From the Victoria & Albert Museum, Beatrix Potter country: a legacy in Lakeland and beyond. ‘My brother and I were born in London because my father was a lawyer there. But our descent, our interests and our joy was in the North Country.’
We've always enjoyed Beatirx Potter's childrens' books in our house. I just read a wonderful Q&A about a new book on her garden life in the NY times. Since then I've looked up as much as I could about Beatrix and discovered her complete love of the outdoors and nature conservation. .
This is what you'll need: Tree leaves, mod podge, paint brushes, pastel watercolors and time. Paint the leaves with mod podge one side at a time and dry. Place books on top to flatten when dry for a day. Find little animal pictures and use pastel water colors to transform your leaf into art. So much fun to do and the littles can help too. Happy raking and painting!
Chrysanthemum is actually a derivative of two greek words, chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower). Wild mums are perennial plants that can be used in tea. These lovely little florets were orginally culitvated in China and then brought to Japan. The Japanese celebrate the festival of happiness with this flower as a symbol. A modern day use of this plant suggests it reduces indoor air pollution. Hmm I know what I'm getting for my house this weekend!
I've known Betty since I was 15 years old, she is the 'queen' of collecting vintage and of styling it all perfectly. The inside of her house is amazing. Here is a peek at the outside gardens in the Fall. Thank you Betty for having me visit ! Xo
The gal behind this title is Debra Prinzing. Her flower concepts allow for a deeper appreciation of 'flowers on the table'. Gardenrooms is giving a away a copy of Debra's book Slow Flowers to one lucky reader. Please take a look at her demonstrate that here and leave a comment below. Thanks Debra ! back soon with more news on gardens 1. & 2. stills from her lovely book.
clare you have won the book, slow flowers. thanks for playing.
I'm reviewing an uncommon gift for men from Uncommon Goods. Love this company and the quality of their entire line is top notch. The designers and craftspeople they work with are talented and have inventive minds. This product is made by a company that recycles sports equiptment, which includes snow and water skies, wake and snow boards, hockey sticks, baseball bats and golf clubs. How cool is that ? I really like this Hockey stick bbq set and have it all ready to use the next time my guy lights up the grill !
1. bbq hockey set, 2. fits right in our grill, 3. back patio. Thank you Uncommon goods for thinking of us. Back soon with more photos of gardens, gifts, giveaways and designers.