Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. These are from my Endless Summer hydrangea. It turned out pretty well this year, even though the peony plant next to it only managed to produce one bloom. It was a glorious bloom, but I've decided I'll just need to move it to a sunnier spot in the fall. Last year, my hydrangea was a little purple-y, so I added a few pots worth of coffee grounds to the bush back in the spring. From what I understand, alkaline soil makes them pink, while acidic soil turns them blue. And what's more acidic than coffee? Well, the experiment worked and I got some beautiful blue blooms. I couldn't take a decent photo of them indoors, so I set them on a table on the front porch. I'm sure my neighbors think I nuts (as if they didn't already). I've managed to have several bouquets of blue hydrangeas thus far this season. Few things make me so happy as fresh cut flowers in the house.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Felt Owls

I made some felt owls for yet-to-be-born baby Hoot. My mother's side of the family are Gibsons, and boys in the family were nicknamed "Hoot" after a famous cowboy named Hoot Gibson. As my married name begins with an L, I thought it might be fun to give #3 the initials O.W.L. and call him "Hoot." O.W.L. didn't go over that well with my husband, but he liked the nickname Hoot, so that's what we're calling him.

I came across the idea for these cute critters here. I had some beat up foam balls that I used. My first attempt was the black and brown one, since I already had the felt. Not really appropriate for a nursery, but I have a neighbor who will appreciate it. The "feathers" are about 1 1/2 - 2 inches long and 1 inch wide.

I went and bought some more for these two. I kinda wished I had gotten a more orangey yellow for the eyes. Speaking of owls, I found this cute Robert Kaufman owl fabric that I'll have to incorporate into the nursery somehow. I found it on

There's a coordinating argyle print that I'm thinking of using for the crib skirt.

Boy or Girl?

I got this cute cake idea from my husband's cousin. It's not my best cake decorating attempt, since I was in a hurry trying to make it before dinner, but it still tasted good. We told the boys if the inside was blue we are having a baby boy. If it's pink, it's a gril. Tater really got into it. "It's a boy!" he shouted as he cut into the cake. Monkey was more interested in just eating the cake. It was a delicious and memorable way to let them know. I know they are both very excited about having a new little brother.