Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts

Monday, July 20, 2015

At This Moment

 

At this moment we are:

-restocking the camper for our August adventure
-purchasing travel necessities
-voraciously reading
-wallowing in the dwindling days of summer
-soaking up the sun poolside
-savoring....... enough said
-RUNNING
-mulling around ideas to freshen up this little home
-changing up the vibe in the girls' room
-getting absolutely giddy with anticipation for our next travel adventure




Whew, there's a bunch going on here at the moment! Stay tuned sweet friends!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Fall Porch..... I Promise I'm Done Now!



Our garage porch gets LOTS of traffic. It's the most used porch on our house. We're just not front door kind of people and neither are our friends. Back door friends are the absolute best friends anyway, right? A few months back I did a post about the potting bench that calls this porch home {if you missed that post, you can find it here}. 
I still just love this little potting bench, but it needed some simple FALL-ifying. So, I moved some things around, and rummaged through some boxes in the basement, and now I'm in love all over again.




This little spot makes me smile every time I pull into the garage. And for some reason, I really haven't done much of anything inside the house to welcome fall, but I've really enjoyed re-doing our porches. Decorating for the seasons doesn't have to put you in the poor house. Shop around your house and your yard first and then decide if you really need to purchase an item. Often, you have something already, that when moved to a different spot, suddenly seems bright and new again. This is one of my best tricks for decorating on a budget and I use this little trick all the time. This has allowed me to enjoy decorating while spending very little for many years {it also keeps my hubby very happy}. 

I'm so glad you could join me today. Thanks for visiting! And remember, I love to hear from y'all, so chat it up in the comments below!


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Camper Crush and A Dirty Laundry Update

I've just got to write about my camper crush before I explode! I want a camper- like in the worst way! Anybody out there with me? I want a vintage pull behind camper about 16 feet in length. 


Isn't that just the cutest little thing? It's going to be a long process of saving and finding just the right one, not too terribly far from home, for just the right price. This is going to be quite an exercise in patience, thank you God for yet another of those {I say while clenching my teeth}! I want one so badly- I can see myself sitting there at it's lovely little dinette, relaxing after a long day hiking and exploring. 



The peaceful sounds of the evening melodies of the cicadas lingering in the background as I rustle up some dinner on the cutsie retro stove top nestled inside my little vintage wonder. Yep, I've given this a lot of thought! I welcome the challenge of the redo, with all it's painting and sewing, bring it on I say!



But alas, it's patience that's the most laborious for me. I'm sooooo not good at patience, which is why God keeps setting forth these challenges for me. 

I-pray-that-I-hurry-up-and-learn-patience-so-God-will-stop-setting-before-me-opportunities-to-learn-the-art-of-patience. 

See my problem? I'm in a hurry to finish learning how to be patient. Mercy, I've a long way to go! And just in case you know of one of these puppies needing a new home for dirt cheap, shoot me a message will ya? Just sayin'............

And in other news- my daughter and I are both patting ourselves on the backs because we haven't changed out of our first outfit choice even once since my posting of And More Dirty Laundry. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, follow the link here back to my original post. This is monumental for us both since usually we feel we just don't look "right" several times before heading out the door. This is good right? Progress, yes? How are y'all doing? Are you loving yourselves more? Do it, won't you? If we can do it, you can do it! Hugs to you all!


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My, How Time Flies


Well, it's officially July! Writing here on this blog, reminds me how fast a month blurs by. Do you notice that?  The older I get, one month just seems to run right into the next. Do you feel that too? Having this blog really helps me to slow things down and appreciate each moment more. I'm so grateful to have this place where I come to write and share. This blog is a true blessing. I've also met some of the sweetest women in the world, fellow blogger's, who journal about their lives too. Yep, such a blessing!

June was mighty busy over here and in case you missed anything, here's some highlights. Come on along with me as I take a little walk down memory lane! 

The first week of June I shared a five part series on How To Survive And Thrive On One Income. This series reached so many folks and I truly hope that it spares someone from making many of the mistakes that I made!



We made a scarecrow for the garden that is working so far{fingers crossed}! We haven't had any critters steal any veggies yet and we have little baby watermelons growing fast out there.....



I learned that sometimes just celebrating with family is ENOUGH in The Hostess With The Mostess, and that it's mega important to take care of our friendships in I'll Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I opened my Etsy Shop! Still doing my little happy dance over here!!!


I shared our son's new house and our favorite t.v. show. And the most popular post this month, Easy 5 Step Window Box Tutorial. This post was featured at Herbs And Oils Hubs and on Motivation Monday! Wow, so honored!

