We Texans are a different breed. We hibernate during the summer, and only start shaking it off around mid-September when the temperatures drop.
I love this time of year – it’s easier to imagine starting a garden when temperatures finally hover around the 80s and 90s. Sure, the planting season is pretty much over. But that doesn’t mean I can’t start planning for spring!
I’ve lived in my first House With A Yard for almost 4 years now, with very little to show for my gardening efforts. Granted, the yard has a slightly higher Grass-to-Weed ratio than when we first moved in, so that’s nice. And the Rose Bush I planted hasn’t died. (Win!). But my Hydrangea is the same size as she was 3 years ago (??!?), my beds are full of weeds, and I killed the container garden my wife tried to cheer me up with. That wasn’t awesome.
But! I remain undaunted! …because with every spectacular failure comes a little more insight. If I keep at it, I figure I’ll be a veritable trove of botanical knowledge in no time!
One of the things that has amazed me most about this crazy entrepreneurial adventure has been that my shop seems to be taking on a life and direction of its own. Making the decision to follow my muse wherever she might take me was a terrifying act of courage. Looking forward, guessing at what to do next was like stumbling through a fog, holding up a lantern. However well intentioned the light might have seemed, it just ended up casting glare and causing confusion. It is by looking back at my creations and actions that I’ve started to see the common thread.
I’ve always found inspiration and solace in nature, and create an eclectic and sometimes unusual personal style. I believe that the world is a magical and wondrous place, and love imagining that Wee Folk and Fairies are all around. Bit by bit, that’s really starting to show in my creations, and I really like the result. These are a few of the products in my shop of which I am most proud.
We’ve established Fall is my Favourite, yes?
If you follow the simple living movement at all, you’ve probably heard of Tiny Homes. It’s actually a brilliant solution to the perfect storm of a depressed economy, increased cost of living, and a desire to live with less. Instead of sinking a huge percentage of their income into a mortgage on a house that’s too big for their needs, a growing part of the population are spending about $10k to build a 200-sq-ft house on wheels.
What you might NOT have heard about are Vardos.
Romani Gypsies wrote the book on small living in portable homes, sadly because they were frequently driven out of town due to social prejudice. Because of their nomadic life, many turned horse-drawn wagons into their homes – but being on the move didn’t have to mean a life of privation. Just like in any other culture, these wagon homes became a symbol of status – the more ornate, the more colourful, the better.
I’m not sure which came first, but there is a Vardo building movement as well. Some people use them as back yard studios, some as camper trailers. Building a Vardo is on my bucket list for sure. Have you ever seen anything so delightful?