Like A Butterfly πŸ¦‹

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

You’re probably wondering about the title of this post πŸ€”

Let me explain…that’s how I feel these days – like a butterfly flitting from task to task. Somehow I can’t sit still for any length of time. I’m always thinking about things I wanna/gotta do. And it’s never the one thing I’m doing right then and there. πŸ™ƒ

Do you know what I mean? Do you have times like that?

Things that did get done

-I did clean up baskets in my ‘Yarn-Room’. But only because the new winder called me in there. 😁

-I did go on a few walks this week. My friend Carole and I are taking advantage of the glorious weather – morning temperatures in the 40s is quite a change from last week, but we’re enjoying the sunshine that comes with it, and the fact that we’re not damp after one mile 😝

-Some yard work – The ‘Rose of Sharon’ bush that was out of control is no more. Normally I don’t like cutting down Flora that’s healthy and growing. But this bush didn’t seem to be doing too well. It was still green and growing, but the leaves were very small, and the buds wouldn’t open to all their glory. So the clippers came out…this is what’s left

It’s hard to believe that, just a few years ago, this was a spindly, little twig with a few short roots.

The trim should give it new life…we’ll see next year. 😊

While I was outside with my camera I noticed the sun hitting this beauty just right

Doesn’t it look like it’s glowing? 😍

We have the first red leaves in the yard! The Maple ‘volunteer’ in the flower pot wants to be the first one to announce that ‘Fall is here’ 🍁

The dogs enjoyed the time we spent outside πŸ’•

-Carpet steps are (finally) clean πŸ˜ƒ

Ever since we moved in I’ve had this problem with dingy steps, well – just the edges. Because our Lorelai (the white one ⬆️) is very low to the ground, so her belly gets a bit dirty walking around outside. It doesn’t help that she loves to lay down in the grass, pull herself forward, all around the yard πŸ˜†

Then she comes in, cleaning her belly on the steps 😝

I’ve tried every commercial product under the sun…nothing would get these edges clean. But now – thank you, Pinterest! – they’re clean…and it’s not the different lighting πŸ˜†

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It’s a miracle! I’ll tell you what did it…

3/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

2 teaspoons baking soda

1squirt of Dawn

Mix it well, dab, then scrub, onto the stain. Done!

Happy Tina here! πŸ˜ƒ

-Crocheting

By the end of every day I kick back in front of the TV and add rows to ‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ 😍 Yes, the plan to make it a Crochet-Along is still solid. I’m taking pattern-notes, and hope to have Part I up by this weekend!

-I guess now I can add this blog-post to my list of things done 😁

I hope you are enjoying a sunny, creative, and beautiful day! πŸ’•

Sunshine, Flowers, and a Tiny Spider πŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Summer Sunday Afternoon 😍 Are you relaxing with a book, a project, or are you just enjoying the lazy hours this time of the week brings? 😊

For me it’s a combination of all three. 😎

Before I settled in, I walked around our flowery garden, and snapped some pretty pictures.

As I’m sorting through the photos I realize I should have paid better attention to the little labels in my flower pots upon purchase. πŸ˜• I know some names of the more popular plants…but others escape me. So you’re not gonna learn anything today πŸ˜‰ just enjoy!

The first thing I noticed when I stepped outside was a little spider busily running back and forth, weaving a beautiful web. It was not easy capturing the web…but I got some pretty sunshine-y pictures while trying 🌞

And then I got it…see her in the bottom right corner? πŸ•Έ

The Wisteria is on her second bloom this year 😍

I can’t get enough of the Hydrangea πŸ’•

Snapdragons have always been one of my favorites 😊

I love to pinch their little cheeks πŸ˜†

The ‘Rose of Sharon’ bushes are just now starting to bloom

So is the Hibiscus

Here are some ‘what were they called again?’ 😁

Just as I turned to go inside I glanced at the little field of clover, and decided to give them a spot in the limelight πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this little trip into my world 😍

I’m wishing you a fabulous Sunday afternoon! πŸ’•

Trees & Shadows ~ The Sun Is Out πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

If you stand on your tippy-toes you can see the weekend from here πŸ˜ƒ And just in time the sun decided to join us!

Everyone is squinting and blinking – it’s been a while since it was this bright outside 🌞

But you’re not here for the Kansas weather report…so I get to the ‘Trees & Shadows‘ that brought you here 😊

When I took the dogs outside, I noticed that the sun was in the perfect position for this beautiful image

Mother Nature really painted a beautiful picture here 😍

I snapped a few more photos, but the first one really is my favorite!

And I noticed the first sign of Spring

The Maple tree is budding a few weeks earlier than last year…I hope that’s a good sign 😊 and that she knows what she’s doing. Not like these poor things πŸ˜‚

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 😎🌞🌷

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the short trip into our backyard πŸ’•

🌻Nature πŸ„ Tales πŸŒ²

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Did you come back to see the pictures I promised you yesterday? 😊 Cool – let’s take a look πŸ‘€ 

1. Fairies and Glitter  

When I stepped outside into a glorious cool morning yesterday, I saw ‘Fairy-Glitter’ on the rosebush πŸ’œ You know that can only mean one thing…I missed the Fairy Party ✨✨✨

πŸ’«That reminded me of this lovely poem from Marian May 

Golden Glitter

It sparkles on their cheek

The cheeks of the Fairies dear

They are always beautiful

Their cheeks sparkle with glitter

And they are forever happy

They are a lot like my big sister

And they have wings of silk as well

Their hair is curly 

And their lips are cherry

Their pretty wings

Flutter in the breeze

And the swirls on them 

Are made of golden glitter
~Marian~

Cute, isn’t it?! 😍

If you love Fairies, you might enjoy this little post from last year called Do you believe in 398.2?

