Hello, sweet friends!
Did you have a nice weekend? Ours went quick (they have a way of doing that, don’t they?) but we’re excited to start a fresh, new week. We’re going on our first-ever field trip with our Sonny boy this morning. His class has been learning about ponds and pond life this month, so we’re going to Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama.
Lanark is a piece of property that was previously owned by Wiley and Isabel Hill who moved there from Montgomery as newlyweds in 1948. Together, they spent fifty years building their home and creating a 30-acre garden, producing one of the most beautiful yards in Alabama.
The Lanark website says, “Wiley’s enthusiasm for gardening started by getting involved in grafting camellias and winning many blue ribbons. Isabel then became interested in daffodils and began her life-long love affair with bulbs, generating thousands of various types of daffodils spreading along the tree lined driveways. She developed passion for hydrangeas by taking plant cuttings from her mother- in law, Elisabeth Thigpen Hill. Isabel propagated enough blue hydrangeas to encircle one of the three ponds on the property with the rest scattered throughout the pathways leading in and around the main house. Isabel loved all seasons, and created a natural display for the whole year”.
(photo: Sue Sizemore)
“Wiley Hill passed away in 1995 and Isabel continued to care for their home and gardens until her death in 2001, when she left both houses, the gardens, and the surrounding 300+ acres to the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Today, the gardens at Lanark represent a lifelong labor of love by the Hills. Centered on a formal lawn, Lanark’s gardens include wooded paths, streams, lakes, lawns and bridges. The gardens, designed as a year-round presentation, produce a grand show in the spring with flowering fruit trees and daffodils, in the summer with thousands of hydrangea bushes, in the fall with maples and sycamores, and even in the winter with camellias and evergreens”.
I’ll bring my camera and share some pics later this week! 🙂
Okay, now onto oilcloth. I promised I’d share a round up of some of my favorite ones, and boy did I find some pretties in my internet searching!
1. Linen Look:
I love that one, and I like that the Etsy seller offers three different edge styles.
A lot of the prettiest oilcloth patterns I found were from the UK, so I’m not sure how easy/affordable it would be to purchase them, but I just *had* to show you because they’re so gorgeous!
3. French Linen:
4. Large Gingham:
5. French Stripe:
8. Vintage Stripe:
Here are a few more of my favs from Etsy:
12. Floral Linen:
13. Blue & White:
14. Gray & White:
15. Oslo Blue:
16. Black & White:
And here are some really great ones I found on Ebay:
19. Blue Stripe Check:
I think I’m loving #19 for Jim and Katie’s banquette table because Katie will have a navy blue chair-and-a-half in the room next door. How fun would it be to decorate a room around ALL of them though? Which one would work in a room in your home? And if you have anymore oilcloth resources, I’d love to hear about them in the comment section! XO