I do love sharing my favorite links from the web with you each month!

Are you as excited as I am about the return of “Arrested Development” this weekend? Here’s something to tide you over till then.

These little DIY bowls are completely charming, and so easy even I could make them!

I have MAJOR fish-cooking-phobia. This article has given me renewed confidence.

I was lucky enough to meet Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing up Bebe and Bebe Day by Day. In both books, she shares the differences between French and American parenting styles. I have found this subject fascinating, in particular the intensity of comments that ensue whenever an article on the matter is published.

So I was intrigued by this headline and article – what do you think?

I’m inexplicably obsessed with doing this (TOTALLY skipping Kentucky, however).

Beware the “poser hipster“.

And finally, I’d like to leave you with this: I was cutting lilacs last week from my garden – one of my favorite times of year, as the house smells just heavenly – when I started thinking about how harshly I draw the line at using this plant. I refer to it as “one-note” because its only value is in its flowers. Lilacs bloom early in the season (often before it’s even warm enough to be outside to enjoy them), and last for a very short time. There’s no interesting bark or seed heads, and the foliage doesn’t turn a beautiful color in the fall. As a result, I rarely use them in clients’ gardens, and try to dissuade them if they ask.

But as I was arranging my cuttings (and breathing in deeply – enjoying such a simple pleasure), my thoughts suddenly  turned to the headlines of  the past few months. Boston. Cleveland. Oklahoma. And I couldn’t shake the notion of how suddenly – and unpredictably – life can change.

With Chelsea graduating from college this weekend, my emotions are running the gamut. And I’m feeling so incredibly blessed. And I realized that you really do need to enjoy the small things.


However fleeting.

However “one note”.

Because you truly never know.

So go. Plant some lilacs. And take them in deeply – no matter how briefly. And while you’re at it, plant some peonies. And tulips too.

And have a lovely weekend.


  1. Sandra on May 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

    So sweet that Chelsea is graduating this weekend. A friend of mine here has a 22 year old and a 7 year old. The older one just graduated from university and is moving to a city out east rather than returning here.

    It’s thrown her for a bit of a loop.

    I think it’s the first time she’s realized that her girl is on to making her life. I can only imagine how that’ll be when the time comes for me!

    PS I love peonies too – only the garden varieties. Doesn’t get hot enough here for them.

    • sherisilver on May 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Yes – it’s so true. And that very fact just hit me this week. She’s all done, in many ways – so bittersweet..xo

  2. allison carmen on May 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Congrats on chelsea’s graduation. Lilacs are definitely a reminder to enjoy the now. I hope to buy some this weekend and I will try to be present for each sweet beautiful moment. Thank you for reminding me!

    • sherisilver on May 25, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Thank YOU Allison! xo