Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Door Project in the Local Paper

Our door project was one of the projects shared in our local paper. It was in a large "Gardening guide for fall through winter" guide. Some great info in the article.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Breakfast in "The Lady Lounge"

 What a wonderful way to start my day. Reading a garden book and BACON in the Lady Lounge.
 What's blooming today! I sure hope some of these will still be in bloom during the garden walk.

Garden Walk Preview 2014

 Preview Garden Walk!! Past and present Garden Walk host visited all the gardens last night. Please buy a ticket this year, you will not be disappointed. You will see and share in all the hard work and love each gardener is sharing with you. And the best part you will be helping to raise money for the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley. A win win for all involved!
Preview Garden Walk in our garden. The rain we had did not stop us from visiting each garden. What a wonderful night filled with beautiful gardens, wonderful people and lots of laughs!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Our Garden Made the PAPER!!!

Our garden was featured in a article called "Trash to Treasure"  

YardMD, really captured all our hard work in his story. I feel so honored to be able to share my love of gardening, but even more the love of re-purposing and using them to accent my garden. You can read the story here.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Old Board and Thrifted Frames

When we cleaned out my Mother-in-laws garage getting ready for her estate sale. I found this board and LOVED the color and all the imperfections it held. I have had it for YEARS not knowing what to do with it. Then I was at a thrift store the other day and I found these really cute frames with the letters on the glass that spelled out "garden" I thought PERFECT.

It's a perfect match to the wreath I made from my Mother-in-laws old hose and some of her garden tools.

 Perfect fit with all of my re-purposed items.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ladder Updated

Decided the buckets on the ladder needed some of my signature color. While I was at it, decided to add some numbers also. Added a watering can with some crystals to the end of it. A garden can always use some bling in my world.

Remember the Fairy House?

Well, we finally got to plant the Fairy House. Hailey our little helper came over and we planted that, plus a few extra fairy gardens. Once you start making these, it's hard to stop.

Front Yard

Decided the front bed by the bike needed to be spruced up a little. Moved some hostas around and added some new ones also.
Decided to plant red impatiens in the bike baskets this year. Who doesn't love red and teal together? It also goes with all the coleus  I planted in all the planters around the house.

New Planters

The new planters I made are filling in nicely and make a nice welcome to people entering the garden area. The Garden Walk is July 12 and I still have lots to do. But I am getting there slowly but surely.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Garden Tool Mailbox

I got this idea from Flea Market Gardening's Facebook page to use a mailbox in the garden to hold your tools. Easy access. I found this mailbox at the Habitat ReStore Store for only $8.00...it even came with the post. Of course, I had to glam it up a little. I added the top piece (a Goodwill find for $1.19) Some plastic edging that was cut down and painted white. Of course the crowning jewel is the nob I got at Hobby Lobby at 50% off. Adding a bracket to hold my weeding pail. Can't wait to get the wash tub planted I used as a base. It puts the crowing touch on The Lady Lounge.
Wash tub that was painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Plastic Edging
Bracket to hold my weeding pail

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Painting instead of planting.

 Some old pails, painters tape and Annie Sloan Chalk paint will make some very charming pots to use in our garden.


 I still want to add some words to these and then lightly sand them to age them. Have not decided what I will plant in them yet. I will update this posting when I do get them planted and displayed in our garden. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mean Joke from Mother Nature

 Woke up today to a April snow storm. I sure hope this is Mother Natures LAST for this winter. I want SPRING!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Garden Hose Wreath

What does one do with old garden tools and a old hose? What else...make a garden themed wreath. I have seen many of them on Pinterest. I decided to make mine a little different. I cut the hose in two different lengths and used clear silicone to glue the coiled sections together. One section was smaller then the other one. Then I glued the smaller section on top of the larger one. Then I added some old tools and items I picked up at the thrift store.

Miss Sugar Tin Lizzy

Meet Miss Sugar Tin Lizzy...I had so much fun making her. It all started after seeing a stack of pans in my glass studio..and I thought...that looks like a metal petticoat...thus the process started and she was born! Her first name is Sugar, because it is printed on her back...her body is made from a sugar canister. This is not so much a tutorial but pictures as she was created.  If anyone makes one..please share your pics...I would love to add them to the blog to show off your work also. Of course I will give you full credit. Email pic to ann1957ann@aol.com

Miss Sugar Tin Lizzy
 Some of the parts we used..(we did not use the items in the box)
 HEAD: These four pieces are bolted together using a threaded rod.
HAT: The top of her hat is glued using E6000 glue
HAIR: I used small springs I got off of a old bed spring I took apart.
EYES: Teal gems and small forks curled for her eyelashes
BODY: Canister and pipes and elbow pieces I got at Home Depot (by the water pipes) 
 HANDS: Used forks for her hands
HANDS: Curled her fingers to hold her flowers. 
LEGS: We used these to secure the legs to the bottom pan and the platter we used for a stand. I don't know what they are called but we found them by the conduit at Home Depot.  (we drilled the hole in them)
Here they are attached to the pan. The conduit we used for legs slide over these and holds them very tightly.
 We used threaded rod, washers and locking nuts to put the pans together
Here she is half way done.
 SHOES: Small ladles with handles cut off. We glued these to the platter using E6000.
She ended up being just over 34 inches tall. We thought she needed some reinforcement. We added a stake to her backside to to help her stay nice and straight.