Fall Décor‎

Before –

Before

After –

After

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air. Fall has arrived. Behold the changing leaves, and enjoy the crisp breeze. Let your eyes take in the bursts of color and beware that transformation is afoot and hope is in the air. ~ H. Thompson Barnhart III, P.S. Grandma Says

Advertisements

My Most Beautiful Masterpiece

One of the famous quotes from Claude Monet is “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”. Here is mine. My mother had a great garden while growing up in the most amazing mountains of Western Ghats, Kodaikanal in India. She had beans, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, potatoes, and about a million rose plants. Life took us to the busiest cities in the world – Chennai, and Bangalore. My mother moved on to container gardening. I’m grateful for the small yard in the traditional row houses of Philly as I moved in with my husband after wedding. As much as I love snow, I was waiting for spring. I had my stock of indoor container plants long before that – Golden Pothos, Chinese Money Tree, Lucky Bamboo, succulents that I picked up in Philadelphia Flower Show 2015, and the Key Lime and Valencia Orange dwarf trees as a Valentine’s Day gift from my husband 😉

I started with the Garden Tenders training by PHS in March of this year as I really want to understand gardening from northeastern to tropical style. They also gave me some seeds to start – I picked up broccoli, spinach, onions – all organic ones. My style is organic and self-sustaining. It took me a while to start gardening as I got busy with the kitchen remodeling and started on first week of May, slowly digging working next to my husband. It was back breaking but at the same time loads of fun too. I bought the $1 stepping stones from Dollar Tree to mark the boundary for the garden. I also got some cute decoration as they say bright shiny objects ward off birds. Stuck plastic cutleries to shoo neighborhood cats. Planted the seeds from PHS Garden Tenders and added strawberry patch, blueberry bushes in containers. Moved my container trees out to bask in the bright sunlight and gentle spring showers. There are some valuable lessons learnt from internet too – citrus peels and moth ball in plastic containers with holes will deter cats from using my evergreen shrubs as their bathroom. I took the “shiny objects” lesson seriously – got the Slinky Wheels for $1, put some metallic streamers to avoid birds, later added balloons learning and improvising as I go – spending frugally at the same time ecofriendly measures to grow garden. Here is my masterpiece.

Garden

Garden

Vegetables

Vegetables

Fenugreek

Fenugreek and Green Chili

Containers

Key Lime, Valencia Orange, Bluberries

Bless

Bless this Garden

Couple

Cute Frog Couple

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” ― Claude Monet

Red, White, and Blue

You got to honor 4th of July especially in Philadelphia. There is no fun in buying wreaths so I made one 🙂 I get carried away easily at Michaels or Jo Ann. I can be all over and have this innate feeling of wanting every single thing in there. My husband was carrying burlap, paper stars, glitter, pins, glue, yarn, and several assorted things that didn’t make sense together. After 40 minutes of walking, I finally decided to keep it simple. I got this foam wreath base, blue streamers, red and white metallic papers, Americana star, and pins of course. I could put the wreath together after dinner while my husband was doing dishes 🙂

Independence Day

Independence Day

My husband is the BEST in the whole wide world!!!

Painting the Door Red

I really wanted to get my hands on the door since our wedding last December. Unforgiving snow and freezing cold stopped me from jumping on to it. Here comes the spring and here is the door.

red-door golden-door

While thinking of colors, I was immediately drawn to red. I looked up to find red door has profound significance in different cultures. After learning the meaning, I was hooked on to red door.

China – Tradition of painting red on front door before New Year is to invite good luck and tradition to home. Also in Feng Shui, the front door is known as the “Mouth of Chi” where energy enters and painting the front door red will create welcoming energy of opportunities and abundance.

Ireland – A red door is believed to ward off ghosts or evil spirits.

Scotland – Homeowners paint their front door red to proclaim the happy news that they have paid off their mortgage.

Bible – References in Old Testament says smearing blood of a lamb on the front doors to protect their first born from the angel of death. In old Catholicism, red door on the church represents the blood of Christ. Passing through the red door means sanctuary and that you were on holy ground. Some Protestant and most Lutheran churches also painted church doors red to identify them as part of the “reformation”.

Hinduism – Goddess Sakthi is symbolized in red color and she means action and happening. Temples were painted white and red to denote Shiva-Sakthi union.

America – In good old America, a red door is a sign of welcome to the passing horse and buggy traveler. They would know that the home is a place where they could rest.

Above all, I read Einstein painted his door red so as to remember his home. I seemed to like all the symbolisms. To add a quaint touch of Indian, I painted the storm door bars golden. To signify our union, American flag flies cheerfully in Indian gold door 🙂 Home, sweet home!