It’s SHOWTIME!!

Every Husband’s Nightmare is now open at the Washington County Fairplex in Hillsboro.  Free parking and free admission.  HOURS: Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Saturday, Nov. 18.  Open 10am – 8pm weekdays and 10am – 5pm Saturday.

Some areas were still being set up when I took pictures, so there is LOTS MORE than what my pictures show.

 I had a LOT of left over hand painted signs after closing my etsy shop; so I’ve REDUCED SIGN PRICES by up to 75% at this show.  Signs that were originally $19.95 are now just $5.00.  The rest of my signs are now just $10.00 or $15.00.   And I stocked a lot of signs for this show!  Great gifts and stocking stuffers!!

Here is some of my additional product at the show.  The rest of my items are ‘blended in’ throughout the show, according to color or theme.

Three aisles of locally made food products at the show; with samples for tasting.

Aisles of hand crafted jewelry, hand made soaps, felted animals and lots of sweet things for baby.

Ornaments galore!  Not only on these displays, but also throughout the show!

Fall decor if you need a little something more for your Thanksgiving table.  Look at that FABULOUS set of vintage lockers!

Beach decor, red and turquoise Christmas decor and some fun vintage reproduction dish towels!

Neutral tones with black, metallic and glitter accents.

Traditional red and white Christmas . . . and cottage chis pastels.

And as always, lots and lots of fabulous vintage!  these pictures really only show a ‘snippet’ of what all you will find at the show.

 If you want to avoid shopping crowds, come in the evening hours.

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SALE AT STARS ANTIQUE MALL

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ACK!  It’s been such a busy week that I almost forgot to tell you  that it’s SALE TIME at Stars again!!  The sale started yesterday and runs through Monday, October 30th.  As always, EVERYTHING in my booth is 50% off during the sale.  Lots of cute Halloween stuff still available.  Lots of everything really in my booth and throughout BOTH malls.    Each vendor selects what % off they give for the sale.  Look for the sale signs in each booth.  Happy shopping!

New inventory in my booth at Stars

All of a sudden there’s been a flurry of furniture selling in my booth at Stars Antique Mall, which means ‘room for NEW inventory’!  I was caught a little off guard this time and the only furniture items I had ready to deliver were shabby white.  I will usually stock darker furniture this time of year, but . . . oh well!  Here’s what’s new:

LOVE this vintage vanity bench!  The existing paint consisted of a very pale aqua/sage green undercoat, topped with pink and topped with a creamy white.  The varnish on top of all that paint was very splotchy, drippy and yellowing, so I gave it a good ‘once over’ with the orbital sander . . . .and here it is!

This simple little three-legged half-table is super light weight and worked perfectly to stack atop another table to create some height in my booth display.  I mostly left it as I found it, and only distressed the top a tad bit more.

Another little white table, pretty basic design and was originally stained a light pine color.  I think it might have been part of a set of nesting tables, but little tables like this are convenient for so many different uses.  I sanded it, painted it white and distressed it.  (sorry about the one blurry photo!  I’ll try to remember to replace it.)

I actually have THREE of these little three legged stools; and even painted them all white!  I only have one stocked in my booth for now though.  They look like milking stools, but they don’t have the handle on the side.  I thought they would make nice stands for a dessert display.

A vintage slat wood picnic basket, and this time I left it ‘as found’ instead of painting it as I’m typically inclined to do with the picnic baskets I procure.  I almost passed this one up because it had one of those ugly plastic liners inside.  I actually had put it back on the shelf and was ready to walk away, when I decided to take another look and see how difficult it would be to remove the liner.   Turns out, the liner was not attached at all and pulled right out!  So into my shopping basket it went.  One feature of this basket that I especially like is that the lid is hinged about 3/4 of the way on the top.  Usually the WHOLE lid is hinged on the outside rim, and those hinges break easily.  So I’m thinking this one will be much sturdier and hold up a lot longer.

