Monday, May 11, 2015

Springtime Painting, Potting and Planting









 







I love Spring.  
It's my favorite time of year.
Everything is new again.  The trees are budding, the grass is greening and the gardens are coming alive. 
The weather has been beautiful so I was able to get some work done outside.    
I love, love, love my flowers!  
As much as I love my gardens....  I like to add potted plants here and there.  They add color and interest.  I chose geraniums in various shades of pink and red and added sweet potato vine and other fillers to round out the pots.  They look great.
Springtime projects.....
I took a section of old fencing and turned it into a "bud vase - sign".  I painted it white, then stencilled flowers, a watering can (at the bottom) and the word "Flowers" on it.  I then wired on several antique bottles to hold water for fresh or fake flowers.  
I painted an old ice cream parlor chair black and mosaic'd the seat.  It looks wonderful along side the fence.
I painted the boy & girl statues black and my husband made me a little flower cart using an old pop crate. And last but not least....  I turned an old wheel barrel into a planter.
It's looking like Spring around here!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Elizabeth

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Favorite things.....

     




Vintage Needlepoint Chair

This pretty little chair was destined to be "mine".  
I was visiting my fav antiques shop, had purchased several things and was on my way out......  when.....  stop!  turn around....  what's that in the corner?  I could see the lovely pink needlepoint peeking out.  I uncovered it and fell in love.... but, unfortunately I'd spent all my money and had to walk away.
This shop is my favorite but it's also far away (almost 90 miles).  I just knew the chair would be gone by the time I could return.  Life happens and a few months had passed before I could visit again.  
I remember walking in.... looking in the same spot as before and to my disappointment ....  it was gone.  I had accepted the fact that I had missed out.  
Then suddenly... it appeared!  I couldn't believe it!  90 miles and three months later....  Sold!....  for a mere $24!
It has become one of my favorite pieces.  It's so shabby chic and the best part is....  I didn't have to do a thing to it!  I love the chippy white paint and the fabulous pink needlepoint cushion.  So perfectly....  imperfect.  
I've used it in the living room, on the porch and now in my bedroom.  I just love it!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
Elizabeth

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter!







This is my favorite Easter wreath!
I have several different ones and made a new one this year.... but, this one is still my fav.  
I made it last year and just love it.  It is a wire wreath with little coiled rings that hold the hand painted eggs.  It is adorned with velvet millinery flowers I removed from an old hat.  
So pretty and perfectly shabby chic.
The decorations, egg baskets and chocolate bunnies are so wonderful.... but, for me and my family... Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  A time to thank God for our many blessings.....  and this Easter I have SO much to be thankful for!!

Wishing everyone a wonderful
and 
Happy Easter!!

Blessings,
Elizabeth

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In Need of Prayer - for my Fur Baby

Meet.....  Sir Archibald - "Archie" - my 8 yr old Boxer
 Isn't he beautiful!!
 Oh...  what a face!
 Begging for his favorite treat
    Shaking his daddy's hand
 Getting a bath!  What fun!
 Looks like daddy took a bath, too!
 LOL!  Wearing his bath towel.
 Home from the Vet
Biopsy
Taking a much needed rest after his visit to the vet

I rarely blog about anything personal.....  but, today is an exception.
It's been a rough morning.  I received the dreaded news.....  cancer.
Meet Sir Archibald....  aka "Archie".  
He is my sweet 8 1/2 year old Boxer pup. He's the light of my life.... my pride and joy. 
Last Friday I noticed a lump on his leg.  He wasn't in pain but I knew it should be checked right away.  He just had his routine six month check up and shots two weeks ago and the vet didn't notice it!  Anyway, his appointment was this morning.  He has a mast cell tumor and the biopsy came back with abnormal cells....  possible cancer.  He has surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning to remove the tumor and for another biopsy.  
I know lots of you have and love your fur babies.  I am no exception.  I love Archie so much.  We've had him since he was six weeks old and I can't bare the thought of him being sick or losing him.
Most of life's problems can be fixed but sometimes we are powerless.  We must rely on our faith.  I believe in God's miracles and in the power of prayer.....  and today I am asking for your prayers.....
that God will bless and heal my beloved Archie.

Many thanks.
Be well and may God bless.
Elizabeth

Hello.
I wanted to take a minute to post an update.
Archie had surgery yesterday and is home now. He's in a lot of pain but doing as expected. 
The good news is the surgery went well... the bad news is they found and removed a second tumor. The one on his leg and one on his back. Poor baby... he has been through the ringer. 
Tears. It is so hard to see him like this.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your prayers and kind words of support. It means so much.
I will update again once the results from the biopsy come back... approx 14 days. 
Thank you, once again.
May God bless.
Elizabeth

Monday, March 23, 2015

Handmade Easter Eggs & DIY Wreath











 DIY Easter Egg Wreath

Easter is soon approaching and one of my favorite holidays.
I wanted a new wreath for my front door.  
Something different, unique and of course....  handmade.  I decided on a shabby chic meets burlap look.  I love the natural look of burlap but can't resist adding roses, lace and pearls to the mix.

The first step was to prepare the eggs.
I painted paper mache eggs in different shades of blue and let them dry overnight.  I used Americana Decor Chalk Finish paint found at Michaels.  Then decorated them with vintage lace, buttons, pearls and little paper flowers.
Tip:  use an empty egg carton to sit them in to dry.  
  
The next step was to prepared the wreath.  
I was elated to find a natural grapevine wreath shaped like an "egg"....  well, sort of.
I sprayed the wreath with a thin coat of clear Matte spray paint to add a bit of shine to the grapevine.  Then added chicken wire to the bottom half of the wreath to form a "basket" and filled the cavity with spanish moss (to resemble a "nest" to hold the eggs).  Using hot glue, I added the vintage lace and handmade burlap rose directly to the chicken wire..... and finished off by adding the burlap bow and decorated eggs.

I love how it came out!
It looks great on my front door.
Hope you enjoyed my Easter DIY project.

Have a wonderful week! 
Elizabeth

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