Monday, April 17, 2017

Sea Cottage Life

The rain floats in and out of our valley.  Sun filters through the clouds giving such a gentle light.  

The quiet sunlight provides calm in our grey washed kitchen. 

We painted the custom oak cabinetry throughout our cottage three years ago.  We used Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart Living.  We still love this peaceful, pale palette of the Pacific Coast.

 Weathered rattan chairs paired with a new driftwood style table are perfect for just the two of us. Our kitchen looks out into the garden and a french door with sheer lace opens to the patio.

My merman just built new larger raised beds for the potager.  The old ones had weathered to the perfect driftwood grey but they were 10 yrs. old and rotting inside. These too will weather in good time.

   the Palms have grown so tall and will soon hold a natural weave hammock

  Everything was overgrown with weeds.  In between the rains we weeded and covered with crushed granite.  The raised bed nearest the house has French and Spanish Lavender, French Thyme, Red Onions, Carrots and Early Girl tomatoes. We have filled the middle bed almost entirely with strawberries except for three sweet 100 cherry tomatoes on the end.  There are six newly planted yellow pear tomatoes in the furthest bed near the redwood.  When it is warm enough I will sow Seashell Cosmos seeds in the rest of the bed.

Our tiny English Rose Garden is in front of the bedroom window.  I picked our first Queen Of Sweden rose a few days ago.

Now into the Quiet Garden where the Japanese maples are growing so beautifully that they cover the path

a hidden, quiet garden space

with an iron bench for contemplation  

and the canopy of  trees with a small market umbrella for shelter

in the misty rain

Moroccan lanterns hanging from branches

and climbling White Lady Banks roses 

Birds surround our cottage with the abundance of shelter from the trees to provide sanctuary for them.  I always have a window open to hear their song, even when it's raining.  The Out Of Africa soundtrack also plays on repeat...its romance always keeps me daydreaming.  A cup of hot English tea is always in hand.  

Thank you for your quiet visits.  You can find me daily on Instagram to leave comments and say hello.

Sea Tidings,

There are lots of new items in the Shop

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Billowing Sea

billows and waves wash over me 
the billowing sea

"A door opens in the center of our being and we seem to fall through it into immense depths;  all eternity seems to have become ours in this placid and breathless contact." Thomas Merton

washed by the sea

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Floating Near The Water

For just before he came to the river side, she had stept down into the cool clear water;  and her shawl and her petticoat floated off her, and the green water weeds floated round her sides, and the white water lilies floated round her head, and the fairies of the stream came up from the bottom and bore her away and down upon their arms;  for she was the Queen of them all;  and perhaps of more besides.
  ~Charles Kingsley (Art by Warwick Goble)

Sea Poetry
My own words and words of my favorite poets
Watercolor wash of grey on papier a aquarelle with torn edges
(original poetry art by Kerrie Sanderson)

I have been spending these Winter days in the quiet of Seawashed Studio sketching and painting with pale washes of watercolor Roses and Sea Poetry.  I have hand written in watercolor my own words from the many blog posts over these ten years about this quiet life washed by the sea.  I am calling it Sea Poetry.  I have included many of my favorite bits of poetry by Poets of old that have become so much a part of my blog language.  These are now available in my Seawashed Shop.  They can be displayed on inspirational/mood boards, push pinned to walls, tucked in books and bookshelves, or even framed and maybe given in notecards to a friend.  Whatever you would like to do with them.  I hope you will enjoy them as tiny whispers of the sea.

"and her petticoat floated off her..." Kingsley
washed by the sea

Washed English Roses 
Prints now in shop

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Quiet Life washed by the sea

"The sigh of all the seas breaking in measure round the isles soothed them, the night wrapped them;  nothing broke their sleep, until, the birds beginning and the dawn weaving their thin voices into its whiteness." ~Virginia Woolf

10 years...a decade anniversary

I began blogging 10 years ago in January of 2007.  My blog Sea Cottage was simply named after our home in Northern California.  I began this blog 6 months after we moved into Sea Cottage.  

In the beginning my daily blog posts were about my quiet cottage life washed by the sea.  My daily postings of home life, homeschooling, gardening, and camping on the coast. As my children began to leave the nest, I began to pursue my art and so my blog became a place to share my studio and artwork. 

In 2010 my brand Seawashed was established and I opened an online shop through etsy in June 2011.  It is a tiny studio shop that has allowed me to quietly flow in cultivating peace through my artwork of watercolor and acrylic paintings and most recently sketches with a pale watercolor wash. 
Over the past two years I have slowed down in blogging and moved on over to Instagram.  I am happy to see so many of you there. I will continue to blog periodically at Sea Cottage but for daily postings visit me on Instagram. 

Thank you for your gentle friendship and support throughout the years, and in the years to come. Like lovely pearls in my pocket I carry you with me on the seawashed shores. 

Sea Tidings,

washed by the sea