Thursday, June 6, 2013

Storm Warnings

It's a good day for ducks...and on the Gulf Coast of Florida today. We are snug in our little "cottage",  as we call it. We love rainy days!

With the storm coming in off the water, I thought it was the perfect time to arrange the mantle for the new season...a nautical theme for the Summer seems a logical choice when you live fifteen minutes from the sea.

 A pair of early whale oil lamps with a new hurricane burning a comforting beeswax candle. It's so cozy inside!

My favorite starfish and another early whale lamp... a finger lamp.

 Red transferware ship...old and crackled...perfect!

And of course, the mighty leviathan himself. This is a print by Kolene Spicher. It is hard to see so... is the mighty fellow off the wall so you can see the details. I love the beautiful works by this talented artist. There is writing around the whale and a tiny lighthouse. The print looks as if it could be a page taken from an early whaler's fact,
it even has fold lines...wonderful!

Having fun on a stormy between trips to our "safe" hallway after a few tornados were spotted in our area.

Be careful...there's weather out there and it might be coming your way!

Thank you for all the lovely comments many of you left on my last post...your kind words are so appreciated. The door basket is so easy...all I did was wrap an old folded flag around a flatback straight pin to hold the tail in place...and fill with flowers...things I had on hand...took about five minutes.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Enjoy the day,


  1. Your mantel is just beautiful. Great theme for the summer and your location. It looks like it has a story or two to tell.
    Stay safe, you and your family.

  2. Hi, Robyn, your mantel is beautiful. Love the whale, pewter charges and ship dishes. What are the two black things with lollipop handles hanging on the right from the mantel?

  3. I just love everything. It looks super. Fabulous whale print and it adds the perfect touch to it all.

  4. Oh ya, very cozy indeed, let the rain all the decor Robyn...the Whale is beautiful as is the mantle.....Blessings Francine.

  5. Stay safe! I hope the stom passes quietly. Love your nautical themed mantle -- lovely! Love that whale!

  6. Robyn,
    Your mantle is just perfect. I LOVE that whale print.
    Stay safe, dear friend.
    Hugs :)

  7. It does look snug and warm there! I love your mantle.

  8. It does look very cozy! Your red transferware is beautiful!

  9. You have a knack of making primitive look elegant and that's not easy to do!

  10. Robyn,
    Your place looks so cozy and your Whale print adds just the right touch!
    Stay safe and snug.

  11. I love how you live in the moment and respond to what is going on around you. Your arrangements always reflect the now...

  12. That looks wonderful, I love your whale!
    Hope you have a great week!