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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
In last week’s wrap-up, I mentioned that I painted the upstairs hallways. Well after two full days of painting, it looks a gazillion times better!
I painted all of the second floor on my own, but Chris helped me finish the third floor. There were a lot of out-of-my-reach places to paint and it went a lot faster with his assistance to wrap it up.
At some point I’ll share more of it in a later post, but here is an in-process shot so you can see just how dark it was!
My daughter Shana came home from school for spring break, so it’s been nice spending time with her while we regrouped as a family.
My youngest daughter Tori celebrated the end of her swim career with the annual swim team banquet. She has been swimming with a team since she was about 5 years old. So it’s truly the end of an era.
And she did double time this week as a make-up artist for the school play, Cabaret, which ran the last few days and was a huge success.
Suffice it to say, it was a busy week here!
Every year I try to grow them and haven’t had a successful return rate, so I’m going to start the seeds and see if they’ll take better. I planted some last year and see some growth where they were planted so hopefully, those are coming back.
The crocuses and some daffodils are in bloom now. And the hellebores are all just taking off too! Have I mentioned how much I love those? I’m hoping to add a few new varieties here this spring around the front pond.
Oh and speaking of the gardens, Chris started working on the raised garden beds for the potager garden with his buddy Mark.
It snowed a little here and dampened some of the efforts, but at least we got it going yesterday.
And one of the beds is already built. They did such a great job with it. And I can’t wait to see how it looks when its all planted up! Because it looks beautiful already.
We are also repairing the arbor on the fence that leads to the front yard pond. It was disintegrating as we speak, so I ordered a new arbor from my favorite Gardeners Supply and here it is!
We didn’t install it yet, as I’m going to paint it green to match the rest of the fence. Once it’s painted and installed, we’ll need to do some surgery on the lonicera that is currently climbing the existing arbor.
Since we didn’t get a whole lot of snow here this year and I haven’t posted many snow pics, here are some photos from the latest snow we had earlier in the week. It wasn’t much but still quite beautiful!
What I’m Shopping For This Week
It was a quiet shopping week for me. I was a little busy behind the scenes but here are some fun items I found this week.
- My daughter was telling me about some hairdryers that are easier on your hair but a little pricey in my opinion. This one is a little more reasonable than this one but the reviews sound amazing!
- I love this cozy throw for spring. The color is so pretty!
- I’m shopping for outdoor area rugs for the porch and am between two. This one and this one.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
In addition to Easter, we chatted about purple coneflowers. Are you growing them yet in your garden? If not, you should!
They are so easy to grow. Not to mention, they look amazing in mixed borders and cottage gardens too. Learn how to grow echinacea purpurea here.
And finally, we talked about how to create an outdoor living space you’ll never want to leave. From furnishing to adding the final touches, this post will inspire you to cozy up your backyard living spaces this season.
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 Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her tips for styling a fresh grocery store arrangement on a budget.
And the bouquet couldn’t be more beautiful!
My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse shared the sweetest DIY Easter wreath that looks so easy to make!
The supplies are not hard to find and it takes minutes to make too!
I love how this one turned out and it looks beautiful on her porch.
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared her early spring refresh in her cottage-style home and it looks so pretty!
From all the flowers and vintage style touches, Kim’s home looks ready for spring, doesn’t it?
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
I love these tips for styling an Easter vignette.
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