Are you looking for a fall garden container idea?

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I love pretty garden container arrangements, and when I attended Haven this year Carmen Johnston, along with Southern Living Plant Collection and Home Depot, provided some wonderful container ideas.  Plus, at the end of the class, we each got to take a few of the plants home.  I couldn’t wait to use my plants – especially the nandina, which Carmen had used for a gorgeous fall garden container.

By the way… did you know you’re supposed to plant in a triangular pattern in the containers?  You know, it’s all about the spill, the fill and the THRILL!

Spill – a plant that will “spill” out of the container as it grows, the Fill – a plant that will fill in the container and provide a punch of color, the THRILL – a fabulous plant that has some height for the arrangement.

So, here’s where I started… with a large container – making sure to have drainage holes in the bottom of the container, and good potting soil.

Container with good potting soil mix

Container with good potting soil mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I got busy adding the plants:

Sweet potato vine, Cordyline, Mesa Bright Bicolor Blanket Flower, and Nandina

Also, be sure to “rough up” the roots.  You don’t want them super compact, so loosen them up a bit before planting.

Loosen up the roots

Loosen up the roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I placed the sweet potato vine in the front, next I placed the  Nandina, the Cordyline and the Mesa Bright Bicolor Blanket Flower

 

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nandina

Nandina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cordyline

Cordyline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tah-dah!  My Fall Container!  All the plants take full – partial sun, so they’re a good end- of- summer selection.

Finished Container

Finished Container

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we head into fall, I can’t wait to add some baby pumpkins to the arrangement.  I’ll be sure to share pics of that and a little pointer that Carmen Johnston shared with us when adding the pumpkins.

 

What are your plans for some fall garden containers? Would love to see your ideas!

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Canvas Wall Art

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Happy Saturday! Can you believe it’s August already? Where did the summer go?
As I scramble to enjoy the last month of summer, I have begun adding to my to-do list and one of the items was to create some wall art for our family room.
My inspiration was this fabulous earthenware tray I saw in Country Living Magazine.

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My inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tray is made by artist Susan Dwyer and you can find it at her Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/upintheairsomewhere

So, after falling in love with that tray I thought – Hey, I think I can replicate that design on canvas.  As luck would have it, 3M contacted me and asked if I would like to create something using their ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape TM.  I was thrilled to do this!  So, this morning I got my cup of coffee and got busy creating.

I used a 20″x 24″ canvas and taped off my design (it’s not Exactly like the tray, but I still like the final outcome).

20" x 24" canvas and ScotchBlue painter's tape

20″ x 24″ canvas and ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape TM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

taped out design on canvas

taped out design on canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design completely tape out and ready to paint!

Design completely taped out and ready to paint!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could hardly wait to start painting!  I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Multi-surface paint in Yellow Gold.

Martha Stewart's Multi-surface paint in Yellow Gold

Martha Stewart’s Multi-surface paint in Yellow Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completely painted canvas

Completely painted canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tape bubbled slightly, so I was careful to paint over the edges to create a bit of a seal, so paint wouldn’t seep underneath.  I also didn’t load my brush with too much paint, but did small sections and took my time – I didn’t want to mess it up!

Since I’m always overly-anxious to see the results, I removed a test strip from the top of the canvas to see how it looked.  Well, that pretty much did it, I then began to quickly, and carefully remove the tape and was so excited with the results.

Finished canvas

Finished canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proudly hung in my family room

Proudly hung in my family room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Start to finish, the whole thing probably took me 45 minutes.    I LOVE the finished product!  (insert squeal here)  :)

 

Now I’m motivated to try another canvas project.  I’ll keep you posted on my next inspiration that I come across.

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

 

Looking for a quick, easy wreath idea?

