On this Fun Friday I’m going to re-purpose a tiny fragrance jar to use for the myriad of tiny blooms Halle brings me. Sometimes it’s a tiny flower, a tiny weed, a tiny clover or it could be a full size bloom that she’s picked with a really short stem. Regardless of exactly what it is though, it will rarely fit into a normal bud vase.
I can’t do the whole, “Thanks, Halle, I love it” and then toss it in the trash- she knows and will ask about it and it hurts her feelings. In fact, I have an autumn leaf getting crushed in my purse right now that I’d forgotten about. I love that about her.
I usually buy different fragrance oils to burn for each season and I’ve just recently used up most of my summer ones. Normally I throw the jars away but I’ve always hated to because they’re cute. Recently though I wondered if I could use them for a tiny little vase.
It was easy as pie to pop the stopper out, then I washed it and had my very own bud vase.
I thought about removing the label but decided I liked it better this way.
So, how about you? Do you have a favorite unconventional vase? A friend of mine put a bunch of summer blooms into a glass Orange Crush bottle and I loved that.
Have a Great Weekend!
I can’t even believe how long it’s been since I’ve known where my cable to upload pictures was. Really. I found it a couple of days ago and it’s very sad that I’d taken 97 photos- all intended for blogging- and I’ve posted none of them. So here you go…garden goodness.
It takes a lot of determination and sweat to dig a garden spot. I knew this and yet I decided to do it again. On the upside my back has never been stronger.
My goal was to plant the sunflowers that I’d started in pots and I envisioned having a veritable forest of different varieties. Unfortunately, I waited a bit too long to plant them and the drought didn’t help any so I’ve got a lot of really small sunflowers.
My usual sunflowers are faring better although they’re a few feet smaller than normal.
I’ve got a truckload of basil so I see pesto on the horizon for us. Plus I found a recipe for pork chops with basil, garlic, and lime that sounds promising.
I was going to plant my hydrangeas here:
But as I dug I found a lot of bricks and rocks and just didn’t feel like dealing with it so I need to find some pots for them.
Halle and I were lucky to each have a blueberry before some neighborhood deer snagged the rest- I was disappointed. Someday I plan on having about a dozen plants so maybe there will be some for the Buttons and also for the deer…unless I can talk Travis into getting a fence I really don’t like sharing my garden even though I like deer.
I wouldn’t call this summer a huge win for me but honestly, I can never call any growing season a huge win. A few small wins are enough to keep me going though. Now I’m dreaming of what I’ll plant in the fall. Anybody else dreaming of what you’ll grow in the fall?
I went to the gym this morning and on my way home I stopped by a produce stand that I’ve driven by for the last 5-ish years. I had some cash in my wallet (which is rare) so I thought I’d check out some produce and support a local business. I didn’t buy any peaches but I did buy a cantaloupe that smelled like a flower- it’s the first cantaloupe I’ve ever purchased. I’ve never been a big fan of them but it smelled too good to pass up. My thought is that if it smells like fruit it will probably taste like fruit.
Unfortunately none of the people at the stand were very friendly. At first I thought that maybe they were just hot- that’s enough to make me grumpy. Maybe the man sitting inside didn’t feel very well or maybe he’d gotten into a fight with his wife. Maybe he’s tired of the produce business and would rather be fishing. I suppose I won’t write them off just yet. There is another stand close to the city cemetery downtown though and I think I’ll drop by there next time.
This is my very first sunflower bloom for this year. It’s a different variety than I’ve grown before and being the forgetful one that I am, I didn’t set the flowers in the ground according to size. So, I’m not sure if it’s stunted do to the heat, if I screwed it up by starting it in a pot, or if this variety is supposed to be this short- it’s 2-3 ft tall. The next time I try something new I’ll try to have less variables. Except the forgetful thing…there’s not much I can do about that.
We spent the Fourth at the Nashville Zoo and well, it was hot. I know you’re all surprised. It was the only day though that all of the Buttons could be there at the same time. We got there just before the gates opened hoping to beat the heat and it helped for a while. The big bonus was getting to see some animals active that I’ve only seen lying around- like the Red River Hogs.They’re still ugly but we got to see them walk around.
And I got a picture with all of my girls. It’s the first time in a long time and the little ones have grown so much. Chloe is starting to get mistaken for me sometimes. We’re starting to hear, “Girl, you look just like your mama!” She hit 11 and we’re shopping in the kids section and the Junior section. Crazy!
And now I bid you adieu.
Have a Great Weekend!
A few months ago I went shopping a bit south of Franklin and as I was driving back I saw a huge roll of hay with a “for sale” sign tacked onto it. I immediately got excited at the thought of finding a place that sells giant rolls of hay. My next thought was, “What in the world would I do with a giant roll of hay?” Followed by, “Why don’t I get this excited about shoe shopping?” I find that as time goes on, it’s the little things that make me happy.
Like finding a glass, cobalt blue bottle of water. I’d seen these on a TV show (Frasier maybe?) but I never knew where to find one- apparently I’m not privy to suppliers of upscale water. But on the same shopping trip that I found this picture frame, I also found these pretty cobalt blue bottles of carbonated water. I’ve been using them since then to put hydrangeas in.
These haven’t turned blue yet but I like the green-white blossoms.
They’re equally pretty with blue flowers or pink roses- I’ve tried them all. It’s a nice alternative to my regular clear vases and it cost less than $2. How about you? Do you have a favorite alternative type vase? I’d love to hear about it.