Monday, June 27, 2016


I don't know about you but I always loved the small
independent garden centers.  They seem to put a lot
of passion into their businesses and certainly more
creativity. I love INSPIRATION. 

I am sharing a great place for that today! This
is the nursery known as Vintage Hill Farm
located in the small community of
Franklin, Missouri.  This is just about
32 miles from our home - just west
and north of Columbia.

Several months back we went there
as I wanted to order a few more Campania
pieces for my garden to go near the Koi Pond.

They did a special order for me which I picked up yesterday
afternoon.  I will be showing my pieces for my
Friday "Tea In The Garden" blog party.

I am so sorry to say that I intended to show you
lots of pictures but a much needed rainstorm came
up just after I took these 2 pictures and my photo shoot came
to an abrupt stop!  You can see that it is a creative nursery.

I hope you will join me today for my blog party!
I will be sharing here:
No Place Like Home

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Hello dear blogging friends and here are the special featured
blogs from last Monday's party:

#1 was Marilyn's post at "Delights of the Heart"
where she shared a post about her trip to Europe
(if you visit her be sure and check out other posts as well)
This was a visit to Fortum and Mason's and their
fabulous window displays

The second one was Jocelyn's post about her
 serene back porch at "Just A little Hospitality":

And since travel seems so prevalent right now -
#3 was "Organic Garden Dreams" who shared
her visit to the The Bridge Tea Rooms at Bradford on Avon:

The 4th one was Ruth's post at "Antiques and Teacups
where she shared everything about Strawberry Picking and this
love strawberry cup and saucer:

#5 was Mimi's post at "A Tray of Bliss" where
she showed us how to make
 Shabby Crepe
Paper Roses:

And last but not least - #6 was Sarah's post
where every all sorts of picnics
were offered at possibilities:

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back on Monday!

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Today we went to the Columbia Farmer's Market - well, at
least the one off Ash near the ARC:

Off course it was plenty hot in the 90's so one
must keep moving, sweating, making decisions and
getting home to air conditioning.

There was also a display of
tiny houses next door in the field:

This was of course my favorite vendor !

What did I buy?  9 plants, bib lettuce, onions and  cucumber and also a quart of bread and butter pickles and a 1 of pickled beets!

Friday, June 24, 2016

PROGRESS IN THE GARDEN for "Tea In The Garden"

After so much work in very hot weather
now is the perfect time to pause and
 be refreshed with a cup of tea.  This has
been a busy week for us.

Jeremy Fisher knows today is the "big" day!
He will supervise the work.

We have faced the "mountain of dirt" head
on this week and figure we have put in a good
24 hours moving it here and there and mostly
along the banks of the creek behind our house
filling in the low spots.  This was the huge
dirt mountain I created by digging out the yard.  
Glad it is officially g o n e!

 I was very excited to
see that the Queen Anne's Lace seeds I planted
along the creek bank back in May are showing up
as tiny little plants which is the
 way it works the first year.
That means next year those will shoot up and bloom.
The 5 plants I brought with me from Colorado and
planted in my front yard are blooming now.  The
truth is that there is Queen Anne's lace blooming
 everywhere here now - ever side of the road.

Notice a new color on the ladder birdhouses?

Another birdhouse on the side of the yard:

Please pour yourself a cup of tea: 

Yesterday we went to Jefferson City which is the
capitol of Missouri to visit
the Missouri Wildflower Nursery. 
I wanted to see what native plants
they had that would grow
in the shade back by the woods.

Today is a very big day for us as Josiah
 (the professional pond man) will be
coming to completely clean the pond, empty, refill,
 remove fish (not in that order of course) and put in
a pump and cleaning system so that there is
a water effect and clean water.  A little over a
week ago I realized the lily plant had floated
to the top.  It is a huge glob mess - help!
  Josiah will be here soon!

I have been enjoying all this garden
work.  My husband asked me this morning
what I will do when there is nothing left
to do.  There is always something to do - right?

This is a cup and saucer I got for my Grand Daughter "Lily":

And one late photo
of what is being done
right now:

I will be sharing at:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I never had a potting bench before but the people who owned our 
home before us left a work bench in the basement.  We carried
it out the back and up to the garage for a potting bench.
It has been handy lately and I as you can see I had a bunch of
bird houses sitting on it that I wanted to paint. 
 These were
all cheapos!

As you can see my husband put up an
 old school blackboard over it.

Yesterday I decided to use some paint that I had Menards mix for me that was really not the right color. 
  This was a good way to use it up:

The tins are for collecting plant 
seeds and make 
a nice gift!

The birdhouses have a new look.
  Some already got hung in the tree.

I am calling this one "GREEN GABLES"!  
I think Anne would approve.

Monday, June 20, 2016


A few weeks back we laid this arbor down
in our garage so I could paint it dark blue.
  It was going into our back yard.

 My husband saw the blue I was using and said "please use this other lighter blue paint" - so I did. I painted the whole thing like he requested.  So guess what? I didn't like it at all and he agreed.  After a week or so of staring at the arbor out the Living Room Window viewing it in the back yard, we realized that the light blue needed to go bye bye and now it is the dark blue again.  This is back in the right side of the yard just before the wooded strip and creek between us and neighbors. 
You are looking at the darker blue.

I love this old cedar in the center back:

 If you do something and don't like it do you live with it
 or change it?  I have moved some of the plants
 and hydrangeas several times in
the yard trying to find a spot where they will endure. 
 The high temps in Missouri require plants 
being in just the right spot.  

Here's some of what's blooming now:

And inside the house - do I change things?  
Sometimes I move pictures around and some times
I put way too many holes in the walls.
  My husband measures everything - I eyeball it and 
guess at it.  I found a framed print at an antique mall recently.  I recognized it as one we used to sell back in the early 90's.  This is just a print of the painting "Eleanor" but I love it.  The artist was the Impressionist and Portrait painter Frank Weston Benson and the 1907 original is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. 
 Eleanor was his daughter.

Today is my weekly blog party and the linky is
 at the bottom.  I shared a little of this and that!  
What are you sharing?

I am sharing this post at these parties:
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
No Place Like Home

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Hello dear blogging friends and Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's.  Here are the special features from last Monday's party:

The first one was Terri at "Artful Affirmations" who
shared her bargain English dishes.  My comment to Terri was
that I recognize them as something I have seen in my
antiquing journeys (maybe in Denver?).  Aren't the colors

#2 was "Karen's Cottage and Castle" and her
tea in the garden:

#3 was Kathy at "Sharing Shadymont Blog"
 who shared her Goodwill finds:

The 4th one was "Tea In The Valley"
where Margie shared a visit to the Opera
House Tea Room in Ontario:

#5 was a post about Phyllis Barkey's 50th wedding
Anniversary Wedding Renewal of vows! Her blog is
 Now that deserves a spotlight:

#6 was from "Sarah Lizzies" where Kim shared a
 darling tea trolley she fixed up and then went
even further having her hubby's help making a special
lamp too:

I decided to do a few more this week too:

So #7 was "Two Cottages and Tea" where Nancy
shared a darling teapot with her Tea In The Garden:

And lastly #8 was Jill's post at "Tea & Etc." where she
shared her by appointment to the Queen Paragon tea set in 
celebration of the Queen's birthday:

A special thanks to those who participated
 and I hope to
see you all tomorrow!