I have a number of different blueberry recipes on this blog, and they're all yummy in their own right. This one ranks near the top due to the intense blueberry flavor, and how quickly you can pull it all together.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Back in 2018, we began an effort to remove some of our lawn and do some serious xeriscaping. What prompted the project was a couple of things.....first, since moving into our house in 2015, we began to see many issues develop due to the poor job the landscapers had done in putting in our yard. I won't go into all the nasty details, but year over year more and more issues were uncovered. Clearly, any prep they had done to the soil, as well as any topsoil they may have added seemed to be minimal if any. This was causing us huge issues with large brown spots and the use of lots of water to try to keep a green lawn. Neither of which were acceptable. Secondly, we really just had way too much lawn, especially in the backyard. With only the two of us, there was no need and our water bill was was too high! Third, for those of us who have lived in Colorado for a long time, the summers are getting hotter and hotter and drier and drier, so it was evident this was only going to get worse.Step 2.....I decided my vision for this area was really more of a "dry river bed" and this wasn't quite what I had in mind. So, in the fall of 2020, I took to adding additional edging and moved a whole lot of rock out while also adding in some mulch to sculpt it into something more appealing. It's fun seeing how much the plants grew in just two years time! Step 3....eliminate the large section of grass between our two maples that looks just awful. Every summer by about late July this section is totally brown. It was such an eyesore. So, why not xeriscape another chunk and add in another garden to enjoy? Below is a picture of that area of the lawn that we just couldn't keep green. Last fall, we removed a large circle of lawn knowing that we'd tackle it come this spring. Over the last couple weeks, I got her finished. The pictures show the progress along the way.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
I love when a bride contacts me through my Etsy shop requesting a special order. In this case, I had a bride who loved one of my waltz length veils, but needed some customization. First, she needed it in ivory, and secondly she wondered how the lace appliques would work with her gown.
She sent me a couple pictures of her gown which is a strapless lace overlay with a fit and flare silhouette. I knew I could find a better match to her gown, so I suggested she let me source some lace appliques with a motif that better matched her gown's motif.
The first set of appliques begins just below the waist, leaving just the plain cut edge tulle to show off her neckline and shoulders. The set at the center back will hit at about her calf, which has less lace.