Sunday, July 4, 2010

planning to be poetic

Away from the computer for a week, I was killing me softly with my own domesticity: arranging flowers, baking, upcycling, entertaining, reading, making, rearranging, discouraging cheating at Snakes & Ladders.


[it seems to me I live my life like a candle in the wind, never knowing whether it's ok to put lilies in gin]


[a new padded seat for the porch bench - the lazy way is to use cotton pillowcases as covers]


[a dress becomes a bag for Pink Daughter]

A walking, talking edition of the Ladies' Home Journal: that's the current me. Perhaps I'll turn all fey and poetic for a month now and appear in your comment box in floaty dresses and amulet necklaces with knitting needles in my hair, talking about the essence of sisterhood and the ocean currents but mostly about fate and my heart. Or my Heart, as Emily Dickinson so rightly terms it.

A brave step for someone like me who has never written a novel, never so much as owned a pair of lucky socks. Bless this enabling Internet!

43 comments:

  1. Brave, brave, brave. Bravo, bravo, bravo. Candle in the gin.

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  2. How wonderful!
    And the perfect weather for it, how could you resist? I bet your house is looking splendid. Am rather jealous. Too much beaching here. Damn. I knew I'd regret it. Sand is impossible to get rid of in one, half-hearted sweep...sigh.

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  3. You are a very creative soul! Love the gin bottles. A lovely style! Please keep writing... you have a gift. :)

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  4. It's good to have a week long break, it's hard to look at a computer screen when the weather is so gorgeous outside. The lilies in the gin bottles are so funny! I love the pink bag too, it gets the award for Most Creative Upcycling for Juniors.

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  5. candles in gin, all we are, are candles in the gin.

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  6. I think I should start drinking gin, just so I can have some of those pretty blue bottles. Cute bag and nice cushions. I wish I had thought of pillow cases...I could have saved myself some money on the two cushions I just bought, oh well.

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  7. Mise, you crack me up. You do.

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  8. I don't think you will be a true mistress of domesticity until you have learned how to upcycle Pink Daughter's jumpers into a sandwich maker or some such.

    I bet those lilies are having schnice holidayshsh...

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  9. Weather has been too nice for blogging hasn't it? Lilies in gin, hmmm

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  10. I love your blog. You have the most distinctive voice. Your blog itself is a poem.

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  11. Mise in the floaty chemise, I grinned at your lilies in gin...

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  12. aha, you used the Bombay Sapphire gin bottles! Excellent stuff.

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  13. Goodness, you have been busy! I don't know if those lilies will fully appreciate the gin, but surely the sentiment won't be wasted on them. Your dress-to-bag upcycling reminds me of my bag-to-cushion upcycling, but yours is much better!

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  14. Never any gin going spare in my hopuse - sod the lillies! oh you're a braver woman than i, and a bag making brave woman at that. i had a day off work today as its the school hols here and thought it would be nice to 'reconnect' {yes, you read it correctly, although i'm still not sure what that means} with the boys. have done nothing but wish i was at work!!! flipping horrific day. oh well.

    clearly i'm better at weekends than week days.

    so my hat is off to you my dear, you're a marvel!

    jx

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  15. Dear Mise,
    You are the Irish Martha Stewart...... you are just so clever....love the candles in the gin ..... it all brings to mind Victoria Wood's song, ' Let's do it Tonight ' .... the 'beat me on the bottom with the Woman's Weekly' bit !! ( don't know why, it just does !!)
    So sorry that I've been AWOL for ages, I've been so busy for a fortnight. Hopefully, I'll be back to normal by next week (or as normal as I usually am !) XXXX

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  16. I'm thinking lilies in gin is a very fine thought. One thing for sure life is definitely like a candle in the wind..to fleeting so enjoy your blog break Mise and soak in all the joys of family and summer; floaty dresses, poetry and all!

    All my best ~ deb

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  17. Yes, blogging allows us to be anyone we like...so, go-ahead, be a poet if you like!!!
    Love your writing any way you do...you're so funny and equipped with a voluminous and effective vocabulary!

