September 1, 2015

Plant Stand Love

I love the fact that a simple item can make such a difference in a room.

Take this tiny corner in my dinning room for instance.

My one and only house plant has been sitting in this corner for quite some time now, just hanging out on a simple stool  - - nothing fancy, but I thought nice enough.




Add an actual plant stand and WOW!!, 

magically the room looks ten times better.

(and so does the plant, which honestly is looking a little haggard)





The plant stand was a thrift store find that I couldn't pass up for two dollars. 

 Truth be told, I almost didn't get it thinking to myself the stool I was using worked just fine.  




But after a coat of paint and a little distressing, the stand is now something I "NEED"!




Makes this simple corner in the dinning room just a little more pretty so we can enjoy these last few days of summer with a little class - - LOL.

Oh and in case your wondering, the plant itself is an asparagus fern that I started growing last summer and brought in over the winter - - it's been a house plant ever since.




Hope your all having a wonderful week!

Eight day's and counting til all three of my kiddos will be back in school full time...

Mommy is looking forward to it!

Bye now,

Robin

August 27, 2015

Garden Tour - Backyard Edition

This might not be the best time of the year to show off by backyard and garden since not a whole lot is in bloom and things are starting to get "crispy" looking like it tends to get in late August.  

But I figures "why not", since I talked about it so much during the early summer months.

You may remember I was attempting to revamp the garden by removing plants I didn't want and adding or moving still others to make it flow a little better.

It's still not to where I'd like it to be but it's much, much closer than it was three months ago and it has given me hope for the future.

Instead of taking photos I put together a quick video for you. . . enjoy!




Bye Now!

Robin

August 25, 2015

Adding Bathroom Storage

Well Good Morning!

Long time no see!

I'd love to announce that I'm back and ready to blog full time again but with two weeks til school starts I have a feeling it will be filled up with last minute activities with the kids!

I am hoping to be able to post a couple times a week until the second week of September when I'll start up again.

Today I thought I'd share a project I was able to finish last week.  Just a quick painting project to add a little extra storage to our bathroom off the family room.



I found this simple cabinet at the thrift store a month ago and thought it would be the perfect addition to the room.




Originally it was stained a dark, walnut color, but now with a fresh coat of white paint it's looking oh so pretty.



I did some heavy distressing along the edges to make the stain color show through.  I can't seem to paint anything theses days without distressing it.  It adds such character to the project I think.

I also removed the hardware since it was missing two of the four original to the piece and replaced them with these silver and porcelain numbers from Menards - love them!




To fancy up the top I added a grouping of favorite items to add some storage and character.




A grouping of thrift store jars hold items like cotton pads, q-tips and hair ties/clips.




Ironstone holds some pretty soaps to display and a pitcher of fake flowers adds a fancy touch.




I used this thrift store find to add a little height into the mix.  Not sure what it was originally but I like how it looks painted and distressed - adds some character I think.




Love how's it all turned out.  

But my favorite thing about it is how it's taken the attention away from the shower surround which I have always considered an eye sore when entry the room.




Thanks for stopping by!

Talk to you soon, 

Robin

August 7, 2015

Fun Finds: Church Sale Edition


A few weeks back my sister and I stopped in at a church sale that turned out to be the biggest garage sale I have ever attended.

Room after room of great stuff, we both had great luck finding a cart full of stuff we couldn't do without.

The find of the day, however came at the very end of our shopping and made my day.

I have unofficially been looking for a sofa to replace the one I have in the living room that is falling apart and to my surprise I found one at the sale for a whole ten dollars!

Now the print is a little crazy, some (like me) like it, others (the family) hate it but a little slipcover magic will make it fit into the room for sure.

Take a look!



I'm thinking it's a 70's sofa, but I can't be sure.  However it's a good brand and still in excellent condition.  Makes me wonder if it's been wrapped in plastic for twenty years.  One cushion has a small whole, but other than that I don't think it's been used much at all.  Still very comfortable and firm to sit on and it's the perfect size for the living room.




I like the simple lines and I have to say the fabric is growing on me.  It's perfect for spring and summer.




And how adorable are the little accent pillows!

I'm smitten by this sofa for sure!

Can't hardly believe my luck!




Oh and I clipped a few of my hydrangea's the other day and am loving how it looks with the sofa!

Have a great day.

