Intoxicating Lilac

One of the favorite things I love about creating is finding inspiration. Sometimes I do that by creating Treasury Lists on Etsy. The process can invoke taking a walk down memory lane as I intentionally search for creations that I admire, that I dream of being or owning, or that some aspect of the finished art touches me in a special way.

As I searched the millions of items listed on Etsy to include in my collection, “Intoxicating Lilac,” memories of a neighbor’s corner lot with blocks long hedges overflowing with tall, beautiful, intoxicating lilacs came rushing back. I remembered all the times I skated by or rode my bike past, arm reaching out to touch the delicate purple flocks and watch them fall and cover the ground below.

Please click here to see my collection. Oh, yes, and I’ll take one of each please!


Juicy, Succulent Watermelon

The other day I stopped by The Bees Knees to say hi to Julia, one of the owners, and to check on sales of my creations. While there three young Mexican girls stopped by the store pushing a baby stroller filled with fresh ripe watermelons. They were selling them for $1 each. I’m a Wisconsin girl and my taste buds know what good watermelon tastes like and its not like the genetically altered seedless imitations sold at almost every supermarket around the country.

My instincts to buy were right on. The first cut revealed a ripe, juicy, colorful, seeded watermelon. The first taste took me back to my childhood during the late summer months when there was an abundance of fresh everything sold at stands or trailers by the side of the road, including peaches, blueberries, melons, and sweet corn. They were tasty enough to bring the entire Roman army to its knees and a bargain for the pure pleasure and joy I experienced with each bite.

It’s a good thing some memories never die!