August 28, 2014

Container Gardening In Galvanized Buckets

Good Morning!

I love the look of pretty flowers planted in rusty, banged up galvanized buckets.

For some reason the look speaks to me.

I've been slowly growing my collection of galvanized buckets over the past few years and my favorite place to use them is on the gravel patio I have in the back yard right outside my back door.

The patio is mostly shaded so I tend to use pink Impatiens every year.

To make planting up buckets of flowers go faster I have a little "cheat" to share with you.

I buy hanging planters when they go on sale in the spring normally from Lowe's or Menards and simply plop them right into the buckets.

Sometimes the buckets are too large and the plant falls to the bottom of the bucket.  

To remedy this problem here's what I do.

I take a piece of 1X4 and cut it to size.  
Next I cut off the corners.
I then have something that looks like this.

I take the piece of wood and wedge it down into the bucket to form a platform, like this . . . 

Next I make sure that the bucket I plan to use is has a place for water to drain out of it. 

Sometimes the bucket has natural drainage holes, other times I have to make a few.

Then I plop the hanging plant into the bucket...

cut off the plastic hanger part...

And I'm done! 

Perfectly planted buckets of flowers!

Quick, Easy and gives me the look I want all summer long!

Bye Now,


August 26, 2014

I Love Vintage Cake Carriers

For those of us who enjoy collecting vintage treasures, no matter how many collections we have in the works there is always one that steals our hearts above all the others.

For me, it's vintage cake carriers.

Can't really explain my fascination, I just know it exists.

I have a total of three cake carriers . . . A rectangle shaped one . . . A square shaped one . . . and now . . . 

A circle shaped one!

She's a beauty, don't you think?

Made by Regal sometime in the 1950's she is in excellent shape.

As soon as I had it washed up and ready to use my youngest daughter promptly baked a cake to put inside.

Looks yummy, not that I'd know, the kids had it all eaten up by the time I was ready for a piece!

I thought this little storage area was a nice feature.
The perfect place to hold cake eating supplies which makes it a great thing to have for picnic's or potlucks.

Couldn't be more please.

Bye now,


August 25, 2014

Picnic Blanket From Vintage Linens

Good Morning!

Who doesn't need a snazzy picnic blanket? 

I was in desperate need of a new one to replace the tattered, faded blanket I've used for like ever!

After sorting through my stash of linens I decided to use a chenille bedspread and a matching flat sheet to make a new picnic blanket.

Here's how it looks all rolled up and ready for a the great outdoors!

Cute right.

It's perfect for the backyard too!

My girls have been using it quite a bit this past week.

For a little added comfort, I made a pillow cover for a travel sized pillow to match the blanket. 

I love the pattern on this fabric.

Plus it's so soft and comfy feeling which the kids appreciate.

Once the kiddos are done relaxing in the shade they simple roll up the pillow inside the blanket and tie it all together - - okay,  maybe I do that part!  LOL

If your interested in making your own picnic blanket just follow the quick tutorial below.
It's seriously too easy!

Supply List
1. bedspread, blanket or sheet for the top layer.
2. sheet or blanket for the bottom layer
3. thread
4. scissors
5. sewing machine

Step #1:  Preparing the Layers

Step #2:  Sewing Tie Straps

Step #3:  Attaching Tie Straps

Step #4:  Sewing Layers Together

Pause to shoo away helper. . . 

Step #5:  Finishing The Edges

TA - DA!

August 22, 2014

Fun Finds

Good Morning!

It's once again time to share my fun finds from the past week.  I love Friday's

First off, some pretty vintage sheets to add to my growing collection.
I have been having such good luck finding pretty versions lately - - my stash is growing nicely.  

Next up, a enameled bowl.  

You all know how much I love, love, love enamelware.
There is always room for more in my collection.  
This bowl is a great mid-rage size which I think is perfect.

I also found a wood spoon - - the start of a new collection I think


five grain sacks  - - from the thrift store - - can you image!

Truly a jackpot moment for me.  
These things are hard to come by around here.

This small silver tea pot called out to me.  
Love it's somewhat modern flair.

A lace panel I hope to re-purpose as a pillow cover and a  small ironstone dish where also great finds for a dollar each.

The sliver serving spoons were found at my one and only garage sale stop this week.  I was thrilled that they all matched and there was a variety of sizes.

And last but not least, a small black bible and a wooden bowl was found.  

