open me
Jan03

open me

The old box said, “stored December 31, 1995, at 4:30 pm” “open me someday” so 25 years later on December 31 at 4:30 I did just that. Most of the objects in the box were ordinary things like candlesticks, salt and pepper shakers, sugar and creamers, and ashtrays. There were a few long forgotten surprises like the fourleaf clover in the chicken box and the teeth, but before I sent them off to a thrift store I...

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Take a minute and ________.
May20

Take a minute and ________.

Tucked in a corner of our outdoor space, we have a couple of chairs where you might sit for a minute to talk, or relax, or write on our dream board. It was originally made for a party but we noticed it was always changing so we left it up and now it is part of our landscape. People of all ages use it. Sometimes it’s funny and sometimes it is thoughtful. I am sure there are a million different ways you could make one, ours is made out...

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Pretty.  Simple.
Apr21

Pretty. Simple.

Teacup, shallow bowl, anything that can hold a bit of water can hold a single flower or six or more. A moving composition, by...

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Rock it
Apr09

Rock it

I love rocks! Stacked, painted, love to look at old rock walls here and around Pennsylvania. A few years back my family was traveling near Tunkhannock PA and we stopped at a tractor show to take in the sights. Next to the show grounds ran a mountain stream. We walked in and picked up a bunch of beautiful flat rocks. I used to stack them outside, but then one day Lucy and I started making faces out of them and some shells, (love them...

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Kill Your Mum
Oct09

Kill Your Mum

Mums. They’re everywhere from grocery stores to flea markets this time of year and we are programed to sit them around and then try to plant it for next year (mine mostly die). With an average cost of $5 why not rethink your approach. Mums are beautiful, they come in awesome colors, have nice sturdy stems and the plant almost always has a nice variety of buds and flower size. Perfect for an artful arrangement. All you need is a...

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Seeing a red (or white, or blue) flag
Jul01

Seeing a red (or white, or blue) flag

I was planning a 4th of July party at my house and needed just the right thing to fill an area along a gravel pathway. Dave and I wanted our guests to walk our paths and discover the all the areas people could go. Earlier that week I noticed my neighbor was doing some landscaping, and in the yard were those little flags to show utility lines. That was it!! Found them online, inexpensive and come in lots of wonderful colors, the guests...

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