Monday, April 29, 2013

Ahhhhhh the smell of REAL Spring!!!! Had the windows open again today. Fresh air and birds singing. Loving it!!!! I worked on the front yard Saturday to get the beds ready for flowers and I started to add some of my architectural features to the garden as well.  Thought I would share a little of the progress to the full summer garden.


Put some fresh white paint on some of my garden clay pots for the potting table decor.

Got my bike painted blue for out in the garden.  I  think I am going with a white, blue and yellow theme out front this year.

I can't wait to put flowers in that sweet bike basket and hopefully find another basket for flowers for the back fender of this bike too.  My beds are ready.  It doesnot look like it now but I do have a lot of flowering bushy flowers that will come up around the bike.  Hopefully soon they will start to fill in.




Getting ready for flowers out around my tree in the front yard.  Oh I can't wait to get my hands in that dirt and start to put flowers in!!!

My little cherub bird bath is ready for some pretty flowers too.

Looks a little plain right now but soon I will have lot's of flowers.


This is probably my most favorite architectural piece I have for the garden.  An old chippy door painted with birds and cottage nests and then an old chippy flower box attached. Can't wait to fill that with pretty flowers and greenery.

Made an blue and white cottage wreath.

Found these cute garden boots at Menards. Loved the blue color.

Yep I am thinking I like the summer house sign on this old fence.




I found this summer house sign at Home Goods.  Loved this sign. I tried it out on the potting table too but I think I like it better on the fence.

Well this was a sneak preview of the garden to come.  I was so excited that we are having such pretty weather finally to start to plan out the garden.
Hopeful this week end to start the planting and maybe work on the deck and backyard too.
Have a great week.  Hope you are having beautiful weather where you are.
Kris
:)

36 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful with out the flowers. It's going to be gorgeous when the flowers start blooming.

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  2. I am loving that blue Kris!!!! and speaking of loving....your office in your previous post is beautiful!!!!!!!

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  3. Looks great and I love the blue on the bike! Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  4. I can't begin to tell you how cute your front yard is with all of your unique touches! Just like the inside of your home, it says "you"!! It's going to be even more beautiful when things are blooming and lush...I wish our weather would warm up faster but we always wait until after Mother's Day to plant annuals. Better safe than get a frost. And it WAS gorgeous today and will be this way all week! Enjoy!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. I can't believe you've already transformed your old bike!! I love the blue color and all the fun garden art you've collected. You've inspired me to get off the computer and finish up my painting, too!

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  6. It all looks just darling. I just painted my bike today:) Can't wait to get it planted either. We also had our windows open and I worked outside all day.

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  7. I like the look of the white pots. Your front entrance is so inviting! Envious of your bikes. They are so cute in your gardens. I think if I had the Garden Tours sign I would put free as I love to show people my gardens!! lol Nancy

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  8. LOVE your bike Kris! Can't wait to see it in person! Your garden looks lovely already :-)
    xx
    Anne

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  9. oh so very sweet..love the fresh paint
    .the colors ..the arrangements(:)
    all of it !!

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  10. Everything is ready and waiting.

    You gave me an idea- I have an old grapevine wreath in the garage and a grapevine basket in the attic. I might even spray them white.

    Yesterday it finally hit me that my source for an old door could be my neighbor. He owns the biggest door and window shop in town. He says he thinks he has just the door for me. I didn't even think about asking for windows. That's next. When I told him I wanted to hang the door sideways above my dresser he just shook his head. I should have him look at your blog for him to understand.

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  11. White Blue and Yellow ..so French Country ...!!! Love it ..Well now we all know the Garden is a charming as the inside of the house as if I should have even wondered LOL !!!.. Your going to have to start giving tours so we can all come and enjoy it !

    Love your bike ..and can't wait to see all the flowers !

    Hip Hip Hooray Spring has arrived !

