Sunday, May 17, 2015

Graduation, flowers & fun purchases

What an extremely busy week I had!  Graduation at the college I work for was on Saturday and we worked a lot of hours getting it all ready.  We prayed for no rain and got our wish though it was a bit chilly and there was lots of wind.  But we made it through the busy week of events and we did it all without a manager to guide us.  
The first event of the week was a retirement party for the president.  Here are the centerpieces I made.  I wanted to highlight the past 6 years of his time as the president and searched high and low for different photos to put in these flower pots.  Everyone loved them and I will be giving the photos to the president and his wife.

Next up was Commencement Eve Dinner.  This is a special dinner and I got to buy fresh flowers to use in the centerpieces.  I tied some purple tulle around a black box and inserted a little gold bling in the bow.  Then I arranged white hydrangeas, yellow roses and purple daisies into a vase that I put inside the box.  They were very pretty and guess who got to take the flowers home?  
 Me of course!  I took all the roses and made them into one big bouquet.  They look so pretty on my rose clothed dining room table.
I made another bouquet with the hydrangeas and daisies.  I am hoping that the hydrangeas will dry nicely so that I can save them. 
I took two of the blooms and transplanted them.  I hope that it will work and that I can get some hydrangea starts to plant.  But if it doesn't work, I think I will be okay!

Today when I was at the hardware store with Cody picking up a sprinkler, I turned around and saw these in the canning section.  Lids and straws for wide mouth Mason Jars!  I got a set because I just couldn't pass them up for $5. 
I love drinking out of Mason Jars and these will be great to take up camping next weekend.  I also picked up these cute red gingham plates and napkins from Dollar Tree.  These will be perfect for our first camping trip of the year next weekend for Memorial Day! 
I recently started watching Parenthood on Netflix and I just love Monica Potter.  After Googling her, I found that she has a store that is absolutely adorable called Mrs. Potter Home,  It is just my style, and is probably yours too!  I bought myself this super cute beachcomber bag in jade and gray from her site.  I love the size of it and will use it all summer long to take on camping trips and what not. You should check out all the pretty things she has for sale, I am sure you will find something you love! 
Yay!  Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I can't tell you how much I need a three-day weekend!  I hope you all have a great week!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Silk Peonies in the Spring Corner

When I was at the Dollar Tree the other day, I noticed these pretty silk peonies.  I didn't pick any up and I couldn't stop thinking about them.  Since I don't have any real ones to enjoy, I went back to get these silk ones and they will never wilt away and die!
I am definitely missing their sweet scent, but I do have some Peony Petals wax in my warmer that helps make up for that. 
When I was at JoAnn's, I also saw this pretty glass jar.  I am thinking of painting it white so it will look like milk glass with the little hobnail design it has on it.  This jar also has a handle so I could hang it from something as well. I tied a piece of soft pink tulle around it and set it on a pink paper doily on top of my vintage crate.
I love this corner of my living room where my vintage, chippy white door lives.  I enjoy decorating it to go with the season or holiday and today it is definitely ready for spring! 
This yellow rose bunting that I made a few years ago is such a fun piece.  I still have some of the fabric that I used for it left and it is fun to use it for other craft projects. 
I have had this wreath for years and it is still looking good. It ties the pink peonies and yellow rose bunting all together so nicely. 
And here is the whole corner for you to see.  The door has a twin on the patio and I purchased them both for $10 about 5 years ago.  I have said it before and I will say it again, that was probably the best $10 I ever spent! 
Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day.  To those like me who wish to be a mother but are unable to, I wish you peace and comfort on this day which is one of the hardest days of the year to go through. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the Love of White

It's funny how one thing leads to another and suddenly you have a collection that you didn't really mean to start.  That collection for me just happens to be white stuff.  And since I don't have a china hutch, my husband hung these shelves in the dining room so I would have a place to display all my pretty white things.
A vase that was etched with roses especially for our wedding holds a white candle.  I won the framed print a few years ago and painted the plastic white frame to hold it.  The white candlesticks are a thrift store find from years ago. 
I always wanted a clamshell serving tray like this and I found this one at a vintage barn sale a few years ago.  I could see myself collecting a bunch of these because they are great for decorating and for parties. 
A sweet apothecary jar with a white metal stand and my altered gumball machine that I painted white and decorated with vintage jewelry finishes up the top shelf of white. 
An empty frame is flanked by glass bulb jars that hold white coffee filter roses.  There are 2 of those thrift store candle holders on either side of the shelf.  The vintage salt shaker ornament was something I won a few years ago as well and I keep it out all year round. 
This candelabra was a wedding centerpiece.  I love the twisted metal and the crystals dripping off the candle holders.  The key in the background was another thrift store find that I painted white and distressed. A vintage glass flower frog holds frosty white roses. 
(Wow these shelves look dusty, but I promise they aren't...they are just stained.  No one ever sees them from this angle!)
 This clock had apples on it and wasn't too cute.  Some white paint and a few bread dough roses and it is so much cuter.  The dried rose on top is Cody's boutineer from our wedding day. The cast iron finials were purchased from 2 different places.  My bouquet of roses candle holder has a sweet little ballerina sitting on top of it.

