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Monday, June 25, 2012

Treasure Hunting.....




Re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose.....today's catch phrases. No one recycled 20 years ago....just like most of us didn't, usually, bother to put our seat belts on. But times have changed....and now EVERYONE is recycling (which is good...) but the "re-use and re-purpose" trend has really taken off, too!! Personally....I have been re-purposing for years....and years and years!!! I don't follow trends....I do my own thing.....and I have ALWAYS liked the idea of using something in a new way. For example....I have cupboards in my house made of old doors and shutters. I hang old wooden boxes and use them for shelves. I stack little antique footstools and use them for my books. I think I have ALWAYS re-purposed in my garden. I love the way flowers look in old buckets. I love rusty old metal containers. I love to use fun and unexpected things that make you say....oh, look that's a .......(fill in the blank....) I have flowers planted in wheelbarrows, cream separators, chicken feeders and sap buckets. I use old ladders, screen doors, window frames and egg baskets for all kinds of things....my husband even made my garden gate out of old garden tools! I am thrilled that this is finally "catching on".....these things deserve a second look....a new lease on life!! Not only are we saving some room in the "land-almost-fulls" but we are adding lots of personality to our homes and gardens. Anyone can have perfectly clipped hedges and a row of flowers lining their walkway.....but it takes someone with an artistic eye and a thirst for uniqueness to turn an old enamel pot into a planter for flowers!! This time of year, with all of the flea markets and yard sales, is the perfect time to go searching for YOUR style!! It's out there....right now....waiting for you!! Maybe even in someone's trash....you know what they say...one man's trash is another man's treasure....go treasure hunting....it's the "in" thing!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

technical difficulties.....

OK Blogger Friends....I am going to ask for your patience...I am working on technical difficulties!! I would love to be able to "blog" more often....so I would love to be able to write them at work (not that I have a whole lot of "free" time....but a minute or two in the afternoons is all that would be necessary!!) But I can't figure out how to access my photo library on my Ipad....I, also, can't email myself pictures, all of a sudden...so I can't use new ones on here when I write this at home. So I wrote the Blog below...on the Ipad (from this very spot!!) but I couldn't use a picture. And this is a picture of the pool house....from last year....because I can't email myself new ones!! You can see the dilemma....I will give this my undivided attention as soon as possible....and with a little luck...have some new pictures to show you, and more blogs for you to read, more often, sent to you from the corner of the shop (the one with the "most bars" :):):)) Stay tuned!!!

Almost there.....

How can we possibly be in the MIDDLE of June already???? I know the first, official, day of Summer isn't even here yet....but it FEELS like half of the Summer is gone. And we are still working on the projects outside. On the one hand....that makes me feel very behind....but, on the other hand, I don't sit well and I enjoy having things to do and keeping busy. The "problem" here is, really, the same one I find myself faced with in the Fall and during the Holidays.....I want to enjoy all of the work!!! I want to take my morning coffee outside and sit in the pool house watching the birds and admiring the flowers....I can't do that if I see 10 things that still need to be done before I will be happy!! I have no problem with the maintenance....that's a given...it's all of the "projects" that need to be done before I can enjoy the surroundings!! Oh well....we ARE getting there!!! My husband has re-built the floor portion of the front porch....and it looks great! Now...the rest of that project involves old porch posts and the "fun" kind of building that he loves to do....(and a few creative touches that I have thrown into the mix)....so he is looking forward to that "work". We have, also, been working in the pool house. Cleaning, re-arranging etc. I made the burlap curtains on Monday....in a very pretty green....so that's done. I have a few more things to plant....pots that "decorate" the space....and there is a little painting to do.....but, now, it's mostly decorating....and that's the fun part!! All of the flowers are planted, the tomatoes that I sprinkle into the herb garden are doing well, my pumpkins are all up, the peaches are getting big, the apple trees are happy....like I said...we are getting there!! We will be taking a few days "off" around the 4th of July....and I am looking forward to spending it in the yard.....hopefully all of the big projects will be taken care of and I will be able to take some time to smell the roses....literally!!! Have a great Father's Day weekend....it looks like it's gonna be a beaut!!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The bright side.....

I think THIS is the only kind of weather that we did NOT experience, today!! One minute the sun was out....and it was warm....then the clouds would take over and the wind would pick up...and it was, actually, chilly....then rain....and then it would start all over again!! I was determined to get all the rest of my planting done, today. The weather has not been cooperating with my plans for weeks....and I feel VERY behind. I had planned to go to the garden center and pick up the rest of what I needed and then spend the day putting the finishing touches on our yard. I was really looking forward to this....our yard is like our daily mini vacation spot....it's where we unwind from the stresses of the day. I love to work in my gardens....and I love knowing that they are waiting for me when I get home from work. Of course....as has been the pattern of late....things didn't go quite as planned!! Not only did the weather challenge me....but I started the day feeling drained....and that's not good when you have so much to do!! This was a VERY trying week. I'm not going to go into details....I would prefer to put it all behind me...I will say, however, that I realized at some point, over the weekend, that today was the full moon!! That should be enough said!! Sunday was, particularly, trying....and I decided not to serve dinner. I don't do that. I take my commitments and my responsibilities very, very seriously.....but the week had taken it's toll....and I decided to call it a day!! I took the opportunity to go to visit a friend's farmstand. We have very similar hours...so I don't get over there as much as I would like. I wandered around....picking up some of the plants I needed for my planting marathon, today...and pondered the guilt I was feeling for not serving Sunday Supper. I, also, stewed....just a little....about the difficulties of the week. Then... I spent a few minutes talking with my friend (who owns the farmstand....) That rain we had the other night did some damage to their inventory (washed some of it AWAY!!!!) and they had to take time (which no small business owner has enough of to begin with...) to repair the sales area. Two seconds after she told me all that the rain had done....she gave me a list of what could have happened....but didn't....and finished with "the sales area looks better than it has in a long time" because they had to repair it!! I told her I loved the "find the bright side" attitude....and she said "when you own your own business...you HAVE to find the bright side"....and that is so true!! When you own your own business....your heart has to be in it every day. There is no one to pick up the slack if you are having a bad day (or week!!!). So....today....I planted, in spite of the rain, and persevered. And, tomorrow.....there will be a bright side, again.....and my heart will be in my work. Now....that said.....I would appreciate if it would stop raining....so I can enjoy my yard. Those daily mini vacations are a necessity!!!!