Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cut Flowers from my Gardens

Good morning!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and stopped to remember the reason for the holiday. Thanks is not adequate for all those who have served to protect us. We had a busy weekend. Sat. was the picnic at our clubhouse with almost 70 in attendance. Sunday we went to a picnic at a friends house. Today, Joe and I went out to lunch, did some shopping, then had friends for dinner.  After they left I made another hanging pot for the front porch (with flowers I bought today), put a load of wash in and am now doing this post:)  I walked around the yard and decided to cut some flowers to bring in and enjoy. Being in the woods for 30 years, I never had flowers to cut and enjoy, except my wonderful hydrangeas. Rhododendron:
 Knockout roses, love these and never had them before.
 Purple salvia.
 Dark pink rhodo.
 Pretty combo on my runner
 Purple iris.
 I brought them out to the deck table to get a few more shots.
 My neighbor is making these wonderful leaf bowls. I bought one to put out here and placed it on a stand. It reminds me of a lily pond leaf so I put my CHILLIN frog on it:)

 A gerber daisy from a friend.

 These are the flowers from the pyracantha bush (firethorn). These will all be berries in the fall!!!!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Spring/Summer Table

I set a new table with a runner I found at....yup, Home Goods! I know, I practically live there.  I found this awhile back and knew it would be great for Summer dining!! I LOOOOVE the colors in this runner, and chose dishes to compliment it.
 There are greens, orange, salmon, white and yellow in this runner.
 I grabbed my faux hibiscus in the hibiscus vases for an accent on the table. They go so well with the flowers on the runner.
 This was one of the carnations that were given to us at Mothers day brunch! yes, they are still alive and looking good!
 Isn't this a great faux??
 Here is the vase. They were my in-laws and I love them!

I gathered a yellow, white and green napkin in this new flowered napkin ring from Pier 1.
 I am using my green handled flatware today too.
 I am SOOOO in love with this table. For those of you new to the blog; my son had this IN THE BOXES, at a garage sale I was having. The table and 6 chairs for $150.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It didn't sell, so he gave it to me. I ADORE this set. It is very French country and has gorgeous details. The chairs have beautiful details too. The table has a drawer at each end to hold napkins or flatware or whatever!!

 My stack is: an orange placemat, white charger, orange dinner plate, white salad and the napkins. I love how the cut out on the napkin matches the detail on the salad plate.
 I am using my clear bubble goblets and my bee juice glasses.

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XO, Pinky
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A New Vignette with new Finds!!!

Yesterday I took a ride to Ross.  I was hoping to find something for the patio but what I found was SO much better! I found 3 blue and white pieces; 2 planters and a lidded jar!!! I also found a great tray. Then I found out that it was senior discount day so got 10% off the already great prices!!! SCORE! I knew I would use the large planter up in the guest room and have done that. I decided to do a new coffee table vignette. I gathered the items on the new tray. I love the size, shape and style of it. It is important to me to use a mix of textures in a vignette to make it interesting.
 I placed one of my orchids in the smaller planter. I wanted to bring in the russet color to tie in with the sofa pillows and new paint color!
 The candle holder is a mix of metal and bamboo.
 I love this smaller jar, and the price was certainly right!! Adding some greens to the candle holder and between the jar adds interest too.

 I placed the candle holder and the planter on black stands.

 This tray was only $9.99 and I love the texture and design!

 So here are my 3 finds of the day.
 This large planter is holding a houseplant up in the guest room now. I love collecting blue and white pieces. My collection continues to grow:)

 Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are all having a good week and are getting your outdoor spaces all ready for Summer. The unofficial start of summer is this weekend!!!
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend. We have a picnic at the clubhouse on Sat. FUN!
XO, Pinky
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Monday, May 18, 2015

A New "Wreath" and Tutorial

I made a new "wreath" for our front door. I put that in quotes because as you will see, it is not a traditional round wreath. I saw a square piece like this at the place where I used to work but it was TWICE the price. So, I kept looking and lo and behold found this at CTS for $16.99!!! Plus it was embellished with the berries!!! SOLD!!! Here is the finished wreath and then I will take you through the steps I did to make it. It looks like a window pane. I love that it is so different than a traditional wreath.
 Here is how it looked when I got it.

 As you can see, I did this in the garage rather than down in the basement. It was a beautiful day yesterday, when I did this. I placed the bush of the white berries and grasses first then the nest and forsythia pick. Everything is hot glued in.
 I wanted this to look like someone had just picked flowers from the garden and put them together. A gerber daisy anchors  the arrangement at the bottom.
 I decided to add this watering can up on the right corner as a cute accent.
 The leaves that surround the daisy were left over and in my stash.
 When I thought I was finished I put it on the door but decided it needed some ivy trailing down, so added that.
 EVERYTHING that I used I had so this cost me the $16.99. The finished one that I saw at the store was either $60.00 or $70.00!!!!
 It is so nice to have a stash of flowers to pull from. I used all the colors that are in the berries that came on the piece.
 I had this one stem of purple freesia. It is a beautiful flower, used in fresh arrangements often.

 So now the front is done and ready for Summer.
Thanks for your visit. I love your comments so please let me know you were here:) Have a beautiful week, my friends.
XO, Pinky
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