Staring at my new landscaping. Wow. I actually have plants in all the beds now. And I'm using new words like ligustrum, loropetalum, and spirea. I finally just contracted the work out and it was a wonderful experience. My husband and I built this house twelve years ago. And in that time we have done practically nothing beyond maintain the minimum landscaping provided by the builder. We've sporadically planted a few things with varying degrees of success. Mostly failure. So having all the front beds redone this past week was huge for me. Huge. My neighbors must be so glad. My favorite is the little sitting area I now have near the front door. Needs a couple of pumpkins. And Oracio left me a little cushiony dirt bed to plant some pansies. So. I guess I need to do that. Plant some flowers. I can do this.
If you are in the Atlanta metro south, I highly recommend Oracio Magana (404-503-1010). He did a wonderful job for a very affordable price, and I am now pooling more money so I can get his ideas for the back yard too.
Also I'm staring intermittently at the heap of ticking on the floor, trying to will myself to finish the chair cushions. Hasn't happened yet.
Staring is heavily involved in making these too. I stare at my felt stash. I stare at the pieces I cut. I rearrange and then stare some more. Squinting is also part of the process. I'm not exactly sure how that helps, but I do it a lot.