Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Visit to "Tansy Meadows"


I happened to be in a part of our county that I do not often get to visit in. Driving through this gorgeous farmland, I came to a home of a friend that I had not seen for a long time. Her daughters and my daughters attended the same school for many years. I heard that she opened a gift shop at the barn behind her home. I had flashbacks of this lady and her very artistic skills with flowers and plantings. I pulled into the driveway carefully trying to avoid hitting all of the cats that were lazily enjoying the afternoon sun. I saw my old friend walking out to her shop and realized how much I had missed seeing her the last few years. The funky purple planter filled with flowers and sitting by the side of the road, was a warm welcome for anyone passing by, to stop in and pay a visit.


The name of her shop is "Tansy Meadows", just in case you happen to live anywhere near this part of the world.



The plantings in this pot(which she made from concrete), were so beautifully placed and the colors looked so nice together. There were five pots in a row, and she said they were already spoken for. I totally understood why. She said she makes lots of these concrete pots with holes in the bottom for drainage. They can withstand all kinds of weather.




Here she had pansies planted in the seat of an old wooden chair that she had painted purple.
She told me that she likes to paint garden pieces wild and fun colors.


This is the view from the driveway of the shop. She later took me into her kitchen and this amazing view is what she sees from her large kitchen window. I think I would spend the day washing dishes, if I had this view.



Lots of old canning jars graced the shelves of her quaint, old barn gift shop. If jars could talk, what a story they would tell.



Another old wooden chair with pansies planted in the seat, and a bow tied to the top of the chair.



One of the many cats just relaxing in the warmth of the afternoon sun.



I remarked about this piece up on the wall of the shop. She said, "oh, that is an old wooden frame that one of the school mothers gave her, many years ago." This is what she chose to do with the frame...how very clever.



An old wooden box filled with fresh herbs and plants, and an old stone bunny. What a creative mind she has in using all shades of green and many different textures.


Here are some more of the concrete pots she created and planted with colorful flowers. She had only planted the flowers a little while ago, so you can imagine how pretty they will look weeks from now. An enjoyable break in my busy day. Time with an old friend and the privilege of seeing once again the God-given talent she has utilized in this little gift shop out in the middle of the farmland. Our short time together was a blessing, and I've thought about it often as I continued on in my day's duties.

























11 comments:

LisaShaw said...

Precious Judy, thank you for sharing this time with us. I felt like I was going throughout the day with you and your friend.

Beautiful photos.

I pray that all is well with you and your family and that you have a beautiful weekend in our LORD.

I love you dear friend.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Came over from Stacey's and loved your prose. I would love to meet this woman, see her lovely home at the end of the long road and smell her flowers. What a creative friend you have. (And you are...)
Brenda

vickie said...

Evening Judy, Now you got my attention. That's my kind of gift shop....I will tap your brain on Sunday to find out where she is...I have those cement planters...Love them...Love love love your blog. vic

Shellmo said...

Your friend is so talented! I would've snapped up those concrete pots in a heartbeat! And I loved how she decorated that frame - wow!
I hope you have a wonderful easter with your family!! Hugs to you my friend!

Happy @ Home said...

That looks like a great shop to visit and your friend looks like she was blessed with a lot of creative talent. Also, I agree with you about the view out her kitchen window. Beautiful.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Thanks for taking us along to Tansy Meadows...a wonderful spring outing! It looks like she has fun creating...great ideas.

Have a most blessed Easter weekend!

Tracy said...

What a wonderful visit! Thank you so much for sharing that beauty with us...she is talented indeed! I have to agree, I'd love a view like that by which to wash my dishes. = )

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh Judy! what beautiful pictures and ideas sweetie!! What a great spot to visit, I would stay for hours :)! I love that frame wrapped in greenery, how creative and not to mention pretty too!! Thank you for sharing your day with us!!

Wishing you a blessed weekend!! Hugs, Cynthia

gardnchild said...

Thank you Judy for the gracious comments and wonderful pictures from Tansy Meadows. I feel very blessed to be doing what I love! It was so great to play family catch-up when you were here. I love your blog...your girls were right...it is so you! A blessed Easter to you from Dianne @ Tansy Meadows!

The lady of the house... said...

LOVE this place, it's just down the road from our home and it's my first stop for something unique for birthday gifts or just for something fun...just last week i purchased a great urn w/ a live ivy plant and a few soy candles....she's a neat lady!

looking forward to seeing more of you once your daughter and her growing family move over this way! (hint hint)!!!! :-)

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Judy, just adore the canning jars! I love the aqua glass with the tin covers..... don't ask why, just do!

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