Monday, September 5, 2016

Fall on the Porch and Faux Throws

Between being down for 2 days with a migraine, the first football game of the season, taking a little day trip and scrubbing my kitchen floor, I got a little fall decorating done over this 3 day weekend.  I wanted to create a cozy feeling with warm throws and festive colors.  
I could have bought actual throws, but JoAnn's didn't have any in the colors I wanted nor did I want to pay a ton of money for them.  Instead, I bought 2 yards of flannel in the perfect colors.  I cut the 2 yards in half and threw them over my vintage green chairs.  I tied a burlap ribbon around the pillows and it is so cozy looking out there now, just like I wanted it! 
A quick trip to the Dollar Tree for some garland and this cute little fall sign to dress up up this spot above the chairs.  The sign fit perfectly in this window. 
I got some sunflowers from the dollar store to put in my blue mason jars that hang off of the deck railing.  I need to tie some different ribbon onto the wire hangers. 
I just love these giant sunflowers and they look so cute in my address planters.  My favorite local craft store is going out of business and the whole store is 70% off.  These sunflowers end up costing only 90 cents...I am going to have to go back and get more!
I filled my black lanterns with faux pumpkins and sprinkled in some sunflowers to tie them in with everything else.   
It's so hard to get a picture of the porch since it is so narrow but I love it anyway.  Our weather has been absolutely wonderful and cool and perfect for front porch sitting! 
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Junk Pickin' Jackpot

We hit the junkin' jackpot today!  My brother-in-law knows a guy who knows a guy who is selling all the junk off of his land.  We went to see what we could get and came back with quite a haul.  Don't mind the pictures, they were taken on my phone and the set up isn't so pretty!
This old metal milk crate had heavy engine parts in it and my hubby knew how much I wanted it, so he took all of those heavy things out so I could get it! 
A neat old apple basket.  I can't wait to use this in my fall decorating soon. 
They thought I was crazy when I said I wanted these old bed springs.  What in the world will you do with that they asked.  Oh, well, there are so many possibilities! 
A really nice milk can with a lid.  The other side has a horrible painting on it but that will be removed soon.  No ugly frogs for me, thanks! 
This super cool and super rusty head and foot board will probably find a place in the yard soon.  This thing is heavy! 
This wash tub has a neat red color on it and is a really good size.  It even came with a burlap bag in it.
I spotted this rusty old Chevron bucket in the weeds.  It is rusty and has holes in it but it will work great as a planter. 
This old washing machine is so heavy too.  My brother-in-law bought this, but since he has no where to put it, he is going to let us put it in our yard to enjoy. 
My sister's in-laws own storage units and sell past due units.  They bought one for $500 and it is loaded with so much vintage goodness.  My sister was going to throw these bubble lights away but I said no way!  I am sure I can find a way to repurpose them or something cool.  She has so much to go through still and sends me pictures of all the cool stuff.  I told her to let me take anything she is going to throw away because none of it should be thrown away!
It may have been almost 100 degrees outside when we were hunting for all of these treasures, but it was totally worth the $10 and all the sweat it took to get everything!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Challenge: Box Makeover

I love a good challenge!  We have had these odd boxes in our office forever.  I am not sure what they were used for but when our science building was remodeled a few years ago, our department was given these in hopes that we could find something to do with them.  They've sat for awhile unused and unloved.  Last week, I finally decided to do something with them.
As you can see, they are pretty neat little boxes. Look at those dovetail joints!  They are just fine as is but I wanted to make them fit into my office just a little bit better.  So a light coat of Peony Pink paint and some decopauged roses later... 
 I now have these perfect little card holders!  I love cards--thank you cards, thinking of you cards, any card really. 
I just searched Google images for some pretty roses, printed them and cut them out.  I tried to do the packaging tape image transfer, but the paper just slid off the tape instead of sticking to it.  So instead a little mod podge and voila! 
These cards fit perfectly in this box so I can see what I have.  While I was at it, I also painted a different box and added a matching image to hold cards that were given to me.  Now this sweet grouping sits on a shelf in my office and looks like it belongs.  Challenge accepted and challenge won!  What would you do with one of these boxes?  Want one of your own?  Tell me what you would do and I will pick someone to send one to!
In other news, last week was my county fair and I won 6 ribbons!  Three 2nd place red ribbons for portrait, pet and snapshot photography, and two 1st place blue ribbons for professional and black & white photography.  My chocolate chip cookies also won 2nd place! 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Stencils are a Girl's Best Friend