 This candelabra was a bright shiny gold Home Interiors piece.  My mom gave it to me many years ago and the first thing I did was paint it white.  So much better! A tiny oval mirror sits inside a white frame to the side and a little pot of soft pink roses finish off the bottom shelf.
My white chicken wire shelf has a little vignette on top of it that I loved creating.  A vintage scale, 2 altered vintage bottles, an old cabinet card and some wasp nests sit on an eyelet runner.  Inside the cabinet are some treasured teacups and cookbooks.   
This is my favorite wall in the house with all the pretty whites I have going on here.  Although I don't love the green wall, I do love how well all my white treasures stand out on it.  And of course, I am always on the look out for more pretty whites to add to my collection! 
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Planting Pretty Flowers

Let me be honest with you, I am not much of a gardener.  I will buy and plant flowers but then once the summer heat hits, I pretty much give up watering them and they die.  Last year I didn't buy or plant a single flower.  And the fact that this isn't our forever home makes me not want to plant a bunch of pretty things only to have leave them all behind again.  This year, I am hoping things will be a little different!
I don't have a front porch to decorate so I do what I can with the flower bed in the front of my house.  The only thing I bought for this was some planting soil and a few flowers.   
I can't wait to see how these flowers grow under my care.  Hopefully they will prosper all summer long! 
I love Hostas and this one looks fantastic planted in my vintage metal bucket.  There are a few bright pink Dianthus in with it. 
My old window is always the perfect backdrop.  I want to make a wreath to hang on it but for now this sweet little bunting will work just fine! 
I had some tea cups that were given to me (they aren't vintage or anything special) so I decided to make a little decoration with a nest and egg in it.  It looks so cute hanging on this little shepherd's hook. 
I got purple and pink flowers this time around.  Depending on how I do, I might have to go get some more! 
I got this wire cage thing in an estate sale lot.  It wasn't part of the lot but they threw it in and I had a tiny little planter that fits right in the bottom of it.   
This chippy, rusty watering can planter is always a favorite of mine.  The rusty color really stands out on the pretty white chair. 
I am going to do my best to keep these pretty flowers alive!  Wish me luck! 
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Pretty Lilacs on a Vintage Stool

This vintage chemistry stool I have in my office is the perfect little table for a bright and fragrant bouquet of Spring lilacs.  I cut them this morning in a few different places on campus and am enjoying them in my office.
This chemistry stool dates back to the early 1900's.  Here is a photo of faculty sitting on some from 1940.  I love looking at all the pictures we have in our archives.  But I love it even more that I have a piece of this history in my office!
I don't know how many of these stools are still around as the stools they now use are much more up to date.  I wish I would have been around when they got rid of them all, I would have taken as many as I could get my hands on! 
The bright purple of the lilacs are such a beautiful contrast to the old, worn wood. 
They smell amazing and the whole office is cloaked in their intoxicating fragrance.   
Wishing you all wonderful week full of pretty Spring time things!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Coffee Table Vignette

My coffee table needed a new look once I put away all the Easter decorations.  I wanted something that would incorporate my living room colors and have a spring touch.  Here is what I came up with.
I gotta say that I love it!  I shopped my house for all of it, except for the hydrangeas.  Those were from the dollar store so this vignette only cost me $2.  Now that's my kind of decorating! 
I made a little nest out of some moss and set it in a vintage zinc jar lid.  The little eggs are the perfect aqua color.   The birds I have had for years and got them at Michael's.  I don't particularly like real birds, so these ceramic birds with crowns are right up my alley.
This vintage crystal door knob was a steal of a deal at a yard sale a couple years ago.  When I asked how much the lady wanted and she told me 25 cents, I am sure my jaw hit the floor.  Too bad there was only one! 
I love the way the silk hydrangeas look under my cloche in that aqua Ball jar.  I wish I could grow real hydrangeas and dry them, but the desert heat in Idaho is just too much for them so silk will have to do for now. 
My couch is extra comfy with lots of pillows and blankets in browns and aquas.  It has been pretty cold here lately so the blankets will be getting a little more use for a little while longer. The corner seat is the best seat in the house because you literally sink in! 
My book stack has seen better days.  They were all in really good shape until one day I caught Grady chewing on them.  They had sat there for years and he didn't touch them...I don't know what he was doing!  I still like the way they look chewed and all. 
Do you think I should paint the tray that this is all sitting in?  I have had it for years and use it to take stuff from the kitchen to the patio when we Barbecue in the summer.  If I were to paint it, what color would you suggest? 
I got a subscription to Romantic Homes and love getting my new issue each month.  I read the whole magazine cover to cover and set them on the coffee table for others to enjoy.  I always love to see if any of my blogger friends have been published...what an honor that would be!  
The coffee table was given to me by my grandma and when I got it, it was shiny brown.  A little white paint and some distressing and it was just my style!  I gotta say that I love my coffee table vignette in my living room and I hope that you enjoyed it too!

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