Gift #670: July Card Share

A lot of times with my blog, it’s kind of like feast or famine.  I either have to get creative with things to post about or I have so much to share with you that it’s hard to capture everything.  Right now I’m in a “feast” stage.  I have so many potential blog posts circulating in my mind, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them.  So hopefully I’ll be able to remember them and create a coherent, interesting story for them all in the days to come.  For today though, I wanted to share some cards I made before the month slipped away.  These are for the July Cards for a Cause and I was on top of things because I actually mailed them in the month for which they were designed.  These cards are going to a VA hospital in Pennsylvania, which requested cards for veterans in their mental wellness programs.  I designed these cards using “Lovely as a tree” stamp set from Stampin Up (one of my favorite sets!) and some Scripture stamps from various sources.  I wanted the cards to have a soothing color scheme, so I went with green, brown, and a hint of aqua.  I hope they give encouragement to those who receive them.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #669: Green Glow

This weekend my mom and I went to Eagle Creek for some hiking and nature time.  These forests are so beautiful that they bring tears to my eyes.  The day had started with a rain shower, which cooled temps down to the mid-70s so it felt more like a spring morning than a summer day in late July.  We had lovely sunny weather for most of the hike and we strolled through one of our favorite trails, stopping to pick up acorns, admire mushrooms, or be amazed by a delicate leaf. What I loved most about our hike was the green glow that surrounded us as we walked in the company of the trees.  The sunlight filtered through their leafy fronds and dappled the air with green hues, like ghosts of leaves hovering in another dimension.

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After a lovely walk, we settled onto a bench in the birdfeeder garden and knitted while watching the birds and chipmunks.  Ahh sweet summer afternoons…

 

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #668: Miniature gardens

I’ve had a couple of really late nights all in a row, so I haven’t had a chance to blog in a few days.  We’ll make up for it this week I’m sure.  Today I wanted to share with you a few pictures of miniature gardens.  These beauties are on display at Habig’s.  Fairy gardens are very much in vogue right now – and I enjoy them immensely, especially the tiny plants.

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But I also like more traditional plantings, where the focus is on using the plants themselves to create interesting compositions.  Colors, textures, sizes all mingle together to create a mini ecosystem within one special container.  Inside or outside, mini gardens such as these are sure to delight.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #667: Garden cottage

The most charming aspect of Habig Garden Center I have saved for today.   Also on the site is a garden cottage.

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It’s a perfect little gingerbread cottage, but without the candy.  Well, there is a lot of eye-candy in the way of silk flowers, home decorations, arrangements, wreaths, and gifts.  Though small, it is filled with treasures and very artistically decorated.  What I loved most was the layout of the cottage and I found myself imagining what it might be like to live there.  I was rearranging furniture in my head, deciding on color schemes….  a perfect storybook home.  There was enough room for a living room and kitchen downstairs and a bedroom/craft room upstairs.  I realize of course that living there is impossible, but I enjoy daydreaming about such things anyway.  There were lots of windows to give natural light and that made everything seem even happier.  But now to discuss the actual store.  Here’s a picture of one of the downstairs rooms.

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They had one of the best selection of artificial flowers I’ve seen since my Denver days.  And they had something I’ve never seen before – fabric toadstools!!!  Aren’t they realistic?  And completely beautiful?  I think they would look great with some fall foliage in a hallway display!  I think I may be going back for some.

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They also specialize in making custom wreaths and arrangements.  I got to watch one being made for a house tour while I was checking out.   Here are a few pictures of other arrangements scattered throughout the cottage.  I especially liked the bird’s nests – a special touch.

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Blessings to you,
Sarah

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Gift #666: Garden pots

This weekend my mom and I spent some time together on the north end of town visiting some of our favorite stores we hadn’t been to in a while.  We also had seen a garden center advertised in some magazines and it was in the area, so we dropped in to visit it as well…. and we fell in love.  Habig is now my favorite garden center in Indy.  In addition to having a well-curated selection of plants at reasonable prices, they also had a wonderful indoor collection of succulents and fairy gardens.  And pots!!!  Today we are going to focus on the pots.  I’ll share additional pictures of the garden center later in the week, but I didn’t want to overlook the pots.

