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Sunday, June 17, 2018

for all you do

I have always been and will always be Daddy's little girl.
 
 
My dad is my hero, my role model and my rock. I am so thankful to have yet another year with this special fella. This is the smile that warms my heart...
 

Happy Father's Day to the best father a girl could ever ask for... He's a blessing.
I love you Pappa!!!

 


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

the little plant that could

This post is going to tug at my heartstrings. I have never given up on a plant, especially one that has a family history. Although I do not know exactly how old this cactus is, the best guess is 35 to 40 years old. Many moons ago, a special lady and her mom and dad took a walk on Lido Key. They came upon a cactus and lovingly cut a small piece. It was planted in a pot and found its way onto the hot and sunny condo lanai. It was watered 3 to 4 times a year when people went to visit Florida, however it spent much time alone. All these years later, we inherited this sad little fella. We took him to Sanibel...
 
 
I studied a bit about cactus...since this is totally out of realm of gardening knowledge. I carefully cut the tops of the leaves and let them heal over... He looked like a sad old boy.

 
Within days he showed me that he was happy in his new surroundings...

 
...and the haircut was working!!!

 
Here he is...
Just two weeks of new growth!

 
I couldn't be more excited!
The moral of this story:
New give up on life, whether it's a plant, a relationship or your own life. Never give up. A little love and encouragement and life will blossom right before your eyes!
Posted with love,
 
 

Monday, May 28, 2018

never forget

This Memorial Day weekend, as you are enjoying picnics...
 
 
...and fun family getaways...

 
...take time to remember those who gave their lives to serve this wonderful country.

 
Happy Memorial Day.
A special thank you to all those who served, who paid the ultimate price and to the families left behind.
 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

seashells past

Sometimes I think I can actually see how my brain works through looking at blog posts.
I am going to share a few pictures of vintage seashell crafts. Looking back I just posted about flea marketing...
then a post about my mom...
now seashells because I'm daydreaming about all the summers I spent picking up sea shells with my family.
flea marketing
mom
sea shells
The connection is clear...
these are a few of my favorite things!
 
 
Some time ago, I photographed numerous vintage shell crafts for an article in Victorian Homes magazine. Since that time I have been inspired to look for shell collectables. Like the bouquet of coquina shell flowers above to the tiny hand painted purse below.

 
These items gained popularity during Victorian times and continued to be a favorite pastime throughout the 1900's.
The purse and perfume bottle are lovely examples of the late 1800's through the early 1900's.

 
Shell encrusted vases and pots gained popularity in the 1940's and 50's.

 
I simply adore this precious piece dated 1901...
I thought it was an inkwell until I saw the tiny spoon which led me to think salt cellar.

 
I love collecting shell boxes. Even this little lid alone is a welcome addition to my home.

 
Keep an eye out when thrifting, yard sale-ing and flea marketing. Sometimes you can find a wonderful shell item when you least expect it...and for a deal!
Happy hunting...
 
 
 


Sunday, May 13, 2018

inspiration...

For those who follow my blog, it is obvious how much my family means to me! My mom has been my closest friend, my biggest fan and a huge source of inspiration. I just want to say thank you for all the love and support you have given to me.
 
 
We sure have had a lot of fun adventures and worked on a lot of projects together. I came across this image and it sort of summed it all up. Time spent in our gardens, picking and drying flowers, dad making frames and you cutting mats...
 
 
I just want to say...
Happy Mother's Day
I love you bunches
and
Thank you for
EVERYTHING!
 
 




Friday, April 27, 2018

flea marketing...

I am daydreaming about all the fun times I have had flea marketing with my precious mom over the years. As soon as Spring arrived, we would grab our flea marketing bags and hit the road in search of treasures. Now that I live in southern Florida, flea market season is the exact opposite of fleaing in the North. Vendors show their wares all winter and pack up to hit the Northern summer circuit. I can't help but miss home when my mom tells me she is starting to see advertisements for outdoor flea markets in WV. I felt compelled to write a flea market inspired post.
 
 
From time well spent with my mom to experiencing the thrill of the hunt...I can't think of a better way to enjoy a beautiful day!

 
I always have an eye out for certain special finds...

 
And I try to look for things that can be upcycled or repurposed into things other than their intended use...

 
I love old jars. They are terrific for displaying shells, buttons and keys (and they are usually really inexpensive!).

 
I'm pretty sure I collect way too many things. I can find beauty in almost anything! I live by the motto "two of something is clutter but five or more is a collection!" The more the merrier!!!

 
My "hoard" was even featured in Romantic Homes magazine.
 
