Friday, July 29, 2011

"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow."

We were so lucky to get an apartment with a porch! (I had almost given up hope on having outdoor space) But here we are and its a huge! We absolutely enjoy life out there! Herbs and flowers were planted in pots throughout the space and we also tried to include as many climbing vines as possible too to grow up and over the railing. I bought our plants at both Bachman's and Highland Nursery and i'm very pleased with the quality from both but Highland had some really really fun varieties! 
This Spring's Porch freshly planted up. 

This summer's porch in bloom! 

 I love to watch my garden grow...

Planters this spring...

"Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof."--Julie Moir Messervy                                

"Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." -- Dorothy Frances Gurney
Planters now! (and Kayden, my cat, enjoying them... especially the chives!) 

Summer Friday Night Art

This summer local artist have gathered infront of Design Vertigo during the Friday night car show to gain exposure for their work and sell to the public!
Erik Blume Photography had car show art for sale both framed and prints. He'll be back later this summer to sell his art again! 
Ann Shilling Paper Craft Consultant sold her handmade cards and journals. She will be teaching an art class here at the store on August 9th...there is still room to sign up!

Girl Creations sold her wallets and jewelry made from vintage magazines.

Relic Charm sold her one of a kind jewelry created up cycling vintage jewelry. 

Window Shopping

Creating window displays is one of my favorite jobs at Design Vertigo. Using unexpected materials to create visual impact allows me to express my creativity and draw customers in off the street!

This display will be up for another few weeks and then a new creation will take shape and hopefully continue to  grab the attention of passer-byers.

Fun at the Farmers Market!

St. Paul farmers market has been downtown since 1852.The Market is operated by the St. Paul Growers' Association, Inc. The association allows only fresh, locally grown produce to be sold--directly from the grower to the consumer. I learned that downtown is actually the only farmers market location that does not allow produce to be trucked in. 
You can also purchase bakery goods, cheese, poultry, buffalo, venison, beef, pork, lamb, maple syrup, eggs, bagel sandwiches, honey, organic plants and produce, flowers, plants, shrubs and many other items all while your enjoying festive music by local musicians. 
 I left the market spending $20 and almost unable to lift the two bags of produce and flowers! Such a delightful way to spend a beautiful sunday! 

I paid $4 for all these flowers! Can't beat it!  

Insider tip: If you shop the last half hour on Sunday, most everything is a dollor less.