Votive Holder Becomes a Vase!

I’ve had this pretty cool set of  chunky glass votive holders for quite a few years now, but have stopped using them. In fact, I even set them aside to donate with my next thrifting purge.

Chunky Glass Votive Holder

I still actually quite like them, but you know how it is. Sometimes you just move on.

And I really had moved on… until I brought home a bunch of tulips the other day. I have vases, but I was feeling restless, and wanted a change.

For some reason these votive holders came to mind, and then it all fell into place.

Chunky Glass Votive Holder turned Vase

Sometimes it pays to think outside of the box!

Tulip Collage

An unexpected bonus – the inverted dip for the votive became a great stabilizer for holding the tulips upright and in place!

Tulips in Votive Holder

I have decided to keep them after all. Whether or not they’ll see candles again is hard to say, but I know they’ll see tulips again soon… I have three of these chunky vessels and I think a trio for Easter might be kind of nice!

How about you? Have you given something a new purpose lately? If so, what did you do?

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Multi-purposing Ombre Barware: Transitioning Flowers from Morning to Night!

Vintage barware can be so much more than meets the eye – you just have to see it with a different eye! Here I take an everyday floral bouquet, and present it in a bouquet of vintage ombre vessels showing you how to multi-purpose the barware, and transition flowers from morning to night!

These are the ombre vessels I started with…

Vintage Silver Ombre Carafes & PitchersFrom L-R, a 1950-60s Vitreon Queens Lustreware carafe, Libbey carafe and Vitreon Queens cocktail pitcher.

I also selected an embossed ombre roly poly (below). This roly has a lot of its ombre worn off around the embossed pattern, so it’s become a spare in the Audrey collection – not for sale, but too pretty to ignore. The everyday bouquet you see is a simple mix of flowers in deep reds and white. To honour this coming Saint Patrick’s Day I picked up a pot of Irish Moss and some extra filler in bright pops of green!

Embossed Ombre Roly Poly

I’ve put my own spin on a current and popular  trend to group different but similar vases together with the same type of flower. See more of the latest trends over at ProFlowers blog here! Instead of staying with the same flower, it’s the mercury fade (ombre) that I’m highlighting as the common theme. My twist is taking the every day bouquet from a daytime setting to an evening presentation!

Ombre Barware as Vases

These mini brandy snifters are more seconds in Audrey’s mix, but I refuse to say, all is lost. I opted to incorporate candles into this theme and decided to use them for tealight holders instead! Pairing candlelight with the ombre’s reflective surface was simply a natural fit.

By planting the Irish Moss in the roly poly, I was able to camouflage the worn ombre, and give this vintage glass new life.

Embossed Ombre Roly Poly as a Planter

The flicker of candlelight made the embossed pattern come alive.

Embossed Ombre Roly Poly in Candlelight

To reinforce the silver reflective theme, I’ve set the roly on a 1960s Park Sherman crystal coaster with a silver plated rim, and the tealights on Kimiko mercury glass coasters.

And to pull everything together the arrangement of flowers, candles and coasters have been set out on a vintage Canadian ‘Silhouette Quality’ tin tray with a leaf pattern that reinforces the cut stems and greenery.

Ombre Vessels in Flower Arrangements

I’ve set the tray on layered linen tea towels to warm and soften the feel of the cool, reflective surfaces, to define the overall presentation, and to pull together the colour scheme. The tea towels are what make this presentation work by day, giving it a cheery, relaxed feel.

I’ve kept the floral presentation more casual by adding Bear Grass, allowing it to whisp freely and umbrella the tray.

Vintage Canadian 'Silhouette Quality' Tin Tray

It’s the deep coloured flowers, the candles and reflective surfaces of the sleek, elegant ombre that make this presentation work by night!

Silver Ombre Vessels as Vases

Do you notice how the linen tea towels blend and almost fade away? If you really want to change the feel for the evening, just lift the tray and remove the tea towels – it’s that simple!

