Monday, October 27, 2014

Garden Clean up…

Fall is such a beautiful time of year with the glorious autumn colors.  But its also made me feel somewhat overwhelmed with the amount of gardening chores that is calling out to me! I decided that it was time to call in a crew to give our landscape a major overhaul.  Weeding, shaping, cutting back of trees and shrubs, removal of a few overgrown plants that were once a small focal point and moving around a few trees that were growing too close together! Oh, and quite a bit of fertile mulch to be spread! 


A cottage garden is beautiful in the summertime, but can quickly grow out of control! As you can see here in this photo below – this is my rose terrace as of this morning that is filled with new starts of whatever has re-seeded itself over the summertime.


There are still a few blooms from the roses that are still gracing the garden along with the turning colors of maple trees are giving me a bit of eye candy when i look out into the gardens.

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I also came across this fall blooming camellia while taking these photo’s this morning that I wanted to share with you.


I’ll be sharing photo’s of the landscape with you tomorrow after the clean up is completed.  It is a huge sigh of relief to have help in the garden this year and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders of all that needed to be done before winter.


xoxo, tracie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drying Hydrangeas…

I’ve tried so many different ways to dry hydrangeas so that I can savor them inside my home during the winter months.  However, it seems that no matter what I do, I just can’t get it right!  They are so beautiful and have seen people make some beautiful bouquets with them ~ so if you have any tips, please share your secrets with me so I can try again next year!
xoxo, tracie

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pulse by Sengled LED Speaker

Notice anything different about our patio? 
I’ll give you a hint…!  The change is inside two of the recessed lighting in our ceiling. I love that I was able to add such a unique and fantastic feature to our outdoor patio area without anyone ‘visually’ noticing!  These are pair of integrated Bluetooth Speakers/LED lights that screw into any standard E26 socket called Pulse by Sengled.
These fantastic lights/speakers connect wirelessly from any bluetooth device – and they sound incredible.   Simply place the Pulse smart Bulb in your fixture and enjoy. NO INSTALLATION HASSLE,  NO SPEAKER WIRES, NO POWER CORDS, NO REMOTE CONTROL (just a smart phone), WHICH MEANS – NO CLUTTER! I love the “no clutter” part! We hosted Monday night football at our house this week and while barbequing on the patio my husbands friends were all taking turns connecting using their own phones – it was honestly so easy regardless of what type of phone they carried in their pocket. They all loved them and can’t wait to order a set for their own homes. 
My kids have enjoyed using it this week too.  The weather here in Seattle is still nice enough that they’ve been hanging out on the patio after school doing homework and listening to their playlists saved on their personal phones!
I can think of so many great uses for these Pulse LED Speakers as we entertain a lot in our home. Here is one idea that immediately came to mind with Halloween around the corner.  One of the lights is a master bulb which we plan to use just the one on our front porch and play spooky Halloween music on our front porch on October 31st.  Won’t that be fun for kids coming to the door? How it works; Using the app, you can select the satellite bulb outside and direct the music to only play through that specific bulb…that way you will only be able to hear the music outside. (You can still control the lighting on the bulb inside even if it is not playing music)
These sets come in either Pewter or Red…the ones I have installed are red, but as you can see from my photo above, you can’t see them in my recessed light.
Just so you know, the light bulbs are not replaceable.  A new unit must be purchased after the bulb dies. With that said, they do last 25,000 hours which translates to approximately 18-20 years of life. How cool is that?
I’ll bet you want to know how and where to purchase a pair of your own…
As of now the speakers are available to purchase at for $179.99, for $169.99 and Home Depot for $169.99.
  Wouldn’t this make a great Birthday or Christmas gift for that person that already has EVERYTHING? I look forward to hearing from you where you would use them in your home and what event you might place them in just the right location for. xoxo, tracie