Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice Garden

I thought that the Summer Solstice would be a perfect time to share some new things in my garden.
Did you see the wonderful garden markers on Pineberry Lane?! She also featured them on Early Work Mercantile. Well, I fell in love immediately and asked Wendy if she would make a custom set for me for the herbs I have on my garden and she did! Aren't they incredible?
I love them! Here they are in place: 
Two weeks ago my sister and I went down to central Illinois Amish country to visit our parents. It is always so special when it is just my parents, sister and me - just like when we grew up :)
On the way home we stopped at our favorite stop between their house and ours - The Gathering in Gilman, IL
There I found the cutest little bugs:

A bee bug from an old spring and the cutest little stinger ;)

A bulb bug made from a light bulb, silverware wings and washers for eyes.
And my favorite bug made from an old skeleton key.
Here they are in their new home in my lavender patch.
I am so glad that I bought the group of them!
They make me smile every time I walk to my back door :)

I received these antique bee catchers as a gift from my SIL, Joy, a few years back and I have been enjoying them in my backyard ever since. While at our favorite store in Arcola - The Olde Brick Wall - we saw new reproduction ones with timer taper battery candles inside. What a great idea!
Time to clean them up and bring them inside I think ;)
Well enjoy the longest day of the year!
I am heading out in just a minute to enjoy the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, IL!
I will report back soon...
Blessings, Patti


annie said...

great post, love your markers and bees! have a wonderful weekend!

cucki said...

So sweet xxx

Primitive Stars said...

Happy Summer, love the garden pictures...those markers are beautiful., love them......Blessings Francine.

BumbleBeeLane said...

They made me smile too...Enjoy the quilt festival!~Amy

Linda said...

I'm so jealous...your herb markers are seriously primitive and gorgeous! Hope the quilt festival was inspiring.

Three Sheep Studio said...

Your garden markers are so very clever ! What a great way to use a "cast off". MANY years ago, an elderly family member gave me an entire set of silverware. I kept it stashed away, and then after decades, while cleaning, I threw out the whole set !!! GASP. What a mistake.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I'm lovin' your little bugs! So clever.
Hugs :)

linda said...

Love your bugs-how clever are they?!

Really like the silverware markers, too. A friend had a wind chime made out of old silverware and I liked that as well.

Have a great weekend

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Those markers are fabulous, especially the big spoon.

I love lavendar but I am so allergic. I break out in hives and can't breath, it is my only allergy.

The Quilt Show sounds amazing take lots of pics.