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Friday, November 1, 2013

Little Orange Hearts for Jackie

As the days grow dark in England and the sun sets lower in our sky, I am reminded of fall in Scottsdale with the warm temperatures coming down to the 70's but still sunshine every day....oh sunshine!

At our home we had over 24 orange trees on the property and we named our adobe home, La Finca de Naranjas because of the beautiful grove surrounding it. We squeezed fresh oranges every day starting in late November and early December. I used to give a jug of fresh squeezed juice as Christmas gifts and my tag always had a little orange skin heart hot glued on as an embellishment. So, today as I was thinking of Jackie preparing her Arcadia Citrus Grove line, I cut little hearts and started drying them. I also cut up all the left over scraps of the skin and let them dry as well. Ultimately, I will use the hearts on ornaments I make, or on gift tags. All of the little tangerine scraps I will mix with orange skin scraps, dried crushed cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon to make holiday sachets. I am going to mail some of the little hearts to Jackie for her to use on future embellishments on her products.I just can't help myself participating long distance with the Arcadia Citrus Groves product I nibbled on some tangerines at lunch today!

Peeling an orange or a tangerine is one of those gifts from God. The burst of fragrance and the spurt of citrus juice are a sensory delight! I have always loved oranges and used them through the years to decorate with in our home. Miss having them right out my front and back doors.

There is a new product that Jackie just finished this is your sneak peek!!! Every time you use her orange liquid soap it is going to be just like peeling  a fresh orange! What a treat as you wash up!

She has also designed the most precious orange sachet out of burlap and filled with a mixture similar to mine with oranges, cinnamon and nutmeg. Wonderful in a kitchen drawer with your daily dish towels.

I am just too far away in Fall arrives here and the seasonal darkness comes in....I am dreaming of being in Scottsdale with Jackie working together on the Arcadia Citrus Groves line and with our vintage and antique pieces. We have a fun project in the works, partnering with a local spot in Scottsdale.....but more on that later!

Jim and I have been trying to get out and about in London on Saturdays and Sundays after church to see as much as we can while we live in the City. After being in London for three weeks we continue visiting  different neighborhoods that are special. Recently we went to Shoreditch which is a very trendy spot for clothes shopping. They are quite well known for a shopping center that is constructed from large shipping containers and housing 'pop up stores'.

We also visited Brick Lane....totally vintage clothing heaven.

One store after another and the people watching was some of the best I've seen in a long time,especially if you love quirky fashion! Again, a lot of pop up shops in patios and basements.

We fell in love with this one lane we just happened upon that was quiet and had town homes in beautiful old brick, three stories, and simple shutters adorning the windows. It reminded us of colonial neighborhoods in the States. We would have loved to have moved right in!!! I especially loved this one with the mouse back grey brown color on the door and shutters with the old brick.

Once you find these neighborhoods, every lane has something that lures you in, especially when it comes to trendy fashion. I love clothes, but I love interior stores more and I am finding it really hard to find innovative interiors in the City. But I am determined, and will continue to look.

Looking at all these orange pictures, I'm needing a citrus snack. Cheers from London...

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