Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Time to Plant and A Time to Sow--

 

 Iris and Enamel Ware

Purple Iris and Green Enamel-ware

I’ve taken pictures of just about every flower that’s blooming right now in our yard.  I’ve not shown any pictures of the garden. 

That’s because there is still nothing to show! 

My word for this year--  DO. 

Of all things I’m to DO.  So far, planting food intended to be eat later… hasn’t been done. 

You can see in the above picture… a little garden bed—filled in with weeds and grass. I haven’t done a thing to choke them out… or pull them up.  There are 5-7 little Plum trees; we planted from seed in the fall of 2013. The dollar store fence stands sentry for the little plums trees—keeping the chickens from picking them clean of tender leaves.   The grew through the early spring and all last year and this year they’re back; and they did sprout little leaves on them!   I’m hoping they’ll continue to grow. 

AS for anything else—NOTHING IS PLANTED!

These Iris flowers don’t need any help from me.  They were planted there years back—my oldest daughter, planted them, if my memory serves me.  The purple looks pretty next to the GREEN ENAMEL WARE dish pan.

That’s the other thing! My rusty old enamel ware pots don’t have plantings.  The cheap pot on the ground doesn’t have anything planted in it.

Of all the things in my yard thriving-- and nothing planted to set the table.

We’ve had nice enough weather this past week…and it has gotten my head thinking in that direction.

Plant, plant, plant.  But what? 

I made a short list.  If I can just get a few boxes cleaned out and sown—I’d be happy. Well… happier! ;)  

  • Spinach
  • onions
  • tomato
  • pepper
  • beets
  • radish
  • squash- zucchini or yellow crooked neck?

In pots I may try some herbs--

  • dill
  • oregano
  • basil
  • thyme
  • rosemary ? 

This weekend is taken up with activity already… unless I carve out a little bit of time to garden Saturday morning.  My excuse is rain, babies, …HA!  whatever pops into my head!

It’s already April 1--- have you planted?   Are you going to plant?   If so what?  

and heck… what excuse are you using?!

 

 

‘Til next time, be blessed!

Patricia

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thrifted- Mirror TURNED Chalkboard

 

OR…

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY ANOTHER PROJECT

It’s a good thing I like PROJECTS! 

It’s an even better thing to have someone to GIFT them to  AND HAVE LOTS OF OCCASIONS!

I had a birthday coming for a little girl—and a TOM-BOY at that!  What to get her?  What to make?

I haven’t had the resources to prepare for her party—in fact February came and went; and one of my LITTLES had a birthday… and well, being flu season, new babies born…lots of different factors.  His parents opted out of a party this year.  So I didn’t even make a present for him!    I bought him something and I gave it to him today!  1 month later.  He didn’t mind one bit!  He loved it.  I do have a project in mind for him and am going to be working on that one soon.

Some may think it’s over kill to make presents for people.  But most of the time—the receiver of the gift LOVES IT!

SO… back to this little girls gift! Brees chalk board price tag

I got up early Saturday morning and hit the thrift stores bright and early in search of a large frame—to make a chalk board.  I found one marked $12.99 – but it’s been in the store since September last year, the guy offered it to me for $9—I jumped on it!  My limit for the kids gifts is about $20—since I had everything I needed to make the conversion.  I came in under budget.  YAY~ 

Mirror-chalkboard

The mirror was in almost perfect condition.  In fact it had a nice enough frame; that really, I wouldn’t have to do anything to; but, since it was going into a child’s room--- I wanted it to be FUN!  

I took the mirror out.  ** NOTE TO SELF—research options for SPARE MIRROR, NO FRAME!

Brees chalk board

 

I did all this late Saturday evening… including crocheting little flower bunting while watching British Comedy on PBS!  Cut the masonite backing down to fit inside the frame to replace the mirror. I discovered last night about 11 pm—I was out of CHALKBOARD PAINT—so I used Clark and Kensington (primer- plus paint)  in black, dries flat. Worked fine.

FOR THE FRAME:  Painted it TURQUOISE/ AQUA  with Valspar paint sample (by the way, those little jars of paint- go a LONG WAY!)  Sorry, I’m not sure of the color, I bought these off the Ooops! Paint shelf at LOWES.

WAXING THE FRAME:  I mixed Minwax Finishing Wax and paint 

  • 2 tsps of NAVY BLUE VALSPAR paint sample
  • 1/2 cup Minwax Finishing Wax

RUBBED IT ALL OVER THE FRAME—let dry a couple of minutes ( I was working under a fan so it went fast!)

Buffed it to a shine…

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  • Added tray for chalk and hooks for the bunting and the matching soft eraser—another use for crocheted scrubbies!

 

Wrapped it up and away we went to the party!

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Do I have to even tell ya?!   She loved it!

Gift giving is fun!  Making and personalizing a gift to suite someone’s taste--- is LOTS of fun.

Having the gift ready and set to go DAYS BEFORE THE PARTY? 

I have no idea what that’s like.   If it weren’t for the LAST MINUTE AROUND HERE… nothing would get done.  It’s true. 

I didn’t jump in the bounce house, or kill the PiƱata… but I did get my picture taken in the Ninja Turtle Cut out…

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See if you can tell which Ninja Turtle I am? 

 

‘Til next time, be blessed!

Patricia

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Friday, March 27, 2015

:: A New Awakening-

 

Yesterday was so sweet!  Thank you everyone for such warm thoughts and wishes on my birthday.

My youngest daughter brought me…carbs    breakfast-   Yummie!  How could I resist my favorite carrot pecan muffin… and a couple of sausage Kolaches?!    Good thing my birthday only comes ‘round once a year!

I indulged and it was so GOOD!   Tonight she and her hubby took us to Road House Steak house for dinner.  I did way better there… no picture, but I had Steak, Sweet Potato and Green beans… with a couple of tall glasses of unsweet tea!    THAT! was delicious.  Best steak EV.ER!

birthday breakfast 

My oldest daughter and her daughter, brought me hand picked flowers all along their country road… Little jonquils, Iris, Red Bud (from a tree) and er, hmmm… some blue bonnets (from their field) BEAUTIFUL!

birthday bouquet

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  • My neighbors Red Bud tree!

Both yesterday and today were such lovely weather days, though  yesterday was cooler and a bit windy!  It was still sunny and nice! 

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  • Wisteria …starting to bloom! Very soon they’ll be big and showy… more pictures to come.

I’ve been out in the yard looking at all the flowers that are starting to bloom—Spring is finally here! The flowers are beautiful but… 

I’m hoping more than anything—to get something planted to eat! (Crazy weather has this gardening amateur…off schedule for sure!)

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  • My very own Red Bud tree—purchased from a nursery 2 years ago.  This is the first time to bloom.  It’s still so small…but I’m so happy to see it bloom!

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  • Iris (purple)  about to bloom… I only discovered these in my yard a few years ago.  All the rest are white! 

I love seeing all these early happenings of new life!  Little buds everywhere… it all makes me smile!

Til Next time, Be Blessed

Patricia

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