Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guest Artist: KAREN SKILLETT


Whimsical garden decor is Karen Skillett's focus for the 2017 FTSG Spring Sale! Inspired by her love of fairy gardens and her current obsession with vintage dishes, Karen combines her unique finds to create cheerful accents for your garden! She even searches high and low for hard-to-find vintage demitasse spoons (little spoons) to complete her chimes! And, well, her new bees and ever-present gnomes...she makes those just for fun!!





Monday, May 15, 2017

LAMB'S QUARTER- IT'S A WEED! IT'S A PEST! IT'S A SUPER-VEGETABLE!


You can garden for years and still learn something new...every year! Earlier this spring, I read an article on a plant called Lamb's Quarter in Organic Living. I got so fired up over this new discovery that I promptly ordered seeds. It is a "wonder plant", similar to Kale in the rich nutrients it provides.
The tender top two inches are picked and steamed, sautéed or added to soups and have a flavor similar to its close relative, spinach. Rich in Vitamins A, C, B1 and B2; iron and protein, this nutrient dense green is worth growing in the garden. When the seeds emerged, I was horrified to discover that Lamb's Quarters is none other than a prominent weed in most American gardens! I have pulled and composted it every year I can remember. After i got over this revelation, I decided to give it a chance but definitely will NOT allow it to go to seed. 
Lambs Quarter requires no cultivation and is relatively disease and insect free. Compare this to many of our cooking greens in the mustard family such as collards and kale which require vigilant bug protection. My mustard family greens are riddled with holes from beetles and the Lamb's Quarter are showing no signs of damage from bugs nor from drought. Rethinking our current cultures agriculture and culinary paradigms, we can adapt our tastes to the relative ease and nutrition of our weeds. My mind has been opened by the garden...once again!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

HOME IS THE HEART OF LIFE: WHAT IN STORE

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You will find a wide variety of interesting handmade artwork at HOME IS THE HEART OF LIFE. We are open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including Memorial Day Weekend.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

HOUSE PLANTING CONTAINER WORKSHIP

If you are looking for some creative fun this coming Saturday, you can make one one of these cool house containers. They are really fun on your front step or back out on your patio. The dirt is tamped into the contianer to form the roof and then you pop in your plants. You will make a mold that you can use again and then cast the container with hypertufa and take it home...all in one session! We have a morning session and one in the afternoon. Sign up for our creative workshop for this container at peaceinmygarden.com.
While there you'll be able to browse our Spring Sale, Home is the Heart of Life. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-5:00 every weekend in May.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NEW SPRING MESSAGE STONES


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The integration of inspirational messages with images is a key element in the design of our garden artwork. This spring we have four new message stones that reflect our theme, Home is the Heart of Life. Our FB friends voted these four as their top favorites. A message stones can be used in several ways; it can be hung as a plaque, stood up on its edge as a sign in the ground or on a table or placed flat in the ground as a stepping stone. A nice versatile gift for $15!





TEACUP BIRDFEEDER/CHIINA PLATE WIND CHIME

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It All Started 
With a Tea Party!
When Karen Skillett decided on a vintage tea party theme for a wedding shower she was hosting, she had no idea it would send her on a quest to "rescue" vintage dishes from thrift shops and antique stores!! 
A current trend is to declutter and simplify. In the process of doing this, donations of china, silver plate, and crystal are increasing. Karen brings new life to discarded treasures by bringing them to the outdoors! Teacups become precious bird feeders, while spoons and plates become decorative wind chimes!
For Karen's spring FTSG workshop, she brings the idea of celebrating High Tea (complete with Scones, biscuits, finger sandwiches and British tea) and combining it with some great crafts that are suitable for ages 10 and up. As you eat and sip tea from vintage china, you will complete two crafts -- a vintage teacup bird feeder, AND a vintage spoon and plate chime.
This is a great workshop for friends to enjoy together as a "Girl's Night Out" and makes a great Mother's Day gift! Consider signing up with your mom for a fun multi-generational celebration!
Sign up now at peaceinmygarden.com as enrollment will be limited. Two sessions are being offered, Thursday, May 18, and Saturday, May 20.

FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOP


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While it rained outside all day, we were busy inside with creative workshops. This bunch had a great time putting together fairy gardens with Natalie Thomas. Check out our spring line-up of Creative Workshops for spring at peaceinmygarden.com. Creative fun with friends, family and groups. During May you can also browse our Spring Sale. We're open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 5:00.