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A Beautiful Life Friday

A Beautiful Life Friday

Check out the gardens and outdoor rooms over at View from the Pines (sorry! the blog seems to have moved and the link no longer works!) I’m hooked and inspired! The outdoor room above is from Brenda’s yard! I spent some time drooling over her creative outdoor rooms and gardening spaces on her blog and thought you’d all enjoy visiting Brenda! Such lovely photos for inspiration — I enjoyed looking through her archives!

For more gardening ideas, check out yesterday’s post and all the comments..and if you have some tips or links to share, head over to my Small Space Gardening post to add your own ideas! Thanks to all of you who shared ideas for me! I’ll be studying them!

I won’t take up any more of your time today with more my words, just enjoy everyone’s beautiful life links as well as all the amazing links left here for our Procrasinator’s Party and the links in the comments on every post (via commentluv!). You are all so inspiring to me!

Have a wonderful three day weekend!

PS. There are more amazing ideas and places to visit on my Inspiring Finds tumblr if you have some extra time on your hands!

photo: View from The  Pines

This post was shared on Julia’s Hooked on Fridays post.

A Beautiful Life Friday

Beautiful Life Friday is a once weekly post to reflect on the small moments of beauty we found or created. A beautiful life is right in front of us!

Mr. Linky Rules (stolen from Julia’s blog Hooked on Houses, thank you Julia.)

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address.
  2. Include what your post is about in parentheses after your blog name. Ex: The Red Cottage (antiques)
  3. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see how everyone else found beauty where they were this week!
  4. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what a blog party is all about!
  5. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted! If you come back and see your link is gone, re-read these rules and try again next week.

(Also check out Fifi’s Fashionable Friday and Hooked on Fridays parties, happening today!)

Mr. Linky is misbehaving {again} so if he isn’t there, add your link in the comments or just pop back in later…

Small Space Gardening

Small Space Gardening

Are you ready for summer gardening? The forecast for the next few days here in Washington state is SUN SUN SUN! I like the sound of that! I’m really excited about having a garden in our backyard. While I do not have a particularly green thumb, I think gardening will be a fun project my son and I can learn to do together.

Since we didn’t get to buy this house next week like I had planned (due to our Portland home’s sale fail, for those of you who missed my news last week), I’m still a renter here. But I am not going to let that stop me from doing some planting!

I found a whole page of inspiring articles at Sunset Magazine with ideas for small space container gardening. If you don’t have a lot of space, this might be the gardening solution for you — as well as the perfect solution for renters (and beginning gardeners) like me!

Small Space Gardening

Just to get my hands in the dirt and lift my spirits this week, I added a few annuals to the pots I had on my front porch. It is just a small step towards my ultimate goal of making this area a summery outdoor room (yes, my summer office), but it was enough to give me a sense of being home, even as I am still unsure what the future will bring.

I’d love to add a lot more plants out here! This porch has a view of the lake and will be a nice cool place to enjoy the sunshine and watch my son play in the yard.

As a side note. I borrowed my mom’s sewing machine and I intend to recover those pillows with a striped, nautical fabric. In case you all are wondering if sewing is really a good idea for me ( I know you are worried for me), the last time I remember sewing was in home ec class when we made our aprons. Eh hem. Yeah. I’d say I am experienced. We’ll see how that project goes.

My son and I planted seeds to grow parsley in a container on the back deck. It isn’t much of a garden yet, but at least we got started!

Are you planting a garden this year?

Do you have raised beds, containers or fancy green houses or what? Are you planting flowers, vegetables, fruit or herbs? Tell me about it!  Feel free to share your suggestions, ideas or links to your gardening posts in the comments! I’m ready to hear about your plans!

Top container garden inspiration: Sunset Magazine Online

Second photo: my front porch!