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aging terra cotta pots

There are some people who like things shiny and new.  They want to be the first person to own something.  They like the smell of a car with 32 miles on it.  They want their furniture to be delivered, tags still attached. I am just not one of those people. Unless we're talking about electronics, mattresses or toilets, I want things in my home that have the patina that only comes with time. Or a  (read more …)

the antique, hodgepodge potting bench

Don't you love it when projects come together perfectly? Such is the case with this hodgepodge of a potting bench. We just finished it today and it looks even better than I imagined.  It's especially exciting, because we already had the workbench in the basement (it was free with the house) and I bought the chicken nesting box without a solid plan on turning it into the top-part of the  (read more …)

how to make a chair cushion | deck chair makeover

I've been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it's finally starting to come together.  I know I'm not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that's life, right?  Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle - I made new cushions for the vintage iron armchairs my mom passed along to  (read more …)

beginnings of a potting bench

This has been the year when gardening finally clicked for me.  I'm not saying I'm great at it, but I'm trying.  I'm working at it...learning, wanting to get better, turning a black thumb to green.  Along with the interest in the garden and plants, I decided to spruce up our outdoor living space as well.  It's not much...just a deck off the back of the house.  It isn't covered or screened-in.  It's  (read more …)

a vintage watering can & the little things

A while ago, I realized I needed a watering can, so I picked up a blue (of course blue) plastic watering can.  Of course, it worked just fine.  It waters plants just as it should.  But I realized that I find joys in the little details of my home.  I didn't just want to use a watering can that would hold water, but one that makes me smile each time I use it. So, I looked around on Etsy and found  (read more …)

a mirror, new plants & a sneak peek

When I was shopping for the Lucketts Spring Market, I found this amazing mirror at a nice price.  I think it was about $20.  I was planning to sell it, but I was just so smitten with it that I decided to keep it.  I didn't know where I was going to put it, so I was breaking my own "rule", but I figured I could sell it down the road if I couldn't find a perfect spot for it.  I at least wanted to  (read more …)

potting bench inspiration

As I've been sharing on my blog lately, I'm really starting to get into this gardening thing.  I wander around our garden beds most evenings, watering when needed, dead-heading the petunias, pulling out weeds.  I used to find that kind of maintenance annoying, but now I find it enjoyable.  I'm also learning how to tend to my indoor plants.  I'm seeing which ones are thriving, moving some outside  (read more …)