Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Simple Herb Garden

With spring's arrival, I, like so many others, get the urge to get out in the garden and start digging, planting, growing.... Living in an RV, in an RV park, kinda changes that. I still want to get growing...but, I have no garden of my own to work in here. The park we are staying in has meticulously maintained gardens. Over the windy, wet and surprisingly sunny winter their gardens have been kept up nicely, and are now in the  process of being dug, weeded, planted and made ready for the multitude of summer vacationers who will soon be filling all the empty sites.  We won't be here then, as we move out in a month and head for the Little Shack.  Back to my own little patch of earth which has been hibernating under piles of snow all winter. I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty and adding a few new perennials to my garden.

In the meantime, I thought I'd put together a little herb garden for my daughter, Jordan's, birthday. She will be celebrating it in early June, but we will be away then and I wanted to give it to her early.
While perusing the aisles of a 2nd hand store, I found they had a huge bunch of white coffee mugs, in different shapes and sizes.  And that's when I had my inspiration moment!

I chose 5 mugs in different styles and then picked up 5 herb plants. I had leftover soil from my Fairy Garden so that was already taken care of.  I also picked up a Sharpie marker to finish off the project.
Each herb went into a separate mug. I then labelled each mug using the Sharpie marker.
I feel so much better now, having satisfied my spring gardening urge!
How about you? Do you also get that "gotta go out and dig in the dirt' urge in the spring? Are you a gardener? I'd love to hear about your spring plant plans!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Campbell River, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Canada)
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Destination: Campbell River, BC, Cananda
  Hi! I'm Sue from the Little Shack on the Hill and I'd like to introduce you to my hometown! Campbell River is located on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of British Columbia, in Canada. It is the town where I grew up and the place I still think of as 'home'.
Campbell River was named one of the top 5 quality of life destinations in North America! Having grown up there, I can honestly say it is deserving of the honour. It is surrounded by nature with the Discovery Passage on it's doorstep and beautiful mountains as a backdrop.

There are so many things to do in the area. Skiing at Mount Washington in the winters, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, golfing and shopping to name a few. From fine dining to farmers markets. Walks on the beach or along the Seawalk. There are places to go and things to do all year round. The Fisherman's Pier is a popular place to fish as well as look a the scenery and watch the passing cruise ships. Grab an ice cream cone while your there!

Visit the Museum, the Art Gallery, the Maritime Heritage Museum or Haig Brown House.  Many visitors signup for a day on the water with one of the whale or bear watching charters.

Downtown offers many wonderful shops as well as Spirit Square. During the summer there are free concerts every week in Spirit Square. A fun time to relax, enjoy great music and maybe get up and dance!

Campbell River is close to many walking and hiking trails. Strathcona Park is only a short drive away with plenty of camping, hiking and boating to offer.  Elk Falls Park is also very close by and is a great place to spend the day. Walking trails, picnic tables and beautiful scenery await.
The area offers many RV and camping sites as well as hotels and B&Bs.  Year round activities and events keep residents and visitors alike entertained.
Campbell River is a fabulous place to raise a family, put down roots or retire. The weather is mild, and as long as you don't mind the rain, it's a great place to be able to spend lots of time outdoors, even in the winter!
If you happen to be visiting Vancouver Island, making the trip up Island to Campbell River, on the 50th Parallel is well worth the trip. You will experience a super, natural part of BC!


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Printable Kitchen Labels

I received an email the other day from Dana, who works at FoodPackagingLabels.Net. She was contacting me to share their free printable kitchen label site as she thought it might interest my readers. I thought so too, so here I am, sharing it with you!

The company is based in Canada and makes custom labels for food packages.  The above link will take you to their page of free printable labels which include a meal planner, pantry labels, pet food labels and others. They even have a Special Events section with some really sweet Easter tags and labels!

Thank you, Dana for sharing this link with me and my readers!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Friday, March 13, 2015

My First Fairy Garden!

Yesterday was a very special day.  My oldest daughter, and 1st born, turned 29. I can't believe I have a 29 year old child! Where did the time go?? It seems like such a short time ago that she was born. I still have vivid memories of her birth, our stay in the hospital, bringing her home and all the trepidation of being a brand new mom with a brand new baby.  Now, after 5 babies, and into my journey as a grandparent, I'm finding that what they say about time going by faster as you get older really is true!
I wanted to make my daughter something for her special day, and have been wanting to make a fairy garden for some time, so combined the 2 wants to make my 1st fairy garden for her!
A couple of weeks ago I had found a bunch of little houses at the 2nd hand store, and on a whim, bought all of them with the intention of using them in fairy gardens.  So, I had the beginnings already.

Next, I purchased a container to build the garden in. I chose a plastic 'terra cotta' pot that is low and wide. Then, found 3 plants that would suit the 'decor'. I chose a peppermint plant and a curry plant. Then added a succulent.

I also found these little mushrooms to add.

The dollar store was a great source for the stones, sand and glass pebbles. I bought a bag of potting soil and picked the moss on one of my walks with the dogs. Here on the west coast moss is abundant in the woods.
I filled the pot with the soil and then added the plants, making sure the root balls were covered and well seated.

Next, I pulled the moss into pieces the right size to fit around the plants and tucked it in, pressing it down into the soil.

I left the part where I wanted to set up the fairy house and what I call 'the beach' bare.  This is the fun part! Adding the little house and deciding how it should all fit together is what makes it a fairy garden. I wanted my house nestled into the moss, with the front looking out onto a sandy beach with what would be the water.  I placed the house in and tucked some moss around it. The blue sand went in next, followed by the blue glass and then more blue sand. I used a dark grey sand for the beach and trickled it up the walk way of the house to tie it in. The little mushrooms, stones and brown glass were placed around the plants and moss to add interest.

I was pretty pleased with the end results. My daughter liked it too!
I have  4 more little houses still to use and am already planning out my next fairy garden.  It was such a fun little project and not at all difficult to put together.  I'll be keeping my eyes open for little bits and pieces to add to the next ones. Things like little bugs, animals, furniture, bridges....they don't have to be made specifically to use in a fairy garden. I think using things you find that aren't meant for this make it more unique and personal.  I know I've seen little glass bridges meant for a gold fish bowl or aquarium,  butterflies meant for flower arrangements, doll house furniture and accessories.  Half the fun is the search for things you can add.
I'd really love to hear about the gardens you've created. What did you use?