Lynnwood Magical Woodland Garden Grows Along with my Etsy Shop

The garden at “Lynnwood” continues to come along, little green leaf by little green leaf, and I continue to take fashion photos from The Fashion Stump. 😉 I just I wish I had more time to play outside. I am usually focused on work, it seems, and there is little time left for play. A feeling of being unbalanced lately has made me look at priorities. I hope to make more time for the garden.

Jason and I refer to his wooded yard as “Lynnwood” (no shock there!) as we turn it into a maze of magical walkways and gardens through the pines.

The Goldflame Spirea (left) is doing great! It started in the old garden, traveled by way of a cutting to my mom’s garden, and now I have some back for Lynnwood. The jasmine (right) is putting out lots of new growth! It should be spectacular next year!
Old tin can full of mint. I don’t dare let mint take off in the actual ground in this garden!
Lacy camisole. Long, lace, very lightweight sweater. Pink linen skirt. Vintage slip.

I have been busy putting items in my Etsy shop! Original paintings are going in. Hats and clothes and what-nots are going in. Altered couture. This and that. There will be more and more items as I get everything from Sidetracked transitioned to a new home. I am really looking forward to this. There is a delightful workshop space being created. It will house all of the beautiful things from Sidetracked. I cannot wait to be able to share photos!

Dancers gather around an acoustic guitar.
Lots of blue and green, and a guitar player dancing with her acoustic.

Stay tuned…

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Everyday Clothes: Romantic Feminine Dress

Yesterday I posted about a very dramatic, eveningwear outfit.  Today I thought I would post photos of what I would normally wear day to day.  I love this long vintage (made in USA) rayon skirt, which I wash in cold water on gentle cycle and hang to dry, even though it says “dry clean only.”  The gauzy top is modern; the lace long-sleeve undershirt is modern.

Long rayon skirt, gauzy top, lace undershirt.

I wanted to also use this post to talk about a recent birthday gift I received from Jason’s sister. It is an inverted windproof umbrella! I have become very dependent on this umbrella in the recent rain. I had never seen an umbrella like this before! I opens backwards from how umbrellas usually open. When it closes, it folds up instead of down, trapping any water drops inside the umbrella, so water does not run all over you when you get in your car. The design allows you to shake the water out later; or, when you next open your umbrella, the water will run off (not on you) like regular rain off an open umbrella. (Please note, the link is my Amazon affiliate link.)

The April rain has me thinking about gardening! This morning I came across a photo of the old garden.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Bee Balm, Clematis, Yarrow

I used to try to keep a notebook of my garden.  It was fun to look back through it and realize which plants had really taken off and which plants had disappeared so readily I forgot I ever had them!  For now, I am going to try and keep up with plants here.  These were planted in April 2017, Durham.

Clematis virginiana (virgin’s bower), Monarda fistulosa (“Claire Grace”), and Achillea millefolium (“Salmon Beauty”).
Salmon Beauty. Photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/571323902705129225/
Clematis virginiana. Photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/17873729740839174/
Monarda “Claire Grace.” Photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/10977592822439705/

The Little Cottage Garden at Sidetracked Vintage

Here we are; it’s Monday again!  Over the weekend I took some photos of the garden at Sidetracked, my little shop.  It was a pretty, sunny day, even if a bit windy and chilly.  The garden at Sidetracked is so sweet.  I love it.  It has a bit of the personality of my old “Wild Little Garden” at the old house where I raised my children.  I know some day I will have to let this garden at Sidetracked go as well, because towns are always changing, real estate is bought and sold, and places grow, sometimes leaving no room for old shops.  In the meantime, however, I have LOVED having a shop of my own and learning how to manage inventory, take care of taxes, and purchase items for sale.

Truly a garden “bed.”
Nice glass piece that had a crack, so it adds sparkle to the garden.
Old tin box with mint (which is pretty much asleep right now).
Chipped vintage rooster guards the rosemary.
Ahhh, I see a hint of purple! Grape hyacinth.

In feline news, Vlad let us know recently that he has been running a limo service on the side of what he normally does, which is run the apartment.  Actually, he didn’t even let us know!  We saw this ad in a local magazine.

Mars, on the other hand, has a photography studio. The Meowfia is so powerful around here. The kitties are constantly sending messages to and fro, and they rarely let us humans in on what is going on outside of our own little world.

Even here, I am sure there are LOTS of messages being passed back and forth right in front of our ignorant eyes. But it will all come out at some point when we least expect it.

MILF: Mature Intelligent Likable Female.

That last photo! Oh my! Jason is constantly doing artsy things with photos and videos, and I never know when I will show up in something that ends up in my text message feed. I love it. He has written a song about MILFs that is just awesome! In fact, I would like to remind him to play it sometime.

This has been a nice blogging break, but time moves on. I have to go to the post office today during lunch (among other things). My work day is not done yet, and there is more guitar practice ahead. (Hopefully!) Each day is full of hope and joy and wonder, and I am so thankful for that, in every way.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Sarah Bernhardt Pink Peony: Blooms on a Mosaic Wall

I am not sure I will find a prettier picture tonight.  So here is my offering to you for this day: a gorgeous peony bloom from The Little Wild Garden.

For anyone who has just tuned in (thank you to my new visitors!), The Little Wild Garden was the name I gave to my beloved garden of 23 years, mostly because I let some wild natives (pretty weeds?) grow with the more cultivated plants of this world.  I no longer have that garden, but I am building a new garden in a wooded setting with my dear friend Jason.  Sometimes places and things must be traded for peace of heart and mind.

Perhaps some day I will have another mosaic covered border around a garden bed.  Do you think?

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  ~Emerson

Enjoy this day!

Lynn