Strawberries & Lettuce in Containers

I started to get out a notebook and write down what I’m doing and thought no way, I’m going to blog it instead!

In my new place, I haven’t done much to the outside yet since as soon I moved in, it turned very cold. For this growing season, I definitely want a few things but I really need to do containers this year just until I get everything else ready for future years of vegetable garden plot(s), fruit trees and bushes, and nut trees! So, let’s start with the strawberry growing…

I used a 12 inch coconut nest hanging basket and some Miracle-Gro garden soil plus 10 everbearing strawberry Quinault plants (roots). For the plants, I put 8 around all the sides, cutting/tearing holes for which the plants could come out and grow. Then, I filled the nest with the soil to cover each root system at least 2 inches. For the final 2 I put in the center top portion on either side and covered them with 2 inches of the soil. I took a watering can (mine is a 1/2 gallon can) and filled it with water then added 1/2 teaspoon of Expert Gardener Plant Food (water soluble). I probably used about 1/2 of the container of water on it. Then I put it on a shepherd’s hook and now we wait.


Just as a note to myself, the directions say to apply the plant food every 2 weeks so I’ll apply that again around April 12th.

in the picture above, the two smaller containers on the ground are the Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce I planted today as well. I used the rest of the plant food water mixture in those as well as the garden soil. There are several sides in each container which I’ll thin when they start coming up.  This winter, i want to overwinter them so I need to remember to plan for that as well.

I’m ready for fresh lettuce and strawberries now! Alas, I must be patient. I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes.


Among the Cherry Blossoms

Each month on the 20th, a contest begins for artists from all over the world. This contest is called Nibblefest Art Contest. The rules are pretty simple, It can be any medium and any size. It has to end on the 27th and cannot be started before the 20th. It can be entered as a 7, 5, 3 or 1 day auction, depending upon when you list it. It just has to end on the 27th. You have to start the auction at 99 cents. Yes, this can be a little worrisome, especially if you have spent many hours on the piece, but all rules must be followed in order to be qualified for the contest. The contest is scored by the number of bids (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) and another winner is the one who’s listing sells for the most money. The prize is a digital image award that can be used on your listings, blog, and other social media.

These contests are fun and have a different theme each month. I like the themes that I wouldn’t typically do because that makes for some completely madness! This month is something I find comfortable, though, and is “Flowers”. Without further delay, let me show you what I created for it:


Among Cherry Blossoms

How much fun I had creating him! I wanted to have the flowers be a part of the tree so I decided to go with cherry blossoms. I also plan to create this into a note card for my etsy shop if I can figure out a cost effective way (that looks nice) to print them. Hope to see you at the auction for this contest – even if you don’t like my entry, I’m CERTAIN you’ll find something you love. Just click here to go to my ebay listing and then click on the banner within the listing to see all the entries. There are some extremely talented artists who have entries and I’m honored to be among them.



Burlap & Chevron Plus Owls

Getting The Owl Barn stocked has been SO MUCH FUN! I work play with creations for that shop during down time.I won’t be long-winded today as I realize my last post was extremely chatty.

I created a pattern for an owl for my wreaths. These need to be kind of fatter on the bottom part so they sit on there nicely to attach them. Here’s how he turned out:


And, then for the wreath itself, I used pink and aqua along with some white and of course the burlap…I’m so smitten with it! The colors and style just seems to welcome Spring with open arms…errr ahhhh wings.


It’s currently listed in my shop. If you’d like to see it, you can get to it by clicking here.

I’ve been working on scanning some of my older owl paintings and getting those in there. It’s getting a little fuller slowly but surely.



Catching Up and Introduction to Owlabaster…

It takes a while to recover when you buy a new house that is in need of work. At least it does for me. I feel settled in now and I’m loving my new house. I’ve posted lots of pictures of the progress over the past several months. More has been completed but for now, I need a small thing to complete the remaining rooms so I’ll show those over time as the finishing touches come to pass.

In the meantime, I didn’t want to abandon the blog…especially since I have done better about posting since I’ve moved. So, I decided to show you something new I’ve been working on for my shop (one of my shops, anyway). Since we’re talking about my shop, I admit that I have too many different things in it. I have Christmas ornaments, Rustic wedding decor, Shabby/Cottage Chic wedding decor, burlap garden flags and of course Tennessee Vols creations. I hope I’m not confusing customers when they come to my shop with the various types of offerings I have. While they are categorized, I can’t help but feel it may be too many things in one place which complicates the shopping experience. Having repeat customers or referred customers makes me continue the way things are, though, as building a new shop for these items overwhelms me.

One great thing is that I do have my owls separated into a shop all their own. The Owl Barn was opened back in 2009 and I’ve neglected it mostly. I periodically would go list a few things. Some of it would sell and I just wouldn’t list anything else for a long time. Then I thought I needed everything in one place and would list owl items in my other shop. Anyway, it may appear I’ve not had clear thoughts as the best way to do this. Here’s the issue, though…getting people to either shop can be time consuming, so marketing/promoting one shop was really all I could manage. Oh to have an easier way of driving traffic when you are beginning to build something when you are the lone person who is every facet of your business.

I’ve resolved now that I’m going to give my owl shop a lot more focus. Owls are something I love and have been fascinated with since I was little and first saw my Grandparents’ painted ceramic owl with eyes so big that they were mesmerizing. I want that to be where I’m going to enjoy myself. In honor of my new enlightenment, I created this new painting recently and have it listed in The Owl Barn. You can see it by clicking here.  I have him available in 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10:


I find him intelligent and snazzy. Truth be known, he’s a direct inspiration from my love of The Big Bang Theory. When I posted him on Facebook, one of my childhood friends saw the painting and immediately came up with a great name. Owlabaster Nerdly II. (Thank you Steven Richardson for the most awesomely fitting name!)

Although there are only 4 items in The Owl Barn at the time of this blog post, please check back. Lord willing, it will grow very soon! I create things for it when I have all my orders at a good stopping place for timely completion and shipping.

This post is kind of a rambling one, I guess I had a lot to say without much direction as to how to say it. Maybe It works though. I’m not even going to proofread it, I’m trying this new fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants thing. Let the fun begin! 🙂