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My goal this week: put the finishing touches on our guest room.

This room has been through several incarnations, a kids game room and a craft room, before becoming an actual guest room.  I bought  paint several years ago when Martha Stewart’s paint line was first launched at Home Depot. Rainwater was the color. The cans sat in the closet until last summer when McHubby had some free time.  The paint went on very smoothly with almost no odor in mostly one coat.  Unfortunately, while you can still get the Martha Stewart colors, the actual Martha Stewart base paint is no longer available.  Home Depot will mix the color in any base paint that you would like, such as Glidden.

I’d like to wrap the box springs in fabric that coordinates with the bedding, top off the curtains and adorn the wall in several places. Here are some pictures of how the room looks now:

 

What are you working on this week?

Amy

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Wow! People can be so creative.  After making my rock garden markers, I searched the internet to see what other garden markers people have created.  Here is an overview of some of my favorites.

Other rock designs:

noordinaryhomestead.com

Homemadesimple.com

Ceramic garden markers:

frugal-bonvivant.com

craftster.org

thecraftyclassroom.com

Wooden garden markers:

squarefoot.creatingforum.com

livingthecountrylife.com

Upcycling:

organic-gardening-adventures.blogspot.com

rockstarwantabe.blogspot.com

organic-gardening-adventures.blogspot.com

thesteelfork.com

Mixed media:

craftjr.com

Looks like the sky is the limit.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Amy

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Sometimes in the garden progress is unseen, like roots growing underground. Of course, where else do roots grow? While waiting for growth to become apparent, McHubby and I worked on the first batch of garden tags. They were inspired by the garden tags that Kristen shared on My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. She used stamps and ink to print plant names on to stone tiles.

As mentioned (moaned about) in a previous post, I have an over abundance of rock at our garden location. So using rocks to make garden tags seemed like a natural.

First, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out stencils on inexpensive vinyl. I just used the Silhouette Studio program on my laptop to type the plant names. Inserted the vinyl and pushed cut.

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We then used a scrub brush to remove excess dirt off the flattest rock surface.

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The stencils were then applied with the edges covered with duct tape. (It’s what we had on hand.)  I decided to use purple spray paint and wanted to limit the paint to the letters not outside the stencil.

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Then a light coat of spray paint was applied and allowed to dry.  I was pleasantly surprised when we removed the stencils.  Most of the letters were crisp.

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We ran them out the garden after dinner.  Rain drops were falling as we pulled up to the garden.  We placed the rocks and took pictures with umbrellas in one hand. Here is the sugar snap pea tag in its natural setting.

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At least there will be something to see at the Community Garden dedication ceremony on Saturday.

What do you use to mark the plants in your garden? Do you even find it necessary to identify your plants?

Amy

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I’ve completed the garden plan rough draft.  I’ve left some unknowns so that I can fill in spaces with any interesting plants that I find at the nursery in a few weeks.  I’m itching to put plants in the ground, but a lot of them need to be planted after the danger of frost has passed.

Here is the plan so far:

 

Here is a reminder of the actual space:

My research sources:

The sun is shining so I was able to run to the garden for rocks. Now that I have a plan, I can start making plant tags for the garden. I’m thinking that I’ll make stencils with my Silhouette Cameo and use spray paint to put the names on the rocks. Pictures to follow. : )

Amy

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Saturday morning, McHubby and I traveled to the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show.  One weekend a year, the town closes down the streets in the center of town. Plant growers, landscapers, crafters, food vendor and other gardening related vendors set up. Since the forecasters were calling for showers and falling temperatures, early Saturday seemed like the absolute best time to go. The show opened at 10:00 a.m. By 10:30 we had paid our entrance fee and started through the show.

We weren’t the only ones trying to squeeze in our fun before the rain…

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We tried to view several streets worth of vendors first, managed to find clean restrooms and decided to eat an early lunch.  We chose one of our favorite places, Lightfoot Restaurant.  Originally a bank from the late 1800’s, many of the old bank features were incorporated into the interior decor. The food is wonderful, gourmet fare.  When the weather is warm, their outdoor eating area in the back is a relaxing space to spend a weekend afternoon, especially with the addition of a lattice divider to separate the tables from the parking.

We got a table right away, but there was a line when we left. Here are a few pics…

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The show sponsors a landscaping contest.  Here are some of my favorites…

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Note in the above picture that a mirror is hung behind the bistro table and chairs.  It is an effective way to increase the visual space and depending on the placement and reflection could be a natural art piece.

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This vendor makes hummingbird feeds out of fancy bottles. I wish I had gotten the fancy Victorian woman’s boot, but it was gone when I went back to get it.

