Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cluck - Urban Farm & Garden Supply

Don't you just love when you find a new store?  I do!  The shopper in me gets so excited.  The other day I was looking through my new, May issue of Better Homes & Gardens.  It talked about some really amazing stores in Providence, Rhode Island. 

The one that really caught my attention was Cluck.  It is an old gas station that has been transformed into an urban farm and garden supply store.  As a gardener and owner of chickens, I knew I would have to take a visit and soon.  The boys and I happened to be in the area today so we took a trip. 

It has an amazing selection of chicken, bee keeping and gardening supplies.  I loved these reproduction charts.  Definitely going on my "I want list".

I also grabbed a variety of French carrot, lettuce and radish seeds. All can be sowed in the Spring. 

I just love when you find a place that combines old, new and supports local business.  If you are in the area please check them out! Cluck RI

Monday, April 14, 2014

How Far We Have Come - Before & After

Sometimes I forget how far we have come with the renovations of this house.  Most days I am making a mental to do list that is a mile long.  I walk out side to see buildings that need to be repainted, gardens need to be planted, yard to be fertilized, fencing needs to be put up, etc. etc.  It may be 7 years later but, all of our weekends are now filled with soccer & baseball.  The projects have come to a screeching halt. 

I needed to stop for a minute this Monday morning and appreciate just how much has been done.  In 2007 when we purchased this 1820 farm house it was in very poor shape.  We did 75% of the work ourselves with the help of my Dad.  We worked on it for almost 5 months before we even moved in.  So today I see the cup as half full...not half empty.  Spring is here!  Look how far we have come! 

Spring 2013

Spring 2007
Summer 2007

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Centerpiece - Egg Decorating

I love to color eggs.  However,  I never can figure out how to color them.  Do I hard boil them or do I blow them out so they will last longer?

I usually end up blowing them out.  I like them to be part of my Easter decoration for at least a few days.  This year I tried something new.  I took uncooked white eggs and colored them.  Once dry I cracked them open and rinsed them out.

I then filled each of them with a Johnny Jump Up - Viola.  There was a little cracking when I put the flower in, but I love the way it looks.

I placed them in a cardboard egg crate and added some white and brown wood eggs that I already had.  This is going to look so cute in the center of my Easter Table.  You could also plant succulents in the eggs too.

 For other great Easter decorating ideas check out my Easter Pinterest Board HERE