archive: August, 2010

advertising special

August 31, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

advertising special

it’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner!!  in efforts to kick things off, i’m offering a killer advertising deal, exclusive to ghtr readers!  promote your shop, blog, or website by booking the next four months (september thru december) and receive two months (january and february) FREE! that’s over 30% off!

readership: in august, ghtr received 21,470 visits and over 44,800 pageviews. i’m so excited to announce that we average over 2000 lovely daily readers! (thank you!)

the nitty gritty: offer ends at midnight on september 3rd.  not eligible for use with any other discounts.

check out the advertising page for available packages and size options.  feel free to e-mail me with any questions or if you’re ready to promote your shop!

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Posted by in handmade

nature's cabinet

i ran across nature’s cabinet yesterday, and was so delighted to find that torrie has two other nature inspired shops: plume & bloom and the peddler! whether your style is farmhouse, coastal, woodland, shabby chic or french country- you’ll find something to fit your interiors. she makes beautiful home decor, handcrafted adornments and perfect touches for a handmade wedding.  enjoy!

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linda and harriett

August 30, 2010

Posted by in handmade

linda and harriet

what a sweet stationary company! linda and harriett make beautiful calendars, stationary, cards, stamps and tags with whimsical patterns and fun colors. with attention to vintage flair and pretty typography their products are sweet and simple. they release a new project each month and offer limited edition runs that sell exclusively on their website, so make sure to sign up for their newsletter to catch their next release!

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added to my wishlist

August 30, 2010

Posted by in home decor

good morning from colorado springs! wow- is it beautiful here! the weather is perfect (as i’ve heard it usually is) and the scenery is simply to die for. we arrived without a hitch, though we flew in on two small planes. i don’t love flying as it is, so i’m hoping for bigger planes on the return flight! our hotel is just across from the city’s historical downtown, so we’re a quick walk to cute shops and yummy restaurants. hopefully i’ll have pics to share soon!

Crafting a Meaningful Home

most recently added to my wish list is meg mateo ilasco’s latest book, crafting a meaningful home. featuring 27 projects that tell personal stories and celebrate heritage, the projects are all budget conscience and beginner friendly. as i am always trying to make my home a handmade haven, i can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

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super duper things

August 27, 2010

Posted by in handmade

well dear ones, our week has come to a close! i hope each of you have a beautiful weekend full of the things that you love. :) my new soup lover and i will be off to colorado springs on sunday, so i’ll be excited to report to you on monday from a different state! any advice on what we should do while we’re there?

super duper things

summed up pretty perfectly, this shop is full of super duper things! woodland silhouettes, pretty pendants, frilly cuffs and even a couple of vintage shoe finds. from military finds to nautical inspirations, they have something to suit just about every one of my current obsessions. if you just have to have more (like me) visit their blog for some more really very extraordinarily super duper things!

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kale and potato soup

August 27, 2010

happy friday lovelies!  i made a yummy seasonal soup of potatoes and kale this week that i wanted to share with you! (sorry for my poor photography skillz, i hate shooting after dark)!

potato and kale soup

my mister just isn’t very fond of soup. he has issues with the how mushy they are, i think. does that mean i don’t make them? nope, it just gives me a challenge!  this soup made servings for 8, i ate one serving (ok, maybe 2) and the rest of it disappeared.  where could it have gone? needless to say, someone enjoyed it, which means it’s gotta be pretty darn delish.


  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 8 shallots; peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves; minced
  • 1 tbl of minced ginger root
  • 1 tbl all purpose flour
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbl heave cream or half and half
  • 4 tbl soy sauce
  • 4 medium potatoes; quartered and chopped
  • 4 cups of kale
  • salt and pepper to taste


heat oil in a medium sauce pan and sauteed the shallots, garlic and ginger for about 5 minutes. add the all purpose flour and stir to coat. add the vegetable stock, milk, cream, soy sauce and potatoes. bring to a slight boil then reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes. add the kale and return to a simmer for another 15 minutes. you can either leave your soup chunky as-is, or puree it in a blender (or with a hand blender) as i did.  serve in a bowl and drizzle soy sauce over the top for a little added flare. ;)

want to learn more about eating seasonally?  check out the eating local page for seasonal veggies, recipes and tips on eating in season!

