Friday, February 24, 2017

Creative Friday #4 - Time for Tea

Welcome to Creative Friday #4! Today my project is inspired from a trip to England.

Once upon a time, I tagged along with my husband to England. I fell in love with the beautiful landscape and the history of the places we went.

I adored Bath,

and London.

Stonehenge was something to see,

and the little villages with their picturesque buildings...oh my. I loved it all!

But my favorite thing there? Tea time. The thought of a scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam makes me long to go back.

Of course, I've tried to recreate it here but clotted cream isn't something I can find, but tea? That I have in droves. :o) Now if I just had a pretty way to display all my different kinds of teas.

Then on my last trip to Canton, I found this cute little box on clearance at one of my favorite shops - Simplicity.
Loved the size but the Lost & Found on the front would need to go.

But its little compartments were perfect for a tea box and the price was right! Of course it came home with me.

Sadly, the color doesn't go with my house plus I needed to cover up the words. Time for a makeover!

First, I taped off the glass (yay for Frog Tape!), then painted a base coat of white.

The second coat was grey - I used Folk Art's chalk paint in Castle. (By the way, I'm not being paid to advertise for either them or Frog Tape. I just love the products).

A light sanding to let the white show through; I then added a new saying and painted a cute teacup - red, of course.

Afterwards, I sealed it with wax. I also decided to leave the inside the pretty aqua color although the partitions come out easily so painting it wouldn't be a big deal. I just like seeing that peep of unexpected color!
the inside of the box is washed me, it's still aqua!

I love it! It's whimsical, it looks cute in the city kitchen but the color will look nice in my farm kitchen too. I now can easily see my all my teas.

Done just in time for tea! I may not have an English cream tea to serve but homemade lemon bars are just as tasty.

Tea in a pretty teacup makes it even more special! Ahhhh, what a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Tea, anyone?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Progress at the Farm

I've been hard at work on the flowerbeds - along the driveway, around the house.

Leaves had to be raked and briars dug up. Good grief. Those things have huge wonder you can't kill them!
I kept finding more and more until I had a huge pile of potato looking tubers.  The plant is Smilax. It grows all over the place.

They fought me leaving me scratched up but I won! The bed is cleaned out. 

 There were several creeping lantanas in front of the garage. They take over the sidewalk every Summer so I dug them up - all sixteen of them. I transplanted them to the driveway bed which should be the perfect spot for them. They can spread out and bloom away. A big bonus - butterflies love them!

I know it doesn't look like much now, but soon the slope will be covered in yellow blooms.

My oldest sister gave me 4 native lantana bushes. They got planted along the driveway too in the back of the bed.

Oh! While digging the briars out, I kept finding these concrete edger pieces buried under the dirt. Once upon a time, I think there were some really pretty flowerbeds here. #thankyouformerowners! 

I used them to edge the back flowerbed behind the garage. It should help keep the dirt and plants where they belong. :o)

Jay and Bruce got all the leaves raked up in the front wooded area where the little dogwood tree is budding out. I see a flower peeking out at me!

I'm excited about getting this area cleaned up! I can't wait to plant a woodland garden!
Random bulbs that were half buried in the leaves!

I can just picture a pretty bench in this area facing the house with pretty plants. With the years of leaf accumulation gone, I can finally see my vision coming to life!

Plus, I started weeding the front flowerbed. Can I just say it's going to take time? #neglectedforwhoknowshowmanyyears and full of weeds.

Spring is showing up early in all sorts of ways - tiny wild violets

With several of the trees sporting a hint of green and the redbuds blooming.

The bees were buzzing all over the redbuds! #buzzbuzz

And all the outside trim on the studio is up and painted! Woohoo! It looks so good!

Next time the door will get its new red coat. Then the outside will officially be done and it's onto the interior!

Definitely making progress! It sure helps that the weather has been so mild. I just hope we can get most of the outside stuff done before the heat hits. All in all, it was a very productive couple of weekends.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Creative Friday #3: Bee Stencil On Canvas

Welcome to the third Creative Friday!

We're starting a bee hive this Spring at the farm. Bruce has been reading up on the subject, watching YouTube videos, and talking to friends who own some. We got the hive last year (too late to start a colony) and have the bees on order for April. Yay! I can't wait to harvest our first bit of honey!

In keeping with making our gallery wall, I decided to take a small canvas and make an easy piece of art for it.

I started off with a 5x5" canvas.

Next, I painted it a dark charcoal grey (a great way to use up those sample jars of paint!).

Then cut a stencil using my new Christmas toy (thanks Bruce!)

After the paint dried, I stenciled the design onto the canvas with white paint. Easy-peasy! I like the white pounced over the grey. (Oh if you've never stenciled before, Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors has a great tutorial here).

I'm pretty excited about my little bee art. It was easy and fast and ties in nicely with the farm. Plus, it is my first project using my new Silhouette machine. I think I'm going to really have fun with this thing.

In other news, I've opened a new shop with Society6. This is a site artists can use to upload artwork to sell. Not only as prints and on canvas but also on a variety of products from phone cases, pillows, rugs, mugs, travel cups and more. I have 6 different pieces of art ready to go. I'd love for you to go check it out at

Monday, February 13, 2017

Romancing the Farmhouse

What is it about Valentine's that makes me think of old, vintagey things?

Is it the romance the objects conjure up?
stained glass window and pretty hearts

Or do they just seem to suggest a slower, more relaxed pace of life that is so appealing?

I love old suitcases and pretty hankies

Whatever the reason, I love to decorate the farmhouse using vintage/vintage inspired items.

Friendly Village bowl in wooden bowl with old doorknobs

On the entryway table, I placed my silver bowl and filled it with a flameless candle and silk flowers. Scrabble letters spell out "Flowers" placed in front of a mason jar with daffodils and snowdrops from the yard.

An old lampshade frame becomes a cloche for the Tom Kitten book, cat, and tin tile flower holder:

The tulip stems were a thrift store find from my mother-in-law. They still had the price tags on them! They look pretty in the wire basket lined with a burlap bag.

My cute heart was inspired by Cecilia over at My Thrift Store Addiction where she shared how she made hers (Thanks, Cecilia!):
I placed it on the rustic ladder I use to hold my blankets:

In the bathroom, I used my black tiered tray I found thrifting on my trip to Kerrville to hold hand towels, wash clothes, and soap:
The galvanized scoop and scented soaps came from Laurie Anna's in Canton:

It adds a nice vintagey touch, I think.

Last but not least, my wood sign is dressed up for spring with a soft romantic flower garland.

What I love about this look is that it will look good all Spring long not just for Valentine's Day. So do you think vintage is romantic?

Don't forget to drop back by on Friday to see what crafty, decorative thing I make for Creative Friday!

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