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Monday, April 30, 2012

Wreaths, just not for doors anymore

Wreaths have been a mainstay of the greeting at the front door.  It represents a cheery welcome and dresses the door for the seasons.  I however feel that a wreath can dress up many areas of a home, from the front door, the mantel, a wall space or anywhere your imagination takes you.

Here as demonstrated by Funky Junk interiors, a twig wreath has been attached to a gate and used as a headboard.

 Here a grapevine wreath and a twig wreath have been attached to a window pane.  Along with the cheery lights and the crock jugs, this rustic fireplace takes on a whole new look.

This bright blue pip berry wreath adds just the right accent to this ladder made from old tobacco lathe.  Just the right touch to draw your eye to this collection.

And if you have too many wreaths, then do like Funky Junk did here;

Look around your home and see where you can add a wreath to bring a little cheer inside.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Springtime Garden

Well spring is officially here.   We have sprung ahead and another great season of flowers and fun await..

As some of you may know, we recently purchased a mobile home in Florida.  It will be our winter home, a place to come to when the days get short and the temperatures fall cold in Ohio.  It is definately a fixer-upper, but that allows us to make it our own.  So between working on materials for my online store and doing shows, we are making small and large changes every day.

Our first call was to spruce up the front so that we weren't a disgrace to the neighborhood. We have repainted, coated the roof and replaced several windows.  I think the new color of beige on white makes the place look quite nice.

I have been shopping for flowering bushes that would work in the south.  I am familiar with gardening in Ohio, but not sure about Florida. I found that Azaleas seem to be the best bet, so I  purchased three from a fellow crafter recently; two red and one white.  I have also planted some pinks, an interesting Geranium and replaced my honeysuckle that I lost up north in the winter.  I found  two plants that  resemble daisies, and I think their yellow and purple flowers make for a nice accent.

My veggies are grown in containers this year..  This allows me to continue to enjoy them even when I go north. I have a bush tomato already with several tomatoes, some bush cucumbers and my planter herb garden.

I am enjoying  the new adventure of gardening in the south. I hope you are planning your spring garden and enjoy the joys of gardening as much as I do.
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