Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Handmade Spotlight - Proudly Displaying Old Glory

What a great selection of the Red, White and Blue. I just love it!! To get a closer look at each item, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Save Your Easter Lilly

My wonderful husband has always given me an Easter Lilly every Easter for the past 43 years! It blooms so nice for a few weeks and then dies back. I have always wanted to be able to keep it and save it outside, but I live in the north country. I thought maybe some of you in the "normal" weather might like to know how you can keep your Easter Lilly. 

Try planting your Easter lily in full sun in your garden, and with luck, it just might blossom again in late summer.

It will not survive northern winters outside, so in the fall, you can dig it up, report and let it rest for 2-3 months in a cool location (35-50) with filtered light. Maybe put it in basement. 

Cut the dried stems back to two inches. About January 1st, bring the Easter lily out into bright light, but not direct sunlight.

After it greens up, transfer it to a sunny window to force it into bloom. Water and fertilize as needed, and turn the pot to keep the plant growing straight. 

If you are lucky this might just work for you. Me......I have to wait until Easter to get another one. Hopefully hubby doesn't forget. :)

Have a great week! 

Colleen :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Garden Salvage

Gardening season is in full swing and April is the perfect month to go picking for vintage garden accents.  Architectural salvage adds whimsy and history to gardens both well established and newly sown.
These Etsy up-cyclers have that rusty charm your garden craves!
Invite the April showers with this charming reclaimed glass offered by mistyalbion. Planning a garden wedding this summer?  This seller has antique bridal accessories destined to become new family heirlooms!
An outdoor sink is a garden essential. Why not restore this gem for regular use or repurpose it into a gorgeous hanging garden.  Shop reclaimedhome for New York style at budget-friendly prices. 
Stop in at lakesidecottage to find wee bits of artistic whimsy for the garden path. This Etsy shop is brimming with all things vintage from picinic supplies to old timey tools!
Nothing says charm like an old Victorian iron gate but they are becoming increasingly difficult to find.  Scoop up this fine example from RefinedDecor.
Want to create your own architectural salvage magic? DaisyVirginiaVintage has a plethora of these shabby tin roof tiles just begging to be up-cycled.  Buy one for mixed media work or buy enough to create a garden focal point.  
To find more vintage elements for the home and garden search architectural salvage on Etsy.
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Party Sunday - Show Off Your Handmades

Welcome to our Blog Party Sunday. We would love to have you show us what you are crafting.

You are allowed to add 3 links to your shops or your blog.

The rules are simple:
1. Follow our blog
2. Handmade items only.
3. You may list up to 3 items each week.
4. Family friendly items only.

The success of this link party depends on the participants so spread the word to your friends, visit the shops,  post about it on your  blog, in a forum or on your favorite social networking site, grab the button and put it on your blog or website.
Just click on the Add Your Link button below and add your items.
And if you would like to add a link to the party you can grab this button below.