I stacked the newly added unpainted basket with a previously stocked and painted white basket that I stenciled “EAT” to the top of.  Little wood stained step stool is kind of ‘fancy’ with a beveled edge.  Old apple basket dry brush painted white and filled with apothecary jars.

Grubby little step ladder.  You can NEVER have too many of these!  They are awesome for displaying stuff on, but they usually sell super fast.  Most of the time I will just lean them in my booth so the shopper doesn’t have to unload it to buy the ladder.  But I was in need of more display space this time, so I loaded it up with Halloween decor.

LOTS of vintage milk glass vases.

For some reason ‘beach decor’ season totally slipped my mind!!  I usually stock the beach stuff right after Easter . . . better late than never, I guess!

Vintage white wire garden fencing candle chandelier.  The candle lanterns easily lift off for easy transport.  Just add your own battery or regular tea lights.

Assorted vintage treasures.  Those vintage ‘dirty joke’ cocktail napkins are HILARIOUS!

PLEASE don’t let the construction on the block next door scare you away!!  Dealers are stocking new items daily, and the parking is NOT as bad as you might be thinking!  

P.S. Stars sale coming REAL soon!!

 

NEW ANTIQUE MALL IN PORTLAND: URBANITE.

Have you been to the new antique mall in Portland yet?  URBANITE is now open at 1005 SE Grand Ave, catty-corner from Rejunivation .  No, I don’t have a booth there . . . yet!  (fingers crossed; they are FULL and have a waiting list for vendors right now.)  I stopped in today and just HAD to take some pictures to share!

How cool is this stuff?!?!?

Seriously.  If you are looking for a BIG industrial piece,  this is THE place to go!

Lots of galvanized and rusty stuff too.

Antlers and textiles too.

Plenty of individual compartments and old drawers too; unique storage containers.

Seriously, a little bit of everything.

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Pop over to their Facebook page for store hours and more information.

Re-visiting burlap wreath making

It’s wreath making time for me again.  Yes, I am STILL trying to use up the supplies that I have on hand; and I’ve been putting off making the wreaths because they are so labor intensive!  Here is my previous post on wreath making.  I’ve come up with a BETTER way to make them this year though!

First, we have the wire wreath forms.  The ones on the left I got at a garage sale eons ago.  The one on the right with four rungs, I bought at Dollar Tree, but you can get them at any craft store if you prefer to pay a lot more for them!

The first few I started with were made using plastic mesh.  Again, I got mine at DT, but you can pay more at any craft store.  AND you can get wider sizes at craft stores.  this size worked just fine for me though.

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(Pardon the puppy paw at the top of the photo.  I had Willow for the weekend and she wanted to help!)  The bigger white mesh wreath was made using a bigger 2-rung form that I had with the batch from the garage sale.  And the picture above shows my new method for making the wreaths: twist your chenille stems onto your entire piece of wreath material (whether it be mesh, burlap or ribbon) FIRST.  Previously I had added the chenille ‘as I went along’, which gets very tedious!

I cut up my chenille stems ahead of time, before starting on the wreath.  That way, I have them all ready to go and can get into a better rhythm when tufting my ribbon.

By doing it this way it’s easier to take breaks if you need them (which I do with my carpal tunnel!) between strips of material and attaching them to your wreath.  Also, the actual construction of the wreath goes by much faster this way.  Overall, it probably takes the same amount of time, from start to finish to make one; but this new way it feels less laborious.

And then it’s time for embellishing.  I actually made ALL the wreaths and left them plain for a bit; then went back and added the embellishments to all of them at the same time.  I just lined them all up and started sampling the different add-ons that I had on hand.  For the sale of continuity though, I will show each wreath, start to finish.

I went super simple on the 2-rung aqua mesh wreath, and just added a simple gold glitter ‘Believe’ ornament.  On wreathe like this, where I am adding minimal adornments, I do not permanently attach the added decor.   I note on the price tag that the ‘Believe’ is removable; and this adds to the value of the piece because it can be used  without the added piece after the holidays.

