Signs of Spring

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Here we are in late March, and many of us are just now starting to see signs of spring.  As recently as a week ago we had delays in shipments due to massive snowfall in areas of the country - in March!!  While we have not had the joys (or not) of snow in the Seattle area recently, we're enjoying the usual rainfall that is standard for our springs here - which I never mind, because with it comes the flowers!

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A few weeks ago my 9 year old and I set out to obtain photographic evidence that spring had arrived, as it usually had by then. I was surprised to see that it really hadn't!  Normally by then we'd have lots of happy little greens poking through the earth, but we had to walk for about a mile and a half in our neighborhood to come home with photos of just three places showing any green shoots.

So, we didn't really find what we were looking for, but it was a pleasant walk none-the-less, and we knew spring was coming, even if we couldn't quite see it yet.  We played at the park, said hi to the ducks, and examined the buds on all the various bushes and trees in our area.

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I grew up in a part forest, part wetland, part prairie area that was less than a mile away from Puget Sound, so we had a little of everything.  When I was a child, very February/March without fail I would explore all over our property looking for signs of spring showing - I'd run to all the usual places where the flowers appeared.

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In order, this is how they would arrive - always first were the snowdrops, then the English bluebells came next, as well as tiny purplish pink bleeding hearts (all wild flowers).  The first of the planted flowers were hundreds of daffodils (one of the very few things the deer didn't eat), and yellow primroses passed down from my grandmother that are older than I am (my mom still has them - she moved them with her, twice!).

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We had a few tulips that braved the bunnies and deer, and they came next - and later a couple of peonies.  But for the most part, the glory of spring was the purples, pinks, and yellows of daffodils, bluebells, plus cherry and apple blossoms.

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What does spring look like where you live?


New K & K Arrow Replacements for Spring!

At long last, we have released new offerings of K & K Arrow Replacements for spring!

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Tan Swan Arrow Replacement

If you are unfamiliar with this unique home decor trend, K & K Arrow Replacements are wood or resin shapes in 100s of designs, something for every possible season, holiday, or personal interest theme!  You start with the simple wooden arrow, either in black or white, then start building your collection of arrow replacements, swapping them out with each changing season or occasion.

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Shamrock Arrow Replacement

As for the replacement options themselves, there are literally dozens upon dozens to choose from, and more are introduced each year!  We have patriotic flags for 4th of July, bunnies and lambs for Easter, snowmen and Santa for Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day, pumpkins and bats for Halloween, the list goes on and on.

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Rabbit on Sheep Arrow Replacement

Besides holiday offerings, K & K Arrow replacements are also available for a multitude of decorating themes and style - there's something for the modern country farmhouse, rustic lodge or cabin, beach cottage, garden-inspired, rooster for the chicken lover, anchor for the nautical lover, and more!

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Wood & Metal Flower Arrow Replacement

The only bad thing I have to say about the K & K Arrows is that they are so popular, they sell out fast - I mean really, really FAST.  Our customers purchase all seasons all throughout the year, as they know that you have to get it when it's available, as it may not be here still tomorrow, or next week, or even next month.  So, if you see something you like, get it before it's gone!

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Silver Rabbit Arrow Replacement

We have recently restock and have plenty to choose from right now, lots of offerings for spring, Easter, and patriotic themes.  Hang one in your entryway or living room to add a totally different texture and dimension to the room.  Although these are not made to hand outdoors, customers have had success hanging these outside their front door, under cover and out of moisture and direct sunlight, bringing them inside during inclement weather.

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Americana Crow Arrow Replacement

We add to the K & K Arrow Replacement category in the shop all the time, as soon as new offerings become available!  All replacements can be viewed here - pin or bookmark to save for later, or follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on what's new!

