Friday, August 31, 2012

Everyone is Invited to the Grand Opening of the 1908 Albert Krans Livery Stable.

On Saturday, September 8 from 4-6 PM, 
the BHHA will host an open house at the Krans Livery Stable.   
Located at Christina and Erickson, the stable has been rebuilt and converted into a museum. 
Please come see all the changes!
Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


This press release came to me and I thought I'd share it here:
Bishop Hill, IL – VagnHall Galleri, above the Blacksmith Shop in Bishop Hill, Illinois, will host a photography and artifact display focusing on September 11, 2001. There will be a reception in the gallery on September 8, 2012, from 1 – 4 p.m. to introduce the display.  Area photographer, John Seder, who photographed ground zero, and John Feltham, a retired United States Marine Corp Colonel who was stationed at the Pentagon on the tragic day, will be present during the reception to discuss the events and answer questions.  The display will be in the gallery through the end of September. This is the first time the photographs and artifacts have been displayed together in this area.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Don't toss your daylily clippings - make this spectacular wreath instead!

Bishop Hill has been extremely hot and dry all summer and the beautiful daylilies that covered the front bank of littlebrick this June quickly turned to sun-baked twigs when temps hovered around 100 degrees in July. 

One sizzling morning last week I decided to pull the bindweed and lily stems that had become a such a sorry sight out front.
Even with a helper, it took most of the day. 

Later, as I piled the clippings high on the burn pile, I was struck by the lovely texture of the twigs. I put my matches away when better idea came to mind.

Quickly I gathered handfuls of the stems and wired them to a vine base. The resulting wreath was spectacular! No one would ever guess that such rustic charm could be fashioned from garden waste! 

I made several wreaths that afternoon and bunched the remaining stems for future projects. I am delighted to have found such beauty at my feet. From this year forward I will collect my daylily stems each August and remember this fortuitous discovery with a smile! Find these spectacular wreaths for sale here: