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

Friday, September 17, 2010

potting bench

I'm sneaking in a picture of the finished path. I realized I hadn't put one on yet!
This is the 'before' picture to show you what the southeast side of the front yard looks like. The potting bench and tiny tool shed will go here. The rhodies and bird bath will be moved. The other plants in the picture are our neighbor's.
Now for the potting bench. Kip and I found this old workbench for free on craigslist. The wood was unsealed, so we painted the boards with white paint. The boards on the top were rotting, so we removed them.
We replaced the boards on the top with the old planks we removed from behind the asbestos siding (project from March 2009). These planks are nearly 100 years old. To protect the boards against the outdoor elements, we sealed them with the same sealant we used on the deck.
Kip screwing planks to the table.
After securing the top, we nailed 6"x6' cedar fence boards to the back of the table.
It was really hard to get them perfectly even at the top, so we used a small strip of wood as a trim to hide this.
Finished potting bench in its new home! Those 4 posts next to it are the skeleton of the shed Kip is making me! Photos on that to come...

Sunday, September 12, 2010


-Lewis Grizzard
The tomato in all 3 photos is the ONLY one that turned red on my plant! So I thought it appropriate to give it a little podium. You know, like the when you win an Olympic event.
Are you blushing, tomato?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

if you're looking for baby shower ideas...

A few weeks ago I coordinated a baby (girl) shower for a friend of mine.
I got the idea for a flag garland from my friend Robin. I chose about 6 different fabrics to use for flags, and used twill tape at the top. I ended up using about 56 feet of twill tape, and sewed about 48 flags.The shower took place in the church basement, which was great for size since so many folks attended, but needed a little help to brighten it up. :) I tried to transform the space with a "garden picnic" theme. Here's a photo of pretty much the whole space. My talented pastry-chef friend, Annika (check out her foodie blog...the girl knows her stuff), did the amazing cupcakes. (don't you love how they look like poppies and dahlias??!!)
Seriously, Annika is amazing. A true artist.
Each table had 3 paper poppies, created by a team of super crafty gals and myself. Also at the tables we had party favors: sewn little fabric pouches, sealed with a big ol' diaper pin and stuffed with salt water taffies. Got the idea from Twig & Thistle.
In addition to the paper flowers and party favors, each table had two small picture frames. I bought the frames from the goodwill, spray painted them pink, and put baby quotes in each one. I found this cool font at Da Font. It's free!

My husband helped me assemble these hanging paper flowers...how cool is it that they're made out of gusseted paper bags?! Super easy. I ordered pink bags in bulk online.