Monday, June 30, 2014

Putting the grass between your toes in the front garden

It is our semi holiday weekend here in Canada but the holiday fell on Tuesday so, it is off to work for me today and then a little break tomorrow for July 1.

We're going into my happy place today. Kick off your shoes and let's go for a walk in the grass.
Although my happy place has been invaded by a combination of voles and pocket gophers who have been trying to consume each and every one of my new lovely plants.

I have been employing technology found on amazon in the form of sonic stakes after the used cat litter, cayenne pepper, tunnel flooding and simple whack-a-mole policies weren't working. I will have an update on this situation in a few weeks as I figure out what actually works for anyone who is similarly inflicted.

Lots of photos, less talking.

Our early summer front garden this year.

dahlias's planted in a pot in our garden bed

white swan echinachea getting ready to bloom next to bird's nest spruce

yarrow, salvia nemerosa, and tradescantia red

rudbeckia (black eyed susan) waiting its turn in the spotlight, with an upright boxwood that took a winter beating in the background

tall leaf plant in left background is ligularia, grey foreground is lamb's ear and many varieties of hosta as well as russian sage

yellow flowers are coreposis, tall green bent plant is solomon's seal, elijah blue fescue, purple tree is a japanese maple called something that i forget and i am having a brain fart so will ask my mom and get back to you

clematis in background "westerplatte", lilly in foreground

looking from the front yard to my vegetable garden in the back. my sunflowers are really starting to get some steam now

clematis on trellis white is john huxtable, and plant on right is heuchera "coral bells"

Have a great day all,


elizabeth and co
savvy southern style

Friday, June 27, 2014

Where I work……office space tour

Happy Friday! Oh what a week it has been.  So many life changes happening here at Oliver and Rust! We are so ready to slow down and enjoy this summer stress free.

I thought that I would share a little walk around my office space today. I left the sewing machines on the table and the ironing board in place so you can see what this space actually functions like for me. I did clean up the thousand pieces of string and lint from the table though and remove all the wires that go to those machines as it just plain looks chaotic.

i am still really loving this piece i found at a thrift store for holding my pillows ready to be sewn and all of my thread/parts in one place

i flip between the old school chair and the wicker chair at my table depending on my mood and what i am doing. 
all of my supplies are hoarded in the multitude of baskets and cases. i would love to find a huge old cabinet with storage on the bottom one day but the ikea floating shelves work just as well.

i hung my bubble wrap roll on the wall so it is easier for me to rip off sheets but also because sammy thinks bubble wrap running is an olympic cat sport he should train for multiple times a day. this has curbed that habit so now he just carries toilet paper around instead.

Have a great weekend all,

Monday, June 23, 2014

A tour with thanks, and a new plant stand in green

Good Monday morning folks.

I hope your weekend was everything you had hoped. We had gorgeous weather and some busy-ness to ours but I am thoroughly enjoying having time to play in my gardens.

Before I get to my post today, I wanted to give a thank you shout out to Jennifer of Town and Country Living for doing a tour of our home on her blog yesterday.
She did a lovely job and was very gracious in asking my permission to do so.
Hop over after you finish here to take a peek 

I played chauffeur to my hubby on Sunday after some stops we needed to make and drove myself in the direction of frozen yogurt and then one of my personal favourite to shop in antique stores. Prices are completely retail so it is purely a for pleasure place which is quite nice sometimes as it gets my brain out of work mode. 

Still practically in the parking lot and staring at the wild no one got hurt accident across the street my heart went pitter patter for a lovely vintage 4 tier plant stand in green of all colours.

It was priced right and because I know the lovely vendor (I visit and chat often) she gave me a bit of a deal and into the jeep it went.

I didn't waste any time unloading it and doing my thing with the shelves and thought I would share today. 

Sweet and simple post today.
I did a little fern watering prior to the photo so you can see it on the concrete. (I am using the epson salt dunking method on Pinterest so we will see how it turns out in a few weeks, so far so good)

4 removable green shelves and curly feet. perfect place for some of my pots and a great spot to move some of my orchid collection outside from the one place inside where they get light but could use more for some flowering to happen

anyone that reads all of my posts will recall i was casually whining about not being able to find angel vine a few weeks ago. found and planted in a copper planter now resting on the top shelf. locals if you're interested it was at vermeer's garden centre in welland in the house plant section in the middle

i also decided on friday to test the waters and move my larger fiddle leaf fig outside and see if i can get some of the leaves back on that right side

i tied it into this large industrial bin i found last year sometime so it doesn't fall over in our sometimes windy back yard. i was using this bin for display in the shows but kept it hidden this time just in case someone asked about the price and horrors decided to pay the crazy price i put on it. i guess that meant i really loved it and it needs to live here for the time being. 

Have a good day everyone,


Friday, June 20, 2014

Harmony on West, Port Colborne, Ontario

Well my first patient cancelled this morning so why not write the post I had intended for tomorrow and take a little sleepy inny time tomorrow. Yup sure!

I wanted to share one of my monthly visit stores in the local area that comes in perfect timing as the street it is located on is having a big event tomorrow night.

About 5 or 6 years ago (can't remember exactly) both Trevor and I were noticing first, how dry our skin was at all times of the year (even though I am a self confessed lotion-aholic) and second, how much scum was building up in our showers from regular bar soap. We were Lever 2000 and Dove users at the time.

Someone, I can't remember who suggested I try this great new store in Port Colborne called Harmony on West. The lady makes soap in amazing scents and the soap is all natural.  I was pleasantly surprised that day and cautiously tried a bar of the Venus soap. A custom blend that smells heavenly and earthy.

Needless to say, we were hooked and have only used her soap ever since.

Harmony on West is the product of owner Bonnie's hardwork and dedication to bringing natural ingredients into the home and a bit of lifestyle one of kinds as well.
The store is located at 264 West St in Port Colborne for all you locals.

I was there doing my bi-monthly stock up a few weeks ago and thought I would give you a little tour of the shop.

along with soap and handmade soy candles, there is little bits of home decor, one of a kind jewellery made be local artisans, and fantastic treasures for the little ones. (a great spot to pick up that baby shower gift you have been putting off)

the candle in the yellow tin to the left of this photo comes in a glass jar and votive size as well and has quickly become one of my favourite scents (amber dunes)

this is my shelf. these are the 3 soaps we most commonly use. we are the hippie-out-of-the-60's-smelling-type.
that straight up patchouli jar is looking low because i just grabbed a pile.
the size of the soaps are very generous and if left not sitting in a pile of water in the shower each bar can last about 1.5-2 weeks.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of one of my favourite places to frequent. There is always the best scent in here from all of the soaps and candles together but, not in a run past the perfume counter don't go in yankee candle kind of way.

Tomorrow night starting at 5pm, there is an Art Crawl event all the way down West St. All of the stores are open later and local artists will have their pieces on display. There are some great local restaurants to eat in and it looks like perfect weather.
A splendid way to spend a relaxing Saturday evening. Say hi if you see me!

Enjoy your weekend everyone,