Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No Place Like Home...In Springtime

Some sweet images recently taken outside my home that I thought I would share with my blog friends...

These is one of my rose bushes near the house, its pink and the others nearby are purple. All are highly scented.

The calla lillys are especially beautiful in the newest planted bed near the house..

This huge bloom is on my hibiscus plant. It was a Mothers Day gift from my son and his family. Hubs planted it next to the house for me and it is beautiful. We will enjoy it for years to come.

If you have been following my blogs you know that Gracie the calico, one of our cats is my lil buddy. Wherever I am in the yard you will find her nearby watching me. Here she is laying near one of the Knockout rose bushes that line our driveway.

She looks seriously "stressed out" don't you think? LOL

This is a shot of the neighboring horse pasture viewed from the driveway.

My strawberry plants are loaded! For a small patch they are yielding quite a few berries.
I am picking a half pint a day from just this one tiny raised bed.

My hubs provided me with this wagon to plant and its now occupying space near the garden and the "outhouse" tool shed. Its full of Gerber daisy's, ageratum and snap dragons in bright pinks and purples.

This is a view from the house of our small vegetable and herb garden.

I have half of it planted and will be working on planting more soon.

It's so enjoyable to work in it, it's my happy place at home...

This is a just a quick view of some of the reasons why we enjoy Spring in the country!!!!

If you were to stop by you would enjoy it too!

New Treasures to Discover

We have been blessed with some really special consigned pieces this past week, a few of them are pictured below.

Scott created this shelf box and also one other one with a rooster cutout top. Both are nice and deep and would make great additions to your prim or country home.

Prim shutter shelf in sage green with pumpkin cutout crafted by Scott.

Tall white double door cabinet with bead board back crafted by Scott.

Prim crow shutter shelf also from Scott.

Sturdy little swan chest crafted by Scott, has matching framed print.

This lil cabinet with its wire front door is just awesome.
The possibility's for this one look endless.
Everyone who has seen it so far is in love with it!
Scott crafted this one to and it wont be in the shop long.
Display in our shop featuring handmade basket, wreath and ladder with Country Cat and Outhouse linens and Lemon Pepper shower curtain.

Another display in our shop, this one in black and white with a toile shower curtain, handcrafted black utility bin, candle sconces and ladder and hand crafted primmed chair, also showcasing toile towels.
Hand crafted Cubby specially commissioned and built by Mike, one of two.
Neat wrought iron cookware from Darrel and Julia.

Tiny lil tater bin handcrafted by Darrel.

Tea dyed towels from Kindra in Nebraska displayed on rack created by Darrel.
Watch for more details coming soon by email or in our local newspapers!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More new Stuff......

Ohh my goodness we just have some of the most awesome local artisans that consign their handcrafted items in our shop!!!!

It's just crazy how fast the items sell when they come in!

Some that came in the end of last week and today are already gone!!!!

Below are a sampling of some of our latest wonderful items...

Tammy created this prim cat, he has a brother that's sitting up too!

Terry just created this wreath...

Jerry brought this amazing primitive chair in!

Its made from an old door and it's just awesome! I want to take it home too!!!

Mitzi brought in more signs and more hand stitched items and some are already gone!!!

Tina brought in this artwork hand painted on a vintage shutter!

These two tea towels were handmade in Nebraska!

We have a new seller in our shop, she is Kindra, from Nebraska and you can find more of her work on her blog http://3guysagirlandaprimplace.blogspot.com/.

Her handmade items are sooo awesome I contacted her to commission some for the shop and I am happy to say they just arrived!!!

She is such a dear blog friend and I am soo thankful she agreed to create for my shop!
Tammy brought in some sweet felted wool candle mats she has hand stitched!
Amy brought in some candle sleeve lamps today and they smell wonderful!

They won't last long!

This is another one of Mitzi's signs.

Mike crafted this prim table with its rusty wire shelf out of reclaimed barn wood!

It's awesome!

Jerry crafted this sweet lil prim black cabinet with its spoon handles!

Mitzi made this crazy kitty and he is already SOLD!!!!

Kathy created this Americana wall hanging and pillow! Very nice!

Kindra created several sets of prim blocks!
GOD- Family- Country- kinda sums it up don't it?

More of Kindra's block sets.

She picked sayings that were just perfect!!!

Still more of Kindra's hand work!

These four signs also came handcrafted all the way from Nebraska!

Thanks Kindra you are a very talented lady!

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Garden...The Season Begins...

One of my three trustworthy assistants Gracie the calico.
She is my buddy when I work outside she stays on my heels.
Some signs of Spring...pansy faces peeping out of the kitchen window box...
This beautiful mixed pot was bought for me for Mothers Day! Its all pink and girly!!! I love it!

This is a closeup of one of the large pots that flank our garage entrance, with its hot pink geraniums it glows against the white siding.

Daisy's.. whats a Spring time garden without them?

My beautiful lavender roses smell so heavenly...even Hubs likes them. They are planted just outside his workshop window.

We have been inundated as of late with rain, tons of rain...3.38 inches was measured by the rain gauge at our house this past week alone!!!
This has caused grass mowing to be held off, at least the weeds have pretty blooms on them...

The rain has slowed down the planting in my vegetable and herb garden.
But tonight Hubs and I were able to get in our tomato and peppers plants,
and some of the annual herbs.

My hubs laid some boards in the garden for me to stand on to help me stay out of the mud but in the end my tennis shoes weighed about a pound a piece more when I left the garden than when I went in due to mud caked on them!

We now have cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes as well as other varieties and three variety's of peppers for salsa in the ground.

Our potatoes have also begun to break ground and the onions are looking very nice. I have interspersed the veggies with marigolds, zinnias and vincas for some color!
It has to be pretty too!

Surprisingly the rain didn't ruin any plants that were already in the ground, it did however overflow the pond and its still a roaring torrent that you can hear running behind the garden down into a ravine and creekbed.

Hubs is doing his best Vanna White here to show the fresh tomatoes we have hanging on one of our plants... I have to confess I bought the plant already loaded with tomatoes and it is in a large pot by the garage. Hubs loves fresh tomatoes so this gave him a head start on the growing season!

If all goes well I should have plenty of fresh organically grown veggies for salsa making! Yumm yumm! I sell my salsa and relishes in the Fall and never seem to have enough to meet the demand for them.

My strawberries are full of blooms cant wait for them to set fruit!!! MMMMM

Well that's a brief update on my garden...this time last year I ended up laid up with a knee injury and had to stay off my feet and out of the garden for a couple weeks, and this year isn't starting well as I have some routine surgery scheduled for tomorrow but hopefully i will be back in that garden by the weekend!
Pray the rain stays abated and any prayers for my surgery are greatly appreciated! Will update all when I can!
Much Love,