"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring has made her arrival known here on the grounds!

Tiny yellow flowers cover all of the grounds

From a distance, they look like yellow carpet.

This year they have sprouted in every area.......even throughout
the woods.  Their light fragrance fills the air.

They are such a cheery flower! 

My greenhouse is overflowing,  full of different types of cactus,
lemon trees, mums,

and large potted rose bushes.........all healthy
and ready to get out into the spring air.

I collect succulents and cactus that look much like this.
The one in the above photo, I dug  up last year as I was walking
with Sophie here on the grounds.  I also do this to keep them
in large pots, saving them from my husband's mower. 
This one had a crown of red pods last week........

today........it has started blooming.

Such a pretty cactus.

Some cactus I purchase because of their shape, 

and design.

Some are just so pretty, I cannot resist them! 

I have posted about the devil's claw ...or pincushion that
grows here......I collect every one I come upon........some I place in my 
"dry garden "to grow naturally,  some I grow in large containers.
The one on the right in the photo above I have grown for the past 5 years.
It was once as tiny as the one on the left......which I found last year on 
on one of my walks. 

This peanut cactus blooms the most beautiful red blooms.
It is also a favorite of mine.


But out of all of the cactus......I love the devil' s claws the most
Their globe shapes and pretty blooms, captivate me.

I have posted this wonderful fluffy and cheery spring time
cake recipe on my cooking blog.
I make this when I get an abundance of eggs from the hen house.
The recipe is from a 1963 McCall's cookbook and you 
can get the recipe on my blog at this link:


Gentle Spring's around the corner,
      Waiting just to show her face
      And to bring us flowers and sunshine;
      Winter's almost run his race!
Be not, then, my friends, discouraged
      That there's cold and ice and sleet;
      For Springtime soon will be with us,
      And the flowers we will greet:
Daffodils, so bright and yellow,
      Hyacinths of varied hues,
      As they nod their heads, in gladness,
      Telling us they bring good news...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Springtime" (1940s)

Wishing you pretty spring weather!

Monday, March 18, 2019

This year, I have decided to do a "smaller version" of gardening............a lot smaller version...........

For the longest time, I have loved looking at the small " fairy or gnome" gardens
that people create...........and I have longed to make one of my own.
however, I am not a big fan of fairies or gnomes and I did not know of a good spot
to place even the smallest of gardens.............
This little bird house is so whimsical and has been sitting on my porch for a few years, 
with nothing more than wasps trying to make a home in it.

I love the rock chimney on it........don't you?

So I decided to make my miniature garden.........starting with this 
I glued a heart shape over the birdhouse hole.

I also had this small figurine of a farmer girl nibbling a carrot......
and the little figurine dog looked like a perfect companion.

I also had plenty tiny chicken, swan, and duck figurines,
to make myself..........not  a fairy garden..............instead, 
I decided to make a "folk garden" with a farmhouse theme!
I glued the small chickens and ducks onto slate tiles that I 
had stored away.  This will keep them from getting buried over the years in
dirt or carried off by rats.

I repainted the bird house ..........(I need to make a tiny wreath for the door)
don't you think?

I like the grey"cottage country" look.

and I chose a spot in my garden that I have been planning
and working on in the backyard.  This one corner had weeds and 
not much wants to grow there. 
So I felt it would be a perfect spot to set up a tiny garden

I made this stone slab a few years ago when I started making 
concrete garden things.  It has the same slate tiles
and broken pieces of my favorite vintage dishware.

Now it is perfect to set the farmhouse on and it  looks like a 
patio garden/yard! 

I made a chicken coop out of another weathered 
birdhouse, by adding a chicken run up to the opening.

I painted a cement dish I had made a while back to 
create a pond for the ducks.
The green plants are wild prairie asters. They look like perfect miniature shrubs at the moment.

