Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Distressed Vanity

Photo by Jody Gabara

We found this vanity at a garage sale and decided to use it in the house for a display of our country dishes. I painted it with a distressed look and added some French material to the seat. 


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Baby Birds

Photo by Stan Gabara
We couldn't resist yesterday taking these photos of the mother feeding one of her babies. They are getting so loud now and we know it's about time they will be leaving their nest. It's been a National Geographic moment.

Photo by Jody Gabara


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Birds in the Garden

Photos by Jody Gabara

Everyday in our garden is a new surprise. We saw a mother feeding her babies today.



Sunday, May 22, 2011


Photo by Jody Gabara
Found this teapot at a swap meet and attached a brooch to it for some whimsy. Now it holds my jute and scissors.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mosaic Desk

Photo by Jody Gabara

This was an old desk that I thought would look good with a mosaic design.  I bought plates at garage sales and thrift stores.  I loved the way it turned out.  What do you think?
Photo by Jody Gabara

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Photo by Stan Gabara

Statues give you that old world look when aged. The longer they're outside, they will start to grow moss on them. Your garden will take on that mediterranean design.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stamped Pots

Photo by Stan Gabara

These are biodegradable seed starting pots. I stamped them until I am ready to use them. Just put soil, then seeds and when it's time to transplant, set pot in ground. They're made of peat and wood fiber. They come in all different sizes, the perfect choice for all your seedlings.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Picket Fence Table

Photo by Stan Gabara

Stan designed this potting table in my flower garden, I use it all the time. He added tiles for the trim. He made me the bench for a birthday present about 15 years ago. The birdhouses was a great touch.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Photo by Stan Gabara

I found this welcome sign about 10 years ago. I can't believe how long it has lasted outside. It is on our trail up to the miniature garden. It was a great find.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Photo by Jody Gabara

The ixia flowers looked beautiful this year. Next to the bowl of pine cones looked like a great photo.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Photo by Stan Gabara

Hope you all enjoy this day with good food, friends and family!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Plant Tags

Photo by Jody Gabara

My sister Charmaine thought of this idea. After I painted the markers, I glued on the scrabble letters. It's a fun and simple project for the garden or as a gift. This could be a little present for "Mothers Day". Scrabble anyone?

Friday, May 6, 2011


Photo by Stan Gabara

Stan took this photo yesterday in the morning when the fog in San Diego was so thick. The cob web patterns on the mobile added to the illusion of spinning.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Garden Fairies

Photo by Jody Gabara

When decorating with your garden fairies, they don't have to be used only outside. I found these cute little domes and thought under a bigger dome would be just the right display in the kitchen window...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Photo by Jody Gabara

Mirrors add an illusion of depth when needed. In small areas of your backyard, it can add an element of surprise. It makes me think of "Alice in Wonderland and the Looking Glass".

Photo by Jody Gabara

You can also add garland and collectables around it to reflect a garden home.                                              

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bird Cage

Photo by Jody Gabara
I went to Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar and they had displayed their bird cages with empty pots. I thought it was a clever idea. Sometimes they have plants in them but, then you have to water. If your bird cage is hard to reach, this is a perfect solution.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day

Photo by Jody Gabara
May Day is a celebration of spring. Surprise a neighbor with flowers from your garden!

Water Features

Photo by Stan Gabara
We had gone to a garden show and saw a similar fountain there. It  inspired Stan to make it out of copper and brass and he pounded leaves to have it cascade down. At night, it sounds like we're next to a river.
Photo by Stan Gabara
Having a water feature in your backyard adds a relaxing atmosphere and gives you a place to escape.                
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