  
Whew, and that's just some highlights of June! If you missed anything, feel free to go back and browse! I haven't written in a journal in so many years and I'm truly having the time of my life jotting all these moments down. Thank you all ever so, for allowing me to ramble on weekly about our little life! Have A Blessed Holiday Week Everyone!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Etsy Shop Now Open!


Welcome everyone! I FINALLY finished uploading all the goodies to my Etsy Shop! Aaaaand, I'm still sewing away on several more vintage pillow covers. Here's a sneak peak at the fabrics...... 

Aren't they just the cutest? I have such an affinity for all things vintage! I'm crushing big time on all things camper right now so I'm madly in love with that vintage camping print. I hope you will be too! I also have a new passion for oilcloth. I made an oilcloth cushion cover for our front porch and I'm just lovin' it! If the cats happen to sleep in the chair, it's a breeze to just wipe clean. 


And, if your oilcloth items are kept out of direct sunlight, you can leave them up outside ALL season. Check out my last post here to see my oilcloth banner in action at our house. Love me some low maintenance pretties! Come on by the shop for lots more oilcloth creations won't you?. When you have some spare time, do come by and browse awhile, just follow the link to The Little Farm Diary Shop. Have a spectacular and beauty filled weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy 5 Step Window Box Tutorial



Today, we're gonna play in the dirt! And, when we're all done, you'll have all the information you need to plant a simply beautiful window box. For twenty years I've had window boxes on whatever house we've lived in, and even a condo too! They are just charming and they have a lot of punch in such a small package. They have the power to really boost your home's curb appeal. I'm going to break down the process of planting one into a few super easy steps. By the end of this post, you'll be running to your local garden supply center to pick up your supplies to plant one too! Don't believe me? Stick around, it's crazy simple!

First, you need a window box planter. These are super duper cheap all the way up to crazy expensive. There are also LOTS of online tutorials to make your own if you're feeling crafty. If you've been with me on this blog long, you'll know that I always shoot for the best for the least. With that said, here's a photo of my really sad, OLD window box planter.
Stay with me now, I know it looks wretched, but this will all come together in the end, I promise!



I found this years back at Lowe's on clearance, and as you'll see in a moment, how it looks empty really doesn't matter. When it's all filled up with green lovelies, you'll hardly see the planter anyhow. First, head to your garden supply center and look for 3 varieties of plants. Here are your three keywords when shopping for plants- tall, mounding, trailing or creeping. 


You will need 2 tall plants, 2 mounding plants, and 2 or 3 trailing or creeping. See, super easy! Just read the little tags on the plants and you'll see those keywords. Look for annuals because they'll give you the most bang for your buck. Also it's really important to know if your box will have mostly sun or mostly shade. You'll find that plant info on it's label too. My box gets all shade, so I've picked my plants accordingly. So, are we good so far? Also grab a good bag of potting soil. Now we're all set to plant!

How To Plant A Window Box In 5 Easy Steps:

1.   Start with a clean box then add a couple of inches of fresh dirt {you'll add more later when        you get your plants all situated}

2.  Next, add your two tall plants in the very back of the box evenly spaced





3.  Then add your two mounding plants at the front of your box, evenly spaced also






4.  Next, add your trailers or creepers to the sides and front of the planter.






5.  Fill in any holes between the plants with more potting soil and you're all done.  See, I said          easy, right?








Check out this before and after, big difference, huh? 









And for a shameless plug, if you're liking that super cute, all-weather, oilcloth banner, it will be in my Etsy shop opening this week! Hint, Hint! Now, go forth and get those hands dirty folks! And send me some pics of your before and afters! I'd love to see your ideas!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hospitality - To - Go



I'm big on hospitality and teaching my little ones to understand the importance of loving on others in our home. Sometimes though, families outside of our home need some hospitality-to-go. What's that you ask? Sometimes, people need a helping hand. They need a meal prepared for them because they are injured or sick. They cannot get their yard work done for whatever reason and we need to head on over and give their grass a good mowing.



As Christians we are called upon to serve those in need. Today was one of those times when we needed to serve another family. I'm so grateful for these opportunities whenever they arise. Our children should know to jump at the chance to help out others in difficult times. It doesn't have to be over the top or crazy extravagant or anything like that. Just so very simple. I promise that your efforts will be greatly appreciated. Today, we whipped up a baked ziti casserole, store bought salad and dressing and rolls for a family that had been involved in a traffic accident. See, I told you it could be simple.

We went out to our flower garden, picked a few posies, placed them in a mason jar with some twine and a little "Get Well Soon" tag. Oh so simple, but hugely appreciated.







