Monday, July 14, 2014

Slow Down Summer!

 

Happy Monday friends! Is summer just flying by for you? It is for us too…and it makes me sad. I love the easy, lazy days of summer- kids sleeping in, staying up late, coffee on the deck, weekend trips :)  It’s been a relaxing month for us…and I hope you’ve all had a great summer so far!

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I have two wine barrels on our front porch…they are overflowing with sweet potato vine, phlox and limelight hydrangeas. So I cut a few limelights to enjoy inside.

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I wanted to mention the vintage grain sack that I purchased from Tracey at French Larkspur… and show one way I use grain sacks- as slipcovers for the arm rests of our sofas.  With 3 kids and a messy English bulldog, this is an easy way to keep our white sofa slipcovers cleaner for a longer period of time…just throw the grain sacks in the washer when needed, and makes your sofa pretty, too :)

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Also, we’ve been eating a LOT of fresh fruit this summer…cherries are one of our

favorites! I had to take some pics of these, they were so pretty on an ironstone plate.

 

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I have been working out in our garden lately, especially in the late evening when it’s not too hot. I harvested the lavender. It smells divine. There’s nothing like fresh cut lavender.

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I also wanted to mention the show everyone is talking about…Fixer Upper on HGTV. Wow! I didn’t know what I’ve been missing. My friend Amy at All Things Home told me how much she LOVES it. So, I saw the first one, and was hooked :) Now, I’m almost caught up with all the episodes! I love that sweet couple and their style is fabulous! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out :)

Well, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! You can also keep up with Buckets of Burlap on FACEBOOK HERE and Buckets of Burlap on INSTAGRAM HERE.

Hugs to you all…have a great week!

Blessings

Friday, May 23, 2014

Roses and Rusty Hinge

Happy weekend friends!

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway of Prairie Style Magazine!

The winner is comment #4, Michele, at The Nest at Finch Rest! Congratulations!

 

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I have been spending a lot time in our garden lately. Many flowers came back strong this year, including these gorgeous pink roses. I had to bring some inside to enjoy.

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And I’m sure you have heard of Maria from the blog Rusty Hinge...well

Shop Rusty Hinge

Maria's shop is NOW OPENED!

She sells beautiful French vintage wares! And her home was just featured in the Best of Flea Market Style Magazine! I hope you get a chance to visit her shop soon…and she has a sale going on NOW :)

Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend. God Bless all who served and are now serving our great country. I’m thankful for all of you!

Blessings

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hydrangeas and Prairie Style Magazine Giveaway

Hi friends!

How is everyone? Ready for school to be out? Ready for summer?

Me too!! Our kids have 2 more days! Oh boy, has this month been BUSY!

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I just had to share these photos I took last month…of gorgeous white & lime green hydrangeas.  But I have to admit, I didn’t grow these. They are from a friends’ yard.

She said I could come get all I wanted :)

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This zinc bucket is from a shop in Texas. It’s very unique and has old wooden handles.

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I really wish the blooms would last longer…hated to see them droop and throw them out.

But I sure did enjoy them while they lasted.  I could photograph flowers all day long :)

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And guess what came in the mail!! My copy of the latest Prairie Style Magazine!

Remember, back in January, Fifi and Mark came to photograph our home?

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It’s a gorgeous issue! I have seen the magazine on stands everywhere!

If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, hurry and get one soon!

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We were so excited to see that our kids and English bulldog made it into the feature :)

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Here is a shot of our master bedroom that was one of my favorites.

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I’d like to thank Fifi (along with her sweet sister) and Mark for being such a fun group to welcome into our home. It is a sweet memory I’ll cherish forever :)

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And yes, I’m having a giveaway for one copy of Prairie Style Magazine!!

Just do the following to enter:

1. Follow Buckets of Burlap Blog

2. Like Prairie Style Magazine on FACEBOOK

3. Like Buckets of Burlap on FACEBOOK

4. SHARE the giveaway on FACEBOOK

5. Leave a comment ON THIS POST or FACEBOOK to enter :)

I’ll announce a winner of the magazine on Friday, May 23rd.

Thanks so much for following along on my blog!

Enjoy your week!

Blessings

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring in the Garden & Waking Up

Happy Friday, friends!

Do you have big plans for the weekend? I hope you get to do something wonderful, wherever you are!!

Here, we are staying home all weekend and getting “projects” done…like cleaning out the chicken coop, and gardening chores :)

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Guess what!! My lilac bush sprouted back very happily this spring! I was so excited to see the pretty purple blooms…so I brought them inside to enjoy for a few days last week.

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The purple is a nice contrast to the vintage fishing basket, don’t you think? 

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And the floppy garden hat belonged to my sweet mom, whom I miss dearly this time of year…as she adored working in her garden too, wearing her hat proudly :)

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I also added some lilac blooms to a vintage cutting board.

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There is no better therapy for me, than when I’m in my garden working…do any of you relate with this same feeling? I guess it has something to do with the long, cold gray winter that we endured this year. It seemed as though a bit of my soul was sleeping…it was like I lost my “mojo” for decorating or fluffing my nest the last several months. I lost the desire to change things around, refresh a room, or let alone blog about NOT decorating. I guess that explains my extended absence during the winter. I was hibernating with my family. Snuggling, reading, learning, pinning…

And now I’m awake :) Feeling as though the sun shining is God extending His hands to say “get moving, get busy, create, and pick up that camera again”.  And I’m so happy it’s Spring! Isn’t God’s creation of the seasons even to bring us exactly what we need?

 

And here are a few photos from the “flower gardens” around our house…so many things are blooming right now.  This is called an “almond bush”.

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And the red buds are just about all gone…

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And that is what’s blooming around here!! What about your flower gardens? Are you planting anything I should know about? Are you awake from the long, cold winter yet?

I’d love for you to follow my Garden Pinterest Board HERE. I am always pinning beautiful garden ideas and garden sheds…which I’m hoping is our next project to start on. I’ll keep you updated :)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Blessings

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Basket Ideas

Hi friends! How is everyone? Are you thinking about Easter yet?

I wanted to share some Teacher Easter basket ideas with you today…

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Kroger has so many great products for filling your Teacher Easter basket!

Maybe you have a school-aged child who would like to fill a basket for their special teacher?

Well, here are a few ideas, using products from Kroger:

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I don’t know about you, but my son’s teacher prefers “healthy” snacks…

so wouldn’t it be nice to gift her with a basket full of fruit, granolas, some almonds,

and of course, a bottle of juice to top it off!

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Kroger has a great selection of small baskets and a beautiful assortment of fresh fruits.

I used a vintage French jar to store the almonds….

or, you could recycle a small peach or jelly jar, like I did below: 

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If your teacher has a “sweet tooth” and prefers some sugar…fill the jar with any favorite candy, and add a piece of burlap tied up with twine.  This basket is full of baking supplies for cupcakes, along with Easter egg paper plates and matching napkins.

And remember the fresh flowers from the floral department :)

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What about a basket full of refreshing drink products?

Here, I added some bottles of organic beverage, lemons, and Easter napkins.

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Of course, the possibilities are endless. There are so many wonderful choices from

Kroger stores!

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Would you like to see more Easter Basket ideas?

Check out THIS PINTEREST BOARD HERE, and you will see some great DIY basket ideas :)

Kroger/Banner selected some Bloggers, including me, to create posts about Gift Card pairings, and provided me with a $100 Kroger/Banner gift card and an additional $25 Kroger/Banner gift card for supplies to thank me for my participation and post.

Blessings

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