Sunday, October 24, 2010
The digitalis (foxglove) still looks beautiful.
I also have one echinacea (coneflower) that bloomed very late and is just glorious right now.
I started relocating some plants and also thinned some out. It is supposed to remain unseasonably warm for a few days which will give me the opportunity to finish up before a hard frost. It was nice to be out in the sunshine and doing a little manual labor!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
|From Google Images|
Wish me luck...my feet hurt from stamping them to scare off intruders when I walk into the kitchen!
Monday, August 30, 2010
The wooden tray is teak and it was only $1.97. The white plates (3) are English ironstone by J&G Meakin and were $2.97. They are going to go on the wall above my bed. The wooden picture frame was a whopping 97cents. The silver plate salad fork and spoon on the left (and you can just barely see) are Towle and they were also $1.97.
I painted both the tray and the frame Heirloom White. I haven't decided exactly what else I want to do to the tray but I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to frame!
|Grandson Andrew David|
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I was a little depressed on Friday afternoon. I had two choices - go home and eat something "bad" or go shopping. Since I just lost 15lbs (on my way to 40!) and I didn't want to spend too much money, I hit the Goodwill. Here's what I found
See all those price tags? The trims were from Joann's and had been discounted several times before they ended up at Goodwill. The gold and ivory were in a plastic bag together and I paid $ .97 for those. The white fringe was $ .97 by itself but I am not complaining!! I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with these trims but I know there's a project waiting to happen.
I collect pieces of silver plate that no one else wants (apparently)! This is not an old piece but I liked the shape and size. I will use it on a shelf in the bath to hold hair accessories.
Best thing about thrift shopping? I only spent at total of $3.08, went home in a better mood and didn't eat everything in the 'fridge!
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
Having lived with a realtor who refused any color on walls (based on the premise if you have to sell it is harder to make the sale if the buyer doesn't like the paint color!) I became used to the idea of antique white walls. My house now has all antique white walls. I still want a pale, pale pink in the bath because I love pale, pale pink. The only reason I have not painted the bath is because I hate to paint. For a time, I was going to paint my first floor walls all a delicate shade of sage. Then I thought about what happens when I get tired of that color. And I also looked at all it would entail because I could never do it on my own and I am pretty sure I don't have anyone in my life that loves me enough to paint my entire downstairs area!
I like the idea of bringing color into a room with the furnishings...except that I lean toward colors like ivory and linen. Maybe I still have antique white walls because I like them!
Monday, August 9, 2010
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When do you put down "Weed and Feed"? Can I do that in the fall and again in the spring and just pray for rain? (Calling in a plumber to add a spigot to the back of the house makes a lot of sense!)
Friday, July 16, 2010
Well, here it is all finished!
I deglazed it and primed it with Kilz. I spray painted it with Rustoleum Heirloom White and love the soft ivory color. I nicked around the top and legs a bit to distress it but didn’t want a glaze it. I painted the little brass feet with brass colored latex paint. It is perfect for the space and I am so happy just to have finished something!
I am planning (operative word: “planning”) to re-upholster the chair I bought months and months ago. Amelia asked about it recently and that really did put a bug in my ear! I purchased the canvas drop cloth, have tack strips and staples for my staple gun. I certainly don’t have any excuses not to finish it this weekend!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
My daughter-in-law is arriving on Sunday afternoon with my oldest granddaughter. Em will be staying with me for 2 weeks. This is something we do every year and is the highlight of the summer for me. She is 12 now and I don't know how much longer she will want to do this so I am going to enjoy every moment that I can with her. She is signed up for two "camps" - first week is a sewing camp and the second is a cooking camp. She sews pretty well (did a sewing camp also last year) so she is looking forward to making a "flirty skirt" this year. Em also loves to cook (and is an excellent baker!) so cooking camp will also be great fun. I will work at the office in the mornings and then spend the rest of the day with Em. I can hardly wait!
I am going to finish planting the very last of my perennials this weekend and get down 3 more bags of mulch. (I think I am going to put my DIL to work!) That will be it for the garden except for maintenance. It is hard work building a garden from a nasty patch of grass! I think there will be one more "building" year and then I hope to be reasonably satisfied with it. Everything I planted last year came back beautifully with the exception of my bee balm. It looks terrible. I think it has some sort of mildew. Anyone know of a good home remedy for that?
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Last weekend a nearby town was having their community yard sale. The name of the town is Stouchburg and it is a darling little hamlet with some really beautiful homes. My sister’s friend is beginning to collect items for her daughter’s first apartment. She is hoping not to spend too much money so a big yard sale was just the ticket. I really had so much to do at home (and I haven’t cleaned house in weeks) so I thought about backing out…but changed my mind. I am so happy that I did!
I have wanted some antique shutters to hide the laundry area in my kitchen. I have seen some that were priced reasonably but were not as tall as I was hoping to find. At last! I have a pair!! One is right side up and the other is down but aren’t they great?! Chippy old white and green paint. They stand about 6’ tall.
I am not going to tell you what I paid for them because if I did you would hate me!
This is the back of my sister’s car. Looks like a pretty successful day, doesn’t it?!!
Once again, I am linking up with Rhonda’s blog, Southern Hospitality.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Finally, a post from me! I am starting to work on projects since it is warm enough to do things outside. There is little I can do during the winter since I keep the house so cold paint takes FOREVER to dry!
Here is one project that I recently completed.
I had white cotton cafe’ style curtains with window blinds in my bedroom. I have had sleep issues for months and finally figured out that the amount of light coming into my room at night was a factor. Out in blog land, everyone is using painter’s canvas drop cloths for curtain, slipcover and upholstery fabric. I thought – what the heck?! - and purchased 2-9’x12’ packages. I washed them twice, rinsed with fabric softener and threw them in the dryer. They came out soft and very workable. I cut 1 panel down the length for each window and only had to do minimal hemming. I am making a quilt for my bed and have a lot of extra fabric for shams, borders, bed skirt, etc. I had originally planned to make drapes with the Chocolat fabric (Moda 3 Sisters) but just used some for the valences and I made a couple of matching shams. I was very pleased working with the canvas fabric and would do it again in a heartbeat! As a side note – because of the positioning of my bed there was no way to get a better shot of the curtains. They go to the floor and because I have such high ceilings, I took advantage of that and positioned the valances as close to the ceiling as I could reach.
Today is the huge yard sale in Wernersville so I am off in search of treasures. Hope you have a great day!!