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I’ve had a green floral wreath form in my craft room  for a few months now.  My original idea was to make a burlap wreath, but then I came across my fabric from OnlineFabricStore.  I had thought I might use it for pillows, but decided to use it on my wreath.

wreath form and fabric

wreath form and fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I began, by cutting 1 1/2″ – 2″ strips

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To start wrapping the fabric around the form, I attached it with a straight pin, then sprayed a portion of the wreath with spray adhesive for a tighter hold.  To finish each strip, I pinned it in place with another straight pin.

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I continued this until the wreath was completely covered with fabric.

wreath completely wrapped with fabric

wreath completely wrapped with fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really like the random pattern on the wreath.

 

I also bought a “T” at Michael’s craft store, and had some black craft paint on hand to paint this.

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After the paint had dried, I adhered the “T” to the wreath with Gorilla Glue.  I let it sit for a while to create a good bond.

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I finished the wreath off with some bright green ribbon (I love black, white and bright green!)  And tah-dah!  My new front door wreath!

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Finished wreath with bow – ready to hang on the front door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took me about 30 minutes total to make this.  Super easy, and had most of the items lying around my craft room.

What spontaneous project have you done recently?  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Saturday!

 

 

 

A Summer Porch Refresh

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Well, I had originally intended to write about this a month ago… then summer happened. :) I love summer, but the time seems to slip by so quickly, and now we’re half way through summer and here I am just now blogging about my porch refresh!
So,  here’s the before picture
(I think it looks a little depressing with all the dark colors)

Before porch refresh

Before porch refresh

I was on a mission to find some bright green pillows, as I’d seen a porch photo in Ballard’s with black and white striped pillows with a pop of bright green cushions for chairs.

I was trying to keep spending to a minimum and found out that Bed, Bath and Beyond had cushions for Adirondack chairs, at a pretty reasonable rate compared to all other places I’d searched. I ordered them online and Voila! – they came in just a few days.

 

My new bright green cushions with black and white pillow!

My new bright green cushions with black and white pillows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The throw pillows I found at Walmart, and they’re outdoor fabric, which will make it much easier to keep them clean.

fun green pillow with Greek key pattern - from Walmart!

fun green pillow with Greek key pattern – from Walmart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also found this fun outdoor canvas at Bed, Bath and Beyond (and got to use a coupon on this!)

Outdoor Canvas

Outdoor Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then got to work on painting the table on our porch.
I call this one my “tuxedo table” since I decided to leave most of the table’s legs white, while painting the top of the table and top portion of the legs black, using my trusty choice of Rust-Oleum spray paint.

Roughing up the table with a quick sanding

Roughing up the table with a quick sanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished table!

Finished table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also added two glass vases (that I bought at Goodwill for .99 each), then I painted them with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint, using Frog Tape to mark of areas to create the lines around the vases.

Goodwill glass vases, taped off with Frogtape and painted with Rust-o-leum Chalkboard paint

Goodwill glass vases, taped off with Frog Tape and painted with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished vases

Finished vases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, finally, one last touch… I found these little lanterns over the years at various stores and tied them with rope and hung them at different levels – I had seen this in Pottery Barn, and had loved the look of it.

Lanterns hung with rope

Lanterns hung with rope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think?  I’m happy with it and it didn’t cost me a ton of money, plus I liked the instant gratification of buying my pillow/cushions.

Any fun projects you’ve completed this summer?  Would love to hear about them!

What have you done lately with chalkboard paint?

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During the cold month of February my friend and I decided to attend an Atlanta Blogger’s workshop on photography.  It was a blustery day, but we’d had enough of staying inside and were up for the challenge.  It was a fun workshop and we met some great women at the event as well.  Included with the attendance was a bag of goodies… one of which was Rust-oleum Chalkboard paint.  First of all, what a nice gift to include in our bags!  I had big plans for that can of chalkboard paint.  Fast forward to May/June and I’ve just gotten around to using it!  That’s life isn’t it?

So, this year on my list of “to-do’s” is a focus on our cabin.  It’s filled with lots of second-hand furniture and freebies that were passed on to us, which has been great, but I really want to start making little improvements on the cabin this year.  So I dug that chalkboard paint out and painted a wall that you see right as you walk into our little a-frame.

