Art and Orchids

Over the weekend I stopped in at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. Dan Stowe, “Uncle Dan”, is a not so distant relative of mine so I have grown up going to this botanical garden with my family and later this year it will be the venue for my sister’s rehearsal dinner.

Presently on display at the Garden are beautiful Egyptian tapestries featuring images of Orchids. Tapestries fascinate me. How someone can weave something back and forth from one side to another to create a whole image is just plain amazing. These are worth checking out and are on display until March 11th.

Also at the garden this weekend was a pop up shop selling magnificent orchids. I bought a couple, but wish I had bought more.

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I bought a teeny tiny orange orchid plant that I had never seen before and a very colorful dark purple and white orchid. They had plenty of the kinds of orchids you see in shops and at the grocery store, but I was kind of stunned by how many different kinds of orchids there were. All were incredibly beautiful. Now all I have to do is keep them alive!

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Changing Things Up

As you may have noticed, I changed the name of this blog.

When I started this blog, it was the next chapter in a shopping blog I kept on Blogspot called Armoire of a Reverie. Dumb name…I know. I had a descent following on that site. Elizabeth McKay actually followed me. I was finishing up college and had loads of time and energy to put into mixing and matching things that I was wearing. It didn’t hurt that I had loads and loads of clothes back then.

Fast forward five years: I have moved 3 times and have taken on some pretty difficult jobs. With each move, I left things behind and changed what I was wearing to better fit what I was doing. It became exhausting to keep up the parade of outfits and accessories. It was exhausting to pack and unpack all of that mess every time I moved. I’m tired just thinking about packing all of that mess. (I’m still selling stuff, if you’re interested)
Game over.

When I moved to this blog, I intended to focus on my gift for seeking out sales. I am signed up for just about every newsletter out there and I can almost feel it in my bones when a good sale is about to hit. I published notices about sales and posted show and tell pieces after I had shopped the sales myself. This was tough to keep up.

My shopping habits changed in a pretty noticeable way in the past year. Instead of mopping up at every great sale, I would pick up a few staple pieces. Plain stuff. Boring stuff. Bread and butter stuff. Stuff that doesn’t get readers excited. Basically… I got boring.

Sorry I’m not sorry!

I find myself gravitating towards more plain items now. I love items that can be worn with anything and I LOVE being able to grab something simple and not think too much about it. It is a pretty interesting change from what I was into only a few years ago. Layering necklaces and an abundance of color are just not my deal anymore.

So about the name…
What’s the deal?
What is my deal?
What’s the deal with this blog?

I don’t know.
Won’t you stick around to find out?

MY HOME: CACTUS GARDEN

I rarely go into a store and come out with what I went in for. In this instance, I went into Lowe’s Home Improvement for batteries and came out with eight cactuses. I just couldn’t resist! I spent about $80 on the cactuses, pots, soil, rocks, squirt bottle and gardening gloves. (I had to go back to Lowe’s for the rocks and gloves because I didn’t think to google cactus care while I was in the store.) My impulse purchase made me realize how little I know about cactuses. That’s when I looked to Amazon for guidance. I bought The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents and was blown away! They are such interesting plants! I can’t wait to figure out how to make cuttings and grow more from the ones I already have.

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I painted the rims of the pots with craft paint.

A photo I snapped in Germany in 2007.

FLOWERS FOR VISITORS

Last week we had visitors in the office so I threw together a couple flower arrangements to brighten things up. Usually we have a local florist handle the arrangements, but this time I did them. For these arrangements I purchased the flowers (many of them on sale) from the local Kroger. I have found that the flowers I buy at the grocery store last just as long as those from the farmers market. Whole Foods is my favorite place to buy flowers for small arrangements, but for large arrangements/orders Sam’s Club does bulk orders! I pick up all of my ribbon from If It’s Paper. The supplies for the two arrangements below only cost about $60.00. A florist would have charged that much for just one!

To be honest, I am not a big fan of formal arrangements. I usually end up taking them apart and rearranging them. (Sorry to anyone who has ever sent me flowers!) I believe I was spoiled by the fact that my mother always kept fresh flowers in the house when I was growing up and they usually came from our yard or from the side of the road. She always put out fresh flowers when we were expecting guests and I often helped arrange them.She still does this, but now I think it is more to keep my father’s wild garden in check than for her own enjoyment. By garden I mean front yard. Every time I visit their house it looks like The Secret Garden before the children cleaned it up. It’s quite a sight! We never know what, or where, plants will emerge come spring. The photos below are just a sampling of the things found in their yard. Not pictured are my father’s tomatoes, persimmons, figs, nectarines, tulips, and who knows what else is currently lurking below the surface.

I have much more to share regarding flowers and gardening. Stay tuned for future posts!