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Chickens, Gypsy Wagons and Marriage Part 2

Today I have found the MOST Fabulous Friday Find ever. Ever, I tell you. OK, so it’s not jewelry or high fashion… but it could be supernatural.

Some of you may remember a post that I wrote last year titled: Chickens, Gypsy Wagons and Marriage. That is where it all begins. It tells the story of a charming wife’s (me) desire to talk her charming husband (Farmboy) into getting some charming chickens. He does not want to- to put it lightly. Somehow she manages to convince him that if they could buy this old gypsy wagon looking thing that she’s seen for years sitting out in a pasture it would make the perfect mobile hen house. Alas, when they went to look at it, it was gone and so were her dreams of chicken ownership. (The story is actually much more interesting and funny than this summary.)

My vision of the gypsy wagon hen coop.

But… today. Someone tweeted me a link. Do you see the irony? T w e e t e d me a link to a picture. It’s the best link I’ve ever been tweeted.  I nearly fainted when I saw the picture. I thought it was impossible. There may need to be some modifications… but what do you think?

I think I may have Farmboy on the run. This morning I instant messaged him and told him to sit down, take a deep breath and click on the link. His response was  “wow, just wow!” “It’s exactly what you thought of!” He’s on the run I tell you. The bargaining has begun… stay tuned. Happy Fabulous Find Friday!

Oooh La La… Paris Themed Cups

What a fabulous find! Could these cups be more perfect to pot a topiary in? As I have mentioned before, the theme for the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show this year is “Springtime in Paris”. Little drawings of Paris landmarks surround the cup featuring a larger sketch of the Eiffel Tower!

I will have a limited number of these cups potted with angel vine topiaries for the show. If you will be attending and would like to pre-order please let me know. They will be $38.00. I think I have a total of 18 cups.  I will have other topiaries as well (rosemary, euonymus and hopefully myrtle)  but I am just crazy about the way these little sweeties turned out.

I am really liking the way things are coming together for the show. It’s fun to have a theme to work with. Now… back to work! Happy Fabulous Find Friday!  Michelle  : )

La Contessa Jewelry

Oh, you will love this! I met Mary DeMarco designer and owner of La Contessa jewelry at the Philadelphia Flower Show a number of years ago. Botanical in theme and beautifully detailed, her work is right up my alley. Over the years I have purchased many goodies from her- for myself and as gifts for friends and family. Shown above are some of the pieces that I collected and wear often. Aren’t those rabbit earrings a trip!?

Hummingbirds, owls, squirrels, mermaids, butterflies, frogs, flowers and turtles are featured adorning her jewelry. One of the things that I find so lovely about Mary’s work is that the BACK of her pieces are also artfully detailed.

Two years ago I was looking for some salad servers and purchased a pair at La Contessa. I love them. They are pewter and each handle is sculpted with flowers and birds. The eyes of the large birds on the end have glistening stones. Every time I use them it makes me happy. Last year I picked up this matching coffee scoop. The inside of the scoop is a nest! Don’t you love that!? Delightful on a daily basis.

Pictured in the center above is a charming jewel studded butterfly and sunflower salt shaker. For more information on La Contessa visit their website. You will be so glad you did! Happy Fabulous Find Friday! : )

German Harvest Basket

For my gardening friends out there… you must have one of these baskets! I found mine at the Philadelphia Flower Show last spring and enjoyed using it all throughout the summer. I love it because you can rinse your veggies off out in the garden before bringing them in the house/kitchen. I was using a picnic basket before and all of the dirt came in with the veggies. Now, my veggies are dirt free, Baby. I also like the industrial look of this basket. Today it is in a chair in my kitchen in front of the french doors with green tomatoes ripening in the sunshine.

I cannot remember who I purchased this basket from at the show but they are available here. Enjoy and have a fabulous friday!

Rockport Harvest Festival & Brad Byrd

While Farmboy and I were on our annual Anniversary (17yrs!) Trip through New England last weekend… we came across a great Indie band playing the Rockport Harvest Festival in Rockport, MA. Brad Byrd: check them out at here.

It was cold and blustery but a cup of joe and their music was a great way to take in the day! Enjoy and have a Fab Friday!

Another Fabulous Find

I HAD to post about these boots. HAD to. Really. My pea green unlovely rubber farm boots sprung a leak last Spring. Curses. In CNY Spring and Fall are the mud season. Rubber boots are a necessity. I kid you not.

I have not thrown out my leaky boots but I did need a watertight alternative. Can you imagine my surprise when I received these kickin’ boots for my birthday from Farmboy and the kiddos. LOVE THEM. Because after all, cowboy boots NEVER go out of style. I can be having a bad hair day, don’t want to get out of bed day but put on some cowboy boots and put on a little attitude. Seriously.

Sometimes I need to wear a bit of attitude out to the garden. Something to remind me and the plants of who is in charge. Rubber gardening cowboy boots = in control. Fuzzy slippers and pajamas = not so much in charge. Wellies… politely in charge and plants will be deadheaded if they speak otherwise.

Are you in need of a boot pick me up… in the barn, in the garden, walking down the street? These little darlings will suit your fancy. And no, I have not been asked to do a review. I just like mine and thought you needed to know. They are available at Giddy Up!


Fabulous Find Friday

Have you ever been driving at break neck speed and seen a glimpse of something that you immediately know has a purpose in your life, your business, your something? Let me set the stage… 3 nine year old boys in the backseat of the car after a birthday party. One mentions that he is feeling like he is going to throw up… yep. You know that feeling, right? The one that says… “Nooo, please don’t hurl in the car!” Oh shoot, and me without a proper hurl receptacle.*  After a quick stop beside the road, I was a bit anxious to get him home but I promise I was not REALLY traveling at break neck speed… just don’t throw up in the backseat speed.

Zoom. What was that? What was that funky little cart thingy I saw out the corner of my eye as we passed. Hmmm. I’ll have to remember that.

Fast forward a week later as LaLa and I are coming home from the grocery store. “LaLa do you feel like going on an adventure?”  “Sure!” She is always game. I saw something the other day, I can’t remember where… let’s go see if we can find it. “Great!” she says.

So we retrace our tracks and I had almost given up. It’s not there.  LaLa the optimist encourages me that we will find it. I come up with number in my head of what I could offer if it is still there. Last turn back to the village and there it is. Fab.

The owner and I strike up a deal and I am now the proud owner of this funky soon to be flower/display cart. A fabulous find, I must say.

Isn’t it cute? Of course, I’m thinking “French flower cart” to display my wares at the Philly Flower Show 2011 since the theme is Springtime in Paris.

Some toile fabric for the shelves…

I still have some work to do but it’s coming nicely. Can you picture the top stacked with pots and rosemary, myrtle, and angel vine topiaries? Maybe some handcrafted soaps on the bottom shelf, sachets or wine bags in the middle with linen towels hanging on the bar? What fun! Have you had any fabulous finds lately? Do tell!

*If you are ever in a pinch with car sick child and no appropriate receptacle… grab the nearest umbrella and open it slightly. It makes a large sized bowl. Don’t ask me how I know… I just do. : ) Have a fabulous friday!



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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