waiting for summer

A mish-mash of topics today…
I discovered my love of succulents a few years ago (RosaMaria may have been responsible because she always posts beautiful succulent shots). I’ve a small collection at home which is thriving and I’m always busy propagating little cuttings. They grow slowly but steadily and really are the easiest plants ever.
succulent love. tidytipsy
succulent love. tidytipsy
I don’t seem to be alone in this either, since this print of a blooming succulent, taken in Italy during a summer visit to friends of ours, is by far the most popular in my Etsy shop:
succulent print. fotografiekoehler
In other news, the strawberries on my balcony are putting out fruit like mad this year and I’m looking forward to harvesting. Nothing compares to the taste of a homegrown strawberry. Mine are just past the flowering stage but the farmer’s market carried some strawberries already so we made the first smoothie of the year.
smoothie recipe. tidytipsy
We also did a thrift store round again recently and while also picking up some practical stuff like vases and sports clothes for hiking, I indulged in several vintage square scarves.
These silk scarves are hard to find new (old is so much cooler anyway) and I’ve wanted to try this 1940’s headscarf tutorial for ages.
head scarf hairstyle. tidytipsy
head scarf hairstyle. tidytipsy

Love this hairstyle, it’s just so “artsy” . I’m wearing my scarves all the time. I’ll just have to find a way to better secure them on my head…my hair is fine and very slippery so they just want to slip right off.
I got so many scarves that I almost have one for every outfit.
vintage scarves. tidytipsy
More random things I loved this week:

  • I saw The Great Gatsby yesterday (really liked it) so I’m now considering getting even more scarves to wear them like lovely Carey does
  • April from Blacksburg Belle always has great tipps for small business owners, I follow her blog religiously. This video post on time management particularly hit home and has some awesome tipps I will incorporate in my work schedule from now on!
  • Sherrie wrote a very inspiring post about the concept of enough, which reminded me why I strive for minimalism in my life (ahem, thrift store shopping and compulsive accumulation of plants excluded)

8 thoughts on “waiting for summer

  1. birchbarksoap

    No wonder that picture is popular – it’s gorgeous! And I love, love, love the scarves. I wish I could pull them off – I feel silly wearing them, even though I think they look amazing on other people. (Just lovely on you.) And re: the post – my thrift shopping and plants are in a similar state to yours. 🙂


    1. Kristina

      Thanks Sherrie! I do try to control my spending and accumulation of stuff but thrifting is just so much like a really really cheap treasure hunt that I can’t stop 🙂 And plants are just too cute!


  2. Lindsay

    Well, I’ve killed two succulents in the past (probably over watering?), but the two I have now are doing alright minus the fact that my cat keeps knocking them over.

    Love the scarves, and that strawberry smoothie looks tasty!


    1. Kristina

      Thanks 🙂 I always let my succulents dry out completely which is really easy since they’re in small pots on a sunny window and will be dry again immediately.
      I’ve found that you can also tell by touching them…if the leaves are a little floppy to the touch I water them, then they turn hard again for a while, until they need water again. Seems to do the trick and all of my succulents have flowered at a time.


  3. RosaMaría

    glad to know you like succulents too! they are amazing to photograph, right? your popular print is one of my favorites too, love when they are in bloom!

    you look pretty with the scarf!



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