19 April 2011

Earth Day Gifts



It's Earth Day and around here, Mother Nature had her way with us early Saturday morning when a tornado blasted through our property. 

Our work is cut out for us with cleaning up dozens of fallen trees, limbs, and replanting our garden {not to mention spending the remaining Spring months with our favorite contractors}.  And it's going to take a lot more than these stylish gardening tools by Hermes to do the job.


But before our gardens were ravaged last weekend, on a snowy day earlier this year I made a petite peat pot Earth Day garden gift basket


Somerset Life had a "peat pot" challenge that perked up my interest so I got busy playing in my studio.  I love to garden ~ always have ~ and it was fun to get my hands dirty working on this whimsical little project.


With a six inch organic peat pot, I created a basket handle and a bow on each side of the pot using strips I cut from creamy white recycled embossed wall paper. 


I embellished each bow with a velvet millinery flower and ribbon.  Then I added some sparkly diamonds {rhinestones, really} around the top and bottom of the pot. 


The garden party began when I began filling the basket, starting with Spanish moss and adding some pretty garden "supplies" ~ a bunch of porcelain roses,


a wooden pencil, a tiny vintage glass vase ~ a treasure found in our back yard ~ with a ribbon and a charm,

small wooden plant stakes, a wooden spool of green grosgrain ribbon, and a vintage metal topiary gate medallion. 


Of course every gardener needs a notebook, so I made a tiny matchbook style booklet with the same embossed wall paper I used for the basket handle and bows, then hand stamped the words "N O T E S" in green on the front of the cover.


Tied off with a soft olive green velvet ribbon and a key {to the garden gate} with some charms, my "Earth Day Garden Gift Basket" was complete.



Happy Earth Day to you
Take care of it.  It's the only one we have.


Ciao amici,
Suzanne

3 comments:

Sandy Donn said...

It was a nervous day across the south and I'm so sorry for your misfortune. . .we always think it happens to others. Sending best wishes and good thoughts towards the complete recovery from the damaging tornado.

Italian Girl in Georgia said...

I thank you for your kind words. I hope you all were safe in NC. I know it hit there the worst.

Now I am off to visit your blog!

Thanks for stopping by.

Ciao,
Suzanne

Fleur de Bee said...

EEK! How darling is this!!! You are too creative! Beautiful! xo

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