To interject something pretty into our current bathroom situation..
I made this little plate from favors from my cousin’s beautiful wedding.
The calendar says summer is another week away. I say… bring it!
We got soil and manure, you guys! But it’s been too hot to get the garden in. We’re going to keep working on it through the week and get veggies going next weekend…
The newlyweds came to visit! Jeremy, too… but he escaped my lens…
The peony bloomed!
And the table made its seasonal debut.
Here’s to #summer2016
Much to celebrate in the coming months. And much to demo.
Over the past weekend, I picked up some plants at the fantastic Hilltop Nursery and got them planted. Hooray! Then the temperature plummeted and I fretted, but today is Wednesday and things are still looking not-frozen. Double Hooray!
I’m not sure of those little white flowers are gonna be the “spiller” I want them to be, but here’s hoping…
And… drum roll, please… presenting, for the first time ever…
(I’m disproportionately proud of my baskets, especially considering that they could each probably use another plant…)
The baskets are hung up and I think they look adorable. They also reeaaallly highlight how much paint scraping we need to do on the porch, which is fantastic. No, really, it’s just awesome. Agh!
Oh, and for my own garden journaling purposes, I am posting a photo of one of two peonies that are going on their third season with us. They are cuttings from our brother-in-law, and his plants are cuttings from a peony from Chris’ father’s family farm in Jackson, MN. They are healthy and green and getting big, and THERE IS A FLOWER BUDDING!! It’s our first peony. So. Excited. (Yes, disproportionately 😉)
So looking forward to a beautiful summer!
Ok, this fun-ness was back at the end of March, but I’m just getting to my post about it now! And since I’m working from my phone, I will have to go back and add in some links for the very cool, very friendly vendors we met. Creative stuff. Super fun day. I will definitely be back!
The Strange Exchange is part freak-show, part flea market and all authentic Jersey, my much maligned but beloved home state.
Before we even walked in, I knew it would be good, silly fun… like a classic issue of Weird NJ…
The theatre was all vendors, selling items that ranged from hand-knit scarves to lovingly taxidermied mice. And, of course… pork roll.
It was really hard to not purchase the snake in a jar. But it did inspire me to get the apothecary bathroom started!!
My fabulous husband bought me this fabulous necklace. I love it! I’m going to put it together with my Parkway Token necklace from my sister’s wedding and knock the socks off the rockin’ Jersey charms.
It takes me a while, but I usually get my projects done! My sister may have gotten married in early October, but she got her wedding present for Easter. So hey, friends and family I owe gifts to… they are on their way…promise!
My sister loves strawberries (who doesn’t?!), and we both have happy memories of our grandmother’s (on our dad’s side) love of strawberries, so I stitched up these pillowcases for her and my much-loved brother-in-law. Now on to the backlog!
In the very teenist, little way, my green thumb dreams stay alive…
We took a few days off back in mid- February to get started on the dining room. Which I thought would be done three years ago! We got started on stripping trim, but then we had to go back to life, so the room is currently in a state of “kind of a disaster mess” but I swear we will get it done before the summer!
One of the best parts was when Chris found the original bathroom door (there’s a small bathroom off the dining room that needs a full gutting. That’s on the Getting Budgeted, Demo’d and Done Soon List, too! Oy, there are a lot of things on that list!!). I started stripping it, which is oddly slow going for an easy, flat piece of wood, but I’m super duper excited about the doorknob! This is my life now! I get really excited about doorknobs!
Stay tuned for what I promise will be very dramatic “after” pictures. Someday!
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