A recap of tips:

  • utilize vessels beyond their intended purpose – here it was vintage barware
  • pick your common theme and run with it – in this case, vintage pieces with reflective surfaces, candlelight, and deep red flowers
  • draw the eye into the whole scene – I did this by using similar but not identical pieces positioned at varying heights
  • integrate layering and texture – I layered the main vessels onto the tray and coasters, and brought the whole presentation together by placing it on the layered tea towels
  • group and run the odds – the larger vessels are grouped together, the candles and coasters placed out front, and I’ve used odd numbers of like things
  • think subtle reinforcements – here, the connection of colour in the flowers to the tea towels, reflective surfaces of the pieces to the flickering of candlelight, leaf pattern on the tray to cut stems and greenery – all work together to reinforce the overall presentation.

Vintage Silver Ombre Barware as Vases

At this time of year you can lighten things up with pretty pinks and yellows, purples and whites, but I like the drama of deep red against the silver tones in these vintage barware pieces… even though I know Audrey Would ‘think pink’!

What floral presentations are you noticing and loving these days? What items have you seen multi-purposed to stand in for vases instead?

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These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

We had an incredible long weekend with awesome weather, so I was able to get out and tackle the extra greenery that wasn’t really invited to our garden plot.

Our side yard looked like this…

Overgrown Weeds

Yes, I hang my head in shame. 🙁

But it looks worse than it really was. These party crashers seriously seemed to pop up overnight!

Weeds

They look pretty in this photo, but trust me, they are not your friend!

These pretty weeds (what are they anyway?) cover the ground like a floral carpet, and before you know it, you’ve got wall-to-wall!

Well, not anymore.

Now our side yard looks like this!

Wheel barrel of weeds

Two heaping wheel barrels and this mini load later.

I know. Crazy!

And to keep the weeds down, Lush Eco Lawns will be replenishing our bark mulch with a very, very thick layer. I’d call that ripping out the carpet and replacing it with hardwood instead! 😉

How about you, are you battling the first weeds of the season? What are your weed control strategies??

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DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

DIY Herb Planter Makeover

Not too long ago I was given a hand-me-down planter with these little gnomes that hang off the sides. Now I know these guys are pretty cute, but I’m not so much into cutesy garden things. Don’t unfriend me for that!

Garden Gnomes

Okay, they’re actually kind of hard to resist with their mischievous little faces… they spell trouble, right? But, I still wasn’t convinced. I kept trying to decide where to feature this planter with these little guys, and then it all came together for me!

Here’s a look at what I did.

Painting Garden Gnomes

Poor, unsuspecting little guys! I painted the planter, too.

And then potted it up.

Sweet Marjoram…

Sweet Marjoram - Container Planting

Rosemary & Basil…

Rosemary & Basil - Container Planting

and Thyme.

Thyme - Container Planting

And look who popped up!

Basil - Container Planting

See what I mean about mischievous? How did he get in there??

And what’s this guy doing hanging around here?

White Garden Gnome

So bad. I knew they were trouble!

Garden Gnome Planter

I guess my planter of herbs is their new playground!

Herbs - Container Planting

I’m hoping the herbs will survive in this planter, but if not I’m game to move them and try something else!

How about you? Have you given herbs in a planter a try? And what about garden gnomes? Are they in or out at your home, or have you already unfriended me for that? 😉

Today I’m linking up over at Satori Design to join Shauna and the gang for the outdoor extravaganza party. Why not pop over and check out what everyone else has been up to! And if you’re into potting up herbs, check out Shauna’s tutorial. She’s has a few great tricks to share!

Project featured over at Living Savvy. Thanks so much Tiffany!

Living Savvy

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Guest Posting at Home Bunch: Putting A Pause In Your Day

Isn’t it interesting how time seems to be flying by? I don’t know about you, but my Spring feels like a blur!

Today you’ll find me over at Home Bunch taking you on a tour of one of my favorite places in the Cowichan Valley… a very tranquil, beautiful place where time checks itself at the door, and Spring does not pass you by…

Won’t you join me?

