Sunday, March 18, 2012

Night Gardening

Last Wednesday was my 25th birthday and I really wanted to celebrate by making something pretty for my block.
In front of my building there's this little square of dirt and weeds that has been there forever.

In a city where almost everything is made of concrete, why have a tiny piece of land filled with weeds when we can have a tiny piece of land filled with flowers?!

So I planned a little night gardening party and had all the bare necessities... friends, flowers, gardening tools,
fun gloves, fancy shoes,
Anglerfish
and long balloons to make silly balloon animals.
( Dave is an Anglerfish, can't you tell? )

It may be a small garden, but it adds color to my block and makes my neighbors smile...

and that's all I really wanted for my birthday.

123 comments:

Em said...

Happy birthday! (And that's lovely. How cool.)

kelsey marie* said...

You are a beautiful human.

BORING BORUP said...

awesome!

Hakim Ahmad said...

its bring me smile. :)

katharina said...

I would love to be your neighbour! that's such a sweet idea!!!!! :)
your my hero of the day!

lots of love,
k.

Carrie Rosalind said...

Love it! I bet it will make people smile every time they walk past it! Happy belated birthday!

Anne said...

Happy birthday Katie!

Caitie said...

Katie, you are just amazing.

I hope you had a fantastic birthday.

You really inspire me.

Fatima said...

This looks adorable, you really are a wonderful human being. I wish there were more people who had this point of view! <3

Lisa said...

Happy birthday ! your creativity is so beautiful, that's why you really are one of my favorite blogger :)

F as in Frank said...

How beautiful and thoughtful! Happy birthday to you!

Evil Edna said...

wonderful beautiful idea, happy birthday.EE

sarah said...

I hope your birthday was as delightful as the gift you gave your neighbors!

As always, thank you for the inspiration.

K said...

So neat! I love it, such an adorable little burst of colour and beauty!

xo
http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

annamaria said...

happy happy birthday!!

Lj said...

WONDERFUL idea!! Happy Bday!!!!

lali said...

you sure are the cutest girl on earth. gotta love this <3

Heather said...

What a lovely gesture!! And so beautiful that you chose to share smiles for your birthday. That makes my day (as well as anyone who walks past the new garden as well)

Cheers,
Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

madmoisellenuno said...

Happy B!! Every time I read your blog, I say to myself that I really want to be your neighbors :) If you come in France, please come to live next to me :)

Andre said...

Good Idea and Happy Birthday

Charis said...

What a beautiful thing to do! Happy belated birthday wishes!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!! You made me smile too :)

Goodthings said...

The sweetest thing ever:) Happy b-day!

sécia said...

This is so sweet and thoughtful! What a great way to spend your birthday.

♥ sécia
http://www.petiteinsanities.com/

L!$@ said...

What an awesome idea! Looks great! Happy Birthday :D

Little Tree Vintage said...

such a cute idea! so creative :)

A Autora said...

Hey there, happy b-day! I wish I knew you personally, you´re such a beautiful person...Reading your blog always makes me smile. It really proves that just one person can make the difference in the world. You´re such an incredible person. Congratulations for your birthday, once more. You deserve the best.
Kisses from Brazil :)

DawnieP said...

Oh how amazing, this is such a pretty idea! I love that you guys made a total event out of it! Fabulous!

dp
x

www.inanityandthegirl.com

Chung Nguyen said...

Happy Birthday!

Loulou said...

What a lovely gift to give your neighbours! Happy birthday to you. Such a colourful life you live.

Loulou

Erica said...

You used an Erica plant! That made me smile. I have one in my office.

Vicky Bonifacio said...

Happy birthday!!!
I love your birthday garden ♥

hanny arianty gultom said...

happy birthdayy.. i love your personality,, :)

Danielle Case said...

:-)

knitxcore. said...

such sentiment! beautiful <3

Amelia said...

How thoughtful! Happy birthday! As always this made me smile :D

Kiki said...

Happy birthday!

It must be wonderful to have a neighbor like you!

Merla said...

Such a lovely idea, happy birthday :)

Flora Moreno de Thompson said...

I'm inspired to do this, too! I see little squares of dirt like this in my neighborhood but have never thought to plant anything in them.

Mia said...

That's so awsome idea! And happy birthday to you! This blog makes me always smile :)

alba said...

happy birthday! you have lovely idees!

MissChloe said...