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pink and green inspiration

August 26, 2010

pink and green inspirationpink and green inspiration

{dreamy pink peonies}

pink and green inspiration

column 1 :: pink lace stockings, bib tassel necklace, handmade wedding guestbook, double band cuff braceletfabric reform sticker

column 2 ::  green fiber ring with stitchesgreen butterfly vintage collage necklace, ahhh, balloonsbubble gum pink typewriterbalancing act

column 3 :: teacups and a rose, blue martin, pick and mix sweetspink picnic

one of my favorite color combinations: pink and green! xo, bonnie

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It’s Bulb Buying Time!

August 26, 2010

Blink, blink…where did summer go??!!  It’s been sweater weather here in CT for the past few days…cold, wet and generally lousy.  I know the sun will come out and the temperatures will rise again, but the summer drought and heat wave have passed and I’m thinking of  Autumn, which is a HUGE planting season for us.  We plant perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs.  We prepare gardens for winter and create garden beds for next year’s  gardens.  September and October are incredibly busy gardening months – so if you think we are almost done here…think again my friends!

I just finished placing huge bulb orders…looking at the thousands of bulbs we will be planting this Fall makes my heart sing, but my knees ache! Bulb planting is done here in October – but for the best selection we order well before that.

My first priority is ordering garlic bulbs.  I absolutely love fresh garlic and I think several beds devoted to growing garlic is ideal.  Of course I’m not alone in this love of garlic – so order fast…many varieties are already sold out!

Here are our sources for organic garlic seeds:

If you are new to growing garlic, try a variety pack and taste test the garlic next year.  Alternately, 2 Sister’s has a great page called “How to Choose Your Favorite Garlic Variety”

Seed Saver’s has a great garlic growing guide.  In a nutshell – garlic likes nutrient rich soil (add lots of organic matter to the garden bed now so it will be ready for planting in about 6 weeks), softneck varieties are better in milder climates and hardneck varieties do better in colder climates, each individual bulb of the clove is planted and it’s pretty darn easy.

I will create a bulb planting tutorial post closer to the time of planting – so don’t worry too much about how to plant garlic.  Just order yourself some bulbs and we will all have garlic breath together next summer!!!

Of course Spring flower bulbs are also on my mind!

Daffodil ‘Replete’ Daffodil ‘Erlicheer’

Double Daffodil ‘White Lion’ Daffodil ‘Acropolis’

Double Flowering Tulip ‘Ice Wonder’ Double Flowering Tulip ‘Abigail’

Tulip ‘Rai’ Double Flowering Tulip ‘Eternal Flame’

Be sure to buy a good mixture of early, mid and late blooming bulbs.  Check the description and note when the bulb is going to bloom and buy accordingly.   Breck’s has some good instructions and tips to choosing which bulbs to plant.

Remember to also notice the height of the flower – you want to buy flowers of differing heights, different bloom times and that complement each other color wise.

Bulbs look best when planted in drifts of several hundred – for maximum impact buy a long flowering collection of daffodils and naturalize areas of your garden. You’ll be so glad you did come Spring!

I use tulips in the front of the garden bed where I can enjoy their fleeting beauty.  I try not spend too much on tulip bulbs, since they rarely come back each year.  Of course I am seduced by the tulips each and every year and swoon each Spring when these beauties bloom.

This year I am planting bulbs in my cut flower beds – I loathe cutting from the garden, but I always want some indoors as well…this is my compromise.

Here are some of our bulb suppliers – take a look and order your bulbs soon…I promise they will be sold out before you know it.  Bulbs ship at the correct planting time for your zone – so don’t hesitate!

Van Bourgondien – reputable and reliable sellers with a great inventory and some sweet specials.

Breck’s - classic and established bulb company.  Has some beautiful bulb collections.

Van Egelen – we buy most of our bulbs through this company, which is Connecticut based.  We have never had a problem and their shipping and customer service is excellent.  Their bulbs are large and healthy and produce great flowers.  They offer “wholesale” pricing for large quantity of bulbs…and although it is not as cheap as true wholesale, I am happy to pay more for their high quality.

White Flower Farm – another Connecticut based company I am happy to order from.  Again, their prices can be higher than others, but their quality is superb and their pre-designed bulb collections are classics.  I am trying their Darwin Hybrid Tulips – they say they bloom for 5 years…that would be lovely and save my poor knees from annual tulip planting!

Hope you have fun browsing and buying bulbs for next year!

Caroline Finnegan owns Ladybug Landscaping, a full service organic landscaping company. based in CT. She is a NOFA accredited landcare professional and when not designing gardens can be found rearranging her furniture or out at a flea market finding new goodies. She almost always has dirt under her nails.

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