|Grabbed a branch and found a heart.|
We’ve been taking advantage of the nice weather by getting the garden ready. Usually I wait until the day that we plant everything to clear away all the leftover weeds and leaves that have collected over the fall. Not this year. One of my goals for the new year was not to leave everything for the last minute, you know procrastinate. *pat on shoulder*
|Taken on the first day of Spring, 3-20-12|
As you can see from the above photo there is a LOT to be cleaned up in the garden this year. I believe there’s enough “hay-like” weeds in here to feed the whole stable of horses. I was slightly embarrassed to post this picture.
Has cabin fever set in? It has here and I can’t wait for Spring. Mother Nature has been dishing out some funny weather, so I decided to look back on projects that I did in my yard last year.
My favorite part of the door is this pair of crocks I found at the thrift store for $1.00. Instant flower pots.
A local downtown business had a pile of bricks in their alley. One day I decided to call the owner (whom I knew) and ask if she had plans for them. Sounds crazy, right? Well, they are now mine. Score! Again, another instant flower pot. I lined them along the sidewalk by my back door. They fit the length of the walk way perfectly. I “thought” they would serve as a distraction to the dogs and prevent them from jumping off the edge. Perhaps encouraging them to use the steps. No, didn’t work. They jump even higher now over them.
And then there’s the garden. The best part of spring. This was the third season for planting and as my three beloved dogs got taller the need for a taller fence grew as well. My neighbor had multiple pieces of a dog kennel leaning up against her house. I asked her if she would be willing to sell some of it. She told me that it was free if I could make it disappear. Another great find! But I couldn’t take it for nothing. A case of cold beverages put a smile on her face.
A new season brings new projects. There will be a part two to this post. I have additional recycling projects I’ll share as soon as the snow melts and the ground softens. And yes it involves me asking people for their junk.
Remember Kesha? My “four-legged” sister. Sometimes she can be quite the sassy one, especially when someone has food around her and doesn’t share. And then there’s times where you can dress her up and she don’t mind.
Perhaps it was the warmth my scarf provided that kept her still for a photo. I thought it matched her skin tone quite well. Wouldn’t you agree?
I asked her to…….do the wiggle (in reference to the post title). She just sat and stared at me, so I snapped the camera and that was that.
P.S. Is this week flying by or what? Come on Spring. I have a garden to plant!
It’s nearly the end of August, WOW!
My Mother’s store, All That’s Vintage, is going great in Galena. I’m thankful to have another venue to test my products in. Along with my handmade cards, I’ve added recycled jewelry to my line, using typewriter/cash register keys. She created a blog at Allthatsvintage.blogspot.com
We’ve designed the new ad for the store to be in the Galenian Magazine. How does it look?
My writing assignments have taken a change. An announcement will be coming very soon. Very excited to share, but I can’t just yet……….
I’m going to start doing Giveaways on my fan page of Facebook. Just another way I want to test some of my new products out. If you would like to become a fan (like), please refer to the box to the right to guide you there.
I never sit still, so I’m also in the works for opening another storefront for my products. It will be hosted on the Meylah Website.
A few months ago, I responded to a link a friend had posted on Twitter about a new magazine coming out. The first 500 to respond get a free subscription. I LOVE IT!!! It’s called Starlee-Success on Your Terms. It’s a magazine created for women entrepreneurs. It has been most helpful to me. I’ll be doing another blog post for my review of the magazine. It was pretty cool to see my Twitter comment in their third issue.
Who planted a garden this year? Daily I am picking vegetables from my garden and harvesting them. With the days getting shorter it means that fall is coming. Which is good. A nice comfortable time of the year to work outside or online, I prefer online.
My three dogs continue to grow, inspire, and drive me crazy all at the same time. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Who else can I endlessly share my thoughts and ideas with and they will always agree with me? They are the perfect business partners. I’ve been experimenting with some new homemade treats for them, we’ll see how they go.
The “munchkins”(nieces-nephews) continue to grow by walking, holding their own bottles, and learning how to “talk back”—they too have inspired me with some new projects I’ve been exploring that are more kid-friendly.
And that brings me to my biggest project this summer which is just winding up. My office, or what use to be called the dumping station. Too much stuff. Too many to-do piles. I basically put myself through an “Extreme Makeover”–and it’s working. I can channel my thoughts more clearly now and it’s time to get the jobs done. Planning to write an article on my journey through this makeover for Handmade Spark.
Well, that just about sums up my summer.
Talk to you later on the next post.