Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I finished some Garden junk projects a couple of weekends ago...but have had so much stuff going on that I haven't gotten around to posting them. So here they are... I love them both but I think my favorite is the teapot totum. I have always had a thing for teapots and children's tea sets. Now I can't wait to get them into the garden. I wish this darn snow would stop falling. We are supposed to get 2-4 more inches of the nasty stuff again tonight. YUCK.
By the way....how long have there been those wonderful tools called shovels around? I can't remember a time when I didn't know how to use one. But there are a lot of people out there who can't figure out how they work. I am a mail carrier by day. It hasn't snowed here in over a week and there are still mailboxes that I can't get to because the customers haven't used a shovel...what are they going to do when we have more of the wonderful stuff on the ground. If you live in an area where you have snow, please think about your mail carrier, newspaper person, garbage person, and anyone else who needs to access your home or property in any way, and shovel the nasty white stuff away.
On a happier note...I had a wonderful weekend this past weekend. A friend of mine came home after being in North Carolina with his family for the past couple of months. It was nice spending some time with him. He flew back to NC this afternoon...and will be missed while he is gone.
Call me strange but I usually like to do what everyone else considers spring cleaning, in the winter. Usually by the end of January or the beginning of February I am ready to get this under way. Much to the dismay of my children. This may be in part due to the fact that my twins have a birthday in February and always want to have a slumber party. I want the house clean when their friends and their parents come into the house. But I also think it is largely due to the fact that I am starting to feel closed in and need to freshen everything up to survive the rest of the winter. We started last week by emptying the diningroom out and shampooing the carpet...3 times. What would posess someone to put cream colored carpet in a diningroom anyway. I would love to tear it out and put wood flooring in there. Maybe later this year...

Friday, January 16, 2009

I am really suffering from spring fever today. The wind chill is supposed to be -20 and I went and bought all the things I needed to start some new plants for the garden. I got pots, potting mix, and of course flower seeds. I love Shasta Daisies and Black eyed Susan mixed together so that it looks like one big plant when they flower. I bought enough seeds and pots to be able to make a couple of new focal points in the garden for myself as well as one or two for Mom's garden. She loves to look at the flowers but has no clue how to get them the way she wants them. My sister and I seem to do all of her gardening for her...we make her do the weeding though. I also grabbed some seeds to make up few pots of Oriental Poppies. Those are Mom's favorite flower and she still doesn't have any in her garden. I had planted some for her a couple of summers ago in pots. But it was the summer after my dad passed on and she never got around to taking them off teh deck and putting them into the garden. She also forgot to water them so they didn't survive until I could get there to put them into the ground. The last seeds that I bought were English PrimRose. I used to have some at one of my older houses but have never been able to get them since. So when I saw those seeds I grabbed them up really fast. Since it is so cold outside this weekend I think I will enjoy planting up my seeds and dream of summer. I talked to Chris earlier today. Chris is my significant other and he lives in southern California while I am freezing here in Michigan. He was telling me how beautiful it was there as he cruised around on the golf cart at work. If I got on a golf cart right now my hands would freeze to the steering wheel. But I can stay in where it is warm and plant some flowers for the garden and possibly work on some of the garden junk projects that I have been collecting for. I will post pictures of what I accomplish later in the weekend. I would also like to spend time in the studio working on the glass project that has been laying on my work table since late summer. I really need to get it done. If I remember the camera when I go out to work I will post some pictures of my progress on that as well. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend...and staying warm wherever you may be.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My favorite place to hang out online is the Garden Junk forum on the Garden Web site. Right now we have a Junk train running across the country. The train is a box full of components to use to create garden bling out of cast offs. When the train stops at our station we can take out whatever we want and replace it with things that are too great to send to the landfill but we haven't made anything out of them. Our mascot who rides the train is JT. This week JT came to visit me. The kids and I have been having a great time with her. She and I used one of the saucers that we found in the Junk Train and paired it with a teacup that I recieved from my Secret Santa ffrom the Garden Junk forum to create a teacup bird feeder.

Today we took JT outside to play in the snow that we got yesterday. She wanted to check out the garden so that is where we started. She didn't reallize how deep the snow was until she jumped in.

After we played in the garden for a while we fed the birds.

We had been outside for quite a while and JT, not being accustomed to the cold and snow, was ready to go inside and have a cup of hot cocoa.

So that is what we did.

The kids and I have enjoyed our visit with JT and will be sad to see her go but we know that the Junk Train must stay on schedule. We will be loading it back up and sending it on to the next station very soon.