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Wildflower Writings Art Collection

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, but with good reason. I have been working hard on a new art collection. Illustrating and building up a small House Fenway shop of home decor items on Etsy.  My heart has always been with illustrating. It’s a wonderful outlet for me and has gotten me through some of the toughest times.

I wanted to share with you my latest work, Wildflower Writings Art Collection. It’s a mix of beloved quotes, sentiments, and hand-illustrated flowers. It’s been a fun project to work on and I’m looking forward to expanding on it as the year goes on. These pieces are available for purchase on my new Etsy shop.

Wildflower Writing Prints

Bloom with Grace Print
Bloom with Grace Art Print available in 2 sizes.

Bloom with Grace Print

“Wherever life plants you, BLOOM with grace.” This empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers and finished on a faux chalkboard background.

Charming Gardeners Print
Charming Gardeners Art Print available in 2 sizes

Charming Gardeners Print

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” This simple yet empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers including white daisies, yellow snapdragons, and purple thistles. A great little print to display on its own or to add to a gallery wall.

Among the Wildflowers Print
You Belong Among The Wildflowers Art Print available in 2 size

You Belong Among the Wildflowers Print

“You belong among the wildflowers.” This simple yet empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a bouquet of white daisies. An elegant little print to display on its own or to add to a gallery wall.

Love Grows Here Art Print

Love Grows Here Print

“Love Grows Here.” This simple yet empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers including white daisies, yellow snapdragons, and red poppies. A great little print to display on its own or to add to a gallery wall.

Love is the flowe ryou've got to let grow.
A famous quote from John Lennon.

Love is the Flower Print

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” ~John Lennon This empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers and finished on a faux chalkboard background.

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Brave and Courageous Print

“She is Brave and Courageous.” This empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers and finished on a faux chalkboard background.

Wildflower Writing Tea Towels

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Love Grows Here – Tea Towel

“Love Grows Here” The perfect message to display in the area most used by your family, the kitchen.

• Made of high-quality white organic cotton/linen fabric
• Back trim features a mint green accent
• Loop ribbon for hanging

Charming Gardener Tea Towel
Cotton tea towel with floral design

Charming Gardeners Tea Towel

“Grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” The perfect gift to give that special person that makes others happy and is a true “Charming Gardener” of the soul.

• Made of high-quality white organic cotton/linen fabric
• Back trim features a deep plum purple accent
• Loop ribbon for hanging

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DIY Projects: Garden Ponds

Have you ever looked at a garden pond and wondered how much it would cost to get one installed? With the price of digging out and building a pool in people’s backyard, a garden pond must surely cost quite a bit as well – but the truth is that people tend to make these themselves.

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Garden ponds are actually not that difficult to make as you won’t be swimming around in it yourself. Just find a weekend or two where you have all the time you need to get your hands dirty and get started so that you’ll be able to enjoy it before spring.

Here is a handful of tips in terms of building your own garden pond so that your neighbors can be glancing over at your garden with envy.

First: Repurpose or buy

First of all, you need to consider what you’re looking for. The bigger the pond is, the more money you might have to spend on it as smaller ponds easily can be made out of repurposing a very large flower pot or sink a rubber container into your garden. You could sink the flower pot in as well, though, but it will look pretty as it is just standing above the ground.

If you’re not that into repurposing stuff to make a pond out of, there are many alternatives to buy online instead. They will, of course, cost a bit more but may also look even fancier; have a look at this article, for example, to get started and consider your options first.

Keep in mind that any watertight vessel will do, really, so have a look in your garage before you decide on anything final.

Next: Mark out the area

Before you start digging, it’s best to mark out the area where you’d like to have your pond and lay the water circulation pipe that goes from the pump to the waterfall on the ground. Throw some soil on top of it, by the way, to save you the time of digging a trench to bury the pipe.

It’s a good idea to have everything you need for the job ready at hand before you start to do this so have a look at these sump pump prices right away. This will usually be the most expensive thing you have to buy so it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible.

Digging out the pond

After this is over with, you can start to dig out the pond. Terrace both shallow and deeper areas for plants, and remember to remove everything that might puncture your pipes such as sharp rocks, roots, and anything else you might find down there that isn’t pure soil.

Now you can place a layer or your container into the terraced area. If you’re using a liner, remember to simply spread it loosely within the pond and don’t stretch it tight as you might find that you need a bigger sheet.

