Hoping for a snowstorm

Whaaaaattt!!?? Yes, you read that right. This southern girl living up here in the frozen tundra of New York State has her fingers crossed for a great big snowstorm this weekend.

Farmboy broke it to me gently the other day. A possible snowstorm on the way for the weekend. He knew I would want to fly the coop so he offered to send me to Mirbeau Inn and Spa for the day if the snow starts to pile up. Clever man, don’t you think…. reverse psychology. I can see right through his offer. Change those negative “winter will never end” vibes to serenity “feel-good” vibes. I’m all over it. Push out the jive… pull in the love, baby.


I bet she’s not thinking about snow.

Mirbeau is located in our quaint little village. A French Chateau themed inn and spa within walking distance to the lake. Junebug and I have spent a couple of spa days there and it is such a treat. The lovely gardens, pond and arched Monet bridge can make you feel half a world away!

So, join me will you in hoping for a snowstorm. I know its a tall order but if you knew what a crazy person I’ve been this winter you would want me to go too.

If you live in a northern climate be sure to have your Vitamin D level checked at some point. I had mine tested last week and it showed a significant deficiency. Normal levels are 35 to 100 and mine was 22. Lack of sunshine and being cooped up in the winter can do a number on your well-being as well as your immune system.

For more information about the scenic village of Skaneateles click here and to learn more about Mirbeau check out the website. Au revoir. : )



Topiaries, A Succulent & Spring


Greetings from the Doghouse… and the sickbed

I am writing today from the doghouse… because I am SO late in sending out orders taken during the Flower Show. I am SO sorry! I hate being behind. Little did I know that I would be staying home with sick children the week I got home… and then come down with the flu the next week. I promise that I didn’t fall off the edge of the earth nor have I forgotten about any orders!

Remaining orders will be shipping this week! Yay. The kids are back in school and I am finally out of bed and rearing to go. : )

While contemplating the benefits of lying perfectly still as to not feel any muscle/joint aches last week I came up with the sweetest little rabbit “get well soon” design. I can’t wait to paint it and it truly did make me feel better as I began to work out the little details in my head. Look for her in a couple of weeks!

As for this winter…. I have officially had it. I’m ready for warmer temps, daffodils, tulips, kids in shorts, tired dogs, horses with no blankets and open windows with Spring’s healing breezes trickling through.


For Japan With Love

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ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US).

French Themed Pillows

I just received my final order of pillows for the Flower Show from my seamstress. They are darling! I’m so excited. Birgitta does such a beautiful job sewing. The quality is top notch. I’m thrilled that I get the opportunity to collaborate with another woman in my community and benefit from her talent. Each pillow has an invisible zipper in the bottom seam with a removable insert. Many designs this year have a contrasting fabric backing allowing the pillows to be reversible!

Here is a little sneak preview. Some of these I only have one of, others are multiples. If you have your heart set on one of them and you won’t be attending the show email me and I can do a special order for you.

Vintage Paris Opera House Photo on Belgian Linen w/black fringe (1)

The Paris Hedge design on cotton with fringe.

le Chanticleer design on cotton with Floral trim and gingham backing.

Fleur de Lis Topiary on cotton with gingham trim.

Fabric samples for trims and pillow backings.


Hi, I'm Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed illustrations for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, aka Farmboy, my two children affectionately known as "La La" and "the Bean" and a small petting zoo of other family members.


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