Archive | April 2014

Sprucing up the windows

Spring always brings about the desire to spruce up the house a bit; I crave color and light after the dreary grays and cold of winter. The perfect solution for me this spring was to get rid of the heavy gold valances in my windows for something a little brighter and more colorful. It makes me wonder what I was thinking to buy those old valances in the first place! However, the answer is that they matched the couch perfectly, and they do look fine in the autumn and winter. I like valances rather than curtains so I can see the nature in our back yard; when we moved here we planted flowers, ground cover, and shrubs on the slope in the back yard, and I can sit on the couch and view these plantings, as well as the birds and butterflies that like to visit them.Right now I have a view of pink and red azaleas, and later in the summer I will have knock-out roses and crepe myrtles.

Here are some pictures of the before and after; it is hard to take pictures of valances in the daylight, but I hope you get the idea.I used a Waverly fabric, “Pom Pom Play,” and I love the playfulness and the colors!



New valance

New valance


old valance


Fairy Garden

This week turned out to be a busy week babysitting my 9 month old grandson, who has recently learned to crawl at rocket speed from room to room. However, I found some time to be creative. Last Saturday my daughter and I attended a fairy garden workshop at a local nursery, and we both created some magical places for fairies to dwell. When I taught 5th grade, my students and I enjoyed going into the school woods and creating fairy houses for the woodland fairies, but I had never created a container fairy garden, which was one of my goals for this spring. A couple of months ago,  I  bought a wooden circle basket at a local boutique, knowing that it would be the perfect house for my fairy. I lined the basket with a coco fiber mat, and the nursery provided potting soil. They had small “fairy garden” plants for sale, as well as delightful fairies and accessories. One of my students’ parents had given me the little fairy rock as a gift last year, and it added just the right accent to my fairy garden!


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In other garden news, I bought the perfect watering can at Target (with a gift certificate) to water my front porch plants. I also planted dahlia bulbs in a new flowerbed in the back yard. I have never planted dahlias before, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these gorgeous pink flowers will pop up this summer!



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