Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Flowers

“Is the spring coming?" he said.
"What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and
the rain falling on the sunshine...” 

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

I can't believe that it has been a month since I posted.

Time flies when we are having fun right??

I have been a busy little beaver as I am sure you have as well.

I have been planting flowers, celebrating Mothers Day and then this past Saturday
 I had a garage sale that coincides with the ones at the lake a quarter of a mile south of us.
 A few years ago I figured out that I don't have to pay for any advertising at all that way
 and it brings TONS of people out. It was a good day.

My lilacs are on their way out and I hardly got any photos of them. I decided to pick a few
today even though they look a little dreary. It is COLD here today in Michigan! We
went from 84 degrees and muggy yesterday to a high of about 51 today. BRRR!
This weather just can't decide on what season it is! I hope it makes up its mind soon!

Aren't these blossoms just gorgeous? We visited my daughter and her family over Mothers Day weekend
and these blooms were on her tree. GORGEOUS!

This is one of my lilac trees a week or two ago. This is a lighter colored one than the
one in the first couple of photos. The fragrance on this one is outstanding!

I still find it hard to believe that I dug up a few starts of this tree at my sons home when they lived
up here.  When I got home I just put the shovel in the ground and plopped in the lilac start and this
is what she has turned into! AMAZING!!

{we have GREAT black soil on our property}

I have heard of people that coddled these starts adding the right amounts of soil and other amendments
to start these and had no luck. Actually, I have two of them growing now so I am a pretty happy

One day a few weeks ago I took a drive and ended up taking a few photos of this tree at the local
They are just loaded with blossoms every year and I just can't resist.

I hope you are having a wonderful Spring so far and that the weather is warm wherever
you live. Do you have pretty flowers and trees? I would love to hear about them!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Laundry Room/Porch Makeover

I did not intend to do a back porch/laundry room makeover this week, but one thing led to another and
here we are. ha! I didn't buy one thing except paint and found out after I had used some of it that I already
had 3/4 gallon of the same paint left over from the bathroom / pantry area. Can you say CRAZY?
Yep, that is me. Can't remember one thing these days.

I painted the room in Glidden Country Fog and the trim is Glidden Pinch of Salt.
Love those colors. I don't go to Home Depot or anywhere fancy to get my paint. I go to good ole'
Walmart. Living in the country we have to drive 25 mins to Walmart which is far enough.
The other stores are much farther so I make do. I have never had any problem with
paint no matter where I purchase it.

I still have to paint the ceiling yet! I know, I know...should have done that first, but remember?
I didn't intend to do any painting. It just kind of evolved so when I got the walls freshly painted
I realized the ceiling should be painted also. I am putting that on hold for a few days though.
I am TIRED.  

I purchased this very large basket at Home Goods last year. I either leave it this way or turn it
so the Home Sweet Home doesn't show. Kinda kitschy and I am not always in that mood. ha.

This is still one of my favorite pieces. My oldest son made this for me when he was knee high
to a grasshopper. {okay maybe a little taller than that}. It has been painted green with flowers on it,
painted a cream color and now 'pinch of salt". I also removed the door this time around.

Rosemary is one of my very favorite herbs along with basil.

I still ADORE this table that I purchased on the RTE 127 sales a couple years ago.
The piece in front is a drawer! I didn't know that when I bought it , but was pleasantly
surprised to find it. It also holds gardening items.

This is the other end of the room and this door with the full length mirror attached to it
 leads to the basement.

My daughter-in-law made this sign for me for Christmas a couple years ago and I love it.
She did a great job.

I am still tweaking things here and there so some things will probably go and others remain.
The nests will go. I had to have somewhere to put them so plopped them in the box for now.

Remember this piece that hubby and I originally made a potting bench out of?
It is our new, old vanity on the porch.

One thing we didn't really think through when we made this piece was how in the world
do I paint the wall behind the window when it needs it?  Since we ran water lines to it, it isn't
 like we can move it out to paint and there isn't much space in there to do anything.

I would have to stand on my head or rig up something else. haha!!

I had a light-bulb moment! I decided to paint the window panes with chalkboard paint. WA LA!
Problem solved!! Now no one knows that the wall behind it isn't painted...except you...
and you...and...:)

I see that Sandi got sloppy and got a splash of white paint on my shoes sign..sigh.
Such is life.

I can now remove the mirror whenever I want to and just write on the chalkboard windows.

Maybe something like:

Mirror , mirror on the wall, Who's the fairest of them all?


I LOVE this laundry tub. I also purchased it at Home Goods on clearance a year or more ago.
It is very sturdy canvas and just what I wanted and the price was great!

{The cement statue will go outside in a couple weeks}

I do hope you have enjoyed my mini makeover. I intended to put before and after pics, but may
save that for another post. I don't need to buy one more thing so it was nice to be able to
move things around my house and get a brand new look without spending any money.  I think
 it is fun to do that and see what you can come up with.

Happy Spring everyone!!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Breadstyx Bistro

When you get old like the hubs and I are {ahem..cough, cough} it is a challenge to find somewhere
new and interesting to visit that isn't halfway around the world. Oh Paris, where art thou? Too
far away...okay I digress...anyway...we went to Defiance, Ohio last Saturday. It is a town that we
frequent{about 35 miles away} and we ate at this wonderful Bistro. We have eaten here
 once before, but we forget all about it!! {another sign of getting old!} It is downtown and most
 times when we shop in Defiance we are at the mall end so thus we forget.

The outside is just as cute as the inside!

I just love the way it is decorated! For a gal who decorates with mostly all neutral this bistro
is a bright pop of color and just perfect for springtime!

Love the brick walls! Hubby and I got here at the perfect time when hardly anyone else
was here so i was able to get a few pics.

Hubs ordered a "build your burger". Don't you just love the newspaper and the tin bucket?
I love little details and always have so this really grabbed my attention! love it!

I don't know why I ordered pizza, but next time I am ordering a sandwich just to get the cute
pail and newspaper. ha!! The food was delish!

If you happen to be in Defiance, Ohio anytime soon be sure and check it out.
Wonderful place to enjoy lunch!!

200 Clinton Street
Defiance, Ohio

Their Facebook page is here

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jeanne D' Arc Crocus and DON'T move the table!

My Jeanne D' Arc snowdrops are up!! Aren't they beautiful! I just love them and also love the name!!

{scroll to the bottom and you will see the corrected photo. Don't know why I called them Snowdrops}

I have been painting yesterday and today.

Let me tell you how all this started:

Yesterday I wanted to move the white table out and move the smaller
table in front of the window. When I moved the white table of course I had to sweep the floor,
which led to mopping the floor, which led to "OH MY the trim needs painting" , started
painting the trim, then realized "OH great time to paint the wall"...run to town
got paint and it snowballed from there.

Moral of my story: DON"T MOVE YOUR TABLE!
It starts a whole process that you just can't stop.

 I am so tired of climbing over things, but this is just the way I roll. There was more out here ,
 but I did move some into the kitchen. I don't mind painting...it is all the prep work that
 I despise. ha!

I had to straddle the washer, dryer and water heater to get it painted above the shelf. How fun. I sure
didn't think this through when we put it up. Maybe I thought I would never paint again. ha!

Also, my vanity here that I love...well that wasn't thought through either. How in the world am I going to
paint behind the window?? I bet I will figure it out if nothing more than and long handle on a paint
brush. Oh the crazy things I do!

{The paint color is "country fog" and the matching for the trim is "pinch of salt".}

I came in for a lunch break and remembered I had some of these in the cabinet so they were my
treat for all my hard work. *SMILE* Have you ever had them? SO yummy!!

I gotta get back to painting. Three walls still need a second coat! I hope that someday I also learn to
get paint that covers in ONE coat.

How is your day going? I am tired and probably won't be able to move tomorrow, but hey I got
something accomplished!