Tuesday, March 31, 2015

East Tennessee Plant Swap--May 16th--a Saturday, begins at 9:30 but you can visit at any time.

You do not have to bring plants to the meeting. You can bring other kinds of gardening items to swap. Some items others have used over the years include magazines, books, wind chimes, garden signs, cloth bags, small garden tools, gloves, empty pots and many other things. 

Pumpkin and her brothers--week 2

Pumpkin has been accepted by her two brothers, Achilles and Buddy. She has been in our home for 2 weeks and has her own personality. Achilles had a difficult time accepting her, but he now treats her like his baby bringing her toys and letting her run to him when she gets frightened. Buddy enjoys resting in the grass while she plays with him. She has brought a lot of joy into our home; a sweet puppy.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

East Tennessee Plant Swap---a great venue for FREE Plants

When I first heard about the East Tennessee Plant Swap I thought there must be a catch---free plants??? I decided to go to a meeting---2 are held each year---one in May and one in October--and check it out. I found it to be true.
Each meeting of the Plant Swap has been a grand event. Approximately 30 to 40 very nice, friendly and helpful gardeners meet to swap plants, share a potluck lunch and talk about growing things. There is absolutely no money allowed even if you want to pay for some of the more exotic and expensive plants.
IF you do not have plants to swap, you can attend anyway. Bring something to share---even if it is paper cups. Over the years I have taken items to swap such as cloth bags
I made from fabric remnants, garden signs made by my son and daughter, pot holders, books, strudy plastic bags for hauling plants home and seeds. I have been given hundreds of plants.
My favorite plants are lilies, irises and cannas. My yard is filled with a variety of colors and breeds of these as well as many other shrubs, vines and even trees.
Check out the web site. I made those photos as I handle their publicity.
Come and join us; you will be happy you did.

East Tennessee Plant Swap---almost time for meeting

From: TNArboretum@gmail.com

Subject: Spring 2015 East Tennessee Plant Swap

Who? Everyone is invited.
What? The East Tennessee Plant Swap and Pot Luck Luncheon
When? Saturday, May 16, 2015; begins at 9:30 a.m. until around 2 p.m.

Where?  New Harvest Park—the large shelter--4775 New Harvest Lane, 37918

Why? Free plants and the opportunity to make friends with others who love gardening.

Everyone is invited to attend the spring 2015 meeting of the East Tennessee Plant Swap. The ETPS is a group of men and women who love plants and enjoy sharing them with friends.

There is no fee for attendance and no money can exchange hands for the plants. This is a great way to add lovely plants to your lawns and gardens at absolutely no cost.

If you do not have plants to share, you are encouraged to attend anyway. You can bring gardening magazines, small tools, potholders, wind chimes, or any small items gardeners might enjoy. Over the years those new to the meeting have brought canned foods such as homemade pickles or beets, garden signs, books and homemade bags.

Set up begins at 9:30 a.m. Swapping begins around 10 a.m. and continues to all plants have found a new home. Pot luck lunch is shared at around 11:30 a.m.

For more information: www.easttnplantswap.com.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Barrett changed the name of his new puppy from Cleopatra to Pumpkin. She is a cutie pie.

Pumpkin is doing great.

Pumpkin has brought a lot of joy to our home. She is almost potty trained after just one week. She is very playful and loves to run in the yard and wrestle with our two other dogs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We have a new member in our family: it's a girl; named Cleopatra--Pattycake is the nickname

My son's new puppy. His birthday present. She's a shepherd mix.

Puppy pads from remnants: one more great use for recycled fabric

Wasn't sure what to do with some of the remnants as they contained extra panels on front. Came up with the idea of making puppy pads to donate to the local animal shelter for use in the cages for the dogs. Turned out great; made 15 and plan to carry them to the Young-Williams Animal Center tomorrow and donate. I used fabric remnants on the fronts and used tee shirts for the linings on the backs.

Puppy pads made from fabric remnants

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Big, bigger, biggest: this purse wins the prize as largest of them all.

Wow ! This one really turned out to be pretty and it is huge. Love the lining which was formerly a pillow cover.

Warmer temperatures sent me into a flurry of efforts with my sewing machine. Made more purses. Love this hobby. Enjoy the creative output and the production of something useful while also pretty.

Each purse is fully lined. It takes 3 or 4 fabric swatches to make each bag. 2 or 3 for the sides, front and back and one for the handles. I use donated fabric or old clothing for the lining. I enjoy planning each bag and matching the swatches together into something harmonious. Using old clothing for the lining saves money and keeps items out of the landfill. I am very fortunate that friends donated old clothing and table cloths to me for my projects. I am planning to attend the Spring meeting of the East Tennessee Plant Swap and need about 30 bags to give away at that event. Looking forward to enjoying the smiles I see when people choose their free bags. A local furniture store donates fabric remnants to me. I won't say which one because I don't want anyone to mess with my great deal.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

East Tennessee Plant Swap May 16, 2015 9:30 until around 1 p.m.

Time is rolling around for the best deal in plants in America. You are invited to swap plants for free at the next meeting of the East Tennessee Plant Swap to be held at New Harvest Park on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m. until around l to 2 ism.
The purpose is to trade plants and make friends. We share lunch and have fun discussing our gardens and plants.

Google the web site at East Tennessee Plant Swap