Wall taped and ready for paint

Wall taped and ready for paint

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Wall painted with chalkboard paint

I used Frog Tape to seal off the wall area that I didn’t want to get paint on.  I love Frog Tape – it gives a clean, crisp paint line, without any paint seeping underneath the tape, and it removes easily as well.

I know we’ll have fun writing welcome greetings for all of our visiting friends that come up throughout the year.  I also have a little burlap, Instagram photo board that I’ll hang there as well.

The other project I did with chalkboard paint was creating two cylinder vases (I bought them at Goodwill for $1 each).  I taped off stripes on the vases and went to town with the chalkboard paint.  It was a super quick and easy project, but I LOVE the outcome…

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Vases finished with my hydrangea “porch flowers” in them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What fun project have you done with chalkboard paint?

How Do You Welcome Spring?

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Spring has officially arrived in Atlanta.  The azaleas, dogwoods, cherry trees and Bradford pear trees are in full bloom, showing off their finest for the 2014 season.  When this time of the year arrives, I always get the itch to do all of the following:

1.  change out pieces around my house to brighten the decor

2.  deep clean

3.  play outside in my yard and garden.

With that being said, I’ll focus on #1 for this post.  The first place I always want to change out once spring arrives is my bedroom.  I love my flannel leopard print duvet for the winter.  I’ve snuggled under it for Sunday afternoon naps on a cold day and it’s kept me warm on the chilly winter nights, but once spring arrives I want a crisp, bright duvet on my bed!  This changing out the duvet, however, often leads to changing out a few other things around the room, which leads to a shopping trip to purchase some new accessories – I mean that’s a perfectly acceptable reason, don’t you think?

So, here’s the cozy winter duvet…. and ta-dah!  my bright, happy spring duvet!

leopard print flannel bedding

leopard print flannel bedding

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spring bedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New spring pillows

New spring pillows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, I HAD to add some new pillows

 

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then I found this mirror on clearance at Target, but just hadn’t gotten around to hanging it.

 

 

And how simple is this?   I found some brightly colored scrap-book paper images, used some card stock I had, and put them in some frames I had stashed around the house for a bright pop of color here and there.

 

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prints made from scrap book images and cardstock

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So what are your plans to brighten up your home for Spring?

 

A Little Cocktail Corner

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Looking for a fun way to create a little cocktail corner?

This can easily be done with a cocktail tray, cart, small dresser.  The fun part is adding the small touches on top of the piece that will hold everything.  Start by looking around your house for some cute items you can use to dress up your area.

I purchased this bamboo and cane tray at an antique store and added items from around the house to create a fun setting on top of the tray.

Bamboo and cane tray

Bamboo and cane tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( BTW — I love to collect corks, for any future craft projects, and keep them in a large, pedestal crystal bowl beneath the tray)

I gathered a mint julep cup I had, a small, antique cordial glass from a set that was my grandmother’s and found the wood box, with metal top on clearance at Target, to corral some random bar ware and garnish picks.

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mint julep cup and cordial glass hold cocktail garnish picks and fun straws to top off drinks

Wood box to hold additional cocktail accessories

Wood box to hold additional cocktail accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I lined the bottom of the box with some pretty, glittery scrapbook paper, and cut out vinyl lettering using my Cricut to spell out “Pop, Fizz, Clink”.

Here’s a close up of the inside of the box.. how cute is that little “Olive you” fork?  A friend gave that to me and I love using it to spear a big ‘ol olive for a dirty martini!  I also included a shot glass, wine charms, foil cutter for wine and a wine aerator.  You can fill it with whatever items you’d like to keep handy for your cocktail prep.

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Inside of box lined with paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!  Easy, Peasy!  Look around your house and re-purpose some cute, little cups and containers to dress up your “Cocktail corner,”  then kick back and enjoy a fancy drink!

Cheers!