Randomness alert!

February 27, 2014

Those Valentine’s day roses were so lovely that I wanted to hang on to them past their indoor prime and so I lay them on the cafe table out in the garden where I could see them from the kitchen. There’s something so wonderfully decedent about red roses laying on a table outside. Kind of like dropping the rose petals by the front door. When it snowed they were even lovelier. Now the snow is melting and I suppose I’ll have to compost them sooner or later. 🙁

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Speaking of snow, do you see Morgan there on the patio? You can just about make her out thru the railing at the bottom of the stairs. She has been the grumpiest cat from hell lately. She absolutely hates the snow and growls and spits each time she’s put outside.

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Went for a walk round the ‘hood and thru a little botanical garden near by. I was after some winter blooming flowers, like this heather, and then came round this greenhouse full of blooming calla lilies and started begonia hanging baskets and thought to myself, “man, that girl has the best job ever!”


Speaking of gardens, remember when I told you all that I signed the garden for the open garden Art in the Garden weekend? Well, I got the call that the judges would like to come preview the garden this coming Wed to see if they will allow it and the garden looks like a tip! (that’s British for really big mess) Gulp!

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So, instead of working in the garden, I decided to clean up the garage and establish a silvesmithing studio on one of the benches. (The garage also looks like a tip.)

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I worked all day and cleared off one of the work benches and got out the varnish and decided to sand the work bench down and varnish the plywood top to make it look better, but then I thought that actually I really liked the splattered paint and cut marks and scratches, and so I sanded it only lightly and decided to get my stamps and inks and personalise the bench some more before varnishing it.


I love it! And now I want to paint the walls and rehang the paintings and clean up the potting bench and start the seeds for the flowers and veggies, and invite people in and serve tea at Art in the Garden time, and possibly have some friends come and do some art in there and make my jeweller in there…Oh, I’m so excited for that space. More info > on my repairs and improvements will be posted soon.


And I have to have all this done by Wed. 😯

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Sharing with Nancy and looking forward to everyone’s randoms. 😀

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  • Reply Mascha February 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, you have much to do (but it looks good, your idea) .. I wonder anyway, whence comes in storage rooms that no one has ever entered a long time, the chaos always so fast.
    This is one of my big life mysteries 😉
    Have a nice weekend and good luck

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

      It’s so true Mascha, and, in my case, the Chaos is almost immediate! 🙂 But I’m making some headway. 🙂

  • Reply EG CameraGirl February 28, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I really like the look of your “new” potting bench. I bet everything will look spiffy by Wednesday. 😉

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

      I hope so, I’m so working on it. 😀

  • Reply sarahhuizenga February 28, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Love what you did with the work bench, great idea!

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Thank you so much Sara. 😀

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow February 28, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Isn’t it amazing how one thing leads to another ….:) You’ll get ‘er done! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Aw, thank you for the vote of confidence Debra. I’m going to write that on the chalk board above the potting bench. 🙂

  • Reply Snap February 28, 2014 at 3:35 am

    love the image of the roses in the snow. morgan is just making a statement about the winter …!!! you are really making a lovely place to work … silversmithing and some gardening, too. i love visiting gardens … just makes me want spring to appear. good luck with the garden people. happy friday!

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Hi Snap. Thank you so much. Me too! I want spring here already. 😀

  • Reply Thoughts from the Desktop February 28, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Oh lovely idea, I love your workspace, good luck with the garden tidying that’s our job for the weekend. hedge cutting urgh !!!

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Oh, hedge…ugh…lol. I have one too, a very sick one. Not sure what to do about it yet. (Maybe yank it out and start again) 🙂

  • Reply Karen, Pixel Posts February 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I’d love to work in a greenhouse in the winter!

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

      I know! Wouldn’t that be a dream? 🙂

  • Reply lynn February 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

    great idea for the work bench, love the Eiffel! I’ve always wanted a greenhouse, not even near :-). Work ahead but it looks like fun..

