Wednesday, August 13, 2014

moving moments...

I can tell you one thing....life is rolling on down the road.  Things are shifting and changing around every bend and I am just trying to soak it in before the moments move on.  The house is in flux, 2 out of 3 beans will be in school soon, the back garden is under construction with plants being moved to new homes.  Nothing earth shattering...just the stuff that makes you aware of how fast it moves and to give thanks for what you have.  


GARDEN MOMENTS
the evolution of a little bare patch that has found some new amigos 








{Goat's Beard, Knotweed, Creeping Jenny, coral bells, Wild Ginger, Ligularia}

{Balloon Flower}









{painted fern, Japanese Forest Grass, Solomon Seal,}

{phlox and butterfly weed}

 {Goldenrod}

 {Lungwort and Montrose White Catmint}

 {ornamental onion}

 {Joe Pye Weed}

{Shasta Daisy}

HOUSE MOMENTS
our little pad is finding its groove

{Before}



{and now}





ART MOMENTS
a collection of pieces



a sketch of a painting about to be started...folk art inspired







BEAN MOMENTS
my dirt lovers looking at a bug





Here is to a week of creating and finding beauty in the little things.

Thanks for being awesome!



Linking up with....Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop & Creative Country Mom's Garden Party.....thanks for the feature!

63 comments:

  1. I love everything about this...the garden, the wall collage, those sweet kids...time and change does pull on us, doesn't it?

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  2. One little Bean will be quite lonely when the others are in school.

    Flux is good, it keeps us on our toes.

    Your garden is lovely as always.

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  3. I am still finding it hard to believe that I saw Joe Pye Weed for sale in the gardening department at Lowes...I guess I always considered it a weed.. I have always thought it was pretty but I did not think I would actually see a garden department selling them...Your garden still looks great.. I love all the natural elements and flowers.. Your home looks great too.. Those little one are precious.. Have a great week. Blessings!

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  4. Gorgeous beans!! And a lovely garden and lounge space! Year you with the bends and speed! Blink and we miss it... Hope the rest of your week holds many more little moments xx

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  5. Your words of changing times are so touching and true. Love the moving moments of the garden with new additions, the house with a selection of art and the beans, they are growing so fast, sweet picture of the three of them.
    Wish you a week of happiness, simple things are the best moments.

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  6. Dear Nicole, I loved seeing the photos from your garden! You developed the "bare patch" in a great way, it looks so much more lush and lively now. The combination of the lungwort and the white catmint is genius. I wanted to get a white catmint for my white garden bed for quite a while now and your photo has just reinforced that it would be a lovely plant to add to my garden.
    I really like the way you have arranged the different type of art (photos and paintings) above your sofa. It looks interesting, informal and casual and doesn't have that conservative touch that sometimes paintings take on in some people's home. I can see that this arrangement mirrows your lifestyle and your young family.
    Last but not least your beans are sooo... cute, as always! Wishing you many more special moments to enjoy this summer. Warm regards,
    Christina

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  7. The lounge room is looking very elegant - nice art wall grouping. I must get around to sorting out some more stuff to go on the walls. It all got put away while the builders were here, but it makes the place look so much more homey xxx

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  8. This is such a lovely post! Thanks for sharing the beauty in your life here with us and I love what you said about trying to soak it all in before the moments move on. That is the best way to enjoy life isn't it. Happy Wednesday Nicole! Cheers to more moving moments :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  9. You have achieved so much. Everything is looking beautiful inside and out, doubly so for the precious beans.
    Good luck with the pit project too.

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  10. That is a *beautiful* couch!

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  11. You have to most beautiful little beans!

    S
    xo

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  12. How sweet your kids are! It is fun and exciting for them to go to school and sad too, growing is so bitter sweet! Your room looks awesome! I love the coffee table and the couch! Do I spy built in's...did you do those? I remember a plan a while back...you can't keep me hanging! I love them, from the little I can see anyway! Have a wonderful rest of your week Nicole!

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  13. I can imagine you will feel a mix of emotions when you have 2 little ones a school. excited for them but a little sad...where did your babies go?? I have all that ahead of me! lovely photos as always. x Rigel

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  14. Nic, thank YOU for being awesome! I have been a terrible, flakey friend lately, so please accept my apologies. Life, as you very well know, gets crazy. Your living room! LOVE the couch and rug! And your art work....oh my goodness...fantastic! Crazy how school is about to start. I really wish everything would slow down a bit.

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  15. And your beans...adorable! That last picture makes my heart flutter! xoxo Jen

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  16. Your garden has so many interesting plants - I would love to grow alliums - do you find they spread/multiply much. Always hard to see your children growing up, but nice to know that you have given them the confidence and knowledge to enjoy new experiences.

