May! It’s all about getting the garden rolling around here. We’re super excited to see everything we worked on popping up this season, and we have the veggie garden in about 3 weeks earlier this year. Last year we got a new roof and were waiting on that to be done so the garden didn’t get destroyed in the process. We saw a bee house last year and thought it was pretty interesting and cool. Our pollinator pals need all the help they can get these days. So after some research we decided to build a big giant one around Buddah. We got some old antique crates at an estate sale and I started building those together and adding more pieces. Utilizing some of the free bricks we got from our front yard project, as well as the old cedar boards from the raised beds that were rotting. We upcycled quite a bit with this house actually including some hard cardboard rolls from inside fabric bolts. There are a few spots to fill in but we’ve seen some bees buzzing about their new home already! And that brings me to the honey colored color of the month, including my artgoodies Save the Bees Tea Towel!
Color of the Month January 2018, finally! We’re off to a great but rough start. We started the New Year in vintage style and then spent a couple days in Indianapolis. Follow me on instagram for daily details! Then we came home part of a day early to avoid the snowstorm near my parents and fell sick with a horrible virus/cold. Whatever it is it’s hanging on. In the beginning it yielded a super high fever with a couple days of sleeping for me, even my eyes were so sore I couldn’t have them open long enough to read a magazine or get some good sick tv time in. Yuck. I’m on the mend now and slowly getting some energy back, and Stephan who had a milder version is feeling much better too. So, delay in getting the massive amounts of holiday decor away, delay in color of the month! I often like to start with a crisp blue January. It feels fresh and clean after all the decor comes down.
I’m very excited to have part of my rare blue vintage Japanese holiday collection featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Vintage Holiday Magazine! AND my artgoodies stripey elf tea towel is on page 10 too! You’ll find my blue pals inside the cover, pages 20-21 with quotes and tips, and on page 130 in the very back. Don’t forget I pack the vintage shop with over 100 great vintage holiday items every year so you can start or add to your own collection! It officially hits the newsstands Oct 3 and is a pretty fantastic issue!
The garden, we are all about it, and it’s super fun to work on together. Last year Stephan dug out the bamboo grass I planted long long ago that had marched out of control and we replanted the back garden. This year we decided to dig out more grass out front, remove some bushes, replace them with hydrangeas, and also add a lot more flowers into the mix. We are working our way to being as grass free as possible, and made some major headway this year. More on the front yard later. The side yard where I’ve had my raised beds for veggies needed some help this year. 2 of the 3 raised beds were rotted due to age. SO, we decided to completely dig out the entire side yard, put down a path, a patio, and then expand the veggie gardens planting right into the ground. Best decision ever! It’s great because the back yard flows nicely into the side yard now, and we spend a ton of time on the new side patio. We usually take our coffee and some fruit or snacky breakfast out there and we can see both the veggie garden and the back yard. We’ve also focused on planting even more bird, butterfly, and bee friendly plants which I already had a nice base of. It’s really made a difference and we love it. We have several different kinds of butterflies: monarch, cabbage, swallowtail, black swallowtail. All sorts of bees bumble about everyday, and the birds, especially the yellow finches are having a heyday with all the new seeds they can eat. Plus we’ve seen an increase in hummingbird sightings which is also super fun! We love our little city sanctuary backyard. We have so many varieties of birds, some bunnies, big squirrels, lil squirrels, chipmunks, and so many different bee friends. The flowers are beautiful and provide such gorgeous color throughout the season. The veggie garden has been producing so much great food, it’s just awesome. I’ve been busy freezing and making delicious meals with the bounty. We are enjoying: lettuce, chard, arugula, onions, several different kinds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, green beans, kale, some squash and carrots are on the way, plus we can’t wait to harvest the fennel seed this fall. It’s amazing what you can do with a small space and how much it can provide for both you, and the wildlife friends. It’s good for you and the environment! Here’s a super quick video tour as well! The fence which is usually covered in vines is barren, seems to be a bad yer for some pests so we stripped the fence of the ill plants to control the problem and applied neem oil on the plants. Seemed to work pretty good and we avoided the use of gross chemicals too! Follow me on instagram for more insight into the garden, cooking, studio, fresh vintage finds etc!
Once again I’m bringing my online stores to life in this Mega Pop Up Shop! Vintage housewares GALORE including glassware, canister sets, linens, tablecloths, fabric, Pyrex, dishes, melmac, planters, trays, a few small furniture pieces, and so on! See my vintagegoodies etsy shop for some available vintage, retro, and mid century items! You’ll be shopping hand picked vintage from estate sales near and far! AND artgoodies block print handmade textiles will be available, check out artgoodies online for products including organic tea towels, aprons, pillows, zippered pouches etc! *Most items will be at my regular retail prices or slightly on sale* However, there will also be a dollar dig vintage area, and an artgoodies seconds/samples area so you can save BIG! Please note, there will be absolutely NO early sales, none. Thursday Aug 10, from 5-9 pm Friday Aug 11, 9am-2pm Sat Aug 12, 9am-2pm
Oops, I thought I published this! Sorry friends! Guess I was too busy enjoying home. This year was extra festive in several regards. Stephan and I are celebrating our first holiday together and I also put up the most vintage holiday decor ever. 3 aluminum trees, more displays, pine garland and after a long hiatus on gift giving we’ll unwrap a bounty of surprises under the tree this year. And as always I’ve got well over 100 vintage holiday items in my vintage shop so you can add to or start your own collection!
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Turns out I was super optimistic about all the things I could get done while recovering from a major surgery, like blogging, or thank you cards. Stephan and I just happily celebrated 1 month of married life while I’ve been on the mend! I’ve decided the best way to talk wedding details is in segments. SO, let’s talk one of my faves, wedding flowers! What does a lady do when she’s the one who usually designs the flowers?!? There’s no time to do them all, well maybe I could have squeezed that in magically but there were plenty of other things to do and enjoy like rehearsals, hair and makeup, and time with out of town family and friends, and then the relaxing. I picked the flowers out, ordered them up, and wrote recipes for the bouquets. Then, my trusty and super amazing friend Michele stepped up and did an outstanding job! We went and picked them up together, spent a little time prepping, and she took the reigns. I knew I was in great hands so it was easy to relax! Besides being an awesome friend, Michele is a talented artist and curator, check some of her work out here and while yer at it, check out the shows she curates at Kendall College of Art and Design if you’re in GR! Thanks to Michele and Cat for capturing a lot of these pics too!
It’s mid month and yep, late on the color of the month post. BUT, for good reasons like getting married!!! And for not the best reasons like recovering from surgery. So, this month I give you color of the month in aqua blue along with rehearsal brunch bits too! I have been saving up aqua vintage because, well I love it…and I always imagined using it for a wedding shower or party of the sort. SO, when it came down to our rehearsal wedding brunch I knew exactly which direction I was headed! Color of the month, here we go!Stay tuned, more wedding details coming soon! 🙂