DeCreAseD EcOnOmY = InCrEasEd CrEaTiViTy

The slowed economy is showing up all over. People have cut back on trips to town, groceries and the little extras that make life nice. Retailers too are having to cut back and tighten up with reduced inventory and rethinking product lines. But all this is not bad news for decorating your home. With some creativity, you can have new looks for the season that add warmth and are pocket friendly.

I love to go to yard sales and auctions. And my favorite things are baskets, bowls and boxes. Unique glassware will also piqué my interest and most of these things can be had for little to nothing. Why do I like them so much? Because they are a blank slate to make something unique.

Alone this little bowl is very cute. It can be set on a shelf and it will add a bit of punch on it’s own with the chipped finish and the red trim. To dress it up a bit all you need is some greenery.

Greenery and floral picks are a place I do not scrimp. Kinda odd maybe.. but I like my florals to look real, and, to stand up to all the bending and twisting I will put them through when I am working on an arrangement. You won’t get that with dollar store florals. So, I get nice stuff. Ivy is always a good base and investment. At the shop we offer ivy in deep rich greens, muted greens and creams as well as variegated picks and stems. No matter what your decor tastes.. and what they might be in the future.. ivy will go with it. This little ivy bush is about $6. It has good scale for the little bowl. There are several longer stems that can be bent around to soften the edge of the bowl

Check out that first photo of the bowl placed with a cheese grater and a candle stick. Now these are new items at the shop.. but you know things like this can also be picked up at yard sales and such. A rusty old grater would actually be really cool here.. especially with a little light under it. Its shape offsets the rounder shapes of the bowl and candlestick. And, they ivy trailing over the edge softens all the piece edges and ties it all together. So check out the sales, check out the garage and basement and see what interesting items you can come up with where you can add a beautiful piece of greenery to create something new for next to nothing.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 1:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Mother’s Day

10Mother’s Day dawned breezy and beautiful. After a nice Church service and lunch, my son and I decided to drive around and take pictures for the photography contest we mentioned earlier. We thought it would be a nice way to remember the day if we got some photographs. Having one of them a winner and turned into a post card would be nice too.

8Every Mother’s Day my husband and I take a walk in Lawrence Woods located off 68 just outside of town. Since he had to leave for business today, my son stepped into the role of taking Mom for her annual walk. Spring is still new this time of year and the sun dapples through the trees and many flowers adorn the 1 hour walk.

4This year I spotted only a few of the Trilliums I usually enjoy. It is nice to see these lovely flowers in their natural surroundings. There was a small patch of about a dozen flowers.. maybe it is a bit early.. or a bit late for them. The few I did get to enjoy made my day.

13Other flowers dotted almost the entire walk. Shades of lavender and sky blue were sprinkled under the canopy of trees and dancing in the breeze. Spring brings so much rain and the damp air and new growth make a Spring walk in Lawrence Woods one of my favorite things to do around Hardin County.

15When you first enter into the woods, you come upon this unique tree known as the ‘Rhino Tree’. It is one of the few really mature trees in these woods of several hundred acres. When you see the young trees bent by the ice storm about 5 years ago, one can imagine a storm bending this tree in it’s youth and shaping it’s future. Because it was not tall and straight, it was not harvested.. and now it causes young and old to marvel at its shape.

6Another tree, this one broken by a recent storm. My son is still several inches shorter than the clearance under the branch.. but as the years pass.. he should be able to stand under it and touch it with the top of his head. This will be fun to check out on Mother’s Day in the coming years.

Hope everyone had a delightful Mother’s Day!

Published in: on May 10, 2009 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Flowers at Last

lantanaI finally got the pots out front planted. Being a bit of a rebel I refuse to put Petunias out there. As pretty as they can be, they are water hogs and by the end of the season they tend to look a bit ratty and tired. So, I went a bit different route.

The Lantana I brought back from Texas was sulking a bit here in the colder Ohio Spring weather we were having. For those not familiar with this plant.. it is a power house all summer long. Living in Texas a gardener needs to think about water. I like lots of flowers but I hate watering. So I like drought tolerant plants and Lantana is one of the best. Hard to find here in Ohio it is well worth looking for. Bright little flower clusters adorn the plant all summer until killed by frost. Down South this plant is perennial.. but up here it will be an annual. A unique benefit is the plant roots release something into the soil that keeps seeds from germinating. Nice if you don’t like weeds. Most Lantanas also have a cascading habit and are a refreshing replacement for the petunias.

To add some height with the Lantana I added a really dark Coleus. Almost black in color it wll look nice against the reddish brick of my building and the bright yellow oranges of the Lantana. Also easy to take care of and a bit forgiving with watering. This combination I put in the two larger pots at the corners of my shop.

caladiumwhitechristmasBy the front door I put some white Caladiums. I added some English Ivy that has a yellow edge and some orange Impatiens for color. Being on the West side I get morning sun from the East. The brick absorbs a lot of sun and creates a nice warm micro-climate.. it also tends to really dry out the pots. So, in addition to my regular dose of Osmocote fertilizer, I added some water crystals. These crystals absorb water and then release it back into the soil as it dries out.. giving you additional time between waterings. Since we have to carry buckets of water from the back of the shop every other day.. I’ll take all the help I can get with watering.

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 3:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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