01 September 2014

Blueberries and Figs

I like waking up to the sound of a nice rain on my roof.  It calms my soul.  The perfect day to spend in the kitchen making Blueberry Jam, Blueberry Syrup and Fig Jam.

I discovered the Fig Jam recipe over here at Missing Goat Farm.  
I made this condiment for my nieces bridal shower - paired it with brie cheese and an assortment of crackers.  Yum. 

The recipe is super easy, you will find it over on Heather's blog in the link above.
Nope, I didn't grow the figs.  Can't grow the figs here, it is way outta the growing zone for Northwestern Ontario.  But, my local grocery store brings them in and if you get there early enough you can manage to pick up flats that aren't picked over and squished.  

The recipe calls for Port.  Luckily my husband loves Port so there is always a bottle in the house. 

Fig with Port Jam, Blueberry Jam, Blueberry Syrup (with the lumpy bits of blueberry).  A great way to spend an otherwise rainy day.  

Happy Labour Day!  

22 August 2014

A quick evening stroll . . .

. . . around the gardens tonight.  Something I don't think I've taken time to do in forever.  The light was perfect and some of my very favourite things are coming along ~ better late than never?

Grasses ~ I go gaga over Wheat and Setaria every year.

This Agastache 'Indigo', survived I'm sure as a result of all of that fantastic 
s-n-o-w cover last winter.  It's a zone 5 and a stunning, dark tone unlike any of the others I have grown

The bees adore Agastache.

I have discovered a seed company that offers an incredible selection of grasses.  I can hardly wait to tuck these into a market bouquet.


And this precious little gem . . .  ADENOPHORA triphylla.
A charming Ladybell bearing flared open blue bells in whorls around the stem.  
She is much more beautiful in person.  I started these from seed last spring and am not disappointed by their petite nodding heads in just the perfect shade of purple blue.   A limited number of 2nd year perennial plants will be for sale at the market in September ~ a perfect planting time. 

Here's to evening strolls around the garden.  Rain or shine, enjoy a really lovely weekend.  

12 August 2014

Wedding decorating hangover

Our niece was married this past weekend in Atikokan, Ontario.

The perfectly lovely outdoor wedding took place upon the bridge at Little Falls on what has to have been the hottest day of summer this year.  I'm pretty sure I heard 40 degrees celsius with the humidity.  Yowza.  It was brutally hot.  But, surrounded by the love of family and good friends, it was a joy to be part of.  

I will post about it in its entirety shortly but heres just a sneak of some of the things I used to decorate.

The un-packin' about to begin.

A few of the hand painted signs made especially for this wedding but which will now be available as part of our vintage prop collection.

We didn't actually use the bike in this wedding but it would be a great addition to any wedding.  


{Images:  theurbanfarmchick.blogspot.com}

03 August 2014

It's been so long . . .

. . . since I saw you last.  It's amazing how quickly time passes.  There just are not enough hours in a day.  I'll spend some time catching you up on what's been happening around here, in my world - and it's been a whole lot.  In the meantime, let me just say this . . .

We have been in new baby lala land since March 

She was a miracle baby and our new great niece has just brought us all so much joy, it's unbelievable and lovely. 

She's a poser and I'll be sharing more photos, you bet I will! 

And, we've been preparing for a wedding.  I'm the aunt of the bride and primary decorator.  So much goodness going on - just a few ideas we've been kicking around.

It is an outdoor wedding and we will be decorating up one of these.  

It's a Moss Cottage style wedding and we'll be sharing DIY how-to's and lots of great pics after the wedding.  Stay tuned, I'll be back. 

I do hope you are enjoying a restful but busy summer.  The time is so fleeting. 

See you soon.  Thanks for sticking with me. 

16 April 2014

SPRING blessings

Saturday, April 19
 1 - 4pm

Moss Cottage 
for those of you who have asked about the Easter long weekend . . .

04 April 2014

I know . . .

it's now becoming very hard to see the beauty in this ~

when all you can imagine is this ~

If you can hang in there until next weekend, even if spring hasn't truly arrived in our neck of the woods, the studio will be bursting into bloom, sure to put spring in your step.

Join us for a blast of everything spring ~ a lovely collection of handmade tossed together with a little bit of this and that.



noon - four

In the studio @ Moss Cottage
700 Hazelwood Drive
Thunder Bay, ON  

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25 March 2014

Creative Accomplished

Just 3 of the lovely creations that left the workshop on Sunday.  Sorry Tracy, Fran and Denette, I forgot to pull the camera out until after you were gone.  

Each one beautiful in it's own way.  The scent that enveloped the workshop was amazing!  A relaxing, creative afternoon with great company.  Thanks everyone for allowing Blue (the dog) to join in.

A tea towel image transfer class will be scheduled for April.  Hopefully then spring will really be showing herself and we can move on to the garden as inspiration.