The Garden : Generations of Green Thumbs

Welcome to the home of robins, bluebirds, blue jays, squirrels, chipmunks, fireflies, and whimsical plants.

AKA: Our Garden

I wish we could say that we built it from the ground-up, but we didn't. With the simple sign of a pen, we obtained this absolutely amazing garden along with our new home. 

It's magical.


Forget a green thumb. These previous homeowners must have had green streaming from each of their fingertips. A number of people are terrified that we're going to ruin have a little trouble keeping the garden up since I haven't always had the best luck with something as small as a potted plant... but I really think we'll get the hang of it eventually.

When all else fails, we must remember that all things will [hopefully] grow back.

At least, that's what my mom tells me.

I think that's one reason I love this garden so much. It reminds me of both my mother's and my grandmother's gardens. They are - hands-down - the best gardeners I know. Their gardens are both extraordinarily lovely, charming and peaceful. I loved walking through Gingin's gardens with her when we lived at the Bungalow; and no time is sweeter with my mom than when we play in the dirt and have conversations surrounded by rich blooms. 

"I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falls on my ear
The Son of God discloses"

That's one of our favorite hymns. I have no doubt that we all sing it when watering our gardens. 

{Side Note: I butchered Gingin's hydrangea bushes (my favorite flowers) at the Bungalow when I attempted to "prune" them for the first time. That was my first terrible gardening experience. But, just like mom and Gingin said, they have grown back. There is hope for me yet!}

mom and her garden

mom and dad's raised garden beds

deeply thankful for these green-thumbed lovebirds


Dad is an incredible gardener also, especially with vegetables. He is a master scientist. It comes in handy when growing all of your plants from little seedlings!

JD and I have confidence that we will be able to keep a beautiful garden because we have our families as a resource.

JD and dad spent a lot of time tackling this task before we moved into our new home.
Next week, we'll share our raised garden bed project with you.


In the meantime, here are a few of the perennials in bloom this week:

Balloon Flower

 Coneflower 



Vintage Greetings : Easter Inspiration

Snow flurries have been dancing around the past two days here in Huntsville. 

What?!

It may not look like Spring outside - or even feel like it - but the Todd Nest is ready for blooming flowers and the Easter bunny.


The birds are taking over, but that probably doesn't surprise anyone who has seen our home.

Bird nests, bird houses, bird cards, and birds (not real ones, of course).


When I was spending time with my family in Georgia, my grandmother gave my mom and me a huge bag of old greeting cards and postcards (along with the vintage scarves). We sat down at the dining room table and distributed those beauties amongst ourselves. Her and I are very similar but our tastes in vintage greeting cards couldn't be more different. 

We would've been in trouble otherwise.

The first greeting card ("HELLO" with the birds) quickly became my Spring decorating inspiration. I taped the back to 8.5" x 11" kraft paper and framed it with an antique white frame. 

The second greeting card has a vase of seven small flowers you can pull out.
"A Seven Day Cheer Card for You"
Each flower has a sweet quote hidden hidden its petals.
They don't make cards like this anymore, people...
I displayed it in a vintage flower frog. It's just one bonus element of our Easter display in the kitchen (main photo on top collage).

You probably can't tell from the picture but I slid one of the old card boxes between white books to give the glass jar (holding tiny nests) a boost. It has a nice aged tint to it with purple flowers lining the side. The perfect accent.

Vintage spring-themed cards would look breathtaking on a cute indoor Easter wreath or held up by vintage forks in a vase for your Easter dinner centerpiece.


What is your inspiration theme this spring?




Flower Arrangements 101 with JL Designs

Did you see this lovely rustic photo on your Instagram feed last week?


No? Well then, you can follow us here

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And guess what? I didn't buy that arrangement... I put it together with my own hands along with a few of these wonderful ladies, all thanks to JL Designs

Me, Mom, Lauren (cousin), Aunt Sonya, Meredith (cousin)

The night offered a delightful time filled with laughter, catching up with old friends and hanging out with our sweet family.

Mom and me

Our friend Jeff, owner of JL Designs, taught an amazing flower arrangement class! If you live in Walton County (Georgia), you MUST take one of his classes. 

Before I show you our photos from the class, you have to see some of his work. He was the florist for our wedding...

Read more about our wedding day here

Is this not the loveliest and most whimsical of bouquets you've ever seen?? I love those hydrangeas, feathers and the use of my great-grandmother's broach. 


Jeff helped us carry out our theme of nature, birds and nests. He was such an integral part in making our wedding day special. 

Kike Morales Photography

Back to the class... 

Jeff taught us how to arrange two bouquets in glass vases - all from a freshly-cut bouquet of long-stem flowers and greenery like you would get from a florist or in a grocery store.

I don't want to give away a lot of the details Jeff shared with us (out of respect for him and his business), but I'll share a few key points of basic flower arranging that everyone should know:

(1) Don't just toss that beautiful, aromatic bundle into the vase!! Trim your stems in a way that will add height and dimension to an arrangement. The shortest flowers should line up right above the lip of the vase.

(2) Put the greenery in first and fill in accordingly.

(3) Carry a color theme throughout the bouquet from top to the lip of the vase. Our pop of color was purple.




The second arrangement Jeff taught was this {sigh} absolutely stunning hydrangea and white rose arrangement.

This was honestly the coolest technique I've ever seen for arranging flowers. I will be using it any and every time we have friends over for dinner!!


It's rare to see a business willing to teach details about their profession to their customers. Jeff encouraged us all to make our own arrangements at home (even though most of the class will still run to him for all florist needs - there's no comparison to his work). All that to say, JL Designs is a fantastic company with an awesome willingness and loyalty to go above and beyond for their customers.

Thank you Jeff, Amber and Andrea at JL Designs for hosting this fantastic class!

Check out their Facebook page here and see more photos from the class.