Home Bunch

 

A big thank you to Luciane for inviting me to be her guest today! I promise, this tour will put a pause in your day for just a moment. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by…

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Fennel, Grapefruit & Makaria Farm Kale Sprouts!

A salad made with Makaria Farm kale sprouts! {To.Die.For!!!} Did you know kale sprouts are only available for about 2 weeks of the growing season? It’s not the end of the world, but once you’ve had fresh kale sprouts you’ll wish they were available all year long!

Kale, Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale sprouts *when in season, otherwise kale torn into bite-sized pieces

1 pink grapefruit

1 head fennel, thinly sliced or shaved on mandolin

2-3 pitted dates, chopped

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/4 (+) fresh mint leaves

Sea Salt & Ground Pepper to taste

Dressing:

2 Tbsp champagne vinegar

1 tsp honey

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

Here’s what you do:

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, but whisk the olive oil in last.
  • Peel grapefruit, segment and remove the skin.
  • Place kale and fennel in a large bowl, and dress with a few tablespoons of the dressing; gently toss with your hands until the dressing is worked into the leaves. Season with salt & pepper, if desired.
  • Place on serving platter, and top with grapefruit, dates, and mint.

Kale, Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

Optional:

  • Sprinkle with almonds and serve (which we did, but I forgot to take a photo!).

Enjoy!

What have you got planned for the weekend?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Just When I Thought I Was Done!

Landscaping with Heather

I know you’re all keen to move on from the photo journey of what we’ve done outside. And I get it. Trust me, I do!

But I had to share my ‘just when I thought I was done’ moment with you.

See this beautiful home and its equally beautiful landscaping?

Rock Terraced Landscaping

Well, this belongs to my neighbour.

And today he removed a bunch of his Heather shrubs. Do you know where I’m going with this?

That’s right, he offered them to me! All five of them!

And though this spot is pretty much solid rock, here’s where I was determined they would go.

Bare Ground for Heather Shrubs

I wanted to fill in the bare area you see, so there was a little more green.

So I took on the braun of the rock underneath, and outbrauned it enough to the dig holes.

And got all five in place. Well, hubs put the front one in for me!

Transplanting Heather Shrubs

The holes were just barely deep enough, but will do.

Here’s a little side view.

Landscaping with Heather

Can you see the dirt mounded up around them?

So what do you think?

Landscaping with Heather Shrubs

Did I do the right thing by accepting my neighbour’s generous offer?

Do you remember how this yard looked when we moved in? If not, you can see a ‘before’ of it here.

What would you do?

All of our neighbours have been super encouraging and helpful. In fact, it was another of our neighbours who suggested we might be interested in this Heather. I thought that was pretty cool. And then another offered to use his truck if we wanted to get a load of bark mulch. In today’s world, being treated neighbourly like this is pretty awesome.

I’M SO GLAD YOU STOPPED BY!

xo

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A Little Garden Tour

I promised you a little garden tour after scattering the freshly painted terracotta pots around.

So let’s get started!

Welcome. This is the planter that greets you at the front door.

Spiky Red Star Plant, Regatta Rose Lobelia, Lavender Wave Petunia

A new terracotta pot filled with some colourful stuff! I got some great buying tips from Jean over at Flower Hill Design that you might want to check out! This is what’s in the new terracotta planter:

  • Spikey Red Star
  • Lavender Wave Petunia
  • Regatta Rose Lobelia, a little hard to see, because it’s hiding in the back.

And I’m trying something new this year, that I saw on Pinterest

The bottom of this planter is filled with 3 empty plastic water bottles. This is to help with drainage, and also to fill the planter up a bit. Did you know your pots don’t actually need to be filled with as much dirt as they will hold?

We’ll see how this goes!

At the bottom of the steps we have theses two planters.

Sweet Basil, Chives, Gerbera Daisy

The back planter is filled with Sweet Basil and Chives, and the front planter is a Gerbera Daisy. The Daisy was a gift a while back, and I’m hoping it will like this new home! Notice the rubber bin? You might remember one like it from my article, ‘Recycled Tires in Decor’.

