Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fall Gardening

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Here in my neck of the woods,

there is not much going on in the garden.

Pots have been emptied and put away.

The veggie garden has been cleaned off and composted.

And seed pods have been gathered to start in the spring.

It's all kind of sad to me.

I know , I know , it's nature's cycle .

The soil and the plants need to rest.

But you know I love colorful plants and sunshine.

The gray days this past week kinda got me down .

One of the best things I have found to get me out of that slump ,

is to look for fresh garden ideas for next year.

I found a new website that is sponsored in part by Miracle-Gro,

It's called the Gardenieres.

What I liked most about it was that it features Master Gardeners from different regions.

The Midwest Gardener is from Chicago .

While I'm not in an urban setting here , we have similar climate and seasonal issues.

They also have many tips on things from container gardens,

to amending soil ,

to pruning roses.


My one big fall project , after clean up that is,

is always to plant a few spring flowering bulbs.

Tulips being my favorite.

I always like to add bone meal when planting any spring bulbs.

Miracle-Gro has a product perfect for that,

Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Bone Meal .

If you need some garden inspiration ,

I encourage you to check out the Gardenieres website.

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Also check out Milracle Gro's Facebook page.

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If you're a gardener at all, you  really should.

Here's on last tidbit of fall inspiration.

Find beauty in the Fall


Happy Fall Y'all


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Friday, October 26, 2012

A Dreary Week in the Trailerhood

As I said on FB yesterday,
I love living in the boonies,
but I HATE unreliable Internet and horrible cell service.
I have been unable to blog or download pictures of this weeks projects
because the wind was blowing,
it was rainy ,
plus there was lightening....
It's back up and running ( for now )
so if you're interested ,
I'll show you a little of what I've been up to this week .
We put a bigger window in the part of the shed I use for my sales.
First we had to cut the tin .
Then the wood.
Yah !
My new window !
Team work .
A bit of swearing ....
but it's in and that's all that matters.
We also purchased a wood burning stove off Craig's List to help heat the shed.
I'm pretty excited about that too.
It was actually our first Craig's List purchase.
Can you believe that ?
Well, it was.
Wednesday is Addie day.
Her Mommy forgot her bag for work ,
so we met her half way at a little park.
It was really warm yet ,
but gray and drizzly.
Addie had a great time.
She never likes to leave the "play park".
So ,
after " two more minutes "
about a dozen times .
Grandma bribed her with tootsie rolls.
And we left.
A grandma's got to do what a grandma's got to do ...
Just sayin....
I did get a few projects made this week in between rain showers.
But  , of course,
did not get pictures of most of them ....
I had made the cutest little foot stool with left over fabric from Sis's dining room chairs
( which I don't think I've shared yet either )
 Addie just loved it  and thought she needed one for her room .
I had this old one just sitting in the shed.
Time for a little make over.
I unscrewed the legs to paint them.
I have found it works really well to push them into a cardboard box.
She wanted blue fabric with kittys on it .
Huh ?
Where does she come up with this stuff ?
I found some really cute fabric that matched her room with a cupcake pattern.
You all know we LOVE cupcakes in this family ....
Not the best picture ,
but you know me ...
I also repurposed a chair for Sis for her new craft room .
Yep , you guessed it .
No pictures...
I made some wine bottle crafts
( from Pinterest )
for the next sale.
I've been working on some benches from beds...
I promise to try to post some of those pics next week.
Maybe I accomplished more that I thought.
It was just so gray and dreary here in the Trailerhood ,
that I just felt cross.
Which is my new favorite word.
I'm watching way too much Thomas the Tank Engine lately.
But cross is a much nicer word than I usually use :)
One last picture for the week.
I made this tutu for Addie"s first birthday.
She HATED it !
Now (two years later ) she loves it ....
Go figure.
Hope you all had a great productive week !
Sis and I are hitting a few local craft shows tomorrow
and stopping by one of my favorite antique stores.
I'll talk to you next week !
With more pictures .
Promise :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wordless ( Almost ) Wednesday

I've been working my tail off to get ready for my sale this weekend.
I thought I would share a few of my displays.

I've been having a lot of fun with my Circut machine !
Funky chairs , colorful tables and chalkboards !
Marigold yellow ,
my favorite shade of yellow for fall.
Everything at my sale is made or repurposed by me .
My creative juices have been flowing .

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Monday, October 15, 2012

A Special Changing Table for a Special Baby

I've been getting a little flack for not posting enough .
That's OK with me .
That means people like to read what I write.
And maybe miss me a little bit :)
It's not that I haven't done projects.
I've been doing tons of them.
I just haven't taken the time to blog about them .
I have one I just have to share .
Over the weekend ,
Sarah , Emily and I hosted a baby shower for my Darling Niece, Spencer.
Early on in her pregnancy ,
she had asked me to be on the look out for a changing table.
This was before her mother ( my Sis ) became obsessed with buying every baby item
at every garage sale we went to.
But would let MY niece have a plain old ordinary changing table ?
That would be a big
So I waited till I found the perfect table.
The right size.
The right shape.
And I found all that in this old sewing machine table.
It even had drawers for baby necessities.
I cleaned her up.
Scraped the loose varnish off the top.
Hubs cut a board to fit  where the sewing machine used to live,
( didn't want baby falling through the hole )
which I then upholstered.
TaDa !
I had a little issue with the drawer pulls.
As in , it didn't have any ...
new ones didn't fit the old holes .
What to do ?
I found these little white porcelain knobs.
I thought they were perfect.
Very 'babyish".
Yes ?
Here is Spencer's perfectly imperfect changing table.
In her perfect nursery.
The nursery is full of repurposed and DIY .
Which makes me one very proud Auntie :)
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Monday, October 8, 2012

My Princess turns 3

I know , I know ...
haven't posted for a while.
I've been really busy getting ready for another sale.
Painting everything in sight .
(More on that in another post.)
Last week my little Addie turned 3.
 Where has the time gone since her parents brought her home ?
I guess it's true ,
the older you get , the faster the time goes.
Addie is Princess CRAZY !
She knows all of their names and what color dress they wear.
Princess Ariel
Princess Belle
I bought her this dress
 ( after her birthday , you can never have too many princess dresses , right )
 thinking she would think it was Cinderella.
But  you really can't fool her.
She said ," it blue , but it not Cinderella."
What could I say ...
She knows her princess'.
Once again , I was in charge of birthday cakes and cupcakes.
Addie has so many people that love her ,
that her Mommy decided we should have two parties .
( ... I had nothing to do with that ,,,, )
I made not one but two cakes .
 I am NOT a cake decorator.
I was really a little nervous whether I could pull this off.
I was going to make her a princess cake ( make that 2 )
I wanted to make the old fashioned "Barbie " cakes like I had when I was young and my girls had too.
This is what I came up with .
Then ...
 I made another one.
My mantra became ,
Frosting is like spray paint , it can hide a multitude of sins.
If I didn't like the way it looked ,
I just added more frosting "stars" .
I used my go- to wedding cake batter  and butter cream frosting recipes.
(Which you can find by following the link or follwing me on Pinterest.)
It wasn't really a Princess Cake , but close enough I guess.
When grandpa walked in with the cakes ,
her eyes got big , and she said ,
" I get a fork ! "
Of course Mommy said, " No!"
But it was all this Grandma needed to hear :)
My princess has come a long way from then,
to now...
Time needs to slow down !
Really ,
it does!


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