Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Ummmm ya! 
I really can blame this on the puppy. 

 I was carrying a heavy armful of things into the house, which included a cast iron frying pan and a ceramic bowl that was full of pasta salad when Paige (the puppy) decided to try and beat me through the door.  I tried to make it to the counter to put things on there but fell forward hitting my uppper cheek bone on the corner of the counter, breaking the lens on my glasses in the process.   I haven't had a shiner since I was a kid--and that is a loooooooooooooong time ago. 
Warning: Puppies can be hazerdous to your health.

I think I will wear sunglasses in public until this goes away.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


 Here in the Pacific Northwest we haven't had tons of sunshine so far this year but that doesn't seem to slow down the yard from bursting forth in blooms.

This is a climbing rose, that seems to be the only kind of rose I can grow.  I stopped trying to grow roses after I killed off four beautiful bushes.

A little boy and girl water fountain is a new addition this year.

I'm pretty sure that Paige thinks it was installed just for her convenience.

Curses be to my "less than quality" camera.  Below is my Mother's day gift from daughter Tasha.  She worked so hard stacking these pots and planting them with impatiens.  I just wish I could get a good photo of it, it is really gorgeous.

Delphiniums are right at the top of my list of favorite flowers in the garden.  I planted this plant last year and it has really put on a good show for this me this season.

 I thought I had lost these iris's last year by accidentally pulling some out.  I guess I just did the plant a favor and gave more room for healthier bulbs.

I just love this plant, it puts on quite a show each June.  It is a hearty geranium, which is a perennial and each year is gets bigger and bigger.  I have even divided it a couple of times which only makes it come back twice as big.  There is a pot of pansies peeking out at the top, the geranium has all but taken over the pot they are in.

Here is another of the hearty geraniums next to a pretty purplish/blue bush, I think it is call a
Mexican Lilac but I may be wrong.

The hummingbirds love this basket of Millions of Bells.

The window box below the star on our shed will hopefully fill in and begin hanging over the edge once our temperatures start to warm up.

Here is a close up of the flowers in the previous picture.  I can't remember the name of the pink flowers but I just love how dainty they are.

And that is what's blooming around here.  How about you, what is putting on a show in your yard?

Saturday, June 2, 2012


The entryway is all decked out for the Fourth of July with flags and a banner I was inspired to make from something I saw on Pinterest.  It was originally posted on ETSY.  Here is the link.

The flags in the glass vases were the ones I posted about HERE where I showed how I aged them.

Below is a close up of how I did the boards for the banner.  I first painted 3.5x4.5 pieces of wood I got at Michael's  with Folk Art #879 Linen.  I then stamped the background lettering on with a rubber stamp I had on hand with black ink.  I then blotted a brown ink pad over the whole thing to age it.  I also inked the edges with black ink then added the red vinyl lettering.

Let Freedom Ring!