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My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

The French Market

Hello my friends!

It's that time of year again when my every waking minute is consumed with preparations for

a glimpse at a previous market at Hortons

The French Market at  Hortons
 downtown Tipton, Indiana.

This years event will be held rain or shine Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th. 

Rebecca's beautiful pop up shop from a past event

That's just a week away!
Even though I know longer produce this event, it's still one of my favorite shows to participate in. This year, it will be my only event as a vendor.

You see,
My new online boutique will be opening soon and I will need to focus on it completely for awhile.

It has taken me quite sometime to decide on products to carry and even more time to decide what I wanted to focus my energy on handcrafting. 

I have been looking forward to this year French Market because I will be unveiling my new product line!
I am so excited and a little nervous about this. So much of myself has been put into the gathering and creating of wares to sell. I really want to focus on things that I love and would purchase. I guess it's a little bit silly, but I want everyone to be able to find something that speaks the as it spoke to me when I found it or created it.  

So,if you can make it to Tipton next weekend....Please stop by and say Hi!

Blessings to you my friends!

They say Absence makes the Heart grow Fonder

I sure am hoping this is true!
Time once again, has gotten away from me.

So here's an attempt to put a cork in it!
(Time that is)

Just a quick look back and then FORWARD!
Are you with me?

Okay, to pick up where we left off...sort of.
Last Summer,
We started off on a new adventure

Binoculars are optional as we make our way through the Summer

Paisley came to visit her Grammy here in Indiana.

And we had a Grand time.
Her sweet cousin Keller  (our second Grandbaby) came for lunch

And 2 weeks later, he turned ONE!

Summer turned into Autumn

Trick or treats for the little darlings

And just before Winter

Paisley turned 3

Decorations went up for Christmas

It was at this moment that I decided to get sick.
It started out as acute Bronchitis and before Christmas, developed into Pneumonia.
And that brings us to now.

For the past 9 weeks I have spent most of my time down and out.
Last week, I went outside for a tiny bit and walked around my garden.

With no more than a dusting of snow thus far this Winter
And above average temperatures..
My garden is waking up a bit too early.

Winter is expected to return later this week and I actually find myself looking forward to a snow day or two.

Well, were pretty much caught up.
I have started redesigning my blog and linking everything together.
I'm looking forward to sharing the next step with you later this week.
Perhaps on a snow day?

Thank you for stopping by
Blessings to you my friends!

So glad you asked

I have gotten several emails lately asking about the Country Living photo shoot. So I thought I would answer a few of  your questions today and share more pictures with you.

photo courtesy of Country Living April issue, photo by Gridley Graves, styled by Liz Demos

Many of you asked  "How much was changed for the shoot?"
The answer is : Not a lot.
The fabulous stylist Liz Demos made a few changes to "tighten it up" make it more photo worthy, but nothing significant.

Here she is along with Anne Gridley and Gary Graves the husband and wife dynamic duo (aka the photographers)

I actually took some pictures before everyone arrived that morning so you can compare the before and afters.

As you can see, I had a few unfinished painting projects I was working on that morning!

This is the South side of Tinkerhouse. I loved this little vignette with the ladder and old grocery scales.

This is the back of Tinkerhouse . I  was standing next to my clothesline when I took this.

And this is the North side of Tinkerhouse. Actually I took it before I put the plant back in the bucket!

And of course, the front of Tinkerhouse.

Here you can actually spot a few of the changes, the ladder with herbs and the williamsburg wheelbarrow have been moved.
Also, my two french iron chairs were replaced with aqua bistro chairs from another area. This was done for more color in the final shots.

Inside, not a whole lot is different, just somethings you haven't seen.

The chalkboard is one of my favorite shots. I love the old hoe I use for a little shelf and the old door hardware for my chalk.

Liz did some really fun terrariums for the shoot and I got to keep them. They are so much fun.

A view from up high

Up close

I love this old metal milkman's tote. It didn't make it in the finals shots.

The tie backs for my paint tarp curtains. The old knobs were taken from the door to our basement.

Another question I was asked was "Where is the little area made from french doors?"
Well, that little vignette is tucked in between my guest cottage and our garage.

Its one of the first things you see when you come into the backyard from the garage.

I sprayed the glass panes in the doors and windows with a faux mirror paint to reflect the surrounding gardens.

It's become a favorite little spot to grab some shade in the middle of the day.

Another question was "What other areas did they shoot and not use?"

The biggest area shot besides Tinkerhouse was my Potager.

Some other fun spots not used  were my birdbath filled with pots,

The upper deck sitting area that we are transforming into a screened porch this Summer. (more on that later)

And the little vignette outside my shed.

Did you notice the new paint color on the house?
I fell in love with the idea of a blue house so we repainted the James Hardie Cement Siding. It took us about 50 or so paint chips and 3 or 4 of the sample pots to decide on the color. It had to look just right in all types of light.
I really love it!
While this was all happening, we had another memorable moment in our lives,
Our son and his wife had a baby! There Shower was the day before the photo shoot!
Serious hustling was going on that weekend!

Keller Eugene was born in July and his cousin Miss Paisley came from Texas to meet him in August.

She was quite taken with him but still made time for dancing with Grammy!

Last Summer was quite the whirlwind but Oh so much Fun!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope I've answered most of your questions.
I have a new project to tell you about next time!
Until then...many blessings!