I got these old brass stencils from a yard sale at work earlier this year.  The library brought them to the yard sale and before they could even put them out, I snatched them up.  There are 3 sizes--2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch.  This weekend I finally did a few projects with them.
These galvanized buckets were the first thing I made over.  After removing the burlap and twine, I taped the stencils onto the buckets and used a sharpie to trace the numbers.  Then I hand painted them using black acrylic paint.
I put our address on the buckets and dressed them up even further.  I used the burlap that I removed, cut it in half and tied a piece to each little handle.  Gravel was used to weigh them down and hold the silk red carnations in the bucket. 
Now which way should these go on my front steps?  Do you read from bottom to top? 
Or top to bottom?  Which way should I display them?
This next piece I have had forever.  It used to have terra cotta pots cut in half on it in different sizes with flowers.  They fell off long ago and it was time for something new. 
Stencils to the rescue!  The 3 inch stencils were used again to spell out "Welcome" and I hand painted the letters in a custom paint color I made to match our house color. I sanded the letters just a bit to give them a nice worn look. It now hangs proudly outside of our front door. 
I changed up the front porch display just a little bit, took the flags out of the buckets, added some twine and a new red mum to the inside of the crate.  I am going to love changing this whole set-up for each season and holiday! 
Here is a shot of our front porch today.  I love how welcoming it is! 

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vintage Container Gardens & a New Little Love of My Life

I don't know what has changed in me this year, but I am loving having a little garden to take care of.  In the past, I would plant flowers in the spring but once the heat of summer came, I was done.  This year it's different.  Maybe it's because I know that this is my forever home and I will get to see these flowers come back year after year.  Whatever it is, I sure do love it!
Container gardens are so much fun.  I love planting different things in each one.  My galvenized bucket is bursting with a pretty green Hosta and bright pink dianthus.
My old coal bucket is perfect for these sunshine yellow marigolds.   
My vintage red Radio Flyer wagon is really doing well in this corner of the yard.  I can't remember what the names of these flowers are but they sure are pretty. 
This old wheel barrow was left here when we bought the house.  It has holes rusted in the bottom of it so it was all ready to become a planter. 
I found these old farm buckets on Craigslist for $5 EACH.  I got 4 of them and now I wish I would have gotten more! 
I saved some large tin cans, painted them up, had Cody drill holes in them and added some twine to hang them with.  They are hanging off of a shepherd's hook and have pretty petunias growing in them. 
The lady I got the buckets from gave me this one for free since it was 2 stuck together that they couldn't get apart.  I love how containers add height, interest and texture to my garden.  I am on the look out for more fun vintage things to use as planters...any ideas for me? 
I would like to introduce you to my new nephew, Riggins Reece.  He was born on Friday and I am so in love with this little man.  His big brother Fischer is so excited for him to finally be out of mommy's tummy.  I can't wait for them to come home so I can go snuggle him more.  I spent all day yesterday cooking up casseroles to take to their house so they have some good food to eat when they get home.  Welcome to the world Riggins, this auntie can't wait to love on you and cover you in kisses soon!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Let's Go Camping Mantlescape

This is the first summer in a couple of years that we haven't been camping.  Like at all.  It's amazing how much I miss it!  We decided since we just bought a house and have a lot of work to do on it, we would not go camping this summer so that every weekend would be dedicated to our house.  
When I got this Scentsy Camper warmer, it made me wish we were up camping even more.  But it also inspired me to create this fun Camping Mantle.  It's not quite the same as being up in the mountains, but it definitely brings a smile to my face.   
This cute little directional chalkboard sign was perfect for this vignette.  This birch log with 3 spots for candles is a fun play on a "campfire" and a mason jar with colorful pinwheels adds to the whimsy. 
I found these super cute lanterns at a yard sale and even though they are actually hummingbird feeders, they work for my camping mantle.  There were 3 of them and I think I could use them for other fun things. 
I made a fun rag ball garland and put buttons between each ball.  It's colorful and a nice little touch. 
When I was out in the garage earlier, I spotted this old camper license plate and added it to my mantle.  I love the mountains on it! 
The middle book in my book stack has the word "Summer" in it so that was a happy coincidence! 
I am sure there are more fun things to put on my camping mantle and hopefully I find more stuff soon. 
I love how colorful this is.  Maybe next year we will get to go camping at least once! 
So we rescued this sweet yellow lab today.  She belonged to someone we know and she has been beaten down and unloved her whole life.  When we heard that she was living in a kennel, never getting out, hardly being fed among other things, we decided to rescue her and give her a better life.  We don't need or want another dog but we couldn't live with ourselves knowing that she was suffering,  So we will get her spayed and show her love.  If we find a loving home for her, we will let her go but if we don't, we will keep her as our own.  I just don't understand how anyone can get a dog and then treat it badly.  They are so full of love and personality and don't deserve to be treated poorly. Don't worry Ellie, you have a new home now and will be loved and taken care of!
     
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