Saturday, July 5, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, I shared my patriotic mantel, and yesterday, I shared a 4th of July parade in the neighborhood. I just can’t help myself. If it’s red, white, and blue, it has to be in a vignette for Independence Day.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
We have two of these iron rocking chairs in our yard, and they are a favorite sitting spot. For the last couple of years, I have used two tie-on seat pillows (one on the back and one on the seat) on each of them, but those never really worked right, and all of the tie-on strings finally tore.
When we were cleaning out the garage, I found these floral cushions that I had used on the chairs several summers ago. They were in pretty good shape, but the floral pattern didn’t go with anything else we have outside. I put the two cushions in the give away/trash pile.
It’s not the first time (and I’m afraid it won’t be the last time) I have gotten something out of our trash pile. But, I had a good reason this time. I had priced cushions for these chairs and decided that I was going to wait until the cushions go on sale. But, what was I going to do about these chairs in the meantime?
That’s when “Hometalk” stepped in. I was browsing through all of the great ideas on Hometalk when I spotted Shabby Paints’ posting of her painted chair cushions. What did I have to lose, but a little of my time? I already had paint, and I could drag those cushions out of the trash pile and paint them.
I followed the directions on the Shabby Paint site, and I used A.S. chalk paint in Old Violet.
I was already painting a piece of furniture with this paint. You may already know that I am not a patient person (that’s an understatement). I can’t stand to wait to see the results of a project. I think my impatience also makes me a sloppy painter. When I’m finished painting, you would think I had been painting myself instead of furniture.
So, since my hands, arms, and legs were already painted Old Violet from my furniture painting (come back on Tuesday to see that project), I took my paint brush outside, and painted those old floral cushions. I think they are going to work out great until I can find some on sale.
While I have my camera in the back yard, I’m going to show you another one of my purchases from the auction I recently posted about. I bet nobody who read that post thought I would purchase one of those “Red Goose” shoe displays. I remember buying Red Goose shoes, and this shoe display brought back some great memories.
Those are my gardening shoes that I’m storing on it. That’s why those shoes are so nasty looking. I realized after posting this picture that I should have rinsed the garden debris from the inside of the shoes before taking a picture to share on my blog.
I’ll end this little post with the chalkboard that lives in our back entryway. I’m getting ready for our 4th of July celebration. Thanks for visiting. laurie
I’m linking this post to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.
Monday, June 24, 2013
The patriotic celebration begins at our back door. It had been so hot all day, but when I started taking these pictures, there was just enough breeze to make my flags look blurry.
My poor old Uncle Sam is showing his age.
The buffet in our sunroom is showing its patriotism too. Some day, I hope I’ll learn how to take photos in my sunroom without getting so much glare.
Long ago, I purchased these patriotic tiles at a junk store. I thought I’d make a tray with them. I decided that I could use them on plate stands until I got around to making the tray. Since I’ve been doing that for about 10 years now, it is beginning to look like I am not going to make the tray.
In the next picture, I am sharing another of my purchases from the auction I recently posted about. Do you know what this is? Although I am probably one of a very few, I still use one of these, but mine is a boring, rectangular shape.
I know this picture is just a silhouette of the object, but I wanted to show you the handle, to help you with your guess.
Yes, it is a dust pan. I often use mine to sweep crumbs into in when I’m too lazy to bend over and hold a regular dust pan or drag out the vacuum. This one was apparently a give-away at a furniture store. Their add, with their 5 digit phone number, is imprinted inside. At the auction, I paid $10.00 for this! I actually had people bidding against me, but nobody else was silly enough to pay $10 for an old dust pan.
I’m repeating a photo, because I didn’t want you to leave with the image of a rusty, beat up old dust pan in your head!