A Valentine bird house made from the Botanical Interests Seed Catalog

A Valentine bird house made from the Botanical Interests Seed Catalog illustrations is fitting for a gift to someone special for the day of love. I save my catalogs and cut out shapes from the flowers. The scrollwork is wallpaper rub ons. I rub on the wallpaper but  decoupage the illustrations to the surface of watering cans, birdhouses, and other useful items. I add another layer of decoupage or varnish. I wouldn’t set it out in the weather but this one has been sitting protected on my front porch for several years now. it has held up well. You can see the entire article HERE. Botanical Interests Seeds has the prettiest catalogs out there.  You can find rub ons HERE at Amazon. Look at all the garden designs featured. I’d like to make one from the black and white selections. Paint the can first if you like then add the rub ons.  So make someone a watering can or birdhouse today!

Here is a watering can I made from stencils leftover from a home project I did years ago. This is cute to give to a garden friend or just to cheer someone up. You could just as easily add a card that said get well soon. For Valentine’s Day you could add hearts and love notes. The can was already yellow. I think adding the seed packet is cute. Look at these rose and vine rub ons!


Sewing Machine Gardening

Pomegranate Quilt by Flowergardengirl.com

Sewing machine gardening is what you do when digging in the dirt is not an option. While recuperating from my recent two year battle with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, I’m focusing on home projects that don’t take as much energy. Today I laid out the material for this quilt. I will keep you posted on the progress. It will go in my family room.


Poppy’s By Design in Blowing Rock NC is Christmas decked out in wonder

 Poppy’s By Design in Blowing Rock, NC is Christmas decked out in wonder for old and young alike. I take all my guest to see them.

 Every square inch is packed full of magical moments and ideas to be packed up and recreated in your home. 100_3088

Lots of red and white seem to be the theme this season but not without adding that blue grassy softness that breaks up the tones and adds just the right amount of softness.



Hey….look…..a giant snowman or several hiding in every corner. 100_3091

and did you see the visions of sugar plums…….100_3092

You must see their oil candles made here in the USA. or…..enhance a painting that you might already have…..or better yet…take this one home….100_3104

there is still pletny of autumn deals throughtout the store and many of us like to leave out our fall decorating in the lower south till about mid December…so Poppy’s has something for everyone.


They really do look beautiful in every season with exceptional floral arrangements made custom or bought right off the rack. visit Poppy’s By Design in Blowing Rock, NC or visit their Facebook page100_3093

Tippy Stockton $100 Shopping Gift Certificate Announcement

And the winners are:

$100 Gift Certificate – Lisa Rankin
Ginger Earrings – Sue G.
Spice Earrings – Kathy Ivie

Congratulations to all three of you. I received my order today and the packaging was just as creative as the jewelry. Every design feature of the Tippy Stockton Jewelry company is quality and geared toward customer service.

Winners please contact Patricia from her website @ Tippy Stockton Jewelry

For those who didn’t win, Tippy Stockton Jewelry is offering a 20% off coupon. Use code TIPPY20.  Coupon ends 10/31/12

See our giveaway introduction Here and Here

Thank you to all the participants and those who visited my website. It is a real honor to promote and feature Tippy Stockton Jewelry.