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LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

July 23, 2018

SUMMER GARDEN PROJECTS

Well, Hello!  It's been such a long, long time since I've checked in with the blogging world.  This work season has been busier than busy, and project requests just keep coming in.  It's all good.  Anyway, I've stolen a brief moment to update you on some happenings at the createaerie.

First off, Stampington & Co. was so kind to include my "sandy" little creation in their recent Somerset Life publication.  Yay!
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Now, let's take a quick stroll around the property.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I made a little horseshoe crab garden!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
There's a funny little story to this gangly little hibiscus pictured below.  I was plant shopping at one of my vendors early in the summer, and a four strand braided hibiscus "tree" was sitting on the checkout counter.  Now, a braided hibiscus is not exactly my cup of tea, but what sold me was the fact that the one opened bloom was pure white.  How refreshing, especially when most hibiscus are offered in the typical red, pink, peach and yellow colors.  So, I purchased it for myself.  Well, I almost gagged when the other buds opened and what I now had was a braided multi-colored atrocity.  What nursery growers in their right minds would do such a thing?  I certainly wasn't going to have the likes of that growing in my flower pot, so I pruned out the three strands that didn't have white flowers and this is what I was left with.  At least I know that all the flowers will be white.
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Sicilian squash is so much fun to grow.  My roadside find trellis, a weight-lifting frame, is doing its job holding this monster up!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Cucumbers are super easy to grow and are one of the few vegetables that can be grown successfully in part shade.  You can also grow them in pots!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018
 Let's move on to projects.

Do you ever want something you know you'll probably not use often enough to justify the acquisition, but you just have to have it anyway?  I've been fantasizing about soaking my tired body in an outdoor tub after a long, hard day at work.  I'd be surrounded by blooms, birds and butterflies as I soothed myself in a warm bath sprinkled with lavender buds and epsom salt.  It's not likely that I'll actually take the time out to do it, but this roadside find was a dream-come-true that I couldn't pass up.
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Yep, it's cast iron, and took myself, a friend and the flagging down of a young, strong passerby to get it into the bed of my truck.  Thank goodness I own a tree cart; it was the only way to transport it to the back yard after sliding off the truck.  I hope to have my fantasy outdoor spa project completed before the summer is over.  We'll see.

Remember my septic tank fiasco of summer 2016?  If not, click here to update yourself so you'll understand what this next project is all about.

Lifting up half of my backyard plant material to accommodate a new septic system had all but brought me to tears.  I wouldn't wish that on anybody.  Then came the toil and labor of reconfiguring and replanting, and a design dilemma... what to do about the cesspool cover area in the middle of my planting bed.  I lightheartedly sought some enlightenment from a Feng Shui gardening book, only to be disheartened by all the septic system placement "rules".  Being the resourceful, solution trooper that I am, I came up with an idea that would maintain the aesthetic as well as good chi.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
The once problematic septic site is now being transformed into a peaceful, purposeful and visually pleasing designation for mentally "eliminating" all negative thoughts down the drain.  I sh!t you not.  How's that for a solution?

I do hope all you bloggers and blog readers are enjoying the warmth, sunshine and activities of summer..... and getting creative!

April 22, 2018

GREEN CRAFT FOR EARTH DAY

Hey folks!  Again, it's that time of year when I must put much of my beloved blogging aside and focus on tending to my clients' gardens.  Many projects are on the agenda, and I won't be coming up for air any time soon.  A greeting card order due to ship out in early May is also keeping my hands busy.  Yikes!  My plate is full!

Anyway, I thought I'd steal a moment to share with you my most recent, and perfect for Earth Day, published work of craftiness.  The folks at Stampington & Co. do such a lovely job with all of their publications.  This issue of Green Craft Magazine will be available May 1.  Thank you, Stampington!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I do hope that you'll check back periodically, as when time allows, I will be posting and sharing something most certainly crafty.

Happy Earth Day!

March 18, 2018

RANDOM CHITCHAT AND A TAIL TALE

Peter Cotton's tail, or the Tail of Peter Rabbit?  No matter which tail tale you side with, "somebunny" lost one, and now I have it.... my little decorative springtime specimen.
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For this post, I find myself in the mood for some random chitchat, sharing a bit of much-to-do-about-nothing, chewing the cud....  I hope you don't mind that I'm inclined to verbally and visually unwind.

This past week presented me with a number of random tasks/errands to tackle, one of which required me to park my vehicle right next to our town's hospital thrift shop.  How convenient.  And, the shop was having a storewide 1/2 price clearance sale.  Sweet!

Well, I couldn't resist snatching up this little needlepoint tapestry.  Now, I did have to "freshen" it up a bit and swap out it's musty "scented" broken frame for one I had on hand, but it was worth the wee bit of effort.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I also managed to mount the deer head I brought back from Italy.  The "mounting board" is from an old, broken sewing cabinet.  I think they pair together nicely, don't you?
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©Linda Nelson 2018
My seventeen year-old developed a little quirk about a year ago, and it has had an effect on my kitchen decor.  I'm serious!  I know, I know...... how could the two issues be related?  Well, about four years ago, I invested in the "lady with the blue dress on" from an artist who's work I admire, and thought that wall the perfect spot to show her off.  All was fine...... until I had new windows installed last year.  By the way, my seventeen year-old is sitting in the bottom of this photo.
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Anyway, the doorknob on the right side of the photo leads to my basement; I kept it open the duration of the window installment construction so he could seek shelter from all the loud noises and burly strangers making the noise.  Since then, he has insisted on wanting the basement door open all the time.  Thank goodness he sleeps most of the day, so it's only a few hours here and there that my view of the lady is obstructed by the door.  This past week, I came up with a solution that grants me an arty view, regardless.
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I painted the basement facing side of the door, made an over-the-door hanger from a piece of aluminum flashing I had on hand, and hung one of my other cherished pieces on the hanger.  Instant art gallery!

The following photos are of some other little visual pleasures that currently adorn my kitchen/dining area. 
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I love this little corner of the kitchen counter, which is just to the left of my sink.  I always make sure it looks pretty so that washing dishes isn't so "painful".
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©Linda Nelson 2018
A client of mine passed this apothecary cabinet on to me, one of my favorite pieces.  I keep the doors off, though; too impractical for daily use.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I used to have a pet rooster.  His name was Captain Hook.  I love chickens.
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The enamel pan serves as my "fruit bowl".  I have since restocked; grocery shopping was on the errands list.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
This scale belonged to my grandmother.  And, it's not just a prop; I actually use it to calculate the weight for when shipping my greeting card orders.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
And, that's my verbal and visual random chitchat for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

March 14, 2018

A LITTLE PILLOW TALK

No, not that kind of pillow talk!  I'm talking, little pillow talk.  Literally.

A few years ago, I whipped up a few miniature pillowcase prototypes.  I had done the calculating to sew them to scale and used some not-so-pretty fabric for my trial run.  And then, I packed up my ugly little creations and put them away.

During yesterday's slushy snowfall, those little pillowcases came to the surface of my thoughts, and I was motivated to make them again.  Only this time, I wanted to make pretty ones.
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Their finished size measures 4.75" x 7", a "mini me" version of a standard size pillowcase.  Aren't they sweet?  They're sweet smelling too!  There's a little surprise hidden inside each pillowcase - a little lavender pillow sachet, the lavender harvested last season from two plants I have growing in my garden, and which yielded me about four cups of dried buds.
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Now, I'll let you in on a little secret - there's another surprise hidden inside.....
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The pillowcases are reversible!
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Well, I hope you enjoyed joining me in a little (scented) pillow talk.
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©Linda Nelson 2018