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Gardens 2011 Garden Art
Add a romantic touch to your garden with these efficient sprinklers ($16.99). Just attach a hose and you’ve got a sprinkler and petite statue in one! Roughly four by six inches,in several desgins at Osterville House and Garden, 508-428-6911.


Gardens 2011 Helping Hand
This Razor-back “Little Hog” mini-shovel ($14.49) serves many gardening functions all season long. Just under 30 inches long, the “Hog” gets in tough to reach spots. Pick it up at Botello Home Center in Mashpee.
www.botellolumber.com

 


Gardens 2011 Garden Gear
Arm yourself for gardening with a pair of Foxglove Gauntlets ($35) that allow for freedom of movement as you tackle tough jobs. Light-weight, synthetic leather-padded palms and reinforced fingertips defend against thorns. Four sizes.
www.foxglovesinc.com

Gardens 2011 Boss Tool
The Stihl “Yard Boss” ($369) is a lightweight, multi-tasking tool with a universal power train that easily transforms from a high-performance cultivator to other useful tools. Essential for aerating the right way. At Botello Home Center in Mashpee.
www.botellolumber.com

 


Gardens 2011 Cutting Edge
This handy GardenSharp Tool Sharpener ($11.99) is designed to hone single edged, hard to sharpen items. Find it at Snows Home and Garden in Orleans, www.snowshome andgarden.com.

 

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Gardens 2011 SPRING GLORY
Designer Steve Wardle of Chatham’s Forest Beach Designer-Goldsmiths translated delicate pansy petals into gold, creating an elegant bracelet honoring spring. Each bloom is graced with a diamond. For information, call
508-945-7334, or go to www.capecodcharms.com.



Gardens 2011 KITCHEN AID
The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook provides advice for gardeners looking to include both ornamental and edible plants in their gardens. With colorful photos, this guide ($22.95) teaches readers how to grow, and harvest vegetables, fruits, greens, and herbs for each season. www.timberpress.com


Gardens 2011 CUTE CRITTERS
These handcrafted hedgehogs ($7.95-$12.95) are just a few of the cute critters available at Harvest of Barnstable— perfect for a whimsical touch at a summer party. Harvest of Barnstable, 89 Willow Street, Yarmouthport.
www.harvestofbarnstable.com

Gardens 2011 SUPER SHED
Great for the weekend gardener, this 12 x 16 foot saltbox shed has a handy loft for pool supplies, lawn furniture, and other items. Hand-made custom options available. Basic kit price: $6,220. For information, call 860-228-2276, or go to www.countrycarpenters.com.


Gardens 2011 PUDDLE FUN
You’ll be swinging in the rain with these waterproof Arden Slogger boots ($36.99) featuring a premium insole for comfort, a cotton liner, and a wide top pants opening to keep you dry. At Snows Home and Garden of Orleans, 508-255-0158, www.snowshomeandgarden.com.

 


Gardens 2011 TWEET SUCCESS
For three different Birdscape feeders ($19 to $26) that will feed the birds with up to three pounds of seed, stop in to Botellos Home Center, Route 28 on the Mashpee/Barnstable line.
www.botellolumber.com

 



Gardens 2011 FLORAL LUSH
Plant a floral oasis inside or out with modular Wooly Pocket planters ($34.99 to $89.99), made from 100% recycled bottles. Soft-sided and infectiously fun in several colors at Scenic Roots (formerly Agway), 349 Route 6A, East Sandwich.
www.scenicrootsgardencenter.com

 


Gardens 2011 SEASHORE DÉCOR
For an exquisite wreath ($60) capturing Cape Cod’s natural glories, stop into Harvest of Barnstable, just off Route 6 in Yarmouthport. Available at different prices in several designs, the locally handcrafted wreaths bring that quintessential coastal touch to any home.
www.harvestofbarnstable.com

 


 

Good Things in Life – July ’11

Cape Cod Life Strand of Serenity
Joyce Sullivan of Marstons Mills captures a classic Cape scene—a single sea horse swimming in a blue-green ocean landscape—in her Green Sea Horse Necklace ($55). The colorful, 20-inch necklace is handcrafted from hand-blown glass beads, crocheted sea beads, and dyed fresh water pearls. The necklace is available at Jewelry Inspirations in West Dennis, along with an extensive collection of woodcarvings, pottery, glass vases, and much more. Visit www.jewelryinspirationsworkshop.com or call (508) 619-4855 for more information.
—Jill Jansson


Cape Cod Life Let the Games Begin
When the rain turns a beach day into an indoor affair, pass the time with the Ocean Wave Cribbage Board ($28), available from Yankee Ingenuity. This fine board, handmade in the USA from American black walnut, coco bolo, and holly woods, has a back panel that slides open to store the pegs and also includes a gift box and instructions to get acquainted with this classic card game. Visit www.yankee-ingenuity.com or call (888) 945-9123 for more information, or stop by Yankee Ingenuity at 525 Main Street in Chatham.


