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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blooming orchid tree

I planted 3 seeds of an orchid tree in the spring of 2009. I used simple white plastic cups for planting and wrote on each: "Please grow". Well, it listened! We've got 3 perfect little seedlings. We left 2 in the pot and planted the third one right in the garden.
Over the years the 2 potted ones died but the one in the ground survived the heat, the frost, several transplants and became a beautiful little tree. Today it's about 7 feet tall and this is the first spring when our tree made some flowers and there are so many of them!

I am very happy about it - big smiles :) I just took a picture of the massive planting of these trees by Harrah's Hotel in Laughlin, NV so here is how it will hopefully look one day: 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pretty dolls at CherryGardenDolls shop

The search for Easter party ideas continued. I was looking for some pretty house decor and I found these happy rug dolls in the CherryGardenDolls shop on Etsy.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/168339183/stuffed-geese-ornament-garland-wall?ref=shop_home_active_9
A couple of these would really add some charm to my home! I was also  wondering about their maker so I contacted Sveta, the shop owner, and asked if she would tell us 3 things  about her. Thank you for sharing with us, Sveta!
1. What is your favorite spring project?
My  favorite Spring project is the preparation of gifts for Mother's Day, because for me it is a grand opportunity to pay more attention to feminine, delicate gift ideas, fabrics and decorative elements.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167652213/rag-doll-plush-doll-angel-handmade-art?ref=shop_home_active_4
2. What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job - it is inventing, designing and sewing clothes for dolls. When I was  a child I dreamed of being a fashion designer – so my dreams came true.
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/167027149/rag-doll-plush-fabric-doll-angel?ref=shop_home_active_7
3. I've noticed you are donating some of your proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund. Can you tell us little bit more about it please.
I write free DIY lessons for people who wish to sew a simple beautiful things and I have created  some products  sewed as examples, I decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of some of them to WWF. I get great pleasure to make these things and somebody  will be glad to receive it as a gift, so two lucky person are very happy to help endangered species together.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/181702433/easter-egg-linen-egg-easter-ornament?ref=shop_home_active_6
More cute dolls and ornaments can be found at the CherryGardenShop on Etsy - please visit soon!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Felted dreads for Easter egg hunt DIY

Here is another great idea for an Easter eggs hunt, felted wool dreads. I've got this from Nadia (learn2felt shop on Etsy) who is passionate about felting. The dreads are so colorful, they remind me bright colored Easter eggs. I think the kids will love to wear these and I am sure they would love to help you with making them!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/74184777/rainbow-dread-ponytail-falls-pure-new?ref=shop_home_active_11
Here is how to make the Rainbow felted wool dreads - you will need wool that comes as roving (picture 1), a piece of bubble wrap and a bowl filled with soapy water.
2. Tear pieces off.
3.  Divide into strips.
4. Combine colors you want.
5. Wet in soapy water.
6. Roll on bubble wrap.

7. Ready with all 7 dreads.
8. Attach with wisp of wool.
9. Rub between palms.
10. Rub every dread on bubble wrap again.
11. Rinse and dry.

If you'd like to see the expanded version of this tutorial please visit learn2felt shop on Etsy. You might find there more great projects.

Nadia's second shop is crafts2love and it is full of great items also!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Easter invitation card, free graphic

I made some adjustments to the Easter greetings card from Marina and here it is!
The envelopes I found was smaller then what original card is calling for. So I cropped the image slightly and printed it on a shimmer white cardstock.
I added some fun Easter sayings, some more graphics, a ribbon bow and a cute flower button. The back of the card is ready for my personal message.

My card's finished measurements are approximately 4" by 5 1/2", the green gray envelope is size A2 (41/4"tall by 5 5/8 wide).
See more of Marina's digital images at tornadocap on Etsy.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free graphic, Easter invitation card

We are getting ready to celebrate Easter and I was looking for nice party invitations. I was going through the Easter related digital images on Etsy and found the ones I like at the tornadocap shop. Marina, the shop owner, is also our team member and she was very kind to share her free Easter card design with me. It will work great as an invitation or just a nice way to send your Easter wishes.

I printed mine on a card stock, the printed size is 4" by 6".

I am thinking of adding some finishing touches like pretty ribbons or buttons. So I am going to play with it some more but actually all I need now is an envelope and I am done!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/tornadocap
I posted this image here with Marina's permission. Please enjoy!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vacation in California

We had such a wonderful mid-winter vacation in California. Spring is in full bloom there and it was such a pretty ride through the fruit farms areas. The almonds are blooming, the grapes are barely waking up and huge green avocados are hanging from the branches. What  a lovely picturesque drive! 
I finally had chance to see Carmel-by-the-Sea. I've heard so much about this little town that I always wanted to. I love the beach, the fresh ocean air, crashing waves and of course, local architecture. The houses are so unique, it seems that there are no two alike! 
There are lots of the cutest little shops in the city and you just cannot resist the temptation of getting something to remember Carmel. This is also a dogs friendly town, so the happy dogs are everywhere. I think our two furry babies would love to visit this place!
We visit the Fisherman's Wharf and the shops at Cannery row in Monterey. We lived on a Pacific coast before so it was very nice to be so close to the ocean again!
Our last destination was Solvang, CA. This is a small pretty Dutch style town in Santa Barbara area which was worth the visit.
I loved the city's European architecture and delicious foods at the local restaurants. There is lots of wine tasting rooms but we just did not had enough time! 
 
I stopped by the Hans Christian Andersen museum and was very happy to see so much memorabilia. When I was a little girl I read his stories but I just realized that there are so many things I never knew about him.
 
So it was educational, informative and I was very happy to purchase a great book of Andersen's stories translated in English. I started to read it as soon as I got to the hotel room and really, it was a very special night for me! I dreamed of little Thumbelina and a The little match girl. When I woke up I started to think of goblin and the grocer story which I actually did not remember from my childhood.
 
I love our vacation. It was short but full of events and new places. I hope one day we will have more time to explore them but for right now, I am happy.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Vintage tea cup collection at agardencottage

Have you seen our vintage tea cup collection yet? They are perfect for a spring tea party, a gathering of friends or just a quiet moment for yourself. If you are in a mood for little vintage charmers this spring they might be the thing!

This one reminds me of St. Patrick's Day because of all the green ivy. This set of fine bone china teacup and saucer is made in England by Royal Chelsea.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/124657111/tea-cup-and-saucer-royal-chelsea-fine?ref=related-3

This pretty tea cup and saucer is covered with gentle spring yellow and purple flowers. It's perfect for Easter or spring! This is also an English teacup and saucer but made by Royal Dover.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/168836562/vintage-tea-cup-and-saucer-royal-dover?ref=shop_home_active_5

Roses and violets are perfect for a Mother's Day gift. So is this English Paragon teacup and saucer:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/150308791/bone-china-tea-cup-and-saucer-set

And finally, something for a Father's Day. This is a set of 2 ceramic teacups and saucers (one for her, one for him) made in Japan by Tougei. Black and brown here is a perfect combination and will look great on your morning table! I am sure, a cup of morning joe will taste even better in these. Great for tea or coffee lovers.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/162272775/coffee-cups-and-saucers-black-and-browns?ref=listing-shop-header-4
 So please visit our agardencottage vintage shop to see if we have anything you like. Spring is a great time to get something special for your loved ones or for yourself and these little pleasures will brighten your day.

There are more teacups in our shop that we have not listed yet so stop by often! Don't forget, the vintage teacups are not just a perfect gift, they are great  to use as photo props for photography.