Thursday, June 27, 2013


I bought this window at a yard sale a few years ago and it's been floating around my living room ever since. But it's crumbly around the edges and I worry about there being lead paint on it, so I finally got the idea to hang it on the front porch. I was proud of myself for coming up with an origional idea until I saw some on Pinterest. Oh well! 

I really like it but I know it's a fine line between being amazing or tacky. :) Fingers crossed that it's on the amazing side! And I think I'm more sensitive to "public" opinion since the front porch is so visible to all who pass by...

I feel like a big girl for doing this project without any help! I bought the chain and eye screws from Lowes and hung it by myself. I'm getting handy with my screw gun!

I'm not sure if this is normal, but in our marriage relationship I try to do everything I can by myself so that when I really do need help he'll be more likely to - we kind-of keep a mental score of who owes whom. (I have no idea if I got the who's and whoms correct!)

 For example, I helped him lift a heavy barrel and he helped me carry my son's dresser upstairs. I just remembered that I helped him with the second barrel... so he owes me, except that he did help me the the scary chop saw yesterday! Now that I really think about it, he does have to help me alot more than I help him - maybe we should just call it even...

...moving on :) I'm so happy with my blooming beauties! 

Somewhere in the Bible it talks about a gardener who plants, waters, etc. but it is God who gives the increase... the Creator did something very good when he design flowers...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A new dresser.

Something I found on Craigslist. I painted it with leftover paint and then used Annie Sloan dark and clear wax. I am not a big fan of the dark wax, kinda wishing I had just used clear.

Oh well, now my daughter has more storage space.

Now to finish my son's chest of drawers...


And After:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yellow Chair

I found this at Goodwill the other day!

It's a little worn and shabby, and the velvet-like material is not of the highest quality, a little fuzzy, but I LOVE it! Just one of those pieces that make me happy to look at.

I've never had any yellow in the living room and I really like the color it adds! Although it totally clashes with the rug... but isn't it pretty with my blue jars?! I may have to reconsider my color scheme...

(Sorry the photo's are so bad, we've had rain and it's always dark.)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


My Annabelle hydrangeas are blooming.

 And I've been loath to even pick them, not wanting to spoil the bush. Last year, after I planted them, I watched as their leaves turned yellow, one by one, and I thought they wouldn't survive. But they pulled through and now they are so beautiful!!!

I think they may be getting too much morning sun, I do have to water them a lot to keep them happy. I planted a Limelight hydrangea on the end that gets more sun a few weeks ago, here's hoping it will do well! It has yet to form any blooms but is healthy, and I'm excited to see how it does. 

And I also planted a very small Endless Summer hydrangea that is blooming profusely. But it's turning lavender and I'm not sure that I want to fight to change the soil balance. I'm wondering how hard it is to keep them blue?  Remember, I'm a lazy gardener.  :)

Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with hydrangeas?!

It's funny how the lower branches are blooming first, I guess all the new growth is in the middle and that's why the top is slow.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

His Birthday!

My little guy had his sixth birthday on June 2nd. And we are so proud of him! He worked so hard this year, graduated kindergarten and has been so much fun! We love you so much, son, and are so thankful  
God gave us you!!!

Here is his birthday list, too cute!

The cake:

 This was fun to make! I found the rock candy at Sweet Frogs. 

 Love his excitement!

With his Grandmothers. We were so happy Grammie could be here from California!!!

A few games...

Opening presents!


 The best part: playing with all the new toys!!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

After looking around the internet for ideas I settled on these, mostly because I pretty much already had all the supplies.

I know it's late for most of you but we still have a week and a half of school left. I'm just as ready as the children to be done! It's hard to treat school seriously  when you know they are just putting in time...

... and there's a pool filling with water outside...

I'll be back soon with pictures of Little Brother's sixth birthday party! Busy times, thanks for reading!!!