Monday, October 6, 2014

be back soon.....

Hey friends!  Just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a little break from my space here. I will be back soon to check in with all of you!  Wishing each and every one of you an inspiring month ahead!   

Keep on keeping on!!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

a digging fool....

I've been a digging fool over in these parts.  I'm not sure if it's the cold air setting in (yep there were officially snowflakes falling here this morning!)  that puts me into overdrive or the fact that I have so many ideas that the work just has to get done!  It has taught me that I'm no spring chicken anymore that's for sure.

After construction we were left with piles of leftover boards and bricks from the old patio.  Extra sand and stones laid all over the yard and my priority was to REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE!!!  

Our old railroad ties were used to rim our new bonfire pit area and we used leftover stones to fill the space.

Here is where we would like to take this area minus the lake (which would be nice right?!?)....

{Via-Thom Filicia} 

The lower patio is done!  And I finished the little path with pieces of old concrete and edged the path with leftover stone.

I left spaces in-between for our growing stone collection.  We collect stones from all the places we visit as a family.  I thought this area would be the perfect place to display them.

 I wanted some space for my veggies so I used more of the leftover stone to create two veggie plots for the spring.  The next step is to get some average sized shrubs in along the back of the patio wall so my beans don't go walking on that ledge.  I transplanted some shrubs to define the space and look forward to filling this area in with perennials, vegetables, and grasses in the spring.  To be honest with you I don't plant anything but shrubs and bulbs in the fall as our crazy squirrels can smell freshly moved perennials in my garden and they go right there to dig them up!

More bricks were used to create a stoop by the garden gate and I still have a huge pile of old bricks to create a walkway/sitting area by the shed.

Beyond the garden it has been all about cozying up with my little people to take in the magic of fall.  Art room play, trips to farms, and walks about...

One of my favorite things about my beans is that they like to collect blooms to show me!  It melts my heart and makes everything worth it!  

Happy Making, Baking, and Growing Friends!
I hope you are enjoying the season wherever you live!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quick Combo...

Just a quick combo to share before heading into the weekend.  These three trusty plants will be dug up and replanted into my new garden area.......

Lamb's Ear

Montrose White Catmint

Ornamental Onion

Happy Gardening Friends!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Collection...

Just a collection of all the bits and bobs happening in these parts!

The pit is almost finished!  The water issues in this space have been plenty.  We are just elated to be close to the finish line. 

We discovered once we started digging that the pipes for drainage under the slab were all broken.  One main pipe was wrapped in siding from our house which would explain some things!!!

We recycled some of the concrete to make the steps and walkway.  This space now connects to the upper area off the kitchen and was reduced in size to be used as a small sitting area.

My wonderful husband wheeled 12 yards of dirt back here to fill in this massive pit the day before my daughter's birthday party.   Do you see all of the new space for plants!?!  

Off the kitchen is where I had some of my veggies. 

Now we have a deck for a table.

Big bean is now 5!

For her party I wanted some color for the center of the table so I filled a vase with water and water balloons.  A fun and bright display!

 Apple picking and baking this weekend.  

Cortland apples

Mom's Apple Crisp...

Cut-6 large apples into small pieces
Mix-with 1/2 cup sugar and one tsp cinnamon
Spread into 9 by 13 glass baking dish

For the crumble
Mix-6 tbs of softened butter with 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkle on top of the apples

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

raspberries are coming in

a happy pot of asters from my mom

I went with simple planters this year for the front porch.  Pumpkins and sticks!  

The simple things are the sweetest things!
Wishing everyone a lovely new week!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MAKING Mondays.....a bit like fall

Well, it's not officially fall yet but you would never know it by the temperatures we have been having in these parts!  It has been chilly!!!!  The slow cooker has been running and homemade bread is back in the oven baking.  On days like these I like to sit back and listen to a bit of this...

And when I'm not listening to a bit of that I like to start adding touches of the season to cozy up our little home.  I had seen some Halloween villages in some magazines and thought it would be cute if I made my own for above the coat hooks.  Just black construction paper and tape.

I have a thing for plaid!  After I sewed this pillow my son helped me stuff it and he is so very proud of it!

My fondness for vintage bird prints comes from my grandma.  I was able to track some down HERE for a reasonable price and then just framed them up for the mantle.

And the backyard construction is making progress! Have a look out the kitchen window.....

Not done but we have somewhere to sit now!  

Happy making, baking, and growing friends!