Tuesday, October 29, 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.