This is a snap-shot of the new BBQ pad area with the flower pots in place…

Red Geraniums, Spiky Dracaena, Lattice Heat Pump Surround, Cement BBQ Pad

And the recently installed heat pump surround, which is ready and waiting for the Sweet Peas to be set out in front. That’s happening soon!

This is the side yard where all the weeding and planting activity has been taking place. You can see how dry this spot gets!

Rock Benches for Plants, Lily of the Valley, Full Sun Garden

The Lily of the Valley you see bordering the rocks came from my Dad. He had to thin his patch out!

Let’s take a closer look at what’s here.

This is the little garden bed by the porch you see, which we put in back in the early Fall.

Iceland Poppy, Hens and Chicks, Frosty Fire Dianthus

Hubby’s parents brought us a bunch of plants from their garden then, and the Black Eyed Susan’s got planted here. We hope they bloom! We’ve also added ‘Frosty Fire’ Dianthus, and a few Hens and Chicks.

Here’s another little planter with more Hens and Chicks.

Hens and Chicks

In the fall we also put in some rock benches for plants.

Rock Benches for Plants, Iceland Poppy, Bleeding Heart, Full Sun Plants

The middle one has a Bleeding Heart in it, which we brought with us when we moved. We weren’t sure it was going to survive, but it came through and bloomed a little earlier this Spring. And the two outside benches were just planted with Iceland Poppies.

Our friends, Scott and Julie, gave us this Lavender bush.

Lavender Bush, Purple Calibrachoa

We transplanted it to this larger ceramic planter, and added the purple trailing Calibrachoa. Eventually the lavender bush will need to be planted in the ground, but for this summer we’re going to enjoy it here.

When we moved in and got to the bottom of the weeding, we discovered some herbs growing underneath. The one in front is Oregano, and the one in back is some kind of mint, but we’re not sure what. Do you know?

Potted Herbs, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Mint

We decided to pot up some Cilantro and Basil to join them. I love fresh Basil, and can’t wait for it to really grow!

To go with our herbs, we popped in to Makaria Farm on Sunday for their organic tomato plant sale.

Makaria Farm Organic Tomatoes

Source: Clemens Rettich – Instagram

We thought the little side porch would be perfect to grow a few tomato plants, so we bought three.

Two cherry tomato plants…

Cherry Tomatoes in Pots

On the left is the ‘Indigo Rose’ variety…

Indigo Rose Cherry Tomato

And on the right is the ‘Sun Gold’ variety.

Sun Gold Cherry Tomato

And this larger Heirloom Vine tomato is the ‘Rose’ variety.

Heirloom Vine Tomato, Rose Tomato

I’ve had this stepping stone for a long time.

Stained Glass Stepping Stone

It was given to me by my Mom when we lived on the Charlottes, and has made each move since then. And I’m thinking this is a symbol of good luck that the plants we’ve put in will survive their moves, too!

Just for fun, remember where we started way back when we moved in?

Distressed Yard, Overgrown Yard

No kidding! This is what it looked like!

And here’s one more look at where we’re at now.

Landscaped Bank, Full Sun Plants, Dry Soil

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Lily of the Valley Border, Full Sun Plants

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

I’ve joined in the fun and linked up here!

There are a ton of great projects to see, so why not pop over to check them out! Even better, join in the fun yourself!

A special thank you to these lovely hosts!.

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IASWP   the space between 

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And now that we’ve got our planting pretty much finished up, I’m looking forward to getting back to some of my painting projects that have been on hold!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xo

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DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

Last week I took a little gander at my random collection of plant pots, you know to start thinking about prettifying the yard a bit. I love terracotta pots, but mine have definitely seen better days.

Like this one!

Chipped Terracotta Plant Pot

This is the biggest one I have, and it’s been around for at least 10 years, not to mention through a move or two…

Here’s a few more added to the mix.

Prepping Terracotta Pots to Paint

See what I mean? The big pots are in pretty tough shape around the rim.

So I decided to paint this bunch and give them a new life. It’s not like there’s anything to lose, right?