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  17. Love, Love Love it all!!! Your garden is beautiful - and your photography is awesome!!! My favorite is the daisy and it's visitor. Really love your new sitting area with that art wall! And once again, you've captured your beans beautifully!! Great photos of summer fun! Hope your two older ones each have a great year of school and you and your youngest make great memories at home! Enjoy, friend!!

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  18. You've grown, captured and cultivated so much beauty around you Nicole...your home, garden, family...it brought smiles here too. Thank you for sharing them:) Stay and remain blessed:)

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  19. You've grown, captured and cultivated so much beauty around you Nicole...your home, garden, family...it brought smiles here too. Thank you for sharing them:) Stay and remain blessed:)

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  20. Your garden is so visually interesting. I love your interesting plant combinations. I look forward to seeing it evolve over time. Your kids are adorable! Love your living space re do, love your new carpet ! Have a good week Chris

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  21. Hi Nicole, what a great post and I love the pictures of your children! So beautiful beans, as you call them. The garden looks great, have you had a lot of rain too, like us in France? Here you'd think it's late september!
    Have a great week-end, and there's a lot of emotion in store when two of the beans start school! Another page turns....Big hug sent to all of you across the atlantic, Martine

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  22. Nicole your garden is looking lovely as is your room and the collage of pictures - it's good when everything starts to come together isn't it. I bet you will miss the beans when they go to school - they grow up so fast don't they - I bet the little one will miss their company too. The picture of them sitting together is adorable.

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  23. Lovely!

    I love that painting, birds are close to my heart:)

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  24. great post with your beautiful children. Jo x

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  25. Wow. I love everything here most especially the lap pool. Anyone can build a garden and your ideas on collecting these exquisite photos inspire me to have a greenhouse in my backyard garden! Well, the design, décor, homes and outdoor ideas of yours is inspiring!
    your Garden for Summer

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  26. How beautiful your garden is looking. All of that hard work is really paying off, it's green and lovely. Inside is fantastic too, you're making a wonderful home. CJ xx

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  27. Wow... so beautiful! So many color and shape, various plants that you've grown look so stunning. Love the colorful coleus. The make over is really a great job, so nice place.
    Sweet girl!
    Have a nice day.

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  28. Your kids are precious! So many things to talk about here! First off, when I read your title, I was a bit apprehensive because I thought you were actually moving! But then you weren't and I was relieved. :) All your flowers are gorgeous! The new patch is already coming along nicely. I always get flowers when they are dead in the clearance section so I have to wait until the following year to see them bloom! The new living room is so classic-vintage-homey and I love it! The gallery wall is perfectly balanced and the gold frames go with the theme perfectly. I am excited to see your new painting... Folk art is so fun! :)

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  29. Love the pictures of your kids. I'll bet your older two will love school. And I really like the stock tank/planter (need to get to a Farm and Fleet and get myself one) and the ceramic (?) urn.

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  30. Your garden makes me want to rip mine out and start anew.....you definitely are an artist with a green thumb. Thanks for sharing. Beckie

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  31. Love the Lungwort with the Montrose White Catmint! Great combo! Happy end of summer to you & yours!!
    ~Julie

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  32. your new coffee table is amazing! i love it to much. and your little beans are the sweetest!

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  33. I love your garden and want one of my own soon! Lovely home!

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  34. Nicole your children are so darling, and yes it is hard when life keeps changing and you just want to freeze it on the spot. Your garden and home are beautiful and inviting.
    wishing you a lovely week,
    Merediht

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  35. aww. what a peaceful post! I love the coffee table! =)
    your kids are so cute!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  36. You have so many flowers still blooming in your garden. Mine are few and far between, but then my gardens need a makeover. Wish I had your energy to do it. I see you have honeysuckle trees in your yard too. Mine are like monsters that I have to trim every year, which only seems to encourage them to grown more.
    Love the photos of your sweet beans. So dear - enjoy these precious years.
    Cindy

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  37. OMGosh Nicole--is there anything you can't do? Your gardens are stunning (loving the large ovoid urn), you home is decorated so beautifully, and I LOVE the folk art sketch. Will you be sure to photograph the finished product? You're amazing :)
    Blessings,
    Diana

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  38. Nicole, I know there are a lot of changes right now, but everything is coming along beautifully. The garden is gorgeous, your living room looks wonderful, and your two kiddos will be able to tell you about exciting adventures at school. :) The little one at home will get to experience a new setting and maybe be your helper.

