upcycling Spring…

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of visiting a local company called Taylor Made Custom Products. Innovators in the awning business since 1908, their current staff has been at it for over 33 years. The team there was hard at work sewing up awnings. I was very lucky to come away with some remnants to work with. There are not many scraps left as they tend to use up what they have. What a treat to see local production happening and then share in it myself:-) The elegant summer tote pictured above is my first project using these upcycled materials (a friend provided my with some amazing leather remnants). This tote is for sale on my Etsy Bale and Twine shop. The weather continues to make the outdoors bloom. Our blueberries and strawberries are coming. Spring marchs on…enjoy…

peony love…

What a gorgeous surprise this Sunday, the first peonys are blooming. I just love peonys, the delicate petals remind me of beautiful dress. We have one peony plant in particular that we can’t get enough of, it’s blooms have a sweet, citrusy scent, just divine!

Here are some pics from around the garden this Sunday. I have determined that the best horses are your neighbour’s horses, you can enjoy them without all the upkeep:-)

awash in the garden…

Pics from this morning’s stroll through the rain kissed garden. Blueberrys, crab apples, iris,  green onion, japanese maple, peony and phlox…

Not sure why I didn’t realize this before but as a kind blogger (seen today on the freshly pressed blogs at wordpress) pointed out “stressed is desserts spelled backwards”. LOVE that:-)

Anyway- wanted to share with you the delightful new soaps from my new molds. The turtle and the dog are the new ones:-) I cut the soap bars into nice big chunks this time. This will be a great soap for you gardeners when it comes time to clean up after a hard day of work. It is curing now and will be available to ship in May. I was all set to make some candles with my new scents but then sadly discovered that the box I thought had empty candle jars in it was just an empty box. The good news is that candles sold but now I have to be patient before trying out the new scents:-) No fear if you are looking for a candle. I have some great spring scents available at the shop. Scents like Gardenia, Vanilla Lavender, Violet Rose, Blueberry Cobbler, Fig Tree and more…

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