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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring at the Vintage Lady

Welcome. I am so happy you stopped by. I just returned from my friend Cathy Jarrell's charming shop, The Vintage Lady ,where she is hosting an Herb Fest today. Shopping in her fragrant garden full of herbs, scented geraniums and glorious Spring flowers inspired me to make you a cup of Mint Tea. Would you like to join me in my garden and relax and I will share my photos of Cathy's garden with you.

We are having a glorious day and Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is already in the garden enjoying the Spring flowers

After visiting Cathy's garden I decided to add pops of bright orange flowers to my garden and love the look. My old Rocket vintage bicycle basket is perfect for planting colorful flowers.

I found the adorable Easter rabbits at Ross for $5.99 each. I loved the peach outfits and thought they would like great with the new orange flowers.

Bentley is not sure what to make of the rabbits in his garden.

St Francis is all dressed up for Easter .

Enough of my garden. Let's visit Cathy's charming and whimsical garden.

Her front window is pure whimsy and all dressed up with the cutest bug you have ever seen. Have you ever seen a bug wearing an apron and carrying a butterfly net? Adorable.

The garden is located behind her shop in a precious vintage cottage

The old wagon is filled with fragrant herbs.

Cathy's garden features a large selection of hard to find heirloom and vintage flowers.

A darling topiary bunny.

She specializes in using found and recycled items as planters.

Cathy designs the adorable signs and has a local artist paint them.

The adorable Easter basket was designed by Cathy.

You can find Cathy working in her charming garden located at:

The Vintage Lady

434 El Camino Real

Old Town Tustin, California

714 731-0422

She takes phone orders and has a website: http://www.thevintagelady.com/

Watch for her new blog coming soon where she will share the joy of working in her garden .

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. If you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special, please send me a e-mail or leave me a comment.

I will be taking a little Easter Break to spend time with my family and friends and will be back on April 10th.

Wishing you and your family Easter Blessings, Erin

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Pansey Inspirations

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. We are having a beautiful sunny and cool Spring day in Southern California. Would you like to take a little break and join me for a cup of tea in my garden? The pansies are in their glory after all of the rain and I am an anxious to look for inspiration for a little Pansy welcome sign to hang on my garden vintage bicycle.

Finding inspiration . . . . . .

Here . . . .

Looks like Bentley, my helpful studio assistant, found a little Pansy inspiration.

There . . . . .

Everywhere . . . . .

Don't you love the happy little Pansy faces.

The Pansy Welcome sign inspired by my Spring pansies.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Vintage Flea Market

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. You are just in time to take a little trip with me to the Vintage Flea Market in Old Town Tustin to look for treasurers for my Spring Garden. It is raining . . . if you would like to go with me . . . grab you rain coat and rain boots and let's go.

Bentley is all ready to go - looks like he managed to wiggle out of his raincoat .

By the time we arrived - the rain stopped and the sun came out. Rainy days are great for shopping Flea Markets as lots of times the rain keeps buyers away and there is more to choose from.

The wonderful old truck looked right at home parked in front of the Vintage Flea Market.

Let's see what we can find . . . .

I found two fun items for my garden - let's take Bentley to the little park next to the Flea Market and then go back home and I will show you my finds. The tiny little garden has two benches and the fence is decorated with reproduction farm packaging labels depicting the citrus farming history of Old Town Tusitn

Citrus packaging labels.

Back home in the garden . . . finally . . . Spring bulbs are beginning to bloom .

I have been looking for an old red wagon to display plants in my garden and finally found one at the Vintage Flea Market today. A little Radio Flyer just the right size.

My other find was this adorable vintage garden girl with a big bonnet. She was only $5.00 and fit right in with the Spring plants that are starting to bloom.

Isn't she charming?

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate you visit, comments, and those of you who follow my blog. If you would like to see my paint something special or have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin