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Friday, April 22, 2016

unusual plantings...

Few things in life bring me more joy than time spent in my garden.
I love being surrounded by simple things like flowers, birds and butterflies. It brings a peace that can only be found in nature. Combining my love of gardening with my passion for thrifting and a hefty dose of creativity is the perfect recipe for happiness. In honor of Earth Day I thought I would share some smiles. Here are some whimsical and witty planting ideas...Enjoy!
 
 
weathered flea-market bird cages...

 
look closely...
there's an old pair of blue jeans in here...

 
terra cotta pots come to life...
a guardian of the garden

 
air plants play along...

 
and create a beautiful song
on these retired musical instruments...

 
hard working ladders and rusty old paint cans
are given a second career...

 
old sconce lights not working...?
no problem, just flip it upside-down

 
and my very favorite...
old Wellies!

 
it's hard not to smile...
every creature who enters is happy to stay

 
I hope you had a lovely Earth Day!
Look for ways to surround yourself with happiness
no matter how silly it might seem to the rest of the world!
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

spring inspired

There are so many different styles that I love but when it comes to decorating my home I tend to keep it simple. I have a very neutral palette of natural dark wood antiques, white slipcovers and loads of ironstone. But there is one place in my home that takes me back to my inner childhood. The entire top floor of my home is my studio space. It is a sitting room, a work space, sewing room, drafting area and so much more. This space lives in a perpetual season of spring and is filled with things that make my inner little girl smile. I think we all deserve a place that makes us feel happy, safe and inspired. I would like to share mine with you...

 
My favorite rescue chair pulled from a dumpster many moons ago.
I never settled on the perfect fabric so I decided to recover it using an old quilt...


 
It may be a simple beginner sewing machine
but I really love it...


 
A work room wouldn't be complete without aprons...

 
I was very fortunate to have my little space featured
in an issue of Where Women Create magazine...
 
 
And I do have a swing...

 
...and a drafting area with a lovely view atop the palm trees...

 

 
...and when it's time for an afternoon siesta
this is the perfect place to daydream...

 
...of course I fill every nook and cranny with my collections...

 
You might remember I shared some of my spring
inspiration in Romantic Homes...
 
 

(I really don't look anything like this when I'm working!)
 
 
One of my favorite projects in this space
was the sink re-do...
 
 
I shared the instructions in an issue
of Romantic Homes last year...



 
I do feel so fortunate to have my own little getaway
even if it is right under my own roof.
I don't need to go far to be inspired.
I can work for hours on end and it never really feels like work!
Thanks for joining me on a tour of my work space.
I hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

festive and green...

Since St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow I thought it would be fun
to share a quick and easy idea
for decorating a table with a lovely green theme...
 
 
Whether it's warm enough outside for a dinner party
or you just want to create the feel of a garden party indoors...
Set a table for St. Patrick's Day
inspired by the rolling green hills of Ireland. 
 
 
Dress your table in shades of green
from linens to dishes to d├ęcor.
 
 
Then create a quick and easy one of a kind candle centerpiece
using 2 glass containers, moss and a votive...

 
I used recycled glass candle containers.
Simply remove old wax and wick,
then place a smaller vessel inside the lager
and fill the space between the two with beautiful green moss.

 
They look lovely stacked atop vintage green transferware...

 
Even Peanut looks impressed
with this simple yet elegant tablescape!

 
You can also place pillar candles into terra cotta pots
embellished with extra moss.
 
 
I leave you with an Irish Blessing...
 
May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings
right beside your door.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

breakfast in bed...

I am so overwhelmed every time one of my articles comes out and I'm flooded with questions. Sometimes I forget that more of you read these articles than just my small inner circle of family and friends! I was asked so many times about the breakfast tray form the February issue of Romantic Homes that I finally realized it would be best to just share the instructions here!
 
So simple...


Here are the easy steps to follow to make a tray
perfect for serving someone you love
a special breakfast in bed.
 
 
Materials:

Old picture frame
Shatterproof glass
Wood backing
2 handles with appropriate front face hardware
Mat board and foam core
Lace, linen or doilie
Small nails and hammer
Screws and screwdriver
Drill
Paint, paint brushes and sand paper
Felt
Craft glue
Scissors
 
INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Take apart the frame by carefully removing the backing and glass.
2.  Paint frame and allow it to dry completely.
3.  Sand the frame to give an aged appearance and wipe clean.
4.  Carefully mark the center of the two short ends of the frame to place the handles.
5.  Use a drill to start the holes in the frame so the wood does not split.
6.  Screw the handles into place.
7.  Cut a piece of mat board and foam core to fit inside the frame.
8.  Select a doilie or piece of lace to feature on the tray. Glue the linen in place with fabric glue.
TIP: To protect the integrity of a linen with sentimental value, sew it to a piece of archival quality mat board instead of using glue.
 
9.  Clean the glass and place it into the tray then gently add the mat and foam core.
10.  Secure the foam core into the frame by nailing small brads along the perimeter. Do not nail too closely to the corners or the glass may break.
 
11. Attach a wood backing to the tray with small wood screws.
12. Glue a piece of felt the size of the tray onto the back. Allow to dry.
 
The entire article including many additional romantic decorating ideas were featured in the February issue of
Romantic Homes magazine...
 

 
 
Thanks so much for visiting! I appreciate each and every one of you. Keep the questions coming...I'm more than happy to share!