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lola’s room photography

August 20, 2010

Posted by in photography

well this week has been up, down and all around for me!  thank you so much for hangin’ in there with me.  my birthday yesterday was fantabulous- thank you for all the sweet notes! i’m convinced i have the sweetest bloggie friends ever. :) my mister got us airplane tickets for coloardo springs in a few weeks, can you believe it?! i’ve never been and i am so excited!! i also got a wakom pad to start playing with, and i’ll have to share it with you.. once i get it figured out!

lola's room photography

i leave you for the weekend with cassia beck’s sweet, nostalgic photography.  lola’s room is full of images that remind me of warm summer days and simpler times.  she has three stunning shops all full of vintage inspiration, lola’s room, violet may and cassia beck.  enjoy! x, bonnie

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happy friday dear ones!  today i have a very special guest post for you from sharon of farm and fru fru!  when i saw her circle skirt i knew i wanted have her share the tutorial with you. farm and fru fru is where sharon attempts to mix the craziness of farm life with the simple beauty of fabric, ribbon, fibers, paper and whatever else she can find to live creatively…with cows. enjoy!

farm and fru fru

My circle skirt began with a thrifted 100% cotton skirt which I cut the sewn hem from, leaving the edge raw because I like the look and knit doesn’t ravel.

farm and fru fru

The circle details were added using a reverse appliqué technique. This simply means you will have two layers of knit, the top layer (the skirt itself) stenciled or drawn with the circles then stitched to the bottom layer which is sewn to the reverse side of the skirt. The interior of each circle is then cut away revealing the bottom layer on contrasting color. I used three colors for my circles…gray, white and khaki.

farm and fru fru

To begin the reverse appliqué, stencil or draw the circles onto the outside of your skirt. I did a wide border of circles that went up about 8” from the hem. Since my skirt was black, I used chalk to free-hand draw circles all over in varying sizes. You could use a disappearing pencil if your skirt is light. When you have drawn all the circles you want, cut circles of colored knit (in my case, gray, white and khaki) at least 1” larger than your drawn circles. Pin your colored circles onto the BACKSIDE of your skirt…you can do all of them at once or pin a few, stitch, then pin some more. I just scattered the colors randomly along the border. When the colored circles are pinned to the back of the skirt, stitch on the FRONT SIDE around the outline of each drawn circle using a simple running stitch in the thread color of your choice. I used white thread on all my circles because I liked the contrast. You make a knot at the beginning and end of each circle…do not try to join all the circles…stitch each separately. I like for the ends of my thread to show on the outside of the skirt so I leave a little ½” tail of thread at the beginning knot and at the ending knot, but if you prefer you can start on the back side, and your knots won’t show.

farm and fru fru

When you’ve stitched around each circle, you will cut out the inside of each little circle on the front of the skirt about 1/8” from the outline stitching to reveal the backing color! I use very sharp tiny scissors and clip a little hole in the center of each circle to give myself a place to start…be very careful not to cut the backing fabric.

farm and fru fru

When you have revealed all your colors, your skirt is basically done. I did add a contrasting 1” gray border around the bottom of my skirt using a running stitch, then a 11/2” black border under that. I cut that border wide enough to cover all my little colored circles on the reverse side of the skirt and tacked it in place just to give it a neater more finished look on the inside. That’s it! Of course, if you prefer, you can use other shapes like leaves or squares instead of circles.

farm and fru fru

If this project interests you, I highly recommend Natalie Chanin’s beautiful book Alabama Stitch which teaches lots of hand stitching techniques and includes a ton of projects, each beautifully photographed. I use this book all the time and am amazed and inspired each time I open the cover.

{photography by laura gordon}

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August 19, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

today is my birthday!

my birthday


  • 1. my husband is the funniest person i know.
  • 2. i’m admittedly addicted to smoothies and watermelon.
  • 3. every time i finish decorating a room, i want to redo it.
  • 4. it’s hard to stick to
  • 5. i still haven’t learned how to drive a manual.
  • 6. i’m the worst at remembering everyone else’s birthday!
  • 7. i once planned to through hike the appalachian trail.
  • 8. i prefer foot rubs to jewelry.
  • 9. sometimes i call myself a runner.
  • 10. other times i can’t remember the last time i ran.
  • 11. yard sales and junk stores make me excited.
  • 12. david’s pet name for me is ‘goat’.
  • 13. i love my job, i love to read and i love Jesus.
  • 14. i always notice how beautiful the trees are, and i love them.
  • 15. the only food i cannot eat is cilantro.  is that even a food?
  • 16. sometimes i make jewelry on long car rides.
  • 17. i do an outstanding number of handstands throughout the day.
  • 18. i gave up on pc’s a long time ago.
  • 19. i love my pillow. it goes everywhere with me.
  • 20. i have dreams.  big ones.
  • 21. my best kept secret is… lunges.
  • 22. my favorite morning shows are bonnie hunt and regis and kelly.
  • 23. i have a secret. two actually.
  • 24. you’ll find them out soon!

yes, i’m’ turning 24!

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Fall Seed Sowing

August 19, 2010

Hello fellow gardeners!  It’s harvest time here in New England and while I do have to begin thinking about canning and drying the produce bounty, right now I’m focusing on sowing seeds for Fall harvesting.

