Saturday, June 8, 2013

A Time to Plant, a Time to Sow--I mean Sew!

A Time to Plant....

Today we went shopping  (trip 1) for some herbs and some flowers.  We got some of the annuals in, as well as some lambs ear. The herbs will have to wait for tomorrow! (trip 2 will be later this week as I still need parsley, rosemary and a couple other herbs)

Had to have some basil. I LOVE the smell. I kept rubbing the leaves between my fingers so that I could smell it!

Then I found boxwood basil....same smell...but a whole lot less chopping when it is used for cooking! Tiny little leaves....never have seen this variety before!

Mint! Yum! Love this is in drinks, flavoring water and of course for garnishing other culinary creations!

Lavender! I love lavender in everything! I have a lavender soap and hand cream that I slather on just for the aromatherapy!

Baskets of flowers!

Had to have two of these little baskets to hang on the front of our deck!

Love them!

Then we got some other annuals for the front retaining wall area...

Pink Wave petunias....

Purple Wave....

I forgot what these purple flowers husband picked them out! Then he added some lambs ear because we have tons in the back yard....

Looks a little sparse at this point....but I will update once everything fills in...

But it will grow and fill in nicely!

A Time to Sew (not sow)

Sorry a bit blurry....another tulip bag using Janice Pope's pattern from previous post Click here

In my last post (yesterday) I mentioned that I ran out of fabric for the straps. I ended up piecing the fabric together to make the straps the length I wanted. You can barely locate the seam....

I used a regular lining fabric for this bag and a velcro closure.

Love the roomy inside....

.....and nice long straps for a shoulder bag!

Tired but happy! Got a lot done today!
Have a pleasant evening all!

Linking up with:

Suburbs Mama and her Sunday Linky Party #11CLICK HERE and check out some new talent!

Life on Lakeshore Drive's A Bouquet of Talent #39 . CLICK HERE to join the party or just to visit some of the blogs that are participating. 

There is a very timely posted watermelon mint iced tea recipe at the party, posted by Connie at Family Home and Life click here to check it out.. Sounds like a wonderfully refreshing cold drink on a hot summer's day  and since I just purchased some mint, her recipe is perfect timing for me! I am going to try it!

Also linking up with:

Family Home and Life's Say it Saturday. CLICK HERE. Head on over to visit and get some ideas for projects or delicious recipes!

Sew Many Ways' Sew Darn Crafty Party Week 118 CLICK HERE . So much to see at this party!

The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays #155 CLICK HERE
Please hop on over....

Sew Chatty: Made With Love CLICK HERE
Another party to visit!

Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday #167 CLICK HERE
I saw quite a few posts that I want to check out so see you at the party!

Fluster Buster's Fluster's Creative Muster Party #24 CLICK HERE. Head over for your daily dose of creativity!


  1. Thanks for the shout out and visiting me! You have beautiful flowers and I would like to invite you to link up with me for Say It Saturday, its open till Monday. Glad to meet you!

  2. Wow, you've got a great variety of flowers and herbs! Lovely :)

  3. Beautiful selection of flowers and the herbs look so healthy! Makes me want to go cook :)

  4. I wasn't going to plant herbs this year...I just wasn't...until I aw this post...LOL

    Last year I felt like I spent entirely too much time in the kitchen canning tomatoes, but after seeing this I don't think a few herbs could hurt....thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Tomatoes are overwhelming--I remember my mother spending hours canning them as well...herbs are much easier and I use so much basil. Keep a basil plant inside and use the leaves as you need them. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Your garden plants look like they are off to a good start. I just planted basil for the first time this year and it is a lovely scent. I'm also enjoying the rosemary for the first time.

    1. Thank you, still have so much more to do little time! Next year I want to start my own!
      Thanks for the visit!

  6. Your summer plants look beautiful! I love the idea of having a garden but I really don't have a green thumb. I tried to plant some herbs last year and most of them ended up dying. :( Maybe I need to give it another try. We have a lot of huge grasshoppers though and they ate all my basil in the past.

    1. I don't have a green thumb either. So I really have to work at it--none of it comes naturally to me. My dad is an avid gardener and none of it rubs off on me. I like to keep a few herbs inside to avoid the pesky insects.
      Give it a try! thanks for visiting!

  7. I am loving all of the flowers. Thank you so much for linking up.

  8. Basil is my fave herb to grow. Love the flower baskets!

  9. I have never been to your blog before. I just love your flower baskets and the collage of all the herbs. A very pretty way to show off so many great pictures and your bag turned out very nice. I am learning to sew and I tried a purse but I had trouble with my machine not sewing over the straps as though it was too thick otherwise it did just fine. Is there a trick to that?

  10. I love the smell of basil too. I have several planters of basil on my front porch. Thanks for coming by and partying with us at Fluster Buster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

    1. I might follow your lead and plant my herbs in planters....thank you for stopping by.

  11. Gorgeous blooms! everything is so happy at your place! would love to see you link up at Fishtail Cottage's garden party this week! ooxx, tracie

  12. Thanks for stopping by, I will certainly try to link up at the party. Thanks for the invitation!