Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Walk Around My Yard

Please join me for a walk around my yard.  I'll show you the good, the bad and the ugly.

We just finished planting our vegetable garden.  We do raised beds.  It's not very big, but it serves our purpose well.
This is from today.  I realized you couldn't see the whole garden.
This is last summer.  I haven't planted flowers in the wheelbarrow yet.
Next stop my shade garden.
The primrose are blooming now.  In a few weeks more plants will be blooming.
Can you see the little white leaves coming up?  This is my White Hostas. 
This White Hostas is in my shade garden.  I planted it 3 years ago.  The deer kept eating it down as soon as it would come up.  I started spraying it with liquid fence and keep your fingers crossed that it does great this year.

Tulips next to sun porch.  I wish they would last longer too.  Most of my other tulips are gone.
We planted this Japanese Red Maple just a few days ago.  I've always wanted one, but didn't want to pay $100 for one.  I found this one at Aldi's Food Market for only $12.99.  I figure if it doesn't make it, I'm only out $13 bucks not $100.  It's not very big, but it will grow.  I have faith.
Okay........are you ready?  This is the bad and ugly all rolled into one spot.
This is weed heaven.  Nothing is blooming right now.  The daffodils were beautiful.  I still have to mulch.  I have dug this area up twice, put down layers and layers of weed cloth to no avail.  Last year I planted a lot of perennials hoping as they grow they will choke out the weeds.  I weed and weed and weed and still cannot get it under control.  I have a new plan that I'll disclose at a later date.  No, I'm not going to torch it, though that is tempting.

Thanks for taking a walk with me.

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Chaise Loungers For My Sun Porch

I am in the process of redoing our screened in sun porch.  We had a futon on it but decided we were ready for a change.  Many a nap was taken on this futon.

Here are our new loungers.  Now we can both take a nap.  I ordered them from Wal-Mart.  They are Better Homes & Garden and are only available on line.  Site to store, free shipping.
That would be one of our three cats, Boo.  I guess he wanted to be in the picture.  I am contemplating staining a faux rug right onto the floor.  Not sure yet.  The husband is all gung-ho about it.  Thinks it would be "neat".  Hope he plans on helping.

Stay tuned for periodic up dates regarding our sun porch.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lilacs In My Yard

Lilacs are my favorite spring flowering bush.  I love the purple color, I love the smell, I love the delicate little flowers.  Unfortunately they don't last as long as I would like them to.  They are in full bloom in our area right now.  I did notice that some are already turning brown.  I just had to pick some and bring them inside to enjoy.  Oh, the smell. 
When we bought this house 13 years ago and one thing I noticed was there were no lilacs.  I had to fix that.  At the time our oldest daughter was away at college.  One weekend on our way to pick her up we passed a greenhouse that was selling lilac bushes for just $16.00.  These were pretty good size bushes.  We bought four of them.  The first couple of years they didn't bloom.  By the third year they started.  Now they are full of blooms.

Here they are along one side of our house.
French Lilac in my front yard
I bought this French Lilac from QVC the first spring we were here.  I planted it in our front yard along one side of the driveway.  It wasn't any more than a foot high..  Here it is today over 6 ft. tall.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  The blooms are a dark rich purple.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Garage Sale Finds

The husband and I went to garage sales Saturday morning and I just had to share some of my finds with you.

This cute little bench was only $6.00!  It will be re-painted and I probably will make a cushion for it.

Cement bird bath...........$1.00!  Yes $1.00!!!  Be still my heart.

Cement planter.  Okay, not so pretty right now, but I can imagine what it will look like with a new paint job. $1.00.

This ceramic planter.......$1.00.  Looks like new.  I may or may not paint it.  What do you think?

File cabinet $5.00.  Still looking for 2 more.  
The file cabinet will be part of my craft room renovation.  Still need 2 more.

I also found a brand new Copco tea kettle in box for $3.00!  Yes.........$3.00!!  I love a bargain!

Do you garage sale?  If you're reading my blog, most likely you do.  What great finds did you discover?

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bessie, Baby and Boo

This post in memory of Donna's beloved Beethoven from Funky Junk Interiors.  

Our household has 3 cats, Bessie, Baby and Boo.  They all came from shelters. When we chose Boo we also brought home another cat named Lavender.  My husband did not like that name so promptly changed it to Tigger, like that was better?  Unfortunately poor Tigger was hit by a car.  Even though we only had her for a few short months we loved her dearly.  We decided Boo needed another sister or brother so off to the shelter we went.  We saw this little teeny tiny black and white ball of fur with her mama and stopped looking.  She was the one.  I couldn't stand to separate them so we brought home mama (Bessie) too.  We couldn't decide what to name her so in the mean time we called her the "baby", and the name stuck.

