Saturday, July 17, 2010

Black-Eyed Susan's on Parade

This weekend promises to be a scorcher around here. With all the rains the flowers are flourishing. The other afternoon I went out to take some pictures of the Black-Eyed Susan's. If you aren't familiar with the Black-Eyed Susan you can read about them here. I love their whimsy and the deep golden yellow color.
Notice in the bottom right hand corner of the picture above, the Sedum commonly known as Stone Crop is starting to bloom. Sedum is a great plant to have if you have invasive wild life like deer, they don't care for the taste of Sedum. With us having 40 acres we have a lot of wild life roaming the grounds in the evenings, over the course of the last 13 years this plant has worked well for me to keep the deer away from other plants. :-)) If you're interested in reading about Sedum you can go here.

Yesterday I took a few cuttings to make a flower arrangement, I discovered rather quickly they didn't last long. They started drooping almost immediately. Have any of you tried them and made a successful fresh flower arrangement using Black-Eyed Susan's? If you have and had success at it I would love for you to share your secret.

I hope your Saturday is going well and you're doing all that you want to do.. Until next time....
hugs ~lynne~

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Putting Fall In the Mix

With temperatures soaring I'm thinking of fall and the wonderful colors that greet us each day. With the year half over it's time to think about transforming our homes with those rich colors. Although a "bit" early for our homes, it isn't any too early for the shop to take on a transformation into fall. Last week I started popping some new great florals here and there. It's an easy and inexpensive way to change your home for the seasons.

A splash of color in a napkin, place mat or runner is also another way to add a touch of fall to any vignette.

Once I started with the florals, I couldn't seem to stop myself, and brought even more out. lol These pumpkins are a great item for fall, will work all the way through Thanksgiving.

I love the colors of fall and the feeling it evokes, I hope you enjoyed a "hint" of the fall that seems to be taking over the shop. (Wait till you see the "great" bittersweet sprays!) I'll be adding more this week for your viewing pleasure..stayed tuned more to come......
hugs ~lynne~
Thanks to each and everyone of you for your suggestions on the blogging problem. I opted to delete a few of the earlier posts and pictures instead of purchasing more space. You bloggers are just the best!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Checking In

Good morning, I hope each of you had a wonderful 4th of July. We had a great time even with the rains that moved in right about the time Bailey wanted to shoot off his fireworks. All turned out well and the fireworks got shot. lol

I'm asking for a bit of advice. My blogger recently told me I was full and could not up load pictures. I panicked, put out an SOS on facebook. I finally got a reply suggesting I delete some posts that weren't my favorite. I'm wondering what you larger blogs do. I discovered deleting pictures is very time consuming. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what you did to correct the situation. Thanks in advance for your help.

hugs ~lynne~

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July ! ! !

Independence I have long considered
the grand blessing of life,
the basis of every virtue.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Happy 4th of July my friends. I hope your celebration is safe and fun filled!
hugs ~lynne~

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Garden of Cones

Hello one and all! I hope you're having the best weekend ever. Are you staying cool? Our temperatures this past week have been just the best ever. I don't believe I've heard a single complaint about heat or anything else. However, Mother Nature has a tendency to turn her moods on a dime, and they say we're suppose to heat up and have Summer like temperatures once again.

Each Saturday Beverly from How Sweet the Sound graciously hosts Pink Saturday. Thank you Beverly for putting on this event each week. Come on along, I'll show you my contribution to this weeks party. On the east side of the house is a small hill I had planted a few things in many years ago, Coneflowers were "not" one of them. Again, Mother Nature has a way of surprising us, each year this area is taken over more and more with the Coneflowers.
I can envision some yellow and white ones mixed with the beauty of the pink.

These beauties are also taking over the planter boxes down by the shop. They almost seem to be competing with the pampas grass in height. lol

From our home to yours Happy 4th of July. May you all be safe, have tons of fun, laugh and enjoy some beautiful fireworks displays.
As always, thank you for stopping by to say hello. Until next time...
hugs ~lynne~

Hooray for the Red White and Blue

As the Fourth of July quickly approaches, I'm sure many of you are preparing for picnics and other outdoor activities. I hope to be fishing, or just enjoying a book on the front porch.

I thought I might share just a wee bit of Americana items I have left in the shop. Come on in.
Just inside the shop door you'll find a table loaded with Americana decor.

Don't you love the rustic charm of the picture with the old teddy bear?
Mr. Rooster proudly struts his stuff front and center, flanked by the star candle.
Eggs decorated Americana style and a porcelain doll round out the vignette.
Isn't she a cutie??

An old box filled with greenery is the perfect prop for Old Glory and the old metal star.

I hope you enjoyed this short tour of the Americana in the shop.
Many of you know I work another job along with running my own shop. Do I meet myself coming and going, you bet your sweet patooties I do.
Let's head over to Annie's Furniture and Gifts and I'll share with you a small part of the Americana items you'll find.
The twig chandelier is easily decorated for the seasons. Inside you'll find geraniums, forsythia twigs along with a variety of other items.

Nothing says Fourth of July like the American Flag. We've placed the set of 3 through out the vignette, I love the way it pokes through the twigs.

A lantern is perfect for holding a candle or a variety of other items. Through out the store you'll find some with bird's nest or pictures. I'll hush now and let you enjoy the tabletop vignette. :-))

Time for one last look at the beautiful farm table all decked out for the Fourth of July.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your visit to both shops. Hope I didn't wear you out too much. Stay tuned for news on another shopping tour through out the shop. I'm still working on some display pieces, I hope you'll be pleased with the changes.. :-)) If you're ever in our area, please stop by both shops, you never know which one you'll find me at.. lol
hugs ~lynne~