Happy Day

April 23, 2014

Psst – It’s my birthday today! It feels kind of silly to call it out as an adult, but “it’s my birthday and I do what I want.” Right? Right. I’m in Salt Lake City this week for work so I’ll be celebrating with coworkers today and friends and family next week. Happy Birthday to me! Bring it on, 27!




Garden Party with Southern Living

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of joining the folks at Southern Living & Southern Living Plant Collection for a full-on, get-your-hands-dirty gardening seminar hosted by Carmen Johnston and SL Garden Editor Rebecca Bull Reed. We stayed at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC and it was an absolutely lovely backdrop for all the gardening festivities. The North Carolina mountains are so beautiful. We spent a day learning about the new plant collections from Southern Living and hearing funny stories, gardening tips, and styling tricks from Carmen and Rebecca.

grove park inn

Have you been to The Grove Park Inn? Oh my goodness, it is so lovely. It’s 100 years old!

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Sunday morning, it was time to get our hands dirty! Carmen walked us through it while we planted a sun container with snap dragons, celosia, and a couple of yummy herbs, rosemary, lemon thyme. And in our shade container we planted a ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia, a few impatiens, and a couple of begonias. I can’t wait for these plant babies to

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The rule for container gardens like these is The 3 T’s: Tall, Thick, & Trailing. You want to plant one tall plant for height in the back of your container, something thick that will fill-in well in the middle and something trailing off the side. Oh and one more “T” to remember, plant in the shape of a triangle!

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Carmen is the most enthusiastic garden-lover, her enthusiasm is so contagious.

Southern Living Plant Collection Event

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Garden Guide: Delphinium

April 21, 2014

You would never guess it, but this week’s tall and skinny flower, delphinium, is actually in the ranunculaceae family! It doesn’t look anything like our favorite trendy ranunculous blooms. It’s typically seen in English gardens or cottage gardens, and people love it for its height, beautiful blue shades (though it comes in lots of colors) and it’s easy to cut and bring indoors for an arrangement. I can’t wait to grow delphinium in my garden. Don’t forget, you can get the print in Michelle’s shop here!


Sun: Full sun to light shade. Delphiniums like a cool, moist summer rather than a hot, dry one. But I’ll still try them in my Atlanta heat!
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil. Add a taste of lime or wood ashes for a special treat.
Water: Don’t let delphinium soil dry out. Water every 2 to 3 weeks in the summer.
Prune: Deadhead spent flowers and cut back stalks after blooming so new stalks can grow.
Size: There are smaller, dwarf varieties that don’t grow more than a foot tall and larger plants that can grow 3 to 4 feet tall. They’ll need to be stalked for sure!

Get this tulip print Michelle’s Etsy shop here.
More Garden Guides here.


Custom Watercolors from Natty Michelle Paperie

April 16, 2014

Last week I posted about our house hunting journey and the neighborhoods in Atlanta complete with a custom map from Natty Michelle Paperie. (It’s so cute, right?) Natalie is a talented artist, so I wanted to show you more of her work. Take a look at Natalie’s site & Etsy shop, too!


Natalie paints the loveliest maps for weddings, anniversaries and special occasions. The traditional first anniversary gift is something paper. I think a custom map of where you first met (or first kissed!) would make a sweet first anniversary gift. (Ladies, forward this!) I loved this custom NYC map that Natalie painted for a couple celebrating their first anniversary. The boyfriend wanted to commemorate their first date, complete with all the places they went, complete with a little yellow taxi, of course.


Natalie also paints custom maps of your favorite places in a special city or town, or to illustrate a move. How cute is that custom We’ve Moved map! Speaking of, I need to do one of those. (Mental note!)


A Timeline illustration is another neat idea, perfect for an anniversary gift or even as a save the date. I love Natalie’s handwriting and style!


And besides maps, Natalie also does house portraits, thank you notes, and all kinds of “whimsies” like rubber stamps, iPhone cases, pins and magnets. Um, gnome magnet? Yes, please! See all the whimsies here.




I hope you guys enjoy Natalie’s work as much as I do. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. Check out her shop, read the blog, & follow along on Instagram for a behind the scenes peek.

DIY Easter Eggs

April 15, 2014

I can hardly believe it’s time for Easter already! I made these floral Easter eggs last year and I still love them this year. The thickness of the flowers on the thin eggs is a really neat detail. I suppose it’s time to make another batch!

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See how I made them here.

Garden Guide: Wisteria

April 14, 2014

I don’t know about where y’all live (northerners, I’m sorry, I know this isn’t true for you!) but it is prime time for wisteria in Atlanta right now! There are trees, porches, power lines, and abandoned buildings covered in blankets of light purple, grape-shaped petals. I think it’s funny that we see it everywhere for a couple of weeks and then it disappears. Michelle’s illustration this week won’t disappear! You can get it in her Etsy shop here.

Floral Illustration- Quince


Keeping in mind that we normally see wisteria growing wild, with little human intervention, here are a few tips if you do want to grow wisteria on a pergola, wall or fence.

Sun: Loves lots of sunshine! 
Soil: Wisteria can grow in poor-quality soil, but it prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. (Don’t we all?)
Water: Wisteria is kind of wild, so mature plants only need rainwater. But keep cuttings or baby plants well-watered.
Prune: Good luck! Wisteria flowers on last year’s growth so prune after blooming in late spring, and be careful if you prune in early spring!
Size: TALL!

Get this tulip print Michelle’s Etsy shop here.
More Garden Guides here.