Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Hi there friends! Done any thrift store journeys lately?  As I have shared my recent post repurposing farm table legs and using them in the kitchen , well I found this very unique shelf to also add to the kitchen mix. You can never have enough kitchen shelves right?

 The shelf was just white so I gave it a splash of color and aged it up a bit.
 It perches the new white shallow bowls that I also bought. Love shallow bowls they are perfect for chowders and even sandwich and chips.
 The size was perfect and hung easily as well, Goodwill has 1/2 off day every now and again so almost everything I picked up was 4.99 including the shelf so I paid 2.50.

 Some Mint hanging to dry a bit

 I also found this lovely mirror also 4.99, love the details and curves. I will share that again later after I give this tired look a lick of paint.

 Thrift stores are so much fun! When I get loose in them I am like a kid in a toy store, I ask for everything but I don't leave with everything lol. It's like a treasure hunt you never quite know what your going to find.

Thanks so much for visiting ! See Ya soon

Monday, April 25, 2016


 Lets take a walk around the gardens! Wish I could offer you a Sweet Tea.

This pinkish, redish beauty has many buds getting ready to bloom
 In the planter box are Petunias, my favorite outdoor flower. As long as I keep them well watered they will be happy.
 This is a sunflower I planted about 15 or so I started them in Egg cartons and it only took 3 days for them to sprout. These will be the American big boys.
 Lots of green onions mixed with the flowers. Love to just walk out and cut Herbs!

 These pop up all over the gardens and ya know what I never planted any of them I think they are a wild flower
I have allot of these succulents the way they keep spreading is that a baby will grow off the end of a big leave and it plants itself into the dirt .
This is a great plant that always has the most beautiful butterflies swarming around it, It is a Lantana. I think they come in other colors as well . I picked this up as a baby in walmart several years back for .99.

Of course the prettiest flower on the block is the Hibiscus. I love to pick them and put them in a pretty bowl full of water add a candle and you have the perfect table décor.

This is a White Flag, it sports huge leaves a this white flag type flower
And poor ole Mexican Petunias, they have been declared a highly invasive plant. They are a spreader but I think they have been given a bad rap , they work so hard....every day they pretty purple blooms then when night falls they seem to fall off the plant and then the next day all new blooms are out. I don't care what anyone says I love these things. I cut some and brought them in and they still bloomed indoors!

This is a yucca tree...would you believe that this was once in a dish garden, someone gave it to my mom when she had gotten sick so I thought in her memory I would plant it, wow it is monstrous  now.
These are Easter lilies but guess what they did not bloom for Easter.
I have these green glass frogs spread around on all the gardens they fill with water as I water the plants, I figure that the little  lizards could get a cool drink of water.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Come back and talk gardens with me soon , I will show you something that goes from grocery store, to the table and them to the garden and back to the table again!! Can you guess what it is??                See Ya soon

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Hi there, happy you stopped in, as I had said I have a new computer with a allot of fun picture features and as I was trying some out I decided to do my tour with a vintage look....just love it I would paint and switch everything up to get this color hue!
 Here is a huge china cabinet that I inherited with my new chest that I have shared with some other do dads....

 An Ice box that I bought at Goodwill, I thought it was a dresser because it was facing against the wall when I turned it around I was so surprised and there was no way I was leaving that store without  it at a mere 50$, it is perfect on the inside as well the bottom left is where the block of ice goes, soon I will do an open exhibit and share it with you all. The basket is hanging from the ceiling beam with many more.

We just had some new plumbing put in and this crazy of a crazy lady saved the rusty old pipes so now it is a perch for the bird house!

 Lets step into the kitchen.........
 I crafted this sign from an old glass picture frame and a vintage cherry printed table cloth.
 I also used a piece for the china cupboard in the dining room, the iron outdoor plant holder holds the placemats
 Wine anyone??
 The dining room table is at its smallest now but when the leaf is in I use a bench and it sits 7 easy.

I stenciled a little rooster friend on the crock
 Living room......




 A rest area it is!
 The theatre TV is the big attraction in here and trust me you would not want to be our neighbor Mr STNSA has theatre speakers all over this room and it gets very loud. We are movie watchers and popcorn eaters! We are regular people who enjoy life to the fullest everyday!
 Wish I could build some type of enclosure for this beast though, did I mention it was also 3D?
 Lazy kitty napping!

 Lunch is eaten here at this bar....

 I do most of my food prep on the big butcher block

This can as a popcorn gift from Christmas that I faux painted into a wooden bait bucket to hold all kitchen utensils.
 My window box that I crafted out of pine is filled with sunflowers and greens.
 This was a vintage bread box but now a garden fairy sits here with some pretty flowers

 Those are red potatoes that are about to join a pork roast in my oven! Yum
Don't you just love a pin up lamp? they seem to lend that little extra bit of light that's needed, I have a fetish for them just look on my supply shelves and you will see.

You see fish here and there the new kitchen makeover is "Fishing Cottage" , seems fitting being only about 5 miles from the Florida Everglades! We  never know what we are going to find out doors here, looked out my living room window and a huge bear was having himself some Pizza from our neighbors trash! I guess he heard me so he took his pizza and went down the road a ways I kinda creeped around and followed him  , would you believe he lay down on the grass and finished his pizza down the road a ways! The bears here are not violent for the most part. The rangers come out and ask us not too feed them and stay in when they are about.......I love watching them though. This is the place to see so much wildlife...the water across the street has Manatees and many alligators and offers good fishing as well. Snook is the best eating fish here!  
Well hope you enjoyed the out of the ordinary vintage touched tour!
Its just a cottage type home by the sea and visited by many wild animals but we do love this life style!
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