Let me know if you do. πŸ€—

2. Visitors to the backyard 

 Not only is she amazingly beautiful, she’s also very patient 😊  She waited until I got my camera, snapped a few pictures – then she flew away 

Wah! 😳 The sneaky snake in the geraniums 

We took her to a nearby creek, and hope to never see her again! 😬

I don’t know if a mushroom is considered a ‘visitor’…probably not. But nevertheless, here is one 


…growing out of the side of a flower pot 


3. An old tree 

This old lady sits in an old cemetery on Ft. Leavenworth, KS. I visited there yesterday

  



Breathtaking, isn’t she? πŸ’œ

The reports on her age vary, but most people think that she’s at least 150 – 200 years old.

I hope you enjoyed my ‘Nature Tales’ 😊 and stop by again soon. 

Until then πŸ’•

Fighting Mosquitoes One Plant At A Time

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in!

If you were with me last year you might remember this one. For all my new friends, here’s a ‘rerun’ πŸ™‚

Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
Right now I’m taking a break from weed-pulling Β ….ugh….all that rain and the humidity really made them flourish. πŸ˜– I do leave the pretty ones with the flowers, Β but sorry ‘Creeping Charlie’ you gotta go.

Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me severely swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! 😜

I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots around and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side. That is of course not possible, but it gave me an idea for a fun sketch πŸ˜‹
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Don’t you wish? Then all you need is have someone throw a net Β over you to keep the bees away! 🐝

I will plant everything this week…hopefully it’s successful.

(Update- last year we had a lot less mosquitoes, I’m hoping it was due to the plants , and we’ll be bite-free again this year! 😊

Going now to pull some more weeds! 😝

Oh, wait…..I just found this helpful hint

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Do you have any experience with this? If so, please let us know!

I hope you found these tips and tricks helpful πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the product mentioned in this post πŸ™‚

 

Cottage Home Decor – DIY

Fall is here – at least the calendar tells me so! Our current temperatures are in the 70s, so it doesn’t feel like it yet. But, the trees are changing color, some are bare already, and November is looming on the horizon. Soon the sky will be grey, the trees and bushes brown, the clothes in the stores will adopt the drab color palette. 😣
Time to bring some color into our homes, right?!
For today’s project I combined a splash of happy with a bit of nature.

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‘Piece of Nature’

In one corner of our yard we have an overgrown Juniper bush. It’s quite pretty,  πŸ˜» and, since it grows ever which way, it’s not even noticeable that I clipped off a few twigs here and there.

Besides a few branches of evergreen – pine looks great too – you’ll need
~ a small metal pail
~ tissue paper
~ModPodge
~ a wide paint brush
~foam ~ I got the ‘wet foam’ so I can water the juniper a bit once in a while
~Spanish Moss (optional)
~a knife

 

Cover your work area with paper or a plastic bag. Tear the tissue paper, either in one long strip about the height of the pail, or in smaller irregular pieces – it depends only on your taste and the design of the paper.

Apply some ModPodge to the pail – please do this in a well ventilated area! I don’t want you to pass out from the fumes- and stick on the paper. Don’t worry about the wrinkles. I think they add a bit more charm.

 

When the pail is covered in paper, apply one coat of ModPodge over the entire area.

While this dries, gather your branches outside, cut the foam so it fits inside your vessel.

Once the outside of your pail is dry, fit your foam pieces inside.

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Unless you want to fill the whole pail with your evergreen, you might want to cover the foam with ‘Spanish Moss’.

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Now push three of your bigger branches into the foam at the back of the pail.

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The smaller ones I just stuck, at random, in front of the tall ones.
Finish your decor with a small pumpkin, a rock you found, a pine cone.

I finished my ‘Piece of Nature’ with an Amethyst geode and a little witch!

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‘Piece of Nature’ – Cottage Decor DIY

That didn’t take long, did it? 😊

If you like decorating a pail, pot, vase, but don’t have access to evergreen trees, a potted plant looks great too!

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Or fill your bucket with collected pine cones, potpourri, etc.

I hope you have fun recreating this project! Please show me your ‘Piece of Nature’!

I have a few more projects waiting in the wing, and can’t wait to show you next time!
Until then

~Tina xoxo

Take a rose and a potato…

Hello ~ today I’m sharing my latest gardening project with you. Well, the first step, the beginning.
You might have seen the videos on Facebook, where a very clever soul is growing a rose with the help of a potato. I’ve always wanted to try that, saved the post…only to forget about it.
Then,Β  yesterday the universe put everything together for me, and I started the “Potato Rose”.
First of all, my rosebush had finally recovered from this year’s invasion of the ‘Japanese Beetle’. Boy, those little suckers really did a job on my poor flowers. I tried all the natural ‘get rid of bugs’ remedies I know…nothing worked. So, in the end, I had to – much to my chagrin – use a chemical. Β πŸ˜• Β  Β  That worked though, and now the little pretty is blooming again.

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Second, the video popped up in my newsfeed again, and I had just bought potatoes.
So, what am I waiting for?
I clipped a rosebud with stem (about 10″)
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removed the flower and the leaves

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drilled a hole into the potato with a long, pointy screw

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pushed the stem in – that was easier than I thought. Potatoes are quite ‘flexible’

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planted everything in a medium size pot

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Then I cut the bottom of a plastic bottle, and fitted it over the stem.
If you’re trying this at home, push the bottle into the dirt about 1/2″ so the first breeze doesn’t make off with your greenhouse!
A little water all around the bottle – done!

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….and now we wait! 😊

I hope I’ll be able to show you results soon🌹If you don’t hear about this again, I’ve failed miserablyπŸ˜‹ That shouldn’t stop you from showing me your success though!!!
Good luck to you! πŸ€

~Tina xoxo

 

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