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!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mad about Plaid .... and some really cute aprons.


I love plaid.

I fell in love with my husband because he wore a red plaid shirt.  Seriously.

I am totally hooked on plaid.  It has become a joke that every shirt I buy Honey is plaid.  Specifically, red plaid.

I am convinced it all stems from my irrational crush on Norm Abrams.  Love a man with power tools!

But back to the plaid........







New linen garden skirt.

No ... it is not red.  It is magenta and peach.  And I love it.  Even though it will always be wrinkled.  Really wrinkled.  Matches my skin. 

Welcome to AARP membership!

And then -- I have been trying to find an easy shirt to make and wear in the garden.....



This shirt is super comfortable -- easy to make.  I love the poly linen for its easy care.

But I am not quite pleased with its fit .......

I swear this is why women quilt...... you don't worry about fit!




But the sewing turned out nicely .... and I really like the overcast stitch on my machine for finishing seams.

So those are two new projects for the 52 projects in 52 weeks.



These are for the Summer Kitchen!

The Church lady aprons have been growing wings and finding new homes!!!!! 

So get them while I have them .... I may not have the time to sew in the summer so if you see them ... buy them. 

I will no longer hold merchandise more than 24 hours or until the next day we are open.

But you have to look at these cute fabric combos......

Yea ....



It is in the Summer Kitchen now.  It may not be for long. 

Really.

Green.

Pink.

Cute.  :)

I'm just sayin' ..........


Equally cute.

The Summer Kitchen will be open Friday and Saturday from 10-3.

I'll be the dirty one.