Some Lovely Features (+ winners!)

May 9th, 2012

I’m sitting at my desk realizing there are a lot of people to thank this week, people who have picked me for some lovely features and so I want to say it out loud right here.

Thank you to Natural Home & Garden magazine for featuring the story of our cabana in their May/June edition!

natural home garden mag feature

 

I also wrote a guest post for the Home Depot Apron blog about that cabana, which is going up again in the backyard this weekend, hooray for blissful living outdoors! 

the apron blog feature

 

Thank you to Ladies Home Journal magazine for featuring our recycled wine barrel planter among their 9 picks for clever container gardening in the June issue!

ladies home journal planter feature

 

More thank yous to Stylelist Home for this feature on the paint swirl vases, and to Apartment Therapy for featuring the wood shim planter and the cabana too.  And thank you to Colleen and Ashley for their lovely write ups this week, I’m blushing really, thank you so much ladies. 

The three winners of the Home Depot gift card giveaway are…… #409 Felicia Kramer, #1,156 Kimberly Bruhn and #1,745 Sunshine – winners check your inbox, there’s an email from me!

Enjoy the rest of your day,

kate signature image

 

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Tiered Lettuce Garden + Link Party

May 8th, 2012

So the gardening bug hit me pretty hard in the last week, I’ve been pruning perennials and planting annuals and tomatoes too.  I also planted something I’ve never planted before and that’s two varieties of lettuce.  I don’t know why I’ve never planted lettuce before, perhaps its because I usually grab greens in the summer at the farmer’s market or grocery store but this year I began an experiment to see if I could successfully manage to grow a few heads of lettuce to make my own salad.

lettuce and herb garden

 

I reused one of my old half barrels (we have a bunch) that I typically grow tomatoes in but dedicated it to lettuce and herbs this year.  My local nursery sells them in six packs, so I bought the lettuce there instead of growing it from seed.  I mixed in some thyme and basil too, because I can’t get enough of those for in summertime, hello caprese and pesto and fresh herbs on grilled chicken!

As for the planter, I found a smaller redwood barrel at Home Depot but its reddish tones didn’t work for me, so I whitewashed it instead. The birdhouse is just for whimsy, I like tiers in threes so I thought it was a cute addition.  I weathered the roof using this vinegar trick then whitewashed the birdhouse just like the middle half barrel.  (Basic whitewashing technique explained here.)

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