Giveaway Winner!

First, let me thank all of you for leaving comments for the giveaway. I LOVE the ideas that you posted! They have already given me some great inspiration for future designs.

The winner of our first Giveaway is Paula Chaffin! Congratuations Paula!  You have won the $50 Gift Certificate. Yay! I will contact you shortly to set up your certificate then you can shop away!!

I will be doing other giveaways later in the month. Thanks again to all of those who participated. I appreciate it SO much. : )

$50 Gift Certificate

To celebrate my first anniversary of blogging and to kick off the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway at You know, one of those things bloggers do wherein you leave a comment and are automatically entered into a groovy contest. I know it’s not Oprah’s Favorite Things Giveaway… but we have to start somewhere!

With your newfound winnings you could purchase:

Holiday Cards,

Lavender Sachets,

Monogrammed Stationery,

Hostess Gifts,

A Print for your Powder Room,

a Pillow of your pooch,

or beautiful Handcrafted Soaps!

Rules for Giveaway

A winner will be chosen on Tuesday Nov. 16th using

The contest is open to everyone.

Leave one comment per person on this post telling me what you would think would be fun to see in topiary!

How easy is that?! Maybe it’s your dog, your mother or your favorite pair of shoes!

Get that imagination growing and leave me a comment! Feel free to get the word out- share, tweet, link and repost!

Highlights from Allentown Festival

We fought rain, wind and sun this past weekend in Buffalo. It was also quite an adventure getting there. Farmboy decided at 2pm on Friday that it was time to make hay! Make hay! (He insists that it was the HAY that decided it was ready… not him.) It never ends… farming. I had reservations at a hotel in Buffalo for Friday night. Dropped off kiddos at Junebug’s in Rochester and we came rolling into Buffalo at 2am. That wake-up call at 6am was dreadful. Farmboy helped me set up and my sister came to spend the day with me while Farmboy drove back to the farm to check the hay and feed all the animals. Sister and I had a great time catching up while I got a terrific sunburn. Farmboy arrived back in town at 8pm and we decided to head out to dinner.

I’ve always wanted to eat at Mother’s and sitting out on the covered patio was perfect. Had a delicious Swordfish steak with wasabi and ginger on a rice pilaf. Farmboy enjoyed his seared scallops with black linguine and sundried tomatoes. Sister had a grilled pesto shrimp salad with fresh mozzarella, kalamata olives, tomatoes and arugula. Delish. It poured for a while but the air was warm and we were dry so I was a happy camper… a tired, but happy camper.

I have the best customers! It was wonderful to see familiar faces and make some new friends. I love catching up from year to year and I get such a charge hearing when a gift purchased was a big hit when given. That is THE best. My new Baby Announcements received plenty of attention. I was very pleased. Until next year Buffalo… see you then.


Hi, I’m Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed art for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, two children and a small petting zoo of other family members. #shapeyoursweetestlife



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