Sunday, July 24, 2016

Favorite Summer Time Places In My Garden

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit with a glass of lemonade while I share with you some of my favorite places in the garden.  We are in the midst of a heat wave and the perfect time to cool off in the garden shade.

The sap bucket makes a fun container to hang on the back of an Adirondack chair. I change the look from time to time by adding different flowers and paint colors to the bucket.

                                         Perfect spot for morning tea before it gets too hot.

The Sunflowers planted in pots are in full bloom. 
                           The little path behind my house leads to the kitchen garden.

                                                     The umbrella creates a nice shady spot to sit.

We have very little rain in the summer months and I like to use old thread bare rugs in the garden to add a little color.  The pillows are all indoor/outdoor fabric and also add much needed color

             The Nasturtiums are in their final bloom stage as they do not like the heat. I will be sorry to see them go as they put on such a show!

                                                         Bentley's favorite spot to hang out!

Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

"It will be healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body."  Proverbs 3:8

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Making Wreaths with Eastside Art Group

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of ice tea while I share with you inspiration for my art.  Today I will take you into my studio to share some of the beautiful wreaths our Eastside Art Group made.  I made a garden theme wreath to hang in a new little seating area in the garden and will show you that before we go inside. 

I used bright green moss and ferns to add a little color harmony to the bench. pillows..

Let's go inside to the studio where Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting to show you around.  Our class was taught by talented Diane who is one of Bentley's favorites.  Our Eastside Group is made up of nine very creative, diverse and talented artists who take turns once a month teaching a class - subjects range from jewelry, metal smithing, collage, journaling, painting, gourd art, wreath making, fiber and fabric art, sewing, print making, etc. 

Bentley and Diane at a previous class - he was just as happy to see her today!

Diane brought numerous supplies for our class -grape vine wreaths,sea shells, grasses, seeds, berries, flowers, pine cones, raffia, moss rope, etc. etc. etc. and demonstrated two different wreaths.

A pretty floral wreath with lovely fall colors and a charming sea shell wreath.

Under Diane's guidance - soon this . . . . . . .

Turned into this beautiful wreath made by Sherrill...

This soon turned into . . . . . . . ..

A beautiful wreath made by Marilyn

Sherrill was soon into wreath making and loving it and she made this one out of seashells and beautiful pine cones shaped like little flowers.

Norma made this lovely wreath with a Native American theme.using beads, feathers and clay figures and a charming dream catcher.

Marilyn and Sherrill continued making wreaths - unfortunately I did not take photos of their other lovely creations. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Have a lovely week.   Blessings,  Erin

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness."  Galatians 5:22

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pink Roses on the Easel

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for a new Rose Painting.  It is hard to believe that we are already into July and our Roses have already been cut back 2 times.  I picked a few before our gardener prunes them back.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to see what Roses are in bloom.

In spite of our 5 year drought the Roses are doing well with limited watering -  they seem to have adjusted and are thriving.

I used a combination of pink Iceberg Roses and my favorite and joyful Our Lady of Guadalupe Roses 

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin

                           "All the families of the earth shall be blessed."  Genesis 12:3

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Garden Tour

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax for a few minutes.  Today you are invited to an early summer garden tour of my small space garden located on the side of our house.  It is long and narrow and divided into small rooms and based on the small walled gardens located in the South of France that I fell in love with on a trip to France.

 We were so fortunate to have some rain early in the year and even though it was not enough to officially end our four year drought - it was enough to help our flowers and trees.  We lost  two of our large  trees and all of our hydrangeas during the height of the drought.

Bentley. my Garden Assistant, is waiting to take you on a little tour.

This corner of the garden was devastated by the drought as we lost a large tree and large blue Hydrangea bushes. The first room is all gravel in the English/French cottage style.  I moved the high back bench to the corner to give some height until the newly planted tree fills in.

We dug up most of the grass in the side garden when the drought started several years ago and love how easy it is to take care of.

I like to change the pillows around  in this corner to add even more color to make up for the loss of our large Hydrangea bushes.

Geraniums have been the mainstay flower during our drought as they are colorful and do well with limited water.  Ours are the Martha Washington variety that do well under drought conditions and like to trail when planted.


The brick walkway leads to the front door.

Off the front door is the little sitting room that is divided from the gravel area by a little white pick fence. Flags and colorful  red and white check  pillows come out on Memorial day and stay in the garden until early Fall. The Newport Bay and Pacific ocean are just a few short miles away and the garden takes on a coastal cottage feel during the Summer months.

As an artist and flower painter I am happiest with lots of color in the garden and love creating little spots of it in the garden with  real flowers or flowers on fabric.

Joy is one of my favorite words that describes how I feel in the garden.

The "faux" stepping stones lead to the little area which is a lovely place to sit and have a cup of tea.

The mirror reflects the garden and gives the illusion of more depth.

Vintage table cloths add color and whimsy to the tea table.

"Blossom" our vintage dress form keeps watch over the garden - she is very fickle and likes to change outfits on a whim!

The Nasturtiums have taken over and  are now acting as decorations for her skirt.

She likes to wave her flag for the Fourth of July which is right around the corner!

Ladders are a great way to add height and interest in a small space garden.

Vintage galvanized rabbits add a touch of whimsy.

The Secret Garden gate leads to the kitchen garden behind the house  where herbs and flowers  are growing and winds around to the little patio off the kitchen.

Bentley loves to hang out in the kitchen garden as it is a nice sunny spot for him to nap and he also enjoys nibbling on the herbs and Nasturtium flowers.

I just replaced the old white wicker chairs with a newer Adirondack chair as the seats were getting too loose to safely sit on - they are now in a friend's garden where she used them as planters! 

The neighbors Nasturtium plant grew under our fence and up the little bird house trellis. The picket fence planter on the right was made to plant herbs in that are used for cooking.
Nasturtiums  make pretty little bouquets when mixed with other cut flowers.
They seem to grow wherever  planted - even in an old rusty funnel!

Their gardener recently  tore out the Nasturtium plants and the one growing up my trellis died. I planted one on my side of the fence and am waiting for it to start climbing. In the meantime I hung little galvanized pots with yellow flowers on the  bird house  trellis to add some color.  Just like "Blossom"  I am constantly changing around the outdoor pillows and moving furniture and pots of flowers around.

French doors in the kitchen lead out to the little kitchen garden. It is very sunny and the perfect place to sit and have a cup of morning tea. I collect vintage table cloths and enjoy using them in the garden to add color.

Thank you for stopping by.  I am in the process of changing domain carriers and my blog has been down during the past week. Hopefully it is back up now and you will be able to continue to receive my blog posts.
I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those who follow my blog.

Have a lovely week.   Blessings,  Erin

                      "In wisdom you have made them all: the earth is full of your creatures."  Psalm  104:24