Thoughts on all things garden themed from an antique dealer gone amuck! I write, play with the dogs, and fill my house with garden art. There is hardly time to work the dirt!

Copyright 2010-2013 Barbara Barth, Writer With Dogs

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Love A Surprise Free Giveaway Enter Up Til March 24th.

To celebrate my new blog I am offering two surprise giveaways. I will give you a hint, each will be one of my vintage botanical pendants. A little clock part and a little flower and perhaps a bug or two. To enter for the first drawing, leave a comment on this posting and be sure to include an e-mail address where I can contact you if you win. If you sign up as a follower there will be a second drawing and the winner will be picked from my list of followers. (My current followers are automatically entered in that category, if you want to be in the comments category add a hello here)You can enter both! I will have pictures later of the pieces. Starting today and ending on March 24th. Come say hello and win a whimiscal one of a kind piece of spring jewelry. Some examples of my work in earlier posts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Waiting For Spring

Oh how ready for Spring I am. I have enormous plans for my garden this year. The past year found me changing things inside the house and my garden neglected. Lucky for me it is full of flowers that come back without my help. I came across some photos from June and they made me smile remembering sunshine days in my yard. More my shabby garden art than cottage flowers. Come take a peek. I am getting ready for some hot chocolate at this late hour and have my latest garden magazine ready to find ideas for spring.
My favorite old aqua chippy paint chairs waiting for garden elves.
Vintage garden cement frogs romancing under an umbrella. And a lovely vintage shell art Madonna.

And the best old chippy paint garden gate!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Time In A Garden

That little bisque doll head peeking out of the herbs on my kitchen window sill is reminding me I need to make jewelry. My show is in a few weeks and I have a lot to do to get ready. A new box of china heads came in the mail and they will be on my steampunk botanical pieces with a doll head. Storybook creations of young victorian children taking time in the garden. I'll share photos here when the pieces are completed. Now off to create!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Orchid Market Weekend March 6 - 7, 2010. Come Visit With Me

I am so excited. I will be a jewlery vendor at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Market Saturday March 6 - Sunday March 7. ( 9am to 5 pm). Visit the Hardin Visitor Center for special, awesome orchid-inspired shopping. There will beautiful live orchids from local growers, experts to answer all your care questions and orchid artwork, glass and jewelry. My jewelry is featured in the garden gift shop, and I will be one of the vendors that weekend.With me will be my friend Lillie who makes the most exquisite glass beads. So come see us! And be sure to visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens wonderful web site. .

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's Time For A Spring Garden

I'm putting on my other hat, that vintage straw hat with the floppy brim and the big old daisy barely holding on by a thread. The hat that reminds me I love all things garden. I've been working hard on my book (oops, my other blog) and need a diversion. This blog will be my flowering garden. I can chat about my jewelry, my cottage antiques and home filled with frogs and flowers and puppy dog tales. Not shabby, not chic, but so comfy. An indoor garden with walls full of vintage floral paintings, and rooms bursting with old garden statues and patchwork quilts in ice cream colors. I like to talk about these things and share my home with my friends. Right now I am sharing it with my six dogs. Dogs who think vintage quilts are the perfect spot to drop their butts. Nothing sweeter than a dog sleeping soundly, all curled up surrounded by the softness of an old cotton quilt. So welcome friends, pull up a wicker chair, you know the one with the big pillow covered with 40's roses barkcloth fabric. It's just a little rickety and the white paint chipping oh so perfectly but it is the best seat in the room to share a cup of coffee with a friend and muse over what Spring will reveal.
Sharing some of my favorite old crusty chippy vintage garden statues with you. Purhcased over the years from my friend and antique dealer Cheryl Alexander. We used to set up at the Lakewood Antiques Show together. You can find her at one of my favorite shops, Antiques In Old Town, Lilburn, Ga. Put that in your GPS ladies! View the shop at