I love both and am sort of liking the two together.  May have to find a place for them in one of my rooms.

How about you?

Any great finds this week?


August 21, 2014

Simple Curtains From A Vintage Sheet

Good Morning!

I recently found a vintage sheet at the thrift store that had me gasping in delight. 

 I fell for it's pretty color and unique design at first sight.

The colors worked perfectly with my bedroom's summer decor.  

After debating about how to use the sheet I finally decided curtains would be the best.

I simply cut the sheet in half lengthwise and finished the edges with a quick hem.  

I then added a rod pocket at the top by folding the fabric over three inches on the back side and than sewed it in place.

I decided not to trim the length of the curtains at all - - I like how they puddled on the floor.

It was so easy - - in less than ten minutes I had brand new curtains.

I didn't line the curtain at all because for privacy
I've used a honeycomb type fabric shade that diffuses light for years.  

I think they look very nice with a curtain layered over them.

When the sun is shinning brightly, the new curtain seem to glow and I think it is so pretty.

I'm loving the way they turned out.

Not to mention the pop of color and pattern they give the room.

So much more pretty than simple sheers that I had before.

Talk to you soon,

August 20, 2014

A Hankering For . . . New School Clothes

Admittedly back to school clothes shopping is not something I've needed to do for myself in say. . . oh . . . twenty years or so.

But how's a girl like me to resist picking up a least a few items for myself while I'm out at the mall with my girls!

It's impossible.

Here's a few things/looks that have caught my eye recently that I'd love to add to my closet.

I am in love with this vest!

Sequins and Things: dallas dancing

This whole outfit looks like something I would wear!

Fall outfit

Then again, so does this one, minus the boots - - not sure if I want to try to pull off red boots.

"Christmas Casual" by steffiestaffie on Polyvore

This sweater . . . the boots . . . and the glove all must come home with me - - - Don't they look cozy!

"Nordic Beauty"

I must find a necklace like this for those days I need to look a little more fancy but I'm feeling frumpy.  
Plaid shirt and jean jackets always make me feel better.
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And speaking of comfy, what about this outfit.  

Cute and comfy - my favorite combo!

The Jean top and bottom with the long shirt - - oh and the bag!

Sense there is no such thing as too much plaid, I am digging this jacket - - big time.
Love the coat and the boots

Wait a minute . . . 

I think I'd like this jacket instead!
jacket love

What about you?

Are a few things for yourself thrown into cart while back to school shopping?


August 18, 2014

To-Go Craft Bag

Good Morning!

I am so excited to share with you the convenience of having a craft bag packed and ready to quickly grab on your way out the door.

In the beginning of the summer I talked about putting a craft bag together and I promised to update you all on how it worked out.  

Today's the day.

Before I get start on the details,  
let me just say I may have started a new lifelong habit for myself.  It's worked so well I can hardly image my life without it.

If your life is anything like mine there are always appointment's, practices, school activities,  etc in which as a mother you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands and nothing to do but wait.

To relieve boredom and feel as if I've accomplished something on those days when it seems like the whole day is jam-packed with activities, I prepared myself a To-Go Craft Bag.

I simply gathered anything I'd need for a single project . . .

items like fabric, embroidery hoop, scissors, thread, needles 

then placed everything in an appropriate sized baggie.

I liked to have two or three projects in which to chose from to work on.  Some are small like the supplies for a simple beaded bracelet.

I always try to have some reading materials too for those times when you only have a few minutes.

While I was packing the bag, I thought a few summertime essential would be a good idea to add.

Things like bug spray, sunscreen, and wet wipes and of course some balls just in case the dog decides to join us.

I placed all my supplies into a large Land's End bag which I love and I was good to go.

Here's what it looks like all packed up.

Now whenever I need to head out, I grab my phone and a bottle of Pepsi and we're gone!

I take it everywhere, camping, to the beach, the park, sports practice, doctors office - - you name it, I'll be bringing my bag.

It's kept me very productive throughout the summer . . . here just a sampling of the projects I've been able to accomplish while the kiddos "play" . . . 

The stitching on this pillow for the porch sofa. . . 

The stitching for a future sewing project and two chunky, 
beaded bracelets. . . 

I am currently working on this blanket.
Technically its done, but I've decided to make it a little larger and add a scalloped edge.

Hopefully I've convinced you to pack a to-go bag of your own!

I promise you wont' be disappointed.

bye now,