I’m very fortunate in that Jere and Emilee Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds recently bought Comstock.Ferre & Co, which, coincidentally,  is where the idea for Ladybug Landscaping was born! Jerre and Emilee have reopened the doors of Comstock, Ferre,which is the oldest continuously running seed company in the country, and stocked it up with the wonderful seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  I cannot tell you how lovely it is to have a local source for these amazing seeds. Seriously – if you don’t receive their catalog already…sign upTheir seeds are truly heirloom, non-GMO and the variety is awesome. Not to mention that they are some of the best quality seeds I have ever used.  Check out their garden forum – idigmygarden – it’s a great resource. Oh, and they also publish a magazine – The Heirloom Gardener – that is a real treat to read.

The Ladybug’s have been having a blast reconnecting with Comstock, Ferre and its lovely staff,  Linda and Sue.  We designed and installed a vegetable and flower garden that is really beginning to produce….lots of tomato flowers..but no actual fruit yet!!

Has this happened to any of you this year?  It is usually a sign of over fertilizing with nitrogen, and sadly I have to admit to this being my fault.  I used composted manure to revive some pretty horrible garden soil and then planted the tomatoes in there before the compost really had a chance to break down. We were pressed for time to get the garden going, and the heat was already pretty unbearable (possibly another contributing factor), so there wasn’t too much choice. I’m going to prune the tomatoes pretty hard and add some potassium and phosphorous to encourage fruit to set. I have my fingers crossed that it will help!

Fall seed sowing is primarily about direct seeding quick producing seeds into the ground or containers. I’m a lover of radishes and big leafy greens and am excited to welcome the cooler weather that these vegetables just love.

These are the bookends of the garden – vegetables that do well in the coolness of New England’s  Spring and Fall.

  • Cauliflower – direct seed throughout August
  • Swiss Chard – direct seed throughout August and September
  • Collards – direct seed throughout August
  • Herbs – most perennial herbs can be seeded throughout August
  • Kale – direct seed throughout August
  • Leaf Lettuce – direct seed in the fourth week of August for a fall harvest
  • Mizuna – direct seed throughout August and September
  • Mustard – direct seed from the fourth week of August throughout September
  • Winter Radish – direct seed in the fourth week of August
  • Rutabaga – direct seed from the third week of August throughout September
  • Sorrel – direct seed for harvest next spring
  • Turnip – direct seed in the first or second week of August through to September
  • Swiss Chard – direct seed throughout September
  • Dill – direct seed in the first week for a fall harvest
  • Mizuna – direct seed throughout September
  • Mustard – direct seed throughout September
  • Summer Radish – direct seed weekly until early October
  • Rutabaga – direct seed up until the second week of September
  • Spinach – direct seed late in the month of September to overwinter
  • Turnip – direct seed up until the third week of September

For those of you who do not live in New England visit The Weekend Gardener GrowGuide and input your information to find seeds you can sow for Fall harvesting. . You will need to know your last frost date – which can be looked up through Dave’s Garden.

This weekend I plan to sow lots of containers of Fall veggies – what are your weekend gardening plans? Caroline

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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Posted by in home decor

amy butler wallpaper
amy butler wallpaper
amy butler wallpaper

be still my heart- amy butler has partnered with graham and brown to release a new line of wallpaper!  with 36 different varieties and color combinations, there is sure to be something to catch your eye.  printed responsibly and with water based inks- this is the perfect way to spruce up a wall or sitting area.  visit amy’s website to learn more!

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back to school guide

August 18, 2010

Posted by in handmade

hello lovelies!  i’m happy to report that i’m feeling much better today.  thank you all for your sweet notes and advice, they made my day!

back to school guide 2010

clockwise: handmade rainbow pencils, reusable lunch bag, royal crown bookend, decorative clip board, revival binder clips, vintage metal milk crate, iphone owl case, messenger laptop bag

twas the night before school started, when all through the town, the parents were cheering. it was a riotous sound! by eight, kids were washed and tucked into bed… when memories of homework…filled them with dread! {unknown}

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August 17, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner



hi lovelies. :)  my plans for ghtr have flown the coop this morning, as i’m not feeling very well.  i was down most all of yesterday with what seems to have been my first ever migraine (oh boy!).  as i’m sure some of you know, it was excruciating- and i’m still not feeling up to par.   i’m going to take the day to rest and recover, but will be back tomorrow with some great stuff for you- so make sure to check back in! i hope you have a beautiful day and i will talk to you soon!

xox, bonnie


diy tea bag envelope

August 16, 2010

even though coffee seems to be my default, there’s something really special about a hot cup of tea.  i’m not sure if it’s the endless flavor options or the way i feel relaxed as i sip out of a teacup, but tea to me means special times.  my mister just discovered tea (as well as baking) and though he seems to be obsessed with yerba mate, i’m excited to introduce to him all the different varieties.

diy tea bag envelope

when i saw this diy for tea bag envelopes, i knew i wanted to share it with you!  it comes from a print a day and though this downloadable paper comes in a pack, she offers lots of fun prints for free on her website. perfect for place settings, gifts, wedding favors or gift cards, you can  skip on over to a print a day for the full (easy) tutorial and instructions.

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