Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cast Iron Wash Pot


This old black wash pot was my mother's. She had many uses for it, and it sat outside under a pine tree for many years. She used it to cook large amounts of food to freeze, and it had been used for things like washing clothes years before.  A fire would be built and the pot was placed on the fire. I'm not sure, but it may have belonged to my grandmother before it came to us.  I'm sure it's at least 100 years old, I know for sure it's 64, because I am, and I remember it always being there.  At any rate, it has set in my basement for a number of years, and I decided it was time to bring it out and enjoy it.  At my old house it hung on a wooden frame and I filled it with flowers in the summer.  My husband helped me get it to the front of the house yesterday, and we filled it with plants-red fountain grass, dianthus, and sweet potato vines. That's lantana in the 2 small concrete pots. It sits in this small area between the front porch and the stoop going into the mud room.

Old Wash Pot

I think it will look really pretty once the plants mature some.  I'm hoping the sweet potato vine will spill over the sides.

 dianthus, sweet potato vine

 hosta, periwinkle

This spiky plant sat outside over the winter.  I had no idea it would live, and it looks a little worse for the wear.  I think I will replace the soil and see if that will help.

 front porch (french doors go into a bedroom, used as an office/sewing room)

 I'm still using the spring wreath I made.  I like the yellow with the new door color. 

I've spent a bit of time this week on the bench we made last weekend.

We watched the neighbor's cows graze as we had our coffee on the porch this morning. 
While we were watching, they moved the cattle from the pasture near our place to one farther out.  They made it look so easy, riding their horses and gathering them all together.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Building an Outdoor Bench for the Front Porch

I love Pinterest.  I know most of you do too.  I found this simple-to-make bench and knew we had some concrete blocks left from a retaining wall we had built to keep the pole barn from flooding. We had 9 blocks left, and this project requires 8.

All I had to purchase were 3 4x4's ($10.97 each) at Lowe's.

I also bought 2 seat cushions at around $22.00 each, but I had a $10.00 off coupon, so that was a good savings.   

Materials needed:
8 concrete blocks     (already had)
3 4x4's @ 8' each     $32.91
2 seat cushions        $44.00
Minus coupon            -10.00

The photos are self-explanatory of how to make this simple bench/sofa.  I already had the 3 pillows I used, and also the paint I used on the blocks and 4x4's.  It is actually a darker color than it appears here.  I used the color recently to paint the garage and stairwell walls in our home.

The only instructions are to place your blocks as shown above, and put the 4x4's through them.  Simple, and very sturdy. Some of the photos on Pinterest showed using caulking between the blocks as a "glue".  I chose not to do that.  
The bench is surprisingly comfortable.  My husband said we might make another one next weekend near this one to have more seating in this area.

I bought 4 ferns today also, @ 2/$16 at Lowe's.  While I had the paint out, I repainted all the small tables we use on the porch.  So everything got a fresh clean look. I hung 3 of the ferns across the front of the porch, and placed one on a table near the bench.

This is faux ivy, sitting in an angel bird feeder.

The ferns are such a luscious green this year.  

If you have an outdoor area that needs seating, this is a great way to provide it. I'm not sure what the blocks would cost, since we've had these for a year or two, but the other items were very reasonable.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time for a Makeover

I sure could use one!  It's not for me though, but for that big ole wood tool box I've painted every color of the rainbow.  I love this piece!  I gave $20 for it several years ago at a tiny shop nearby.  They didn't stay in business long.  Wish they were still there.  Anyway, I was in the mood for a project, so I used some lavender chalk paint (Waverly) brand that I bought last year at Wal Mart.

Here are photos of the many transformations this tote has seen!
Originally green

Then white, with rooster

Next, blue

Pink, with fleur de lis

Now, it's lavender with each side decorated differently.  All the decorations can easily be removed.

It currently sits on the screened porch table, ready for its next makeover!!  It's a fun piece to change up.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Good Will Treasure in Blue

I showed you all the fabric I found at the Good Will here.
That wasn't the only thing I bought.  This beautiful bowl was my other treasure @$5.22.  An employee was just putting out items, and this bowl was one of them.  A lady grabbed it the minute it went on the shelf.  I commented to her that she would certainly enjoy it.  She asked me if I wanted it, and I told her no, that she got to it first.  I didn't think any more about it, but on another pass down the aisle, I saw her put it back on the shelf.  This was a good while later.  So...... you know the rest!  It's mine!

