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Monday, July 21, 2014

New Products in the Art Supply Shop

Our art supply shop is expanding! We now carry a selection of Golden Fluid Acrylics, Gessoboard (both plain and cradled), Holbein Extra Fine Artists Oil Color, Derwent's Inktense Blocks and Pencils, and watercolor sketch books.

As artist's also get hungry, we also carry Liz Lovely Gluten-Free cookies! These cookies are so delicious, even if you don't need to be gluten-free. My favorite is the Ginger Snapdragons!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Around and About at the Inn

I always enjoy walks around the inn to discover what new flowers are blooming.

I finally got the planter boxes planted with flowers. Spring was so late in coming and then zipped by so fast and into summer that somehow the planter boxes were neglected in favor of rose and tree planting.

Here we have some petunias and some plant that I grabbed when the clerk at the nursey said "get one more 4 pack and all the 4 packs will be cheaper." I think it might be some sort of daisy. We'll see once it blooms.

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The side carriage house garden is coming along nicely, but its full color is yet to come in the summer with all the coneflowers. The butterfly bush in the center is once again "playing dead." It may in fact be dead, but the last time it looked like this I cut it way back in preparation of pulling it out, but then it started to sprout new growth. So I've done that again, cutting it back to short stumps, and if there is no signs of life, I'll dig it out next spring and put in something else.

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This is the New Dawn climbing rose along the flowering fence that we put in 2 years ago. It is just covered with pale pink blooms that have a lovely light fragrance.

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The climatis are doing really well in their 2nd year, too.

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This year I have all orange marigolds in the side lawn herb garden.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flowers Abound

We are already deep into our workshop season with the painting and fiber/art quilt workshops, but we still take time to stop and enjoy the flowers that blooming in profusion all over the property.

We had a week of rain followed by a week of bright sunny weather that has really shifted the plants, vines, and trees in to high growing gear.

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All that flower admiring is making me hungry! Here is a nice bowl of our house-made granola topped off with lots of fresh fruit that is always available for breakfast. Yum!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring is a Time for Change

Spring was a long time coming this year, so when the weather finally started to warm, like many I was struck with the urge to get to the closest nursery to buy some new plants for the garden!

Not planted this spring, but flowering for the first time are the gorgeous Muriel tulips, which my mother (who's name is Muriel) gave me for my birthday.

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We also planted two pear trees in the front lawn. Pear trees are such lovely trees, with their shiny leaves, and if we happen to get some pears to eat, too, so much the better.

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The next major change was to the front porch garden. There use to be this big ugly shrub there. It was yanked out and in its place we planted three David Austin roses. The area surrounding the roses will be filled in with more perennials when I decide what they will be.

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On the other side of the front porch garden, we planted another rose bush, along with some foxgloves, hollyhock, delphinium, and some "Dalmatian" flowers. Also coming up in this area are more of the Muriel tulips that I planted last Fall.

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Mean while in the back yard, the flowering fence is being filled in with sprouting climatis and climbing roses.

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The pool is sparkling and ready to be open for Memorial Day.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Room 2 - New Quilts

Another room outfitted in quilts I have made! This time it is Room 2, which is in the Main Inn on the second floor. It has a queen bed and a twin bed, so I made "matching" quilts using a star-in-a-square block. I do the design, piecing, and binding and then the quilting was done by long arm quilter, Karen Gibbs.

Here is a look around the room:

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Looking Back to 1905

The Greenville Arms 1889 Inn was built in 1889 by William S Vanderbilt as a second residence for his family. He also had a house in New York City, where he served as treasurer of the Knickerbocker Trust Company.

Here is the house in 1905 (the one to the back right) . . .

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And here it is in 2005 . . .

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wee Forest Folk Retirement List for 2014

As you may know, we carry the adorable Wee Forest Folk collectable figures in our gift shop at the inn. Every year some of these figures are retired from the line - making them even more collectable!

This is the list of figures retired in 2014. We have many of these still able in our shop inventory. You have to see them in person to really appreciate the incredible fine detail of each figure! They are such fun to look and always bring a smile to my face. Even if you are not a die hard collector (and I know a few!), they make a charming gift for any occasion.

2014 RetiredWee Forest Folk® is a small family business in Massachusetts that has been crafting these delightful miniatures for 40 years!