I made a few of these pillows, which I had seen on Pinterest. (Another great way to pass the time as I’m elevating my foot.)
I measured my pillow forms and cut the burlap squares to the exact same size as the pillows. When I cover pillows, I don’t account for a seam allowance. I like the pillows to be tight and not droopy or oversized. I laid the burlap on paper towels on the kitchen counter.
I used some outdoor pillows, I already had, and just recovered them. The pillows look perfect on my benches, out front.
I love it when a craft/sewing project falls together like this. I’ve been wanting to make these, but could never seem to find the time. To top it off, I just happened to have all of the supplies on hand. (Although, I did have to crawl around in the garage to find my paint bin and I don’t think the doctor would have approved of that.) Other than that, I was able to sew the day away, while still keeping my foot elevated. Not a bad way to spend an unplanned day at home.
There’s a chill in the air. Last week we were in the 80’s in the Pacific Northwest. Today, as I was working in the yard, I noticed that the air felt crisp. It wasn’t cold enough for a jacket, just a reminder of what is to come. It’s the time of year when Mother Nature can’t decide if we need a rake or a sprinkler.
It’s my absolute favorite time of year for my yard. I’ve been waiting all year for flowers like these!
This hydrangea is an Everlasting Summer. It is one of my favorites. I love that it blooms all season. Most hydrangeas bloom on wood from the previous year. This variety isn’t picky. You can cut it all you want, and it keeps producing flowers. I love that!
Do you want to know my secret for getting them so blue? I bought a soil additive at the garden center called True Blue. It changes the PH level of the soil and makes them a deeper blue. My sister puts apple peels around her hydrangeas and it turns them almost navy blue. They are beautiful. I’ve never tried that trick, but it seems to work for her. You can also buy an additive to make your hydrangeas pink. Pink isn’t really my color, so I’ll stick with my True Blue. (Note to self: clean up the dog toys before taking photos. Cooper’s tennis ball is at the base of the plants.)
So, there you have it. True Blue Everlasting Summer hydrangeas.
Next came a few accessories.
I love the way this looks on my front porch. I picked a crate with a little rustic red paint, to match my door. Sooner or later, I’ll probably use these bottles as gifts with fresh cut flowers in them. If you live close to me, you should probably run yourself right down to Stocker and pick up a few crates!
Trying this post again, since it didn’t post with a picture last time…
I’ve had this little planter hanging next to my back door since I moved into my house. My stepdad made it for me before he passed away. He always loved wood working and I convinced him to start making some cute little projects to sell at craft fairs and farmer’s markets.
I’ve always loved this little picket fence, but couldn’t plant the tiny containers with anything. With the slats in the back, the dirt would always just fall out. I don’t know why I didn’t think about lining it with burlap before. The water drains through the burlap and holds the dirt in place. Most importantly, it looks cute and who doesn’t love burlap?
Papa Dave would be proud.
Here’s a little nook close to my shed. My mother-in-law bought the planter for me several years ago. I love the way the flowers fill in and look like one giant mass of impatients. I also hung an antique pitch fork on the fence and hung a flower basket from the top. Country Gardens magazine always features gardeners with cute things like this hanging from their fences, so I thought I’d try it too. I planted impatients in that planter too. I have to say, I’m feeling impatient for my impatients to start growing.
I’ve been busy with a little of this too. We actually had THREE dry days IN A ROW!!! We put the chair cushions out, put our feet up, and roasted marshmallows. Ahhh. It’s starting to feel like Spring.
Just kidding. That was just the primer. We actually went with a red shed and gray door, just the like the picture in the magazine.
This is what the shed area looked like on Friday morning:
Did you notice that the SUN is shining through the trees? It was a HUGE day in the Seattle area. Not only did we have sunshine, but we also hit 70 degrees! My hubby and I both took the day off, as did most office workers on this side of the state.
We borrowed my sister’s truck and brought in dirt and sod. It was a small area, so we didn’t need too much sod.
Apparently, it was a diesel truck. Unleaded gas doesn’t work so well in a diesel. For the record, even the tow truck driver looked all around for any sign that said DIESEL. Nothing. I don’t foresee my new landscape happening in the near future. We now have a truck repair to pay for.
At least we’re one step closer to the dream.
Yep, it was a poopy weekend at our house. The rain finally took a break, so I headed down to Lowe’s to get my chicken poop.
I’m not sure why, but chicken manure was $3.20 per bag and cow manure was only $1.20 per bag. Chicken manure is usually my first choice, but this year I went with cow manure in the interest of saving money. My mom’s garden usually grows twice the size of my garden. I’m hoping that 12 bags of cow poop give my garden the nutrients it needs to grow as well as my mom’s garden.
The veggie garden is ready to go. I’ll plant peas and potatoes next weekend. We’ll plant the rest of garden in May.