Okay, without sounding snobby, I love how these candleholders turned out! They were so easy! I found some old brown ones at a garage sale for $5, and spray painted them turquoise. After several coats to get them all covered, I let them dry. Then, I took a piece of sandpaper and roughed them up, so the old brown color showed up in spots. Add a ribbon, and some cheap white candles, which I bought at Walmart, and you are done!
Sometimes, that is all we need...a makeover. Not in the beauty sense, but on the inside. We need a fresh start, but don't cover up all the old because through our past hurts and mistakes, we were formed into a beautiful person. Not a perfect person, but one with a story. A story that should be told! Our pasts make us who we are, and through those things, we can help others!
My daughter-in-law first got me addicted to succulents! It is her fault! Now, I look for new varieties wherever I go. They are super easy, and fit smaller containers! They need very little water, can grow outside in full sun or inside with a lot of light, and if a leaf falls off just lay it on the dirt, and a baby plant will grow! I pinch them off so that I do have babies!
Yesterday, I was just going to run by Hobby Lobby and pick up some fabric for a chair I plan to recover. I didn't buy fabric, but their spring shop was on sale 66% off! I found so many cute things that could by used all year, and the tins those succulents are in were on sale!
After buying so many unique succulents, I needed fun containers! I had collected a few from other places. The following picture is a tool box I picked up at Round Top.
I will tell you, I have killed a few from over-watering. If there are gnats around them, then you have watered too much! I was watering them whenever I watered my other plants! (I texted my daughter-in-law to find out that I was probably watering too much)!
They could be put in any small container! I have old punch cups that I plan to use and also some tea cups!
Let your imagination go wild!
We are surrounded by beautiful images every day, but how often do we really stop and thank God? He created such a gorgeous world for us, and because of our busyness, we don't slow down to realize this. Take a moment from your day, and look around! Take a deep breath, relax even for a moment, and realize how blessed we are!
My backdoor had gotten grimy, and I tried cleaning it, but it wouldn't come off! I had leftover paint from my house trim, so away I went! First, I sanded the door to get off any outside gunk.
I realized that the knobs were rusted, so I taped up the door using blue painter's tape around the sides for overspray. Then, I used Rustoleum's Metallic spray paint. Notice, I also covered up the keyholes with the tape.
Then, I let the spray paint dry for a few minutes before I removed the tape. Then, I painted away. I did two coats, letting the first coat dry for an hour or so. It was so quick and easy that I don't know why I put it off!
It isn't perfect! I got a little of the creamy paint on the knobs, but I am not one to remove knobs, etc. to do a job...or things would never get done! Could have let the spray paint dry longer and tape around the knobs to have smooth lines, but oh well! Job well done, and fast!
Good morning, sweet world!
Today, I want to show you how to make these simple banners. They are fairly expensive in the stores, but really easy to make! Plus, they use up scrap fabrics! I made a triangle pattern out of poster board, and cut out different fabrics. They can be pinks for a girl's room, bright colors for birthday parties, or Christmas fabrics for the holiday! Anyway, I also cut out white triangles to sew on the back of each triangle, so they are thicker. If I used upholstery fabric, I wouldn't need backing, but I was using up fabric I already had! So, after cutting out the colored piece and the white piece, I sewed them together. I am using up thread from my grandmother, great grandmother, etc., so the top thread will match the fabric, but I like white for the bottom thread to match the backing fabric. Then, I use pinking shears around the edges. After I have all the triangles sewn for however long I want it, I attach each triangle inside of seam tape leaving around a foot on each side. I have also used flat lace for a sweeter look!
Then I continue to add the triangles fairly close together.
I usually use around seven to nine triangles. And you are finished! Fun project to teach children to sew!! My mom taught me to sew as a child, and I love it! I did learn though that if you are expecting perfection, you will never enjoy it. Learn to live with imperfections, and your skills get better and better! Plus, it is so much more fun! Have a wonderful day!!
Have you ever had those days that you said, I should... or I could... or if this happens, then, I would. Well, join me as I get off that vicious cycle! I don't want to be 80, and look back and realize that it is too late for some things! God made a promise in Deut. 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you!" This probably was written for something else, but it spoke to me this way! Jump out in faith! It can be something little God has been nudging you to do, or it could be huge. This blog is one of those things that I put off! My sister-in-law even bought me a shirt about blogging years ago to encourage me! I had often told myself that when I stop working, I want to blog and I want to start ancestry.com.? Well, I decided NOW is a good time! Now, mind you, my child is already grown, so I don't have kids at home, but there is still time to do some of those things we put off. How much time do we spend in front of the TV or on the computer after the kids are in bed? Jump into life! Don't let it pass you by saying some day...
So, a few weeks ago, I finally got around to rearranging my dining room! It always bothered me that the dining room table wasn't centered under the light fixture. I am a very symmetrical person, so I like things a certain way...probably slightly OCD. I see things that others don't see, which is good and bad. Anyway, I wanted a change, so I started shoving the furniture around. I am sure most of us are like that. I wanted more color because even though I like real wood, everything was brown. If the wood is in good shape, I do not paint it. I love the grain of real wood! I already had the quilt holder, so I used a quilt that I believe my great grandmother made. (No quilt was harmed in the filming of this blog! It is pinched between the wood planks! Lol). I liked how it turned out. There is a point I am making here. We all can make changes in our houses and lives at no cost with a little rearranging. Look at yourself...what do you see that you don't like? Do a little shoving and move it, or completely take it out of the picture if you don't like what you see. Life is about change, some good, some bad, but realize change can be a beautiful thing if you like what you see after a little work!!!
I am so excited!!! I have wanted these shutters since we moved in six years ago! They seemed frivolous at the time, so I put it off. I finally jumped in with both feet, and had a guy build them! They turned out so great! He built them out of red cedar pickets, so they would last, and stained them with Behr Semi-Trasparent Waterproofing Stain and sealer in Padre Brown. I wanted the rough farmhouse look, which I think was accomplished! I think they made a huge difference on the way the house looks!
My plumeria that I brought back from Maui is blooming! My son and daughter-in-law live in Maui, so once a year...sometimes less if I can afford it, I get to go and see them! So much fun, and such a beautiful place! I try and buy a new plumeria every time I go, and since I live in the south, I can grow them here! I think they are stunning! I had a really large one in the front, but one day it dropped to 27, and I lost all the top....bummer. It is coming back though! At least I had taken some cuttings off it before it froze. The babies are doing fine! Sometimes we all need to get back to the root of things. Cut off the old stuff, and start fresh! It is never too late! Be that beautiful person you can be! And remember to give a little of yourself to others, and we can make this a better world!
So, disregard the "empty" post I just sent. I was trying to change the date. Under settings, it says it correctly. The joys of blogging!
Anyway, a sweet neighbor of my sister-in-law asked that I make her a wreath. She collected all the things she wanted, and I got busy. She wanted it for outside, so I wired on all the flowers. I use hot glue usually. It was a large wreath, so it took a lot of flowers! She had some leftover, so I played with a wreath she had in her backyard.
Love those pods...had to buy some for me! We just kept going after that! We did several other arrangements! Now, her yard looks bright with flowers!
Have a wonderful day, and do something nice for your neighbors today!
Hi, I am Sharon Farmer. I am married, have a great son and sweet daughter-in-law, my parents moved down here years ago, so we share a house (Mom passed away almost two years ago now), and I am ready for a change in my life....hence the blog!