our shoe holder garden

This year has not exactly been the least stressful of years. It’s not that I avoid stress – much of my personality thrives off pressure and keeping myself busy almost to the point of being overwhelmed. I honestly wouldn’t know how to function any other way. But recently life has handed me a few more unexpected things to deal with. Words like hospital and surgery have made my stomach drop. Communication break downs have left me unsettled. The simple act of being present as a wife and mother has become difficult and fills me with guilt. That last one really gets me because at the end of the day all I want is to be there for the people I love most. All I want is for them to know that they deserve my undivided attention because they fill my heart with indescribable joy and are the reason every day is worth waking up.

Basically I am finding myself looking for some relief from all this worry and stress. Focusing on work (which I love), exercising, reading – the old standbys are not doing the trick. On one of my sleepless nights I was perusing Pinterest and landed on a garden planted in a shoe holder. For some reason that pin instantly spoke to me – I needed to have that hanging garden on my porch and I needed to take a chunk out of my Saturday with my family to do it (even though it was already reserved for a mountain of work of course). The project was inexpensive, quick and simple but honestly those weren’t the reasons this had to be done. From the shopping trip for the supplies to the first watering I felt fulfilled. Not one who meditates I do love the concept of it – this past Saturday was my version of meditating. Clearing my mind, focusing on the present and finding myself lost in my daughter’s joy over the smell of flat leaf parsley was all I needed to lift that enormous weight off my tired shoulders. Maybe not forever but at least for the time being which is more than good enough.shoe_garden_1 shoe_garden_2 shoe_garden_3 shoe_garden_4 shoe_garden_5 shoe_garden_6 shoe_garden_7The best part about this humble little garden is every time I leave or enter our home I am reminded of the relaxing day with my family. Of course the yummy herbs are an added bonus but even if they are wilted by Memorial Day this was not a waste of time. This was time well spent as far as my soul is concerned.


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11 Responses to our shoe holder garden

  1. McKenna Ryan says:

    These pictures are absolutely precious! Your little one is so beautiful. And this idea is so creative. xx. McKenna Lou
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  2. shannonhaas says:

    I adore your little family even more than I adore this little garden 🙂 Great post, Brand!!

  3. Shio W. says:

    I do the same thing about overwhelming myself with too much!! Love this post, lovely words 🙂 And what an awesome idea and how fun would that be to do with the kids!! I may have to look into trying this! And your little girl is sooo adorable!! You have a lovely blog, new follower, following thru FB! Hope you have a great weekend!


    • brandyjrammel says:

      Awe! Thanks so much Shio! This was such a fun project and something great to do with kids! Glad you found us! 🙂 – brandy j

  4. Jamie Temple says:

    LOVE this idea! 🙂 Going to implement this myself! 🙂

    • brandyjrammel says:

      Thanks Jamie! So far it’s working great! My cilantro isn’t fairing well but the buttercrunch lettuce, spinach, arugula, basil and parsley are thriving. Hope you try! – brandy j

  5. Kate Sanders says:

    I LOVE this! We have a small apt that has a lack of outdoor space. This will be a project I’ll be taking on ASAP! One question: How do you go about watering it? Does it leak through the holders? I can’t wait to try this! -Kate http://www.west5thlove.com

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      Hi Kate! Our shoe holder is a canvas type material and the water goes right through. I am sure you can put holes in a plastic kind though and it would work as well. Hope you give it a try! We’re still having fun with ours! – brandy j

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