It's so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and become blind to the needs of others. Remember your neighbors and serve them as you would love to be served if your family were ever in need. Remember, hospitality, it's not just for
in our home. Love you all so, and hoping that this week is filled with blessings.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

8 Easy Peasy Garden Plants


It is officially summer at our house. We grilled hamburgers for Memorial Day, the kids have been swimming in the pool nonstop, and we got our vegetable garden planted. The timing could not have been more perfect. We were hurrying to get the plants in the ground and compost mulch around them before the rain was due to come. Storm clouds were fast approaching while we were planting. We got it all accomplished and were putting away the tools when, kaboom, thunder crashed and the skies opened up and the glorious rain began to fall. Perfect. Being city born and bred, gardening has been a bit challenging for me. I still plant the easy stuff, but it goes a long way in helping save money on fruits and veggies during the summer months. We had planned on building a raised bed for strawberries this spring, but we just never got to it {I still have the list of supplies in my purse just in case though!}.


High on our list for planting every year are the veggies required for fresh salsa. That list includes tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro. Fresh salsa is a must have summer staple! What goes better with those grilled burgers than chips and salsa? NOTHING! And, another southern favorite, tomato sandwiches. Homemade bread, mayo, tomatoes, salt and pepper, oh my, my mouth's watering just at the thought!


Now throw in some colorful marigolds {a great companion plant for tomatoes} and we're well on our way to a perfect little garden. Then we always plant cucumbers and give them a little fence to meander in and out of. Add some easy peasy, squash and zucchini for a yummy side dish and watermelon and cantaloupe for a fruity, delicious dessert, and we have one great garden.

{A Small Garden Is A Big Money Saver During The Summer Months}

Have you planted your garden yet? It's not too late you know. Summer is just beginning to take hold here in Georgia and in lots of other states too. If you've never planted a garden, consider starting a small one and grow to a larger one with time. You'll just love eating your own home grown fruits and veggies all summer.
Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope that your Memorial Day weekend was just summerific!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Potting Bench and It's A Boy......Or A Girl?


I've always thought that potting benches were just so functional. I've seen so many of them combining cute and useful. I garden a lot in the warm months and am always searching for my supplies. Now they are all in one convenient place! Yay! No more "where's the scissors?". My twine, pots, watering can, gloves, etc., all right here within easy reach. This shelf was in the laundry room when we first moved in and I never really knew what to do with it. My daughter helped me out by refreshing the tired white finish with a new coat of buttery yellow paint.




My favorite part is the soap and hand towel. I make a big mess of myself gardening and I really wanted to be able to wash up while I was still outside. Check out this soap. I have a friend that hand makes her own soaps and has quite a little business going. I just received my first shipment of soaps and they smell heavenly! Check out her online shop called Seven Willows. I chose this one called Kudzu & Gnats. It's topped with poppy seeds that look like little gnats, so clever and cute as a button.




In other news, our youngest has been on baby chick watch, for three weeks.



Today, the first chick hatched. Matt has a pair of bantams, and his hen's sitting on ten eggs. He's a proud papa!



When he saw that the first chick had hatched, he ran screaming into the house "my chicks are here!!!!!". He's so proud. Not sure if it's a he or a she just yet, but Matt's thrilled either way. Stay tuned, nine more to go......... how's your week so far?

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Friday, May 9, 2014

A Front Porch Makeover



Mercy, it's been busy over here! Between the painting and gardening and well, LIFE, I'm exhausted. But it's a good exhausted. You know that kind right? The one that feels so good inside because you're doing stuff you love. Well you may remember our flea market finds a couple of posts back. I finally found, actually my dear husband found {he's just the bestest husband!}, a vintage tulip backed glider and chair set that I've wanted for sooooo long. Usually when I see them, they're out of my price range, but this one was a match.





It was in great shape really, because someone had re-painted it not too long back, and had taken very good care of them. Sadly, it was black, and this girl's got to have color! And I wanted classic RED! So, red it was! I swoon just looking at them now, and yes, I have already had my morning coffee sitting on that glider, TWICE.  







 My love for spray painting furniture has been re-kindled since my post on decorating for renters. And to let you in on a little secret, I do have a favorite spray paint. I've tried a few and this one's definitely my favorite. It goes on beautifully, and includes a primer. Anything that's going to eliminate a laborious step for me, sign me up! And, do you see that marvelous color on that paint can? That's for the other outdoor metal chairs that we found at the flea market. I'm trying to build some excitement here. Are you feeling it?


 



I hope that you are all enjoying this glorious weekend. See you next week.....



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