I am very excited to tell you that the switch plate covers are now in the boutique. I love them! Each one is unique and charming and they feature vintage millinery flowers and vintage jewelry. Just the thing to finish off a beautiful room with a little whimsy.
Every year, the first weekend in May, is Arts in the Park here. This is the 37th year for this wonderful show which is nationally rated and juried and features artist from all over the United States. It is held in Byrd Park under the Carillon or Bell Tower. The weather was perfect for it this year...not too hot and not too cool...... just a perfect day to stroll from booth to booth sipping on freshly squeezed lemonade.
This is not my kind of thing but this was a very popular booth. Colorful metal sculptures and very pricey.
The lady in this booth was selling vintage buttons. This booth was also very popular. She really had some gorgeous old buttons and I loved her mannequin display just outside her booth.
This vendor was into masks. Again, not my kind of thing, but fun to see.
There were lots of booths with pretty colorful pottery. I love to see the pretty pieces but I tend to stick with all white pottery and dishes. Does that say that I am pretty boring? :)
Okay......now we're getting somewhere. This is where I spent my money. This vendor was from Michigan and called "The Added Touch". She called her merchandise wearable art. See that turquoise piece slung over the bar. That's mine. :) I bought a vest and cropped pants. They are made from tencel......refined, drapes beautifully and very, very comfy.
My friend, Cindy, bought one of these horse sketches for her husband. They were beautiful.
This booth was getting a lot of attention because of all the cute garden items it had. I loved the flower pot topiary. He was selling the special bars that you would use to make the topiary. I didn't buy and now wished I had.
Afterwards, off we went to the garden center. I was ready to buy my annuals and veggies. and eager to get them planted. I always gravitate to the pinks and whites except for the patch of zinnias I plant every year. I bought all pink and white impatiens and wave petunias. I decided not to buy hanging baskets already made but will make my own from small plants instead. Here's part of the stash I bought.
Bobby G., quit fooling around with the new camera and help me plant. Besides, that's not my best side! Wellllll.....maybe it is. :) And nope...my arm is just fine. That's just shadows having a weird effect.
In this planter I planted sage, parsley, dill and basil. I have a ton of mint in the garden.
From Gardener's Supply I ordered one of these new fangled things to plant tomatoes, egg plants or cucumbers in. See my tomato plant hanging upside down. I'll report back later this summer to let you know how it worked out......for better or worse. Should be fun though.
Remember, I mentioned earlier how I always seem to gravitate to pink and white annuals? Well...that also includes perennials and bush flowers too. Let's take a little walk around the yard and let me show you what's blooming right now. I just picked these gorgeous deep pink peonies and plopped them in an old ironstone pitcher. Aren't they just beautiful?
Mock Orange is an old fashioned flowering bush that just smells heavenly. Combine them with a vase of roses and you are in for a real treat. Mom gave me a slip of it from her yard four years ago and it's quite tall now.
I have one huge rhododendron at the front of the house and several in the wooded natural area in the front. These are pink and are just starting to open up. They are just spectacular.
They say if you have more than three of something than you have a collection. So, I guess you could say I have a rose collection or small garden. This is one I planted last year. It's loaded with ....... surprise......pink blooms. I am not a great rose grower so I am very pleased with this.
This is the white clematis on the backyard arbor. It's just beautiful this year and I think it likes where it is planted. The flowers are as big as saucers and it's just loaded with them. Last year I planted a deep purple clematis on the other side of the arbor and it's grown to the top of it this Spring. It's buds haven't opened yet. I can't wait to see them.
Well, I hope I haven't bored you to tears today with this long post. Until next time, when I want to show you some pics. from my R & R trip, I hope you have a wonderful week. xo Lynn