Next is the fluffier 4-rung aqua mesh wreath.  On this one, as well as the big white mesh wreath, where I am using a lot of smaller adornments, I glue them on with tacky glue.

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That’s it for the mesh wreaths.  I wish I had written down how much mesh I used on each wreath, because I really do not remember.  I ‘think’ the big white one took 7 of the 5 yard spools.  The fluffy aqua one, 6 spools; and the smaller aqua, 4 spools.  When in doubt while purchasing supplies, buy MORE than you think you will need.  No harm in having extra left over.  But if you don’t buy enough . . . you might not be able to find more of the same when you go back!  Especially at Dollar Tree.  If you don’t buy ALL you want of think you will need at the onset, it’s VERY likely that you will never find more of it again.  And yes, I learned that lesson the HARD way!

On this one, I DO remember exactly how much yardage I used.  This is one of the 4-rung wreath forms, and I used a full 50 yard spool of Costco burlap ‘looking’ wired ribbon, and five yards of the ‘Merry Christmas’ ribbon.  The 4-rung wire forms pretty much take twice as much yardage as the 2-rungs.

This one is made from actual 5″ burlap on a 2-rung form.  Bigger, fluffier folds using 10 yards.

The printed burlap banner is just attached with safety pins on the back, so it is removable; allowing the wreath to be used year round.

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Size comparisons of various wreaths.

Another wired ribbon wreath, on a 2-rung form.  This one took about 40 yards in total.  For the two colors, I first added the print ribbon spaced out; then filled in with the red ribbon.

This one was a real challenge!!  I only had 10 yards of the ribbon to work with, and no coordinating colors to fill in with if needed!!  Fortunately this printed burlap ribbon was wired AND very stiff, so I could really fluff up each tuft and space them out more than with the soft ribbon.  I have to very carefully position each tuft ‘just so’ to hide all the attachment wires, and they will shift a bit with handling; but once hung in place is will be fine.

The turquoise burlap ribbon came from DT, the cream colored from the craft store, and the little big of green in the smaller starfish wreath came from who knows where??!  It was just in my supply box awaiting use.  I did both of these on 2-rung forms; and glued on the starfish.  I thought about making the starfish removable, but couldn’t figure out a way to do that without tying them on; and I didn’t like how that would look.  These took about 20 yards each to make.

2-rung form with 10 yards of the printed ribbon and about 6 yards of the red.  The printed was very STIFF (like the music notes ribbon) so I was able to spread it out a lot more than the solid red ribbon.  The red glitter ‘Believe’ ornament is just attached with chenille stems, so it’s easily removable; making the wreath usable other that just for the holidays.

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In the picture, this one LOOK like it’s all one color.  In fact it is two different shades of gold, because I didn’t have enough of either to finish it.   But I thought I had enough, so I didn’t plan ahead to intermix the two colors as I have on other bi-color wreaths.

The two different colors are just barely discernible, but you CAN see the difference in the picture on the left.  The ‘Joy to the World’ ornament is just tied on to one of the ribbon loops.

This one took 8 yards of the striped ribbon, and about 4 yards of the red.  Again, I didn’t have enough ribbon to complete the wreath and had to get creative.  I used some burlap ticking fabric to make a BIG bow at the top to cover up the area that I didn’t have enough ribbon to cover.

I’ve made a pretty good dent in my wreath making supplies!!  I still need to make a few more, but need to give my fingers a rest.  My right thumb is nearly raw from twisting chenille stems.

The BIGGEST faux pumpkin I have ever seen!!

I found this big ole faux pumpkin just AFTER Thanksgiving last year.  sigh.  I almost passed it up because I didn’t really want to store if for nearly a year before I could put it out for sale.  Alas, the novelty of it being bigger than any faux pumpkin I have ever seen convinced me it was worth buying.  It seriously took up the entire shopping cart.

After the first of the year, I found this other large pumpkin with a wire stem.  The price was right, so I bought it too.  Stashed them away until last month; when I got them back out to paint them and get them ready to sell.

