Flowers, Gardening, Living, Parenting, Sophia

Apartment Patio Gardening – Planting Flowers & Herbs

Sophie was my little helper this morning planting some herbs and flowers on our patio. We have a lovely shaded patio that only gets evening sun for a couple of hours. I wasn’t sure what to plant so I headed to our neighborhood Lowe’s and asked a garden representative what would work best for our shaded patio. I knew that I wanted to have a few herbs that I use quite a bit such as basil and thyme, but I wasn’t sure what else would do well.

The gentleman there didn’t seem very confident, however he pointed me in the direction of the shaded section of the nursery. He said that anything under there would grow well in the shade. I told him that it doesn’t really get much sun, maybe two to three hours in the late evening. I was worried because some of the tags said 1-3 hours morning sun and 6 hours of full sun. He assured me they would still do well.

We found a pretty plant called Coleus, a flowering plant called sunpatiens I’m assuming of the impatiens family, and another flowering plant called a red celosia. My daughter help me make a “flower bed” in each pot with the new potting soil, then we set in the plants and gently covered them with more soil.

The six plants, 1 rectangle plastic pot, one bag of potting soil and 3 pack of gloves was $43 with our military discount.

Not too bad for some quality time with Sophie, some pretty scenery, and some fresh herbs for cooking! Some of my favorite summer things to make are Caprese salad, Margherita pizza, fresh pesto, and using thyme for roasted carrots and my simple everyday vinaigrette. (Stay tuned for recipes to come!)

Sunpatiens and herbs; thyme, sweet basil and chocolate mint!: (planted the chocolate mint just for fun, I love the smell!)

Coleus:

Red Celosia:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope this helps you with your patio planting!!! Xoxo

Flowers, Kit, Sale, Stampin up

Everything is Rosy Suite of Products Special May 1 – 31 only

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I am in LOVE with this bundle! It just debuted today and features the following items:

Medley includes these exclusive products:
* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

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All of this beauty for only $80.00! …But get it while it’s HOT! When it is sold out it is sold out!

Just look at these gorgeous projects you can make with all the pretty things that come in the kit! These are just a few!

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Contact me at sweetpiecesbyme@gmail.com to purchase or click HERE. Be sure to specify me as your Demonstrator!

Sweet Stamping!

Charlene

Flowers, Sale-A-Bration, Thank You, Uncategorized

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #183 – Stampin’ Up What I Love Thank You

Hi There!

I was able to make a sweet card the other day for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge. Since we’ve been packing like crazy, I’ve just found the time to post this! This week was a color challenge. Usually these challenges do exactly that…challenge me, but I turn to Stampin’ Up’s IB & C (Idea Book & Catalog) and I find a card I love. Then I just swap the colors for what is required.

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I loved the card on page 119 so I copied it but used the challenge colors. I even used the same baker’s twine in Old Olive. I love the way the outline looks using the black Staz-On ink. That’s a must have for stamping on vellum. It comes in White too!

You can get the BOTANICAL GARDENS DESIGNER VELLUM STACK & the What I Love stamp set FREE in the Sale-A-Bration catalog when you spend $100! You get 1 item FREE with every $50 purchased! 🙂

PhotoGrid_1456503632006Hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by!  Here are the products I used to make it:

 

Anniversary, Flowers, Uncategorized

Stampin Up Happy Anniversary – Wildflower Fields

Just a quick card for today! I needed a quick anniversary card and I love the Number of Years stamp set as a go to! I also love the Wildflower Fields stamp set which you can get free for Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase! For my inspiration for this card, I used this card by Craft-somnia Momma. Again, I found it on Pinterest!

I used our watercolor paper for the background and just used an aqua painter dipped in Calypso Coral and drew lines across. I didn’t care if they were straight or not since that’s the beauty of it! I also used Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry ink pads. Aren’t those little wire bows darling? I finished it off with some cute accessories like the Metallic Sequins and the Tea Lace Paper Doilies.

 

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You’ll notice below my new format for the products I used. It’s a “shopping list”. I had to switch to this since My Stampin Blog is now charging users $9.95 per MONTH. That’s just not feasible for me right now so I decided to just jot down the list of products, item #’s and their price for you. You can then click and print, save to your computer, mobile device, etc.

Also, since it is so small, I’ll try to list only the stamps and the accessories on it so I can use a bigger font. Otherwise the more items I put on there, the smaller it has to be. Hope this helps some of you!

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Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.

Charlene 🙂

Flowers, Just Because, Uncategorized

Can You Case It Challenge #106

Here’s a card for the challenge over at Can You Case It? This is my first time playing along with this challenge!

First, here is the sketch!

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I squeaked by for this challenge…literally posting my card about 5 minutes until Noon! I also made this card in 30 minutes with 2 toddlers trampling all over my workspace/self/craft room. It was hilarious…but I really wanted to participate in this challenge! (The things we’ll do in the name of crafting….)

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For this card I used the beautiful Botanical Gardens Design Paper. Such bold and striking colors! This features Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze and Hello Honey to name a few.

I used the Flower Patch stamp set and the matching framelits, Flower Fair. These flowers are cheery and fun! This is a great bundle to get…remember if you get the photopolymer stamps and the framelits you save 15%! (see below)

Hope you enjoyed my card, here’s what I used to make it: