Monday, May 25, 2015

A Few Garden~Inspired Projects....

 

 I think it is high time for a garden~inspired post, dear friends...don't you?
Having been away for close to a month and quite busy with sewing since my return, my poor garden is looking quite neglected and overgrown at present...

Before I start to clear the numerous weeds from vegetable beds and reestablish overgrown pathways, I thought I would spend a little time creating some beauty in the home with pretty flowers potted in a unique and lovely way...
 

Before I show you my handiwork, I would like to tell you of how my mother so sweetly cheered me up last Saturday when I wasn't feeling too well with a headache...  
As she was in town that day, she bought me the cutest terrcacotta pot and a punnet of dainty violas to 'play' with...
She knew I had been thinking of doing a few projects with flowers and decided to bring a smile to my face with her thoughtful little gift...
Wasn't that wonderfully kind?

Now, here is what I did with this little terracotta pot and my punnet of viola seedlings...


If you would like to make your own, all you will need is a length of beautiful thick lace, double-sided tape, a terracotta pot and a flower seedling or two of your choice...


Simply secure a piece of double-sided tape around the flat edge of the pot and wind your thick lace around it...
Fill the pot with good quality compost, pop your seedling(s) inside...and press down...


...And there you are!

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With winter having arrived to stay for the next couple of months, the house can become quite gloomy if not cheered with pretty touches here and there...  
Thus we have decided to keep our home looking cheerful and bright by adding splashes of colour wherever we can, whether it is a vase of freshly cut flowers, pot plants on the window sills or jars of homebaked goodies gracing the pantry...

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Here is my next project for which I used a faded vintage tea cup...


This tea cup I bought last year at a second-hand shop for a very good price along with another.  Having drunk tea from it on many occasions, I fancied it would make the sweetest little planter and popped a seedling inside with a handful of compost...
 

I didn't drill holes in the cup as I just couldn't bear to! 
Drainage could become a problem, but I am hoping that it will last a for a good few weeks, and once the viola outgrows the tea cup, I will transplant it into my garden...

 

This tea cup of happy violas would make a lovely gift for a person who appreciates flowers and pretty things!

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How does your garden fare, my friends...?
I know many of my readers live in the northern hemisphere where Spring has finally sprung and vegetable planting season has arrived, so I do hope they enjoy busy, happy hours spent tending their gardens and pottering about in the dirt...:)

~ Blessings ~


"...Plant gardens and eat what they produce..."  Jeremiah 29:5

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16 comments:

magnoliasntea said...

Oh Kelly-Anne, I just adore your pretty teacup and flowers, and I think it would make a lovely gift, too. And how sweet of your mother to think of you when she was out. Mothers are pricesless. :)
Hope you're having a great autumn. Summer heat has set in here so we are making hay while the sun shines. ;)

Mari said...

I love your little projects! Flowers in teacups are especially charming.
It was really sweet of your mom to pick those up for you!

Emma, Plain and Tall said...

Beautiful, Kelly-Anne! I love flowers. Having a few potted plants on the deck for me to take care of is one of my greatest pleasures. ;-)

The little plant in the teacup is darling! (Oh dear, I wouldn't have been able to bring myself to drill holes in a teacup either.) ;-P I love the look of flowers planted in mud boots-- I've always wanted to try that someday. ;-)

~Emma

Shoregirl said...

I LOVE the lace around the pot (keeping that in mind for future project!) - and the pretty little teacup plant! I have some gift giving to do in the near future, and just might incorporate these lovely ideas!!

Miss Nifty Thrifty said...

These look very sweet. They would make a nice little "just because" gift too! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your very sweet comments about how to make a rag rug!

Debby Ray said...

Isn't it amazing how the most simple things add so much beauty? I love these sweet containers, Kelly Anne. Your photos are amazing! Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend and a great rest of the week!

Hamlette said...

The teacup is such a cute idea! I've used tea cups to make candles before, which are also such fun gifts.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love the idea of putting lace on the outside of the pot! The teacup is so dainty & pretty! I do hope you are feeling better this week! Take care and be well.
Julie xo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the one in a teacup and I also love the idea of lace on a plain pot, Kerry Anne. Xoxo Su

Mildred said...

Flowers always cheer me! Very kind of your Mom to surprise you with flowers. I love the way you decorated the pot. I also love using the colorful and sweet tea cup as a container. Years ago, I grew violas and I would dry/press the petals between the pages of a large book and glue them to hand-made note cards!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, what a beautiful flower and especially beautiful in that lovely teacup your dear mom got for you!! So precious! I just love how moms speak into our lives in so many precious ways! Hugs, dear and sweet friend!

Tracy Fredrychowski said...

This post would be a perfect addition to the new Our Simple Homestead Hop if you would like to share it with us!
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Stephanie said...

This is absolutely darling, my friend! Tea cups and flowers...oh, what a perfect combination :)

You are such a blessing, my dear, and you are a bright spot in this blogging community. I have missed visiting you and it's so good to be back. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

Hamlette said...

BTW, inspired by you, my kids are giving their Sunday School teachers a little appreciation gift tomorrow, on the last day of Sunday school: teacups with flowers in them :-) Thanks for the idea!

Faye Henry said...

Such a sweet idea.. Love pansies and tea cups. Your posts are always so inspiring, my dear.. xo

Kelly-Anne said...

Aww! This made my day, Hamlette! I am SO glad you were inspired by this post:).
Blessings!