Mar 31, 2012

The Garden in March

A review of the garden in March.  I'm a bit obsessed with the light from sunrise.

I planted these hellebores three years ago, and this is the first year they have blossomed.  They are slow to get established, but I've read that they will self seed.  Oh, I hope that they do; I love them.

Thanks for visiting.

Mar 29, 2012

Candles and Daffodils

I love collecting candle holders from thrift stores and spray painting them to give them new life.
These candle holders were painted with Krylon in Dover White.

This vignette includes daffodils from my garden, which are in a blue vase from a thrift store.  I also love collecting blue and white. 

This is a before photo of one of the candle holders above.  It's amazing what a can of spray paint can do!

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Mar 23, 2012

Kevin Costner, Kate from Centsational Girl and Wildwood Creek

What does Kevin Costner, Kate from Centsational Girl and Wildwood Creek have in common? Read on.

I was reading an inspiring and entertaining blog post today from The Yellow Cape Cod.  While reading and scrolling down to view the design board, the above photo took my breath away.  That is my dresser I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue--oh my!

You must read this adventurous post from The Yellow Cape Cod.  Hint:  it includes Kate from Centsational Girl and Kevin Costner from Robin Hood.

This dresser was my second painted project on my new blog a year ago. 

I don't think the original photos were even edited.  At that point I didn't know much about blogging; I was just happy I could figure out how to publish a post.
I still feel like I'm learning so much from blogging, but looking back, I've come a long way.

Thank you The Yellow Cape Cod for featuring my dresser in your design board!

Mar 16, 2012

Aldo Leopold Bench

To spy an Aldo Leopold bench in someone’s yard is to know something about the family
who there resides.  Even if you haven’t read Leopold’s opening lines, “There are some
who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.  These essays are the delights and
dilemmas of one who cannot,” from A Sand County Almanac.

Mr. Wildwood built this bench several years ago.  I'd love to have a few more scattered throughout our property.

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Mar 14, 2012

Pinterest Project - The Good, Bad and Ugly

The good:  I love blue, green and anything in between.  When I saw these sea glass mosaic trays on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make one.

The cast of characters:  Acrylpro, Pre-Mixed Grout, sea glass and a white painted tray.

The bad:  I had a huge bag of sea glass; however, when sorting through the glass, I found only a small amount that would work for this project.  Some of the glass was way too thick and uneven to be used in a tray.  Therefore, I had wide spaces between the glass, and I filled in with the round glass buttons.

The ugly:  Ok, maybe it's not ugly, but it didn't turn out as I had envisioned.

What I'd do different next time:  I would use regular tiles and sprinkle the sea glass throughout (like the second photo).

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Hi Sugarplum! - The Pinterest Challenge (Featured)

Mar 12, 2012

White & Duck Egg Blue Hutch

 I painted this hutch with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in White and Duck Egg Blue.

The top was stripped and stained with Minwax Dark Walnut.  I used the soft wax as the final step.

I'm not sure if I'm going to put the doors back on the hutch or not.  For now I like the open look without the doors.

My assistant, Smokey, insisted that the vignette be adjusted.

This is a look at the before.

I am linking to:
You are Talking Too Much - Monday Link Party
Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday's Treasures
Shades of Amber - Chalk Paint Party

A Beach Cottage - Good Life Wednesday 
Beyond the Picket Fence - Under $100 Linky Party
DIY by Design - It's a Party
Domestically Speaking - Power of Paint Party

Elizabeth & Co. - Be Inspired Party
Faded Charm - White Wednesday
Handy Man Crafty Woman - Wicked Awesome Wednesday

Ivy and Elephants - What's It Wednesday
Not Just a Housewife - Show Me What Ya Got
Primitive and Proper - Piece of Work Wednesday
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday Link Party
Restore Interiors - Restored It Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday

Three Boys - Vintage Furniture

From My Front Porch to Yours - Treasure Hunt Thursday

Imparting Grace - At Home
No Minimalist Here - Open House Party
2805 - Potpourri Friday

Addicted to Decorating - Addicts (not so) Anonymous Party
At the Picket Fence - Inspiration Friday
Chic On A Shoestring – Flaunt It Friday
Common Ground - Vintage Inspiration Friday
Faith, Trust and a Little Pixie Dust - Fabulous Friday Linky Party

Finding Fabulous - Frugalicious Friday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday

Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday 
Modern Country Style - Paint Please Link Party
My Repurposed Life - Catch as Catch Can Party
My Romantic Home - Show And Tell Friday
Redoux - What Have You Redone

Remodelaholic - Anonymous 
Tatertots & Jello - Weekend Wrap Up Party
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home

The Rooster & Hen
The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday
Funky Junk Interiors - Saturday Night Special

Beneath My Heart - Best DIY Project of the Month

Mar 8, 2012

Thank You and a Sneak Peak

I was the fortunate winner of a giveaway from Rosemary at Villabarnes, which consists of a redesigned box, bottle, two tags, vintage towel and pillow.  Rosemary's creations are so beautiful and unique.  Thank you, Rosemary!  I love every. single. item.

This vignette is displayed on a piece of furniture that received a makeover.  I'm giving you a sneak peak; details to come soon.

I wasn't the only one excited to receive a package.  Smokey thinks the packing material was sent just for him.

Mar 7, 2012

Spring Fling

I have spring fever.
The photos on this post are from my garden during May of last year.  I wanted to post them so I could pin them to my Spring Fling at the DIY Club  Pinterest Board
It will be interesting to see if these flowers bloom earlier this year because of our mild winter.

Muscari Grape Hyacinths

Sanguinaria canadensis Blood Root

Ferns and Trillium
Polygonatum, Ferns, Trilliums, Sweet Woodruff

Polygonatum Solomon's Seal and Ferns

Galium Sweet Woodruff

Japanese painted fern and Heucheras Amethyst Myst

Pulmonaria Lungwort

Lamium Pink Pewter

Brunnera Jack Frost

If you have spring fever, click on my Spring Fling at the DIY Club  Pinterest Board.

For more information on the Spring Fling Pinterest Project go to The DIY Club.

Mar 3, 2012

Pinterest Highlights

I'm sharing some Pinterest Highlights from the week.

Renew Redo stenciled a wall with Rub 'n Buff - simply inspired!

Primitive and Proper transformed this buffet into a stunning bar cart.  Love the gold interior.

551 East Design painted this gorgeous dresser with SW Rainstorm.  One of my favorite colors.

This gorgeous bathroom makeover is from French Country Cottage. 

Rosemary at Villabarnes painted this beautiful side table with one of her custom techniques.

The Creative Imperative painted this simply beautiful ombre table.

On Sutton Place created this beautiful vignette using a white drawer, ironstone and blue mason jars.

Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend!

Mar 2, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

This vignette displays a few of my favorite things.

Blue mason jar.


Blue vases.

Turquoise vases.

All items were purchased at thrift stores and are displayed on a vintage aluminum tray.

And these are a few of my favorite things.

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