Wednesday, June 19, 2013

penny for your thoughts

 I had a lovely visit with my blogger, friend Penny this afternoon.
She graciously invited me to her house for lunch, chat, and crafting ~
all on the beautiful back deck of her home. Penny has such a talent for
creating the most beautiful pots of flowers. I loved this fairy garden with the
creeping thyme.

These roses are stunning...

Look at this beautiful, creative display. Plants in a tote? Love it!

There's beauty all around her yard...

 We had a nice, light, healthy lunch of Boursin cheese and crackers,
fresh fruits and veggies, and Greek yogurt. All the food was arranged
just so on pretty platters ~ including these yummy desserts!

Penny is very crafty ~ and I'm not. She said we were going to do a
"little craft". I was hoping "little" was the key word there. She said we
were going to make lavender sachets. She had everything set out and all
I had to do was cut out the material and stuff it with polyester fiber and 
lavender buds. So far, so good. Until I got to the part where I had to do
a little sewing. Let's put it this attempts were pathetic and
Penny had to take over! And, she actually did so without laughing.

Here's the final product. Isn't it pretty? It smells so good, too.

If you're not familiar with Penny's blog - At Home in English Valley, go
pay this sweet, talented woman a visit!


  1. Your sachet turned out so pretty and lovely flowers!

    1. All credit to Penny - I am SO not crafty!

  2. What a wonderful day to spend with a friend. Her gardens and flowers are lovely.

    enjoy the scent of lavender!


  3. Melanie,
    Such a lovely afternoon with good company. These sachets are delicate and beautiful little mementos. I must say her garden is a delight and I noticed the little wheelbarrow in the fairy garden-ever so precious and whimsical.
    Thank you for sharing this happy, sweet and uplifting post-
    Sweet Hugs-

    1. And thank you for taking the time to read it and leave such a nice comment!

  4. It sounds like a wonderful afternoon! Your sachet turned out great. I am going to go check out your friend....with a name like Penny....she must be a kindred spirit!

    1. My sachet turned out great only because Penny did most of the work - and you're right, you have to meet another Penny!

  5. Dear Mel, You are too kind. When did you take all those photos? I might borrow one or two for my own post about our al fresco lunch. Getting to know you has been such a pleasure. Liking many of the same things is so exciting. Thank you for your kindness and especially your are a kindred spirit indeed! Love, Penny

    1. I took all the photos before we sat down to lunch and started talking! I agree that it's been wonderful getting to know each other. I will have to have you out to my house soon!

  6. The sachets turned out lovely. I love the smell of lavender.

    1. Me too, Magali. I have my sachet in my closet right now, freshening it up a bit.

  7. What a perfect afternoon! You know how I'd love a garden like that.

    1. It was indeed a perfect afternoon...

  8. This sounds like such a lovely time with Penny. Her garden is beautiful!
    Mary Alice

  9. How beautiful! I always love seeing gardens! Thanks so much for your visit, and I hope you have a great weekend!
    xo, Andrea


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