I painted both of them white.  The smaller one I added white ‘sugar’ glitter to.  If you want to minimize glitter ‘shed’, you can spray your glittered item with a clear varnish.

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The bigger one was just too big to glitter, but I wanted to ‘pretty it up’ a bit.  I stirred some ‘fairy dust’ glitter (super fine Opalescent) into Mod Podge and brushed it on.  It’s shimmery but not glitter-gritty.  Much more sparkly in person than the pictures show.

These two pale bluish-grey average size pumpkins are left overs from last year.  I typically buy my used pumpkins from thrift stores and estate sales.  Don’t let a missing or broken off stem stop you from buying one.  You can always add a snippet of a tree branch for a stem.  I intentionally look for one without stems because I prefer the look of a real wood stem!  A little bit of moss adds to the natural feel of painted pumpkins.  (I have a big pine tree in my front yard that constantly sheds moss; that I gather and save for craft projects like this.)

A few small and mini pumpkins; some glittered and with wood stems, and a few make from suede and velvet fabric.

Have you started decorating your home for fall yet?  

Here in the Northwest, we are HYPER ready for fall this year.  Although summer got a very late start this year, it has been a long and EXTRA hot summer with no cloudy rainy days to break it up, and more 100 degree days than I can ever remember having EVER!  It didn’t even cool down at night on most of the really hot days; which it usually does here.  We have had enough of the heat and are aching for cooler fall evening and sunny crisp fall days!

Halloween Things ‘on a stick’

I’m really not sure WHAT these things are called.  I’ve also seen ‘snowmen on a stick’, so I guess it’s okay to just call the Halloween things that too.

I just added these to my booth at Stars, along with the reproduction JOL and black cat baskets.

The original Halloween JOL baskets were made of JUST paper mache.  I used glass votive holders and ivy bowls, covered with multiple layers of paper mache for mine.  Easier to get a nice round shape that way.  The chenille handles are glued to the inside using e6000.

For the paper mache, you can use strips of newspaper, or any fairly pliable paper.  I used tacky glue to adhere my first layer of paper to the glass; then for all the additional layers of paper, liquid laundry starch.  After 3-4 layers of paper are completely dry, sand down any pumps or wrinkles; then add a couple of payers of tissue paper strips (again using the starch).  Once dry, sand again before painting.

For the ‘stuff on a stick, start with a styrofoam or dynalite ball.  I was using up what I had on hand, which was styro.  Poke a hole with your painted dowel, remove dowel and fill hole with tacky glue and reinsert dowel; let dry before you start covering your ball.  You’ll be holding onto it by the dowel as you add the layers of mache, so you want it in there nice and firmly, glue completely dry.

I save the newsprint paper that they use to wrap fragile things at stores with for my paper mache.  If using styrofoam (as I did for these) glue will not adhere to the styro.  And don’t bother buying that special styrofoam glue.  It doesn’t work!!  So, how do you get your first layer of paper to stick???  Cut nice and narrow and extra loooooooooong strips of your paper for the first layer.  You want one piece to fit completely around your styrofoam ball, and you are basically ‘encasing’ the ball with the paper strips that are glued to EACH OTHER.

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I lay out 3 -4 strips of my long paper and put a strip of tacky glue right down the center.  Then wrap the glued strips around your ball.  Keep gluing on strips until you ball is mostly covered, a few slight gaps is fine.  Next start adding your wider and shorter strips of paper using the starch.  3-4 layers, once dry, sand away and bumps and lines.  Then just as with the buckets, add a couple of final layers or tissue paper with starch.  Another sanding before painting.  Place your ball on the stick in a vase to dry.

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For my spider and ghost, I decided to use google eyes, glued in place with e6000.  Then I painted on the rest of the features.

For the spiders legs I used doubled over chenille stems.  Poked nice deep holes on each side where I wanted the legs to go with a skinny screwdriver, filled the holes with tacky glue, then inserted the chenille.  Those adorable funky little hats??  Made from melted styrofoam cups, painted black!

