Category Archives: garden

Balanced Universe

A study of bees amongst the Sulphur Cosmos one late afternoon at le homestead…


The word Cosmos is derived from the Greek, which means a balanced universe.


That’s a lovely sentiment for these blooms as they are so low-maintenance; a counter balance to the hard work the rest of le gardens require.


They simply return every year, warmly received by grateful bees and humans.


“For bees, the flower is the fountain of life, for flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” ~Kahlil Gibran



Sunflower Tribe

It’s all about the Zinnias around le homestead. Did you know Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family? Must be why they are a favorite of mine. I like that…Sunflower Tribe! I now christen my fans “Sunflower Tribe.” This is an Illumination Zinnia grown from seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Illumination Zinnia by OliveLoaf Design

{Photo: OliveLoaf Design}

Country Living Fair

Scenes from the Country Living Magazine Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee this past weekend.  Such a wonderful way to see many amazing treasures by talented craftspeople and artisans…


The fabulous Valerie Weberpal of Harvest Moon Designs and her quirky creations.


The only affordable items at the Antique Archaeology booth ☺


We Went That Way…


Adorable Knick-Knack Displays…


Gypsy Carousel

A Plethora of Vintage Dishwares…

Vintage Dishes

Platter of Knives

Delish Fried Green Tomatoes & the Charming Push-Pop Truck of Meltdown from Bowling Green, KY

CLF Food

Clever Flower Presentations…

Clever Flower Storage

Delightful Things…

Delightful Things

Delightful Things Two

Upholstered Taxidermy

Laurie Meseroll Art

Endless Handmade Splendor…

Handmade Splendor

Colorful Pillows

Make A Wish

Country Chic…

Country Chic

Earth Angels


Lola the Mini Pig was not posing for the paparazzi…


The Pursuit of Pretty…


Rock On

lost summer too

Wow! Where did August and September go? I was so busy with gardening and crafting and working on orders that I completely neglected le blog. {sigh}  Well, in hopes of catching up – here’s a photo collage of the missing months. Enjoy!

lost & found summer

Scenes {from my lost blogging month!} from Summer at Le Homestead and around Kentucky…



Please pull weeds

Wow, more than a month since my last post!? {Time flies when you’re busy in the garden.}

Please Pull Weeds by OliveLoaf Design
Please Pull Weeds by OliveLoaf Design

I had a rainy day=Craft Day last week and whipped up this little helpful sign. I snagged a piece of crappy scrap wood from Mr. D’s stash and sanded it shabby-smooth. I used a piece of found driftwood, floral wire, acrylic paint and colored pencils.

Now I’m going to pretend I’m not home. ☺

May Day 2014

Happy May Day! Ah, Spring is upon us here at Le Homestead. Nothing inspires me more that walking outside at sunrise and finding new flora and fauna blooming. ..

Cue the Dogwoods by OliveLoaf Design
Cue the Dogwoods

These lilacs have been a labor of love – the labor of moving them around several times to find the right spot to help them grow…for the love of the intoxicating fragrance {don’t you wish this was smell-o-vision?}.

Lilacs in Bloom by OliveLoaf Design
Lilacs in Bloom

The irises we have at Le Homestead were transplanted 6 years ago with nothing but green foliage year after year. Finally, after expert gardener tips and moving to a new spot – this year they are blooming. This particular specimen bloomed inside as pesky snails chomped its stem.

Yellow Iris by OliveLoaf Design
Long Awaited Iris in Yellow

Snow peas begin their climb. I’ve been crafting rustic garden markers from re-purposed wooden lattice, dowels, acrylic paint and paint markers.

Snow Peas by OliveLoaf Design
Grow Peas