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Jan 30, 2014 - My Garden, Organization    No Comments

Organizing – Simple Thing

IMG_0170I’ve seen this idea around the blog world and it is not difficult, but does a nice job.

To keep my extension cords in control I just slip them into TP rolls.

You could get fancy and cover the TP roll but since they are in a box, I didn’t see the need.




IMG_0166Unfortunately my January has started off with an on slot of all the “junk” that has been going around.  

So to brighten up my world I love adding some flowers.  This one is my favorite it is a fancy Sunflower.





Here is wishing you and yours a great rest of the month and a loving February.

Getting an Itch to Get Outside

Seems like I’m always adding to my list of projects.  With the weather being as nice as it has been lately, it makes me want to get outside and start digging in the dirt.

The deck needs to be redone this year (15 or more years of wear) and then I have a Bradford Pear that is so large that nothing will grow underneath it.


I constantly pull pages from magazines of items and things that catch my eye.  Luckily I had a stash and now I’m planning a little bird sanctuary underneath that tree next to the “little house”.  This picture won’t look the same the next time you see it.  Hmmm, I think I’ll paint the “little house too”! 

Feb 29, 2012 - My Garden    No Comments

Come on Spring!

It’s February right!  I have this bush that blooms in yellow flowers about this time.  It’s great in a flower bed that is pretty dreary.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see my lavendar had so far survived the hot summer and the winter.

This is also leap year, an extra day in our calendar.  Do something fun!  Yeah, I know most of us have to work but we can also do something a little extra at the end of the day.


I also love it when I have learned how to do something new.  This will help me put the steps to my projects in a much easier order.  This is my first picture collage.

Apr 11, 2011 - My Garden, Organization    No Comments

Organization – Love it!

I’m going to chase a little rabbit here…. this vine always delights me.  I cut it back to the ground and it is almost to the top of the pole.





This is the biggest bloom it has ever produced.  This is a Columbine vine.

I see it every time I drive into my garage.






Ok, on to organization.  I have a front load washer/dryer and I guess I overloaded it today.  It stopped and came up with an error message.

I keep all of the books to the various items we own in a plastic tub with pendaflex folders.




This is a little dark but I went straight to the tub and pulled out the manual and within 5 minutes I found out what I needed to do to get the machine up and running again.

Difference between a woman and a man, we will read directions!   LOL!




Because I love power tools I keep them in a binder in the box.

I have tried a lot of things to keep the manuals and information on the various things organized but this is by far my favorite.  Everything in one place.



Now, I notice there are some manuals in there that we don’t own the items anymore so that means I have another task I need to do….clean out the tub!

Apr 4, 2011 - My Garden    No Comments

Ahhh! Spring!

First blooms off of my Knock Out roses.






This is the first year this vine has bloomed.  It is growing on a topiary and I’m hoping this year it will cover all of the topiary.





The thing that is unique about this Boston Fern is I got it for $5.00 at Brookshires.


Beautifully full already!



This plant is amazing to me.  It has thorny leaves and after this winters 25 degree weather it looked really bad.

I cut the old stuff off about 2 weeks ago and it went crazy.




Red Japanese Maple!  This tree is such a slow grower. It is a great ornamental tree and it is front of another topiary that has a green back drop.





Underneath the Red Japanese Maple, I planted some lavendar.


Isn’t this a great picture!  I love it when you accidentally get a good one of

Mar 27, 2011 - My Garden    No Comments

Just a little Paint!

Well, it’s official I have the planting bug.  This is a mix of flowers, vines, herbs and vegetable plants.






Since I have a small unfenced yard, I do a lot of gardening in containers.


I’ve had this one for years and I decided it was time to give it a fresh look.  Note, on old resin containers it is not necessary to sand.




I don’t know what happened but this key lime color spoke to me at the store, along with a few other brightly colored pots.





I decided I need to add a little umph to my deck and I went head first into color.






The key lime spray paint took to the resin container without any issues.  Love this color!






I wanted it to look aged so I took some gel stain (that’s what I had on hand) and brushed it on with a light touch.  Remember, start out light and then if you want more you can add it.






Next I bought this pole-pot hanger thing from Canton trade days last year, so I decided I was going to put it up.  Not as easy as the man made it seem.

First, the key lime green pot was too big.  I found a small clay pot in put it in the larger pot and then put the rod inside that pot.




Next you fill it with pea gravel and then there are some horizontal levelers that you put on and finish off with more pea gravel.  It took me two bags and a lot of dirt.


