Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring Planting

Cody and I spent a lot of time outside this past weekend. We had great weather so I planted some pots on our back deck.

The majority of our work happened in the front. I planted geraniums in the pots and put a fern by the door.

Cody planted this dogwood tree in front of our dining room. We had a tall holly bush beside the window but I absolutely hate holly. It is not a very welcoming plant if you ask me. :) We put it in the back yard by the deck. So for four years I have been asking Cody to plant a tree here. It was worth the wait. I love it here. I didn't want anything too full because it would have blocked some of our light inside. I can't wait until next spring to see it in full bloom. We kind of got in on the last of it this year.

I think the plant I am most excited about is this limelight hydrangea. I love these! I cannot wait until it blooms this summer. Hopefully I will be able to dry some of the blooms too.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Floral Frogs

Last week I got to play around with the floral frogs that I got at a flea market. I tried them in several different places and this is what I ended up with.

I have one under a cloche holding an egg.

I put the other two in the office. One is holding a fun download from The Vintage Moth
and the cute small one is holding the stamps off a package from Vashti.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Song

Sweet By and By
Sanford F. Bennett

There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way,
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

In the sweet by and by
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blest,
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

In the sweet by and by
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

To our bountiful Father above
We will offer our tribute of praise,
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

In the sweet by and by
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

Sanford F. Bennett was a pharmacist in Wisconsin. One of his closet friends, Joseph Webster, was a local musician who also suffered with depression. In 1868, Bennett was filling a prescription for a customer when Webster came in looking sad. When asked what was wrong, Webster replied, "It's no matter, it will be all right by and by." Immediately Sanford Bennett sat down at his desk and wrote the first verse and chorus of one of our most beloved hymns. He never even looked up at the two customers who came in. When he was finished he handed it to Webster and said, "Here is your prescription, Joe. I hope it works." Over 140 years ago "Sweet By and By" was written in a drugstore in less than thirty minutes and it is still sung today.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Frugal Fridays

Last week I was going a different way to Katie's house and found a huge flea market. You never know what these are going to be like until you go inside but I am so glad I did. It was great! Here are some of my flea market finds.

These mini vases were .75 cents each. I doubt they are antique but they are heavy and have pretty "wavy" glass.

My first antique wooden hanger! I was so excited about this find. Katie at Harrington House was the first to introduce me to these. She collects them and keeps them in her guest closet for her guests to use. I loved that idea and have been on the look out ever since. This one was $2.50. I have no idea how much these are but I thought that was a pretty good deal. Go here to see some of her collection.

My last find was this pretty brown and white ironstone bowl. I love finding great pieces in brown and white, red and white or green and white. This bowl was only $1.50. I think the guy who was ringing me up wanted me to tell him that he could have it. He kept going on and on about what a great piece it is and how he couldn't believe it was only $1.50. :)

I didn't have the heart to tell him that it will just be holding some junk in my office.

This last piece is something that my Grammy gave me. It has been hanging in her living room and she decided to give it to me. I'm not sure what it is but it is so heavy! I love the shape and color of the wood.

I have hung it in our closet to hold some jewelry and extra wallets. It is a pretty "catch-all" and keeps our bathroom counter tops clean.

Head over to Wendy at The Shabby Nest for more Frugal Friday Fun!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Silver Tray Chalkboard

When I saw this chalkboard project at Phillips Phamily Phive, I knew I wanted to try it. Hers is bigger and better so I am still on the lookout for a larger tray. I love the size and shape of hers.

Here is what I had to work with. A small $2 tray that I found Easter weekend and my ever faithful chalkboard paint.

I used a foam brush to paint on a couple of coats. I just free handed the curves. Not as hard as it would seem.

I had a lot of fun trying different places for it. I lived with it in this tray by my sink for a couple of days.

I liked seeing it when I first walked into my kitchen but I kept thinking it needed a little something more.

It definitely needed some ribbon. :) I used some red and white ribbon that I already had and just taped it on the back. That way it will be easily removed when my mind changes again.

I hung it on a small wall beside the cabinets. I like it right here for now but I'm sure it will always be finding a new home.

