Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Basket Full of Lilacs

My lilacs were finally ready to be cut and made into arrangements today.  So I went out and cut myself a big basket full of them!
They smell amazing and they are full of so many different shades of purple.  
I gathered up some containers and filled them with water and started arranging them.  I love how rustic and willy-nilly lilacs are.  They fall over here and stand up there.  They are imperfectly perfect!
I was able to make 3 very full and lush arrangements out of my basket full of lilacs.  I can't pick a favorite because I love them all.
See all those beautiful different colors?  These all came from the same bush but they all look so different.
I have put them all around my house so that you can smell them no matter where you are at.  This blue jar full is in the bonus room, sitting by my framed chalkboard.
This arrangement, in a vintage nosegay vase that was my grandma's, is sitting on the dresser in our bedroom.  I am sure the aroma of these lilacs will help us have sweet dreams tonight!
And this triple arrangement is sitting on top of the record player in our living room.  I can smell them as I type this and I love it!  Lilacs are definitely one of my most favorite flowers and I wish they lasted just a little bit longer!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Red Chair Makeover

Even though we had a really mild winter this year, Spring has been super slow to show up around here.  I am still waiting for my lilacs to bloom, I would say that it will be another 2 weeks before I can smell their sweet scent in my house.  Today I did get in a little Spring project and it just makes get excited for more projects to come!
I found this chair at my local thrift store last fall for just a few dollars.  It has been sitting in storage waiting for me to decide which color to paint it. Here is the before, simple but nothing special. 
I finally decided that I wanted a bright, cheery red chair and today, that is exactly what I got.  I picked up a can of Krylon ColorMaster Paint +Primer from WalMart in the color Gloss Cherry Red.  It what the exact color that I wanted! 
I also picked up a pretty red primrose to plant for this chair.  I planted it in an old teapot planter and it looks perfect.
I dressed up this side of the pump house with my new red chair, some new outdoor pillows and my vintage stool with a few more fun planters.  
We have a lot of projects to get going on around our yard.  This one was really quick and easy and I love the end result.  I also love this bright red color!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cows on Canvas

Every spring, new cows show up in the pasture behind our house.  Last year, it was these 2 adorable babies.  They were so curious about me and my camera in the beginning, this picture was just perfect and I have been kind of obsessed with it ever since then!  I entered it in our county fair and won a blue ribbon.  When I was asked to review a canvas from Canvas Factory, I knew exactly which picture I wanted.
I chose to do the mirror image canvas so that the edges were wrapped and it was the best way for this particular picture.  There are 3 options to choose from and you can preview each way to see which one you like the best.  After I uploaded my picture on their website, it took about 1 week to get it shipped to me.  It came packaged nicely and is a great quality canvas.  I took my cow friends outside to do a fun little photo shoot before I hang them up inside. 
If you would like to win your own 16x20 canvas print, just let me know in the comments.  I will pick a winner next Sunday so start thinking about which picture you would want on your canvas.  I need to figure out where I am going to hang this inside my house.  That will be a harder decision than deciding which picture I wanted!  I wonder what kind of cute cows we will get in the pasture this spring?

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