This is a really big pot!




I took the smaller pots and aged them the same way I aged the key lime pot and started arranging them.  At this point my DH and I have had 3 arguments.  Him trying to tell me how to do it and me telling him it is all about tension and the weight of the various pots.





TA DAH!  Here they are all planted.  There is zucchini, yellow squash, Greek oreganos, thyme, cilantro, arugula and basil.  The very top pot has a red trailing flower.


My umbrella is a faded key lime green and my brick is shades of orange and yellows so the teal and burgundy will add a nice accent.   Yeah, yeah the deck needs to be redone…..maybe when we win the lottery.



This is the next project for outside and I’m thinking a nice teal will do the trick or some more key lime with teal, yellow, orange and burgundy fabric pillows.  Hmmmm, my mind never stops.




Jul 12, 2009 - Craft Studio, My Garden    1 Comment

Look What I found Today

IMG_2683.JPGIt is so hot here in Texas (we are in a long string of over 100 degree days) and this is one of the native plants that just thrives in this heat.  The beloved Crete Myrtle, shown here it looks like watermelon pink, but it is actually “Bottle Rocket Red”.  This was taken outside in the bright sun light, but it looks like it was taken at night.  Love these trees that grow up with such beauty and grace and they have beautiful bark on their trunks.  My day started with cleaning out my flowerbeds and pulling out the flowers that had subcumbed to the heat.  One pleasure that I enjoy is working in the flowerbeds and playing in dirt.  I can’t explain it, it is something in my make-up that enjoys gardening.


 The rest of my day was spent with Amber (#2 daughter).  We went shopping and although I feel a little guilty for helping out the economy so much, I did find a lot of things.  There is a town near us called McKinney that has cute shops and restaurants around the square.  We found some super cute stuff and I think some pretty cool deals.


IMG_2687.JPGThis is is a large wire rack.  It looks like one of those that used to be used to display potato chips.  It is perfect to display the cards I’ve made and haven’t given away and also to display some of those cards I ‘ve received.

 It immediately found it’s new home on a blank wall I had left open for some vinyl words.  However, I’m having a difficult time finding something I want up there and this fits the bill  for now.  I’m also going to use it to display my Christmas Cards I receive at Christmas, I think it will work perfectly for that too.


 I found a couple of other things but I’ll post about them later.  Thanks for looking and be sure and leave me a note.

A Craft That Gives Back

Blue LillyThis is a blue lilly that is just beginning to bloom in my flower bed.  It was a difficult picture to take because the wind was blowing so hard.  So it is just a little fuzzy.

I didn’t have a picture to go along with this post, but thought I would share the talent of an awesome God.  The word says there is not a king that is arrayed with more splendor than the lillies of the field.  To recall the words of the song “Consider the Lillies”, He is not too busy to care about you.

My #1 Daughter’s work had an event where they made cards of encouragement for children that are seriously ill.  Their goal was to make 144 cards to be sent to a Children’s Hospital in NY.  I was invited and between her and my supplies we were able to deck out their conference room with paper, stickers, ink pads, bling, stamps, children’s joke and pages to color.

You know when you get right down to it, it really doesn’t take much to make a card.  The talent in the room flowed from the very simple to the elaborate.  I kept chuckling to myself as I heard the women agonize over how to make a beautiful card and was surprised when the men put three of every sticker available on a single card.

In the end, time was spent sharing a talent or gift that God gave to each of us for those who are going through a hard time.  I’m sure some prayers were being said over those cards as they were being made. Those cards will be the wings that the prays fly on to some children that need some laughs or encouragement.

Thank you Brandy for the opportunity to give back to others.  I left richly blessed.

This Little Piggy Went Back To Work….

I knew it was coming but I thought I had a few more weeks before I had to go to work every day.  I was hoping I could ease into it.  But things didn’t work out that way and it is out of the leisure life back into the working life.  I’m hoping it will only be 5-6 hours a day, not a full 8 hours a day.

Pink Day Lilly

This is a pink Day Lilly that has started blooming in my flower bed.  It looks to good to be real but it has that beautiful chartreuse throat and the petals are ruffled.  There are so many different kinds of Day Lillies and if I as I find new colors and types I hope to add to my collection.

This is a short post because I haven’t had a chance to work on anything.   However, I need to start thinking about the card I’m making for the July Swap on the Paperwishes MB.  It may take me an entire month to get it made.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll try to get a new card up this week sometime.