The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

Holy cow y’all !!!  What the heck happened to June???  I’ll tell ya what happened.  My work got CRAZY and before I looked up, June was practically gone!   Needless to say, I haven’t had time to post.  I tell ya, this day job thing sure does get in the way sometimes! 😉

Don’t you fret though, things have calmed down at my job (for the time being anyway), so I’ll be sure to catch you up on all our June creating.    Even though I haven’t been posting these last few weeks, that doesn’t mean we stopped creating.  Nothing can stand in the way between us and our creating!!!

So let me get you caught up on what we’ve been doing….

First, let’s talk about the Birds.

As June rolled around,  I decided it was time to decorate the mantel for summer.   Last summer,  I did this beachy theme:
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I was never really satisfied with how that beach-themed mantel turned out last year.  Our house is in Northern Virginia–  3 hours away from the nearest beach — and we don’t really have any other beach decorations in our house.  So Beachy Mantel just seemed out of place.

This year I was determined to come up with something better for summer, only thing was, I was struggling for some inspiration.    Until I took a walk through Home Goods, and a little birdy spoke to me:
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As soon as I spotted that little guy, I had my inspiration for the mantel and was on my way to a Garden theme that worked for Spring and Summer!
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Home Goods came to the rescue because I also snatched up this cute little house:
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And I couldn’t resist this clock either:
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Geez, what would I do without Home Goods?!  All told, I think I spent about $40 on the bird, house, and clock, and now we’ve got a pretty mantel that makes me smile!
Spring Mantel w frame

 

And now for the Bees part of the story….

A few years ago, Tom started reading about how the world is suffering from a serious bee shortage.  If you haven’t heard about that yet, check out this Ted Talk.

Ever since then, he’s been  planting pollinator-loving plants in our yard.

We’ve got this pretty pink Milkweed growing:

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And this red Bee Balm as well:

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We’re hoping these pretty flowering plants will attract lots more bees and butterflies to the yard.

And to further the cause even more, Tom assembled this Bee Bar for the bees to drink water out of and added it to one of our flower beds in the front yard:
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He simply added glass beads to the pretty blue bowl — courtesy of…you guessed it…Home Goods! — poured in some water, and then placed the bowl in the plant stand.

I had to ask Tom why he needed to use the beads and he explained they keep the bees from drowning.   We haven’t spied too many bees drinking from the Bee Bar yet, but I read that a few drops of Lemongrass oil may help attract them, so we may try that and see how it goes.

So there you have it, that’s our Birds and Bees story for ya!

I’ll see you in a couple of days with our next June post!  In the meantime, enjoy these last few days of June!!!  I still can’t believe it’s almost over!

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