Robin

August 6, 2015

Home Again

So the family and I have made it through another successful camping trip and are starting to get back into the groove of normal life.  

Unfortunately, the night we returned home I spiked a fever that kept me under the weather for the next six days.  Thankfully I am starting to feel a little more energetic and so I hope to be back to blogging again full time.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a photo collage from our latest camping trip and a video I've put together of all the fun stuff we did.

Enjoy!




July 21, 2015

Camping Again

The family and I will be heading out tomorrow for another week of camping in Wisconsin.

I realized the other day how very few video's I have of my girls so I thought this camping trip would be a good time to make a point to film more often.  Starting with a few day's ahead of our departure date, I started filming little bits about getting ready to go and what I was up to.

I have to say, I'm not a very photogenic person but I was sort of getting the hang of it and enjoying it quite a bit.

Have a look and please ... keep your giggles to yourself about my video taking skills.


Hope you enjoyed this just a little bit.

See you in a week!

Bye

Robin



July 20, 2015

Favorite Long Blooming Perennials and Shrubs

Morning!

Like for many of you, my garden takes as much of my time during the summer months as it can get.  Most day's spending time watering and weeding somehow doesn't feel like work at all.

Throughout my scattered garden beds I've come to rely on a few plants to add interest and color month after month with minimal effort on my part.

Today I'm like to share my favorite long blooming plants with you.

I've come up with four favorites that my garden feel empty without.



#1:  Hydrangea's

Not a big surprise on this one I'm guessing.  Hydrangea's seem to be a favorite of so many of us.  With good reason!

Hydrangea's fill in big chunks of space, bloom for a long time - often changing colors in the meantime, and if you can bring yourself to do it; make great cut flowers.



Throughout my backyard I have a total nine Hydrangea's in three varieties:

Annabelle
Limelight
Forever and Ever




Once I figure out a place for more you can bet I'd add more without any hesitation at all!

Here you can see my "Limelight" Hydrangea is just starting to bloom - - so exciting!




#2:  Knock Out Roses and Carpet Roses

For years I stayed as far away from Roses as I could get after hearing stories about how much time they took to maintain but then I as introduced to Knock Out Roses and it was all over.  It didn't take me long to add Carpet Roses into the mix.



I now grow a total of nine gorgeous plants between the two varieties ranging in color from the palest pink to a hot pink almost red color.  Unfortunately, I didn't write down the plant names so I can't tell you for sure which variety I have planted.  




The thing a like the most about these two plants are first there size:  Ranging from one to four feet tall they are the perfect size for my garden. 

And secondly: Their bloom time.  My plants start blooming by the end of May and continue all the way into October or whenever we receive our first hard frost.

Yes the thorn's are a little troublesome at times, but nothing one can't overcome.  LOL.



#3:  Tickseed

I purchased my first Tickseed three years ago and it instantly became a favorite.  The variety I have in my garden in called "Zagreb Threadleaf Tickseed.  

Let me just say this plant is amazing.  
Super hardy and covered in pretty yellow flowers from spring til fall it's just gorgeous.  I grows about two to three feet tall and just as wide and it's steams have an airy, wispy look to them up close . . . but don't be fooled, this plant is strong.



I love it's rounded shape, which looks like a perfectly pruned shrub when not in bloom.  

The best thing about this plant I think is the fact that you don't have to do much more than water it and it's a happy camper.  No pruning necessary!




Did I mention how hardy it is?  
Every two years or so I have to split the plant otherwise it dies out in the middle a little.  I have found that it works best to water down at the soil level because it's such a full plant it tends to get a little floppy over time if it gets too waterlogged.




#4:  Potentilla

Potentilla's in my opinion are the most overlooked long blooming shrub around.

There are so many sizes and colors of this shrub, there is sure to be one that will work in any garden to provide summer long color.




Once established in your garden this shrub is there to stay.  

I prefer the smaller varieties.  They have a rounded, compact shape that is the perfect size to use in a mixed garden bed.

I currently only have one of these plants and it has been amazing for the past four years.  A little shaping in the spring is all it needs to keep itself looking pretty.

I think I've found a spot for a couple more in my backyard but the white variety is hard to find in my area for some reason.  I'm on the lookout though.



So there you have it, my top four long blooming plants I  couldn't do without.

Hope you enjoyed,

Bye now,