Spring 2011 ~ Nature comes calling

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All I can say is “WOW!”   For some reason, we’ve been overrun by nature’s sweet creatures at The Seasonal Home. 

First, a sweet Pea Hen visited.  She was so shy and quickly retreated to the back yard when I entered the family room to find her about to enter my back door.  Then, after hanging around in the yard, she was distracted by a passing Dragonfly, flapped her wings and lifted her huge body on to my roof.  I was amazed at her athletic agility!

             

Next, a darling little brown Wren took up residence in my potting bench, made her nest and laid her eggs, but she wasn’t too happy when I tried to capture a quick photo of her (boy, if looks could kill! LOL) ~


But, when I checked on progress today, I noticed (through a zoom lens so as not to disturb her) that we have new chicks inching out, into the world ~

And finally (at least so far!) today, we received a visit from a family of cranes.  Here’s Mom and Dad ~

Here’s their adorable, fuzzy, baby chick ~

As you can see, Mom and Dad never stray far from their sweet baby chick ~

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My Favorite Christmas Design This Year

This is my favorite design I did this year for one of my clients in 2009.

The main theme was “Red Roses” to which I added lime green accents.  I also added in peacock feathers as a tribute to the original occupants of her neighborhood… Peacocks.

If you think this look is too expensive to reproduce in your home, think again!  I purchased almost everything I used in this tree design at a discount home store (Old Time Pottery) at apx. 1/3 of the amount I would have spent at a specialty (Christmas) store.  Don’t be afraid to shop on a budget; simply look for quality products at a store like this one, which carries reasonably-priced decorative elements.  Trust me… they have bargains you’ll love.  Here’s their website so you can check for a location near you (www.oldtimepottery.com).

 

 

Tree Closeup

 

 

Fireplace Closeup

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