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You can find the ‘how to’ for the hats on Pinterest.  I’ve found that the ones that I make tend to mostly turn out with a very crumpled rim, like on the spider and ghost.  The one on the JOL above came out with a nice FLAT rim, but that was the ONLY one that turned out like that.  WARNING: the styro hats will be very BRITTLE and chip easiily.

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The above Punkin Head boy was made using an actual little fake pumpkin!  I just added a few layers of mache, then proceeded as usual.  Since this guy had a stem on top, he didn’t need a hat.  For his eyes I used painted thumb tacks!  (add a dab of glue before pushing them in place.) Oh, and I do add a coat of matte varnish when completely done.

After I got all of those done, I decided I wanted to tackle a BIG bucket; but I’m really TRYING to not spend any $$ on supplies right now, and use up what I have on hand.  So I made the big black bucket completely from scratch!

And, yes, I KNOW he looks more like a PIG than a cat!!  Gimme a break.  It’s my first try!!

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I used this glass hurricane lantern as a base for my bucket form.  I covered it with plastic food wrap, then added 2 layers of paper strips using mod podge as my wetting agent.  I wanted something a little sturdier than the starch for the first layers since I was going to have to remove it from the glass once dry.

I was really, REALLY hoping that the removal process would be easy.  HA!  I cut down one side and tried to peel the dried mache away from the glass,  NOPE.  It was too stiff to budge.  So I cut down the other side two, thinking that I’d be able to pull both sides away and keep the bottom in tact.  ALMOST!  The sides pulled away fairly easily, but the bottom cracked in several places.  Oh well, I can repair it.

So, my next step was of course to patch up the bottom and sides with strips of mache.  I used tacky glue on a few strips first (sort of like band aids!) to hold the sides and bottom together while I added the layers of paper, using the starch now.

Before my mache got too thick, i cut slits where I wanted the ears placed.  (In hindsight, I should have put the ears higher!)  I cut the ears out of an old cereal box and left enough extra length so that I could fold about 1/2″ at the base.  Inserted the base into the slit, put tacky glue on the folded tab and held it in place until it dried flat.  (tacky glue dries well enough to hold in about 5 minutes.)  Once both ears were in place, I started adding the layers of paper dipped in starch.

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Once completely dry, mark spots on the sides for your handle holes with a pencil, and drill holes.

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Second mistake I made on this was to glue on the nose/whiskers BEFORE I painted on the eyes and mouth.  I glued them on with e6000, so there was NO way to re-position them once I realized my mistake.  It really should have been higher.  I made the nose out of FIMO, and inserted some thin craft wire through it before baking it, for the whiskers.

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Painted black, inside and out, eyes and mouth painted on; a coat of varnish to finish.  A ‘rebar tie wire’ handle and a big orange bow and it’s done.  I guess her name should be Miss Piggy?!?!

Stop by my booth at Stars, for these and lots more Fall and Halloween decor!

Awesome artwork by Wendy T.

Gotta LOVE the internet, and bumping into kindred spirits.  I ‘met’ Wendy from the UK via etsy.  After ‘chatting’ for a bit, she asked if she could do a portrait of Willow for me.  OF COURSE!

Alas, I did not have any really clear and detailed photos of Wiggly Willie!  I sent several of whatever I had to Wendy for her to work with, but I really HOPED that she would be able to capture Willow’s smile in the portrait.

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*** This custom portrait is shared with the permission of the artist, Wendy Taylor-Eardley

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!

How fabulous is this water color portrait of Willow!?!?!

Please pop in on Wendy’s Facebook page and take a peek at the rest of her custom work.  And if you are ever looking for a very special and unique gift for a pet loving friend or family member; you MUST have Wendy do their portrait!!

She will deliver your portrait via a digital file, then you get it printed up in whatever form you wish.

*(Sorry to spoil your surprise, Elliot and Megan; I really wanted to surprise you with the framed copy; but I just could not WAIT to share this!  I love it SO MUCH!!)

