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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summer Days Dwindling Down

You're thinking.... "Wow, she finally posted something!". Yes, I know, I've been neglecting my blog and all of you far too long! It's been over a month since my last post and I do apologize for disappearing from blog-land without even a mention.  It seems that life gets in the way sometimes.... house guests, mini-vacations, etc...

I left in the heat of summer and now am returning to almost fall like temperatures outside today. Before I turn the page on summer I have a few things I want to share with you today.

First of all I have some Happy Mail that I received over the summer.

This first image is of a wonderfl collection of crystals that my dear blog friend Stacy sent me... she has a lovely blog called Magic Love Crow. Thank you Stacy, I really love these!

The large crystal in back is "Clear" quartz, it is used to clear the air. Next is an upturned white heart which is Selenite, it is said it holds no negativity.  In front is a Heart shaped Rose quartz crystal which is for love and peace.  More rose quartz and then the ones that almost look like purple jelly beans are Amethyst, they are for all over good healing.

I know all of those things to be true, for when I hold them in my hands, I love how they feel. Rolling them through my fingers and looking at them really do give me a sense of calm, perhaps similar to holding prayer beads... but maybe more.... below are some fascinating things that quartz is used for....

Here are some other amazing things quartz is used for...

Quartz (silica) source

As a crystal, quartz is used as a semiprecious gem stone. Crystalline varieties include amethyst, citrine, rose quartz, smoky quartz, etc. Cryptocrystalline forms include agate, jasper, onyx, etc. Because of its piezoelectric properties quartz is used for pressure gauges, oscillators, resonators and wave stabilizes; because of its ability to rotate the plane of polarization of light and its transparency in ultraviolet rays, it is used in heat-ray lamps, prism and spectrographic lenses. Also used in manufacturing glass, paints, abrasives, refractory materials and precision instruments. Silica is also used in manufacture of computer chips, glass and refractory materials.

Next I want to share a few photos of my late summer garden, taken a couple of weeks ago.  If you look closely, you will see a pretty Black Swallow-tail Butterfly in the phlox.  This butterfly was almost constantly fluttering its wings and I must have taken about 20 bad images before I even got this just OK one!

 Below are just a couple of photos of the phlox and day lilies.

And then there was more Happy Mail....

Another blog friend over in the UK recently closed down her brick and mortar store and is now selling only online.  I ordered a few books and cards from her and this is one that I simply adore! The book is titled Hand in Hand to Fairyland and the image is by Rene Cloke. Thank you Barbara, I loved every thing so much! You must visit her shop and blog March of Time Books.

And even More Happy Mail...

And now summer is dwindling down to just a few more days but another blog friend has jump started my Fall decorating by informing me that I had won her blog contest and she sent me these fantastic new and vintage decor and crafting items! Wow! I was thrilled! Thank you Pam!  Make sure to visit her at Virginia Retro blog. And yes Pam, I saw your post and I do know I am one of those lazy bloggers! Hahaha!

But look at this, Pam made that adorable card for me and look how it perfectly matches my old tablecloth! Darling!

Here are all the goodies I won from Pam's blog contest! 
Cute, Cute, Cute!

To finish off my post today, I want to share a little page from the 1960's book, Music Through the Year, art by Robert J. Lee, poem by Rose Flyeman.

Happy Fall to All!
I promise I will visit every one of your blogs and I WILL be back soon!
~~ Diane ~~ 


  1. Hi Kindred, such a beautiful post..your garden is gorgeous and the butterfly is so magical! Love your crystals form Stacy, yes she is a wonderful spirit! Love the sweet poem at the end...enchanting!
    I wish you a magical Autumn season ahead.. and thanks always for your friendship and visits!

  2. Diane, such a sweet post, and not because you mentioned me, tee hee. Bloggers are good friends.

    I have some Phlox growing in our scrub by fhe creek. I didn't know it was Phlox, so thanks! I think your butterfly photo is great, as our all your photos. Glad you had a good summer. Have fun crafting. :)


  3. Dear Diane, Stacy has great taste, and that was so kind of her to send you the lovely crystals! Your heartwarming post with music is touching me deeply, as always. Love all your photos! :)

  4. You've one of the loveliest garden oasis' I've seen and your pics are the best! I esp love the butterfly pic. What a nice score of vintagicity! Love them all and the "Hand in Hand" book, befitting your taste in vintage children books! Thanks for stopping by and now off to see what the haps is over at TVV! Take care!

  5. Hi Diane, how nice to see Hand in hand to Fairyland residing in your lovely home it looks as though it really belongs there. Thank you so much for the mention.
    Your garden is a riot of colour, and your photographs reminded me I need to take some myself. We have masses of tall yellow daises flowering at the moment they look lovely when the sun shines.
    The crystals are beautiful and I truly believe they help in moments of stress. I always have one or two in a pocket or a handbag.
    The goodies from Pam’s blog are gorgeous, and I just love the Rose Fyleman poem.
    Hugs Barbara xx
    PS I've called over once or twice to see if you were home so it's lovely to have you back.

  6. Beautiful prezzies and treats! Enjoy the last of summer while it's here!

  7. Dear Diane been missing you and so glad you are back. Looks like you received some lovely mail. Very interesting reading on quartz. Thanks for sharing. Wow your flowers were gorgeous. Love how you capture your butterfly. They are very hard to catch sitting still long enough to het a picture. You did good friend. Hopefully summer will linger just s little longer I am not ready for fall just yet.

  8. Thank you all for visiting! It's lovely to see you all again! ~ Diane

  9. Diane, you got a picture of the butterfly! You know, I haven't gotten any good pictures of the butterfly because they fly away too quickly. The purple flowers are so pretty in the background. I love all the different rocks that you received from your friend, especially that rose colored heart-shaped one. And the clear quartz is a beauty for sure. It sounds like you've had a busy summer.

    Enjoy the Autumn days, Diane. Off to visit Magic Love Crow. Her name alone has me curious. : )

    love, ~Sheri

  10. Fun and precious treasures! It's nice to hear from you again. Life certainly does keep us busy, doesn't it?

    1. Yep, it's been busy around here! We've had lots of visitors this summer. People love our place and we enjoy their visits but I'm always happy when they go home! LOL!

  11. I love happy mail! And what a great butterfly shot. Re: your comment on my last blog - you can say anything you like, my friend!

  12. Beautiful photos and the card with cats is just too adorable!

  13. Awwww, I am so happy you are enjoying the stones!! My pleasure sending them to you! I think I might be stone shopping this coming week! I need too! Lots of reflecting and healing I have been doing! Love the photos of your garden and the butterfly! So happy with the treats you got! You deserve it! Big Hugs ;o)


Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane