Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring and Summer Door Signs

In a crazy fit of inspiration (and a dire need to use the scroll saw, seriously, I hadn't cut anything with the scroll saw in way. too. long.) I created some fancy new spring and summer door hangings.

I currently have three brand new door hangings available in my Etsy shop (click on the pictures to get a closer look at them in my shop):

My personal favorite is this metallic accented blue and green butterfly.

Jason's favorite is this delicious-looking strawberry ice cream cone (I wonder if he'd be embarrassed that I've told all you lovely readers that he's particularly fond of the prettiest, pinkest, sparkliest thing I've ever made...)

And, finally, I also made this snazzy patriotic door hanger. Something like this is sure to be an important addition to your door decor come July 4th!

I'm planning on having an assortment of door hangings available for purchase at the Schmit Home Solutions spring open house on May 4th from 1pm-6pm (just in time for Mother's Day gift buying), so if you'd like to check 'em out in person make sure you stop by! More info about the open house is available here:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Month of March

It appears that I've neglected my blog for nearly a month! Don't worry, I have plenty of excuses for my lapse in posting; plus pictures for proof!

March is my busiest greenhouse preparation month. And, as you can see by the photo below, the Schmit Home Solutions greenhouse is nearly full. Regardless of how much space I have (the greenhouse doesn't get bigger from year to year) I always feel that it's necessary to get MORE varieties of flowers and vegetables each year, thus resulting in MORE plants. I panic around this time every spring, because I don't know where I'm going to put everything! Yet, somehow I manage to find some magical left-over space for my plants that previously didn't exist, and then I think, "Whew! That was a close one. I'm never ordering this many plants again!" (Yeah, right...)

The seedlings have really been enjoying the spring sunlight. And, as a result of that sunlight, they have grown and grown! Here's an updated look at the baby gerber daisy's I was showing off a few posts ago. I can't wait for them to start shooting up blossoms!

I also made the decision to grow ALL of our vegetables from seeds this year. Typically, we order tiny seedlings of most plants, and then transplant them into larger pots. This saves a lot of time, but I don't get to select as many different tomato and pepper varietals. So, because I've started them from seed, I get to offer sweet red and yellow peppers along with the typical green variety; Rutgers, cherry, and Roma tomatoes along with the usual tomato line-up; and an assortment of chili peppers like cayennes, pablanos, and anaheims. The itsy-bitsy sprouts below are Roma tomatoes (it's hard to tell who's who at this point in the tomato life-cycle, they all look alike as sprouts.)

And, for my final greenhouse photo, I'd like to leave you with a little spring beauty to get you through this cold and blustery day. The first bloom of the season opened up this morning, and it belongs to a gorgeous white tuberous begonia!