Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Making of our "Fixer Upper" inspired Miniature Garden...

 O.K.....let's face it...who isn't inspired by the incredible duo of Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines?  Well the answer is....no one.  They, with their amazing talent and joyful spirits, have simply inspired everyone!  I'm not a big TV watcher except for HGTV and of course my favorite show, along with the rest of the country is Fixer Upper! It's my Tuesday night date with the television plus all reruns of course!  

So since I have the wonderful pleasure of working in a greenhouse at Central Farmers Supply... Melissa, my good friend and partner in all things "dirt" decided to create a "Fixer Upper" miniature garden.  Inspired by Chip and Joanna's beautiful farm...we tried to incorporate elements that remind us all of a happy, peaceful place that anyone would love to call home.


 We started with an old galvanized wash tub that had the perfect patina for our mini garden (thanks Mrs. E) ...drilled in some holes to help with drainage...


Next, we turned over a pot to take up some space to save on soil plus it makes it not as heavy to move around...

...we added some quality potting mix...

We began to put together items that reminded us of Magnolia Farms...

...This was our "dry run"...

We planted the Pixie Plants in the garden first...our lil' garden only has a total of 6 plants...then we began to add in the Miniature Garden items...

Next we laid out our veggie garden and added the moss around some of the items we had placed...

We placed some plastic down for the walkways - this keeps the rocks from "sinking"...

We even planted small succulents in the mini pots...

Of course, we had to have a chicken coop and little rooster placed just to the left of the white farmhouse...

Just like at Magnolia Farms...a white arbor and chandelier - only thing missing from this is a farmhouse table and benches...we will have to work on that...

A cute little dog guards the mini greenhouse - now, if we could only grow Joanna's favorite pink roses in there...we'd be doing really good!


...Flower pots by the front door...

And their it is...even with its own windmill..


...Our Fixer Upper inspired miniature garden...we just love how it turned out...and the best part of it is...we get to share it with our customers each day and have lots of great conversations about how that show has made such a positive impression on so many people!

 So thank you Chip and Joanna....for sharing your talents, your family, your laughter and your beautiful home and farm with us all!  May God continue to bless you and your endeavors!  Looking forward to Season 4!

Cathy



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It's Time to Sow Rye Grass!


 Happy Spring everybody!  It has been beautiful here the past few days and one thing I love to do to start off the spring season is plant annual Rye grass.  Last year I planted a small chicken feeder that I have but this year...


 I brought out the big one...I was lucky enough to score this old feeder last fall and I've used it many different ways already!  I love it!


So, I've shared with you all how to do this the last couple of years...but here is a refresher in case you missed it....but don't worry....this is easy breezy!

Start with some annual Rye grass seed - of course mine came from Central Farmers Supply and only cost around 75 cents a pound.  And believe me, one pound is way more than you will need!
Check your local farm or lawn and garden store for seed availability.

Then you need some quality potting soil...

Fill the container you like with soil....and remember to think outside the box.  You could use a basket...perfect for Easter, galvanized metal, pottery, suitcases...simply use your imagination.

Next, liberally sprinkle with Rye grass seed...


 Lightly cover with a little bit of soil...not to much though.   Quick Tip: When covering your seed...only use the amount of soil that would be equal to twice the thickness of your seed.


 Next...mist generously...place in a sunny window...and your seed will be up in about 3-4 days.  Remember, to keep it moist, not letting it dry out.


 In no time, and I mean that...like in 10 days...it will look like this!


 And then you will have to give it a hair cut because it grows so fast!


 You can tell in this picture...the one in the front has that neat short hair cut and the others are kind of wild - which ever you like.  But before long...your grass will be having a bad hair day!  You will be trimming it several times over the course of the growing period.


 Enjoy it...place a few eggs in it for a great Easter centerpiece.  Your grass will live indoors and look pretty for about a month!


 So...get to planting...Easter is right around the corner!

Happy Spring!

Cathy




Monday, January 25, 2016

Old Man Winter...


 ...came in with a frenzy didn't he?  We received about 13 inches at our house and I have to say I LOVED IT.  I love the peacefulness of it...the quite...the stillness.  

I also understand that this type of weather definitely brings challenges and I sympathize with those who have to get to work to either care for the sick, or clean the roads, or deliver the mail, or pick up the garbage, or stock the shelves, or feed the animals, or be a first responder & on and on.  As much as I would like for time to stand still, thankfully we have dedicated people all around who make a way to help others and I am grateful.

 My hubby is a teacher...a wonderful agriculture teacher and yes, I am a bit proud of him.  So the good thing was he got to stay home with us...BUT, Shaun loves his animals and they have to be tended to...so out he went in the worst of the storm.  

 You can barely see him here rounding the dogwood tree...walking up what is suppose to be our driveway to get to the tractor.  The hay had to put out for the cattle.


Out my bedroom window, I watched the snow stack up quickly at the cabin. You can see it is nearly touching the bottom of the fence.

But in one day...the sun was back out...and our puppy, Snowball, was enjoying playing in the snow!


Life is now getting back to normal around here...however...

 ...I still can't get out of my driveway.  Maybe tomorrow.

Hope everyone is safe and warm!

Cathy

Monday, November 2, 2015

From Looking Back...to Looking Ahead...


 In my last post...I reminisced a bit.  But, in this post...I'm looking ahead to something exciting!  What I'm about to share with you is something I've wanted to do since we built our house 4 years ago.  Yes, I can hardly believe it...but, we were actually in our house 4 years Halloween Day! My oh my...How time flies!


You can kind of see how our place is laid out in this picture.  To the right of our house you can see a cabin, a glorious big Maple tree...


 ...and a barn.  It is an old tobacco barn that has seen better days...yet, it still has its charm.


  So...instead of thinking about it - I'm just putting it out there...  I'm gonna have a barn sale there next year!

My sister and I have decided it is time to make it official...no more talk...just action.  So we are giving ourselves a year...a year to clean (oh my...the groundhogs have made a mess out of that place), a year to haul out the junk that was there long before we built here, a year to shop for furniture and fabulous finds, well, I keep saying a year to prepare, but honestly, knowing me...I'll put it off as long as I possibly can.  Can't help it...that is just the way I roll!


But with all that being said...we have a cabin that my late father-n-law lovingly restored...


...a really neat cave that just kind of lures you in...


...and we even have an outhouse!  So what more do you need for a fun fall afternoon on the farm.
 So, y'all have to hold me to it...o.k.  And we'll look forward to seeing you next fall..for our first barn sale...right here at Cobblestone Farms!



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Looking Back...

It is no surprise that many days I really miss the lil' store I use to have...and other days...honestly, not so much.  But if ever a season brings my anxiety about it back to the surface...it is definitely the fall of the year.  I loved the fall growing season, I loved the long days of working outside in the crisp air, I loved the smell of my store (I can still recall it when I think of it), I loved growing and picking pumpkins and the beautiful colors of the mums, I loved my annual Fall Harvest celebration which brings me to the thing I miss the most...I loved "my people"...the ones that came from far and wide to visit my special lil' place.  It was small & nothing fancy...but it was loved and nurtured by me and many others.
  I'm so thankful I had it.  
Here are just a few pictures that take me back to an extremely busy yet very happy time. 

























Happy Fall Friends...what a beautiful time of year!