where your garden grows

almost here

The lilac bush that the boy ripped out (he was supposed to rip out a different bush) is growing again.  I hope it's a good year for a comeback. I went 'shopping' in my closet and got out these handmade quilted placemats that the boy's aunt and godmother made for us for our wedding shower.  […]

Turkey Hill

I am doing what many other bloggers are doing, that is signing off for the weekend.  Before I leave I wanted to point you over here.  It is a photo tour of Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill farmstead that she owned for over 30 years. It is a beautiful example of a classic 5-bay New England […]

billy buttons

I can’t remember when I first saw Billy Buttons.  It may have been on a family trip to Arizona.  In addition to Tulips and Ranunculus, Billy Buttons are another of my all-time favorite flowers, dried and fresh.  Sometimes called Billy Balls or Woollyheads and by their proper name Craspedia, their appeal to me is obviously […]

still waiting for spring over here

Today in West Chester, PA it’s been 60 degress, with torrential down pours, then sunny (with a rainbow), then we had some hail, snow flurries, 50 mph wind gusts and now it’s heading down into the 20’s tonight.  Quite a full day.  Where is spring? For some reason this year more than most I am […]

I feel fall coming on…

some autumn yard and garden clean-up and possibly a Sunday d.i.y. project.  Today was the first day here in the Philly area that I had to wear a jacket and it was the perfect cool and breezy morning for a cappuccino and pumpkin scone on the way to work…a wonderful friday treat. photo by gangakinarewala […]

classes for the clueless decorator…

or anyone looking for some new tips. I received two emails this week about national chain stores offering classes at local shops.  Via Smith & Hawken, Cottage Living is offering a class on Saturday, August 18th on Aging Your Garden: Easy Ways to Add Patina to Containers, Furniture and More. Call your local Smith & […]

a WREN handmade sneek peak at design*sponge

who:: Laura Normandin of WREN handmadewhere (geographic):: Park Slope, Brooklynwhere (blog):: design*sponge image from designspongeshop flickr set

weekend & jersey city apartment tour

We went to the Yankees game on Saturday. And then we spent the rest of the weekend with friends in Jersey City.  As promised, here’s a mini tour of Annisia and James‘ great apartment.  You can see the full size photos and tour here. 

my new favorite snail mail catalog :: at west end

Maybe I have have been living under a rock.  But before the at west end catalog arrived over the weekend, I had never heard of them.  Their address is from Mississippi.  Anyone there know of them?  Probably the slowest I’ve browsed through a catalog in a long time…move over anthropologie.  I was also pleasantly surprised […]

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