Sunday, May 30, 2010

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

...a fun retro tribute to the graduate!
(check out the treasury that included these lovely items and several more)

8x8 Aqua Corono fine art photo print by abcdimages

Friday, May 21, 2010

What's blooming today?

Mary Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.


It's great to be back in my garden! With the building of our new cottage and plans for changes in the yard, it suffered from much neglect last summer. Overgrown and wildly out of control, I was not that motivated to do anything~ now, with the trucks and equipment pretty much gone, I've been right into it for more than a week. After hours of raking, weeding, cutting, tying up, edging beds, adding compost, moving and rescuing, digging and planting
(and worth every ounce of effort), my garden is beautiful and ready for summer!

A few years ago, I went to an auction in a village close to town~ it was at an old farmhouse on a winding country road. Alongside the barn was a huge patch of solomon's seal that I fell instantly in love with...I started my own patch under the flower boxes on our garage wall. They are blooming today!

Sweet forget-me-nots...enough this year to be considered a 'wave' of little blue and yellow flowers!

My lilacs are about 12 years old and are finally what I'd call a hedge! I remember a beautiful row of lilacs dripping over the fence from our neighbor's yard when I was a child...I'd cut some for a sweet smelling bouquet. This bouquet from my bushes is sitting in the morning sunshine on my kitchen counter. I'll be planting some more along the wall of the new cottage along with an old fashioned hydrangea vine as soon as the bed is dug~ can't wait!

A friend and I visit a beautiful garden early each summer~ it's owner is an amazingly inspiring gardener. She told me about a plant called sweet cicely, with little seedpods that taste like licorice. Last year I got a piece of her huge plant. It survived the winter and has spouted fern like leaves and wee feathery white flowers~ so pretty!

sweet cicely

...and last but not least, bleeding hearts in pink and white~ just gorgeous!
The weekend forecast is sunny and warm so today, I'll be planting some of my flower boxes...heading for the garden shed NOW!
thanks for stopping by...karon

Thursday, May 20, 2010

thinking of planting some tea roses...

and I just love the vintage-y mood of these beautiful creations!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Have you met Angelique?

Angelique moved in last week. I'd been looking for a model for my jewelry, she applied and got the job. She's new to Canada, needed a place to live~ I decided she could stay right here. Frankly, I wasn't up for any driving when I needed her here, and she doesn't eat much.
What I didn't expect was how scared I am of her....I mean, she looks so 'knowing'...ALL the time. I come in the house after being out for awhile (groceries, post office, that kind of thing) and there she is at the kitchen table, looking at me. Really, the first time she startled me so, I dug into my purse for my phone to dial 911 to report an intruder~ I'm sure she smiled.
My husband is totally freaked out by her and has stated in no uncertain terms she should be kept in a closet...I'm thinking I may put her on his night table after he goes to sleep- hehehe.
She may need her own apartment after all.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Golden Plum

Come check out these delicious creations!
Just figuring out the scoop on Treasury East~ I know for sure that I love being able to show all 16 items! Enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Beach Woman

In my never ending search for beautiful beads, I stumbled across Alisha White's beautiful Etsy shop~ she is the artist behind these gorgeous hollow glass beads. I knew they were perfect for some new pieces in my beach woman collection...and here they are!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

A flower from my garden for you~ have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sunday at the Market

Sunday dawned sunny and bright, a perfect day for a Mother's Day Craft Show~ except most everyone wanted to enjoy the sunshine and were decidedly not in the mood for shopping, even for their mother! It was the perfect promise of long hot summer days to come...oh, well...we had a fun day chatting among ourselves and I had time to make several pair of earrings!
There were a few interested shoppers and Dune Earrings proved to be a popular pair (must have been all that sunshine and call of the beach:)

I am always so inspired and interested when I see photos of people's displays and workspaces that I thought I might share a few of mine. My fondness for vintage 'junk' and a rustic casual look are evident in these fantastic old wooden crates, a tiny window shutter from the 60's, a white milk glass pitcher, vintage cut glass doorpulls and lots of burlap. I love creating my displays using these character filled pieces. My husband has been the handy dandy builder of my earring racks and the great stand alone barnboard piece in the corner. Anything that doesn't match, I paint green. Add some fresh flowers and great lighting and presto....ready to go!
So, at the moment, it's all in a heap in the basement. Yes, I can hear it calling...but I just started a great book and I'm sure there are new beads in the mail today...