Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Don't Ya Jes Love it???

I know its a surprise ..... but I have a thing for chickens.

Sort of.

I really don't want my house filled with plastic chicken statues or any more chicken dishes.  I need no dishtowels with printed chickens (but I will embroider a dishtowel or two!) 

And after working on wallpaper removal .... there will be NO chicken wallpaper.

My dear sweet Honey still married me after unpacking box after box after box of "Bride in the Barnyard" dishes.  Commonly known in my family as ... the chicken dishes.

But fabric???

Oh .... that's another matter.

Yesterday, this cutie arrived.

Imagine this with yellow rickrack.  Yea ... it will be cute.

I'm not sure which apron pattern I will make with this ..... it might have rickrack.  But it could have crisp white bias trim all around it. 

These two fabrics will be used for a Church lady apron.  They are very primitive and cute together.

Although there is one apron all ready in the Summer Kitchen in this fabric ..... the magic disco ball in my memory, convinced me that I needed more.

And then there is this AWESOME fabric that may have a difficult time leaving my house.

I love love love this fabric!!! 

Did I tell ya that I love this fabric???

So why do I love chicken fabric so much?????????

Maybe it is because of the new residents in the coop.

Or maybe it's because of this little ditty from 1971.

You can thank me later for that ear worm. :)

Chick-A-Boom! Chick-A-Boom-Boom-Boom!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Searching for the glass ......

There are "the glass is half full" people.

There are " the glass is half empty" people.

Me?  I'm just trying to find it.

I used to make list after list after list for the things I had to do in the garden.

Ordered snapdragons
Laid out snapdragon row
Planted snapdragons
Fertilized snapdragons
Mulched snapdragons

And listing everything was helpful.

And depressing.

Cuz the list never ever ever ends!!!

So no more lists.

But you get to see the boring posts about what has gotten done.

Wanna know why???

Cuz just looking at the little bit of progress makes me feel better.  

Almost like crossing it off the list ..... if I made one.

Clean ... mulched and some planting done.  New ribbon on the wreath and cup is clean and shiny.

This is one of my favorite focal points when it is planted and ready to go.  But it is now cleaned and mulched and ready for the arrival of rudbeckia .... in approximately 10 days.

So SOMETHING did get done.

And Honey did find the glass.

It now has a cold beer in it.

Drinking it ...... one more thing off my list!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Little Shady ...

Over the past several years, we have lost several trees.

Some were lost during storms.

Some were lost to disease.

Some needed to come down for safety reasons.

I love the intimate coziness that trees and shrubs give a property.  A sense of antiquity.  A sense of endurance.  A sense of time.

A sense of home.

It is time to start replacing some that were lost. 

Since cutting down the huge maple in front of our house ........ the front of the house has looked naked!

It needs enclosure ... privacy ... and some serious style!

This is a Royal Frost birch.  We are really excited about it.  We had a beautiful Crimson Frost birch that unfortunately didn't survive a move to a different location. 

I can re-arrange my house.

I can re-arrange my garden decor.

I can even re-arrange my gardens. 

But I really should leave the trees alone. ;)

Yea ..... that may not happen.

This is a contorted filbert  .... commonly known as a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

I love this shrub .............. BUT it is a magnet for Japanese beetles.  It never looks healthy.  It is growing outward and downward so it difficult to clean, weed and mow around.

It also doesn't scream "Victorian Farmhouse"!  And I want to hear that!  OK -- the house needs subtle reminders now and again.

So it will be replaced with a Limelight Hydrangea standard.

I may just plant two.

Cuz screaming in stereo is always better!