Flower arranging class, artwork and garden snaps showing something surprising that I am excited about… and nope- it isn’t those Christmas lights that are still up. All in todays edition of the Weekend View.
Flower Arranging Class
My sister in law text me on Thursday night and asked if I could do a flower arranging lesson for Zoom school with my nieces the next day.
I had to think about it- I mean, I am not into flowers or flower arranging at all…. haha. I was super excited thinking about the lesson and how we could do it of course. And the next day, with a few clipped flowers on hand- my twin nieces and I zoom walked through the garden and I cut the flowers that inspired them.
Then we went inside and created a beautiful bouquet- with them telling me where each flower should go. It was such a fun class- I shared the secrets and method to my flower arranging madness- and we all agreed that more flowers is a good thing.
I snapped a quick iPhone photo of the arrangement to send to them and they each sketched it and then sent me a photo back. They did such an amazing job on the flowers And on the artwork. They are 7 years old but I am pretty convinced they are mini-Picasso’s.
The greenhouse garden is starting to fill in nicely. I was wandering out there last night and decided to grab a quick snap of the beautiful blooms and lush greens that are starting to appear. And I wanted to capture that something surprising on the front of the greenhouse.
I know you might be thinking ‘Why are the Christmas lights still up?’ To be honest, I just. haven’t. taken. them. down. yet. And at the same time- they were literally glowing away a couple weeks ago for that baby shower- so festive any time of year I suppose. 🙂
But the surprise is actually the wisteria. We have been waiting for this wisteria to bloom out for several years. Most of the time- we get the leaves and maybe a couple blooms. This year- there are blooms coming on top to bottom and I am pretty darn excited about it. There are 2 more on the greenhouse that are not doing much but leaves again this year- if anyone has wisteria advice, I would love to know what it is. I would love for the whole front to be covered in those beautiful purple blooms each year.
And here is my first peony bloom of the year. 🙂
I wandered into the Re-Store the other day- and came out with 4 vintage windows for a garden project we are working on. I probably would have brought more treasures home- I just didn’t find anything that was talking loudly to me. But on that same note- I have been perusing craigslist everyday in search of some pretty pieces for a decorating project. I am thinking I might start sharing more about shopping projects- whether it is thrift stores or HomeGoods or shopping the house etc. And I cannot wait for flea market season- I am ready.
Here is what inspired me in one way or another this week:
We have been watching comedy with my oldest son and his fiancé every week when they come for dinner- and my cheeks are definitely sore the next day. I highly recommend finding something funny to watch and relax for a bit.
We are also binge watching Animal Kingdom during the week. When people started recommending it to me- I thought it was literally like an educational type show about animals and I was so impressed that so many people were watching BBC or PBS channels and learning about them. Spoiler alert: It is not about animals of that kind. lol. The first couple of episodes- I wasn’t sure- but now we are into season 3 and into the story.
For Laughs: This video involving lipstick and Home Depot is so adorable.
Inspire: I have been doing a lot of armchair traveling and dreaming – and this always inspires.
Create: This DIY herb garden is so cute.
Make: We made this cucumber chickpea salad last week and absolutely loved it. It will be on repeat all summer long.
Shop: I am ordering 5 spring flower covered dresses today. I have decided that my well worn and loved jeans need a break for the summer. The biggest problem I have with finding dresses I love to wear are finding ones that are not sacks and are also not body con style. I just want something flattering, long lines and no smocking or poofing. I will share how this round of them work out in case you are looking for something pretty too.
And for another look at one of your favorite Before & Afters- take a peek at this transformation.
Have a great weekend everyone.
beth havey says
Courtney, Thanks for this blog. I love it.
I am thinking of taking the drawings that I did with my grandson and framing them. I would overlap the in one frame as they all have a floral theme. I think that would work. ANy suggestions as to how to accentuate this idea? The frame is dark. The drawings on regular drawing paper. Thanks Beth Havey
Janet Mahan says
Best way to accent is to use a matte in one of the colors. It makes it look so professional.
Oh…please do share about the dresses! I jave been searching for midi dresses…no Poofs or RUFFLES…comfy…yet attractive.
I LOVE that your Christmas lights are still up. We leave ours up on the back deck for a Year-round festive/party feel
Karen Mary says
I live in dresses all spring and summer and would love to see what you found!
Debbie Merten says
If you love flattering dresses i order all mine from BodeN and thEy are true to size! Many different fabrics and very simple Designs.
I just love reading your blogs everything in them is always beautiful. Would you happen to have a cure for squirrels eating my herb container garden. I plant one every year and every year squirrels eat at least half. Thanks and have a great week.
Gail E Rouw says
My advice for wisteria….DON’T GROW IT! IT’S lovely but takes over if YOU’re not on top of it constantly! I have one growing in an oak tree, beautiful right now as it’s covered in blooms but in time IT Will take over the tree. I also have volunteer that is blooming it’s little head off! That one, as it’s new, will be controlled!
Enjoyed this post a lot Courtney. The flowers..that first peony bloom! and the Lipie stick now found at home depot…too funny and oh so cute!
The drawings are so sweet. What a great zoom idea to share with them.
All I know about wisteria is that it takes time to grow and bloom. Time. It will get heavy and wear on the roof of any home/shed so keep a watch out. The beauty of wisteria though is worth it to me. Wish I had a spot for one or 2 here. I’ll enjoy yours:0)
Frost advisory where we are for next couple of days..so hope my peony buds won’t get damaged…I’m covering them to be safe. Will be my first blooms as this is year 2 of planting my tubers. Next time I’ll get starts from the nursery instead but wanted a special kind.
Mary Alice says
Looking forward to your dress and thrift store shopping. I think it is a great idea. Thanks for all you do.