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  18. I'm sure pink daughter loves the ex-dress bag - so adorable. Lilies in gin is perfectly fine. Sounds like you had a very productive week. You've put me to shame.

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  19. What a beautiful post Mise! And that little pink dress made into a bag is so adorable~ candles in the gin...you are a poet with wit!

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  20. Oh, you make me happy. What more can I say; your job is done. :O)

    GREAT to be back...yes, yes, I know, a few false starts n'all that but back for good now. Honest.........

    xx

    p.s. what's upcycling?

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  21. AND you've gotten lovely bigger photos too....
    at this rate you'll be heading for candle burn out before your legend ever lives ...
    i look forward to your poetessness

    i was going to write you another poem but got stuck on the first line...the only thing I could rhyme with mise was militia ..?

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  22. Mise - off the point I know - but do you collect innocent smoothie magnets ? I have been in Ireland now for only two and a half weeks and I am already obsessed. Hang the expense - I ve got two weeks to complete the set. It seems to me they would go well in your house Sheila.

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  23. Mise, thanks for the visit and as per usual funny comment. You would make a fine addition at one of our festivities. I’m sure all the men would fall madly in love with you if they could understand what you were taking about.

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  24. I see you've been spending your time wisely. 3 bottles of gin in a week is always time well spent.

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  25. Did you put gin in those vases? Clearly that's why the flowers look so good. A little gin always helps you grow, right?

    A sweater to a handbag? Fabulousity, m'dear.

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  26. You're welcome to poeticise on my blog any time :-)

    PS Did you drink the gin afterwards?

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  27. Afterwards, Humel? I'll bet there are a few more empty bottles just waiting for flowers...
    Mise, I'm impressed that you become even more poetic and lifestyley when on holiday. I mainly eat buns and drink wine. (On holiday now, slowly expanding. Something to do with buns)

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  28. im kinda over domesticity at the moment. too much else to do.
    altho, even tho its WAY too hot here to bake, i am considering making janis' plum cakes. for fun only.
    i love blue glass
    ~laura

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  29. Stay LHJ, Mise, I LOVE it! You are incredibly clever, my dear! XO!

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  30. Thanks for the lilies in gin idea. Can't stop and chat, I've got three bottles of gin to get through to until I can reach my flower arranging nirvana. Meredy xo.
    p.s. how do you find the time? Upcycling dresses, making cushions for benches, baking lifestyle tarts...you're an inspiration to us all, Mise...a paragon of domestic virtue. I am not worthy.

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  31. What a nice swing to nestle in, and comtemplate new lines to loan Elton. Until they burp, they're fine.

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  32. Absolutely love the cushions - really cute. I guess your all set for a chilled out summer!

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  33. LOVE IT ALL. To have you show up all floaty and lyrical in my comments would be fab! :) So would gin.

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  34. I always encourage cheating at Snakes and Ladders; it makes the game go more quickly... (not sure if my opponent has figured this out yet).

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  35. I find it hard to believe you're not on to your third novel by now, or a home styling book with useful tips like candles in gin. Do they burn faster?

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  36. sometimes a little gin helps me get through a round of snakes and ladders;) Sounds like a productive week at your house.

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  37. Candle in the gin. You are really inspiring me, sistah. I think we're coming for Christmas...would you, could you serve me some candle in gin??

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  38. why would we assume that lilies wouldn't like gin too?

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  39. Peace Earth Sister!
    Candle in the gin, too much:D
    And I agree with Jane, I would very much like to see jumpers turned sandwich maker.
    I recently saw an etsy shop with gin bottles turned drinking glasses.

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  40. MOTH desperately wants a knitted tea cosy for little teapot. He knows it would a total waste of time looking to me, so get cracking you Domestic Goddess you. His footy team colours are Navy & Red if that helps. He'll pay the postage.
    Millie ^_^

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  41. I'm thinking that I need help drinking 3 bottles of gin as two lillies would not do. Do you think a trip to France would inspire you? I would supply the gin and secrets to sewing antique blue dresses onto duvet covers if you show me the cheats way to covering a bench. ..

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You're looking particularly well.

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