5000 Poppies

When I visited the Chelsea Flower Show last month one of the exhibits that I found particularly appealing was 5000 Poppies A Community Tribute of Respect and Remembrance... Two daughter of World Ward II Veterans, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight began with a goal of crocheting 120 poppies to "plant" … [Read more...]

About That Botanical Arts Thing (again)

Earlier this month the Memphis Garden Club presented a Garden Club of America Flower Show entitled A Joyous Festival... Works in the Dixon Gallery's permanent collection were the creative inspiration behind the show.  What a lovely way to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dixon where the club has … [Read more...]

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers at my church were so pretty yesterday that I just had to share them with you.  I had a feeling that I knew who had done the arrangements and my thoughts were confirmed when I saw the acknowledgment to the donors listed in the sleeve... I loved her use of nandina... I told her … [Read more...]

Joe Mason Engraving

I friend passed along Joe Mason's name after searching him out to engrave a baby pin.  This amazingly talented, self taught engraver is right down the road in Brandon, MS.   The majority of his work is with hand made knife embellishment. I spy the perfect thing for everything from card sharks to … [Read more...]

Easter Eggs

The current cover of Martha Stewart Living magazine has me thinking about Easter eggs... Now that's my kind of dyed egg!  Here OPP we have a tradition of dying our eggs on Good Friday.  I must admit that our ritual is the kind that involves the little plastic cups and a teaspoon of vinegar, … [Read more...]

A Newport Garden

I'm back in the archives today with a visit to a Newport Garden.  These gardeners have returned to a family home and are creating extensive garden rooms with the most innovative ideas. Let's look at some of the ways they divide the garden using walls... the stacked stone fences are a Rhode … [Read more...]

Paul’s Pastry

Wednesday found me on the road with a carload of friends, sadly heading to the funeral of a friend's father.  Ok, two funerals this week will quite enough for me thank you!  This family had a sweet tribute to their daddy and we all agreed that we were so glad that we went. There being a silver … [Read more...]

MHG Studio

I stumbled across some leather library shelf trim and got drawn into MHG Studio's website. Fun Fact:  As a child, a weekly trip to the library was de rigueur.  I could never understand why I was limited to so few books on each visit though!  I worked in the library as a college student and it was … [Read more...]

A Dallas Diverson

I made a quick turnaround trip to attend a botanical arts workshop earlier in the week and couldn't have asked for a more pleasant diversion than the Founder's Garden Club of Dallas offered!  They had the uber-talented Sarah Boynton as their guest speaker/teacher.  I saw some of Sarah's creations … [Read more...]

All I Want For Christmas Is…

Are you up on the latest stress management craze?... Apparently colouring is the cure and so all I want for Christmas is... Hallmark artists have created their own colouring book... I always loved to colour as a child and so am thrilled to know that it is not only ok but therapeutic to do … [Read more...]