Sunday, April 20, 2014

Local Home And Garden Show

We're a "fixin" to have some work done on both
our front and back yards, so we went out to
take a look at some of the vendors at the
local home and garden show...

We have a low spot in the front
yard, so we are very interested in
putting in a dry creek with these
type of stones.

And we have some utilities in the
yard that would be fun to hide
with one of these fake rocks...

The lavender and red geraniums had me
at hello... 

This lady got there first, but there was
plenty more to go around.

 There are plenty of rocks here in Texas,
but these franchisees are part of
a Kansas business.

Some of the furniture stores were there
showing their wares...

Kaleidoscope Farm was selling
worm casings. Loved them.

They had bags of casings open so
we could run our hands through
them. hmmm...worm casings!

So good for your garden. So gross though!

We met quite a few new (to us) businesses,
and we've already had a few come out
and provide services, so it has
worked out well for us.

If you have a local home and garden
show in your area, it's worth attending.

Thanks for stopping by and
Happy Easter today!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lining Up The Victims

We are getting ready to have some
outside projects done to our yard, so
this month we are saving up our $$
money by staying home.

Staying home really helps to get things
done around the house too!

I'm almost done with my current project,
so I've been lining up what Wild Bill
refers to as "my next victims".

Here's an oak cabinet we bought when
we were first married almost 20 years ago.
That makes it (and our marriage) almost vintage.

I think she needs some paint...
or maybe a darker stain...
but maybe not?

I'm open to any ideas you might have.

This old copper lantern is pretty dented
and tarnished on the bottom.

I'm thinking of adding some touches
of black to it, like I did to the old
red lantern a few posts back...

I use to find lots of these old lanterns
at garage sales, priced really cheap.

Most are missing the glass chimneys,
which are real easy to replace if you
feel the need to.
I like them without the glass myself...
much easier to decorate.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chickens And Birds

Here's the black lantern and little
birds under a cloche.

It kind of looks like they're
afraid of the chickens...

or, that the chickens are stumped
by the little birds.

Either way, I find them
entertaining, but I miss the
flowers that usually perk up
that area.

They won't be here long, but 
then again, nothing ever stays the
same for long around here.

I'll bet you know what I'm talking
about, right?

Does your husband always turn the
lights on before he takes a step into
the living room? Yep, thought so!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hooks Galore

Have you been to Laurie Anna's
Vintage Home blog?

She has a shop in Canton Texas,
which is only open 4 days each
month, on the first weekend of
the month, for Trade Days.

We were down there last Friday,
and I bought some more hooks.

I already have too many, but

I couldn't pass them up...
they're just so cute!

Just a metal tube with two rounds
on each end with numbers!

You know it was the numbers
that got me, right?

The bottom round has three holes
to screw them into a board or wall.

I thought they might look good on
this vintage board I already had.

I took off the old hooks when
I painted the board a while back.

The old hooks were too rusty to
hang anything on.

--Real rust--

Not fake rust like these...

Anyway, the board got painted a
while back, but it's still waiting to
get some dark wax and distressing
while I've been looking for new
hooks for it.

I bought some other numbered
hooks last Friday too.
Laurie Anna's only had them
with two big numbers --

Four Hundred Fifty-Six
A Hundred Twenty-Three

Odd right?
I bought two of each number for
another project I had in mind.

That night I was thinking about
the fact they only had those two
strange numbers, when it hit me.


1 - 2 - 3

4 - 5 - 6

Yes. I was that dumb!

They don't allow picture-taking in
the store, but you can see her
shop, and Laurie Anna's lovely
farmhouse too, on their blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm just a loyal shopper and these are
my opinions only. I received no
compensation for this post.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter In Black

I'm not brave enough to paint
the walls black, but I have been
adding a lot of black accents.

When I decided to create an
Easter vignette recently I used
black, brown and a little mix
of green.

I'll admit it's not my usual mix
of colors for Easter, but it
makes me happy in a sort of
Adam's Family way.

I started with an old lantern. It was
red, so I slopped on some black chalk
paint. You can still see a little red in
some of the cracks. The paint was
Amy Howard's One-Step in black.

It didn't have the glass chimney
when I bought it at a garage
sale years ago, but that's OK
with me as it works better
without it for decorating.

I had the nest on hand along
with this candle ring...

The two together make a perfectly
blingy nest for one of these birds.

The other bird got this softer nest...

I added an old Christmas bow
to perk it up a bit.

I'm going to add a cloche next
to cover it, and then find a
permanent place for it.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

New "Old" Coat Rack

My birthday was this month
(yep...19 again!)

Wild Bill and I went to my
favorite place, McKinney TX,
so I could pick out something
for him to buy me.

Another rack with hooks...

I so love the idea of these.

It was hard to get a good picture.

I put it on the entry bench, which
still has the Winter pillow on it.

I don't usually go for aqua, but with
the rusty look, I couldn't pass it up.
It's a reproduction of course, but
it does look vintage at least.

I'm waiting for it to warm up a little
so we can do some work in the
garage and cut a board to use as
a backing for the rack.

I'm worried it may not hold up on
the wall without a board backing it. 

Any suggestions on hanging it?

I'd love to hear them while we
wait here for the Spring thaw.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vintage Love And Computer Issues

One of my favorite things of all my
finds is this vintage strainer.

It looks lighter here, but is actually
almost a denim blue in my
windowless kitchen.

See how much darker it is hanging
on the kitchen cabinet?

I've been grumpy lately
and avoiding my blog.

My computer was acting up and
it would not show a lot of the 
pictures on blogs, so we decided
it was time to get a new laptop.

Guess what?

The new one acted up too!

Turns out, it was in our high speed
cable internet box...or modem...or
something to do with the connection.

I kinda tuned out when Wild Bill
went into what I call his
"deep discussion mode"
about how he fixed it.

Just wanted to warn ya'll that if
your computer won't show pictures
on blogs, you might want to check
out the little box thingy and the
cable internet stuffy before you
blame your poor laptop.

That's as technical as I get.

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