"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Taken by the light

 (Image Source: Weheartit.com)

"The door was left ajar. Slowly, quietly, my wondering heart got closer and just like a moth, it followed the light..." Alina
Hello my dear friends, do you remember me? I have been gone for quite sometime, the truth is, I found my words repetitive, monotonous and boring. I seemed to have reached a crossroad and so I plunged into a sort of abyss hoping to collect and regroup.

So much has happened! Wedding planning and preparations, self discoveries (one is never too old for those) the learning of new craft techniques, and above all, the rush to find time to savour each day.

I'd like to share some of the most important events. My daughter's bridal shower. It was held at a restaurant by the Hudson River, the theme was the ocean and its treasures. Here she is, my sweet little mermaid...

One of the most exciting highlights of the party was the live Monarch butterflies. I ordered them from a butterfly farm and they arrived individually wrapped in cellophane envelopes. At the end of the party each guest was given one. I read this beautiful Irish blessing:
"May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on, to bring you luck, happiness and riches, today, tomorrow and always"

Then they were set free.

  Here is one, resting, and just like my daughter, getting ready to fly and seek new adventures...

 On May 27th we had a visit from Stork Kingdom.  Let me introduce you to Sophia Clarissa, our sweet niece. Such joy to welcome a new baby!

The baby sure is beautiful and cute but Abby is not worried, she knows she will always be our Number One LOL. How I love this puppy! No words here...

All these planning and festivities have reduced the amount of days spent at the Purple Caravan but I still manage to sneak away.

During the month of May there was a total Clematis explosion.

No matter how many days are spent on the porch, every afternoon when the sun begins to set and the light shifts, I can't think of a better place to be...

This season my time for decorating has been put on hold. However, I did find this table during a walk through the woods. It was completely covered by spiderwebs but I absolutely loved it. After a good cleaning it makes a great addition to the porch. What do you think?

I have also been busy trying to learn to draw faces and create Art Journals. These are a few of my attempts. I do plan to take classes but for now I find guidance and inspiration from so many amazing, talented women on the Web World.
Acrylic paint and watercolor markers
Color pencils and watercolor

Speaking of amazing women, I received this beautiful gift from my dear friend Olive. Such a kind, generous soul, she "hoped to make me smile." Not only did I smile but I also cried. Thank you Olive, you will never know how precious these are to me, not only because they come from you but also because they come from England! my dreamland since I can remember :0)

Incredible buttons, a book about London (in my dreams I visit all those places)  a photo holder shaped like those gorgeous "call boxes"

An  awesome mini album folded in a clever way, stamped, colored and distressed. I will  have a hard time adding anything to this. It's just too perfect!

Loads of ceramic buttons (I am only showing a few) I can't wait to do something with them! A felt heart embellished with pearls and charms, a charming mini quilt stamped and embellished with yet more buttons and ribbons. Treasures from a kindred spirit all the way from across the world. Dear Olive, thank you again. You are the best!

It will be quite hectic here for the rest of this month (the wedding is on October 7th) I am looking forward the "calm after the storm" lol so that I may have a chance to stop by and see what you have been up to.

Hope everyone's been healthy and  happy. Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and sparkles,


  1. How lovely to have you back with us and share your happy exciting news.
    I missed seeing your beautiful cabin in the woods!

  2. Hello Alina, lovely to see you posting again. Have missed the Purple Caravan!

    Such a wonderful array of photos. Your daughter by the way is gorgeous! As is, of course, little Abbey.

    Love the music too. May leave your blog up for the rest of the day and listen to it whilst I'm writing :)

  3. Hello Alina! It's so nice to have you back! I've missed my relaxing visits to the Purple Caravan! What wonderful things happening in your life right now...thank you for sharing!

  4. Dear Alina, Of course we remember you! How could we forget you or dear Abby! So good to hear from you and that all is well. Brightest Blessings to you and your precious daughter, Rachel.

  5. How lovely to see you back and it sure looks as though you have had a wonderful year full of loveliness. So good to hear that you are ok, and still findingtime to be in your hideaway. Your daughter looks so very happy in her photos, what a lovely lass x

  6. I'm so glad you are blogging again...... it was a great pleasure sending you such goodies. You have been so busy which is great and on countdown for the wedding,which will be amazing. lots of love, my friend. xxx

  7. Yay my precious friend..I have soo missed your presence here in bloglandia! Now Wow..all I canmsay..is total wowness...what a magnificent post..I think I must look at it again there is just So much magic, beauty and creative essence vibing from you! I am thrilled and excited for you and your family..so wonderful..and i LOVE your art..so very special..magnificent..and I love your gorgeous garden-magic..blooming to life!! If there is anything I missed..please know i thoroughly enjoyed this fabulous post..magical!! Hugs..welcome bakc..shine on and wishing you and your loved ones Many bright blessings ahead and love and light always!

  8. Alina,
    I always feel so connected with you when I am over here (kindred spirits). You are back, and you were missed. I know what you mean though, I am ready for a break right about now. I know all the emotions you are having with the wedding comin up for your daughter. My daughter is getting married in one week! I have a bad cold on top of it all, and am trying to get well. Such lovely gifts from your bloggy friend, Olive. The journals are creative, and I love journals myself. Your daughter looks beautiful at her bridal shower, and the idea of giving each guest a butterfly is a unique and lovely idea. Welcome to the world, little Sophia. I am in love with your house every time I see pictures of it. I could just sit there and dream. I'm glad you're back, my sweet friend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  9. Ah, the familiar phone box! I've been away visiting family in England and now I too am back. Thank you for keeping in touch (and I finally posted some more drips--so glad to know you were reading them!)

    I love the idea of those monarch butterflies all flying free. What a beautiful wedding!

  10. Hello again my kindred sister! Wishing you a Happy Autumn..and wanted to also thankyou for your very uplifting words and thoughtful visit..you have added sparkles to my heart! Wishing you and your loved ones so much happiness..these pictures are beautiful..touching..and amazing..very special to revisit this wonderful post!!
    Blessings and light!

  11. OMG, how did I miss this beautiful post!!! It's so nice to see you again, sweet Alina! Your daughter is totally gorgeous, and I loved the idea of the live butterflies! I also love all of your wonderful decorating, and yes, that table you found in the woods looks just perfect on your porch! Your baby niece is so precious...(and so is your little poochie!) How wonderful are all those goodies from Olive! What a sweet friend she is, and I'm loving your drawings too!...I've never had any luck with clematis. Yours are just breathtaking! It was so, so nice visit with you again! Sending lots of hugs. xoxo Paulette :)


Albert Schweitzer said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" I thank you all!