Here she is, always willing to help supervise, sitting on my tool box.

Resting on the sun porch.
Bessie and Baby look a lot alike except that Bessie has black around her right eye.

You will have to close your eyes and imagine what Boo looks like, he's camera shy.  It won't be hard to imagine though, he's a black short haired domestic.  Right now he's outside chasing crickets.

We love our little bundles of fur and couldn't imagine life without them.  They each have their own distinct personalities.
This post is for Donna and Beethoven.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Paper Flower Tutorial

I love to scrapbook and make cards so I thought I would show you how to make paper flowers like these.

Gather your supplies.  You will need any patterned or solid scrapbook paper.  I used some scraps.  A 1-3/4” scallop and a 1-1/4” circle punch.  Don’t worry if you don’t have punches.  You can use your Cricut (if you have one) to cut these.  A Silhouette would probably work too.  I don’t have one, but Silhouette if you’re listening and would like to send me one to try I wouldn’t mind!  I happened to have the scallop punch but not a circle punch.  My Cricut worked just fine.  Back to the supply list, scissors, ink, and ink dauber, mini brads and a paper piercer.  Have you got everything?  Good!  Let’s get started.

Punch out a scallop and circle.
Or use your Cricut.

Using your scissors, take the circle and cut slits like a pie toward the center.  Don’t cut all the way or it will fall to pieces.  You will end up with 8 petals.  Now just round the corners.  Nothing fancy, don’t worry if each one isn’t perfect.  After all nature isn’t perfect, each petal is unique.  Done yet?  Now take the scallop circle and make a cut between each petal toward the center.  If you want you can then make a slit in each petal so you have more petals.  I did them both ways.
Take your ink dauber, ink it up and just swipe the edges of both the scallop and circle.  No dauber, no problem, just swipe the edges against the ink pad.  How are you doing so far?  Good!

Stack the circle onto the scallop and using your paper piercer or ice pick, whichever you have on hand, and poke a hole in the center.  Choose a colored mini brad of your liking and insert into hole.  That was easy, wasn’t it?
Now you're going to take it and scrunch it up to give it some dimension.  Don't be afraid you won't hurt it.
You’re finished.  Isn’t it purty?

You can use these to decorate homemade cards:

Or on scrapbooking pages:

I hope you enjoyed making these.  Thanks for dropping in.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spring Wreath

I don't seem to be very good at this blogging thing, but I'm going to keep plugging away at it.  Seriously, folks, it does take a lot of time.  Plus when I do a project I either forget to take pictures at all or I remember half way through.  Bear with me...........I'll get the hang of it.

Finally our weather has made a turn for the better.  This week in the 70's.  I've been spending time outside doing yard work that just couldn't be put off any longer.  However, I did squeeze in some time to make a Spring/Summer wreath for our front door.
I used a grape vine wreath that I had on hand.  I bought a plain wooden birdhouse at JoAnn Fabric's for $1.00 and 3 bunches of silk flowers at the Dollar Tree for a buck a piece.  I also bought a faux fern at Hobby Lobby for $1.50 (half off).  The bird and ivy I had in my stash.

First I painted the birdhouse, antique white for the roof and sage green for the base using acrylic paints I had.  What crafter doesn't have a stash of paints I ask you?!
I cut the heads off the stems.  Don't worry no flowers were hurt in the making of this wreath.  I also cut apart the fern.  
You'll notice I left a small part of the stem to stick into the wreath

After laying out the ivy, flowers and fern the way I liked it I used my trusty hot glue gun to glue everything in place.
I glued the little birdie onto the perch of the birdhouse and then glued the birdhouse onto the wreath.  After that it was all set to go onto my door.  I used a heavy duty suction cup hook to attach to the window and then hung the wreath.  I do have a wreath hanger, but it is decorated for Christmas use.  I know, I know I could spray paint it.  Okay, okay, I admit it............I am lazy and didn't want to have to dig through my Christmas stuff to find it.  There I said it, I..........AM...........LAZY!  Anyways, back to my beautiful wreath hanging on my door.
I used my Cricut and white vinyl to cut out the numbers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring Has Sprung..........I Think

To say that it has been a rainy Spring for my neck of the woods is an understatement.  It has rained 19 out of the past 20 days.  Because of this I really haven't felt like doing much of anything.  Today the sun is out and I couldn't be more excited.  Since I really don't have any projects to share with you I thought I would post some pictures of my Spring flowers.  This photos are from last year.  I'm waiting for the tulips to bloom.  The daffodils are in bloom, however the batteries in my camera are dead.  After this I am off on a shopping trip and batteries are on my list!

I hope the sun is shining in your life!