Linwood Avenue


tomatos and gardens

gardeningtiffin mills2 Comments
i have decided that this is the year that i will learn to garden.

besides my lemon tree, i kill virtually all plants that cross my path. but not this year. i have even set a daily alarm on my phone to remind me to water the plants in the yard. pitiful i know, but i would never remember without it!

i bought a bunch of herbs and some tomato plants. this one came with 5 tomatoes already started which i think is a good thing. it makes me feel like i am already half way there. whatever helps, right?

lots of water and tlc

gardeningtiffin mills1 Comment

hello friends, i'm back! and i'm rested and full of resolve to slow down a bit and not take things too seriously. i had the most wonderful holiday despite having a house full of sickies. the best part was signing off of the whole online world for close to 3 weeks. 3 weeks - a record for me, for sure. no design work, no blogs, no perezhilton, no to everything. towards the end of the year, i sort of lost sight of all the reasons to love blogs and twitter. i started becoming obsessed with who was having opportunities handed to them that i was working so hard to get myself. a lot of self pity, brought on solely by yours truly. because the thing is, no one was making me read those posts. my little hands were clicking away on the keyboard taking me into these worlds which weren't healthy for me. it is so easy to get caught up in the online world, trying to keep up with some and out do others. i needed the time off to realize that it is all a figment of my imagination. my life isn't inside the computer, it is in my house with my family and friends. as a result of this epiphany, i am rested and back with a lighter blog reader and twitter feed.

moving forward, i am going to be very conscious to only follow blogs that inspire me and make my life richer. blogs that teach me new creative techniques or blogs that invite me in to laugh or cry. i promise you i will follow this path with my own blog as well. i want you to come here and be inspired to start on that specific project you have had lying around for months. or pick up a camera to capture the little things in your life. or discover that you can draw, or make that step into signing up for an art class. the one thing i can count on in my life is that it is full of creativity and that is what i am bringing to you.

on a completely different subject, my most favorite christmas gift this year was a miniature lemon tree. it's live and it can live right inside my studio most months out of the year. i seriously squealed when my husband brought it into the house. i love having a tree sitting right in front of my window. fingers crossed it will actually bear fruit, i'm told the lemons will most likely appear next year. i have the most horrible green thumb and can never keep house plants alive so i am hoping beyond hope that i can change that cycle with this tree.

i promise to give it lots of water and tlc which is a great prescription for myself moving throughout this year as well. hello 2011!

eggs and wonder

business, gardeningtiffin mills2 Comments

my husband was cutting down a huge eyesore of an overgrown bush in our front yard yesterday and found this sweet little birds nest. i am so sad to think that when we were plotting our landscaping, we were unknowingly plotting the demise of their safe little place in this world.

of course the munchkins had to come running out of the house to ooh and awe over the nest for a bit, but i must admit i was right behind them.

what is it about birds nests that make people come running? i like to think that it is the wonder of it all. the wonder that something is being formed at this very moment right inside those tiny blue shells.

there might be a metaphor in this post somewhere about my little homegrown craft business, but i am too tired right now to connect the dots :)

a cottage garden and a vision

gardeningtiffin mills2 Comments
we have this little grass nook beside our garage that is pretty much a useless space. finally, we bit the bullet and bought some beautiful cobblestones to lay down a cottage path. after some strenuous work, i managed to fit all the rocks into place and am so excited about the results - and it is only half done! next comes the hard part - planting the ground cover in the cracks. i am hoping for a fragrant, hearty plant that is above all, quick growing. any suggestions???

rain and rain and rain and rain and...

gardeningtiffin mills1 Comment
well, i am sure you get the picture. i don't know how i can deal with anymore rain. i know it is good for the earth and good for the little plants in my back yard. but, it makes me so completely lazy! i think i need a sun lamp. i think i seriously have "seasonal affective disorder".

this from webmd...

What are the symptoms?

If you have SAD, you may:

  • Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious.
  • Lose interest in your usual activities.
  • Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.
  • Gain weight.
  • Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.
yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. we had one sunny day last week and i accomplished more than i have all month.

i think i need to move to the caribbean!