I thought I would share a few more shots of my front garden that I snapped a few mornings ago.
Right now there is a whole lot of green happening along the front and not much color. The front bed is almost all hydrangeas, hostas, and coral bells. Until the hydrangeas bloom, there just isn't much color.
I have a vintage wash tub right next to the front steps that I fill with an assortment of annuals. This year I went with flowers in mostly pinks and purples with a bit of white. I am really looking forward to seeing them fill out and blend together.
Right below the tub I have an old bucket filled with annuals. I used the same mix of flowers in it plus a little splash of yellow. My poor little lamb! I left him out winter before last and it made the outer layer on him crack and start falling off. I did it again this past winter too. I am afraid he isn't going to last much longer, but I just can't part with him!
On the other side of my front steps I have another little cluster of annuals in between a small clearing between more hydrangeas. I also have a collection of miniature hostas there. The butterfly bath there is getting completely swallowed up by hydrangeas. Hopefully the butterflies will find it this summer!
Is a day well spent.
I spent a good part of the day yesterday working on a new bridal bag. I have been picturing this bag in my mind for a few weeks now and have been waiting on a few supplies to start on it. It includes two of my ribbonwork poppies, one regular sized and one in a mini size. It has hand dyed silk cording curling down and around the back of the bag.
The flowers have vintage flower stamens in the center along with Swarovski crystals. There are bead clusters all along the stems.
Once it is finished it will have a drawstring top with double faced satin ribbon pulls. Once it is added to the shop, it will be available in all of the ribbon colors I offer as well as in different fabrics.
Stay tuned for an image of the finished product soon!
this sweet man made me his wife. It has been a blur and a joy. And even with a few bumps here and there, I know that I was meant to be his wife and live my life on this earth right by his side. I love him more than I know how to say.
Only two years or so ago my mom gave me the sweetest little climbing miniature rose bush. If I remember correctly, it came in a 4 inch pot so it was not big at all. She told me that in just a season or two it would be completely covering whatever I planted it on. Boy was she right! By this spring, even after a drastic trim last fall, it has completely taken over one whole porch post and a good part of two sides or railings. Just a few days ago it was a complete mass of pink and simply breath taking! I thought to myself that I needed to grab a photo. Then came three nearly non-stop days of rain. . .
Today, although still pretty, she is a little less stunning with the majority of her blooms soggy or washed away. The ground of my garden now sports a lovely pink carpet of tiny pink petals.
There are a few beauties remaining though, like the one below. These flowers are so tiny, only about 1.5" in across.
Every year I try to get out in the garden and photograph everything in bloom. Usually first up are the two pink dogwoods in front of our house. Just when they were in perfect bloom, a massive wind and rain came and they were completely de-bloomed in one swift storm. Then there was the massive sea of iris. If you have read here before, you may remember that I have a bit of an iris problem and am a bit over run with them in my garden. Still, for as much as they frustrate me, they are amazing in bloom. Immediately following the iris come the peonies. I absolutely love the peonies in my garden, one of which was from my grandmother's garden more than forty years ago. I have quite a few of them, each amazing and different. With both the iris and the peonies and the dogwoods before them, the rain got them before I got to take photos of them. Now the same is true with the roses. sigh. I just seem to be a day late every time!
In other garden news. . .
I think I blogged last year about how a bird had nested in the climbing rose on my porch. It didn't seem to work out for her as we never saw any babies. I don't know enough about birds to know if this is the same one, but once again, we have a bird nest on the porch in the roses in the exact same spot. Silly bird should have learned better! She seemed to upset last year with every coming and going and would fly off frantically every time someone came or went or tried to sit out on the porch. Add in that the nest was dinky and kind of shabby, obviously a first time attempt. This year's nest is much bigger and more impressive, so maybe she learned from some of last year's mistakes. So I was curious today about what was happening in the nest and I know I shouldn't, but I couldn't help myself, so I climbed up on a chair and took a peek inside and found. . .
three or four wee baby birds. Awwww and Ewwwww at the same time. The amount of bird poo in that nest is totally gross! Now I know why when we found nests as kids mom told us not to touch and to wash our hands. I have to say, momma bird was not happy at me at all. She gets mad when we come out on the porch anyway, but climb up on a chair and look in her nest and you will get a talkin' to! She flew off and perched in the dogwood next to the porch and unleashed a chirping like I have never heard! I am fairly certain she was telling me off! She won't like it, but I am pretty sure that I am going to have to peek into that nest again and then, of course, wash my hands because ewwww, all that poo is gross!
Here is another of my Fairy's Love Notes that I made recently.
I love the beige ribbon on this one. It is ribbon that I salvaged from an antique baby bonnet. It shows a little wear, which I love. I love things that look like they have been loved and are a bit shabby.
I added a piece of vintage jewelry to the center of the flower. I love the effect it adds!
The tag book has a reprint of a vintage image from my collection. It has a row of the sweetest little birdies and says, "All year through may everyday be of the kind you'll rate okay".
You can't see it in the photos, but the pull cord on the tag book has a vintage rhinestone button at the end of it.
I have been so busy tinkering with the site here that I have been super neglectful of posting to the blog here. Now that I finally have the site re-do pretty much done, I guess it is about time to get back into the blogging habbit.
Since I have been so busy tinkering with the site I haven't gotten to make many new things lately. But since I never blogged about the last batch of things I made, I figured I would share some of them.
This is another of the Fairy's Love Notes that I made. This one combines a hot pink ribbonwork poppy with a gorgeous textured silk ribbon for a really pretty combination.
The cover of the tag book has this pretty fabric label that says "No. 1, always a classic, and also 100% wonderful".
The pull cord on the tag book is capped off with a vintage rhinestone button.
The flower is such a pretty shade of dark pink. It is one of the more popular colors of our custom orders for the brooches, which are the same flower. The stamen are vintage.
I have been so busy lately that I have really neglected posting on the blog here. I decided recently that the site needed a major overhaul, something simpler behind the scenes and that I could do it myself fairly easily and quickly. HA! The project ended up being a little more time consuming than I thought. Add in that I decided to do this while prepping for my first ever craft show and well. . .
On the bright side though, I think the site overhaul is looking pretty good. I have a few more photos to add and a few more tweeks, but otherwise it is almost done and I think, looking pretty good.
I have made a few new things lately that I haven't shared here yet so I am going to try to work really hard on getting back on the blogging bandwagon and photo sharing.
First up, a new Fairy's Love Note that I call Paris Poppies:
If you haven't seen me post about these before, I will explain what they are. Fairy's Love Notes are heart shaped velvet sachets filled with lavendar. I embellish them with ribbonwork flowers and bits of vintage goodness.
For this flower I used a mixture of pearl stamens in cream and blue in the center of one of my ribbonwork flowers. I think this color of ribbon, called Abalone, might be my very favorite!
Each Love Note has an attached fabric tag book with mulberry paper pages inside. The thought there is that you can give the Love Note as a gift to someone special and write a special sentiment inside. The tag book has a velvet cord attached to it so that when you pull it it draws the book closed. This Love Note has a gorgeous blue irredescent rhinestone button at the end of the pull string. The front of the tag book is embellished with a vintage image of the Eifel Tower printed on fabric.
I paticularly love the cream ribbon on this one. I salvaged it from a very old baby bonnet that was a little too loved to save as it was.