Wednesday, June 27, 2012

~ How-to Create an Antique Silver Finish. diy. Tutorial




It's funny how you really never know how some little gift you give will be something the person will treasure for a long time. Nor do we ever know how quick something that was more costly to us ends up at the GoodWill or a charity like it.  But it's the thought behind the gift that counts, right? After that you just have to let it go even if you worked hard or spent generously and it just wasn't the right thing or for the right person receiving it.

In this case a simple gift has become even more treasured over time, eve n though it started out a different color metal.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

~ Succulents in Summer Bloom


When it is summer time I'm really craving blooms outside. Although I have a reawakened love of some succulents it is one of the ones from the past that I long snubbed as too easy or boring or whatever I mistakenly thought that is really making a splash right now.  It's the simple portulaca. I have no idea why it hasn't been used more in our flower garden over the last few years. I think it was because not too many succulents of any kind were invited to our garden parties.  This year though, the lowly portulaca are the perfect complement to the other succulents. Not only do they bloom without too much maintenance all summer long, but their blossoms really enhanced the beauty of the smaller blooms of  the same color on the other succulent. No idea what the name of that one is since they are all kind of new to me in the last couple of years and they all get that succulent around here still. I think they are here to stay though. 

The pots above are newly planted this year. I had neglected the ones from last year a little too much, and had to redo them, but only a little. Just needed some restructuring of soil and plant sizes. 

For some tips on making your own succulent dish garden check out this post. 

I'm sewing right now while it's so hot outside. Although sewing is never on my list of fun things to do, hopefully the summer will see some projects done inside while those pretty flowers dance outside. And I hope all your flowers are having a great summer  as well.


See Y'all Soon~
Donna
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Friday, June 15, 2012

~ Blossoms of the Night


This is one of those totally fantastic things in nature that you feel lucky to see. And they do look like there are straight out of a fantasy landscape when you see them up close. About this time year, 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

~ Home Office - Get The Designer Look For Less


No room for a home office? Here are a few hints from a talented designer.
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In this lovely home in Austin,  designer Sara Scaglione made excellent use of a very small area. This is one end of the sunroom which she turned into an office. I would guess that they have another area where the computer is, or there is usually a laptop or wireless computer being used here. 

She used vintage

Sunday, June 3, 2012

~ New Ottoman From An Old Wicker Trunk - Chest



This post started out about simple vintage silver and old books with a dash of moss. I love this combination of elements, shiny, heavy texture, garden green, aged silver, all on a almost rustic piece of unbleached cotton with its lovely woven texture. 

However  the evolution of the ottoman - coffee table is