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Star with Galvanized Pot Arrow Replacement


Happy New Year 2017

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"The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, but they, while their companion slept, were toiling upward in the night."  ~Thomas S. Monson

May you all have a blessed new year, full of challenge, change, growth, love, laughter, and everything that makes life worth living. ♥


Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce Recipe

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce at The Weed Patch

Simple to prep and fairly fast cooking, this dish makes a great weeknight dinner, but also feels “fancy” enough to cook for company. The dish has some versatility – for example, really any stone fruit would work with the pork. I’ve used plums, peaches, cherries, and actually cranberries are delightful. You also can use a different cut of pork – loin, loin chops, etc – just adjust the cooking time as needed based on the thickness of the meat. Avoid tough cuts for this dish, because it doesn’t cook long enough to break down and become tender. If you don’t like the flavor of rosemary, thyme is also very nice with pork.

Here’s what you need for the seasoning:

  • 3/8 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Here’s what you need for the recipe:

  • 2 lb Pork Tenderloin, sliced about ½ inch thick
  • 1 tb olive oil (divided)
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 2 cups Cherries, cut in half and pitted
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 sprigs rosemary
  • ¼ cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 tb balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce at The Weed Patch

Directions:

  1. Prep the meat: combine the dry seasonings in a small dish, the sprinkle over both sides of the meat, and rub it in a bit. Let this sit while you chop your veggies. If you’ve already chopped them, then do something useful for about 20 minutes to let the meat get yummy.
  2. Brown the meat: Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet (I use cast iron) over medium high heat, and brown the meat. I cooked it in 2 batches (you don’t want to crowd the pan), 3 minutes on each side (don’t poke at it – you want it to have a nice sear). Remove the meat to a plate, and cover, set aside.
  3. Cook the sauce: Melt 1 tb butter in the pan, and add the cherries, onion, and rosemary. Add a little salt to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to brown and the fruit softens and breaks down a bit – try a good 10 minutes at least. You may need to reduce the heat a little as this cooks – the sugars in the fruit and onions start to release and can burn.
  4. Add the apple cider/juice, vinegar, and mustard. Bring to a simmer, scraping bottom of pan with wooden spoon to release any browned bits. Add the pork back to the pan, along with any juices on the plate. Let simmer for a couple of minutes to reduce the sauce and reheat the pork.

We love this served with rice. Yum!!

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce at The Weed Patch

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce at The Weed Patch

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14 Adorable Fall and Halloween Blossom Bucket figurines

Halloween and Fall miniture figurines by Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
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For years and years, Blossom Bucket figurines have been a Fall and Halloween favorite of our customers. Here's 14 fun, creepy, and adorable pieces that you can put on a shelf to welcome the season into your home!

Grace or Harvest Block with Pumpkins Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Grace or Harvest Block with Pumpkins

Sheep with Harvest Wagon Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Sheep with Harvest Wagon

Candy or Wicked Plaque with Witch Hat Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Candy or Wicked Plaque with Witch Hat

Creepy With Spider Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Creepy With Spider

Crow with Pumpkin Wagon Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Crow with Pumpkin Wagon

Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch

Favorite Time of Year Scarecrow Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Favorite Time of Year Scarecrow

Halloween Pirate Boy With Full Treat Bag Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Halloween Pirate Boy With Full Treat Bag

I Love Mummy Blocks Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
I Love Mummy Blocks

Act Like a Monster Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Act Like a Monster

Monster Siblings Plaques Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Monster Siblings Plaques

No Ghouls Allowed Blocks Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
No Ghouls Allowed Blocks

Spooky Halloween Cat on Tombstone Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Spooky Halloween Cat on Tombstone

Little Witches - Striped Hat with Bat and Star Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Little Witches - Striped Hat with Bat and Star

Trick or Treat Pirate Boy Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Trick or Treat Pirate Boy

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10 Beautiful Boho Quilts

Ten Beautiful Boho Bedding Quilts at The Weed Patch

If you love the boho look, we've got some beautiful boho bedding and quilts for your bedroom. These come in several sizes - twin size quilts, double quilts, queen quilts, king quilts, and luxury king quilts - so whatever size your bed is, we've got you covered! Most of these quilts are avialable as a bedding set as well, which includes the quilt, shams, pillows... check out the pattern you like to see what all the options are.

