Sunday, April 20, 2014

backyard 2014 - part two

   Continuing with the backyard tour...  

  This first set is for my friend Sacha ,she is still in Turkey and needs a "green fix". =]

  I do think I need professional help... I spent this afternoon removing the smaller plants from underneath the trees and bushes along the fence because... all the dead debris on the ground was driving me crazy, it was too messy. So all the small plants had to go, I need to easily rake the debris up and get rid of it.
  I'm going with the story that the plants needed to be moved because they were not getting enough sun.

   I noticed that the blocks on one side of the round planter were crooked and wonky.
Phil O'Dendron has decided to bust out of the planter and grow where it chooses! The thing is there is no bottom to the planter so there was no reason for the roots to escape.

  The top two photos are the wisteria that until last month I didn't realize how big it was because most of it had grown into the neighbors lemon tree searching for more sunlight. The vine was 12 feet long by the time I had finished carefully untangling it. At some point I need to figure out what I'm going to do with it, but for now I am enjoying the lovely smell (and so are the bumble bees).
  The bottom two photos are the first (future) cherry and first strawberries. I'm hoping the extra heat will encourage the cherry tree to bloom like mad.

  This was growing in the backyard when we bought the house. It's a sad looking bush, all long, leggy and not much in the leaf department. If it wasn't for the gorgeous Snowball flowers it would have been mulch. I think I need to transplant it to a spot where it will get more sun or just let it get taller than the Camilla bush it's next too.  For the longest time I didn't try to figure out what it was called I just called it the Snowball Bush, which is the common name. =]

   I'm still amazed at how well the climbing rose is doing. The top photo is the one I posted on Day 1, I took it after I had removed all the dead flowers. The second photo with all the flowers and buds I took the very next day!! (I kid you not, cross my heart).

Chris =]

Monday, April 14, 2014

backyard 2014 - part one

  I decided to do one productive thing while on spring break this week so I got out in the backyard and did some much needed gardening.  All this warm weather we had during winter has played havoc with some of my plants.
  I know, I know... waa, waa, waa it wasn't cold enough, poor baby... I'm not complaining, just stating a fact. But it really has ~ look

  Half my apple tree (it is a 2 in 1) all ready has apples while the other half barely has leaf buds. Usually the two types ~ Anna and Fuji grow and bloom at the same time. I might get a couple of the Anna apples if they ripen before the baby birds are big enough to start eating them. Not that I mind the birds, they are fun to watch. 

  I'm going to have grapes about two months early. My miniature chardonnay grape vine is growing like Audrey 2.  I swear I heard "Feed Me!!" last night. The scary part is the roots have busted through the bottom of the large flower pot and are growing into the ground, Eeek! I'm glad my name's not Seymour.

   One plant that has thrived in the warmer weather is my climbing rose. It has been in the ground for 6 years and even though it is in a protected spot it never really "did" much, but in a matter of months it's doubled in size and the amount of flowers is amazing.

Part two to come...

Chris =]

Sunday, April 13, 2014

zombie swap


Want to join a Zombie Swap?? My friend Val is hosting one over at yarnigras swapper spot. Go check it out. I can't wait to get started.

 Chris =]

Sunday, March 30, 2014

365 reasons to be grateful: days 32 to 59

  My reasons for being grateful in February. 

Just out of curiosity, does it make a difference if there are description for the photos or not?
Chris =]

Sunday, March 2, 2014

365 reasons to be grateful, days 1 to 31

  Working with children (and having one of my own) has taught me that the little things we learn and do are the big things in life. While I have applied that to work I haven't always applied it to my life. I am happy to say that every year I get a little better at it.
  Oh! to have the wisdom I have now when I was younger I wouldn't have wasted so much time on the inconsequential.  
In December I stumbled across this site, 365 grateful.  The idea of consciously keeping a record of the daily things that make my life wonderful stuck a cord with me, which surprised me because I'm not one to keep a diary or get "all Zen" with things in my life. I'm more of "If I don't like something, change it" kind of person, the only person responsible for or in charge of my life is Me.
  On January 1 with no thought or planning on what I was going to photograph I started my digital diary. Here is the first month:

   I realize that I am missing a day and that technically the last picture is not my photo, but it makes me smile every time I look at it (and it is my project) so I included it.

Chris =]

Sunday, February 23, 2014

pinterest project 3, 4 and 5

Three pinterst projects ended up coming together very nicely on my new entryway wall that I put together this past weekend.

Project 3:

wall art with junk for coats

  I saw this wall over at  funky junk interiors and love the collage effect she has going on. So I thought on it for awhile and this is my mini version.

   I don't have as big a entry wall but I made it work. I went "shopping" through my craft room and work shop (aka: my corner of the garage) for all my fun junk. The folding chair it is hanging from a bracket I screwed into the wall, I knew I wanted it off the floor. After that I just started nailing things up. The best part is the shelf and little drawer, I can change things as the mood strikes me. Leon the moss ball loves his new spot. I'm sure I'll be puttering around with the wall for awhile.

Project 4:
Over at craftiments I found this longitude and latitude art work with free background image. There is a link to a website that gives your address in longitude and latitude coordinates. Yes, I realize that I spelled longitude wrong, the sad thing is the sign has been hanging on the wall for almost 2 years and this is the first time I or any one else has noticed. The frame I got at a local thrift shop and did a brown wash over the existing color.
P.S.  It's also a  great house warming present.

Project 5:

   This project came about after a friend gave me a large garbage bag full of wine corks. While I'm not much of a drinker I do like the graphicness and color variations of the corks. It's super easy to do. 
- On a large sheet of paper draw your letter or print one from a print shop or word program. Cut out the pattern
-  Trace your pattern onto a piece cardboard or a sheet of luan/chipboard. The advantage of using the cardboard is you don't need a scroll/band saw to cut it. Keep in mind the width and length so you don't end up with odd rows of corks. Cut out the letter.  
- Hot glue the corks a row at a time.
- Hot glue a soda tab as a hanger to the back of the letter.
- All done! =]

Of course I made a cork reindeer.

Chris =]

Thursday, February 13, 2014

rooster of love

  Who needs cupids this Valentines? I have the Rooster d'Amore. I found this guy at a thrift store and knew right away I had to buy it. How many people can say they own the rooster of love?
Chris =]