Archives for August 2014

I’m being featured at From My Front Porch to Yours!!

I’m being featured at From My Front Porch to Yours!!

I’m so excited!!!

Today, Pamela of From My Front Porch to Yours is featuring my little ole’ blog in her series “How I Found My Style Sundays”!!!

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I’d love it if you’d hop over to her blog and check it out!!!

Thanks, Pamela!!!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!!

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This post brought to you by the letter “R”!

This post brought to you by the letter “R”!

This is going to be a very, very short post!

Why?

Because I forgot to take pictures of the “during” process!  I get so frustrated with myself when I do that!!! I just get rolling on something and the next thing I know, I’m done…….without pictures!!

Oh, well.  I think you’ll get the gist of my project anyway!!

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I love the trend of initials in design and I’ve been keeping my eye out for one that met my “criteria”!

I hadn’t had much luck til I was in a craft store recently and wandered down the “clearance-80% off” aisle!

There she was…………

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She was the perfect size, font shape and thickness I wanted.  But not the right color!  So I got out my Annie Sloan paint in country grey and gave her two coats and one coat of dark wax!

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She looks almost like leather now but she was a little flat and needed some bling! (of course)!!!

I started applying upholstery tacks around the edge and ran out so I hung it on the wall so I could live with it a couple of days.

I really liked the finishing touch of the tacks but they were still too “dull”  so I purchased some shiny brass ones!!!

TA DA!!

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I love how it “pops” now!  Just enough bling!!!

Morale of this story…..never judge a book by its cover and most important…..

remember to take pictures when you’re doing a project!!

Until next time……..

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Summer in the backyard!!

Summer in the backyard!!

It’s HOT here people.

Like really, really, really, REALLY HOT!!!

But, that is summer in South Texas, right!!??!!!

Thank goodness we have had a little more rain than usual this summer and the backyard is loving it!  I thought I’d give you a little look at what we’ve been doing every weekend in the HOT sun!

Did I mention it is really HOT here!!!

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I’m going to keep comments very brief and let the pictures tell the story!!

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My “pot tower”! Notice the upside down wine bottle?  Great way to water (it works like those water globes we’ve all seen)!

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The “fountain turned planter” is flourishing well this year!

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I was a bit worried about the floral mixture I placed in this new planter I picked up at a thrift shop, but they’re also doing great!

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Our patio hasn’t changed much….just added some palms.

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When the evenings cool slightly (and I mean slightly) we play a game or two of our DIY adult size Jenga game!

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Remember our  DIY Pallet Swing?

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Hubby added an attached stool this weekend!!! So much easier to get up on it and rest our feet!  More on that to come!!

A couple of my favorite “newbies”!  My patio rose is doing well and still surviving the HOT Texas sun!

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I have no idea the name of this plant but I love it!  The color is so dramatic and beautiful amongst all the green!

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This is a fun little project I threw together!  We took off our back screen doors because our doggies loved tearing up the screens!  So, I just placed one on the patio wall and added a wall planter hanging from a hook and chain!  Something a “little kooky“, but fun!
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So that’s the backyard for now!

I hope you’re all finding ways to keep cool!!!

Us?…….

We tend to sit in here……

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Most would call this a “HOT” tub, but the temperature’s been turned off since April!  It’s our mini “COOL POOL“!!!

Did I mention it’s HOT here!!!!

Until next time……

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Aging Hydrangeas

Aging Hydrangeas

Hydrangea’s are a beautiful flower……….

……..I wish I could grow big, full beautiful bushes but, here in South Texas, this is as good as it gets!!

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If I get one bloom, I’ll feel like the hydrangea Gods have blessed me! So instead, I have to settle for faux.

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  I had a project in mind with an old doctor’s bag I picked up at an estate sale…….

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It’s old, dusty, dirty and definitely worn…………………

it’s perfect!!!

Now, back to my project!!  I visioned cream-colored dried hydrangea flowers spilling out the bag, but as I mentioned, no can do!

So, I bought faux……

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But they were too white.

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My solution??????

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Coffee!!!!

I poured some into a large soup bowl…..

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…….and dipped my hydrangea into the coffee coating the petals really well.

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Here, you can see one stem half dipped!!!

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I would just let the individual stems set in the coffee for a few minutes!!

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And let them dry out on a paper towel!

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You can tell the difference between the dipped and not dipped!!

I let them dry and then re-dipped them again.  I did this about 3 times per stem.

What I love the most is how the coffee settled in the tips of the pedals making them a little darker and giving them that “aged” look I was wanting!!

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I put some crumpled up grocery bags in the bottom of the bag and placed the flowers on top so they wouldn’t fall down into the bag.

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I added a silver candlestick, a piece of french linen and an old book I picked up at the same estate sale!

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I created this little vignette!  You know how I love vignettes!

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Can I just say that I’m so excited for fall?!!!  I think this will make a great fall/Halloween vignette!  That little black book I picked up at the estate sale, that’s in the bag, is of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems including “The Raven”!

Fabulous!!!!

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So, if you don’t live where you can easily access dried hydrangea, give this technique a try!

Until next time…….

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