Happy Birthday Katie.Your posts always make me smile.Thank you for being such an inspiration !

Loes said...

Happy belated birthday!
The garden looks really pretty, who cares that its tiny! :)

Frank said...

Don't forget to water your garden, I love to see it in full summer, with all the bees and butterflies. And I think there is still room for a garden gnome ...

Vuokko said...

Ou, you are so wonderful ! Small details, big difference <3

http://365dayswithvuokko.blogspot.com/

Loise said...

What a remarkable person you are :) It's wonderful that you love to make others smile :)

It's Jen or Jenni said...

oh this is SO, SO pretty!!!
Honestly, you're the most inspiring, positive person I know!

Happy belated birthday and may all your wishes - of whatever sort - come true!!!

Lots of Love, Jen

Kayla @ www.sealedwithakay.com said...

Happy birthday, and what a great gift for yourself and your neighbors! So pretty and inspiring!

http://www.sealedwithakay.com

Family Tree said...

Happy birthday ! Your garden is very cute !

Suzan van der Pluijm said...

Happy Birthday Katie! You're such a good person! I totally love your blogs, they give me so much insperation.
I would love daily posts from you. But now every blog is so perfect. That's really nice as well.
xx Suzan

cori said...

that's just too precious.
happy birthday katie!

http://thecredibilitygap.wordpress.com

Mary said...

Everyone has shared the same sentiment, but I just had to add to the praise, too. You're the best.

Elin said...

Hope you had a great birthday, because you deserve nothing less, since you're always trying to make other people smile :)

Nicole said...

Brilliant idea!
Happy birthday dear!

Lovely Idea

jan said...

Happy birthday! I love it!

Céline said...

Very happy colorfully birthday Katie! And continue to spread your joy and creative mind around you! :))

DreamsandDesires said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Happy birthday dear!

kisses

http://didesire.blogspot.com.es/

LovelyAnomaly said...

Just like the pothole gardener in London! How lovely. http://thepotholegardener.com/

I hope your birthday was the best one yet, but not the best one ever. :)

Stephanie J. Stine said...

That is so nice!!! Best birthday gift to self idea ever <3

Ry Pepper - Arts and Dafts said...

You are WAY too much fun. I love it.

Vanessa {Vanilla and Rose} said...

What an adorable idea! You really do add color to everything!!!

Mariana said...

:) You are amazing!!
It's small, but beautiful. And happy neighbors are priceless. :)

p.s. - Pisces are the best sign! ;)
(My birthday was last Tuesday.)

sarwar said...

nice work keep it up

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Love your garden. Happy Birthday!
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Sadie Dear said...

This is probably the most incredible thing I've ever seen! That's a new take on guerrilla gardening. I love it!

Artist said...

Absolutely beautiful. For me as a synesthesia artist a dream of colors.

Sandra said...

That is nice!

Kate said...

Such a beautiful idea to make people smile, and it is something that you will remember for a long time to come! I hope you had a brilliant birthday!
www.styleisalwaysfashionable.blogspot.com

Danny said...

So lovely, you are a generous gal.

Happy Birthday.

n.i.z.a.r said...

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw, thats cool katie. i really like it :)

www.nizarland.com

Cappuccino frío said...

Firts Happy Bday Guapa!!!!! as we said in Spain!
I really love your blog!
xoxo

http://cappucinofrio.blogspot.com.es/

Soloclemcyr said...

2 mots : whaoooohhhh et ooohhhhh!!!!!

vanessa (the gal) said...

i love this! that is the smallest, but prettiest garden in the world!!! ;) happy belated.

xo's, vanessa

http://fashiongalfireman.blogspot.com/

Irvina said...

You're the sweetest Katie! Of course you would add beauty to the world on your birthday! All the best for a splenderific 25! xo

Kristina said...

crazy and lovely idea!! happy belated birthday!

Bijuterii argint said...

A small place, a great thing. Happy birthday!

fathima said...

Aw, that's lovely! Well done, and a belated happy birthday :)

Anonymous said...

You are Amélie Poulain !! ;)

allie said...

Happy birthday! I love that you always make something so bright and colorful, you seem like a kid (in a good way) (:


Allie
thefashionroute.blogspot.com

Elle said...

You are such an inspiration! I just started my own garden and it pales in comparison

yeahyeahgirl said...

you are amazing ! always getting THE idea ! and Happy 25 !

