Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It was Time to do the Summer Shuffle

 Summer is almost officially here and I just couldn't wait any longer to do the "summer shuffle."
You know, when it's time to rearrange an area to fit in more with the season?
Our kitchen window was one of those spots that was ready for a change.

I liked this look, that it had all spring, but the new look has been waiting in my little mind for quite some time.
the post is here 

My wheelbarrow came out of storage to be the center of attention once again. Here it is filled with red summer geraniums.

It's a 1923 child's toy...I guess I'm still a child!




The birdhouse has been around for about thirty years. It adds another vintage touch.

Variegated sage hangs from an antique wooden pulley.

My rusty vintage scale holds fresh potted sage and an old sage spice jar.
 
A mini tobacco basket is perfect to dry some sage.



 Here's a collage of a few looks of my little wheelbarrow. I see that I need to do a Christmas, a winter and an Easter one....hmmmm

 Now, that it's done I'm happy with the change.


Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP



and Gucci, too!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Vignettes with Lavender & Ranunculas in the Foyer & Down the Hall

In case you didn't know...I absolutely LOVE creating vignettes! And since it's almost officially summer it was time to freshen up our foyer entry and hallway with a few little changes.

 Lavender and Ranunculas, the best in "faux," fill a large, hand woven, straw basket in the foyer entry.


A vintage, chippy, door holds a single gathered display.




My "cardboard" sign just got haphazardly placed above the wall rack and stayed that way. I think it works okay!




I can see this when I'm in our bed :)

I need to pick up a wreath hanger to hang the pot of lavender on the door.
For now it's just a doorstop!

Our kitchen's bay window is up next and our, little, antique wheelbarrow will be the center of attention.
Watch for the reveal in my next post!

Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP


and Gucci, too!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Summer Wreath & a Little Patriotism

It's been quite a while since I posted anything here on my blog. I've decided to just post occasionally and not worry about page views and being featured. 
I am extremely grateful to all of the wonderful bloggers who have featured my posts in the past, but the time involved and not making money just isn't for me.
I started this blog mostly as a way to have a "keepsake" of memories for my family to see and look back on and share when I am long gone. 
So, let's move on and you can see my summer wreath and a little bit of patriotism outside our house.

Just in time for Memorial Day...some red, white and blue. An, old black, chippy grapevine wreath is now covered with geraniums and giant ladybugs. It's just right for our house and for a summer look. The flag banner is the perfect touch for honoring the holiday!




 This was it's first look....I like the ragged banner so much more!


The ladybugs are just so darn cute!


 They're a bigger version of the ones that were on our front door basket at this time last year.

Some tiny ones are crawling on a bird house.

 Nothing elaborate, just a little touch of decorating for the day.


Summer is in bloom!

I took a few minutes to paint an old plank board. It's the backside of the JOY board that I made for Christmas!

I made my own star stencil out of plain old paper. Masking tape was the perfect width to make the red and white stripes.
 
I made this denim banner a few years ago. It's now really tattered and worn...time to make a new one! 

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP

and Gucci, too!

   

 
 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Our Springified Mantel!

Daylight savings is always such an exhilarating time of year when we get to turn the clocks ahead and see more sunlight in our day. When that happens I know that it's definitely time to make new changes around the house.
This is how I "springified" our mantel and fireplace.
  
A trio of wire trellises, decked out for spring, takes center stage above the mantel.  

A simple spring wreath in green is the focal point with a collection of vintage bottles holding  blossom sprigs.  

One bottle got an accent with heavy brown jute and a wee bit of moss.

Another got a single butterfly attached with hot glue.

Not too much going on...just enough.




An antique woven basket and a worn old green book added something simple for the seasonal look.

A few things antique and a vintage floral book.

 I wrapped the whole mantel with three strands of the heavy brown jute and a rag ribbon accent with a flower that hangs like a swag. I stole it from a pillow that I made for our sofa last spring and just added the white ribbon to tie it all in.

Then I added more interest by tying on some jute strands, too.
 
I've been dressing up this wooden pedestal for a while...it's been adorned with burlap and a rhinestone pin, rhinestone trim this past Christmas and now with more heavy jute cording just haphazardly wrapped for a casual, rustic look.
The child's brown suitcase made an interesting filler in between the pedestal and the metal florist container.    
   
Spring branches with dried moss filler and a bird fit inside.

My small vintage trunk creates the perfect balance with the birds on top.

 The same theme is continued all around the room. 



If you want to see more than you'll have to stay tuned!

The trellises held herbs in our bay window last year, if you didn't see that you can have a look back here.