It’s official … Spring has arrived … at least on the calendar. As I write this, I’m seeing snow showers out my window … hmmm

Soon we’ll be gathering pussy willows to create wonderful seasonal displays or simply filling a tall basket with these lovely branches and placing outside our front door. Maybe a new wreath is in order for your front door. Whatever you choose, your guests will feel welcomed.

The garden centers will be busy attending all of us who are more than anxious to bring our lists of must-haves to create lovely outdoor havens. Even if it’s a 4 x 4 space, a lovely little garden chair or two, a plant of petunias in a sweet little container placed on top of an old wood crate, perfect to sit back with a good book and breathe in the delicious Spring air … simple pleasures that bring an abundant amount of pleasure.

All winter I have been planning and plotting the garden spaces and am armed with my clipboard and plans, string, tape measure, tools, shovels, garden boots, radio (yes, that’s right, an old fashioned radio a sweet friend gave me) … bring on the warm weather!!!

You’ll notice there has been no mention of Spring cleaning. I’ll get to that in another blog post. That’s too much excitement in one post (wink, wink). Seriously though, it feels grand to freshen everything inside this time of year and will share inspiring ideas to lessen the idea that this is work. You may even think it’s fun!!!

Whatever your plans for the new Season … have fun!

Wishing each of you a beautiful week!!!

 

save the date …

Autumn … WHAT? How can I be writing about this season when we’re all anxiously awaiting Spring AND Summer?

Since closing my shop I’ve missed seeing so many wonderful people and you know how I love to have fun and be creative … sooooo …

I’ve planned a fun day for those of you who want to join me in welcoming the start of Autumn with all of nature’s beauty …

Autumn House & Garden Tour

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 11 am to 3 pm

there will be lots of creative ideas for your Fall decorating both inside and out … yummy treats … a surprise take-home gift … AND … a good old-fashioned farmhouse yard sale in the back garden …

To make this even more fun … Summer House Farm is also holding their Fall Open House that weekend so those attending the tour will receive 10% coupons to shop at this wonderful vintage venue … plus … there are other sweet shops in town to visit … so great day to hop in your cars and bring your friends

more details will be posted closer to the event date … I’m so excited I can barely sit on my chair to write this … did I say I LOVE to share fun (I think I’ve used that word a FEW times but that’s how I feel) …

wishing you all a BEAUTIFUL day …

 

 

 

it’s a blustery day outside … so … I decided to work on garden plans

last season I started creating a backyard “sanctuary” … it was turning out nicely but … wasn’t really the direction I wanted to go … then decided to take things apart and start over … so far, I’ve graphed out a new design that will do the trick … now … just have to wait until Spring

anxious for the loveliness of the fresh new season too? Here’s a fun project to keep you inspired until then …

HERBS

easy to find (local grocer, nursery, flower market) … easy to grow

grow them in mason jars, tin cans, clear drinking glasses, tin cups, vintage containers, and of course, clay pots

use them as decoration … have a long wood or metal tray? Place a row of all rosemary or thyme down the middle of the tray as a display on the dining room table, desk, cupboard. Instead of flowers, have a bouquet of rosemary or flat leaf parsley on a desk, accent table, a sweet little cubby. Hang rosemary by the shower, the hot water will infuse the area with the plant oils … lovely aroma.

but for everyday use, keep herbs on a tray, on a ledge or windowsill, hang on hooks in your kitchen … beautiful to look at … delicious in cooking

have fun and a beautiful day sweet friends

red ribbon

 

wishing all of you the merriest Christmas …

cedar chair

a little dusting of snow overnight started me thinking about pulling elements together for holiday decorating, baking, entertaining …

Don’t you just love this time of year?

 

orange roses

friend·ship

(frĕnd′shĭp′)

n.

1. The quality or condition of being friends.
2. A friendly relationship
3. Friendliness
so, today I planned to take a little road trip to a vintage show … what I didn’t expect was to see old friends and meet new ones … what an absolute treat it is to share hugs, laughter, stories, all while standing in line …
isn’t it a wonderful gift we can give to ourselves … friendship
to all of you, have a BEAUTIFUL weekend …

campfire

now all that’s needed are the marshmallows …

Don’t you just love this time of year? The beautiful outside canvas nature provides … creating inside Autumn vignettes in our homes … thinking about the Thanksgiving menu … can you believe it’s almost November??? I get so excited thinking about the family and friends who will be visiting for the holidays … new recipes to try out … I’ve stocked up on fresh spices so I’m ready for baking, baking and more baking …

Thought I would share a recipe from author Susan Branch … enjoy!!!

susan branch

have a beautiful day everyone!!!