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Art In Bloom

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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This past weekend I enjoyed a walking tour of Jackson, NH to see how individual gardeners put together their floral interpretations of art:

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It is held by the Mountain Garden Club and this year marked their 10th anniversary of the walking tour,which is their annual gift to the valley. Art In Bloom is a walking tour of eight sites in Jackson where pieces of art are interpreted through member crafted floral arrangements:

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They are all so unique. I loved this simple display:

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This above was named ‘Garden Party’. She even painted the picture!

Many different and unique ideas were used as art:

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This display had a nice story how this picture was her first art work purchased at nine years old:

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A sign I saw on my walk I thought was cute:

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This is beautiful:

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If you are wondering like I was, why the artist did not use poppies like in the artwork, here was the answer:

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Funny!

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I was telling everyone that I was glad we did not have to vote for a favorite! Too many that I really liked:

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I really loved the simple displays.

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This piece was really great:

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Don’t you think they did a wonderful job?

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A fairy garden!:

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Loved this one! I met the artist and she said that everything here was made from items she found in her yard and garden.

I want one of these birdhouses:

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They sell these handmade birdhouses locally. Look at the details:

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Amazing! So talented.

This was really cute:

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I know I said that I did not have a favorite BUT… (maybe):

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Totally awesome. The photographer was there and told me he walked by an alleyway in Venice and saw these three women sitting there. He asked permission to take the photo. I love it, it is so interesting to me.

If you want to see more exhibits, or visit last year’s Art In Bloom, please visit mountaingardenclub.org.

I hope you enjoyed! Do you have a favorite?

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Kitchen Decorating Idea

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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I have always thought that finding the right accessory for the kitchen island was challenging. Everything looks either too small or too large. I love fresh flowers, but that can get expensive. So I usually group a few items together to get the right proportion of accessories for the size of island.

The other day, just messing around, I thought about trying a tray to keep everything together. So I took my tray from the living room:

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And changed out a couple items to look more kitchen-y:

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Don’t you think it is a pretty good idea to use a tray for the island? I have seen a lot of kitchen photography over the years, and I have never noticed a tray being used. Easy to lift and move everything out of the way at once. And I think I will use the tray a lot more being in the kitchen to carry and hold stuff.

I really like this tray I had bought for the ottoman. I had looked a long time for one before I found one I really liked:

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And since I already looked forever for this perfect tray, I am getting the same exact one because I like it so much! Target.

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The size works well for my island and I like that the wood tray ties in with my cabinets.

Genius! haha Give it a try in your kitchen, I think you will really like the idea!

Have a great weekend everyone!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Great Little Gardening Tip

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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I thought this was such a clever idea!: You know how you have a drainage hole in the bottom of your plant container?:

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Well, to keep the soil from seeping from the container’s drainage hole and creating a mess on your walls and steps, place a piece of fine screen over the hole before filling with soil:

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That will help keep in the soil instead of running out the bottom every time you water.

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Pretty smart idea, don’t you agree? I read this idea in a Proven Winner catalog. I am so ready to start working outdoors! How about you?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Quick Ways To Update For Spring

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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We are all so ready to open the windows and let the sunshine in. Such a long winter this year. If you are thinking of gathering a few accessories to update your home, here a a few quick and inexpensive ideas to get you moving:

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Start with your front door entry! There is such a wide selection of beautiful outdoor rugs to be found. Remember to think BIG, and colorful:

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Take a look at your entry room as you enter the front door. Does it look cheerful? Can it use a fresh rug runner to use in the Spring and Summer? Try switching out some of your entry table accessories to make a new, lighter vignette. I love seeing fresh flowers when you first walk in a home. Don’t you think they make such a great first impression?

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For the kitchen, again a new colorful rug will change the look and feel of the whole room:

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Here are a couple examples of rugs that will work well with both white cabinets or stained wood:

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Both rug colors will also work great with a white sofa as well as a chocolate brown sofa in the living room.

And my favorite way to bring in Spring, if you have not guessed, is flowers and branches. Love!

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So let’s celebrate and bring Spring in. I am not going to let a little snow here today:

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Dampen my spirits. I am moving forward and may the snow and cold be gone!

Has Spring arrived in your little section of the world?

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