I didn't get a photo before placing the dried hydrangeas in it, but the photo above shows the inside of the bowl.

At first, I placed a lot of hydrangeas inside.  But I later took the pink ones out and used them in the dining room. (I'll show you later).  

Then I decided to only use the blue and white ones.

I have this on the hall tree.  :)

I'm loving this look!  The bottom holds a blue and white urn filled with faux hydrangeas.  The burlap runner and wreath play off each other as well.

View when entering the front door.  Love, love!!

I couldn't believe the lady decided against getting this bowl, but I'm really glad I saw her put it back on the shelf!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Creating a Cozy Cottage Look on a Dime

I had been watching the Good Will for fabric to cover a chair we had in the master bed room.  The original cover was a light blue velvet.  You can see it below.

Tuesdays are Senior Discount day at our local Good Will store, and I love to go and see if I can find any great deals.  I hit the jackpot in fabric.  I got all this fabric for $5.90!!  (2 large bags at $2.95 each)  I figure this slipcover cost me less than a dollar based on the yards and yards of fabric in those bags!

I plan to use the bottom 3 remnants to make drapery panels for the bedroom and bonus room.  But I chose the navy/maroon stripe with flowers and birds to make a slip cover for the blue chair.  This project took about 11 hours all totaled.  It's not easy for this seasoned girl to crawl around measuring, pinning, cutting...... WOW, am I tired!  I might use the remaining pieces of this fabric to make a ruffle for the bottom.  I just didn't feel like doing that today.

Here is the chair now.
( I see I had the cushion a little off center in the photo) 

I've moved it to the living room to add to the cottage look I have going on in there.  Luckily, this pattern seems to work alright with the items I already have in the room.  I hope I don't decide it's too "busy".  I'm always a little hesitant to mix patterns.  But books on the cottage style recommends mixing patterns and using slip covers so I'm giving it a try.  

I'll be back soon to share another GW treasure, and other ways to add cottage style to your home.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Simple Lamp Shade Cover & A Sweet Find

One morning last week, I awoke at 3:30 AM, wide awake, so I got up.  I had laid a tiny scrap of fabric that I had left over from the two curtain panels, I showed you here.  I had laid on the dining table, and as I went to move it, I thought about what that tiny scrap could be used for.  I went into my sewing room, to put it away, and there was another small scrap.  Sewn together, they might make a small lamp shade cover.  I sewed them together, and used binding from my stash as a hem because there was so little fabric.  I sewed elastic around the top part, pinned on a bow from grosgrain ribbon, and here is the final product.

This literally took only 10 minutes or less.

On my most recent trip to the Hen's Nest Consignment, I found this wonderful crate.  It could be used for so many different things.  They had dishes stacked in it.  It would make a lovely holder for extra towels in the guest bath, but right now, it sits under the end table near "my spot", and holds a few of my home decor books.  When I tire of these particular books, I have about 40 more to switch out.  I think it is so nice, and will be a versatile piece to use throughout the house.

How would you use this crate?

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Lazy Days at Shadymont

It's Spring at Shadymont.  Today is quite cool, but the flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, the hosta has popped out of the ground, and the tulips have come and gone.  

These two photos were taken from my daughter's yard.

For two and half days last week, I worked on making a slip cover for my daughter's sofa.  The sofa is a green and red plaid one that we gave her several years ago, and had already been used by my MIL.  It no longer matched things in her family room, so she ordered blue and white ticking, and I used it to make a cover.

It turned out pretty good, and goes with the blue denim sofa and red/white gingham chair and ottoman she has in here.  She's changing her decor style from a beachy vibe to farm house.  I will share everything when she is through and allows me to.  She's doing a fabulous job.

Here is a table she found last week at a nearby consignment shop. It's all beat up and so full of character.  It weighs a ton!!

We just finished red/white buffalo checked drapes for this room, but she's waiting for her bay window rods to be delivered.

I haven't done any projects lately at my house.  I moved this ladder into the sun room, but don't know if I'll leave it here. I'll probably use it on the screened porch again to hold plants.

Love hydrangeas, real and faux.  These are faux!

I found this vintage Wilendur tablecloth several years ago for $4 at a yard sale. Perfect condition!!

I like spending time in this chaise.  It's a great place to read or just have some quiet time.

Are you enjoying some lazy Spring days, or are you in the midst of lots of projects? 

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