Katie from Harrington House said she painted a group of platters with red chalkboard paint and hung them in her kitchen. I would love to see different colors of chalkboard paint being used. She is busy having a baby/taking care of a newborn right now but maybe when things settle down she will post some pictures.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Brass Headboard

Thankfully I was able to finish the headboard this weekend. I was so excited when the rain held off just long enough to get it painted. This is what the guest room looked like headboard.

Here is the brass headboard I found for $48.00.

I think the consensus was to paint it white and I'm very glad I listened. I think it looks really old now. Like an antique iron bed.
I don't like to attach my headboards to the bed because I always want them to be taller so I put two bed risers under it. That made it much taller but I had to rearrange the pictures above it.
Once I moved the pictures up and out a little bit I had a big blank space. I put the little plate, that I recently found, in between them but I think it is a little small so I will be on the look out for something that is a little better fit.

Thank you all who took the time to give your advice on the color. I think maybe down the road if we ever have a little boy then I will spray paint it black. I have seen some real antique beds that have been painted black I think they look great.

Also, some of you might be wondering how I painted it. I thought I was going to give it a light sand until I rubbed the sand paper on it and my teeth almost fell out of my head because it was the worst sound in the world. Worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. I just spray painted a light coat of primer and then sprayed about two coats of the white paint over that. I got the spray paint at Lowe's and it was the Valspar brand in the satin finish.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Song

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Robert Robinson

Come, Thou fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call or songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, Mount of God's unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I come.
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger Wand'ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy grace, Lord, like a fetter, Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, Lord, take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.

After his father died when he was young, Robert Robinson had a rough life. He got into drinking and learned about gang-life. When he was 17 he and his friends went to see a fortune teller. Something about it did not feel right to Robert so he suggested they go listen to George Whitefield. That night he thought Whitefield was preaching directly to him but he did not commit his life to Christ until three years later on December 10,1755. He went into the ministry where he wrote "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" for his church. He was in the ministry until his death in 1790.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter Re-cap

We started the Easter weekend off by celebrating Cody's birthday with his family.

He is trying to hide the candles. I think this year was a little hard on him. :)

Cody's family:

After lunch and birthday cake we hid some eggs in the backyard for Cody's nephew, Peyton.
Then on Sunday we went to church with my family. We didn't even plan the yellow, white and blue color scheme.

We celebrated Cody's birthday again at my grandparent's house after church.

Everyone still gets Easter "baskets" from my grandparent's too!
Zach was so quick to find some hidden eggs.

We finished the day off with some chocolate cake and ice cream. It is so funny to me how much Zach loves chocolate!
I am still trying to get my headboard painted. I think it is has rained every single weekend since I bought it. I am determined to get it finished this weekend even though it is supposed to rain again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Flea Market Finds

I hope everyone had a good Easter. Ours was wonderful with trips to see both of our families. After I potted those ferns for our moms I thought one would look good in our kitchen. So I put one in an urn I already had. (I took all of these pictures at night so they are really dark)

Every year my mom says that this is the last year for Easter baskets and every year we still get one. :) This cute little teapot was in mine.

On Saturday I got to go to a couple of flea markets with Cody's mom and found some fun things. I saw a fun chalkboard project over at the Phillips Phamily Phive and had been wanting to give it a try. She used a much bigger tray but until I find a big one I got this little one for $2.00. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I finally found some floral frogs too! I first saw these over at Cherry's Jubilee and have been on the look out ever since. I found one last summer but it was $20.00 and that is a little much in my book. I got all three of these for $8.00. I love the green one. I'll find a place for them and let you know what I end up doing with them.

This little baby cup was only $2.00 and might have been my favorite find. I have seen some cute things done with silver baby cups so I am trying to start a collection. At Christmas time I saw someone use them in their garland and I think they look cute hanging from a chandelier at a baby shower. This one is not silver but pewter but I could not resist the price or the detail. You might have to click on the picture to see but it is a clock and there is a place for lbs, oz and date. You can engrave the hands of the clock to say the time. I didn't understand why there was a bird on the handle until I realized it was a stork! :)

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Song


Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Charles Wesley

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply: Alleluia!