Little Jewelry Chest of Drawers Make-over

ReVamped and upcycled jewelry boxes and chests are always good sellers for me in my booth at the antique mall.  Finding the right pieces to make-over can be a bit of a challenge though.

The first thing I always do is look inside the drawers.  So many of the old jewelry boxes have that cheapo velvet fabric lining the drawers, and it’s usually stained and dirty and impossible to remove.  So I pass if the drawers (innards, as I like to call them!) aren’t clean.

The next thing to check for, if you are going to be repainting or re-covering your piece, is to be sure that the drawer pulls/knobs are removable.  On this piece that I recently made-over, I had already removed the drawer pulls when I remembered that I needed to take pictures!

A time or two in the past, I HAVE bought pieces that I could not remove the knobs from, and just painted the whole thing, knobs and all; but I avoid that as much as possible.  I just sand the paint off the pulls/knobs as much as possible in those instances.

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How sweet are the drawer pulls on this piece!?!?

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The insides of the insides of the drawers were clean and painted black, which was totally fine.  Except for the fact that I was re-painting the piece an off-white and the contrast was quite stark.  My solution?  Glue some paper to the inside bottom of the drawers.  I used old dictionary pages this time.  In the past, and on full size dressers/chests I have used; pretty wrapping paper, vintage wall paper, vintage sheet music, old road atlas pages . . . really, ANY kind of paper that you can cut to size will work.

I also added some of the same paper to the recessed bottom of the chest, just for fun!  Don’t forget to paint (or paper!) the BACK also.

Before and after.

*This piece has already SOLD in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon.

Garden update

Haven’t posted about my garden in a long time!  IN general, 2017 was NOT a very good gardening year for me.  We had a very long, cold and unusually snowy winter; followed by a very long and record breaking WET spring with nearly NO sunny days; followed by a crazy HOT summer with record breaking heat and more 100+ degree temperature days  than we’ve ever had before!  All in all, a very brutal year for my little flower garden!

My flowering Jasmine did not survive the winter.

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The Jasmine was planted in the big pot with a trellis, to the left of the ladder.  I had specifically selected tall growing vines for those two pots to provide some shade for the back of the house.  My bedroom in in that back corner and gets the late ‘hottest part of the day’ sun.  At the end of a hot day, my bedroom would be 90 degrees and unbearable!  (these duplexes are old and not very well insulated!)

We are only allowed to plant things in ‘existing dirt areas’ in our yards. so I couldn’t plant anything in the ground back there.  Hence, the two pots and ladder; which when in full bloom really DOES help cool down my bedroom.

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I had originally bought Jasmines for both pots.  One died right after I planted it, and I couldn’t find a replacement for it; so I bought something else that grew tall.  (Can’t remember WHAT it is!  But it’s growing well!) Was trying to not spend quite so much money on my garden this year, and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with that back corner, so I tossed the handful of Sweet Pea seeds that I harvested last year in the pot on the left.  If nothing else, it would give me some shade!  At it worked fine for this year.

 

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The Sweet Peas grew taller than the ladder before they started turning brown.  SO, now I am right back where I started and will need to plant something in the left side pot in the spring.  Trying to start some clippings from the plant on the right; not sure if they are going to root or not though.

I’m trying to not spend too much money on annual plants, but I HAVE to have my Petunias every year!!  The wave petunias for my ladder in the back, and I decided this year to add some hanging baskets at the back patio window for some additional shade.  I ended up buying a bit more than I needed, so I also planted some in my little red wagon and and old rusty shopping cart that I had.

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AND I was hoping that the hanging baskets would help hide that shade hanging over the window.  Yes, I KNOW it’s uG-ly!  But it’s a necessary evil.  It’s one of those shade tarps that blocks 95% of the sun.  They are intended to be hung OVER the patio, but I have no way of doing that; and I really NEEDED some way to keep my bedroom cooler.  This was my best solution.  Finally, now with FIVE layers of window coverings, it keeps the hot evening sun out.

I hung this new shade over the old bamboo shade I put up last year.  Then, INside  there are the vertical blinds, heavy burlap drapes and room darkening drapes; and my bedroom no longer feels like an oven on hot summer nights.