Line the pond sides with rocks and place the pump container before installing the pump and filling the pond with water. Remember to decorate with some plants, rocks, statues and whatever else you might like.

Now you have a beautiful garden pond to make the time you spend out there even better.

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Vanilla 1/2 Pound Cake

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There is nothing better than a “made-from-scratch” Sunday dessert. Pound cake is not only an easy recipe, but with slight ingredient varations, can be extremely versitle! Pound cake refers to how the cake was traditionally made. The recipe usually called for a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Honestly, that’s a lot of cake —so I split the recipe in half. Here is my version on a vanilla 1/2 pound cake. Just as yummy on a much smaller scale. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

Baking Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan; set aside.

Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix).

Bake about 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  (tent loaf with aluminum foil if it’s browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.

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Expert Serving Tip: Finish with freshly cut fruit ( I love strawberries) and a vanilla bean soy whipped topping.

Have a sweet tooth?

I’m a dessert lover myself. Here are a couple other dessert recipes from my blog I recommend:

Double Fudge Brownies

Yummy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Yummy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my favorite recipes. This banana cake with cream cheese frosting recipes is one of my all-time favorites, but I must warn you, it’s definitely not light on the calories! Although, when you are enjoying such a decadent dessert, do calories really count? 🙂 Enjoy!

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)

Frosting (see below)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

½ cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 ¾ cups powdered sugar (sift if desired)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15-by-10-inch sheet pan/cake pan.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, then add eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Hand stir in mashed bananas.

Spread into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool.

Prepare cream cheese frosting.

Spread on top of cake and store in refrigerator. Cake can be frozen.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency.

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Plant Lover Must-haves

To all the “Crazy Plant” people out there, this list is for you. I’ve been slowly turning my black-thumb into a green one and my obsession with plants is turning into just that — and obsession. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gardening and plant loving products I’ve found while converting myself into a “Crazy Plant Lady”.

 

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Glass House Terrarium

A great container for succulents, air plants, orchids and ferns. These trendy little containers are compact and would fit perfect on a windowsill or end table.
Gift idea alert…these terrariums are easy to transport and would make a fantastic housewarming gift or birthday gift for a true green thumb!

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Vintage Style European Floral Shears

Floral shears are great for deadheading, shaping, pruning and houseplant maintenance; This compact design allows you to easily use in dense foliage without damaging the plant. And could this vintage-inspired set be any cuter?

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Glass Vintage-Inspired Plant Mister

Keep humidity-loving plants happy with a glass bottle plant mister. Delivering a light mist —it’s ideal for indoor plants, herb gardens, and terrariums. A chic upgrade to a drab plastic spray bottle.

 

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Hoop Handle Mini Watering Can


Made by Terrain. This vintage-inspired galvanized metal watering can is the perfect petite size. Keep  inside to water houseplants or in your garden shed to water flower pots and hanging baskets.

 

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Herb Garden Picks Plant Stake

Wooden herb garden pick signs with metal stakes featuring names of 6 popular herb spices. Designed and sold by Primitives by Kathy.

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Heirloom Quality Garden Hod

Made by Gardener’s Supply Company. Originally used by Maine clam diggers to hold and rinse their catch, these hods are perfect for harvesting and rinsing off vegetables and gathering flowers, too.

Floral Gardening Knee Pad and Floral Gardening Gloves


Protect yourself in style while gardening with these adorable floral garden accessories from Anthropologie. Made of durable cotton fabric protect your knees and hands while gardening.

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Cotton Crusher Hat

Made by Terrain. Handmade from lightweight and breathable cotton, this colorful crusher hat is perfect for a day at the beach or in the garden. Packable construction pairs with UPF 50 sun protection and an inner drawstring to assure a comfortable fit.

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Macrame Plant Hanger

Mini hammock knot macrame made of cotton rope is the perfect BOHO accent to hang succulents, ivy and other small houseplants. 

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Crazy Plant Lady 8″x10″ Print

Celebrate your inner “Crazy Plant Lady”! Fun and whimsical artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection. This print illustration measures 8″x10″, printed on a thick, high-quality matte stock, and includes a heavy-gauge backer board, ready to frame. 

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I Have Major Plant Goals 8″x10″ Print

Life is full of goals and having a strong plant game should be one of them!  A fun and whimsical piece of artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection.