Wednesday, March 19, 2014

master bedroom decorating

{sorry for the wrinkled linen sham...I am trying to get used to the inevitable with them, not quite sure I can}

So I think I last spoke about decorating our master bedroom in August??? I haven't done much else since I last shared with you. Yes, I am ranking up there on the slowest going decorating scale. I have unintentionally taken a decorating break and have just been "being", especially since the first of the year. It was a much needed and enjoyable break. But as a glimmer of warm weather is here and there, it inspires me to freshen and fluff our home a bit.
One little change I made was adding a simple trim to our lampshades. This is not a new idea for sure, but still one that makes such a difference in finishing a room. I hadn't even planned on doing it until I came across this trim in my craft room I've had for more years than I can remember and I thought it would be just perfect to use in our bedroom.


I just applied some fabric tac and worked my way around the lampshade. Quick & easy! 
It's subtle, yes but adds just the right amount of a finishing touch.


I have been hanging pictures and found some lovely accessories at our local antique shop so the room is starting to come together. I will share the whole room with you soon.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

starting a garden from seed

Ahhh, starting a garden from seeds...something I have long dreamed of doing but frankly it kind of intimated me.  But there are so many good reasons to start from seed.  I prefer to have an organic and heirloom garden, so searching through seed catalogs affords me lots of choices. Plus it's way less expensive. It really doesn't take much time to sow the seeds, either. Something new always can seem more daunting than it really is.

I started all my seeds that require a jump start indoors today. Now I have my fingers {& toes} crossed.  I am a smidge behind...kept putting it off because I fear failing. Don't we all? But, I was chatting with a fellow gardening friend this morning and my admittance of not starting the seeds yet guilted me into action. :) I have even added pressure of success because I promised her some seedlings.
Most of the seeds need very warm soil to germinate, about 80 degrees. Geesh, that is very hard to achieve in early spring, even inside. I have a long table complete with a grow light, heat mats and a space heater {because that room is chilly}all set up in our guest room. I used cow pots {they are composted manure} to start the seeds because these can be planted right into the ground and when they break down they fertilize the soil too.

These are all the vegetables and herbs I planted today. Lots of different tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and a few herbs that prefer to be started indoors. Our cats are going to LOVE the catnip!
Most of the seeds for our garden come from Baker Creek Heirloom. There were just a few varieties of vegetables that I wanted to grow that weren't available from Baker Creek, so I selected some heirloom ones from Johnny's Selected Seeds. But I will say, besides the beautiful packaging, I found the sowing directions and tips to be so much more helpful on the seed packets from Baker Creek. 

Outside the garden area has been cleared and the actual raised beds should be built this weekend.  I need to have some soil delivered so I can direct sow some seeds now that prefer cooler temperatures. It's getting exciting! I have so missed having a garden since we moved to Georgia almost two years ago. :)

Have a great rest of the week.