Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Progress....

Hello!  I wanted to post a picture of the progress my Chocolate Garden is making.   As of today, almost two weeks since planting, the Chocolate Viola is the only plant that hasn't sprouted any  seedlings at all!!  The germination on those is a little later, so I'm hoping that is why they aren't up yet.  It has been cool, so today I put a heating pad under the tray for a bit to warm them up!!  I have been spritzing them with a water bottle a couple of times to keep the pellets wet.  




I am ready to get outside and start working on flower beds.  The cool and rainy weather is getting rather tiresome.  I purchased a few pansy and viola plants yesterday that I need to get potted in the next couple of days.  The bright pop of color that flowers bring is a welcome addition to the spring landscape.  


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!!
Until next time...
Blessings....
Melissa

Friday, March 31, 2017

Chocolate Garden

 A Chocolate Garden?  Sounds like something only found in Heaven!!  This garden will be a feast for the eyes (hopefully)  more so than the palette (with the exception of a couple of plants).  What gave me the inspiration for this new project was a plant I purchased at the end of last summer.  It was a cute perennial with little yellow flowers and brown centers that promised the fragrance of chocolate.  I did a little searching on line and found a wonderful site.  Chocolate Flower Farm. 
www.chocolateflowerfarm.com.  How did I never hear of this before??  I decided to purchase the Chocolate Garden Favorites bag that comes with seeds for 6 flower varieties as well as a delicious chocolate smelling votive.  In it were seeds for more Chocolate Flowers, Sunflowers, Violas (edible), Hollyhocks, and Sweet William.  It was to include Pincushion Flowers as well, but Chocolate Wild Carrot was substituted.  I was excited about this because I really wanted those  but didn't get them because I thought there was a large extra shipping charge associated with them.  When I told my husband, he said, "That's a weed, you know?".  Leave it to the farmer!!  Anyway, I also purchased seeds for Nasturtiums, Dahlias, and a beautiful Rudbeckia 'Green Wizard.  


Each variety comes packaged and labeled so well.  There are also sowing instructions included with each .  There are six of them that require they be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before planting.  I was going to start this last week but didn't get to it.  Hopefully they will first actually sprout, and then more importantly, grow well enough to be transplanted outside.  I tend to over care for plants by giving them too much water.  I promise to be more careful this time!!


I purchased this little Jiffy Greenhouse for my seeds. I followed the directions to add water and boy do those little pellets take so much in!!  Within a few minutes, they were ready!!



I'm sure there is an appropriate tool that "real" greenhouse gardeners use to fluff up the pellets.  I don't have one of whatever that is, so toothpicks it was for me!!  I used them to push back some of the mesh, fluff up the dirt, and gently cover the seeds.  


Since many of these seeds are super tiny, I also used the tip of the toothpick to pick them up and put them into the pellet.  I put two seeds in some of the pellets because I only had another large greenhouse and I didn't want to use it for just a few seeds.  I'm hoping I don't regret that.  


All planted, labeled, and ready to be placed in our south facing bow window!!


Obviously, it will have to be lot sunnier outside than it is today for the poor little things to sprout!!  I put Winston in charge, but he's too busy napping in his bowl to be much help!!


Wish me luck!!  I'll keep you updated with pictures!! Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend. 
Until next time..... 

Blessings...
Melissa

Monday, March 27, 2017


Merry Monday!!  The sun was peeking through a bit ago, but I'm afraid it gave up!!  I decided to share a bit of sunshine from around my home instead. Here are just a couple of my spring gatherings. 


Back door guests are best!!  A cheerful welcome!

 I found this little bunny recently at TJ Maxx. Love that store as well as Marshalls for cute little home decor.

 A display in my kitchen.

After first appearing back in February when it was unseasonably warm, my mini daffodils must feel safe enough now to start blooming. I just love these.