    *hugs*

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  39. That is a sketch for your painting!!!!!!!!! It is awesome!!!!!!!!!! I thought that it was your newest finished piece. It is beautiful!!!!!!!!! I cannot imagine how gorgeous the finished item will be if this is the preparation!!! Your sitting area looks so lovely and cosy and friendly, all very mid century modern and very tasteful, stylish and most of all comfortable!!! I hope that you are having some fun in all that plant moving and garden works. xx

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  40. Your home is really beautiful and I just love seeing all the different corners of your garden. How sweet are those beans?! Have a great weekend beautiful friend xoxo

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  41. good morning, I love coming to your posts-always so beautiful and inspiring

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  42. I love the everyday life of things and yours is just sweet! Thanks for sharing your world with us! I must get some different plants in my garden....I have never heard of most of yours!!!

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  43. Hi Nicole, The summer has flown by, hasn't it???your home and garden look fantastic! Is that a pink headboard with Penstemon? It's striking! I'm in love with your huge urn.......you definitely have an eye, my dear! Your little beans are becoming big beans! xxx

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  44. Oh my goodness your beans are gorgeous :) Love the flowers :)

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  45. oh, wow--I LOVE the new couch and coffee table and that gallery wall--gorgeous! and the pic of the kids looking at the bug is priceless :)

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  46. The little ones are so cute and your garden looks more lovely. You do have a green thumb.

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  47. Sweet beans and a lovely home....you have made so beautiful gardens too with some of my favorite flowers.

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  48. Your home and gardens and your little people beans are all beautiful, Nicole. It always amazes me how you are able to do so much with the time you have and still are such an awesome mother! May your home and your family continue to be blessed.

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  49. Your garden is still looking great and you house has a real homely feel about it. Have a great week.

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  50. I love how you labeled your flower photos so we can know what they are! You have so many of my favorites and great talent for photographing them. Your post prompts me to be mindful of how quickly life evolves and how important it is to slow down and be thankful for every special moment. My littlest bean just turned 27 - imagine that if you will! And just yesterday he was, like your sweet little blonde-haired bean, inspecting little bugs in the grass at his feet!

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  51. Nicole, I just across your blog and it's fantastic! I have just moved to a new flat, and have managed to do a little digging in the garden. The plants in your garden are wonderful; love the colors too!

    http://bintigurung.blogspot.co.nz/

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  52. Nicole, you have so much going on right now and you're handling it all with such grace. I am sure your patio is going to be beautiful. I love seeing all the flowers and plants in the yard, you have a great variety! I hope this week is good, and that you get a little time to relax too.

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  53. The garden looks beautiful and so do the children. I love the photo with the three children on the tree.

    www.writingmonique.com

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  54. I know what you mean about life just rolling on by! The days are screaming past for us here too! I love all the work you guys are doing. Your garden is looking divine (love that metal tub so much!!) and all the gorgeous updates inside as well... what a beautiful home you have created!

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  55. Hi Nicole, I have just added myself to your followers list. What you have done in your garden is very inspiring. I noticed the rug in your living room before too and I have to say it is fantastic. The patterns resemble so much to the kind that are manufactured in Nepal. There are a few factories that produces these kinds. Have a good week ahead!

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  56. What lovely pictures of your garden to cheer up my morning commute Nicole... thank you! Your little patch is looking good with it's new additions and I just live your new sofa, so cozy looking and morden yet classic... and with that gallery wall... very chic! I hope you will be showing the finished painting, the sketch is already beautiful! And your cute little beans? Works of art themselves! xxx

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  57. How in the WORLD did I miss this post?! Oh my gosh, all your garden photos are sooo pretty! Must. Pin. Them. All. lol And your gallery wall is looking great. Careful, I started one of those behind my couch when Carter was born and it has taken over the ENTIRE wall in the last eight years. :o)

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  58. Your sofa and gallery wall are amazing!! And you know I love your garden!! Everything is looking good!!! Such sweet kiddos too!! Beauty all around!!!

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  59. Hmmmm, really loving those home improvements, Nicole. It's funny how some little changes can make such a big difference. I liked the first photo, then saw the second and could appreciate the beauty in the tweaks you have done. I love the rectangle table, very retro. Your new patch looks fab, you have been busy! I know what you mean about how fast everything is going! Have a great week and I hope things slow down for you a bit soon! x

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  60. Nicole, everything looks so beautiful bin your garden. Lots of colour and interesting points of interest. I also really like your grouping of art. I always admire it when people can get them up with a straight line on the bottom or top. I can never manage that. LOL.

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  61. i envy your garden. it's so beautiful

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