Greetings lovely friends & readers
Here I am still playing "catch up" on my blog posts from my recent trip to Mum's & before that ........
My sister-in-law told me about a new store that had opened about 10 minutes from Mums, out on the Coast road. As I'm always looking for places to take Mum for a drive I thought it might be nice to drive out & visit it.
The store is called Brandy's Botanicals - the Owner Debbie has had a wonderful barn built on her property in order for her to sell her plants, seeds & other Giftware.
It was really lovely & a wonderful selection with lots to look at plus the Owner was just so lovely & friendly.
My photos Do Not do it justice - it really was packed to the brim with plants that she had mainly grown all herself - plus a wonderful selection of seeds & some very unusual varieties.
Mum chose this glazed pot & I helped her find the sweet little trailing plant to go in it.
I bought myself 3 small size houseplants as well as 3 packets of seeds & the Owner tossed in the other 2 packets for free 😊
On the subject of houseplants ... I noticed my poor Peace Lily was looking rather root-bound & in need of a re-pot. I fossicked around under my house & found this old terracotta pot which needed a good scrub with lots of "elbow grease". It has the odd chip in it but this just adds to the overall effect I feel. 😉
After scrubbing & drying it well I gave it 2 coats of Pumice Chalk Paint & then applied a new transfer that I had ordered from * Here *. I then sprayed it with 2 coats of matt finish acrylic varnish, just to protect it well.
I gave my Peace Lily a good root prune before repotting it in fresh potting mix. It just looks so much happier now & will hopefully flower again when spring comes.
Prior to my trip to Mums my dear friend Jane requested a doll order for her Aunts 70th birthday. Jane knew exactly the pattern she wanted - a Rosalie Quinlan doll called Ruby from an old craft magazine (Homespun I think)
Jane requested that I make the doll in her Aunt's favourite colours of blues & greens ... "vivid retro florals" was Jane's words. I was able to find exactly this in my vintage sheet collection, & Jane chose the homespun check for the bloomers.
In Rosalie's pattern the tag reads "dear Mummy, I love you" but Jane asked me to stitch "Happy 70th Aunty Colleen".
The pattern has a loop sewn to the dolls hand so she can be hung but is equally as nice sitting on a bed or a chair. Jane tells me her Aunt Loved the doll & plans to hang her in her sewing room. 💙
We had a stretch of frosts last week & it was Oh So Chilly. These two spend most of the day tucked up on a blanket on my bed keeping warm together.
I think I have one more Catch Up Post to put together friends,
Thank You for your visits here today - I am off to collect Sid as we have a couple of hours together after school on Tuesdays.
Wishing you all a wonderful rest-of-the-week,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0