Monday, April 30, 2012

Potted Ferns

I've been potting up a few ferns this weekend. 
 I saw this idea at a local flea market a few weeks ago and was tempted to buy a couple, until I realized I could make them myself.  I already had the faux ferns ~ all I needed was the peat pots.
I smudged some dark wax on the peat pots to make them appear older.  Then I filled each pot with a chunk of oasis and topped it with moss from the yard.  Lastly, I arranged a few fronds of each kind of fern in the pots and ended up with a lovely collection of potted ferns.
I originally made them to sell, but after arranging this table vignette, 
I have fallen in love with them and 
want to keep them.  Isn't that the way it always is?
Rust and green just seem to go together.    I found this little tray at Hobby Lobby and added a few touches of green paint and then a layer of dark wax and now it looks old too.
I think I'll sell a few and keep a few.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Finally Finished Bathroom

Finally ~ a finished bathroom.  I started this project right after Christmas and have been dragging it out ever since.  It wasn't even anything major ~ just cosmetic changes.
Here are a couple before pictures.  As you can see I was trying out paint colors and it looked like this for months before I finally began.

It is a really small bathroom and the only one in my house.  Two in this bathroom is a crowd.

This is a picture of the paneling that was on the wall when I moved in here 23 years ago, but then it was powder blue.  It has an embossed look and I painted it white.  I always wanted to remove it, but there were areas where the seams didn't lay flat, and I was always afraid of what was hiding behind that paneling.

I covered the paneling with Martha Stewart's paintable bead board wallpaper that can be purchased online from Home Depot.  It is wonderful and by carefully aligning the stripes, I could camouflage the uneven paneling seams underneath.

I painted the top of the walls a very pale pink to match the shower curtain and replaced all the trim on the window.

I added a very small piece of decorative trim to the bottom of the crown molding to hide the clumps of paint accumulated from years of painting.  It gave me not only a cleaner edge, but a slightly larger crown molding.

Then came the fun of decorating with a few old accessories and a few new.

A new soap dispenser from Target for the sink . . .

and a basket to hold toilet paper.

I've already shown you this wreath that I made from sweaters for the wall.

And I've shown you the fabric of the shower curtain that was the inspiration for the makeover.  I bought a second shower curtain and sewed them together to make it fuller.  My tub is the original one from when the house was built in the 1940's and it is not a pretty sight.  By adding the additional shower curtain, it not only made it fuller, but covered the ends of the ugly tub surround without stretching the curtain 
flat like a sheet.

I also covered the inside of the bathroom door with the bead board wallpaper and rehung the towel rack.  I can't rave enough about this wallpaper and how wonderful it is to work with and the dimensional finished look it gives you.

Like I said at the beginning, it is a very small bathroom, but then there is only me in the house now, so it's all that I need.
Sweet and simple is my new motto.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Redbud Beauty

It's been so long since I've done a post that I didn't even know the format had changed.  It just goes to show you, when you're not looking, something is always being updated.
Seems like I've been away forever ~ mostly a combination of being so busy and not having anything to say.  Thought today I'd just share a few pictures of some branches I cut from my redbud tree.

I was out trimming my jungle of a yard and thought I might as well make an arrangement instead of throwing them away.

I set them on the vanity in my bedroom where I 
could see them often and when I sit down to curl my 
hair in the morning.

I love the shadows the flowers cast on the wall from the glow of the overhead chandelier.

 In the midst of all the extra responsibilities that come
with spring and the outside care of a garden and home, 
it is nice to slow down and enjoy the simple 
beauty of spring blossoms.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Beautifying the TV

I'm a firm believer in beautifying every space in your life to the best of your ability and affordability ~ and that includes your TV viewing area.  I've already shown you what I did with my living room TV area where my TV resides in an armoire neatly tucked away with a collection of 
movies and books.
But in my bedroom (where I love watching TV) it is more exposed.  So I set out to beautify the space around it and here is how it looks for spring.
I found the vase at Goodwill for $.99 and hustled it home to put in my pink and beige bedroom.  
 Then I arranged it with my pink mercury glass candle, a small glass dish of pink vintage buttons, and doily I found at a flea market this spring.

Don't they make good companions and look at all those textures.  The older I get, the more I love pink in all forms.
Lastly, I splurged on some new faux pink and white ranunculus and a delicate green filler.

I've never really seen real ranunculus, but I love these and they don't wilt and die ~ all the better I think.

So ~ although the trend is to have a big-screen TV that is the center of attention, I prefer to blend mine in so it's not the first thing you notice when you walk in a room.  Plus ~ now every time I watch TV in my bedroom, I see my lovely rannuculas and vintage buttons, and that makes me realize that it's the simple things that makes life sweet.

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