Lives, again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Charles Wesley wrote this hymn in 1739 and titled it, "Hymn for Easter Day."
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday and Happy Birthday

Today is my husband's 30th birthday! I love celebrating birthday's with him.
He is the best husband anyone could ask for. I am so blessed to have him.
Happy Birthday Babe. I love you!

I wanted to take my mom and mother in law a little something for Easter so I bought two small ferns and put them in a black planter from Hob Lob. Of course, in my book, nothing is complete without ribbon so I had to tie a little bow around them. The best thing about these is that the ferns are good for indoors or outdoors and only call for low light. That is my kind of plant! I know my mom will probably keep it like it is but I know my mother in law will plant it in her backyard. Everyone wins. :)

I hope everyone is having a good Good Friday. I am looking forward to Sunday because we will be celebrating that He is risen!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Do You Have This Problem?

We have a major problem of having at least one solicitor a day. I really am a nice person but I am just not interested in buying carpet cleaner, newspapers, magazines, etc... One lady came wanting me to buy magazines for the inner city but got quite offended when I wouldn't buy any because the minimum purchase was 5 subscriptions, totaling over $100.00! Now, if it is a child selling something I will probably buy it although Cody bought popcorn from a boyscout and never received it. Unfortunately it was a scam. Soooooooo, when I got my "Welcome" sticker from Scribble It there was also a "No Soliciting" sticker in the package.

I bought a cheap canvas frame and put some scrapbook paper in it and added a ribbon. My goal was to make it cute so people will not get offended. :) I really don't want to hurt any one's feelings but I don't want to waste any one's time either. So what do you think? Do you think it is cute enough? Nice enough? Rude? Going to get stolen? Would you do this?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Egg Dyeing Party

For the past 4 years our small group girls have gotten together to dye Easter eggs. It is always so much fun. I made these brownie bites that I saw over at Designergirl007.

Everyone comes with their hard boiled eggs and we start dyeing.

Abby, Me, Katie, Stacy, Jennifer, Lindsey and Jill

Here is my finished product. It is fun to see how different everyone likes to dye their eggs. I tried to match mine to my basket. Haha! :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Song

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Thomas Ken

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken was born in 1637 on the outskirts of England. He has been called "England's first hymnist." After he was ordained he became the chaplain at Winchester. He wrote three hymns in 1674. This was remarkable because hymns were unheard of in England. One hymn was to be sung at sunrise, another at bedtime and the third at midnight if you couldn't sleep. All three ended with the same stanza. The stanza that we sing today. Thomas Ken died on March 11, 1711 and he was buried at sunrise with this hymn sung at his funeral.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thrifting Finds

First of all, y'all are so sweet! My mom loved all of her B-day wishes and Andrew and Elizabeth have been so excited about all of their comments. The blogging world is the best! Andrew's goal, in his own words, is "to take me down." He is determined to get way more comments and views than me. Why does everything that siblings do have to be a competition? :)

I have not been doing much thrifting and shopping lately but I thought I would show you some of my most recent finds. I found this little red plate at an antique store a couple of months ago. I love the scene. I have it in my guest room for keys and change.

Back in November I won a gift certificate as a door prize from a local gift shop. I was going to wait on them to put out their spring items but instead I found this cute little white pedestal dish. Right now it is holding a candle but the possibilities are endless!
A couple of weeks after I found the red plate I found this green one. This one is more detailed around the edge. I think it was around $2.00. I couldn't pass that up. :)

One of my favorite finds lately has to be this sweet nest. I have never seen one like this. It sits up and also has a ribbon on the back that I could use to hang it on a knob or wall hook. I just thought it was so unusual and the flower reminded me of a hydrangea which is my favorite.

My biggest purchase was this brass headboard. I could not believe it when I saw the price tag marked down to $48.00! If you remember, my guestroom bed needs a headboard. I said it would just have to be something that I stumbled upon one day. I love it when things like that work out. Of course I will be spray painting it white. Or should I go black? Hopefully I can get that done this weekend.

And last, but not least, I won another giveaway! Jacki over at Well Kiss A Mule! gave away a cool oil candle and I was the lucky winner. It is made out of a cedar fence post! You can put whatever type of oil you want and can change out the oil and wick for different scents. It really makes your whole house smell great. Thank you so much Jacki!