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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Challenge Taken. Part 1: The Bike, the Cream Can and the Tree.

A while back, Grammie  (my Mom for those who are not familiar with this site yet)  decided that Tootsie needed to put some business cards for Tootsie Time on the counter at the store she owns, so that people can see this site.

I made some up and set them on the counter for her customers to pick up as they paid for their shoes, and that is where today’s story will begin.

A little more than a week ago, a regular customer, and VERY nice lady was in buying a pair of shoes.  ( we will refer to her and her hubby as Mr. and Mrs. P )  She picked up my Tootsie Time card and took it home.  That evening, she had a little bit of spare time, so she decided to take a peek at what goes on here!   As it turns out, she loved what she saw enough to email me and ask me to come out and “Tootsie” up the joint a bit!  Needless to say, I graciously accepted.

A few days after her email, I drove myself out to the family farm where she and her husband live.   We met, chatted and toured around their home site, discussing a few areas that she would like me to Tootsify.   Normally being asked to do my thing in someone else’s yard is a huge undertaking, but it is not it the challenge of my skills that this task was going to be.  Mrs. P wants me to Tootsie around in her yard, wants her “junk” placed into vignettes that I am to create, she and wants it all low maintenance…with no flowers.  
Did she say NO FLOWERS?????   


How on earth am I going to pull this off with NO FLOWERS???

Never in history has there been a Tootsie project done that didn’t include flowers!!!

This is a beautiful yard.  Simple, Mature and very clean.  There are a million beautiful little spots that could become fabulous here!   Mrs. P has chosen just a few of these special areas to be spruced up…just a little.  This tree line is one of those spaces. 

During my tour of the yard, Mrs. P showed me her stash of special “junk” that she had saved over the years.  There were old windows, antique cream cans, little nick- naks and best of all…her pride and joy…a lovely old bicycle.   I was instantly inspired to get busy!

The next morning bright and early I got myself out of town and onto the hi-way to begin my new project.   I had lots of time to collect my thoughts on the way there because it is approximately 40 minutes from home.   This was perfect…I could make a bit more of a plan on the way there.   There is just one little thing I am very nervous about…HOW on earth will I make this work with NO FLOWERS????

I arrived…and was instantly greeted by a very excited Mrs.P.   She could hardly wait to add a little bit of new interest to her yard spaces!   She chatted a little bit and then I went off to do my “thing”

This yard is rather large…and I needed to make some pretty happen along the drive way up to the house…as she was concerned that it was too “boring”.  

I got into the shed where the “good stuff” was stored…and pulled that wonderful old bike out.   Mrs. P adores her old bike.  She really wanted it to stand out and have a special place in the garden.   Fortunately, I have a big imagination, and a plan already formulated.   I dragged the old bike down from the back of the yard all the way to the beginning of the drive way, stood back and looked at where I originally wanted to put it…and HATED IT!

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I wanted to place it here!   Under a tree!   I looked horrible there!   Think Tootsie …THINK!   As I stood there looking at the bike, trying to realize a new plan, I looked to my right…and saw the most beautiful spot.

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What a beautiful old tree!!!   The dappled shade and all the surrounding shrubs and trees make this space PERFECT for the wonderful old bicycle!   I literally was giddy with excitement!  It is a darned good thing Mrs. P was busy doing other things, she would have thought me insane with the way I was talking to myself!

I grabbed the bike…placed it up against the tree…and zipped myself up to the back of the yard for some more “junk” and a piece of firewood I spotted in the wood shed during my tour.
Ta-Da!!!!   This is what I ended up with!   I added the cream can, old wooden pot, and that tree stump.   I also raided another area of the  yard for a few maiden hair ferns.   I LOVE IT!!!!  The ambiance of this area is perfect to just BE.   So…

I added a chair!

Now that’s more like it!

I just needed to talk Mrs. P into a few flowers…just a couple…and I will be finished here.

Even if she says no to the flowers, This space will still be wonderful…but…I am Tootsie…and Tootsie NEEDS flowers, like she needs air…so…I offered a few small flowers…and…

She graciously accepted.


That was close..ha ha…  Not as many flowers as I usually add to things, but hey…it’s a start.   I will eventually turn this sweet lady into a flower fiend like me!  

Mrs. P LOVES the little vignette!

If you are wondering what the bright green rectangle off to the upper right of the photo is, it is a little touch of humor that we added from her stash of things she wanted to use in the garden.

Isn’t it cute?   It just added a little fun to this space.

I love the feeling this space gives as one looks at it. 

Peaceful, Graceful, Calm…just what Mrs. P wanted!

So far so good…I managed to Tootsie with almost no flowers…

Off to the next space in the yard!

What ever did I do here?  

Stay tuned…I will reveal the Tootsi-fied look tomorrow!

What?   You didn’t think I was going to share it all today did you???   What fun would that be?  :) 

Thanks for popping in today…I can’t hardly wait to share what this little space looks like after I played with it!   See you here tomorrow…!

Until Next Time…Happy Gardening!

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Larry said...

A challenge for you Tootsie and an opportunity to stretch and grow in a new direction! Good job... while I love flowers in bloom as well, dealing with textures, and foliage colors is also a hoot and the addition of 'objets d'art' is an entire dimension that's just plain fun! Larry

Carol said...

I agree with you how could one not want any flowers, but I guess not everyone is a flower addict like me! Maybe you can get her hooked too. Looking good so far! Have a great week. Carol

La Petite Gallery said...

Hey Tootsie!!!!
Maybe she needs a Fairy house?
No flowers not even Hydrangeas?
You did a great job, it was a

Be well love to the kiddies

Sonia said...

How pretty! I am so wanting an old bike now that I can pretty up! I posted one that was in front of a shop in Texas...baskets full of flowers...I like the way you have leaned that one against the tree and decorated around it...what a nice place to sit! Can't wait to see what you do next!
Miss Bloomers

deb said...

You have the perfect eye for amazing vignettes...even without flowers!!! (well, just a few ;) )LOL So happy for you. Looks like your business is expanding into another area! Can't wait to see what you do next.

siteseer said...

wish you lived in Michigan... I'd hire you in a minute!! Love the area you completed so far.

Tootsie said...

I was so lucky to have been hired by these people. They are absolutely the sweetest couple! I really enjoyed working with and for them both! It also does make me so happy to know how much Mrs. P Loves what I did!

Anonymous said...

That grouping looks great. Looking forward to seeing more ...

Jenny said...

You did such a great job! I love it & I love the little sign. Though at my house it should read a 'wife' should never plant a garden bigger than her 'husband' can take care of. My poor man seems to get roped into doing more in the garden than he wants to do.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You did a wonderful job with pieces she had in her stash and got to plant a bit of color too. :-) Hurray for you.


Anonymous said...

You did a great job there. I am still in shock over the no flowers rule and am glad you were able to sneak some in. I guess it takes all kinds, but I cannot imagine how boring life would be with no flowers.