Beverly Parkison aka Lateblooming Designs

Posts tagged ‘Country living’

Winter Gardening

It is so cold outside. Nine ((9)degrees this morning and while this isn’t as cold as up North it is plenty cold for the South. Here in Mississippi we just can’t function in cold and snow that turns to slick ice. I am fortunate enough not to have to travel any further than the mail box at the end of the drive or down the hill ( which I haven’t attempted yet) to check on the other generation ( my parents).

So while it is attempting to warm up a bit my gardening is indoors with paper crafting. My order fron Elizabeth Craft came in and oh goodness it was full of such fun stuff. This just doesn’t get any better. Well ….my attempt will get better but I mean the designs from Susans’s Garden. She is so precise in her rendition of all these flowers. Susan has a real love for getting it right. It has been fun.

First off…A good friend has a birthday coming up so this was made in her honor.DSCN2078


*Garden Notes-Black-Eyed Susan  *Garden Notes- Ladder Fern  *Garden Notes- Berry Spray  * ECD- Little Words That Mean A Lot

* Spellbinders Vintage Elegance ( background design )   * washi tape

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Only Time Will Tell

Well…..I knew it would be bad but only time will tell if she is able to pull herself out of this . The hoop (green ) house isn’t heated and it must have gotten awfully low on those cold nights.Even in cold weather the house can reach 90 degrees or better on a sunny day but even I can tell she took a real bump.But before the temps dropping for the second day I did harvest the remaining fruit. Total 37 lemons. And this was after selling a couple of dozen and giving away to family at least 2 doz and freezing a couple doz. for my self. Was this her ” last Hoorah”> Time will tell.


Treelady’s Nursery

This is it. The most delightful plant nursery to visit I’ve ever been too. It is back in the woods off of a gravel road. Quite and peaceful and you just want to sit a spell, drink a cup of herb tea and listen to the birds and the bees. Yes there are bees so beware. That is why everything looks so good.Bees pollinating the flowers and fruit treesand making that honey you will see for sale in the shop. Lots of good stuff here. Handmade soap and personal care products ,hand stitched items as well as handmade greeting cards. The plants are beautiful, well cared for and well…those of you close by need to visit. You will be glad you did.

More ‘ladies’ dancing in the breeze.

These are in my Mothers yard. See…you never know where they will come up


STOP: Don’t Mow

It is that time of the year when we need to mow ankle deep grass but don’t dare disturb the new growth of surprise lilies. They show up over night and are such a pleasant surprise. The most beautiful coral-red color, which looks faided out in the pictures but trust me….they are grand.



Sorry about the poor photo. Once while in high school I was blessed to have a dress this same color. It really is bright and well…can you tell I love this flower? Look them up…these pictures don’t do them justice. Nerine Bowdenll (maybe)is the official name…around here every one calls them naked ladies.( the leaves don’t show up until after the grand show is over.) Enjoy Your weekend.Maybe I will get a better picuture before they are gone.DSCN1986


Everything at once


The month of Feb. was full. First there was the On line Watercolor Class for Card Makers…Intermediate Techniques. Really good information and good examples of the teaching principals. Then there was the Gratitude 52sketchbook project by Jennifer Frith that confirms  up to this point why I don’t scrapbook. It has been enlightening and thought provoking  just not my thing. Only proud of a couple of pages so far. Maybe it ,or, I will get better as we go. Next was Sandy Allnock’s Paintalong. Now I know I really need better supplies. Boy…my wish list at Simon Says and Ellen Hutson ( or is it Hudson) is growing.  Now it’s time for the Butterfly drop.

What is the butterfly drop? Awhile back Dina Kowal was ask to paint a butterfly for  the Butterflyeffectbethechange  organization. Of course her butterfly was beautiful as is all of her artistic creations. I thought…why not give it a try… so after getting in touch they sent me a blank wooden butterfly to paint, hide and let someone find  (hopefully) and then have $250. donated to the charity of their choice.  Next weekend is the drop. More information will be in the local newspaper on March 10 and the drop will be on March 12. I will post early clues on this blog on that day. Here is a picture of my creation.DSCN1497 Good luck to all who go for it and please let me know who you are.

Now…remember…This is the day the Lord made…rejoice and be glad.


Still learning?????

This blog has been on going for awhile, just hasn’t gotten of the ground.  Why is my text repeating it’s self over and over? So lets try this again…..

Like I’ve said before life keeps getting in the way of progress here. I get started then bam…something calls me away. Like…before Thanksgiving when my DH had a heart issue and had to have two stents put in. Then he had to have extensive oral surgery to get ready for  heart surgery that the Dr.s have now decided is to dangerous. Which is fine since we weren’t really looking forward to that.  Meds and life change is working out pretty well. Still some problems but hopefully the future will take care of that.

Our new granddaughter was born on Dec, 6. Just as pretty as her other sisters and her brother. Yes 4 under 4.  Busy family but fun fun fun.

Several weeks ago, or maybe a month or so , time flies, our herd bull passed away. This is Tank…

Tank on the ground

Tank on the ground

New man on the ground at Journey End Farm. The girls are happy, he is happy with all the girls and we are looking forward to his babies coming someday. Our grandson announced he wants a bull but he want him to have horns and be either green or yellow. Lol.   No horns thank you.

First try

First tryNew

Learning something new. I have been very interested in Chameleon Blends pens. They are kinda pricey but so are the other options. There is a learning curve but so far I kinda like them and we will see if I order more. Being refillable is a plus. This card is my first attempt. Simple. The next picture is the inside which has a book mark. Sorry the sentiment doesn’t show .

Book mark

Book mark

Valentine candy box

Valentine candy box

This box is what I gave my son’s and DnL’s for Valentines. Good ole chocolate inside of course. Having recently discovered Lia Griffith I am learning how to make her beautiful paper flowers. Hers are so pretty and so real looking. the rose is my first attempt but I will make more. You can find her at .  All of her paper crafting is so nice. Not just paper but of course I am drawn to the paper.

Thank you

Thank you

We have a sweet friend who has been under the weather, which is no place to be, and since Teal is her favorite color …well…this designer paper just cried out to me for her.  She is better and I do hope she has a need for Thank You cards. Don’t we all at times?

Card box

Card box

Of course cards requires a gift box and yes the best things in life aren’t things at all.


Please let me know if you stumble upon this blog.   Any one interested in my fun thing can get in touch and let me know. I would love to introduce you to paper crafting , or farm life as we know it.  Until next time…Remember…This is the day the Lord made…Rejoice! (even if it is too cold to be happy about much except Spring which is just around the corner)