Monday, April 20, 2015

Goblet Centerpieces

I believe in having fresh flowers on our table inside…it’s one of my favorite decorating tips. Candles and fresh flowers.

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When I grow up, I want to be a florist ;) I love cutting all types of blooms and arranging them just so for little centerpieces. I thought three little goblets would look pretty full of flowers.

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 So, I cut Spanish lavender, sage, silver mound, wisteria, red buds, verbena, dusty miller, rosemary & catnip. I love the silvery tones from the sage, dusty miller and silver mound.

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Filling the goblets with water, I just started added a few cuttings at a time, until each one appeared overflowing.

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Wouldn’t these make pretty centerpieces for a bridal shower or wedding?

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Of course, you can use whatever plants are growing in your garden to make a centerpiece. These are just some of my favorites from our garden :)

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What’s growing in your garden? Do you bring in fresh flowers to dress your table?

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Also, please check back on Thursday, for the first reveal of #salvageswagger with the Repurpose Design Series…

It's all about bringing new life to old things! I’ve joined a team of 8 talented bloggers who will each salvage an item from the flea market or thrift store..but we can only spend $20! We'll reveal our transformations on April 30. Of course, we want you to participate! We'll challenge all of you to salvage something and choose one winner for the best repurposed item beginning May 4th...and every 3 weeks reveal a new salvaged item of our own. We hope this inspires you to add some #salvageswagger to your home!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Place to Hang Your Hat

Today would have been Poppy’s birthday…we sure do miss him :)

That was his cowboy hat, on the left.

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When he rode down to the pond to feed the donkeys, he always wore his cowboy hat. I’m thankful to have this sweet reminder of Poppy hanging in our room. We look forward to that heavenly reunion where we’ll see him again ;)

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Until then, we’ll think of him on days like today…and be reminded of his smile and how much he loved his grandkids :) And he sure would appreciate our adoration of old things. And especially how we found a special place to hang his hat.

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Do you have something special from someone you cherish that is now in Heaven?

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Thanks for visiting my blog…

Our paint color is Silver Drop by BEHR. The bucket and dresser were found as-is at antique shops. The beautiful chair was a gift from my dad & step-mom :) And the flowers are bridal’s wreath from our yard.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Herb Wreath & Watermelon Salad

The herbs are all blooming in the garden! I wanted to make an herb wreath this spring…using fresh herbs. I’ve had a few favorite herb wreaths pinned to my Garden Pinterest Board for a while…and finally had a chance to make one while Amy from Tennessee was here :)

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So, we gathered these herbs: sage, rosemary, and Spanish lavender. Then we added some silver mound…which isn’t an herb, but made for a pretty addition.

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 We used the smallest available grapevine wreath, which I already had on hand. We used some twine, floral tape, and floral pins.

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We gathered the bundles of each herb, twisted the ends with floral tape, and attached each bundle with the pins.

Sage first.

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Rosemary next, then lavender.

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And last, we added silver mound.

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There are so many uses for fresh herbs…a wreath is just one. And when it’s dried, we can still use the herbs.

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I also wanted to share this Watermelon Feta Salad with you. It’s delicious.

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This salad makes a fabulous side dish with any dinner! You’ll love it! I found the recipe in the book Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist. You can find the recipe HERE.

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I hope you are having a fabulous week! Let me know if you try making the herb wreath, or the salad. I’d love to see how it turns out for you :)


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Be Still and Know

Have you ever really thought about that verse? “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 

To be still…that’s not very easy for me. I’m usually one to stay busy, getting things done, multi-tasking. Projects, work, kids, home…

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Although, this past winter has been different. I’ve had the painful “frozen shoulder” and have been limited physically. And then there was rain. Lots of rain. Stuck-inside-for-weeks kind of rain.

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 It could have been a set-up for feeling sorry for myself, and wallowing in self-pity. But, I decided to take advantage of being still. To make the most out of my time doing nothing…without doing nothing.

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I got a few new books to read. We’ve played a lot of games on the Wii U, and watched new shows on Netflix. We’ve talked a lot, laughed together. It’s been an easy-going, relaxing few months. It’s also given me more time to think, pray, and listen.

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 I so adore that sweet time with the Lord. Before the kids wake up, the house is still, and it’s just HIM and me :) And I hear HIM. It’s amazing what can happen in the stillness. The sweet stillness. And I know that HE is God.

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 Those two little words…BE STILL. It’s ironic, we say that to our children when we want them to stop, listen, and focus. Because we love them, and want them to learn, without missing what’s important.

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And yet, it’s the very commandment God, our Heavenly father gives us. “Be still, and know that I am God”. He loves us that much. He doesn’t want us to miss what’s important.

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My sister-friend, Amy, just went back home to Tennessee…after we spent a few days relaxing, talking, enjoying each other’s company. It’s a special time for us, because we live so far apart. I look so forward to our time together, because it’s not often we see each other. So, we make it count. We laugh, eat a lot, cook, pray, talk, and listen. It’s like my heart heals a little more from losing my mom, every time we are together :) And I cherish that time. And I’m thankful for her friendship. Time to just sit still together.

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Although frozen shoulder has not been a fun experience, I’m thankful for my time this winter that I’ve had to be still. Maybe that’s right where God wanted me. Just sitting. Just listening.

It’s my favorite place to be :)


Monday, April 6, 2015

A Desk with a Cubby Shelf


Remember last November, when we had our Barn Sale? Well, I got this fabulous cubby shelf from the sweet ladies at Junkin on Main…painted it white and it’s one of my favorite pieces :) And remember in this post, when I said a Pinterest photo prompted me to rearrange furniture? Well…this is what I put together, after I moved the long buffet table out of our dining room:

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I wanted to share the inspiration photo with you, which gave me the idea to use the cubby shelf, as an addition to a desk. I first saw this photo below HERE on Pinterest…and pinned it to my Clean & Organize Board. Isn’t the table amazing? I love all the textures added by the books and rolled papers.

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Yes, my table is not near as curvy and detailed, but it works. I enjoy this little space…it’s in our dining room. It’s a great spot to sit and write blog posts, send emails, etc…plus, I’m not far from the kids at the farm table while they’re doing home school.

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I made a quick, no-sew chair slipcover…using a grainsack, I placed half of it over the chair and gathered the extra with twine. Add some fresh lavender from the garden…and done!

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The red bud trees are just about finished blooming…the leaves are now green and the pretty pink blooms won’t show up again until next spring. I took these photos last week, when I brought a few branches inside to enjoy.

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Have a lovely week!


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