Monday, May 31, 2010

Potting Things Up

Well, despite the cold spring weather we are having here, I was still anxious to plant something! I'm holding off on doing any flower beds outside but because my green thumbs were itching I did my pots instead. I can take them inside overnight when it gets too chilly (They do look pretty just hanging out on my freezer!). This year, I am experimenting with a few different plants mixed in with a couple of my personal favourites.

In my hanging planter, I planted Martha Washington Geraniums (Baroness and Purple Majesty) and diamond frost (euphorbia). I'm not a big fan of the common zonal geraniums; they get so over-used here because they are heat and drought tolerant and bloom continuously. While these are great qualities, I get tired of seeing them EVERYWHERE. I love the pretty colours of the Martha Washingtons and even though they are supposedly less drought tolerant, I have never had a problem with them and I love using them every year. This is my first year trying the euphorbia. Usually, I put lobelia in but a customer recommended them to me. People ask the staff lots of questions at the garden centre and I always prefer to give advice based on personal experience rather than from a book.

In the green pot, I planted Bluebird Nemesia (nemesia fruticans) and yellow superbells (Calibrachoa hybrid). I'm really excited about this experiment. The purple and yellow colours look great together already! The nemesia is an upright and the calibrachoa is trailing. I can't wait to see what it will look like when the plants grow and fill in a bit more.

In the blue pot (back right hand corner), I put in a trailing white Snow Princess (lobularia) and some Pirouette Rose Petunias. At the moment, the pot looks a bit funny because the lobularia is much bigger than the petunias in size. It will even out once the petunias start to grow. These petunias are very pretty; they are a double petunia with mixed pink & white colours.

I will have to remember to take more photos once they've grown a bit and they are outside.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Snowflakes

In light of the recent snow (?!) we've had here I am sharing with you this cute little pin badge which should help bring a little bit of humour to our otherwise crappy spring weather! There are loads of hilarious pins at this shop. If you have time to browse, definitely do it! I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sundays Sketches

Wow it's Sunday again....already!

Today I found some lovely sketches from artist, JC Stiles. I couldn't resist sharing these horse sketches. Aren't they beautiful?

You can commission pet portraits from this artist. Check out the shop for more sketches, paintings, and photos- there are some great things in this shop!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sunday Sparkles

These lovely earrings were made by one of my fellow AB Team members- SixBabyGirls. Aren't they gorgeous? To see more lovely things by SixBabyGirls, just click here.

You can also follow her on her blog, which has some great photos of her workshop area!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Save Our Seabirds

I have joined efforts with the Indie Free Spirits Team on Etsy in support of Save Our Seabirds, Inc. Located in Florida, this charity is dedicated to rehabilitating birds in the current oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

In support of this non-profit organization, I am going to send 25% from my sales of bird-related items to SOS. To find the items, just go to my shop. Anything with a bird on it, is part of the rescue mission, including the painting I have posted here!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Now for Something Completely Different

Today is "Monty Python" Day so in honour I am posting something that made me laugh quite hard which can only be found in the land of Monty Python.

This is the north Devon (England) Big Sheep Race. Spurred on by their stuffed sheep jockeys, these star racers negotiate their way through the 250 yard race course: around Shepherd's Brook, Bo Peep's Bend, and the EWE turn. You can place bets on your favourite and cheer them on down the home stretch.

Stars of the show include Red Ram, Sheargar, Little Pullover, Golden Fleece, Alder Knitty and Woolly Jumper.

£ (pound)'s, Ewe-ros and Big Sheep currency accepted.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Smooches

I just loved the recycled crayons that I found in BlackBirdDesignHouse. They are so funky and fun!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Versatile Blank Card (Fly)

This cute little card is perfect for a variety of occasions! Birthdays, kids, bon voyage, graduation, a little hello or just a pick-me-up; it's incredibly versatile. It has fun colours, a floral background, cute little birdies, and even a little bit of bling!

I'm really proud of how this card turned out - I saw the idea in an issue of Stampers' Sampler. I love buying card magazines to get ideas and inspiration from. My favourite magazines are Stampers' Sampler , Stampers' Sampler-Take Ten and Paper Crafts. I avoid getting subscriptions to these magazines though because it gives me an excuse to go to Chapters and shop with a Starbucks latte in hand! My favourite kind of shopping!

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