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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
We are in peak fall season here in New Jersey and I am enjoying every second of it!
I spent ALL weekend dividing plants here. So far, I planted the front pond and finished off the new cottage garden where we removed the liriope.
There are still some that I want to do, but I’ll need to remove some of the annuals that still look good. So I’m holding off for another week or so before I do more with it.
But it’s looking good! And that front pond will look SO DIFFERENT next year!
Chris helped me split 3 of my lacy tree philodendrons. So now I have 7 plants. And they are huge!
I cut a few of them back so they are more manageable in the house, but they’ll help decorate the zen garden and porches next year so I’m excited to grow more!
Speaking of Chris, he found himself in Mexico this week working for a client.
Lucky guy, right?
I stayed here to hold down the fort and run things for the family, but he enjoyed a nice few days and even got to catch the Yankees on TV while he was there.
As an aside, shouldn’t there be a blogging conference there or something soon? I’m thinking that should be a future plan. hahaha
While he was gone, I hung out with my book club here at the Burnt Cider Mill and we had THE BEST time!
It’s always great catching up with my friends and enjoying time with them for a few hours. These ladies have been my friends since my oldest was in Kindergarten.
And although we moved out of our hometown, I’m still close enough to see them on a regular basis. They are the best there is.
In addition to hanging with my friends at the Cider Mill, Chris and I enjoyed a lovely dinner with our neighbors. They always prepare a wonderful meal, we always have a good time, and it was fun catching up with them too!
Speaking of the gardens, I divided a lot of plants over the last few days too. I can’t wait to see how the gardens look next year. Some of them will look very different!
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Oh, and my daughter Tori found this mirror on the side of the road last week on her way home from school.
She was so excited about finding it for her room and wanted me to share it with you.
Just like her mom!
The Sunroom Update
The sunroom is coming along!!!!
The pillow covers that I ordered came in a few days ago, my houseplants are all snuggled inside and I’ll be sharing this space very soon.
Here’s a little sneak peek.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I spent some time shopping around for planters for my split-leaf philodendrons. There wasn’t much available locally that are large enough to handle the plants.
And when I shopped online, planters were getting a bit pricey. Since I need four and wanted to keep a budget in mind, I decided to scrap buying planters altogether.
Instead, I bought five hydrangeas for the garden and will use those pots for the philodendron divisions and put them in baskets that I already have for now.
That way, I have a little more to find something that is both budget-friendly and fits my aesthetic.
Oh and I got the hydrangeas for a deal since it’s the end of the season, so it was a win in my book!
Here’s what else I shopped for this week!
- These cozy jeans. I need to update my wardrobe. I think I lived in leggings for the last two years. LOL!
- This cozy jacket for fall.
- You can’t beat this concealer so I’m restocking.
- This shacket is PERFECT for fall and a great price.
- These stoneware appetizer plates. They are neutral, beautiful, and would look great on my Thanksgiving table.
- Since we have oil heat and it’s like $5.25 a gallon now, we are keeping the thermastat down lower than we would like this winter, so I snagged this super soft and cozy blanket for the beds. Worth every penny.
- I also love this blanket too. It’s gonna be a cold winter both outdoors and in.
- LOVE this bandana cardigan.
- Doesn’t get any cozier for fall than this plaid flannel boyfriend shirt.
- Bought this ottoman for the sunroom and it looks so pretty. If you need one for a chair, I highly recommend. Goes well with my houseplants too – just saying!
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We were very busy getting ready for the holiday season with lots of fall table decor, centerpieces, and entertaining ideas.
If you don’t have a garden you can cut from, no worries! Just snag a bouquet from the market or florist and you can make this dining table centerpiece just as easily!
Speaking of centerpieces, I shared a few different ideas for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving party ideas too.
I host Thanksgiving every year and enjoy setting a different table every year.
This post shares lots of table decor ideas, centerpiece designs, and even some family traditions to start this year, so be sure to check it out.
And if those ideas aren’t enough, I joined up with a few other bloggers to share our best fall tablescape ideas that are perfect for any fall gathering, no matter the size or occasion.
We also went thrifting at the outdoor flea market in Vermont this week where I shared some of my favorite finds for my garden and home.
I have big regrets about not grabbing that tub by the way.
I also shared a personalized way to label holiday presents this year with scented gift tags. While the post is geared towards Christmas and other holidays, you can make these year-round using fresh-cut greens or other flowers like zinnias, celosia, and more.
I think they look so pretty with fresh-cut zinnias and just made a few for my friends.
And finally, I shared my latest video on YouTube where I’m taking you on a full garden tour where you can see all of the fall splendor.
The beds look so pretty and I know you’ll enjoy the garden tour!
Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web
I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.
My good friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shared an clever DIY to make your own sconce.
If you’ve not done this before, her post is chock full of info and you may want try this one!
Of course you know my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse always has some cool DIY going on and this week is no exception.
She made these super amazing DIY gift wrapping topper ideas from scrap fabric.
Aren’t they so pretty? Plus they are easy to make too!
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells started preparing her pretty cottage garden in the Pacific Northwest for winter.
It’s getting to be that time!
Sad to see the season end, but looking forward to a beautiful 2023!
She shares some great tips and of course, gorgeous photos from her garden.
My good friend Diane from South House Designs shared this clever DIY using clippings from your lamb’s ear to make festive ornaments.
What a great idea!
You know how much I love to forage in the garden to make decor and this DIY is so pretty!
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
Getting your holiday cards ready this year? Here are 101 festive greeting ideas for 2022.
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