hope to make another one this coming fall.

Next post will be another fairy garden scene ~
the fairy campground.


Have lot's of fun!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley






Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Labor Day Tablescape Ideas


Although Labor Day is not officially the last day
of summer, it signals to all of us that summer 
activities are coming to an end.  So what are your
plans?  Maybe a backyard BBQ?



Or cocktails on the patio?




Cheers!  



Or a wine and cheese spread?






A pack and go lunch to take along on a drive down lovely
country roads?



Or maybe just hang out on the back porch.



Grab some tropical feel linens and a hand painted southwest
platter.



Add a small bowl of salsa and some chips.



And a couple of vintage glasses with tropical stir sticks and fill
with ice and the beverage of your choice.



Don't forget the limes.
And you are ready to party on the porch!



Bentley had a wonderful National Dog Day.
He had an extra treat, extra play sessions, extra
tummy rubs, meatballs for dinner and a long,
long walkie afterwards.  It was a good day!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm Sorry Bentley! What Was I Thinking?


There is that better Bentley?
How could I ever forget National Dog Day!

I do love you little peanut!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

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