Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Winter Garden

The Holidays are over and there is a definite coldness setting in. So many more days until Spring blooms fill the sun drenched rooms. So here I sit thinking about what to put in my vases and buckets, all screaming out for a delicate piece of life. So my search had begun for the perfect winter garden, something to bring life and appreciation to the cold, white winter months ahead. I have been thinking about a Winter Garden....even if only in my warm winter home.

My flower of choice....the white tulip. There is something magical about the way it droops its buds to fall perfectly around whatever container you happen to throw it in. It reminds me of those lucky people that throw on a white t-shirt and jeans and look like a million bucks. Something very simple, very pure, effortless......but breathtaking.

My go to vase is usually a mason jar, but the winter white jars play so nice against the white tulips. We have many vases like this large pickle jar from a bulk store that we painted with a coat of fresh white paint and it works wonderfully for flowers. It is the perfect height for long stem flowers. And for an extra special touch, a prelude to Valentines with the pink polka dot ribbon. You can also use strips of flannel from old shirts. They make amazing little scarves for your vases.

Here are some tips I picked up along the way for tulips.....if you prefer them standing tall, take a small pin and pierce it through the bottom of the blooms as close to the stem as possible and each evening throw some ice cubes into the vase it immediately perks them up!

I dream of the Winter Garden, the white flowers against the snow drenched background. The glimpse of green that surrounds them....

What is your Winter Garden dream?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Blog World

I can honestly say I am not much of a reader. Never have been and have only read a handful of books at best, since college. My night stand is littered with books I may decide to read.....but in the Blog World, I rarely miss a post.

There is nothing better for the soul than catching up on some amazing artisans and looking at beautiful images. I look forward to my fresh cup of coffee and retreating to the world of blogs to spark my creativity.

So inspiring to see what ordinary hands are capable of making....

Wanted to share "bookhou at home"

My favorite product is the zip tote waxed canvas bag- check out the store link!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

And the Winner is....

Congratulations to Ali C. She is the winner of the Umbra Magazine Rack. Stay tuned for more great contests!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Remnant Treasures

With the craziness of the Holidays I haven't had much time to blog, but
I wanted to check in and share my excitement and finds from attending the Annual Sample Sale at Galbraith & Paul. Here are some of my favorite products from the Sample Sale.

Love this bird pendant!

Although it was a bit overwhelming, I managed to fall in love with almost 3 pounds of fabric and wallpaper remnants. My absolute favorite birds! Can't get enough of this design.

At 18 dollars a pound..I think it was a steal. I hope to use some of them for some art work around the house. The hand block print on the fabric is hard not to fall in love with.