Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lilies and Lemonade

Just popping in to say
that I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday,

My hunny spent the day yesterday getting the yard and pool area
cleaned up and looking nice
so that he could enjoy a nice relaxing day today.
Only to wake up to this morning to the wind blowing like crazy
and a big mess all over the yard:( 

He got up...
took one look outside then jumped back in bed and pulled the covers over his head.
When he got back up again he looked so sad...


I felt so bad for him that I netted the debris out of the pool
and tried to clean up a bit.
I thought maybe a pretty arrangement of day lilies might brighten his day also...
So I cut these and brought them in along with a bit of added greenery.

...and then made his favorite breakfast.

I'm also making a chipotle pasta salad, and green salad to go with BBQ ribs later.
Oh and some fresh squeezed lemonade too!

Hunny is feeling much better now...
he's got some cool lemonade, a new farmers hat, and the remote!
Now what more could you ask for?

Moral to this story...
When life hands you lemons...
Well... you know the rest;)

Y'all have a great day!!
hugs, Sherri:)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Home Tweet Home

My hunny and I already painted the trim
around the windows on the south side of the house,
and were getting started sprucing up the garden area when we got hit
with our recent rainy spell.  
After the storms we noticed that the birdhouse tower I built some 15 years ago
was looking extremely weathered, and either needed to be repaired
or used for kindling next winter!
When I built it, it was supposed to look a bit weathered,
but now it was wobbly and and the birdhouse was rotting,
 loosing it's roof and about to fall off the top.

My first inclination was "kindling"! 
But hunny said he would try fixing it up.
Well... he got started on it and it didn't take long at all for me to take over, Ha!
After all, if this thing was gona last for another 15 years,
it needed to be fixed up "right", you know what I mean?

Now I know hunny really meant well... but I could tell that the way he was going, that it would be falling down in no time at all. 
Don't get me wrong
 there are some things he's great at, especially if you're in a hurry. But me, I like to take my time and do a good job on things and not cut corners.
(well most the time anyway).

Hmmm, now where was I?...
Oh yah...

Below is a photo of the garden area I posted back in May of 2009
showing the tower in it's "before" condition (only better).

I removed the birdhouse from the top. 
The wood is too rotted to repair...
It just so happened, that I had another birdhouse laying around that was a perfect fit to go on the top!  If it hadn't been for that, I probably wouldn't have bothered trying to fix it up because I wasn't up to building another birdhouse this time around...

I replaced several of the the cross pieces that were in bad shape
and added some more across the top.
In fact, don't know why I didn't do that in the first place.
I drilled pilot holes and added screws to stabilize it. 

Now... I was also no longer into the weathered unfinished look on it,
plus the replacement birdhouse didn't match the rest of the wood. 
So it was time to get the paint and paintbrush out again.

I don't know why but
I've really been on a "paint everything white" frenzy lately!
Bad photo... but here it is all freshly painted! 
It seemed just a bit too plain though... 
So to add a bit of pizazz I thought a cute sign to hang might just be the ticket.

I found this cute image at the "Graphics Fairy"
The colors were a bit too bold so I did a bit of magic with it on my photo editor 
then added the "Home Tweet Home" verse.

Now to frame and hang it,
I used a wood frame from the Dollar Store that I already had on hand.
I drilled a couple of holes in the frame to pull the ribbon through,
and painted it to match.

I tied knots in the ribbon to hold it in place,
and used a thumb tack to attach it to the tower.
Then printed and inserted the birdie print.
I really love how it all turned out,
and I'm glad I decided to give it a new life.

If I was a birdy I think I would happy to make it
Home Tweet Home! 
Well friends,  I've gotta fly for now...

So glad you could drop in for a visit,
Please come back again any 'ol time!
Every birdies welcome;)


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Copper Coffee Pot Planter

The sun is out today and I think it's safe to say
that the June winter weather is finally over,
 and so is the awful flu bug I've had too...

I just went out to take a look around the yard...
Everything is looking so green after all the rain we've had. 
My two tomato plants I planted have grown over a foot in the last week,
and have several tomatoes on them!
It's already got me dreaming of fresh vine ripened tomato salsa! 

With all the wet weather and getting sick,
I'm so behind on getting things done around the house.
I've got to get busy and get caught up.

But before I get too busy...
 I just had to show you my latest treasure
I found at a very chic little resale boutique
called "La Bienveillance" 
(Well thats the french translation anyway) tee hee!

 some of you may already know that I have a thing for silver,
but maybe you didn't know that I also have a thing for copper.
So when I saw this unique copper coffee pot my excitement level went into overdrive!
Copper with silver...oh my!  Well actually it's pewter...
But pewter was once known as the poor man's silver back in the day. 

I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it but I was definitely sure
I had to add it to my collection!

After I had cleaned and polished what seemed like a century's
worth of tarnished crud off of it.
I decided to put it on top of this pewter plate that I already had.
Okay, I like it!
 Now hmm... what goes with a coffee pot?
 Uh coffee, of course!! 
So I filled a cute little apothecary jar with coffee beans
and placed it next to it on the kitchen counter
where my piggy planter had been,
for a bit more sophisticated frenchy look!  

Besides... I love re-arranging things to help keep my home feeling fresh!
 Here's the coffee pot without the plant so you can see the detail
and design a bit better...

I also like it next to this frenchy biscotti tin!

Well I'd love to stay and chat some more
but better scoot for now. 
I've got projects waiting to get done to show you!

 Hope you have a nice week, and thanks for stopping by!!

I'll be joining Marty for
"Tabletop Tuesday" and Kim for "Wow us Wednesday"
please stop by and say hello to them both and check out the
other participants for some great inspiration!
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