A trip to a spectacular tulip festival in Abbotsford, BC

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Every single year I read the notice… “Tulip Festival! Buy your tickets online to guarantee entry!” And every year, I’d drive down the highway, attempting to spot the fields from a distance, to gauge if the visit would be worth it. But I never did spot the fields. So I never did go. However, this […]

A faux spilled bucket of spring flowers, and a cleaner flower bed

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So… something happened after Journal 3 – just getting on with it. As your comments have come gratefully pouring in, my little brain went KABOOM… and I started hustling. I promise to sit down and read your wonderful comments tonight…. I’m excited at what you had to say! But I think it’s safe to say, the theory […]

A nature inspired branch ladder plant stand

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Congrats to winner #38 Carol B! You have been emailed. 🙂 Well, it isn’t everyday I post for 5 reasons! 1. A new project, 2. inspired by a new book, along with 3. a few new stencil designs, and 4. two giveaways, plus 5. a great deal!   When I get my mojo back, I don’t mess […]

A reclaimed wood drill handled toolbox of many talents

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In preparation for The Olde Farmhouse vintage market, I’ve been playing with the old fence wood I collected a while back. Remember the lottery win post HERE? First I needed to find it a home. So I built a wood cart to go underneath an ugly fold out turned cool farmhouse style table. And then that […]

If it weren’t for those ever reliable perennials in bloom…

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Today we had this amazing, overcast but super warm and humid day.   I was out shopping and once I hit the tarmac, it felt like I stepped into hot jello and transported into the South! I love weather like this because it isn’t’ all that common on the West coast. And thank goodness our vegetable garden […]

The little toolbox that brought me back to my quiet

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A funny thing happened to me when I came back from Snap. I didn’t know what to do with myself.  We as bloggers are accustomed to creating on our own. In the quiet. Then we move on over to a humming computer monitor, type a few keys and create a blog post. Then we do it […]

Summer-izing with flowers and junk

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I always claim I’m not a seasonal decorator. I just leave out what I like, then add small additions that jive with a given season. But there is one sure fire way to make your home feel like summer nearly immediately, and that’s with freshly cut backyard flowers. In many cases, running to your nearest […]

Finding beauty in backyard flowers and changes

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Today is the day before school starts in our area. The weather even changed as if to better prepare for what’s in store. It’s beautiful out, but there’s a new crispness in the air, gently suggesting you bring out your flannel shirts and blankets soon. … continued … (post heavy on backyard blooms and inspiration) […]

Sunflowers, dog hair, and thank-you!

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Wow. The emails and comments are still coming in due to the loss of my sweet Jenna. I’m completely overwhelmed by the love and support you’ve shown us and simply can’t even come up with the right words to show my appreciation. Just… thank-you!! (continued) We are doing ok. It’s strange, and sometimes not ok, […]

How to edge flowerbeds like a pro

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Once upon a time, my gardener brother showed me how he edged his flowerbeds like the pro he is. And I’ve been using this method ever since. It’s easier than you may think, very cost effective, and you will NOT believe how this transforms an entire backyard! Every so often I get asked how in […]