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Oh me too Lynn. I keep looking at greenhouse companies and thinking, “next time I have $5000 I don’t know what to do with…” (sigh) 😀

  • Reply Gattina February 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Yes a very nice idea for the work bench ! and I see you still have snow ! I am longing for spring !

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Me too Gattina! Happily the snow has mostly melted now and there are a few bright yellow crocuses out and about. 😀

  • Reply Rose February 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

    My daughter got me some roses that I loved, so I let them dry and now have a bowl full of petals! I still like seeing them.

    I would love to join you for Art in the Garden…LOL

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Oh that’s lovely Rose. I used to dry rose petals too and use them in potpourri. I wish you could join me; I’d make you a nice cup of tea and we could have a chat. 😀

  • Reply Cheryl @ TFD February 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I love the roses in the snow! You have a great idea for the bench, hope all goes well and your work is done by Wednesday!

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Me too Cheryl. I’ve been putting in a load of work and the garden is starting to look great. The only thing is I keep forgetting to take photos. (my bad) The snow has melted off that little table now and C said it might be time to recycle the roses, so, sadly, I had to let them go to the composter. But they were so lovely while they lasted. 😀

  • Reply abrianna February 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    The snow roses are lovely. Morgan made me laugh but then again it does make sense. Kitties don’t like to be wet! I hope you get approved for Art in the Garden and no more snow for you. Like the kitty on Chloe’s lap too.

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Oh I tell you Abrianna, that cat is such a girly girl. It’s like her fur will frizz or something if she steps out in slightly damp weather! I hope I get approved too. I shouldn’t do this but I think I set my heart on it. 🙂 That’s Milo in C’s lap. He’s an all weather cat. 🙂

  • Reply a spirit of simplicity March 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

    oh my you are have been so busy!! I love the way your bench came out! It sounds like you will be having much fun

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Oh I hope so. I’m rewarding myself with a (reasonable but small) splurge on silver and gems and materials as soon as I get this show on the road. 🙂 So looking forward to that.

  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal March 1, 2014 at 3:51 am

    With the weather the way it’s been, I can’t seem to get motivated to clean up the inside spaces. Your studio spot looks perfect — great natural lighting!

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Oh I know Nancy. It helps me to have someone coming over or to have a deadline…but then I usually leave it to the last minute…lol. But I really want to start applying my new found skills outside the classroom studio and that means finding a spot where I can drop shards and filings and splash flux and solder without a problem. Also, I’m a great believer in Feng Shui and clutter being a bad thing, so time to clean up and change the energy. But honestly, if you can’t hibernate in winter, when can you? 😀

  • Reply Susan eclecticshorebird March 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Gold star for all that work! A silver studio sounds exciting. We have yet another storm in the forecast. They are calling for 12 inches of snow on Monday. I am thinking of putting the Christmas Tree back up. Angels to yo,

    • Reply Veronica March 1, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Oh no Susan! Drag. 🙁 I was walking around the ‘hood the other day and spied a lit up Christmas tree in someone’s living room. Not so far fetched then! 🙂

  • Reply Renee March 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Wow, you have a lot of great ideas for the Garden Party! What a great decision you made in leaving the paint and markings and then adding stamps to it! Celebrate the layers or work! It looks like you will be working day and night. Here is to your strength, courage and perseverance !????????????

    • Reply Renee March 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Oops, those question marks were supposed to hands applauding, but obviously the icons don’t work in the comment section! Sorry!

  • Reply Karen March 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    Your photos are always so lovely. I especially like the roses in the snow. Your video of Chloe watching the game was priceless! Since we live so close I hope that we can one day meet and go treasure hunting together. Some days I am lucky and other days I come home empty handed but I always find it relaxing. Thank you for visiting me. Have a wonderful weekend! Karen

  • Reply Sarav March 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Veronica, what fun!! Love what you did with the workbench–really made me want to catch a plane and come stamp and paint and varnish (I’m handy planting things too..) Good luck! (PS those garden people must be drinking some strong stuff to think that anyone’s garden would be other than a tip after the snow… 😉

    • Reply Veronica March 7, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Sara, you know your bedroom is ready here any time you come. 😀

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