Various Bits of Yard Work

May 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

The weather was unseasonally gorgeous and warm last week. We spent a lot of time outdoors and got a lot accomplished. I moved a bush that suffered from melting snow and ice from the roof:

Bush Move Mashup

The poor bush had quite a few broken branches. Some I cut off, but most of them I splinted with sticks and strips of fabric:

Splinting Mashup

They seem to be doing well; there are new leaves coming in beyond the breaks in each branch. Yay!

Mr. E dug a new vegetable patch and prepared the two existing ones. In the photo below, the left side will be potatoes and the right one already had cucumber seeds planted…

Potato Cuke Patches 2015

…and by the deck we will hopefully get some melons…

Melon Patch 2015

…everything fertilized by authentic bull dumpings from a local farm:

Our Own BS

In addition, we’ve raked, pruned and weeded, sawed off a dead branch, removed another that had fallen on its own but gotten stuck, taken down an awkwardly placed young pine and partly undone a small stone wall to relocate it Somewhere Else(TM).

I still want to dig up and relocate some wild plants that I want to keep but not where they set themselves up. Yesterday would’ve been a good day otherwise, but it was 86 F / 30 C after lunch, which was way too hot this early in the season for me, and I suspect for the transplantees as well.

The flowers have really come out, too. The flowering pears bear a white cloud each, there are both white and purple violets here and there in the grass, and a few other wild flowers have found their way in again. Bees and bumblebees buzz around, and birds are singing. Ah, I love spring!

We also have blossoms indoors: I updated my wreath form with spring colors…

Spring Wreath 2015

…and the saintpaulia is blooming!

Saintpaulia Blossoming 2015

Even with tree and grass pollen making my life miserable, spring is the time of the year I love most. 🙂

Christmas Pretties Around the Internet

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This (long!) post is for some of my favorites for the holiday season 2014.

Lovely red sitting room with a tree, candles and hanging stars by Susanna at Susannan työhuone:

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Susanna at Susannan työhuone.

These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry:

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Victoria at A Subtle Revelry.

I really appreciate the combination of non-traditional but coordinating colors. Victoria’s choice of graphic wrapping paper to cover her stars is inspiring!

Beautiful, non-traditional Christmas colors with minimal frou-frou by Jeannette Seymour. Photo by Donna Griffith, via Style at Home:

Jeannette Seymour Minimal Christmas

Jeannette Seymour; photo by Donna Griffith / Style at Home.

Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:

Urban Outfitters Plum Bow Painted Mirror

Urban Outfitters.

Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!

And speaking of Scandinavian… Räven raskar över isen! (Yes, there is an actual Swedish Christmas song involving foxes.) Fox ornaments from Ikea:

Fox Ornaments from Ikea

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

And lest it not be forgotten that monochromatic can also be beautiful: smaller star ornaments in white & gold plus white hyacinths in a white room by Ann Helen, found via Norske interiørblogger:

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Ann Helen; via Norske interiørblogger.

I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:

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By Rachel at Mod Podge Rocks.

Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

Getting close now!

Swedish Craft Blog Find

November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Oooh, look what I found: Sanna & Sania, a craft blog by two Swedish ladies (Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke). They seem to be crochet enthusiasts, and love color and repurposing projects. Perfect!

Here are a few of my recent favorites from Sanna & Sania’s blog:

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

(Sources: jeans; tassels; table.)

And since they write in Swedish, it allows me to refresh my language skills. (If you’d like to follow them but Swedish isn’t a part of your skill set, don’t worry: Google Translate seems to be able to at least get the gist of Sanna & Sania’s posts.)

Third Time’s the Charm: The Weigela That Won’t Stop

September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Remember our re-blossoming weigela bush? It’s produced another(!) small cluster of flowers.

Weigela 3rd Blooming

May, July – and now September. I don’t have a green thumb to speak of, so I certainly can’t take the credit. It’s all mother nature. I’m amazed and delighted! It’s the weigela that keeps on giving!

This saintpaulia (African violet) is also going through a second bloom:

Saintpaulia Re-Blooming

Apparently you can have your saintpaulia bloom constantly. Maybe I should propagate a few new plants and give it a try…

Painted Log Retaining Wall

August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

During a random Internet search, I came across these two images of a sunken path flanked by log retaining walls (image 1 and image 2). The log ends that face into the path are painted with various shades of pink and purple:

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Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Blue Truck Log Retaining Wall Detail

Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Genius! There’s a particular spot on our front yard that I think would benefit from a retaining wall, but, alas, logs are way too big for the spot. Or maybe not if you cut them into very short pieces… This needs some thinking! 🙂

Second Time Around, Please!

July 29, 2014 § 1 Comment

One of our weigela bushes produced a handful of new flowers at the end of July in addition to its regular crop in May.

Weigela 2nd Blooming

I’m flabbergasted! I cannot remember it doing that any previous year.

Georgian Granny Square Slippers

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is so not the weather (or the season) for warm yarn, but aren’t these slippers great?

Georgian Granny Square Slippers The Purl Bee

Unknown; found via The Purl Bee.

Granny square slippers modeled after slippers made in the Republic of Georgia. Found via The Purl Bee.

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