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June 29, 2015

Little Old Red Wagon

I really stepped out of my comfort zone and bought this little red wagon the other day.
Sorry about the quality, I used my cell phone to take pictures as I went along here.

I could tell by the look of the wheels it was an oldie!  She's pretty rusty but still has good bones.  I see bloggers doing cute things with old items like this and I started thinking of how I could use it.  I figured I would add it to my backyard garden area.


It still pulls very nicely and given the heavy denting along the front edge where the handle lands I can tell it's had a lot of hours put on it.  Perhaps some young boy pulled it around a neighborhood with newspapers in it and or raced it with his buddies! 

In was determined to plant something in it and my head went spinning as to how I could do it.  I didn't want to cause it to rust out too much faster so my first I thought was to line it with plastic to protect the bottom but that could also trap moisture.  Then I got the idea of putting potted plants in there.

I made a trip to a favorite garden center and came across these zinc planters.  They're very modern in design but their depth and overall size told me they were just what I wanted.  I still have a big bale of pine mulch I stored in the garage so I decided to create a thick bed (which should help keep the bottom from staying too wet).  

I added a little piece of landscape fabric over the drain holes which helps keep the dirt from seeping out the bottom.

I filled the planters up with some potting soil and then added some pelleted slow release fertilizer. 

I picked up some I ivy, begonias and impatiens.  Once they fill out the edges of the planters will disappear and I think the effect will be great! 

I don't want to paint it because I felt it's authenticity is part of the character.  I did some research and it would appear that it's from the 1930's or 1940's.  


 This morning I sat outside in the cool morning air sipping coffee and waiting to see the sun shine through.
 
 The woods were echoing with birds singing.  It's a special time and I love it!

I used my regular camera to get better color and detail.

I'm anxious to see the plants spread out and fill in!

I recently moved my arbor to this same back area that the wagon is now and I used my planters that I brought back from Pennsylvania a few years ago to hang there.  I added wandering jew, and more of the begonias and impatiens.  I hope the wandering jew spreads out quickly!

I took some more pictures in the evening while the sun is setting and shines briefly in the back.   I thought I'd also leave the hoop handle watering can out there too.  It adds a little more "gardening" character to the scene!

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June 25, 2015

4th of July Dining Indoors

Since I've already done a little decorating for the 4th I had to do a tablescape too!
I assembled this arrangement using a large mason jar that I got at Michael's.  


We're enjoying some very pleasant summer weather.  The long range forecast shows a chance of rain on the 4th could so we may end up indoors eating.  I'm all set either way!


On our trip to Portland I had a chance to visit the Sur La Table store.  I fell in love with their linens and melamine dishes. These melamine dishes are hefty and so much nicer than the usual super lightweight ones.  I love that they are a mix of patriotic and nautical!


The placemats were called "handkerchief placemats".   I decided to fold the napkins like a handkerchief for a man's front pocket.



I mixed three different sets of flatware to create more red, white and blue!  The little milky white salt and pepper shakers are also from Sur La Table.  All of it's on sale in case you are interested.



The tablecloth is a lightweight washed denim.  I put it through the washer and dryer and it came out very nicely.




I scrunched the ends of the tablecloth together with some ribbon.
It's a bit large 70" x 70" for this table.  I really bought it for the outside table which I'll be doing another tablescape on.

 I had a couple of photo bombers while taking pictures. 
 Mya is/was my daughter's cat.  She's soon to be 14 and loves to sit here in the sun.  You can see her tail in the picture above and another one further up.  She has the most beautiful blue eyes but the sun was causing her to keep them closed down.  She is a Birman- all 4 paws are white and soft as can be.

Teddy can't leave me alone when I'm busy! 


Ready for the 4th!


Melamine Plates from Sur La Table
Placemats and Tablecloth from Sur La Table
Red Gingham napkins from Pier 1
Blue and White flatware from Horchow
Swirl Stemware from Younker's several years ago (Pier 1 has some very similar)
Silk florals and ribbon from Michael's 

June 24, 2015

Patriotic Decorating Ready for the 4th!

