There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

sewing itch...

I'm gear up for a few simple sewing projects this weekend. I'm going to be good and use fabric I already have but these fabrics from Heather Bailey and Michael Miller are tempting me within an inch of my life! :)

Monday, February 8, 2010


I got the pleasure of meeting Ciscoe at the NW Flower and Garden Show. He was very sweet and let me take a picture with him. Could I look more giddy? :)

NW Flower and Garden Show!

Kip and I had a great time at the F+G Show! I highly recommend checking it out. We planned ahead of time which seminars to attend and looked at the display gardens and vendors in between.

Seminar Highlights:
- "Starting Seeds on a Budget" presented by Willi Galloway, a Seattle native. Willi has a wonderful blog www.digginfood.com that I'm going to follow. Later that evening I was looking at Sunset mag (04/2009) and who should I see by Willi in an article about growing edibles in your garden!
- "How to Eat your Front Yard" by Marianne Binetti. I am now obsessed with the idea of growing Purple Ruffles Basil (pic on the upper right) and Aurora Blueberry Bush and Camelia Sinensis (flowers can be used for tea!) in my front yard.
- Best Roses for the Pacific Northwest. I've got my eye on the fire-orange hybrid tea rose "Voodoo" but that's it for the hybrids. I've always loved the old garden roses and I'm thinking about the Konigen Von Danemark. I'm intimidated to get in on the whole roses scene and will need to do more research.
**There were many other wonderful classes I didn't get to attend this time around.**

Vendor Highlights:
- Cold frames using old windows. I don't remember which garden this is from (I know that's really bad and I'm sorry!) but I love the idea. We saved the original windows from our house and now I think we know what to do with them!
- Rotoluxe! This Edmunds, WA company makes beautiful plastic pots made of 100% recycled plastic bags. They are very urban, cheeky and come in awesome colors. http://www.rotoluxe.com/products.php
- Birdbath from Marenakos Rock Center. I fell in love with a stone columnar birdbath I saw in someone's yard and haven't been able to find any for sale! I was delighted to see them in several display gardens at the F+G show, which sited Marenakos as the supplier. http://www.marenakos.com/colgal/coldish.htm

I can't wait to go again next year! ;)

Friday, February 5, 2010

I found these adorable vintage garden markers on www.anthropologie.com. Getting excited for the garden show tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Garden Show!

We're going to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this Saturday! I'm so excited. We plan on going to some of the seminars. I'm particularly interested in "Paver Installation 101" and "Good Roses for the Pacific Northwest."

Speaking of gardens, my camelia has lots of buds! I can't wait for the blooms...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

--bathroom remodel ideas-

Kip and are going to be remodeling our (one and only) bathroom in a few weeks. To keep with the old charm of house, we're sticking with a vintage-y design. This sink is from American Standard http://www.americanstandard-us.com/bathroom-sinks/retrospect-console-table/

American Standard Retrospect Collection Console

I've included a link to the bathroom that's been our inspiration from this amazing site
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago/tile-stone-countertops/bathroom-tour-from-bungalow-tile-046596. We're going to use white ceramic hexagon tile on the floor (2") and put white beadboard halfway up the walls. I love the subway tile in the photo but we're only going to put that in the shower.

White is going to reign in this room (walls will be a silvery white) so I'm thinking of making the shower curtain and towels vividly hued. I have a lovely Marimekko shower curtain in mind.

I'll take more pictures as the items come in! For now, I have a more pictures of the bathroom ideas on my posterous page: http://christiswanson.posterous.com/