Fall Rustic Potting Bench

fall rustic potting bench

Welcome Fall! Now that I’ve been playing with fall foliage and going on Fall Nature walks, I’m totally into it sweet friends! I also made homemade doughnuts this week but did not take one picture! oops!

rustic potting bench; dream garden woodworks

I collected the rose hips and white berries on a drive in Everson, WA (about 2o minutes away). I absolutely love driving or walking in that area because it is close to the hills and mountains and it just feels like home to me! The lovely rustic potting bench was built by my husband Donny and you can see more of his creations on his website, Dream Garden Woodworks or more updated on his Instagram account @dgw_donny

Fall rustic potting bench

white berries bouquet

rustic potting bench

This potting bench was made with reclaimed lumber, an old sink (from my sis-in-law Gitti), and an old window. I’ll be planting a few bulbs soon in my garden and also hope to mulch the garden.

potting bench photoshoot

Did you know that I rarely buy flowers except maybe at a roadside stand? I almost always forage flowers or weeds or foliage for my home or for photoshoots (my friend, Terry, taught me how to do this!). Maybe there is more to be had here in the PNW but sometimes we don’t see what’s in our own “backyards”! This has really changed my life for the better! It is very therapeutic to pick a bouquet with your own hands and then arrange them in a container and then enjoy them for a few days. I have a friend (I met on Instagram) who picks bouquets every day and they are very inspiring! Monica can be found online at Monica Sabolla Gruppo or on Instagram @frommyenglishcountrydiary.

“Flowers every day keeps the Doctor away!” (I just made that up just now.) But flowers are so therapeutic especially when you touch them, pick them, and arrange them. Make time for bouquets; foraged or purchased. (or homegrown!)

Until next time,

~Melanie





Late Summer Garden Party

Garden Party

Chinese Lanterns, foraged flowers in mason jars and a makeshift table and golden evening sunlight equals a Late Summer Garden Party!

Summer Garden Party

My backyard hosted my sister in-laws and nieces honoring a few family birthdays. My daughter helped me cook for 2 afternoons. It turned out perfect! and I was not expecting the giggling that would occur throughout the evening!

meatball appetizers

cucumber sandwiches

deviled eggs

Dessert

For the appetizers, we had gluten free meatballs, deviled eggs and cucumber sandwiches. The desserts included gluten free brownies, gluten free nut cookies and almond tarts (recipe from Oma!) To drink we had iced tea!

garden party appetizers

foraged flower bouquets

 

The night before I took myself to the countryside and gathered wild flowers or wild weeds and then added a few things from my backyard; the colors were bright orange, yellow, purples and pinks.

mason jar bouquet

iced tea

summer garden party

Who knew when just us girls get together that there is all kinds of talk and giggling goin’ ons?!

cheers

cheers

garden party

birthday candles

almond tart birthday

My daughter was so patient with all the details I wanted to include and she helped me for 2 days.

melanie and annamarie beilner

The table is a slab from the dump on top of an old desk that is falling apart! I refreshed the re-purposed table top with a coat of gloss and repainted the desk with a coat of light yellow. The chairs are mismatched found at an antique store and a garage sale. I truly get most things like this for free or for dirt cheap. Don’t let your circumstances prevent you from hosting a get -together like this one! With a little creativity and elbow grease, you can host a garden party too! (We used to have a lovely outdoor table made by my husband but we sold it this summer!)

after the party

Love all these gals and missed those who couldn’t attend! Perhaps we shall do another “gals only” get-together at Christmas! (we played croquet after the dinner!) Below: Roshanna, Gitt, Petra, Diana’s head, Samantha, Anna and me!

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