Wednesday, April 16, 2014

::Industrial Porch Lighting on a Budget::


 Spring time means OUTDOOR projects and preparation for OUTDOOR LIVING at our house!
I made a list of some GOALS I’d like to see accomplished around our place this year. (2014)
The front porch is on that list.  I’d love to see our front porch be the extended living area I’ve long dreamed of it being.
One thing that we need for the front porch to be a ‘living space’ …is lighting.
I wanted to show you a couple of the possibilities I found -- they are functional, cute and almost free!
canning basket and jar lighting
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industrial lighting- repurposed fan
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basket of non-christmas lights
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My recent thrifting ventures have brought me closer to having cute lighting on the porch.  Now, as soon as the weather straightens up and I get the rafters under the porch cover painted… I’ll have my light! 
I would really like to go ‘solar’… but for now I’m probably going to do a combination of a couple of these ideas! Can you guess which ones I’m going with?
Til next time, Be Blessed!



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"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. ~John 15:13~



:: As For Crafting…


I’ve been doing all sorts of things.
I’ve not knitted much.  I mean to—but with learning something new I find I must stay at it- or I’ll either forget what I’ve learned or just lose interest all together.  I’ve NOT lost interest in knitting.  I still very much want to—I think it will help if I make a list of some simple things I’d like to make and just do them.  Otherwise, I sit down to knit and just make wash cloths all day.  But, you know me;  I’m not going to be happy making wash cloths. No—I’d like to try something a bit more challenging. 
So for now—I’m not knitting.
I have been doing a little bit of crocheting.  Mainly it has been ‘towel modification’  I bought some cute little cup towels with vintage looking coffee pots and cups on them and what I like to do is cut them in half and crochet handles on them. I get two towels from one.
2 towel collage   

The handles make for an easy way to hang them.  I haven’t made any in a while.  After making the first set--- I remembered why.  My range doesn’t have a bar across the front like most ovens have.  I just have a handle with a latch.  So having a place to hang my towel is not a simple thing.  I can hang them on the fridge handle—or perhaps the curtain rod on the microwave counter.  I may have to use some sort of hook.
I’ve also done a lot of sewing. I’ve been reading a blog called The Renegade Seamstress and also—Marci @Stone cottage Adventures Both of these ladies have such a talent when it comes to Re-making clothing.  The best clothes for this are of course from your own closet, but if you have little funds and want to try something complete different—then you can visit the thrift shops and find things there to alter.
I’ve altered a pull over sweater and made it into a cardigan.
my sweater makeover 

***The Renegade Seamstress (Beth) sweater w/ tutorials

I’ve altered to over sized t-shirts and made them fitted and more flattering to my figure.
tshirt makeover Collage

 **Marci's Link w/ Tutorials  

I’ve enjoyed it so much!  I have a bag full of clothes waiting to be altered into something sweet and special!  Some for me and some for the Little grand daughters. :)
I’m just learning how to do a lot of this stuff—and yes, I used white thread on a turquoise tshirt. One to help me see it (as I’m just learning) and two I didn’t have turquoise thread!  (I do however like the contrast!)
Are you learning anything new?  Sewing, knitting, painting (oh, I’d love to paint!) …I think trying new things and practicing old skills keeps the mind sharp.
Well, I’d like to think that anyway.
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** Also, I've edited to add the links for the tutorials I've used.  I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel-- their tutorials are great, I found them helpful and hope you do too. You can go back up and click the links to take you to those blogs. Enjoy~ 

Til next time, Be Blessed!



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"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. ~John 15:13~





Sunday, April 13, 2014

:: A Little Bit of Gardening::

 

Phlox: by the steps

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We have had on again off again Spring weather.

Earlier this week…we actually had a fire in the wood stove; keeping the chill back from the house!  Tonight they are predicting 40’s overnight and 30’s overnight tomorrow night! JUST Crazy.

Because of that; I am just getting my garden planted. I have had the beds cleared out and waiting to be planted…but I just did that on Wednesday this week.

I’m praying that everything grows and that the cold cold winter has ANNIHILATED THE GRASSHOPPERS. Yes! I said ANNIHILATED. The ‘hoppers have been the bane of my gardening experience. I know ~I don’t have to tell you.

Today we drove over to Rockwall to see our grand daughter play volley ball and while we were gone it rained here. (it rained there too, but we were indoors. Thank goodness!)  When we returned I went straight to the beds to see if anything is peaking through the earth.

garden journal pics april 20.14

Yes! (from top left across—little tiny plum trees and a peak at some spinach that survived the winter AS SEED! ,MIDDLE: radish ,RIGHT : red potato)

I also saw some onions, carrots , and green beans up too! 

That is always so exciting to see. I wonder why it is that the rain makes things grow more quickly than watering from a hose?   Do you think that is the case or just seems that way?   Everything looks so lush and green after a good rain.

I started keeping a journal in 20.11 and  it has helped to see where things are planted. I try to take notes as much as I can—last year I failed miserably!  I did keep the tags off the trees we planted and drew a diagram of them and that helped as some have died off and need replacing. 

The little plum trees that are growing up there in the picture?  The Honey planted those—and I didn’t know it. So one day last fall I’m out there putting spinach seed out to see what I could get before the winter came… and he told me “your planting  your spinach were my plum seeds are!”   Well, I didn’t know.

So I abandoned the whole idea—and ate what came up. Well, about 3 weeks ago…this spinach started coming up!  I guess they were seeds that didn’t sprout last Fall!  Strange.  So I have this little tuft of spinach growing and I have about 9 plum trees;  All in a row!

Complete and utter Randomness in the Garden!

How about you, do you have your garden all in a row.  Or is it growing wild like mine?!  

 

Til next time, Be Blessed!



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"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. ~John 15:13~