Pictures from the front garden.  I didn’t add too much to the front this year, other than a few starts from my best friend up in WA.  Every time I go visit her, I take her a few clippings from my garden and she sends me home with a few from hers.  It’s a great way to add to your garden inexpensively.

I got very few strawberries from my plants last summer, with it being the first year; so I was really looking forward to having a lot of them to enjoy this year.  So were the squirrels, apparently.  They got to the ripe ones before I could pick them EVERY TIME!  Grrrr!!!  I did not spend all that time and effort planting 30 strawberry plants, just to feed the squirrels!  Time to outsmart those darn squirrels.

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So I spent DAYS digging up every single strawberry plant and replanting them in hanging baskets!  I was surprised at how minimal the root structure on the year old plants was; and decided that I could put 3 or 4 plants in each basket.  Not wanting to spend a fortune on hanging baskets, I decided that I’d re-use what I had and only buy a few additional ones.

So, for now, I planted the rest of the strawberries in some plastic pots that I got from Michael; and they are on old metal rack on the back patio.   Once the hanging Petunias are done for the season, I’ll put these plastic pots in the petunia basket hangers.

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(and I had about a dozen strawberry ‘runners’ that I planted to take up to my friend in WA!)

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So NOW I have a bare space in front of the Roses and Peonies, where the strawberries had been.  I’m hoping to be able to fill that area with plants that I’ve grown from seeds that I harvest from my front yard plants.  Did you notice the little white picket border missing from the back now too?

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Originally I only had to remove the picket from the left (MY) side of the duplex.  Reason being, my side gets a lot more sun and the fencing was plastic and the heat made it crumble and all apart.  After looking for more matching fencing to replace it, I decided to just pull it ALL up now, instead of waiting for it to crumble next year.  I had planned to replace the border next spring, but decided that I actually like it BETTER without the border.  Now that my plants are more established, it really doesn’t need a border.

I prefer to keep my rose bushes well pruned and more compact; which typically contributes to more roses.  For some reason, these that I have now seem to need to grow very TALL in order to bloom.  We get really strong winds blowing in the back yard; and sometimes it’s so strong that it actually bends and BREAKS off those long branches.  So to prevent future breakage, now I need to add trellises.  Trellises are NOT cheap, and I really didn’t like any of the ones I looked at.

So, I’ve decided to build my own.  But given how tall these roses need to grow to produce flowers, I was going to have to build some very TALL trellises . . .and then I’d be needing a small ladder to reach the top to attach the roses to the trellis?!?!  Hmmmm?!?!

I got some sturdy 8′ long metal conduit rods for my vertical supports and bought some 4′ bamboo staked for the horizontal supports . .  . and I’m going to build an espalier trellis for my roses.  I’ve never done this before, so we’ll see how it goes!  I’ll build the trellises in the late winter while the roses are pruned for the season.

This is the area along the side of my duplex.  The white picket is gone now.  I’ve got some marigolds (grown from seeds I harvested last year) planted between the Hydrangea; to add some color for the fall.  Behind the Hydrangea are Gladioli, which have now been trimmed back for the season.  Eventually the Hydrangea will grow into enough of a hedge that I won’t need to add any annuals between them.  But I do plant to add some Liatris (from seeds I harvest this fall) between the Gladioli.  I think that will make a really nice back drop for the Hydrangea.

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This is under the front window, three big Hydrangea bushes along the back, which will probably be full enough to create a hedge by next year.  I’ll have to keep these trimmed fairly low, under the window, as this is the ONLY window that I can put the air conditioner in.

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I had some visitors in a hanging basket of mint in the front, earlier this summer.  Look at those hungry little mouths!!  As soon as I’d get the hose out and start watering the garden, I’d see momma bird swoop down, hunting for worms to feed her babies!  I was surprised at how fast the eggs hatched . .  and again how quickly the babies grow and leave the nest.

And that’s my garden report for 2017.

 

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