Boho style is defined by color, pattern, and uniqueness. No two boho bedrooms will ever be the same, even with the same bedding. Boho rugs, fabric drapes, unique treasures from around the world - even crystal chandeliers all come together to make a space perfect for a free spirit. We have even more boho bedding available on our website, so take a gander and get your boho home started - or add a new element!

Now, on to the quilts!

Addison Boho Bedding

Boho Quilt

Adria Spectra Green Boho Bedding

Boho Quilt

Calypso Coral Boho Bedding

Calypso Coral Boho Quilt

Darby Boho Bedding

Darby Boho Quilt

Emma Boho Quilt

Emma Boho Quilt

Meera Boho Bedding

Meera Boho Bedding by VHC Brands

Piper Boho Quilt

Piper Boho Quilt

Priya Amethyst Boho Quilt

Priya Amethyst Boho Quilt

Remi Boho Quilt

Remi Boho Quilt

Taylor Boho Quilt

Taylor Boho Quilt

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Cute Backpacks For College!

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It's that time of year again - time to go back to school!  Maybe you have a little one just starting kindergarten, a not-so-little one just entering high school, or (gasp) maybe your trucking your baby off to college this fall!  Well, let's send them off in style with our new Rucksacks, Weekender bags, and Cosmetic Cases!  This week we welcomed the arrival of the 2016 Fall Bella Taylor collection, which is full of great gifts for back to school!  


We love the rucksack for a cute backpack for college:

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Nadia Rucksack by Bella Taylor

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Sojourner Rucksack by Bella Taylor

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Tahiti Teal Rucksack by Bella Taylor

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Presley Rucksack by Bella Taylor (look at those little stars!)

Travel overnight or on the weekends in style with our Weekender or Wanderlust Tote bag:

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Cloe Weekender Bag by Bella Taylor

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Cora Weekender Bag by Bella Taylor

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Jackie Wanderlust Tote Bag by Bella Taylor

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Pier 29 Wanderlust Tote Bag by Bella Taylor

A must for any dorm room, keep all your essentials handy with our Cosmetic case:

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Harper Lane Cosmetic Case by Bella Taylor

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Ambrose Cosmetic Case by Bella Taylor

These canvas bags, quilted purses, and coordinating wallets and pouches make great gifts for your favorite student, and will help them stay organized in style when away from home.  I personally have been using Bella Taylor bags since I became a mom in 2007 - they hold up well, many are machine washable, they're affordable, and of course super cute!

Check out the website or our FB page for so many more options - we carry over 450 choices of quilted purses, canvas handbags, messenger bags, crossbody bags, wallets, pouches, and totes by Bella Taylor!   New releases arrive 2-3 times per year, and are always fabulous.  There's something for everyone, and they won't break the bank!  Orders of just Bella Taylor ship within 24 hours! Click here to check them all out today!


One Day Heat Buster Sale! Friday July 15, 2016!

One Day Sale The Weed Patch

It's summer, and time for a beat the heat sale!

One day only - through 11:59pm Friday 7/15/16!

Save 40% off your purchase of $50 or more! (This sale INCLUDES The Hearthside Collection items, which we normally don't sale!)

Start shopping now! http://www.theweedpatchstore.com

Some exclusions apply, of course. Items must be in-stock, ready to ship (no special order items). This excludes certain vendors: Our Backyard Studio, Woof and Poof, VHC Brands, Earth Rugs, Olivia's Heartland, and Raghu. Sale cannot be combined with any other offer, and once the sale is gone, it's gone! Shipping will be calculated on the regular retail price of the item.

You don't need a coupon for this one - just add $50 or more to your cart, and it will automatically be applied!

View these details on our website

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