Every summer when we are on vacation in Cape May, NJ, we visit a special place--Bay Spring Farm--which is the home of some very special alpacas. We take a break from the beach and ride our bikes to visit these adorable animals. We feed them and just watch them--they are very gentle and happy creatures and one can see they are very well taken care of at this farm.
There's always something going on in my garden that I find amusing and interesting--so many things to learn and be inspired by--just another day in my little corner of the world. I look forward to seeing what each day has to offer!
What a pleasant surprise it was when these eye-catching and brightly colored flowers showed up in my garden one summer. I looked in my gardening books but was unable to find this particular flower. It looks like it belongs in the Rudbeckia family because it has the familiar coneflower characteristics. Does anyone know the name of these beauties?
One afternoon I was entertained by the mother squirrel showing her baby the "ropes" of backyard birdfeeders. You could see how caring the mother would be in showing her baby different techniques of stretching and jumping. The baby would lose interest and go off on its own not too far from mom's view but you could see mom's concern of it's baby's whereabouts.
My favorite picture is the one where baby is inside the squirrel feeder--a box I fill with treats just for the squirrels. This baby has learned this trick already!!! It is made so squirrels lift the lid and go inside--the birds are unable to eat the squirrel food--that's a switch!
Here's the mom carefully holding her baby who is trying to eat peanuts from the peanut feeder and then you can see the baby on mom's back and below baby discovering yet another bird feeder--this was a Kodak moment for me!
In my pajamas and camera in tow, I took some pictures of flowers blooming in my garden one June morning in Northern New Jersey, USA--my little corner of the earth!!!I have a hydrangea shrub in my backyard that is full of of these gorgeous flowers and in the front yard I have a butterfly bush with deep purple flowers just waiting for the butterflies to find it--butterflies love to feed on them.
Here's a pale pink hollyhock that chose this spot in my frontyard to bloom--
I love the uniqueness of this yellow coneflower making a statement in my front yard.
Daylilies are one of my favorite flowers because they bloom effortlessly all summer into fall. I have many different varieties and here are two that caught my eye this morning.
And finally, after not having any flowers since I planted this hydrangea shrub in my frontyard, this year I finally get to see it's first flowers, how beautiful it is!
I just received my new bag I bought from Whimseys, one of our very own EtsyNJ members, and I absolutely love it! It is of high quality fabric and the workmanship is excellent and very professional. I received the bag in a couple of days as promised and it came packaged very nicely.
I chose this particular bag because I was looking for a bold summer purse, reasonably priced and large enough for all my stuff. The sale price was definitely a plus, at $19.99 it was a good deal. And, may I add, it came with a vintage pin which adds a nice touch. Here's a picture of me showing off my new bag!
I am so happy with my purchase and it was a pleasure doing business with SuZ. If you are looking for a bag for yourself or as a gift, check out Whimseys.
In honor of Memorial Day, I have created a simple but sincere white heart wreath with red roses and baby's breath and added an elegant navy blue bow. I love the simplicity and the colors this wreath has to offer.
Enjoy your weekend with family and friends, nice food, some wine and maybe you will have some time to do some special crafting--that's my wish to you!
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This week I would like to feature one of Caroline's earrings from her Etsy shop New Hope Beading.
These awesome earrings are made from vibrant blue turquoise and contrasted with deep crimson coral and accented by Bali sterling silver beads, these earrings are absolutely gorgeous. Great to wear all year but especially nice in the summer.
Caroline carefully picks gemstones from across the globe to create very limited edition, often one-of-a-kind jewelry. She enjoys hand forging and hammering sterling, fine silver and copper pieces and incorporates silver directly from Bali or the Karen Hill Tribe in Thailand. Hill tribe silver is 97.5% to 99% pure and is absolutely beautiful.
New Hope Beading proudly donates 5% of the price of each item purchased to the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ as thanks for the wonderful support they have given her family following her daughter's diagnosis of epilepsy.
Great job Caroline! I wish you much success with your business and with your daughter's treatment.
The first thing I do after I wake up and go downstairs for my first cup of coffee is to look out my kitchen window and notice all the birds gathered by my feeders. Their singing is so relaxing and I love watching them while I think about the brand new day ahead of me.
The best seed for bird feeding is the black sunflower seed because all birds like it--even the squirrels too!
One can get a chuckle while birdwatching! I got to observe bird bullying right outside my kitchen window. I had just moved one of my birdhouses closer to my window when right away a pair of sparrows moved right in. The male started with the nest building and was carrying some straw into its new house when out of nowhere came another male sparrow and snatched the whole bundle of straw right out of its mouth and flew away with it! The poor little sparrow could not react fast enough to get his straw back and just gave up. I wanted to go outside and scold that mean sparrow!
My dog loves bird watching as well and the two of us are quite content just hanging out and watching the birds. We do this for about a half hour and then we have breakfast.
I treasure these quiet moments!
I was able to take a pretty nice picture of a pair of Cardinals feeding right outside my kitchen window last summer. And, next to it is one of my favorite wreaths I have designed showing these beautiful red birds--it is one of my favorites!
I hope you take a few minutes and enjoy our feathered friends, it will be time well-spent!
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This is my very first blog and I have no idea what I'm doing!
Not sure what I would like to say but, I guess, one has to start somewhere and this is the "somewhere" for me.
I love to create floral wreaths and arrangements and my mind is always thinking of the next design I will be making. Sometimes I think of too many designs and can't focus on just one--I hate when that happens but eventually my mind just comes to a halt and everything is crystal clear. That's when I'm finally at peace with myself and a beautiful floral design emerges. But, I must say, it is exhausting at times.
Other times, I just can't decide what to make and nothing gets done and I start browsing through floral magazines trying to get ideas and that sometimes backfires because then I have too many ideas!
Spring is here! I am dying to make some pretty wreaths to welcome the season. I love red tulips and nothing is more stunning than a mass planting of these beautiful flowers. I also look forward to seeing the first crocuses pop up on a cold crisp March day.
Daffodils are the old reliables and no one usually gets too excited when seeing them, but if you stop to admire these yellow beauties you can't deny they are an amazing flower as well. I can't help but think of the simple beauty found just outside my door and how dull Spring would be without these flowers!
Gee, it's not so bad writing this blog, maybe a bit boring for everyone but for me it's so exciting I feel my heart racing--getting a bit carried away here, slow down, Georgy!
I am fascinated with flowers and floral designing is my passion--I do my designing late at night since I am not a morning person! I love to cook and invent new recipes. My favorite is "refrigerator soup"--when I want homemade soup I find whatever is leftover in the fridge and cook up a pot of soup. It's always a surprise what comes out but is usually good!
I love to hang out with my good friends just having some wine at home or out at our favorite restaurants.
I like taking pictures of the flowers that I grow in my garden.