Saturday, May 28, 2011


As long as I can remember,
I have loved the

Is there anything more welcoming
than a big pot of
red geraniums?

No flower makes a bolder statement.

Who can resist a smile when they see a row
of red geraniums?

There is just something about
this old fashion flower.

It makes any space brighter.

Did you know you can save your geraniums over the winter
by taking them in before the last frost?
Just pull all their remaining blooms and leaves off,
put them in a cardboard box or brown grocery bag
and store in your basement until Spring.

Plant them in good potting soil and
water them well.
They will soon be back to be admired again.

Here are some I saved last year.
I replanted these around Easter.

This week they were ready to go into
a bigger decorative pot.

This is how they looked after three weeks
out of the dark basement.

This is how they will look by the middle of June.
I can't wait.

Happy Gardening!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Today is my off day...
and wouldn't you know it...
it's raining.

I've got eight new plants
just waiting to go into the ground.

It's not going to happen

"The sun will come out tomorrow".
I hope!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Domenica More Gorden

One of my favorite blogs...
Brabourne Farm
just featured these adorable creatures.

I knew I had to share them with all my
animal loving buddies.

You can the complete collection at
Domenica More Gorden.

Here is another interesting article
about the artist.

Oh, to be so talented!

Linking with Angela for
Show and Tail
West Virginia Treasures.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Thought I'd give you a look see at a few projects
I've been working on for the
home and garden.
I'll tell you all about my window boxes
in a later post.

Finished up my "Happy Feet" pot.

Today I worked on this garden art piece.

Here is my inspiration.
Much more elaborate than mine...
but that's okay.

I only used three pots and tried to work
with things I already had.

I had picked up this little Blue Bird on a recent
trip to Greenville SC and thought he'd be
cute perched on top.

Lately I've been inspired to have something in
the garden covered in moss. Purchased this
Irish Moss at the greenhouse and I'm attempting
to get it going all over this birdbath.
Cross your fingers.

Several weeks ago I snagged an old used baby bed
at the Salvation Army Store.
I've been slowly putting its parts to use in the garden.
I'm using the springs to camouflage this ugly
metal door of my gardening shed.

Well that's what I've been up to,
what about you?

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I've just finished a project!
I've been working on it since Valentine's Day!

I'm calling it my "Happy Feet" pot.

I love the way it turned out.

I purchased this big silver pot from Big Lots for about ten dollars.
The color was not right for this project
and so I repainted it with the same
blue I used on my
"Catbird Garden" sign.

Once again I salvaged these Styrofoam feet from VS.
We had used them in Mukluks
this past Christmas
in our "PINK" shop.

Last year a friend had given us some pillows and fabric.
We used the pillows outside
so I thought the fabric would be perfect for
covering my feet.

I cut the fabric in small pieces.

Then Mod Podged them onto the feet.

I needed to water proof them so...

I applied four coats on "Outdoor" Mod Podge.
Couldn't find this in my town so I
ordered it online.

Now that Spring has sprung I planted my pot.
I used a Crystal Peak Obedient plant,
a Lacrosse Shasta Daisy,
a Blue Daze Evolvulus,
and some Creeping Jenny.

So there you have it.
My "Happy Feet" pot.

Now all I have to do is find
the perfect spot
and show off this little guy.


I will be linking to some fabulous parties at:
be different...act normal
French Country Cottage
My Romantic Home
Savvy Southern Style
Tootsie Time

Sunday, May 15, 2011


This past week while I was taking some time off from work,
I traveled home to see my Mom for Mother's Day.
I took a quick detour at Crossville to visit one of my favorite
shops, the RUSTY ROOSTER.
I wanted to add another cat to my
Catbird Garden.

I've been collecting cat statues as long as I've
been gardening at Buttermilk Cottage,
about six years now.

I don't buy just any statue, it has to speak to me.

This is the first one I ever purchased, in fact,
I got this one
before we moved.

I like to hide some away for the visitor to find.
An unexpected smile.

Thanks for visiting my cats and I in
The Catbird Garden.

I will be linking to parties at
West Virginia Treasures
Fishtail Cottage


Saturday, May 14, 2011


Life emulates art...
...or is it the other way around?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I just returned from a great visit to my Mom's for
Mother's Day.
Here she is showing off her lovely flowers
from Rick and Terry.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

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