Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Azaleas! Wisteria! A Spring Tour

I'm nursing a hurt back again. Dang, getting older sure sucks. It used to be I could dig in the garden all day and just be a little sore - not this whole back hurting thing. Oh well. I did stop before it was awful but then I went and worked on the studio door, bending over it. I think that's what did it. Sigh.

In spite of that, we had a wonderful weekend. The weather was just gorgeous! My mother-in-law and I headed up to the farm on Thursday. I was able to take care of securing hotel rooms for the wedding and we bought groceries for the weekend. We drove back through some neighborhoods and saw some pretty azaleas blooming in front of this old house:

Love the wisteria "tree" out front:

Then on Friday, Bonnie and I headed to Tyler to go see the azaleas. The Azalea Trail doesn't officially open until this weekend but since everything started blooming early, we knew we'd better get up there to see them before they faded. We walked around a historic neighborhood:
Bonnie capturing the beauty of the azaleas

And we weren't disappointed! Oh my! How beautiful the bushes were.

We even found a home that had a sign saying we could come on in and walk around.
Let me tell you, their yard was magazine worthy!

 Everything was landscaped so beautifully - this was in the front along the driveway:

Even the driveway retaining wall looked beautiful with ferns growing in it:

Back of the house from the pergola at the top of the yard:

All the houses along this creek had pretty stone bridges going across so they could reach the rest of their yards. If you look toward the back along the creek, you can see one.

There were niches with fountains

and statues, pergolas, patios, and loads of plants.

The pergola at the back of the yard, across the creek:

Another view along driveway looking into front yard:

Not only were the azaleas blooming, but the dogwoods and wisteria were also in full bloom:
pink dogwood
 Not a great picture with the power lines but I had to show how the wisteria is all up in the trees:

Then we got back in the car and drove around the rest of the azalea trail. This huge clump of white azaleas caught our attention.

I'm glad we went when we did. The flowers were already starting to fade. Fortunately, there were still plenty to see.

We really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful yards full of flowers. Spring sure delights with all its blooming splendor!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Creative Friday #6 - Repurposed Shelf

It's another Creative Friday! This week it's all about a project for the laundry room at the city house. Come see what I did!

Remember the heart shelves from the 80's? I found a couple at the thrift store some time back. They are great little wooden shelves - though dated. The first one I took apart and used it to make a sign for the guest room. It is fun and whimsical.

The second one is just the right size for the laundry room. However, I wanted to give it more of a farmhouse look.

 The first thing I did was sand the glossy white paint off on the edges and sides:

Next, I cut an old fence picket to fit between the supports (making sure it covered the hearts up) and over the shelf. After sanding them, I glued and clamped them on, leaving it to dry overnight:

 The next day, I brought it in and add screw hooks:

As you can see, the top board is sitting on the original shelf. I added a couple of screws to make sure it stays on.
It's great I didn't have to take the shelf apart to achieve this look. I don't mind the original shelf showing under the new one. I think it adds character. 😀

It sits right by the door going into the garage so it's perfect for extra keys. A little chicken wire basket on the shelf holds string or whatever.
I love how it turned out. The hearts are gone and it looks old and farmhouse-y! Plus, I was able to repurpose an old discarded shelf and a fence picket. A win-win as far as I'm concerned.

Also, I got this in the mail - it's from Kris over at Junk Chic Cottage. She's in the process of moving but still had time to share these cute Spring bags with us and I won one!
I know just where I'm going to put it. (Stay tuned!) Thanks, Kris!

I'm sharing at these fabulous parties:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Working On The Wedding Spot

Wow, where did last week go? I was busy doing what I love best - decorating, crafting, painting, and gardening! No wonder I didn't have time to send out any posts. Fortunately, that means I have lots to share!

We (me, Bruce, Megan and Dylan) went up to the farm the first weekend in March so we could work on the wedding spot. Although Saturday was rainy, we were able to get the food planned out for the reception and ended the day with delicious smoked ribs Bruce made. Finally on Sunday, we were able to get out and start cleaning up.
Walking over to the "spot"
Standing on the "spot"
 Clean up began with trimming up the bushes under the trees:

Picking up limbs:

Raking leaves:

 More trimming:

More raking:

Tree trimming:

Plus we put out grass seed to grow. It's really starting to shape up! The dogs were happy getting to run around for a couple of hours as well.

 Overall, it was a very productive weekend!

This dogwood is down the hill:

I had Megan and Dylan pose by it so I could have a picture for my gallery wall:
 Aren't they cute?

In the city, the gallery wall is coming together and I'll be sharing that soon. Plus, the laundry room is also nearing completion. Be sure to come back Friday to check out a little project I did!