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DIY Trellis Ideas

August 12, 2010

Hello!  I hope you are all doing well!  How is your veggie garden harvest going?  I’m overwhelmed with zucchini right now, but the rest of my veggies are taking their sweet time!  I’m not too worried though….I know once those tomatoes get going I’ll be more that satiated!

This week I thought I would show you guys some neat trellis ideas.  I’m planning my garden beds for next year and plan on making a couple of easy to build trellises for my climbing veggies.  This year I used pretty basic trellis, and although it did the trick, it was not ideal.  I mostly had problems with my tomato trellising  and next year I am planning to grow my tomatoes up this trellis:

photos Robbie Caponetto, from Cottage Living

The trellis looks very simple to make, and even easier to take apart at the end of the season.  I do not have lots of winter storage space, so being able to disassemble the trellis is a major plus for me.  The instructions are at myhomeideas.com

I’ve mentioned DigginFood as one of my favorite blogs….and it’s no wonder – I found many lovely trellis ideas that Willi had created or shared.

Pea trellis at This Old House via DigginFood

These tomato trellises are great for containers. I’m planning to use more containers in my vegetable gardening next year.  I had problems with invasive quackgrass in my garden beds, and I’m sure this damaging weed is responsible for some of the lack of production in the vegetable garden

Tomato trellis at The Gardener Chef

And just for a bit of whimsy in the garden…. how cute is this tepee hideaway trellis idea from Sunset Magazine!!!  I’m absolutely going to try this out next year…along with the bamboo stake trellis…so lovely!

Are you already beginning to think about next year’s garden?  Or are you practicing living in the moment!  I have so much going on my life right now that I’m taking simple pleasure in designing a garden for myself…it’s one of my ways to relax and tap into my creativity. Do you enjoy garden design or are you more spontaneous in your gardening? Although this may not be the best time of year to plant, I’m seeing some really great sales in the garden centers.  If you do decide to take advantage of the savings, make sure to water your plants very well for the rest of the growing season.

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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diy porcelain paint pens

{valentine’s plate}

you know i always talk about my next creative endeavor? well, i can assure you, this will be it!  welcome to the world of porcelain paint pens, friends!

diy porcelain paint pens

{tea for two and fine}

it always amazes me when i find a new craft, it’s like how did i survive without knowing this? you can purchase porcelain paint pens from any craft store (like michaels or a.c. moore) and get to creating your own pottery in no time. draw on your design, bake it in your conventional oven at 300°f for 30 minutes and you’re done!  (i also read that it’s good practice to place your piece in the oven at room temp, let them preheat together, then cool off together before removing).

diy porcelain paint pens

{diy painted porcelain}

and the best part is? you don’t even have to be an artist! all you have to do is doodle, write, scribble, or play.  i love projects that allow you to turn thrifted, boring or inexpensive pieces into personalized art- and this one definitely qualifies.

diy porcelain paint pens

{busybeeson}

porcealin paint pens diy

{porcelain decoration tutorial}

think about all the possibilities- plates, bowls, mugs, subway tiles, coasters, pitchers… i have a set of plain ‘ol porcelain plates just waiting to be doodled on!

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my first book signing!

August 10, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

new sulky book

today i have my first book signing!  i designed a new reversible half apron, especially for joyce drexler’s latest book, sew, craft, quilt and embroider confidently (in stores soon).  i’m so excited!

new sulky book

with nationally recognized artists such as sue hausman, you’ll find step by step instructions to projects that will keep you inspired (and busy) for months to come.

new sulky book

we’ll be meetin’ and greetin’ at a stitch in time today from noon to 2:00, if you’re local make sure to come out and see us! i’m off now to go practice my ‘signature’…ha!

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three potato four

August 10, 2010

Posted by in vintage finds

three potato four

well this is it. my dream store.  i keep a list of vintage finds that i’m on the scout out for, and i think three potato four just helped me mark all of them off the list.  from vintage letterpress letters to nautical preservers, you name it and they have it!  owned by janet morales and husband stu eli, this biz is run by a family full of collectors.  they’ve been busy working on a storefront to open soon in philadelphia, and i may just need to book a trip!

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a very story photography

August 9, 2010

Posted by in photography

a Very Story

don’t these images help you take a deep breath of fresh air?  sarah richmond lives in tennessee and does an amazing job of capturing the simple beauty around her.  filled with unending stories from her entertaining husband and two minis, a very story captures the very stories that make up life.  enjoy browsing her blog, etsy shop and flickr account to see more of her beautiful work!

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mary kate mcdevitt

August 9, 2010

Posted by in handmade

Mary Kate McDevitt

{hand painted cards}

happy monday lovelies! i just wanted to say, “hello”- that’s all! did you have a good weekend?  we’ve been out of town for the last few days, so it feels really good to get back home and in my ‘usual’ spot.  this week i have my work cut out for me.  actually, it’s not ‘cut’ out yet (i still have to do that part), but i’m making a bunch (and i mean a bunch) of new aprons in preparation for the indie craft parade in september!  i don’t do many craft shows, so making all this inventory is new to me, but i’m trying to get a head start!

Mary Kate McDevitt

mary kate mcdevitt’s work shows some of the most pretty hand lettering and illustration i’ve come across.  her feel good sayings make her shop a happy place to visit and turns mundane tasks like writing to-do’s and thank you cards into a time to look forward to.  with a wide array of mini goal chalkboards you’ll feel inspired to start checking off tasks in no time!

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fun with paint chips

August 6, 2010

Posted by in handmade

paint chip leaves

when i saw these paint chip leaves on skinny laminx, i definitely had a, “why didn’t i think of that?” moment.  i keep a stack of pretty paint chip cards in my sewing room for inspiration, and they are just asking to be cut up into pretty flowers, leaves and city silhouettes!

paint chip leaves

so to leave you for the weekend, i’ve compiled a list of some fun paint chip projects.  head to the hardware store and have some fun!

have any other diy ideas? hope you have a sunny weekend! love, bonnie

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pilli pilli fiber art

August 6, 2010

Posted by in handmade

pilli pilli fiber art

i was so excited when jes from oh, buckets sent this shop over to me, isn’t it a fun friday find? named pilli pilli after the bright red african chili peppers, this shop isn’t lacking in spice or color.  her handmade fiber art include purses and pouches, pencil cases, wall art and more- each to give you a pop of color and a fun accessory!

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