Monday, May 31, 2010

Our potted gardens

Because of Kata's great idea, we were inspired to do our own potted gardens.

We chose tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, and Parsley(because I use it so much). We went for a Salsa garden theme. We wanted to grow onions too, but I read you have to plant those in the fall. Oh well, onions are cheap.

Can't wait till we have some bounty to harvest.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Should I? Could I? Would I?

Have you ever painted plastic? Could it really work and look good? Well, this was my latest project, to bring new life to these two run-of-the-mill plastic chairs.

So I got the red I wanted...Tomato red is what I am calling it.

I recently bought two of these yellow planters at Walmart. LOVE YELLOW and RED together. Hmm... makes me want hamburgers and hot dogs. Well, this is my BBQ area.

So I went for it, and here is the result. Decorating the deck is far from over, but these red chairs make me smile.

Monday, May 17, 2010


This beauty has been in the family for about 7 years! I bought her at an estate sale in Missouri- My husband hates her- she has nearly been in the good-will pile 47times, always rescued by me! I finally stripped her down and started working on her. I even kicked my husbands car out of the garage for a week. I have her wood all done, and now need to get the new fabric on! The problem is- my new power-staple gun wont go into her! I don't know if its the hard-wood or what? I think I need a nail gun, maybe a brad-nail gun. That's how she was put together. But, I need to wait for the dust to settle before that purchase. This has been the reason for a messy house, lack of bloggage and well, a lot!

Fabric necklace

I took a 4 inch wide by 42 inches- sewed one side all the way down, and turned it. Ironed it- seem running down the middle.
Pinking sheers to trim up the edges, and make it a little raw.
I slid in this green trim- envelope-style...this green trim, YUM. (I found this in the upolster-trim section at JoAnns on clearance-it was my inspiration)
I just put it on my leg, and started folding it in a neckline-shape.
After I pinned my tucks, I started at the green trim and just sewed down the middle.

Found a coordinating fabric- I am freaking out about coral ever since my pal said the word! cut a 2inch by 20inch, sewed it together, tied a knot for the center of the flower.
Then I just kept winding the fabric, hot-gluing as I make the shape I desired.
Using lace, fold on itself to make a leaf.
Glued leaf to flower, and then to fabric.Oh, La la. Lovely.
Making jewelry is a total passion. I make things often. Its just tough to interrupt the creative juices to document, and then blog it. Ahhh, I did it. This was about a 30min project.

Cleaning fun!

I remember cleaning my school desk with shaving cream. I thought they would love it. Of course they all had to taste it because it looks like whipping cream.... so after a taste they realized it was just to eat. They had a great time writing letters, drawing snowmen etc. And best of all, you just wipe it with a wet rag- and the surface is clean!

Planting little gardens!

First stop, the nursery. They each had a wagon in tow- I think this was the favorite spot. We just went to our local nursery. (remember Edwards Laura?) We chose out of the huge selection of herbs. The best part is in the selecting. As you check out the herbs, rub/pet them with your hands- you can smell them sooo strong. Some of our picks were Lemon thyme, lemon basil (the lemon varieties were insanely smelling!) we also snagged a Pineapple thyme- and many others.
I had them all plant herbs. My darling friend Chelsea helped us out. She gave us amazing gardening tips. (like not planting tomatoes with peppers- didnt know you shouldn't do that!) She also saved us money on the potting soil. She went right into home depot and asked for any of their "torn" bags- she got crazy discounts just b/c the bag was torn! I never would have thought of that! But it all works the same...
S. Planted a Pizza garden. -Italian spices- oregano, Italian parsley, and basil. (and of course a flower....) we had so much fun. They kids have enjoyed the responsibility of watering their plants. They get hit about 3 times a day!