Thursday, April 29, 2010

BBB's and a Few Updates!

BBB's - Best Blogging Buddies! As many of you know, some of the best of friends are made in blogland! Recently, I received some wonderful surprises from just two of those! First is this incredible vintage wool from Stephanie at Loft Creations! She generously fed my wool habit with some of the most gorgeous pieces! On the left is a rich orange, a heathered charcoal and a subtle tan and orange plaid. On the right are gorgeous blues which are a much needed addition to my colors! Thank you Stephanie....you're a great friend!

Another great friend is Mary over at Quilt Hollow! I opened my mail to find this adorable bag and matching pin cushion! Mary - you really made my day! The bag is SO "me" and I can't wait to load it up and carry it proudly! Mr. Squash, who generally doesn't say much about bags, was immediately impressed with Mary's creation! He even remarked that it was the perfect size for me! Thank you so very much, my friend!
On the Squash House front, I would really like to say that we're finally done with all of our projects....but that would be premature! We are getting close, though. Recently the old fence in back came down to make way for a new and much improved version! Here is what it looked like as the new posts were being set on the south side of the house facing the alley.
Here are Ted and Justin - friends, neighbors and contractors as they were tearing down the fence on the west side of the house. This father/son team work hard!
Here is what we like to call the entrance to the Ponderosa so far. Above the top of the fence will be an Asian-inspired lattice of Ted's design which will run the length of the fence. The two large posts on either side of the opening are the beginning of a large trellis and the opening will become an 8-foot wide double gate to the alley. I've already purchased a white and a red eating grape to grow up either side of the trellis. Ted and Justin's dog, Pepper, likes to come over while they're working and play stick. Here she is in a rare, quiet moment!
Oh, and I have a confession...I've been building again! Here are my three raised vegetable beds! The one on the right isn't quite done - I'll finish it later today. They are simple to construct - just screw 2 x 6's into plastic corners, sink with plastic posts, level, and fill! Those bags are a mixture of dirt and compost to fill the beds and my seeds should arrive just in time to plant by Mother's Day! By next year I should have my own compost to amend the soil. We can't wait to eat our fresh veggies! Finally, these three pots were left by the previous owners. I planted them with Wave Petunias, Zinnias, upright Fuschia, bell flower, African Daisies, Creeping Jennies, Bacopa and a few other interesting plants. They don't look like much now, but in a few weeks they'll be ablaze with blooms! Our garage holds a treasure trove of more pots to be filled in the coming months!
I'm doing a bit of sewing - still some secret projects, but will have reveals for you soon!

17 comments:

Stephanie said...

You're the handiest lady I know! Mr. Creations wants a compost pile but we have so much shade he fears rotting instead of composting. Nothing better than homegrown bounty warm from the sun. Mary's bag and pincushion are beautiful.

Ulla said...

Lovely gifts from your friends. I want to see what becomes of the wool! Your fence project is a big one, but also your own building project looks impressive. We haven't started working in the garden yet.

Libby said...

I'm of the opinion that the projects are never going to be all done *s* We are wanting to invite our real estate agent in to share what we've done . . . . just when we think we are ready, a new project crops up. Like you, we are now doing a fence. Daisy needs a bigger place to play.

onlymehere said...

Always something exciting going on at the Squash House! This fence will be so nice for you when it's finished!

Cindy said...

I just love stopping by to visit, Candace. You have wonderful blogging friends - I agree - they're simply the best.

And the Squash House is becoming more lovely with every little addition that you and Mr. Squash do. I appreciate the thoughtful photos that you share with all of us.

Hope your day proves to be another wonderul one.

Blessings.

Barb said...

I really enjoyed the view of your yard and what fund gifts in the mail.

Linda B said...

Wow, the fence is exciting! Your yard is going to be beautiful! You will need a truckload of perrenials to fill all that space. Wish I could come. I'd put a load of pacapoo in it also for your raised gardens.

Darlene said...

Fabulous surprises from friends.

The Squash House is still a beehive of activity.

Gran said...

Your BBB's and updates were nice to read about this morning. It is good to be alive and creative - you both and an inspiration.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Sweet gifts Candance and love the tour of your yard modifications! Such a happy new home.

Sharon said...

Very nice gifts. I doubt my house projects will ever be done. When I purchased this home, I said it was perfect, now my list is a mile long. I did get my raised garden beds in and that reduced the garden by 1/2. A good thing for me!

AnnieO said...

Lucky lady, those are lovely gifts! How busy and happy you and Mr. Squash are in your new home. Thanks for sharing all the projects.

Kaaren said...

Stephanie's wool is divine (I have some too) and Mary's bag and pincushion are to die for. I love anything pieced with a star motif.

Busy times at the Squash House, huh? But I bet you can see a little light at the end of the tunnel. It's looking great!

Jackie said...

Great gifts. I just love the purse. I can't wait to see what you plant in the garden. I'd love to have a raised bed or two but haven't convinced Greg yet that we NEED one (or 3)!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Candace you are one busy lady and I think I've said that more than once. Love all the projects and gifts sent your way. Blogging friends are sew special.

Pauline said...

Hi Candace,
How the heck do you fit it all in lady? lol I wish I had your energy..place is looking great..

pratima said...

Scrumptious wools and a very cute bag! So nice to see pepper hanging out in your garden :)
The trellis for your plants sounds exciting! It is going to be so gorgeous once the greenary takes over :)