Until next time...
Blessings.....
Melissa


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Time Wax Goods

Good afternoon.  After a long absence from blogging, my hope is to jump back in and share some of the projects I am working on.  In the time of my absence, I have been busy with life as we all are.  Our son, the baby, is a senior this year and we have just finished up an amazing season of basketball.  As freshmen, the varsity team was 1-21.  Each year since has shown steady improvement.  This year they finished at 23-2.  League (12-0) and Sectional Tourney Champs.  It has been a wonderful ride.  Now that it is over, the scramble to finish his scrapbooks and plan for a graduation party are on the agenda.  I keep thinking if I don't plan, he won't really graduate and we can have a do over!!!  

I have also been busy in my Etsy shop, Farm Field Primitives, with new Blackened Beeswax items.  Here are a few that are available. 

Antique Bunny


Chocolate Bunny


Cotswold Sheep Cupboard Hanger



Primitive Crow



Large Easter Eggs


Mini Eggs


Sitting Bunny


I have some new plans for my flower garden this year.  I will share some of those in future posts!  Thanks for stopping by.  

Blessings....
Melissa

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Gatherings....


Just a few of the gathering for Christmas and most of winter.  






This is one of my favorite ways to decorate a tree.  I dry orange slices and string cranberries.  After Christmas, I put red silicone lights on with the white ones and replace the oranges with heart ornaments. 


When we brought our tree in a few weeks ago, I had enough time to put lights and a burlap garland on.  We then went on about a two week run where we had something almost every night of the week.  And as you can see, it is still not decorated.  I think I like the "simple"  aka "lazy" look!!


Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful evening.  

Blessings...Melissa

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town....



Good afternoon.  I wanted to stop by and share some of my Santa collection with you.  A few I have purchased and a few I have made.  Like many of you, I really like the simple decorating so most times it's just Santas and greenery.  






The mittens in the dry sink belonged to my grandma.  We found them in her attic a couple of summers ago.  They are a perfect reminder of her.  



This guy is one of my favorites.  I originally made it to sell, but changed my mind once he was finished.  


All of the samplers in this display are ones I have stitched over the years. 



This is a new addition this year.  I made him from an old feed sack.


This old window chalkboard was also a project from this fall.  I've had the window for years and came across this idea from Pinterest.  Such a simple project!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful evening.

Blessings....Melissa

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Lazy Summer Saturday

Good afternoon.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer day.  It is getting very warm here  No complaints from me because I really do not like being cold!! Since I last posted in May....where has the time gone??... we have had so much rain.  This is a very strange thing for us because we usually miss most of the wet stuff in the summer.  The crops are looking very good for the most part and all of the wheat has been harvested.  


This is the new garden I have posted before  The corn is HUGE!!   The pod corn is on the left and the red stalker corn is on the right.  The pod corn is just beginning to get ears while the red stalker has had them for quite a while.  I am so anxious to pick them!



I planted the sunflowers behind the corn.  They were only supposed to be 4 feet tall.  Um.....I don't think they were labeled correctly.  They are as tall as the corn. 


A littel display next to the smokehouse with my favorite black-eyed Susans.


I started an herb garden this year.  It's not as organized as I'd like.  I didn't any planning and just planted a few things here and there.  I may have to revamp it next summer.  I made these cute little plant markers from some old silverware found at an antique shop.  

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I forget the name of these flowers, but they have just gone crazier than normal this summer.  The name starts with Heli....something. I can never remember.  They spread like wildfire so I'm always pulling them out from where they are not supposed to be.  You can barely see the white picket fence behind them because they are so tall!


My other favorites.  I can have more than one favorite summer flower, right?  I have many different colors of coneflowers.  It bums me out when the new color varieties come out  and they are so much more expensive than plain jane purple. 


This is the backside of the new counter/grills we put in last summer.  


And this is the front.  The grill on the  right is for wood fires. I used it last fall and made chili in a cast iron pot.  It was yummy.  We just made popcorn on it a week ago and it turned out really good too.  It takes more planning than I usually give to a meal.  That's when the gas grill comes in handy!


That's it for today. Time to do some Santa making or sampler stitching.  The stitching will probably win out since I am probably going to plunk on one of these lounge chairs with my buddies to stitch and catch a few rays of sun.  I can see a bonfire in the plans for tonight  with of course some yummy smores!!  Take care!!  Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings...
Melissa