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I’ll share a carefully kept secret about myself (and you can’t tell anybody!) – I love, love, love terracotta pots and planters.  I also love beautifully glazed pots, but my heart is with rustic, weathered, well-worn terracotta.  (I dream of amassing a terracotta pot collection on par with the terracotta soldiers)   Well, imagine my intense delight upon discovering pottery that I’ve only seen for sale at a garden center in Denver!  Guy Wolff pots are amazingly beautiful.  They are all handmade and based on historic pot designs.  They come in a variety of sizes, all lovely, with delicate washes that evoke a slight weathered look.  They sold Guy Wolff pottery at our local hardware and garden center in Denver and my family and I have several pots that decorate bookshelves and hold special collections.  I’m looking at one filled with moss and ceramic mushrooms as I write this post.

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I especially love the little tiny pots – they are perfect for growing herbs or miniature fairy plants.  There are also wide, shallow pots that would be ideal for a succulent garden.  And tall skinny ones are great to act as a vase for silk flowers and old branches.  I was so very happy to see these pots again and took several pictures of the display.  Beyond being pots that I love, they are also happy reminders of home.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #665: Rabbits

We’ll wind up the fair days by enjoying the rabbits today.  Since I had a pet rabbit in junior high, they are near and dear to my heart.  I loved my little Carmel, she was a sweet brown mini-lop bunny who enjoyed walks.  I also had a friend in elementary school with a pet bunny who had a fetish for stealing chicken nuggets off our plates when we weren’t looking.  She’d also get into the popcorn during movies, but that’s another story.  Suffice it to say, I have fond memories of the rabbits that have been in my life and I enjoy spending time with them.  There were many entries at the fair and they were all champions as far as I could tell.  Here were some of my favorites.

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This breed is called Champagne de’ Argent and is a lovely shade of creamy gray.  They seemed sweet-tempered too.  I think they were the prettiest rabbits there.

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This is fierce bunny.  He was not amused at the antics of his fellow fair-mates and it was clear that no one had brought him any treats, which no doubt soured his interpretation of the whole “fair experience”.

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This bunny was very interested in his surroundings and wanted to play.  It was hard to get an in-focus shot of him, but a quick pause at the food bowl sufficed.  Some of the rabbits there were so playful and wanted lots of pets.  One of the nice things about this fair is you can pet the animals (at your own risk, of course) and there are stations for wash-up as you leave the pavilions.

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And I couldn’t leave without getting a picture of the Angora rabbits.  These fluffy animals are often raised for their fur, which can be harvested when they’re combed out.  The fiber is spun into yarn, which makes for super soft and warm sweaters, gloves, scarves, etc.  A couple of my knitting friends have one or more Angoras as pets, plus they offer the advantage of a continuous source of fiber which they spin (I have very talented friends).

I hope you enjoyed the rabbits today and the other animals that I’ve posted on for the past few days.  The state fair comes up next month and you  can expect a look at the animals there too!

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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Gift #664: Chickens at the Fair

As promised, here’s a look at some of my favorite chickens from the fair.  There was a good turn out this year and it’s hard to narrow down my favorites.

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This was the first beauty I saw.  I didn’t keep track of the breeds, so I’m not sure what she is, but I love her plumage.  She was obliging enough to let me collect a few feathers from her cage – one of the ones I collected is at the bottom of the pic near the water bowl.  I’ll do something special with them – they are a soft brown color with tiny white speckles.

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Which end is the head?  And which is the tail?  It’s rather a toss-up with this breed.

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Who can resist baby chicks?  So soft and fluffy looking, aren’t they?

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The world’s fluffiest chicken.  It looked like he was covered in fur instead of feathers.

And this was the most hilarious part of the fair.  Please note the egg that I have circled.

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Here is the signage for this chicken.  It had been sexed as a cockerel.  Presumably after the appearance of the egg, the discrepancy was noted and it was corrected to pullet.  You have to keep an eye on those chickens every second – you never know what kind of trick they’ll pull on you.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures of the chickens.

Blessings to you,
Sarah

 

 

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