Cape Cod Life Sustainable Solution
Created by two New England dairy farms, CowPots biodegradable planting pots are the perfect solution for your garden planting and fertilizing needs. These odor-free, nontoxic seed starting pots are made from 100% renewable composted cow manure—an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic and peat pots—and provide seedlings with strong foundations. CowPots are available at Snow’s Home and Garden. Call their locations in Harwich, (508) 432-9014, or Orleans, (508) 255-0158, for more information, or log on to www.cowpots.com.
—Ciara Megan

Good Things in Life – May ’11

Cape Cod Life Signs of the Tides

Hand-made by a local craftsman who scours our beaches for coastal treasures and shapes them into unique Cape Cod collectibles, these signs (all under $40) add a whimsical seaside touch to your home or office. Available in the heart of Osterville at Osterville House and Garden, located at 856 Main Street, 508-428-6911.

Cape Cod Life Barnstable Beauty

At Harvest of Barnstable, owner Wendi Smith creates bountiful sea-inspired wreaths of any size with exquisite handcrafted flowers in a rainbow of summery colors. Several styles are displayed at Harvest’s shop right off Route 6, or you can custom-order. Visit Harvest of Barnstable at 89 Willow Street in Yarmouthport or log on to www.harvestofbarnstable.com.

May 2011 Vineyard Mystery 

Cynthia Riggs charms readers with her novel, Touch-Me-Not: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery ($24.99). An eerie telephone stalker preys on the members of a knitters group as they work on a quilt for a competition. The group turns to feisty 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull for help, and she must solve the case while dealing with family issues after her daughter and granddaughter arrive on the scene. Riggs, a 13th-generation islander from West Tisbury, blends suspense with the beauty of the Vineyard in this release from Minotaur Books. For more information, visit www.cynthiariggs.com.

—Lindsay Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

Tool Talk

Gardens 2011 Garden Art
Add a romantic touch to your garden with these efficient sprinklers ($16.99). Just attach a hose and you’ve got a sprinkler and petite statue in one! Roughly four by six inches,in several desgins at Osterville House and Garden, 508-428-6911. Read more…

Green Things in Life

Gardens 2011 SPRING GLORY
Designer Steve Wardle of Chatham’s Forest Beach Designer-Goldsmiths translated delicate pansy petals into gold, creating an elegant bracelet honoring spring. Each bloom is graced with a diamond. For information, call
508-945-7334, or go to www.capecodcharms.com.


Read more…

Coastal Santas

Inspired by textiles and vintage treasures, Kristen Bushman handcrafts her unique Santa dolls with the eye of a lifelong artist and the excitement of childhood memories. Bushman creates her one-of-a-kind dolls with Cape and Islands flair, mixing sand, shells and charming nautical details for the fisherman, lobsterman, and cranberry harvest Santas. The coastal themes are reflected in Bushman’s use of natural materials such as tapestry, suede, and wool.

Stacey Hedman Read more…

Architecture Through the Ages

Home Winter 2010 From Cape Cod’s earliest “half houses” to contemporary mansions, A History Through Houses: Cape Cod’s Varied Residential Architecture ($19.99) provides a glimpse into our region’s rich architectural heritage. Inspired by her fascination for Cape Cod’s historic architecture, author and native Cape Codder Jaci Conry guides the reader through this unique architectural world. Conry details the first homes that coined the “Cape Cod” style, explores Victorian and Gothic Revival homes, and gives fascinating details of two of the Cape’s first mansions: Highfield Hall in Falmouth and Fieldstone Hall, now part of Brewster’s Ocean Edge Resort. She also showcases today’s grand mansions and delves into Cape designs by world-renowned architects. Illustrated with black and white current and vintage photography, the book is a valuable resource for homeowners, historians, and students of the Cape’s quintessentially American architecture.

For more information, go to www.historypress.net or call (843) 577-5971.

Exquisite Santas

Home Winter 2010 Old world charm and superb craftsmanship make these finely detailed Santas by Vallaincourt of Sutton, Massachusetts, the perfect gift for someone special on your holiday list. Fashioned from vintage chocolate molds by Judi and Gary Vallaincourt and a team of talented artisans, these hand-painted, one-of-a-kind Santa and Father Christmas collectibles range in price from $85 to $300. It’s easy to see why these Vallaincourt treasures are prized by collectors worldwide. Available at Kindreds Antiques and Folk Art in Osterville.

Visit www.kindredsantiquesandfolkart.com for more information.
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