Monday, July 14, 2014

Painted Wardrobe

 A few years back I bought a huge furniture set at a garage sale. It worked great for a while in a room without a closet. Then we had a closet built in that room and we found new homes for some of the pieces. We conveniently set the big wardrobe down the hall in our room, since it was so heavy. It did not match with the rest of our furniture but it became useful for storing baby clothes. So it sat there for a couple more years.
The other day I was thinking that I should clean up the top of this wardrobe, since it is the first thing I see in the morning when I open my eyes. I  thought a collection of vintage stuff would look good up there, but not with the cherry color. So I decided to change that with a little paint. I am totally loving it and can't believe I didn't think about doing it earlier!


 Before






















 Not the prettiest sight first thing in the morning, even the pictures on the wall are from before the wardrobe moved in. This is also where the Fabric Covered Boxes were stored (One of my first posts and most viewed too). Not looking so hot.


I made homemade caulk paint  using Plaster of Paris and some Benjamen Moore paint in Antique White. I like the recipe Sharon from Elizabetha & Co uses.


 I love that I can enjoy some things that were previously stored away in the basement.




I sure am enjoying the sight I wake up to every morning and I love how everything in the room looks now!


Hope I've inspired you to make some little changes to a room that's not working for you!



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Monday, July 7, 2014

July Blooms And Gardens

 We have had beautiful weather here so far this summer! July is here and it's heating up. Today we're  headed to the pool, because summer flies by so fast and we want to enjoy the heat while it's here!
Before we head out  I want to show you what's blooming in my gardens.


 The Flox is beautiful this year! Last year it had some kind of mold and didn't do so well.


Here's the view toward the back yard.



The sunflowers self-seeded themselves and I let them because they look so pretty from the house.


Everything is doing well despite how late I got it planted.


We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants and squash. 


I had an empty spot between the woods and the garden and I couldn't resist, I filled it in with flowers!


My flower bed over the septic tank has been expanded this year. I love the purple cone flowers and now I also planted Shasta daisies, I think they go well together. Did you notice my garden decor? I made them from the rings off old barrels.


 I showed you this flower bed last month and I thought I'd show you how it looks later in the summer.






Earlier this spring, this bed of Irises were blooming, now  the wildflowers are in bloom. 
I love how it has a totally different look!


Last year I found some wildflowers on the side of the road and I trans-planted a couple of  them next to the road at my house since that was where they were growing.  This year this is what we have in that spot!


Purple cone flowers around the well in my front yard.


I bought this plant as a bulb and this is the first year it has bloomed. 


On my front porch I have this house plant called "Moses in a Basket"
 It is pretty hard to kill. It likes it dry and Hot.


My favorite plant for pots are the Sweet Potato Vines. I love how they fill in and you really get your money's worth with them. Plus if you dig out the potato in the fall and save them in a cool dry spot till spring you will never have to buy them again!  If you want to propagate them even more you can bury part of the vine in dirt, keep it moist and it will take root! They do like s lot of water though.
  Hope you can get out and enjoy the summer .

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Bridal Shower


 It's wedding season, and I want to show you some pictures from a friend's bridal shower we attended a few weeks back. The ladies who put this together did an awesome job! The flowers were beautiful, the food was amazing and we all had a fun time.

Everyone loved the arraingments. The flowers were given(from friends' gardens) to the lady throwing the party.



The vases were actually ceramic but had a very authentic tree stump look.


 Yum!

 Yum!


 Traditional romanian salad, Salata de biof.

 Lots of fruit!




 This cake had chocolate on the inside, yummm.


 I think this was my favorite dessert, refreshing!


 Cute cake made of cupcakes!


Emily used some creativity when she wraped our gift.


 Hope you enjoyed it have a great week!





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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vintage Engagement/Wedding Decor

This past week has been so busy for our family. We have been doing a lot of shopping in preparation for our daughters' trip overseas. Our church also held VBS and we all volunteered, and as soon as that was over we set up for my brother's engagement party. Monday morning we drove our girls to the airport and I'm ready to relax!
We actually had a lot of fun putting it all together and I want to show you the results. It was in the basement and there isn't much natural light so excuse the quality of photos.


  All the wildflowers were in bloom here so we decided to use them in our arrangements.


We also used some flowers from my garden and bought the carnations. We only spent twenty dollars on flowers!


Emily and Julia made these heart garlands for the backdrop.
 

They bought a heart punch and glued three hearts together with a piece of twin in the middle. This was a lot of work, but they did it in advance.

They also made two banners using card-stock and burlap. I like that it was simple to do and filled in a large space fast. For the table runner we wanted to keep the price down so instead of using burlap we bought brown wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby. I cut the tube of paper in three and hot glued lace that we already had to edges.




I think that considering what we had to work with, which is a basement with cafeteria tables and a very small budget it turned out fabulous!



Emily even made use of the dry erase board that was hanging up.


The vintage suitcase and chalkboard were a last minute addition, but definitely added a nice touch.


The bride loved the chalk board so much that if we can fit it in a small car, it will be making it's way across the country to her this week.



 It's great to know you don't have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful party. I'll leave you with a glimpse of the yummy(homemade) desserts that were enjoyed by all!














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