Well, let me tell you the month of January has simply flown by. I am headed full swing into the NW Flower & Garden show with Plantswoman Design Inc. Tomorrow the crew heads into the Convention Center to start installation of the PWD display garden Terra Cadence: The Rhythm of the Earth. It will be a sprint to finish on Monday but the PWD crew is experienced and efficient so, even though it can be stressful, they will knock it out of the park for sure.
Among the many items I’ve been working on for the garden show I get to put together a little prize for PWD’s social media followers. As I talked with Susan we wanted to be able to have quite a few prizes available at minimal cost that supports the goals for the business in the coming year. Enter Territorial Seed Company… Susan has ordered seeds for her vegetable garden from Territorial for awhile now and we will be exploring more topics on growing food on her blog this coming year so it seemed like a perfect fit. One of the great things about the Garden Show is the inspiration you can walk away with. So, we looked for items that would provide inspiration to PWD followers and decided on lettuce pellets. Yeah, I know, lettuce pellets doesn’t sound amazing but they are, they really are! In each little bb sized pellet has a mix of lettuces (like the kind of mixes you find in a bag at your grocery store) that you can put in a pot or the ground and have a lovely spot of fresh lettuce for your dinner table.
Here’s what I did… Because the show garden will have birch wood trees so when I saw these birch wood paper straws, from Garnish, I knew they would work perfectly for this project. I cut them in half and loaded 3 seed pellets a piece into the straws and crimped the end with my finger. Then I created a little postcard size information card with a message to our followers, contact info, and a web address to Territorial Seed Company for additional information on their seed treasure. I used some washi tape I found at Paper Source to adhere the straw to the postcard.
The final result is fabulous! So now when one of PWD’s loyal online followers say they follow PWD they will get one of these little prizes to enjoy this spring. Are you headed to the show? Hop online and like Plantswoman Design and you too can have one of these little treasures.
Hello friends! It’s been a while since my last post, I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. As you may or may not know, I help manage a blog for the Koh-Varilla Guild here in Chicago. The guild is a husband and wife team of amazing sculptors and it’s been such a privilege to work with them over the past four months or so. While I was working on their post for MLK day I was so struck by one of their images I just had to share it with you (you can read their whole post HERE).
This image is part of a series of bas-relief panels that make up the pedestal that supports an 8ft sculpture of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. in his minister’s robes. As I was editing their post I just had to stop and study this photo. I’m struck by her presence in this situation (the original photo was taken by Flip Schulke during Dr. King’s funeral). When I think through what I’ve learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the events surrounding that tumultuous time I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about Mrs. King and the role she had as Dr. King’s wife. As a pastor’s wife myself I know what it’s like to share my husband with the congregation and I am learning how to support my husband when it starts to feel like the congregation gets the best parts of him and I get the “left overs”. We are learning how to support each other when there is never enough time or energy to sit down and have a heart to heart conversation. This takes a large amount of trust which we are learning to give to one another. Having said all that my heart jumps into my throat and tears to my eyes when I think of being in Mrs. King’s place. I’ve never had to share my husband with a movement bigger than a building campaign. I can not even begin to imagine a situation in which I would find myself in her shoes. So, as we observe Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I remember and am thankful for the pastor’s wives who have stayed the course and gone before me. For those who stood strong in the face of such adversity and those who are learning how to stand in such unimaginable circumstances. The next time you see your pastor’s wife be sure to give her a hug, because the truth is she is likely doing a lot to support your church. Even if she isn’t heading up a committee, sitting in the front row every time her husband preaches or at the church anytime the doors are open, there is a lot going on behind the scenes the general public doesn’t know about.