Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Home Sweet Home Is Homemade

Good afternoon darlings, I cannot believe how fast the days, the weeks, and the months have gone by so far this year. It is only days away from May - my birthday month. Today, I thought I'd write about some things that have happened lately...


Two weeks ago, I received my copy of Susan Branch's book Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams. I spent one afternoon at my local coffee shop reading. I was there for several hours until I noticed I should get home. I finished it that weekend. She is such an encourager, and although I'm, 29, and she's 69, I feel like we have a lot in common.

Oh my goodness, guess what? Susan Branch is going on a book tour this summer, and one of her stops is in Asheville, North Carolina. I cannot wait, obviously.


In other news, I got a bee in my bonnet one weekend and decided to re-decorate our powder bathroom. When we moved in two years ago, we installed a new toilet (with flat sides, as I abhor pipes) a new vanity, and flooring. I painted the walls, the trim, and ceiling.


I shopped for d├ęcor items from around our house. Before, I had a beach sign, and two seagulls. I replaced it with a antique gold mirror and my golden birds. My mother's maiden name is Bird, so I collect pairs of them and have them in several places around our home.


While we're talking about keeping home, I made a pecan cake, with light vanilla frosting and chopped walnuts. It turned out delicious.


I like the moisture of adding icing, but don't cover it excessively, as it becomes far too sweet. I've also considered making a glaze, any ideas?


This week, I also watercolored my childhood home, set in an idyllic village, in the heart of England.

I'm writing my childhood memoir, which will be a collection of my memories, with many watercolors, and photos from the 1980's and 1990's. I've never written a book before, but realize how important it is for family history and the least I can do is try.



Lastly, I wanted to share that we recently went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Have you seen it? We enjoy watching wholesome family movies - especially these days. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but I may have teared up when the daughter went to her prom. Aww.



Once I get over a case of spring fever, I'll post about our Queens Tea at Ballantyne, where we celebrated Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Have a blessed week,
Kiki Nakita



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9 comments:

Lisa said...

I haven't gotten the new Susan Branch book but I NEED to! I love the other two though!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh what a treat to have a new Susan Branch book to read:)
Home Sweet Home is just how I feel too!
Thank you so much for sharing this sweetness with us at TOHOT!
Jemma

Stacey said...

Fun, fun post! I loved Big Fat Green Wedding 2. Have you seen Brooklyn? It's great too and you might like it.

I adore your home painting. You are talented in many ways. :)

Happy Thoughts of Home!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Thank you for sharing at SYC!

Laura said...

Your home painting is lovely and that cake- oh my!
Thank you for joining us at TOHOT!

Nicole and Andrew said...

my maiden name was also Bird, its funny the older i get the more i see other people with the same last name.
Our farm name is Early Bird Farm

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Kiki there was SO much goodness in this post! I adore your watercolor and love Susan Branch too. I am a bit late to the TOHOT party this week due to my college semester finals but I'm so glad that I didn't miss this. Have a wonderful week.

Jann Olson said...

I've heard so much about Susan's books. I really need to get them. Love your watercolor and the cake looks delicious! I don't love a ton of icing either. It looks just yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Art and Sand said...

I love Susan Branch.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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