Archive for ‘Beyond Home’

September 16, 2010

Two Summers, One Fall: Growing Pains

When we first moved in here
a year ago
we moved into a place with
lush views
so long as you didn’t
gaze into our immediate back yard

and so long as you didn’t gaze
upon our side yard
and definitely, you should not look over
to the 8th hole
from our yard

But I actually have a pretty sizeable
green thumb
I stick it in the ground
and it usually grows
no matter how hard
I try to kill it

I’ll need to post another photo
of what that side garden
looks like in the fall
after the deer have nibbled on it some

live and learn

What I did learn is that most of my yard/garden
is a fall garden
as evidenced by the gorgeousness
in my yard right now
the above photo, is one of the rare species in my yard
that DID flower this summer

I love basil like no other
and was super happy to learn that
basil loves my kitchen window sill

Those peppers. 
they were bought about 19 bazillion years ago
on clearance
in the orgo section
I’ve cared for them lovingly
and that is probably why they have said
thanks, but no thanks.
That, or, a little bit of research
to understand that peppers
are long season plants
and this impatient gardener
needs to simmer down already
(FYI, i FINALLY saw baby peppers on the vines)

Here’s to fall harvest time
and planting and plotting for spring
which will be here just as quickly
as fall snuck up on us

Happy harvest season!

August 25, 2010

PB Style: Night Lights

Because we all sit out on the back porch
with the umbrella still up
long after the sun has gone down
with the candles lit

I decided to whip out the ribbon
and go to town on these little lanterns I found
on half price sale for a dollar each
at the Goodwill, Intl District

I teetered and I tottered
on the wobbly chair
to open the umbrella
and string up my lamps

Backyard Night Light Lanterns
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Then I also realized that I could actually close the umbrella
without taking down the lanterns
and that they would sit neatly on the table
or in my pots

This was a simple project.

I took those there lanterns

Thrifty Find – Goodwill Int’l District 
50% off Blue Tags Day
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Took some ribbon and a stapler

Lanterns, stapler and a bit of the leftover scrapbooking contraband
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Stapled them up

Pottery Barn Inspired hanging lanterns for outdoor umbrella
$5.00 | $1 each lamp; $2 for 3 yds ribbon
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And we rocked it out.

I imagine that the next time
that I open the umbrella
they will hang just as I strung them
in the perfect spots
on the umbrella arms

or maybe I’ll be cussing them out
for getting tangled in the umbrella mechanism.

Of course you know I linked up

Show & Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Finding Fabulous for Less at Decormamma

to the PB Inspired Party at