Saturday, December 28, 2013

TIME FOR A CREATIVE WORKSHOP!

You can enroll on line on our new website.  It's quick and easy!






Monday, December 2, 2013

2014 HYPERTUFA STUDIOS







You can enroll on line on our new website.  It's quick and easy!



Sunday, December 1, 2013

2014 HANDMADE PAPER STUDIOS


You can enroll on line on our new website.  It's quick and easy!



The dates for the 2014 Recycled Handmade Paper Studios have been set.  Starting in January you will be able to sign-up and pay online on our new Creative Studios Website.  


Sign up for Creative Workshops and Studios at our PEACE TO YOU Saturday Event and you'll receive a 25% discount on class fees!


PEACE TO YOU Saturday Event
December 7 from 1:00-4:00

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM From the Summer's Garden

At this time of Thanksgiving we extend our gratitude to our customers and followers for your patronage and support. May you get the bigger half of the wishbone this season!   All of us at From the Summer's Garden want to send a special Thanksgiving wish to Nathan, our former studio assistant, now studying abroad in Italy.  We are thinking of you and grateful for your hard work and enthusiasm.  Here's what the studio looks like right now during PEACE TO YOU:
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DISCARDED WATER BOTTLES + PAPER MACHE = BOTTLE ANGELS!

Last year for Marshmallow World we created hypertufa Snofolk.  These were fun little snow people entirely sculpted by hand.  It was a fun process because it was very similar to actually rolling balls  of snow.
 For PEACE TO YOU we've created Bottle Angels, repurposed from discarded water bottles and sculpted with recycled paper mache.  Each one is a bit different because they too are made by hand.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NEW FROM THE ARTISTS AT PEACE TO YOU


Our roaming photographer, Lisa, has done a great job giving you a look at what's going on at PEACE TO YOU!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

FRANK'S SMILING FACE WILL GREET YOU!

We are blessed to have Frank as one of our guest artists.  He creates beautiful objects in unusual and interesting woods including boxes, trays, coasters, bookmarks, clocks, jewelry stands and on and on. He is also a charmer is loves to greet people and help our customers through our set-up at PEACE TO YOU. 

Join us Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November and the first week in December, 10:00 - 5:00 each day. Maybe you'll get to meet Frank too!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SPECIAL EVENT- THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 FROM 1-4!


GUEST ARTISTS KEEP SURPRISING US!

Here's what's new from more of our artists at 
PEACE TO YOU.

Ann Dahl:


Bill Jones Soaps and Cremes:




Karen Skillett:



LeAnne froom South 20 Studios:




















Lori Woods 5B & Company Candlemakers:

Rose Marie Dammann:

  Sue Pike Bower:


Saturday, November 16, 2013

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH FROM THE SUMMER'S GARDEN TOMATO DIP MIX:

Here's a dandy list of the top ten things to do with From the Summer's Garden TOMATO DIP MIX compiled from customer suggestions:

10.  Chop dried tomatoes in food processor.  Mix with herb seasonings and 1/4 cup melted butter.  Toss with fresh popped popcorn.

9.  Add tomato dip mix to your favorite white chilli recipe.

8.  Spread prepared dip on two slices of fresh bread.  Sprinkle chopped green olives on top followed with fresh arugula.  Put halves together for a great sandwich.

7.  Fill muffin cups half full of corn muffin batter.  Place 1 TBS prepared tomato dip in center and top with more batter.  Bake as directed.

6.  Spread prepared dip on a soft tomato or spinach tortilla. Add cheese, sliced peppers and lettuce for a tomatoy wrap.

5.  Add dried mix contents to your favorite pot roast recipe.

4.  Add 1/2 cup of prepared dip to your potatoes when you are ready to mash them.

3.  Pound boneless chicken breats to even thickness and baste with garlic olive oil.  Grill one side unitl golden.  Flip and baste with prepared tomato dip.  Grill 5 minutes or until done.

2. Spread prepared dip on the bready protion of left-over pizza and wherever the topping is thin. Heat in microwave for 15 seconds.

And the number 1 way to use From the Summer's Garden TOMATO DIP MIX is to feature it as an appetizer at your holiday gathering with crunchy vegetables and mixed crackers.


Friday, November 15, 2013

BAGEL ANGELS

These playful angels are made of real bagels that were dried out to form the armature for their bodies.One of them flashes the peace sign, another holds a wreath, one holds his requisite latte to go and the fourth holds a dove. All sport mini-bagel halos. Now appearing at PEACE TO YOU.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CUSTOM DEMONSTRATIONS FOR GROUPS

The holiday sale event is a great time for your group to enjoy a custom demonstration and an exclusive shopping experience at From the Summer's Garden.  The Prairie Gardener's and the Women of St. Lukes learned how to make a hypertufa box planter and a cast leaf water basin and didn't even get their hands dirty!
From the Summer's Garden has designed a series of Hypertufa kits that simplify the process making it a snap to make your own tufa containers. Available now at PEACE TO YOU.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

WHAT A WEEKEND!

