Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Changing Up The Chalkboard And A Surprise Gift.

Is this pretty or what?

Out of the blue and for no particular reason at all, I received a package from my sweet blogging sister Connie. 

If you don't know Connie, she blogs over at Crafty Home Cottage and she is one of the nicest ladies you'll ever meet here in blogland. 

She's an expert quilter, crafter, and she's quite handy with a hammer. I always enjoy visiting her blog. She makes me smile and she leaves me inspired.

One of my favorite posts is the one where she shares her Art Barn.
This is where the magic happens! I'd love to have a place like this!

She leaves the most encouraging comments. Some people you just automatically love...
She's one of them!

She made me this Valentine's banner out of drop cloth. I absolutely love it! It's perfect on my new chalkboard, and it fits my style.

So cute! My daughter picked me up some new lights; I like having them on in the evenings. 
I think they look good highlighting the new banner. 

Connie also made me this pretty apron. She re-purposed a skirt she picked up from the thrift store. A woman after my own heart!

There is nothing like a homemade gift! And I can tell she put some love in it :)

I moved my chalkboard from the dining room to the living room. If you missed it all decked out for Christmas; you can see it here. I'm sure this chalkboard will travel many times.

A huge thank you to Connie for the thoughtful gifts.
I'll treasure these things and think of you when I use them.

I hope my friends here will visit Connie over at Crafty Home Cottage and follow along. 
I promise you will make a new friend!
I hope you were inspired! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Simple Decor and a New Addition to Our Family.

I made a few changes in the living room. 
I shopped the house and pulled this simple vignette together.

This is the year of keeping things simple.

Another important change in the living room is the newest addition to our family. 
He's a bit shy...

Meet Bobbi.
 A baby parakeet; we're not sure if he's a boy or girl yet. For now we say he.

What a sweet little bird. I've enjoyed taking care of him. 
Yes, I've been talking to a bird... and my plants... Don't judge :)

He loves to sit and look out the window.

At night he likes to sleep with his cage covered. When he's tired, he gets all puffed up and closes his eyes. I love pulling the blanket off of him in the morning... he's so happy to see me. 

It's kind of like having a baby but NOT!

When he's not in front of the window, he sits right behind my chair. When we leave the house, which is not very often, we leave music on to keep him company. He's very smart and loves attention. He's quite the show-off!

He's fitting into our family perfectly and we're happy to have him. I'm surprised how little trouble he's been. We clean the cage once a week and vacuum stray bird seed up a few times a week. No big deal compared to how much we enjoy him. If you want to know more about how to care for parakeets, you can read about it here.

 I guess it's time to get busy. I still have to pull the mantel together, decorate my chalkboard, and I have something new to show you. Hopefully, I'll share that with you next week.
I hope you were inspired!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Live Indoor Plants.

The sun is finally shining and I am finally motivated. This year I've decided that I want to bring the outdoors in. Living plants everywhere. Beautiful, green, living plants. 
Here is my first project of the new year.

Greenery, rust, and metal make my heart skip a beat! There's just something about this combination that I really like.

I splurged and picked up 5 ivy "Spearpoint" plants and planted them in this old chicken feeder. I love ivy; it's so pretty, but I tend to kill it. I've never bought this kind, so I'm trying again...

It fits perfect here. I have visions of it just growing and growing cascading all down the pallet... *sigh*

I saw this pretty plant and had to have it. Lowes had it priced for $15; I made it to the register and then had my daughter take it back...I just couldn't spend that much on something that might die.  I went to Walmart and got the very same plant for $8. That's how you do it! It didn't have a tag, but I think the one at Lowes called it a fern, which makes sense, it looks like a fern.

I found this pedestel urn at a thrift store for $2.99. It's solid brass, made in India. A huge score! My new fern, who I call Fern, sits happily on my dining room table. My kids look at me funny when I talk to Fern... You'll be relieved to know that Fern doesn't talk back.

Do you check clearance for plants? Our Lowes has a place in the back of the garden center where they keep clearance plants. Some look rough, but most of them look good. I picked up this bamboo plant regularly priced for almost $11, and got it on clearance for $3.

It's supposedly a low maintenance plant. I stuck it in this thrifted basket and my daughter claimed it for her room.

I hope they live. I don't naturally have a green thumb, but I do have  a craving for greenery, so I'll pay close attention to them.  I'll let you know how it goes.
I hope you were inspired!
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Better late than never! I started the new year off with a cold and a sinus infection (UGH), so I'm a bit behind but I'm feeling better now. Here's one last look at last year.

I'm excited that my chicken wire dream catcher made 1st place in my top ten posts of 2015. 
I did a guest post for Tuula over at the Thrifty Rebel Vintage and it went viral!
Well... maybe not viral... but it was popular.

2nd place goes to this beach house sign that I made out of shims. This was also a guest post over at Silo Hill Farm. I wonder whatever happened to that chick Danni? I miss her!

Number 3 is this before-and-after thrift store furniture post. My daughter has enjoyed using this in her bedroom. It's not yellow anymore... but you assumed that, right?

My no-sew blanket and pillows made it to number 4. I posted this to Hometalk and it took off. I guess people really like no sew projects. I know I do!

This is by far my favorite project. Coming in at number 5 is my laundry room cabinet makeover. I did this a couple of years ago and I still love it! I haven't changed anything. 
It still works for me. 
I shared this project on Hometalk, and for a split second I was famous... Peter, I mean Christopher Knight tweeted about my cabinets. Sigh... What a second that was :)

Coming in at number 6 is how I organized and decorated the tops of my kitchen cabinets. These photos make me cringe... I really don't like the color of my cabinets so I filtered them to death... I should have left them alone... but hey, they made the top 10.

Number 7 belongs to the cardboard sign I bought at Dollar Tree. I attached it to a board, added some rope and wa-la... to my surprise, people were impressed.

Number 8 is great! For real... I shared our new washer and dryer. I think we've had them a little over 2 years now with no complaints whatsoever! Speed Queen is the brand! Google the reviews! The best old school washer and dryer you can buy. 

This was a fun project. My ginormous chalkboard made it in at number 9. 
Who doesn't love a chalkboard?!

Last but not least is my "How to Add More Veggies to Your Diet" post. This post comes in at number 10. I still love and use my spiral gadget.
And there you have it! My top ten of 2015. 
I'm looking forward to a new year! I hope you were inspired!
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