Thrifted Floral Wall Gallery

Hello Charming friends!  We’ve been busy working on our new baby Shasta.  We found some wood rot and an incredible ladybug infestation!  At least they were all dead!  I’ll be posting soon about what we’ve been doing. Today I’m sharing my thrifted floral wall gallery.  Now, you all must know by now much I love thrifting…everytime I go to a thrift/barn sale I… Read More

Cottage Garden Journal Mid July

Morning Charming friends!  We’ve been working on our new girl, our 1959 Shasta Trailer.  If you haven’t seen her yet click here.  She’s really in pretty good shape but some repair is needed. I took a few moments to take photos to share with you our cottage garden journal in mid-July.  It’s almost the end of July and I haven’t… Read More

There’s A New Girl In Town….

Hello Charming friends!  Did you know there’s a new girl in town? Just in case you don’t yet know it, I am a dreamer, and the fact that, 9 times out of 10 I go with my gut rather than logically making a plan means that a lot of Mr. C’s and my most random dreams become reality. About four… Read More

Pickles And Jam

Hello Charming friends! Most of us wouldn’t think about combining pickles and jam together…unless….someone is expecting!  Well, I’m well beyond that point, so no worries there.  You might wonder what pickles and jam have in common?  Canning!  It’s the time of year where fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant at our farmer’s markets to make our own food and preserve it, at… Read More

MG Series: Leafminer Insect

Hello Charming friends! With the weather we’ve been having, cooler and TONS of rain, I’ve been noticing a familiar insect in my garden.  It looks like this…

Summer Mantel

Hello Charming friends!  The re-staining of the house as been a long, hard, and body draining project! The good news, we are 99.5% done!  Gosh, it will be such a relief to finally start enjoying summer!  Last Thursday it rained all day and provided me the break for some play time! Play time is cooking, sewing, gardening and decorating, and… Read More

A Bump In The Bedroom…..

Hello Charming friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful patriotic weekend. The weather was perfect here….but we weren’t able to enjoy it because we’re still working our butts off -;  The exterior painting is about 95% done, and the gardens are in a bad need of  weeding.  If you find yourself with some extra time… We’ve also been working… Read More

When Your Garden Hands You Weeds

Hello Charmer friends!  Sometimes it can seem like your garden hands you weeds more than flowers! With all the rain falling, and little to no sun shinning, in IL, the only thing popping/growing are the weeds? So many of the the annuals I started in the greenhouse just aren’t dealing well in these conditions.  I’ve had only one Cosmos bloom… Read More

Independence Day Back Porch

Hello Charmer friends! After completing our two major summer projects I finally had some time to play! Saturday is July 4th, a day I love celebrating.  Did you know for the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in… Read More

Cottage Garden Journal June’s 3rd Week

I’ve been missing in blogland the last two weeks, it’s been crazy busy and we’re involved in back breaking hard work.  This week we’ve been working on changing the color of the Charmer from yellow to a mix of grey/yellow with white trim.  We hired a painted to stain and paint the trim on all of the Charmer’s  six very… Read More

Thoughts And Ramblings

Here in the Midwest, Illinois, we weren’t able to put out our annual flowers until the first week in June. It was, and still, is a cold and rainy season so far. I can’t remember such a rainy June, ever.  It’s the 21 of June and it’s rained all but 5 days!  In the last 12 days we’ve gotten 10… Read More

Summer Cottage Garden Party

Welcome to the Summer Cottage Garden Party! A Summer Cottage Garden Party showcasing eight cottage gardens.  It was a no brainer, the Charmer is a cottage home, and she is surrounded by the cottage gardens I lovingly created and maintain.   It’s my first time participating in such a great event and I’m thrilled to be a part of. First,… Read More