Alyssa said...

You are such a sweet girl. Reading your blog and seeing your photos really makes me smile! I love your little garden. Although weeds are interesting, they're not really the prettiest of plant species... I need to plant some pretty flowers somewhere on my block, too!

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Pinecone Camp said...

I love that! You've inspired me to do that all through our neighbourhood. Happy Birthday!

Shruthi said...

You're awesome! This idea is awesome!

PsiModuloQuadro said...

Adorable! :D

Anonymous said...

Wish you a happy birthday, Katie:)and this little garden of yours is just adorable:))

Sophia

2000 said...

That's so sweet! You made my day. :)

The Kid In The Front Row said...

This is so outrageously fantastic!

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Nickolena Coop said...

that is such a great idea. those flowers are perfect!!

ashela said...

happy belated birthday katie. (:

Catherine Sang said...

Happiee belated birthday Katie. Thanks for being such a happy bomb, spreading happiness virus all around the world ! Reading your blog is like reading a colorful children's book except for the part that this is not fiction. Here's some <3 <3 <3 from a stranger to you on your birthdayy !

Mincha said...

I have noticed that you like different things and I love that! I love your blog and I run my own too, it's very different from others. It has a tiny pig whos life I take pictures and tell a story. I think you might like it : ) go check it out : ) !

http://lifeofedvard.blogspot.com/

Serene said...

What a lovely little garden that is. No doubt it makes your neighbors happy. Great idea!

Sandy a la Mode said...

happy birthday!! such a pretty little garden!! :D

Pernille said...

Thank you Katie for an inspiring blog.
Loved the flowers! Hope you had a fantastic birthday

Inga said...

That just made my day :) Thank you.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

This is just the awesome-est (no, not a word, but it doesn't matter)!

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Aww, that is so sweet. I have to say, your little garden is totally beautiful and is the kind of stuff that inspires great books to be written. Happy Birthday, and good for you!
~Aidyl
www.aidylewoh.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday Katie! How cool is that! Hope it lasts into the summer!

Ginny said...

Whenever I visit your blog, I leave with a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing your unique, whimsical outlook on the world. So refreshing!

Lubna said...

A very happy birthday to you. What you did is really awesome. Your neighbour's are lucky.

Jesse Blair-French said...

I love it! I just love gardens. Can't wait until I can have one of my own. Seeing one of these would make me super happy!

My mental closet said...

Your creativity surprises me every time! It´s very special...

mim said...

you are so amazing!

Jay said...

Happy Birthday! I just discovered your blog. You're so creative! I'm sure you already knew that, but wow, I am amazed. You seem like you must have the most colorful life ever, and I will definitely be following along.

MRSKA said...

Such a GREAT idea!

Andzia said...

so beautifull
invite to me :)

pam said...

Happy birthday !

Emma Driver said...

Making the world a more lovely place! One begonia at a time! RA! RA! RA!

PSbyDila said...

What a cute little garden!

www.PSbyDila.com

Springvibes said...

Happy birthday ! Your blog is so awesome !
x A girl from Holland who adores you.

Marissa said...

This is so cool and cute. :)

said...

SO cute!!!!

Maya said...

Belated happy happy birthday lovely one... sunshine envelopes you!

M-J Obsessions said...

Happy Birthday!! What are the names of the flowers? They are so pretty together!! I have a small area in my front yard I want to plant something with, but have no clue. Please help!!

Thank you!!

city in the ciel said...

I love this! Last year I planted some wildflower seeds around the alley near my apartment - so pretty! Your little garden is so cute and unexpected, and inspires me to do something similar. :)

Miki's scrapbook said...

What an awesome idea!!!

tara polly said...

you inspire beauty. this is amazing!

http://blog.tarapolly.com

D-mar said...

Love this Idea!!

Kate said...

You should read picture books called 'Window' and 'Belonging' by Jeannie Baker. Belonging takes exactly the idea of what you have done but over the course of a young boy's life from baby to adult, the neighbourhood is transformed into a colourful, natural world, it's amazing. Window is the opposite - hugely depressing but so very near the mark. Love the colourful blog, keep it up! :)

Kate
http://dontjudgeaduckbyitscover.wordpress.com

what is a blog said...

nice collection of images ,wonderful beautiful idea, happy birthday

Reilly-McKenna said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely idea!