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Round Up of Finished Projects

I finally got the shadow box up to the farm and hung:

I decided to place it above the chest of drawers as it is the most prominent place for it to be enjoyed:

Here's a picture of both the shadow box wall and the adjacent wall with the frame and plate:

I am really happy with how this project turned out and Mom would be thrilled.

I also worked on a small wood table I've had forever. It needed new paint so I decided to paint it to go with the front porch bench:

Although I liked the chippy-ness of the paint, the wood was in bad shape. It really needed a fresh coat.

I pulled out these three colors:

But after painting it, I wasn't thrilled with how it looked:

So I repainted the yellow and it now looks like this:
hm, not sure if I should of kept the might be too dull. I'll live with it awhile. I do like the bright yellow however.

Here it is next to the bench all ready for a glass of iced tea:

Speaking of the front porch, painting the ceiling blue has not kept the swallows from nesting there so we had to resort to more drastic measures. Now if you're squeamish about snakes, you might want to skip the next two pictures:

Lovely plastic snakes....
 I have to admit, they startled me a time or two before I got used to them being there. I'm hoping we can find another solution so the snakes can go bye-bye. Really not a pleasant thing to have by your front door.

On a better note, we switched out the outside light to this:

It actually matches the two pendent lights over the bar and the light over the kitchen sink. I love these lights!

Lastly, let me leave you with some pictures from outside:

acorns are getting big

bachelor button - a favorite flower from childhood

Hummingbird Moth visiting the Lantana

Yellow butterfly on the Black and Blue Sage
I've been working on a couple of small projects in the Master bedroom too. I will share those soon.

Also, as you may or may not know, I have an art blog where I post less often. I just posted about moving my art space again. I know, I hasn't been that long since I moved it all the last time. If you'd like, you can read about it here. I'm hoping this is the last time I have to move it before we move up here to the farm and I get to turn the barn into my dream studio. We'll see.

Hope you are having a great week so far!


  1. I love it all......I kinda of even like the rubber farm snakes. LOL. I love the little table you painted too. I never would have thought to do the slats different colors and it sure makes a big difference! Oh and the light is spot on. You have such great taste my friend!!!

    1. Aw, thanks Susan! Hope you're still planning on coming up in October!

  2. Cecilia your finished bedroom really looks so inviting and comfy! Love seeing the shadow box over the chest of drawers. Your mom would be so touched to see it all! How wonderful and pretty everything is coming together.

    1. Thank you so much, Gail. It's a peaceful room.

  3. The bedroom looks great and the collage is just precious! I also love the paint job you did on the bench and table..When it comes to bird mess on the porch...I say pull out the rubber snakes.. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do....Enjoy your week. Blessings!

    1. Lol, exactly Patty. And it was horribly messy. We let them raise their youngsters then booted the whole mess. I do want to enjoy sitting on the front porch with a glass of iced tea!

  4. I just love the guest is so welcoming! The curtains are so pretty. The little table turned out cute too. And, those snakes would startle me every! Have a wonderful evening! Oh...could you send me a picture of yourself or a favorite picture from your blog for my blog tour post? Thanks so much!

    Blessings, Vicky

    1. Thanks Vicky! The curtains are tablecloths...all I had to do was clip them onto the rod. How easy is that?! Yeah, I've had to remind myself those snakes were there so I didn't jump when I glanced up. LOL. Sending the picture to you ASAP!

  5. Cecilia, your mom's collage is so sweet. But I'm REALLY lovin' that milk glass lamp!


    1. Thanks Patty! That lamp was hers too. Good memories in this room...her furniture, her lamp, and the things in the collage. Makes me smile!

  6. You did a beautiful job with styling your mom's things in the shadow box Cecilia! I know you were a bit uncertain about how to do that, but you pulled it off!

    Sometimes while I'm sitting on the porch, a hummingbird comes by and hangs out by the lantana in the hanging planters. I never have my camera when it's there, of course! I am not sure I would be able to get a good picture anyway as I would most likely have to shoot it behind screens and my angle would be weird. You have some great shots!

    About the said you liked the bright yellow of the final product, but I don't see yellow! Just green and blue (which is perfect btw). Am I losing it?!


    1. Thanks so much, Doreen. I'm happy with how it turned out.

      I took lots of photos of the moth...he was buzzing all around and was rather shy so I just stood there with my camera ready and snapped several in a row. I am thrilled I had those turn out!

      You're not losing it...I liked the yellow but covered it with the green. I was thinking I should have kept the yellow and got rid of the green. It is pretty this way just like the idea of the yellow and blue together. I can change it later of course, if I want to. :o)

  7. Just love your shadowbox filled with your mom's treasures...looks great in that space....great table..I love the blue and green combination!...and I had trouble with birds nesting on my front porch above the column...the first time they left a mess! after the birds left the nest and we cleaned up the horrible mess at the top of the column and also the column itself, we put a bar of Irish Spring soap up there....they never came back!!

    1. Really Shirley? Irish Spring soap? That would be better than the snakes! Maybe they don't like the smell of the, that's one I've never heard of...will have to try it! Thank you for your sweet comments. Have a good weekend!

  8. Cecilia, your shadow box display looks so lovely! Love the chest of drawers too. Oh my gosh, I thought those snakes were real! I have heard about Irish Spring for squirrels--must be the strong scent.

    1. I can't tell you how many times I glanced up and just about had a heart attack. Lol. I finally remembered they were there and quit jumping when I saw them. I need to try the Irish Spring soap.
      I'm very happy with how the room turned out. Mom would be thrilled her things are being used and enjoyed. Thanks for stopping in Cecilia!

  9. Hi Cecilia. I was introduced to your blog by Vicky at Life on Willie May Lane.

    I enjoyed reading this post...LOVE your photography. I look forward to learning more about your farm.

    I hope you get to your new studio in the barn soon!

    1. Welcome Jeanna! I'm so glad you stopped by. Thank you for your sweet comments. I'm working on my photography skills. I can say I'm better than I used to be. Lol.
      Vicky is a sweetie and very talented too.
      Yes, I'd love to have that barn transformed soon too! :o)

  10. I remember that lovely shadow box Cecilia. It looks perfect above the dresser. I have to say that those fake snakes would probably freak me out every time I saw them. They look so real, but if they're working that's a good thing. Your flower photos are beautiful.

    1. Thanks Tuula! Yes, the snakes are working. I just don't want to scare anyone, lol. Had to warn the bug man they were there. He said thanks. :)
      I am pleased with my flower photos. I wasn't sure I had captured the moth but it came out perfectly. It's so good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Hi again, I have a question about your snakes. Did you order them on-line, and where? We have two apricot trees in our backyard just behind our grape vines. It is a perfect spot to sit in the shade and relax. I sat out there a lot in the spring when we first bought our place, then the apricots came on and the birds and the bees borrowed my resting place. Now they are gone and everything is cleaned up and nice, but the birds are always in those two trees and poop on my picnic table. They are bond and determine to run be off. I think if I were to hang a couple of those snakes in the trees, I might get my space back, LOL. It's sure is worth a turn:)

    1. Hi Connie,
      Sorry I'm late with replying but I've been out of town...playing catch up. We found the snakes in the toy department of Walmart. I bet the Dollar store has them also. I hope they help.


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