How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Vase

How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Vase

 

Here’s the state of the plant report for the last week of May 2015.

Remember when I thought all the plants were gone and was wringing my hands and hanging my head, but I decided to choose sunshine?

And you told me to wait.

And to be patient (totally not my specialty).

I’m happy to report that you were right (as ususal).  The nandinas came back.  Well, most of them.

Those wonderful, little, amazing, incredible plants pushed their way up from the ground and sprouted new leaves and look better than ever.

So I’m celebrating with a simple garden project.  You can make this diy mason jar hanging vase for under $5.00 in under 10 minutes.

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Summer Home Tour 2015

Summer Home Tour 2015

 

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes 2015.

Nice to meet you.

If you are visiting from East Egg Style and we’ve never been properly introduced….

….I just wanted you to know that things can get a little random around here.

I live in a farmhouse and wear red lipstick and really big earrings and have daily adventures.  I love to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture and walk hand-in-hand in the back meadow as the sun sets over the river.

I drink sweet tea with lime on the screened-in porch during a thunderstorm.

And can we still be friends if I tell you about the first (and only) roast I ever made?

Now that we’ve officially met…..grab a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin or an appropriate breakfast snack and beverage…..

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Practicing the Perfect Pose

Practicing the Perfect Pose

 

To all the servicemen and women who have fought to keep our country free and the stars and stripes flying proudly from sea to shining sea….

….I salute you.

I salute your sacrifice and your valor and your overwhelming courage in the face of grave danger and almost insurmountable odds.

You are what makes this country great.

Truly.

And I reserve a little piece of my heart for all those you leave behind.  The ones who wait patiently for your return.  So to celebrate Memorial Day, I’m sharing this story again about the perfect pose…..

….and the sailor who almost missed it. :)

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The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

 

When I was growing up, I spent every summer on Cape Cod.

#bestsummersever

We spent days on the beach with the sand between our toes and evenings with my grandmother sharing the highs and lows of the day over tiny wooden bowls filled with Cheeto puff balls and glasses of ginger ale perched on wooden chairs with hooked rug covers.

My grandmother was fancy.

You would have loved her.

She wore red lipstick, too, and pearls.  She drank Pepsi by the gallon, loved to dance, wore cat eye glasses and had the most amazing laugh.

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Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

 


I almost called this post “what I found at the auction: the sequel.”

I found this filing cabinet at that same auction and bought it for $5.00.

Surprisingly no one else bid on it.

They were too busy focusing on the tractor equipment and power tools to pay attention the beautiful lines of this filing cabinet.

But not me.

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How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

 

 

If you are from the south you were probably raised on sweet tea.

You know.

That perfect glass of iced cold goodness that quenches the thirst and fills the heart and makes the sun shine brighter.

In my search for the perfect glass of sweet tea with the perfect ratio of sugar to tea and ice, I came up with the answer to that age-old question.

Here’s how to make sweet tea taste better.

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Laundry Room Refresh Without a Side of High Heels

Laundry Room Refresh Without a Side of High Heels

 

Yesterday when my husband was installing the new cornice board over the shower in the laundry room….

….I went all I Love Lucy on him.

Didn’t she always putter around the house wearing red lipstick and high heels?

Valiantly trying with only the best intentions and the best heart and the best ideas to help Ricky with something.

Just so she could tell Ethel all about it later.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

We went to see the BEST movie last night.

I really wanted to write that whole sentence in caps….but it might seem like I was yelling.

It’s called The Longest Ride and it stars Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood.

Just his smile alone will make you melt.

He’s like a non-brooding Clint with a grin riding a bull off into the sunset.  And the movie has the BEST ending.

Total spoiler alert.  

They all live happily-ever-after. :)Continue reading