Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Join us for our Big Hurrah June 7 and 8!

GROW HAPPY will be open 10-5 this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What's new, is that we are extending our sale for one more weekend and will be open 10-5 Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. 
Soggy perhaps, but with our heads above water!  
Join us for our Big Hurrah!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


These easy-to-make Fire Bowls create pleasant soft lighting for an evening dinner on the patio and can really help to set the scene for an evening garden party.  They amount to nothing more than a concrete bowl filled with decorative rocks that conceal and inexpensive Tiki-type torch that burns oil lamp fuel.  They can be left outside all summer, rain or shine.

What You Need:
-plastic for covering work surface
-4 - 5 assorted sizes plastic bowl forms
-1 bag sand topping concrete mix
-plastic mixing pail
-vegetable oil with brush                                                                                            
-mud gloves
1 bag large landscape rocks

Search for both of these on line on-line:
-Clean Burn Torch Oil
 -4.5 Tiki Torch canister with wick 

What You Do:
1.  Spread out the plastic to protect your work surface.

2.  Use the brush to coat the inside surface of your plastic bowls with oil.   You can use plastic salad bowls, plastic planting containers, even take out salad bowls. This gives you an interesting assortment of sizes.

3.  Put on the mud gloves and pour dry sand topping mix into plastic pail. Add water slowly in small amounts and mix to a plastic clay-like consistency so that it does not slump or is not runny.  Mix in smaller amounts rather than the entire bag at once. 
4.  Start packing an oiled mold with handfuls of the concrete mixture. Cover the bottom about 1-inch thick and then build up the sides going around the bowl until you reach the top.  Smooth of the top edge by placing your four fingers inside the bowl and your thumbs on the outside.  Move along the edge smoothing as you go. 
TIP: Gravity will pull the heavy mixture down the sides of the bowl as you work. This can be frustrating since we want the bowl to go to the top of the mold.  A simple trick to resolve the slumping issue is to walk away for 20 to 25 minutes.  By leaving the concrete alone, it will begin to set and crystalize, getting stiffer in the process.  You will discover it to be harder and more receptive to being pressed to the top edge of the bowl.

5. As the concrete hardens, smooth surfaces to your liking and poke two to three drainage holes on the bottom of the bowl. You can choose to leave a smooth simple rim 
or give it a decorative edge similar to a piecrust edge
6.  Allow to harden overnight.  Gently tap the edge of the plastic mold with your fist to free it from the harden concrete.  Do this all around the bowl form.  Invert the bowl on a table and give it a few gentle taps.  The plastic mold should pop right off.  Clean up edges by rubbing with a brick or a stone.  

7. Place one layer of the decorative stones in the bottom of the bowl. Fill the torch canister and give it a test light to ensure it work and looks good.  Then place it on top of the layer of stones. Fill the bowl to the top with stones, totally concealing the torch cannister. Only the wick should show in the center. 

8. Position the finished firepot in a safe spot where it can be enjoyed all summer. When not in use, keep the wick covered with the cap provided with the canister to reduce evaporation of the oil and to keep the wick from getting wet.

TIP:  I like the Tiki Clean Burn Oil.  It has no smell and can be used inside or outside with no messy smoke or soot.  The Bite-fighter oil is very smoky and leaves a black sooty mess.  It may do an effective job keeping the bugs away, but it will  keep people away too!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Happy Pot Create-It Activity

This Saturday, May 25 you can paint your own GROW HAPPY pot during our Create-It event.
Pick a potted foreget-me-not 
and paint the happy face for $10. 
1:00 - 3:00 pm

From the Summer's Garden Spring Sale

8601 Barkley St in Overland Park, KS

Sunday, May 19, 2019


THURSDAY, MAY 23 7:00 -9:30 PM $40
Grow happy learning how fused glass is made. Rita Sherman will explain the process and show you how to make your own fused glass Happy Serving Plate measuring 8" X 8". At the end of the session, she will take the finished plates home to fire at her studio and bring them back to FTSG the following weekend.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Guest Artist: LYNN BAXLEY

Lynn sees textures everywhere. They add dimension to her glazes and reflect the source of the imprint. She is always looking for new “tools” to transfer texture to her pottery pieces. Her pieces are both functional and whimsical and will bring color and visual interest to your home or garden.
Lynn and a wide rnge of ceramic pieces for both inside and out. Stop by GROW HAPPY to see them all!
We're in the middle of our Spring Sale
and are open 10 -5 every Friday, Saturday
and Sunday in Mayt to June 2.
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street Overland Park, KS 