I made a tile patio............
will think about making a fireplace and furniture later on.........

and a garden with raised beds............
it needs a scarecrow.........

two little owls look over it all from the old
dead tree stump.
I am planning on adding limbs with other birds and greenery later

There is plenty room to add more, in any direction.    I need to add a chicken yard fence and a
garden fence with arbor entries .
 I will add more landscape and 
 other farmhouse things as I go along. 

Now, I have my small " folk garden".  
I will piddle on it here and there........from time to time.
Changing it with the seasons and adding more things as time goes by.
So tell me..............
Do you have a small fairy garden or something similar that you have created?
I would love to hear!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Too many times I have allowed things into my life that really stress me..........now it is time for me to say

 "NO"
no trying to explain, no excuses..........just " NO"
Every day, the world will grab you by the hand,
yelling  "This is important! And this important! 
You need to worry about this! And this! And this!"
And each day it's up to you 
to yank your hand back, 
put it on your heart and say,
"No. This is what's important."
                                                                                                    Ian Thomas
How about you?
Ever felt this way?

Thursday, March 7, 2019

March has come............

usually, by this time of year, we are in full sunshine and
a bit of heat filled days.  This year, it has been chilly,
foggy, with overcast days.  Sometimes very cold........
but not as cold as some of you have been experiencing.
The weather seems to be angry........at everyone.......everywhere .....
this year.  
So many people have suffered through some of the most 
extreme weather conditions.
So I hope this finds you in peaceful and pleasant days.

Dear March - Come in -
How glad I am -
I hoped for you before -
Put down your Hat -
You must have walked -
How out of Breath you are -
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest -
Did you leave Nature well -
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me -
I have so much to tell -

I got your Letter, and the Birds -
The Maples never knew that you were coming -
I declare - how Red their Faces grew -         
But March, forgive me -
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue -
There was no Purple suitable -
You took it all with you -
Emily Dickinson

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The wind is blowing hard and knocking on the house,

yet, I still venture outside to water the new growth that is spouting 
in the flower beds .  
and after I am finished, I come in with my hair looking 
just like this! Although it is only February, we have not had much of 
a winter and not much rain.  So I water these plants that are starting to bloom.

This seems to be the month of purple.   As  you remember from my last 
posts, the yellow jasmine shows up in January. 
This is stock flower.........it always shows up and has the most wonderful fragrance
in February.

The large patch of Vinca also shows off it's light purple blossoms.

Out in my "woods garden"  the wild conifer bushes
are starting to bud.

from a distance they look as if they have been embellished with
tiny french knots.

Up close they look like very tiny pine cones.  They are an
evergreen bush.....much like a pine tree, except they do not grow tall
like a tree, but spread out across the ground.  They do not 
have pine cones.  The deer love to eat on these.  They grow
abundantly in the woods here.

The pink primrose garden has spread out farther and looking
healthy. It will bloom a little later. 

The primrose leaves are so pretty at this time of year.........
they make me want to copy them onto fabric to work in
embroidery stitches. 

Speaking of embroidery.........most of you know I have an embroidery blog, 
Yesteryear Embroideries  at this link
but for those of you who do not know, I wanted to share my latest project I have been working on for the past 5 months. 
You can read about  where the inspiration came for this piece on my embroidery blog.
It is a small quilt made with  tiny triangles and embellished with my embroidery, all by hand.
All together there are 3,200 triangles
which ,when sewn together make 1600 squares that
are 3/4 ".
the quilt, at the moment measures 28" X 22"
It will be a wall hanging.
I now need to place the batting and the back fabric on ,
and then hand quilt it all together.
I have titled this piece " My Summer Basket"
As you can tell from the wood garden photo in this post, it is 
dry and clear here in Texas.........
but for many of you there might be a blanket of ice or snow? Maybe even a frozen river
as is the case of one dear friend in New Hampshire.
And for some of you .....such as my dear friend in Arkansas......
you may have a back yard full of daffodils of all kinds! 
Where ever your backyard is and whatever your weather may be,
I hope this finds you happy and warm!