Saturday, June 23, 2012

Garden Metamorphosis

What do you get when you combine hard work, plants, water, and lots of sunshine?  A garden that would make Michelle Obama proud!

The Foss Farm/Garden metamorphosis has been an ongoing project, but really ramped up Memorial weekend, when we transformed a spa deck into raised bed planters.  We couldn't be more thrilled with our decision.  The spa had been well-used, but we really wanted raised bed planters, so our son offered to take the spa off our hands so we were off!

Break up the hard dirt

 Recycled the deck wood to make three planters
 Lined with plastic, filled with magical planting mix (recipe below)

Added drip system, then plants

Add water, sunshine, weeding as needed

Blueberry picking in the rose garden

I'm linking up with these wonderful parties
Serenity Saturday
Metamorphosis Monday
Seasonal Sundays

Please leave me a comment.  I love to hear from you, and read about what you are up to as well.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fisherman's Bait

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, and especially those that taught their children to love the art of fishing.  So when my fisherman husband left the house at 4 am, kayaks and rods strapped atop his SUV, on route to the ocean to bring home dinner, I set the Father's Day table.  My original plan was to use his cowboy boots filled with flowers as the centerpiece, but when I went into his closet, the table sort of fell together by what I found. 

Lots of sweaters, fishing/ball hats, boot box, wool socks, fishing boots, fishing nets, one stuffed trout, and a picnic blanket.

You can't make this stuff up.  Someone gave him a stuffed fish years ago, so he put it on his closet shelf. What else would you do with it?

Pendelton blanket provided the first layer, then added simple brown plates, beige napkins, white flatware, and blue glasses (too bad I only had six blue dollar store goblets.)

Went back to three dollar stores looking in vain for the water goblets, only to find a new style so brought home two.  I really like the bubble glass dark goblets.  Note to self:  Buy 12 when you find them at the dollar store.

Granddaughter Lyla gets her own plate with coloring card courtesy of the Boot Barn to color for her daddy, her hero.

 The sweaters on the floor of his closet kept coming out, so I went with the inspiration, one sweater and hat per chair.


Hope your father's day was a joyful, and silly as mine.  Thank you to all the dads for loving their kids, and sharing whatever passions they have whether it be fishing, reading, biking, gardening, or sports. 

Please leave me a comment, and let me know what you think!  Sharing ideas with cyber-friends is such fun.

I'm sharing this post on Tabletop Thursday on Between Naps on the Porch.