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I love nature and plants so when I bought my first home I was surely excited to create my first garden. Being someone who also loves animals, how could I not design an environment that invites all the lovely little creatures to play. When I first started looking for flowers and plants for my garden, I made sure I chose ones that attracted butterflies and included my bird bath so the birdies can play as well.
Here are some great tips from Better Homes and Gardens on how to invite little lovelies to your garden and what plants to pick that will lure them to explore. You may even have some who call your backyard home and in that case, yourself a big pat on the back. It’s such a great feeling to be surrounded by nature’s creations and with these next few tips you will be there in no time.
Butterfly Heaven: Invite butterflies to come and play with colorful beauties such as cosmos, zinnia, black-eyed Susan and butterfly bush. By creating a corner garden you can watch as they all explore your playground of goodies.
Easy Peasy: If foliage is more your style instead of flowers, then give this garden a try. Not only is it easy to care for, it will look great during the fall and winter seasons as well. Make sure to include purple coneflower, sedum, and iris to bring all the birdies to your yard.
Wild and Free: If you love plants that have a sense of free spirit and wild flair then planting native grasses and wildflowers is right up your alley. Birds and butterflies love these and how could they not? Including them in your garden adds a touch of whimsy and fun that all those tiny critters love.
Small Spaces: Even if you only have a few feet of space for your garden, you can create a haven for happy creatures. With plants like bee balm, sedum, and butterfly bush your wildlife sanctuary can be born.
In Love with Butterflies: If you adore butterflies then these next plants will bring you tons of happy. The bed of the garden attracts them while all the blooms offer nectar. To nourish the larvae include leafy plants such as parsley to give them what they love. Thrown in a few rocks for the butterflies to catch some rays and a birdbath for everyone to take a water break.
For more gardening tips check out the rest of this article on The Better Homes & Gardens website.
Oh, do I love paper. Even when I was a child I had a special relationship with it. I loved stationary and would always want my Mother to buy me new pads and notebooks, just so I can have plenty of paper to write and draw on. Today, I simply adore it.
Being an artist you learn how to appreciate paper more. Most of my handmade crafts are made with it as well so I have used more as the years passed. Searching for unique patterns and designs is easy thanks to all the talented people out there creating such beautiful work. From tissue paper to wallpaper, there is something to be found for everyone.
Here are some cool finds I came across upon my searches that I would like to share with you. Get lost in the magnificent glory of all these fun and gorgeous items and let them inspire you, like they inspired me.
Today technology seems to take over everything. Being in the creative field I can sure appreciate it but my love for handmade items and vintage style will never fade. Between the iPad and the Kindle and other e-readers out there, it’s hard not to get distracted. However, let’s not forget how wonderful books are. There is nothing like holding a book and disappearing into another world. The paper between your fingers, the excitement of turning the page and yes, being surrounded by them in your home. Books are awesome!
One thing that comes hand in hand with a book is a bookmark. Sure, you can use scrap paper or something you found around the house but having one that looks nice makes the experience a little more special. Check out my new vintage inspired bookmarks for sale in my Etsy shop. I will creating a whole line of bookmarks, all different styles and shapes. These are the first 2 in the corner series. Spread the word!