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  12. Oh Kris...I love how you have decorated your front yard!! Seeing your bike makes me hope that I find one at the flea market...it's only 3 weeks away now. There are around 2000 vendors at this huge flea market and it is only 15 to 20 minutes from here. They have it in May and again in September. Can't wait!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  13. Love your garden and all the great decorations you have. Love the blue bike. Been working on my garden also but did something to my knee and now it really hurts. To much gardening LOL
    Glad that Spring has finally arrived in your area.
    Have a great week in the garden.
    Mary

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  14. Glad to hear about your good fortune on the weather, Kris. Your outdoor touches are really coming together. You'll have fun playing outdoors now. Can't wait to see all your flowers start blooming.
    Liz

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  15. I am with you on all of this Kris!!! Everything you do is GORGEOUS!!!! I was wondering if you painted the boots or bought them blue...then you answered my question!!!! I have a smaller pair on my front porch that are very faded from the sun, so why not paint??? Cant wait to see all of your flowers blooming and love the bike(s)!!!! Take care and enjoy the sunshine!!! Donna Kelly

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  16. I know your yard is the envy of the neighborhood! I am in love with the painting nailed to the tree!!!!!! :)

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  17. It is looking great! I can't wait to see all of your flowers.

    xoxo,
    Amy Jo

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  18. Kris, wow! The outside of your house looks as amazing as the inside! So many cute things :)
    Susan

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  19. Hey Kris! Everything looks sooo pretty! Love that little garden tours sign! How cute! And just have to say a big congrats for having your pretty blog banner published in Artful Blogging!! Yay!! We're in the same issue! Too much fun! I was floored when they contacted me first about my banner, and a couple of months later about a blog feature!!

    Have a lovely week, gal! Thanks for always sharing your pretties!!
    Hugs,
    Becky

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  20. Hi Kris, your yard is looking lovely, I can almost smell the flowers in bloom already! I think the blue, white and yellow colors will be beautiful and I'm in LOVE with the blue boots...Mr. P. works at Menards, instead of flowers he brings me goodies from there, gotta show him these!! Enjoy the nice weather...supposed to drop 30 degrees here for the next few days...Eeeeck!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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  21. Kris, you are way ahead of me. I started putting things out Easter weekend and haven't done much more since then. I am not a gardener, so I will be looking for ornaments and 'junk' to put out. Maybe your house will inspire me to get busy. Thank you so much, dear friend.
    *Smiles*

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  22. LOOOVE that wreath! It's so pretty. It all looks wonderful. Can't wait to see it in full bloom. The bike by the way turned out adorable!!
    Julie

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  23. Your bike turned out great. Looks like your off to a fun summer of gardening and interesting curb appeal.

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  24. I just read your comment on Jennifer Rizzo's blog that you were meeting up with Anne from White Lace Cottage. I have read about several get togethers that the Illinois bloggers have. How fun to meet the people you read and chat with.

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  25. LOVE that blue bike Kris! How neat. No doubt in my mind you get some slow drive by's in your neighborhood just oohhing over your gardens and cute decor. I know I would, in fact, I probably would get out of the car to take pics LOL! Have ag reat day.

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  26. cute blue bike and rain boots!!

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  27. Your front yard area is looking good! I like the blue and white colorscheme you're going with. The bicycle is adorable. I think that will be the perfect accent with flowers in the basket.

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  28. Kris - How pretty! Love all of your details - especially the blue bike and the chandelier. I just painted a bike red for a post next week. Your blue and yellow is really striking.

    Judy

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  29. Oh my goodness, the front of your home is so charming with all your wonderful garden-y things. Loving the bike!! Can't wait to see your front gardens in all their flowering glory!
    Mary Alice

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  30. Kris, you have so many pretty things to dress up your garden. I especially love the door and planter and the Summer House sign and everything else. Will be so eye catching when all the colorful flowers come in..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  31. The garden is really coming together! Looking so good, love the blue and white theme....
    Nancy

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  32. That bike is just gorgeous blue Kris!!!
    I CANNOT wait to see this wonderland filled with flowers, how amazingly beautiful.
    XOX

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  33. Kris! This is just absolutely adorable. I love it! Such a wonderful collection of cuteness for your yard. I am crazy about the blue bike, and I think flowers would be perfect in the basket. I had a blue bike when I was young, and I was my favorite bike I ever had. Love the blue wellies, too. This yard would make me smile every time I saw it.

    I could have sworn I stopped by here and left you a comment, but I can't find it. Not sure why. My IPAD has been acting up, and I'm on my husband's IPAD. But I wouldn't have missed this for anything.

    Thanks for sharing...

    XO,

    Sheila

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    1. Hi Shelia,
      Thanks for coming by. I hope you get my response since you have your no reply comment on. I am excited to get the yard done with flowers. Hoping we will get a little warmer this week end to put some flowers in. Have a great week end.
      Kris

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  34. Oh everything is so pretty! Love your pretty wreath!! I'm inspired now to make one!!

    Debbie

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  35. Cute and I can't wait till all this cold rain leaves. I have so much yard work to do.

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