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What a beautiful weekend for our opening of PEACE TO YOU.  Lisa and Karen bring you this overview of the sights and sounds this weekend.  

Marilyn Lake and three other members of the Heartland Bell Ringers created musical magic with their bells.  The pleasant weather allowed for windows to be opened and the music carried out through the garden.  Many thanks to these talented musicians!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

THIS THURSDAY!- Opening Night for PEACE TO YOU

Our Holiday Sale Event
PEACE TO YOU
starts this week and we'd love to have you 
join us for our opening night event
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
from 5:00 -8:00 pm.

  • The Heartland Bell Ringers will provide live music 
  • Mary Rimann will be sampling new holiday wines 
  • Nina Ward will sample special foods for holiday parties 
  • Boulevard Bakery fresh-baked holiday cookies  
  • Fun drawings for gift bundles all evening
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street
Overland Park, KS  66212
913-579-5395

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

PEACE TO YOU IN THE GARDEN!


Here are the garden stakes being featured at PEACE TO YOU this year. In addition to inspirational message stakes there are two types of display or pedestal stakes, the large wing stake and the peace symbol stake that can be lighted for the holidays.

 A string of small twinkle lights is easy to wrap around this peace symbol stake. What a great idea for a more unusual outdoor holiday decoration!
Here are four designs of stepping stones featuring a PEACE theme.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

MINI-MESSAGE STAKES

These new mini-message stakes are perfect for the front-of-border or a focal point in a container planting.  The PEACE theme can also turn seasonal as a less traditional approach to decorating  your front porch for the holidays.  PEACE TO YOU!

Monday, October 21, 2013

HYPERTUFA PEACE PLANTER

This is not your usual hypertufa planter.  It comes with a side shelf on which you can display sculpture or even interesting nature bits like mossy rocks. During PEACE TO  YOU we are featuring lavender plants which are very happy when planted in hyperutfa pots and can be successfully overwintered with out getting wet feet!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

IT'S WREATHING TIME!

Dried flowers and herbs from this past summer's garden are everywhere.  Bees and hummingbirds actually fly into the open doorway to check our progress. The sweet smells of the plant materials must draw them in.  We have been drying flowers and herbs all summer and Laurie's dried roses are very fragrant this year.  It's wreathing time when we make our all natural Summer's Garden wreaths (still just $35) and seasonal home decor wreaths for our holiday sale, PEACE TO YOU....and look who's back!  Blaze, one of our studio assistants for many years, is a very talented second-year architecture student at KU.  When it comes to wreath-making he "gets it" and really does a great job combining the materials into beautiful finished wreaths.  If I must say so myself, the wreaths are especially nice this year, reflecting the favorable growing season.  Perhaps this is the year to get one for yourself!

Monday, October 14, 2013

PEACE TO YOU - ANGEL LANTERNS

This holiday season we are celebrating PEACE TO YOU.   Warm glowing light from flickering candles or brightly color twinkling lights helps to dispel the heavy darkness that falls upon in these waning months of the year. We have many things that use and celebrate peaceful light.  These two  are unusual solutions for indoor or outdoor lanterns made of concrete

The angel lid lifts so you can insert a candle into the votive holder inside. The light flickers between  layers of the concrete rings separated by sparkling glass beads.
This larger candle or solar light stand is perfect for a porch or step.  You can place a solar powered light or a pillar candle in a glass hurricane in the protective alcove guarded by an angel in deep peaceful repose.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

PEACE TO YOU LAVENDER FROM HALINGS GREENHOUSE

Lisa Freeman from Halings Greenhouse in Prairie Village, grew really nice hardy lavendar for sale this year.  We sold the small plants at our spring sale, PEACE ON MY PORCH.  For PEACE TO YOU, we'll have larger lavendar plants in hypertufa "monkeybread" pots. Lavender and these pots are a perfect match. The lavendar will actually overwinter in the pots with a good cozy leaf mulch.  In spring, all you have to do is brush away the mulch and set the pot where you want it for the growing season.  Because the tufa pot breathes it drains the lavender perfectly, never allowing it to become waterlogged.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DEEP PEACE TO YOU

This ancient Gaelic Blessing is the source of inspiration for this year's Holiday Sale theme,
PEACE TO YOU. What would a theme be without a song?  Listen to this version for your own moment of deep peace:   DEEP PEACE

Sunday, October 6, 2013

BOULEVARD BAKERY- Home of the Decorated Cookies

Most times when I approach a plate of decorated cookies it is not a difficult decision to pass them up usually for something better like good dark chocolate.  That all changed when Loretta Peeler, one of the baker's at Boulevard Bakery of Kansas City, brought me a box of her decorated cookies.  Made fresh daily with all real ingredients, they melted in my mouth with a burst of flavor...and they look terrific.  In fact, Loretta will customize cookies to order. These cookies are so good we'd like to share them with you at our holiday sale, PEACE TO YOU.  Loretta sent me photos of her Christmas designs and I sent her our color palette and how to decorate them.  In no time, she was at the door with a box of these beautiful cookies we're calling our PEACE cookies.   
Check out Boulevard Bakery's Home of the Deecorated Cookies.