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:
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:
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…
…and by the deck we will hopefully get some melons…
…everything fertilized by authentic bull dumpings from a local farm:
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…
…and the saintpaulia is blooming!
Even with tree and grass pollen making my life miserable, spring is the time of the year I love most. 🙂
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:
These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:
Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by 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:
Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:
Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!
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:
I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:
Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!
By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.
Getting close now!
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:
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.)
September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Remember our re-blossoming weigela bush? It’s produced another(!) small cluster of flowers.
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:
Apparently you can have your saintpaulia bloom constantly. Maybe I should propagate a few new plants and give it a try…
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:
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! 🙂
July 29, 2014 § 1 Comment