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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

props for sale...

As many of you know, I have worked in the realm of styling, photographing and writing for different magazines over the past several years. I am cleaning house and offering up some of my props for sale! I have a dear friend who has a beautiful shop in Florida called Blessed and Distressed Vintage in Bradenton. Her shop is huge and full of amazing treasures. I took a couple of boxes of pretties over to her shop and they are now for sale...
 
 
An antique tea trivet, precious tea cup and rose plates...
 
 
 
This charming cream and sugar set with a delicate peachy luster finish...

 
 
Tiny hand painted pitcher...

  
 
Rose detailed vanity pieces...

 
 
Miscellaneous china and porcelain...

 
and many other treasures that were featured in...

 
Victorian Homes magazine...

 
Romantic Homes magazine...
 
 
And other beautiful publications like Flea Market D├ęcor, Where Women Create and several others. Now these treasures can be yours if you visit Blessed and Distressed Vintage in Bradenton Florida...
Enjoy!
 
 


Saturday, August 4, 2018

more upcycled garden goodness

A few posts back, I shared some ideas on how to use upcycled items on a garden bench. Well, are you ready for more???
Here goes...
 
 
I found this drawer divider at a flea market and it sat in the garage collecting dust. Then I hosed it off, sprayed it with a coat of sealer and it is perfect for my potting bench.

 
A thrifting adventure led me to this set of canisters without lids. No worries I had an idea...

 
I dug into my hoard of vintage glass frogs. Now I can gather my pencils and small paint brushes in one place!

 
Old glass containers with lids are ideal for storing dried seeds. I can keep them dry and it is easy to see what is inside.

 
Once my old cupcake tins start to get old or have any signs of rust, they get retired. Retired from their garden duties but then they're onto their new job in the garden!!! They are just the right size for sorting my seed starters.

 
I love my old vintage goodies so much!

 
Go through your boxes and bins of neglected vintage treasures, and give them a new life with a new purpose. It's addictive!
 


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

sittin by the dock of the bay

Several years ago I was fortunate enough to photograph a beautiful property close to my home. I have photographed the home for several magazines. But there were a few pictures that never made the cut. Yet I think they are so amazing... so I'm going to share them with you!
 
 
Walk down the garden path...

 
peek through a bougainvillea archway...


 
stop for a little moment in the shade...

 
continue down the path...

 
then sit on the dock of the bay!

 
It's the perfect place to sit
and watch something very special...
 
 
...manatees at play!!!


It was the perfect way to end a long photo shoot.

 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. It was a beautiful day surrounded by amazing sights.
 


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

happy birthday america...

Everyone celebrates the 4th of July in their own special way...
Sometimes quiet celebrations with the ones you love are just as special as grand events.
 
 
Walking down the path...

 
...feeling grateful for living in an amazing country surrounded by blue waters and seashell covered beaches!

 
Happy 4th of July!!!
 
 
A beautiful ending to a beautiful day!
 
 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

feeling patriotic

Right in the middle of summer is the 4th of July. By July 1st I am peppering my garden pots with red white and blue flags and hanging banners and buntings all around the house. But my home's interior doesn't really lend itself to a red, white and blue theme. So adding small touches to my neutral color pallet is the way to go. Here are some cute ideas to inspire you...
 
 
Add some mix and match dishware to a plain table setting or incorporate a few fun touches to your bedding...

 
When a room is mostly white or neutral tones, it's so easy to add new colors for each season...

 
Sometimes the addition of one simple yet charming statement will be all a room needs to welcome a new holiday!

 
I love decorating.
Having any excuse to dig out holiday treasures is heaven.
The 4th of July is right around the corner...are you getting ready to say Happy Birthday to our amazing country?
 
 

Friday, June 29, 2018

garden bench upcycle

Garden season is in full bloom!
It is also the right time to make sure you are organized. A good way to stay organized is to tidy up the potting bench. Of course I use upcycled vintage items. My bench needs to be as pretty as it is functional!
 
 
This is an insert out of an old metal tool box. I made the tool box into a planter and I kept the insert (I can never get rid of anything). I'm glad I did! It makes a perfect garden caddy.

 
Old recipe boxes are always on my radar when I'm out picking. I use them for so many things. My favorite use is to organize my seed packets. I like to keep them and include a 3x5 notecard with helpful hints: when I planted, how they grew, how long they lasted, etc. It's nice to look back and have references for years to come!

 
It's not too early to be preparing for next year's garden. I like to keep a journal of notes about the weather, temperatures, rainfall, pests as well as important information such as what was happy and what withered. I covered my journal with an old weathered yet beautiful book binding.
 
 
Gardens are forever...if you insure their future. Stay organized now and it will help you for years to come!
 
 


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!!!