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I bought some herbs: lavender, tarragon, rosemary and patchouli. I’ve never seen patchouli in the live plant form before and just couldn’t pass it up.

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We had a lot of fun despite the crowds and made a good scheduling call since the rain rolled in around 4:00 and hasn’t left yet. Well…I guess it wasn’t just rain, we saw ice balls this afternoon. However, if there was snow here, I slept through it. We really and truly needed the rain.  Thank you Mother Nature for the rain and a good excuse to have a lazy Sunday. : )

If the rain gives me a decent break, I’m going to run out to the community garden and grab a few rocks.  Once they dry off, I’m going to make some garden tags inspired by Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Check out her other projects. You’ll find lots of eye candy inspiration.

Amy

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The Dollar Store…who would have thought it.  On Wednesday, I ran into the Dollar Store to look for some laundry baskets. I want to make some storage cabinets like the Laundry Basket Dressers seen on Ana White’s site. The Dollar Store didn’t have rectangular baskets only square ones.  They did have, however, flower seed packets at four for a dollar.

Today, I went back to see if there were any more marigold seeds. Surprise, surprise. I saw potato, onion and garlic starters.  Hummmm…I’ve never grown garlic, but my older son, the chef, would love to have me grow it.  Plus a dollar didn’t seem unreasonable for an experiment.  What to do? Read the label.  There it was, the clincher. Garlic is known to ward off Japanese Beetles.  Could this be an easy way to protect my roses??? I shall see.

I’m also showing off my babies. I mean seedlings.  Several weeks ago, I poured seed starter mix into a large plastic storage container.  Then, I cut strips of cardboard for dividers and row labels.  All the varieties have at least one seedling growing.  The sugar snap peas and nasturtium are the most robust while the chives and peppers are looking like the runts of the litter.  I hope no one tells them I said this…I tell them  all that they are wonderful and that I love them all the same. ; )

Here are my pride and joy:

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Aren’t they gorgeous!

Have a great weekend. I’ll be attending a flower and garden show tomorrow.  I plan on taking lots of pictures.

Amy

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Alternate titles: 1) My achy, breaky arm, hip, back, 2) Rocks of ages or 3) Holy rock, Batman!

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Despite generations of farmers in my ancestry, I’m very fortunate to be living in a time and place where food is abundant and easy to acquire.  I don’t exactly have a green thumb.  Perennials, I can grow.  I just stick them in the ground, water once or twice and off they go. I’m only so so with houseplants.  Thank goodness, McHubby takes care of the lawn.

I have a confession to make…I’m probably the only the person who plants zucchini plants (notice the s) and gets two zucchinis total.  Tomatoes and peppers aren’t much more successful. Boo boo lip. Year after year, I try.  Tomatoes are either ravaged by blight or Stink bugs pierce the skin of the tomato making the fruit that I do get undesirable.  Then, there is the four foot by six foot space in the backyard  that I’ve called my garden that almost gets enough sun .

Not this year!  It is 2012. I deserve to have vegetable success. I will survive. I will survive. I am woman hear… Well, maybe…

My town has started a new community garden program at the site of an old farm.  McHubby chose a lovely plot beside the former cow barn.  The soil on this location is rumored to be extremely fertile because of all the cow manure deposited while the cows were milling around waiting to do their thing or waiting for the farmers to do their thing.  Unfortunately, the farmers apparently deposited all the rocks that they found on the farm in that exact spot.

Between McHubby and I, we’ve spent 10 hours over the last five days digging up rocks.  The soil itself looks wonderful.  The rock layer, however, started about three inches below the surface and extended at least two feet down.  We removed a ton (at least one ton) of rock by hand. Oh, I practically forgot to mention that we then had to replace the rocks with dirt that we dug out of the dirt pile left over from the garden infrastructure development.

To say my body hurts is an understatement. I’m not looking forward to running errands tomorrow.  What am I saying, I’m not looking forward to getting out of bed. Note to self: put Aleve and water next to my side of the bed.

‘Nuff complaining!  The beds are ready to be planted. Whew!!!! I even quickly planted sugar snap peas. (Mainly, just to say that we had planted something.) My next task is to finish researching square foot gardening and companion plants so I’ll know what to plant where.  I hope to post the plan in the next few days.  Then, we can compare the actual to the ideal.  Will this growing season be a record breaking success for me (the bar is set pretty low) or another lesson in green thumb frustration?

Only time will tell.  Here are some pictures from today.

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Rocks removed and almost refilled with dirt.

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Laying out the squares.  Had to find someway to use all that rock up.

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Finished!

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Dirt pile after.

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Leftovers.

May you find all your ventures free of rocks. ; )

Amy

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