Yesterday I decided to do a little patriotic decorating for the 4th of July. 
I changed out the plates on the plate rack and tied on some ribbons to start my red white and blue patriotic tribute!


Uncle SAM was new last year from Hobby Lobby


I grouped him in the corner on the tray and added some sparkly pieces to the pitcher.  I used the sparkly pieces in a little project last year as seen "here".


Up above you'll notice another Uncle SAM.


He's a little gem I got from Pier 1 a few years ago. 
I used him for the first time in a favorite little post as seen "here"


 I found some cute little salt and pepper shakers at Cracker Barrel.  They have the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and the White House



I've also been going through this new book I ordered called The American Flag by Mary Emmerling.  I'm enjoying the images in this book a lot.




Wouldn't you love to own the plate on the right!


I feel ready for the 4th of July now!

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June 22, 2015

My Backyard Updated

Anyone that follows me knows I have a slight devotion to my backyard garden and patio area.  Each spring it's literally a miracle to watch everything come alive especially after the long winters we have here.
I trotted outside barefoot on the cool dew laden ground carrying my iPad and snapped a few photos this morning. 

I made some changes this weekend and it started here at the pathway.  This picture below here is from earlier this spring showing the arbor.
I decided I wanted the arbor moved to the end of the garden path where it enters the patio.  Unfortunately it was not to be as the width and slight curve of the path proved to be a very poor choice for it but I had another spot in mind.

Before we get to where the arbor is located now I'll show you a few things.  My planter full of impatiens is doing well.  I created this by filling it with dirt and setting my metal sphere on top and easing it into the dirt.   I reached in through the openings and planted the individual flowers.  

I have a second blog devoted to my gardening that you are welcome to visit.  The link is always on the right side of this blog.

These are a new pair of lanterns we recently installed.  I saw the idea on my blog designer and friend Linda's blog on her post about their yard as seen "here"
She had a pair of lanterns on a shepherds hook that gave me the idea to do this.  My lanterns were all white but I had Dan paint them so they'd blend into the area a bit more.

An evening shot.

Just to the right is my cement garden bench and planters.  Over the years I've planted a lot of hostas and ferns which fill in nicely each year.

This is the fountain area we created several years ago.  I surrounded the border with hostas I already had by splitting them up as shown "here" which is about how this all got started.  Each year I select a color for my annuals as a main color and this year I chose orange.  

Just to the left of the fountain is what I call my hosta hill.  The sun was rising which I love to witness.

It's hard to make out in this picture but this is where the arbor landed.

I lifted the leaves of the hosta as I set the arbor into place so it looks like it was already there a while.  I moved several plants to the left to help open this pathway up and weeded out a lot of ground cover that migrated over here from the hosta hill.


It comes apart in sections so I was able to put it in place more easily.  This top area is actually two pieces held together with the center finial.

Here's a shot I took when the sun was out the other evening.  The black object in the background is a post we set up a few years back with wind chimes hung from it.  

We're going to highlight it with a couple of small flood lights that we'll add to our low voltage light system already in place.  There are a couple of different ground covers that have been migrating over from the hosta hill that I'll have to keep groomed back. 

Looking back at the patio towards the house is a small grouping of seating.  We don't often have visitors but when we do we add more chairs and have the fire pit burning in the evenings.  The fire pit is just to the right out of camera view.  The moss grew on its own and filled in between the stones.  Dan will apply a 10% solution of bleach and water to the stones to clean and brighten them up.  



I also gave my lilac topiary a grooming this weekend.  I have to get to it quickly after it blooms before next year's buds are set.  

Back near the garage one of my planters which is near my fairy garden.  The white dove statue was just recently painted.  It was a brown shade resembling an old cast iron piece but I decided I wanted it white.   It seemed to short so I stacked some leftover brick pavers to make a stand for it.  I actually set it here to keep my hubby from going around the corner and running into the hanging basket.  He tends to move fast but not always look ahead as he's in motion!
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