I started by brushing off all the dust and dirt with a stiff-bristled hand broom, and then lightly primed each pot with spray primer.

Primed terracotta plant pots

The wind showed up just in time, and made spraying evenly almost impossible.

I decided to give this Krylon ‘Make-It-Stone’ textured spray paint a try.

Krylon Make It Stone Spraypaint

But I didn’t notice until it was too late that this paint is an indoor paint. Oops! Oh well, like I said, there’s not much to lose at this point.

The pots took the paint really well, but they looked a little boring all sprayed out in stone.

So I went over the rims and sprayed them black instead.

Painting Terracotta Pots

I was trying a little ombre touch here, but a few days later, decided I didn’t really like that either! My technique was a little too blotchy, don’t you think?

So I prepped the pots for another coat of the Krylon Stone to go over the Ombre attempt.

Taping Terracotta Pots to Paint

This additional coat made a big difference to the finished look. I liked the outcome much better than the first round.

Here’s a little peak at round two.

Krylon 'Make It Stone' & Black Rim

I think they look better like this, even up-side-down 😉

And since I liked the way the pots looked, I gave them a few clear coats to seal them, and called it a wrap. Hopefully this will help protect the ‘indoor’ paint from the elements, at least for this season!

Want to see them all planted up?

I stayed with bright red Geraniums and Dracaena in all the pots. They’re pretty hardy plants that I usually manage to keep alive!

I wanted the red to pop against the black and stone colours of the pot, and once the Geraniums fill out, I think they’ll be showy.

The Rhodoes in the background are actually our neighbours, but we get to enjoy them as a backdrop!

Remember the ‘before’ of the big planter?

Chipped Terracotta Plant Pot

What do you think of it now?

Notice the water on the rim? I think that’s a good sign that the sealer is doing its job!

Have you painted terracotta pots for outside? Were you happy with the results?

We spent our weekend weeding, and planting up flowers, herbs, and some of Makaria Farm’s famous tomatoes. I hope you’ll pop back for a little tour of what we’ve done!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xo

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Hey, Sweet Pea!

I’ve got a package of Sweet Peas all ready to go. But don’t really have a place for them to grow!

You see, our yard is mostly topsoil on rock, and there’s no great spot to plant the sweet peas and install a trellis… that is until now.

Remember the heat pump surround?

If you missed that post, you can catch up on it here.

I was thinking the lattice might work for a trellis. But that would mean growing the Sweet Peas in a planter. And somewhere along the way I heard they didn’t grow that well in planters… So I decided to investigate 😉

And here’s what I learned:

  1. You can use planters, but follow the planting rules!
  2. Don’t put too many plants in one container… believe it or not, they actually need room to grow!
  3. Use a porous container… plastic or glazed ceramic pots cause the roots to get too hot.
When I read tip #3 it all made sense. The problem wasn’t using a container, it was the type of container that mattered!
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After searching Duncan high and low, this is what I found today.
Two rectangular terracotta planters at Buckerfield’s in Duncan… the only two I saw in all the places I stopped. And trust me, I searched! All the other rectangle planters were either glazed ceramic or plastic.
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Today must have been my lucky day, because not only were these the only two I saw in my travels, but they were also 40% off!  I was hoping to find gray, and didn’t exactly have a faux basket look in mind, but these will do the trick!
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And just to give you an idea of what I have in mind, here’s a little staged shot (with the help of Photoshop) set up in our garage.

I plan to put the planters side-by-side in front of the heat pump surround.

Apparently Sweet Peas like a southern exposure, so this should be perfect for them. And since I just know these are going to thrive 😉 my only concern is the lattice won’t be quite high enough. But I’ll cross that bridge if when I have to.

My Dad and I like to have a little Sweet Pea challenge to see whose grow the best. If mine don’t grow, do you think he’ll know this photo was photoshopped?

{UPDATE: Click here to see who won this ‘sweet’ little challenge 😉 }

Do you grow Sweet Peas? What is your secret to success?

For more gardening ideas…

Kitchen Container Potager + Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party

You might want to check it out!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

 Photography by Sheila Zeller