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.  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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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A few things to love right now!

Do you know what I am loving right now?  Well, there are a few things!  First up is acrylic paint.  I have always loved it but recently I have been using it to paint everything.  First the jar and flower pots and now a cute little tin and a clock.
This tin has been in the break room since I started here and I never really noticed it until now.  It is so adorable with its cute swirly lines.  I knew I had to paint it and make it even cuter. 
It started out looking like this.  Not bad but I knew it could be better! 
Even the lid has a sweet scroll on it.  Some paint in my favorite new pink color Peony and a little distressing gave a whole new look to it. 
But of course I had to add some extra pretty things to it.  A snippet of seam binding and a simple little shabby rose and I think this is the cutest tin! It matches my pen jar perfectly and I think I might use it to hold business cards or some other fun little things.  
I needed a clock for my office and found one at Family Dollar that had a great look, just not a great color.  Acrylic paint to the rescue!  This is my other favorite color, Cloudless.  A  quick and imperfect couple coats of paint was all it took to turn this clock into something fun.  I love the way acrylic paint allows you to add some character to your pieces.  Now what else can I find around here to paint!?! 
Speaking of things I love, I love shopping for linens when I am thrifting or yard saling.  I recently found some darling sheets that I have used to dress up my day bed and bench out on the patio. 
I love mixing the patterns up for that extra shabby look.  Once the nice weather gets here, these will get lots of use on the weekends! 
I also love to use sheets as tablecloths.  This peachy rose sheet was perfect for our Easter brunch table.  It is still on the table and makes the dining room look extra pretty.  Sheets are so versatile and can be used for so many different things.  And I am always on the look out for more! 
Have a wonderful week and go paint something or put a sheet on it!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Making things Spring-y!

Sometimes, you just never find what you are looking for so you have to just make it yourself.  That's what I did today and I am loving all of it!
I have a plant that needs a new pot and I would like to take it to work.  No matter how hard I looked, I just couldn't find a planter that I liked.  So I decided to make my own.  I got this planter at the Dollar Tree, not because of how it looked but because I knew I could make it look how I wanted it to.
I painted it with 4 coats of a light pink acrylic paint called "Peony".  Love the color and the name! 
I wanted to put sweet little flowers on it and thought of several different ways.  I ultimately decided to print the flowers on clear labels and then cut them out and stick them on the planter.
Look how cute my little planter turned out!  It is exactly how I wanted it to look and it was so easy as well.   
 I painted another one in my other favorite color "Cloudless" and added a French graphic to it.  This one still needs something more, but I am sure I will think of something soon. 
And while I had the pink paint out, I decided to make myself a new pen holder for my desk.  This jar is also from the Dollar Tree and is smooth all the way around.  I painted it, added some shabby white flowers around the mouth and tied a bow using vintage seam binding.  It looks so pretty on my desk.
While I was printing things, I decided to make some cute little stickers to put on my new KitchenAid mixer.  I don't know if this kind of design could be done on vinyl, but it would probably last longer than this method.  I printed them and cut them out. 
When I got home, I cleaned and dried my mixer and stuck the stickers on.   
 I love the way it makes my mixer look.  These won't last long but while they do, my mixer will look adorable!
I wanted an aqua mixer but wasn't about to spend $100+ extra just for a color.  The white one works just fine and now I can change up the decorations whenever I want to.  That sounds like a good deal to me! 
Now that my mixer is looking so cute, I better get in the kitchen and get another batch of creme brulee going.  Since I made it on Valentine's Day, Cody has requested on a very regular basis.  He even went and bought me a butane torch.  I have to say, caramelizing the sugar that way makes it taste even better.  And I think making it in my newly decorated mixer will make it even better still!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

New Office Makeover and Tour

We did a little rearranging at work recently.  Since our boss is moving on to a fabulous new job at the botanical gardens, we thought we would move around ourselves.  Yesterday and today, I spent time moving my office back and giving this space a nice and easy yet much needed makeover.  
Please don't mind the cords, they will be tucked away on Monday, but I couldn't wait to show you my new office.  This is the view from the doorway.  It is not a completely closed in office, I have pony wall in front of me where I can see into the entryway.  The window you see here looks into the hallway and is across the hall from my craft closet. 
 I had a lot of fun decorating this space. A lot of the stuff I already had and some of it is new.  I wanted to make this space feel homey and beautiful at the same time.  Of course having some of my favorite pictures hanging on the wall is the best way to go!
This wall has my creations on it.  The cone wreath on top and Paris banner down below were made years ago and have followed me.  The framed paper flowers in the middle I just made yesterday after seeing something very similar at Target this week. This is my take on it and the only thing I had to buy was the frame for $1.50 at the thrift store!
A closer look at my Paris banner.  All of these components were found at work so it didn't cost me a thing...the coffee filter flowers are my favorite part of this! 
I had to pick something up at Rite Aid this week and browsed the gardening section while there.  They had these super cute white birdcages in 3 different sizes.  They also happened to be 50% off!  I picked up the smallest one and paid $5 for it.  I should go get all three sizes.  I wanted to make a light out of it so I put some white lights in it and added some flowers to it.  I want to hang it from the ceiling but I am not tall enough to do that but I will find someone tall enough to hang it soon!   I also took apart some of the silk roses and layered the petals on the lights.  I used to do this in college in my dorm room and it always looked so romantic and pretty.
 I have this pretty metal aqua container that I have placed some flowers in.  It helps hide the plug in.
I got this rug from Kohl's, using Kohl's cash that I earned.  It is at the foot of my desk. 
I also got this memo board from Kohl's.  I love the Eiffel Tower in the corner and the twine bows.  It is the perfect spot to hold special mementos. 
Cody painted this file cabinet for me awhile ago.  The colors aren't quite what I had in mind, but it is way better than the mustard gold color it used to be! 
And I still have this big spot on the wall left to decorate.  One lonely little mirror is all I have hanging right now.  Yard sales and thrift stores, I hope you have something fabulous for me to hang here! 
This is the view I get to see out my window.  Spring is definitely here and the trees are starting to blossom.  This window opens and lets in a nice breeze.  I can hear students chatting, birds chirping, dogs barking and life going on all around me.  I am so happy to be in this office! 
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my new office.  I will be sure to show you any of the other fun stuff I get done to it, but now I better get to work!