Month: January 2018

heath.

I went on the Heath Ceramics tour – so impressive and so inspiring! I have been a fan of Heath for some time and dream of having a complete Heath dining set one day. I love the simplicity and color palettes. Learning about the history of the company and seeing the entire process makes me even more appreciative of the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. Our tour guide shared the company’s origin story then took us around the factory, starting with the clay mixing room. The factory aims to be zero-waste; any scrap clay gets sent back upstream in the process. There are so many steps in making a Health piece. Some pieces begin with a mold… Larger pieces begin on these spinny cutting machines… The pieces sit to cure, get sanded and glazed by experts, then hang out in the oven. All of the pieces get inspected and triaged into firsts (for sale!), seconds (for sale on sale!), and thirds (not for sale, but used for construction and other projects!). Heath began as …

twenty yay-teen!

Yay! It’s 20-YAY-teen! Hubs and I rang in the New Year whilst sleeping off illness. That’s how pro we are; we countdown in our sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ But on New Year’s Day we managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine.We strolled near Shimada Friendship Park in Richmond. ‘Twas the perfect way to celebrate. Here are the first few photos of the new year. This rock was meant for me. Hubs said it looks like we bought matching plants and a giant rock just so I could take this picture. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and sunshiney 2018! How did you spend New Year’s Day? Share below!

grow and bloom.

Being home for Christmas weekend means I got to spend some time in the famous Garcia Garden. I can never get enough garden time. Here’s what’s growing this time of year. In the frontyard: In the backyard: My Mom likes grow daughter plants in smaller pots and have them available to give as gifts when people come to visit. Such a great idea! I’m going to copy her. ๐Ÿ™‚ My Dad’s current favorite plant: this fire plant. It’s neon pink! He wants to use it as his Christmas tree next year. Daughter approved! Husband picked some citrus (pomelo, oranges, and calamansi) to take home. We even brought home two trays of plant babies: rosemary, mint, arugula, oolong, succulent varieties, a fire plant, aloe, sage, and so much more… Slowly but surely I’m getting better at caring for my house and patio plants.ย What do you grow in your garden? Share below!