Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hot Cocoa

Those of you who live and garden in the midwest  know that growing roses unless they are knockouts or shrub roses is often very frustrating. Hot summers, freezing winters, and blackspot all take their toll.



The rose above is Hot Cocoa and I wish the camera would have picked up it's true color which is tinged with a creamy beige.


This is my third try at growing this rose.  Each time I have placed it in a different spot in the garden. I think I may have found the right place this time.  It has many lovely blooms and seems to be smiling back at me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Garden Chair

I didn't take any before photos of this chair but it was just a run-of-the-mill ugly brown.  What it had was lovely detail and no seat.  Usually I just have hubby make a new seat that I recover.  This one said it wanted to be a garden chair.



So it could hold plants I stapled chicken wire in the seat.

I was lucky and found a plastic pot that matched the soft aqua I had painted the chair.

I really enjoy the finshed look and it is so easy.

It was the detail on the back of this chair that caught my eye in a junk store.  I placed the chair in my booth in Greenwood and it sold right away.  Hope the new owner loves it too.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Better

I had surgery last Tue. to have my arm pinned and it all went well.  Lots more pain than I expected but doing good today.  So very frustrated that I am so limited as to things I can do with one side of my body not usable.  With effort I have been getting to the front porch and painting furniture with my right hand.  If I can get hubby to take photos I will share what I have bee doing with you.

Thanks for all you well wishes and prayers.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Oops!

We had an oops last Saturday.  My hubby and I were set for a lovely dinner with friends close to our lake house.  It was a lovely night so we decided to take the motor cycle.  To make this a short story we hit some gravel on a curve and left the road.  We ended up in an 8" ditch beow the road where people going by couldn't  see us.  My hubby finally flaged a passerby down and he called for help.  We were life flighted to KC.  My hubby is fine except for lots of bruises.  I have a broken left arm and leg.  They pinned my leg on sunday and will do surgery on my arm Tue.  Will stop by to see all of you but probably won't say much as I am limited to the hunt and peck system.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Granny's Rocker

My youngest son who love to curb shop and find garage sale items for me come home bearing this rocker a few weeks ago.  It was weathered gray from sitting on someone's porch and wasn't very appealing.  It looked to me like a rocker for Granny to sit and rock in on the porch while she shelled peas.  So what better color to paint her than Granny Apple Green.

 The green spruced her up quite nicely but I thought most of us need a little cushion to sit on to rest our weary bones.  Then I remembered some fabric in my stash that I used to make a baby quilt.
Hot pink and Granny Apple Green frogs having a Frog Frolic what could be more fun.  Would you like to come sit on the porch with me and try her out.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In The Shade

Every year I try to expand one of my flower beds or create a new one so I have less lawn and more flowers.  In the spring of 2010 I added a large area to one of the shady gardens.  The photo below is the garden in April 2010.  A few tulips popped up from a fall planting but not much else is in place yet.



The photo below is April 2012 and I think the garden has filled in beautifully.  But the amazing thing to me is what our nonexistent winter has done for the plants in this area.  This is usually what the garden would look like in late May or early June.
 One of my favorite plants in this shady spot is the Columbine.  I had no idea it was such a hardy reseeder.  My one regret is they don't stand up to our summer heat.  They die back in the heat but pop up their pretty heads again in the spring.  I always enjoy seeing where a new one blooms.
Hope everyone is enjoying their spring and having some time in the garden.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lady in White

My youngest daughter called a couple of days ago and ask if I wanted her to buy a coffee table she found at the thrift store to make over for my booth. It has great lines she went on to say and it even has a drawer.   Of course I said yes.  Remember those maple coffee tables that had a railing at each end with spindles that were so popular during the 50's.



I removed the rail and the spindles.  Patched all the holes with wood filler and sanded.  Then pondered what color to paint her.  I have been doing well selling bright colors such as lime green and turquoise so that was the direction I was headed.  


But the more I looked at her curvey lines I thought this little lady needs to be dressed in white and perhaps a little shabby.


 So I brushed on a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Old White.  Waxed her well and distressed just a little.  Than I distressed just a little more.  But I love how she turned out. Almost hate to tell you she cost $9.95.  I will have to send my daughter shopping more often.

I am going to hop over and join Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours why don't you drop also and check and the fun things these ladies do.