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LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

March 26, 2017

MY FAILED EGG HUNT

Do you ever have an item pictured in your mind, then set out to purchase it, only to find that it doesn't seem to exist, or is simply not available?  My sister and I have occasionally mused about this subject, be it about a piece of furniture, clothing, the go-with-everything basic and non complicated handbag......  What ever it may be, it's frustrating when you search the internet beyond exhaustion or comb every local store, and what you're looking for just isn't there.

Well, that's how I felt about some decorative props I had in mind for a client.  I recall, and I know I didn't dream it, that the big box-type stores sold jumbo plastic lawn eggs.  I've seen them before, I'm certain.  They're the tackiest things going on at this time of year, and are in the same family as plastic flamingos and garden gnomes.  No, my client does not like such things; however I was planning on using them as forms for making giant concrete eggs.  My client would most certainly love that..... and so would I.
FYI, jumbo plastic lawn eggs are available online from
Miles Kimball; however, at this time, they're on back order.

The other vision in my head happened to be colossal-sized dimensional wire eggs, perhaps topiary forms?  An internet search including the most logical key words provided no such luck.

Now what?

I've since drawn up another idea for my client.  However, for myself, I've taken matters into my own hands.... literally.
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I picked up a 7" plastic goodie egg and a package of traditional "egg hunting" eggs from the local dollar store and used them as molds for my concrete "recipe".  I'm pleased with the way they turned out; however, the seams from the plastic eggs clearly showed up on the surface of the concrete.  I buffed the seam lines out as best as I could.

For the wire form egg, I grabbed a piece of chicken wire I had on hand, donned my heavy-duty leather gloves and got to work.
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I like the way it turned out, do you? I used floral wire to reinforce and secure the egg's shape.  Too bad I didn't have any more chicken wire; I would have either made more of them, or would have just made this one much, much larger.  Well, I now will certainly be on the hunt for curbside, discarded rolls of chicken wire.  The painted egg is concrete.

These props are not eggs-actly what I was envisioning, but I'm not disappointed with my efforts.

I'm no stranger to creative ingenuity, but purchasing "right off the rack", or in this case, "right out of the nest", would have been nice.

Thanks for stopping by!

March 12, 2017

LET'S MAKE REAL CARROT STICKS

I realized my house was without carrot sticks.  After all, what's a home without carrot sticks?  So, I set out to make some.  And, these are real carrot sticks, as in, they're made out of sticks!
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Perhaps you'd like to make some, too.  Here's what you'll need -
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  • pruners or small handsaw
  • sticks (preferably weathered and easy to carve)
  • pocket knife (mine has a slightly serrated blade)
  • an awl (optional)
  • a skewer (optional)
  • green jute twine
  • sandpaper
  • acrylic paint
  • glue
Begin by trimming irregular/uneven edges from each end of your stick with pruners or a saw.  Using the pocket knife, whittle away the narrower end of the stick to develop the pointed end of the carrot. Whittle/carve off the shoulder end of the carrot just enough to get a slightly rounded edge.  Finish off the shaping task with sandpaper.  Grab the knife(again) and lightly slice into various spots on the carrot's surface perpendicular to its length.

  • (optional) Using the awl, make a hole in the shoulder end of the carrot just deep enough to secure the pointed end of a skewer into.  This will make for the convenience of holding onto the skewer while painting the carrot)
Grab your paint and slap it on!  Now, cut a 4" length or two of jute and knot them together in the center.  Lightly coat the jute with an alternate shade of green; this will give your carrot stem a more realistic look and stiffen it up a bit.  When dry, glue it to your carrot.  If necessary, trim the ends.

Voila!  You've just made a real carrot stick.
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Now, go put yours on display!
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March 10, 2017

ALMOST SPRING

How delighted I was this morning to wake up to a snowflake-y view.  I love snow, and feel we didn't get enough this winter here on Long Island, NY.  Snow triggers the cozy craftiness in me; I'd be happy with snowflakes falling all winter long.
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Snowy days are ideal for curling up and napping........
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But, I chose to do something else.
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I printed up some vintage seed packet images onto watercolor paper, then hunted my house for some props to display them on.
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The simplest of crafting activities is often all it takes to make a seasonal decorative statement.

Let's see what other signs of spring are making an appearance at the createaerie.
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Perusing through books and magazines is also a wonderful snowy day activity.  This one is a gift I received from a friend who recently visited for a weekend.  I can never have enough gardening books.
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The quince branches I cut for forcing have finally begun showing off.
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And, that!.......... concludes my snowy, not-yet-spring day.

March 7, 2017

MY FAVORITE FLOWER IN THIS GARDEN

I received sad news yesterday that a long time client of mine, a most beautiful showy flower, more so than I could ever grow for her, has just passed away.  Her radiance shined on all who knew her, a glorious smiling sunflower with a witty wink whose petals were not just golden, but every color of the rainbow spectrum..... and so much more.

I felt moved to share with you, via the garden and flower pot displays I designed for her over the years, the playful nature of this amazing woman.

I will her miss dearly.
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