 
Here are my top 10 tips for a day of flea marketing...
1.DRESS FOR SUCCESS:
Dress for the weather and comfort. Pockets are a must! A hat and sunblock are very important too!!
2. MONEY MATTERS:
Take cash and make sure you have some change and small bills. Keep a small purse with a closure you can wear cross-body.
3. BAGGAGE IS A GOOD THING:
Take large bags with strong handles and/or a pull cart or wagon. Carrying all your treasures can be a challenge if you're not prepared.
4. SNACK PACKS:
Pack snacks and drinks. It's important to take breaks and stay hydrated. A small cooler in the car can be welcome on a hot sunny day.
5. HELPFUL NOTES:
Bring a camera and a small notepad. If a flea market is huge, it can be overwhelming. Especially if you see things you just have to have early in the day but you know you have a lot of ground yet to cover. If you don't take notes and pictures, you'll never remember where you saw that must have treasure you want to give a second look. It's always a gamble...the item could be long gone if you wait!
6. MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE:
Take a list of items you are hunting. It's also a good idea to have prices in mind. When you see something you love, have a max price you are willing to pay. It's okay to bargain with a dealer but be prepared if they are not willing to negotiate. 
7. BE SMART:
Take a tape measurer (and any measurements you might need like the size of a wall for a piece of art) and a smart phone. Google can be your best friend when shopping. Compare prices and learn how to spot fakes. 
8. THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM:
Arrive early! Park in a place close to an entrance or exit in case you want to make trips back to your car.
9. THE BUDDY SYSTEM:
Bring a friend. You can divide and conquer more area, it's more fun to shop with a friend and sometimes you just need a little feedback!
10. GET HOME SAFE:   
After a successful day of flea marketing it is important to pack the car with care. Have blankets or packing pads and twine or rope in the car to secure large items. Newspapers and other packing material will protect smaller treasures. Finally...get clean with sanitizing wipes.
I hope you are inspired to head out for a fun flea marketing adventure. I know I am! I just wish I lived closer to my mom...
 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

keepin it green

Feeling the joy of spring, I can't help but share more garden ideas.
Whether you garden or not, you can have a topiary tree!
Ivy in the foyer or rosemary in the kitchen....
 
 
Topiary trees need a container that will permit adequate room for root growth of the plant, nutritious soil mixture, plant material and a form.

 
English ivy is easy to work with (this one has a beautiful variegated leaf) and it's a very forgiving plant. I have this precious metal form with a tiny watering can finial that will make an adorable topiary.

 
Once the plant is in its new pot surrounded by potting mix, gently place the topiary form into the container. Add water then place a bit more soil. Next, train the long stems to grow around the form by securing them using a coated florist wire.

 
It's a lovely addition to any room! Just be sure the plant is in a place that will encourage growth with appropriate sun exposure.

 
Topiaries are right at home outside too!

 
Things to watch with outdoor topiaries, wind is the enemy...also be aware of sun exposure, rain and pests.

 
Topiaries take a bit of patience, but they are well worth the work!

 
Maybe you can give one a try. Make one for yourself, or create something special for someone special!
 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

garden time

It's closing in on the best season...
gardening season!
I am so unbelievably fortunate to live in a place where I can garden all year long. But for those of you who suffered through a very long winter, I'm sure you are chomping at the bit to get in the dirt. I want to share a garden project that includes two of my favorite things: upcycled vintage treasures and succulents.
 
 
Most rusty chippy vessels hold one of two things in my home: seashells or plants. This old metal container reminded me of a mini window box so it was an easy decision to repair it and fill it with succulents.

 
I used E6000 to fix the broken seam. A clothes pin held it together as the glue dried. I also filled the bottom seam lines with the clear adhesive. Next I painted the container with matte spray paint. Once dry, I sanded the surface to distress the finish.

 
Use self-stick felt feet to protect table tops.

 
Place a layer of plastic along the bottom of the container (I cut a clear freezer bag slightly larger than the bottom so 1/2" would overlap the sides.) Then place a thin layer of clean small pebbles or gravel for proper drainage.

 
When planting succulents, mix clean sand or perlite into potting soil. You can buy cactus potting mix but it can be expensive and hard to find. The sandy soil works just as well! Succulents need to have a well draining soil so the roots do not rot.

 
I like to combine various colors, shapes and sizes of succulents. There are so many varieties available. I used cuttings from other containers to make this centerpiece.

 
Once all the plants are in place, I like to top off the soil with a thin layer of pea gravel. It helps hold new cuttings in place. Plus it looks pretty!

 
Place your container in a spot that will ensure success. Be aware of sunlight, shade and rain. Succulents can burn with too much mid-day sun and rot if too shady and damp.

 
With a bit of TLC your container will be very happy!

 
Even Peanut can appreciate a beautiful container.

 
I hope you are inspired to make a succulent garden for your home, garden or patio. They also make wonderful gifts for someone special. Thanks for visiting!