Friday, August 28, 2015

Apple Inspired Farmhouse Friday

Welcome to Farmhouse Friday! And it’s ALL ABOUT APPLES!!

I’m joining the sweet “Farmhouse Friday” team…and at the end of this post, you can check out their lovely APPLE ideas & inspiration :)



  Are you looking for an inexpensive way to decorate or entertain as we transition from late summer into Fall? Apples just may be your best friend :) They certainly provide that “pop of color” on a table or countertop…so, I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas for using apples in your decor and a couple of recipes too.



 Of course, the apple recipes are endless! I found this Apple Pancake Recipe on Pinterest from Julia’s Album…and they were tasty :)

Decorate with apples? Why not? I do love the pop of red for Autumn…especially on the mantle. And my sweet kiddos painted apple prints to create this apple bunting.  




 For a simple centerpiece, I gathered some fresh herbs in an ironstone bowl. Then I just simply placed the apples around the center. Apples look pretty just sitting at each place setting too.



 One of my favorite breakfasts for Fall is this Apple Cinnamon Bread from The Happier Homemaker. And while it’s baking, your house will smell like Autumn exploded inside :)



If you’re looking for more apple inspiration…check out these lovely blogs below:






Apple Wreath by The Everyday Home |





Farmhouse Apple Decor

There are just about as many ways to use apples as there are varieties. What about you? Do you enjoy using apples in your decor? What’s your favorite apple recipe?

I shared my apple-inspired table setting yesterday on Periscope...follow me @bucketsofburlap to see live video streams around my farmhouse.

And if you’d like to see more favorite Fall photos, check out my Pinterest Bountiful Autumn Board HERE :)

Have a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Grainsack Curtain

The heat has been almost unbearable here the last few weeks! We’ve tried to keep our window blinds closed and doors shut to keep our cold air from escaping :/

Here at the kitchen sink, this little window lets a lot of evening sun inside.


In order to keep some of the direct sunlight out, I decided to use one of my grainsacks as a curtain…no-sew is the best kind, right!

Using three little tacks, I attached the grainsack horizontally directly above the window.

Then I used a ribbon to gather the center and tied it up in the back :)


Now, just the right amount of sunlight comes through the window…and I can drop the ribbon in the middle to completely block out the sun during the hottest part of the day :)


On a side note, I usually don’t like hot pink…but these crepe myrtle blooms were so bright and cheery I clipped some to bring inside. I used an ironstone tureen (that I found for 5$!!) to display them next to the sink :)


And the sign? It came from a local antique mall last year. Sometimes I hang it above the stove, just for a little change. I’ve also hung it from my mirror in our bedroom. A touch of black seems to work in our kitchen with the black cooktop.


And I brought in this vintage wooden tote, put white pitchers inside, and added some more pink blooms. This vintage tote has so many possibilities. It could house spices, silverware, napkins, or a small bowl of fruit.


Are you having record hot temps in your area? I’d love to hear how you beat the heat indoors this summer :)


And remember, follow me HERE on INSTAGRAM to get daily updates and photos of our farmhouse as I change things up around here :)

Also, I’m now ON PERISCOPE HERE under Buckets of Burlap…where you can watch live videos of short tours of our farmhouse :)

One more fabulous place to find many home & garden bloggers is on the bHOME APP, where you can find me too :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Monday, August 3, 2015

August is Here

Can you believe? It’s August already?? How time flies during the summer, right?

School will be starting soon…


As you know, it gets really hot here in Louisiana during August. So, I don’t do much gardening…except to water in early morning or late evening.




I’m sharing some of the “left-over” photos from my bHOME Summer Home Tour here today.






And, just in case you’d like to do a little shopping…we are having a SALE in the ONLINE SHOP!! There is ONE peg rack left :) And lots of vintage items.





So…I am wishing you a wonderful week! I hope you enjoy these last “dog days of summer”!!

You’re welcome to follow along ON INSTAGRAM HERE

And, you can find me on PERISCOPE @bucketsofburlap

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Random Thoughts


Do you ever have one of those moments when life looks so beautiful all around you? Breakfast looked this way Saturday morning…so I told my kids I wanted to take a photo.


There were fresh peaches looking so peachy in the dough bowl, and cantaloupe too. The chocolate chip pancakes were still warm, and the milk was cold :) One of the best ways to start the weekend!


And the sunlight was streaming in. It’s hot outside! So, we’re thankful for air conditioning :)


These hydrangeas were supposed to turn white, however, they never did…they also just stopped growing prematurely, becoming mini-hydrangeas. So, I brought them inside to enjoy :)


Now, on the other hand, these strawberry hydrangeas never turned color…so, I brought them inside to enjoy. They grew extra big! I love hydrangeas. I was fortunate to have an abundance of blooms this year :)

P.S. I’m sorry my floor is messy ;)


Praise God, our hens are still laying eggs! We get about 5 a day. Eggs are so pretty to photograph. Why is that? And yes, that is my big toe in the bottom left corner of the photo below…I stood on the chair to get this shot :)


One more wonderful thing…I’ve cooked dinner at home the last two nights :) Do you enjoy cooking? Oh I do! And I made some pink lemonade to go with dinner.

Here is a photo of said lemonade:


As you can see, I’m just full of random thoughts!!

Oh, and I must tell you about the ALL NEW PERISCOPE…have you heard?

It’s a really cool app for videos. And I stepped out of my comfort zone today, and made a video of a quick tour of our home. Come join me at PERISCOPE and follow along @bucketsofburlap :)


That’s all the random thoughts I have for today!

Thanks so much for visiting me here!

I’m joining SUNDAYS AT HOME with Alice & Susan !!

Have the best week ever :)


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Herb Pruning

Where did all the rain go? We had the best spring ever! It rained so much, I really never had to water our flower & herb gardens. However, now it’s dry and hot out there!


The hour before it gets dark is not quite as hot…so, I ventured out to prune the herbs. (and any plants that were out-of-control)



When I have all the extra clippings…I usually bring them inside to make little bouquets. This time, I made one big centerpiece.


This one includes, silver mound, pineapple sage, chives, sage, and dusty miller. You may be able to tell, but I do adore the silvery tone plants :)

I arranged the clippings in a large jar a placed it into this vintage bucket. (the bucket is for sale HERE in our ONLINE SHOP)


Of course, my sweet Jovi B had to be a photo bomber :)


And that’s how I use my clippings from pruning the garden :) How about you?

Do you make bouquets out of left-over clippings too?


Have a lovely day my friends! Thanks for visiting my blog :)


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