Guest Artist: RITA SHERMAN

Need a fun one of a kind gift? Rita Sherman takes inspiration form birds and nature, adds a touch of whimsy, and an uplifting saying to make her little bird whimsies. Take a look her fused glass night lights, a nice way to add soothing lighting in dark areas.
Rita loves inspirational sayings and collects her favorites. She uses a screen printing technique to print these on glass.
You'll find these and more of Rita's glasswork at
GROW HAPPY, our spring sale.
Open 10-5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May
8601 Barkley Street
Overland Park, KS 913-579-5395


Lori Woods from 5B and Co. Candlemakers has prepared 5 delicious scents for each of the colors of the spring color palette this year. Leading the group is APRICOT BASIL, the perfect choice to pick up the 2019 color of the year, Living Coral. Next is HONEYSUCKLE in soft lemon, RAINDROPS in powder blue , POPPY in warm red and LIME BASIL in light green. Wonderful scents in a beautiful spring color palette. See these signature scents at GROW HAPPY and visit Lori's shop in Brookside for an entire wonderland of glorious scented candles, accessories and gifts.

Sunday, May 12, 2019


What makes pottery artist Natalie Thomas HAPPY? Being able to create with clay and sharing it with those around her.
For this spring's Growing Happy event Natalie has incorporated pieces from her driftwood collection and textured clay wings to create whimsical hand built dragonflies. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor decoration.

Natalie‘s handmade earring holders are a charming and functional way to store your earrings. Since they also have a bowl or open vase shape it’s a perfect place for rings, make up brushes, hair pens or even flowers.

Check out these cute chicks! You don’t have to be a farmhouse lover to enjoy these chickens. Each of them are created on the wheel and given a fitting name for their personality. They can be displayed free range outside or in their roost inside.

Friday, May 10, 2019


I received one of my art degrees from the University of Wisconson-Eau Claire. While I was attending that school, there was this guy in the Publications department who bought one of my pieces in a student art show. I got a job teaching high school art in Burlington, WI. One of my star art students was a guy named Jim. Jim went into graphic design and
and also graduated from UW-EC. He was hired as an intern by the same guy from Publications who bought my piece of artwork. After some time, this guy moved to Overland Park to do advertising design for Halls department store. 
Just last week, he showed up at GROW HAPPY and introduced himself as Jake Marshall. He is broadly talented and is a accomplished watercolor artist. Jake will have both framed pieces and beautiful cards at our sale just in time for Mother's Day. 
Jake’s painting style reflects his sense of design. He is attracted to nature, especially the bark pattern of birch trees. He also likes to paint ethereal, misty landscapes and is a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.

Visit us at GROW HAPPY this weekend!  
Open 10-5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley St
Overland Park, KS


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Saturday Create-It Event

Our create-it activity for Mother's Day weekend at
GROW HAPPY, gives you the chance to make mom a happy, sparkling fused glass suncatcher with glass artist Rita Sherman. Better yet, bring mom along to make her own!
This project is available Saturday, May 11th between
1:00 and 3:00 for a cost of $10. Rita will take them to her studio to be fired and return with them the following weekend.
GROW HAPPY Spring sale
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Monday, May 6, 2019


Laurie Mellenbruch considers her colorful fused glass jewelry "wearable art." She often gets lost in the beautiful iridescence of a puddle following a rainstorm or a butterfly's wings. Laurie discovered the essence of all of these in dichroic glass, a combination of different minerals coated on the glass to create this shimmering color.
More info on Laurie's work:
You'll find a nice selection of Laurie's dichroic glass jewelry at GROW HAPPY, our spring sale.

Open 10-5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May.
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street in Overland Park, Ks 66212

It's Lily of the Valley time!

Lily of the Valley is now at it's peak in our garden.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Saturday Grow Happy Create-It Sessions

Our first fun weekend activity for GROW HAPPY is sponsored by South 20 Studios. Come design and assemble your own Grow Happy tin flower. This free, make and take project is available on Saturday, May 4th from 1-3pm while supplies last. 

GROW HAPPY at From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street
Overland Park, KS 66212