May 10, 2010
May 7, 2010
hi love birds! i’m off to the beach! we’re leaving early in the morning to travel with family to the beach for a week- YEAH! i’m so excited, i can hardly stand it! since we’ll have internet, i’ll be here posting as usual all next week, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you need to. i have lots and lots to do to get ready, so i’m going to take the rest of the day off to get ready. i’m on my way to get my hair cut now, i’ll post an ‘after’ pic on my twitter later today!
what are you doing this weekend?
May 6, 2010
we got a new chicken coop! believe it or not, even though we moved almost 6 months ago, my girls just made the big move yesterday! i had been going back and forth from our last place to take care of them (just up the hill). it wasn’t without resistance, (ever tried to catch a chicken?), but i assured them the move was for their own good. now, look how happy they are!
Hello! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your time outdoors. This week has been incredibly busy and I’m finding myself slightly overwhelmed with the May gardening chores! The last frost date in CT is in about 3 weeks, and that is when I’ll be putting out my veggie seedlings. I’m supposed to wait until then to plant up my annual containers as well, but I was seduced by pink flowers at the garden center today and I indulged. Oh garden centers are my weakness and now I have another “chore” for my list this weekend!
(Images: Garden Organic)
I’ve been rushing about to prepare my own garden beds. I’m usually out there really early in the morning or really late at night and sometimes I feel a bit nutty about the whole thing. But then I think about how much the local chipmunks enjoy eating my tomatoes and my motivation just blossoms….
(Image: Ryan Berkley Illustration)
As a result of my very busy week I’m feeling the urge to sit back and relax with a glass of wine and some youtube videos….yes, the roomba cat will be on repeat, but I will also be visiting some of my favorite organic gardening channels. I love to see what others are doing in their gardens, and pick up new ideas.
As I mentioned last week, I have an inner English lady. So naturally, I gravitate to British gardening shows!
(Images: Caroline Finnegan)
I search youtube for organic gardening, permaculture, landscape design and anything else my mind may come up with….after a couple of glasses of wine, it will be back to roomba cat, I cannot lie…but until then I will be enjoying some great gardening!
Do you have any favorite youtube sites?
Next week I have a fun project to share with you all! Until then, happy gardening!!!
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.
May 5, 2010
hello beloveds! instead of an etsy shop help post today, i’m writing about something that i often get asked about, how do i ‘pretty up my posts’? the good news is, that there are many resources out there to help you doll up your images, posts and projects! the bad news is, some are free and some aren’t- so i’m just going to outline a few for you today.
first things first, digital tape seems to be the biggest craze! on the left is one of my favorite masking tapes called naked tape elements from designer digital (costs $3.50). the 2nd set is my latest absolute favorite tape download, available for FREE from pugly pixel!
the other thing you’ll see me occasionally do, is use ‘paper’ on my posts. this effect could be obtained by a number of different ways (free, i’m sure), but i bought this notebook paper pack from designer digitals. all of these downloads are easy breezy to use, just download, unzip the file, and then start using them in your desired program (usually photoshop, printshop or paint).
there are also tons of hang tags you can find! hang tags are a great way to add a little flavor to your pictures or posts. especially great when you want to add a little statement, or make the cost of an item visible. the first one above are journaling tags, the 2nd ones are shipping tags for FREE by pugly pixel, and the 3rd ones are from a set of these adorable hang tags.
so there’s my inside scoop. do you have any finds for prettying up your posts, pictures and projects? if so, please share with us where you found them in the comments section!
May 5, 2010
kayla is a california coast living, one-woman-show behind this beautiful shop, inkling papers. it’s apparent that she loves snail mail, and with these fun and whimsical supplies, how could you not? she makes cards, notepads, packaging supplies (and so much more) to make your mailings and special occasions whimsical, lovely and unforgettable!
May 4, 2010
are you ready for some eye candy? if not, make sure to prepare yourself! nonpareil magazine is the result of a beautiful collaboration between maddy hague of the inspired bride and kristen magee of paper crave. nonpareil is an online magazine focusing on weddings and special occasions, with a passion for projects and do it yourself tutorials. each magazine (there are three published already!) features page after page of beautiful inspirations. these innovative ideas, clever projects and stunning tutorials will leave you inspired and your guests in awe. most of their diy projects can be used for any number of occasions (not just for weddings)-and with a page dedicated to downloads, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy!
May 4, 2010
lucile is a french artist who has just opened her inspiring little space on etsy- lucile’s kitchen. she’s been drawing and painting since she was a small child, and now finds herself living in her kitchen. can’t we all relate? the kitchen is my favorite room in the whole house. i find myself getting inspired there as well, and lucile translates all those inspirations onto paper. how beautiful!