Authentic or Faux — My Forsythia Struts Its Stuff

Igot so excited when I rounded the house this weekend to find my forsythia bush blooming! I immediately cut several stems to take the place of the faux flowers I wrote about only days before on my post “Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers.”

This cheery card is a perfect way to brighten someone's day. . . complete with a little shaker surprise!

Country Cuteness from Mom’s Garage

I took an old canning jar, a partial can of off-white spray paint, twine and twigs and quickly whipped up a cute little country-style home decor.

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood


  • Inside & Out

    Getting the Garden Going

    I finally found a break in the rain and my schedule to get the garden going yesterday. My husband has handed over the veggies to me this year, but he was kind enough to rototill and prep the ground for me before the rains came pouring in during the last couple of weeks. So when the sun popped out yesterday, I donned my rubber boots, grabbed the hoe and put a few seeds in the ground. So here is what’s planted thus far. Radishes, green onions, lettuce and spinach. We did get potatoes and large onions in before St. Patrick’s Day, but they are in large pots instead of the garden. I also have green bean…

  • Room With a View

    Capturing a Few Spring Blooms

    The daffodils finally bloomed last week, along with the forsythia and lone pear tree in our yard; so I took a few moments to snap some pictures while my son played away in the bright afternoon sun. I noticed as we spent the Easter weekend down south in Arkansas that most of their daffodils had already spent themselves, but we saw some beautiful forsythia along the way.    

  • Inside & Out

    Age Terracotta Pots the Quick and Easy Way

    As Spring arrives and folks think about planting, I’ve noticed a lot of attention has been focused on terracotta pots and how to age them for a more classic look. I’ve read several tutorials on how to get that wonderful white water scale look and to be quite frank many of them seem completely over-complicated without achieving much more than a simple white wash technique will provide. I’m not trying to belittle the creative ideas of others, but I do want to share with you a quick and easy way to achieve an aged look with water and acrylic paint in literally just a couple of minutes. Pictured here are a…

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