Upcycled Items for the Garden

If you have been following for long you know I love repurposing items. And using them to display my flowers is so fun! Here I have an old bike that I put a basket on to hold some flowers. And also an old log that my son in law had hollowed out for me. It is just perfect for some impatiens.

I used an old coal bucket here that my son had gotten me. Remember to always put drain holes in the bottom of you containers.

I love using old galvanized buckets, they are my favorite.

And this year I used an old horse trough we had that was rusting and already had holes in the bottom.

I took my white truck and an old urn I had and used them as planters this year too. It is always fun for me to think outside of the box. And these are just some examples of that.

Use your imagination as my mom used to tell me, I guess that stuck because I am. Hope this helps you reimagine some items into flower containers.

God Bless!

Thrift Store Transformation

This week my friends, Terrie and Tammy are doing some thrift store transformations on our Facebook pages and blog.

I love thrifting it honestly is my favorite thing to do. For my birthday every year that’s what we do. I go to all my favorite ones. Do you love to go thrifting too?

I was looking for an old ice cream bucket. I keep seeing all these beautiful ones on Instagram used for flower arrangements. I could not find one but I did find this slated wood planter. I love the texture from the rope and thought painted I would really like it. So lets get this transformation started!

I put two coats of plaster chalk paint on it. I left some spots showing through. I wanted a more distressed look to it. No perfection here!

Then I decided to add our little farm name to it. So I cut out a stencil from my Cricuit maker then I stenciled that on. And after that I sanded the letters to make them look worn.

After giving everything a good sanding and wiping it all down. I was done. I filled it with some dried hydrangeas for now. But I am already thinking how it will look with sunflowers for Fall and greenery for Winter.

I hope this helps you look at thrift store items in a different light. If it has good bones you can do anything with it.

God Bless!

A Mid Summer Garden Update From Curly Willow Acres

I can’t believe we are half way through the Summer. I have not given you any updates on the garden here at Curly Willow Acres. First we had heat and drought and now we can’t seem to get rid of the rain and humidity. It sure has been a weird Summer. While fighting the Japanese Beatles UGH!

My companions every morning are the two cats and my mini horse.

I caught him in mid meow! See that sunflower back there it is growing form the compost pile.

You can see last years garden here. This year has been a struggle as I said but our sweet corn is doing good.

It is starting to tassel and get little cobs. Our Zucchini is doing good also.

The mini peppers are starting to blossom. They are a late variety but when they get going they really produce.

little buds

The melons and cucumbers are just spreading out and getting blossoms. We planted them later because of cucumber beetles last year. I read somewhere to wait an extra couple of weeks the following year to prevent them from coming back. It seemed to work we got a few but we were able to combat them.

The Dill is doing very well. I planted it as a companion plant to help with bugs.

We have been digging our potatoes for a couple of weeks now and enjoying them. I have a great recipe using them here.

Second crop of onions and beans. Our first crop of beans received too much rain from the recent storms. They did not like that at all. They look like they might still produce some beans but not very many.

Our pumpkin patch is doing great so far, fingers crossed and prayers!

We planted Cinderella, Flat White, Jordale, big and small and some pretty grey pumpkins this year. Also some Cotton Candy Indian Corn its supposed to be in pastel colors. I’m excited to see it all. I will begin self pollinating the pumpkins to ensure success. I have done that the last two years and it seems to work.

That’s what we have been up to here at Curly Willow Acres. We keep saying next year we will do a smaller garden. It hasn’t happened yet.

I will keep you posted!

God Bless!

Christmas in July

Last week on Instagram I shared a picture from last year of my Christmas tree. You can see that here

Christmas Dining Room

I know it is way too early to think about Christmas yet, but I can’t help it. As an influencer it forces you to think ahead to the next season. So I start planning. I am not a good wrapper of gifts but I love to decorate the wrapped gifts.

So today I am going to show you some ways I do that. It is all simple and inexpensive. This year I have a Cricuit so I am going to have fun cutting shapes on that. But you could easily use a cookie cutter or a pattern from something.

This one was fun! I cut out a tree shape, one smaller and one larger. Then I added pom poms to the branches. I use all kinds of different accessories to decorate packages.

Here I used a larger version that I had cut out of a gift bag. And I love using tulle for the bows. It is easy, inexpensive and fun to use.

I used gold tulle and a tassel I had left over from another project for this one.

you can use stamps to stamp the persons name on the gift instead of using tags. I like using craft paper form the dollar store to wrap my gifts in. Its fun to decorate and inexpensive.

I hope this post helped you think outside of the box for decorating your packages.

Now check out my friends Christmas Ideas

https://patinaandpaint.com/diy-pour-paint-ornaments

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/diy-dollar-tree-yarn-christmas-trees/

https://www.athomewithjemma.com/2021/07/christmas-cake-centerpiece.html

God Bless!

Wildflowers

Free is always good right? These flowers were exactly that, right from the field on our property.

Do you ever use wildflowers, or weeds as some would call them, in your decorating?

I love to use them. They don’t form a perfect bouquet but I love that about them. I think wildflowers are a lot like me. Sometimes struggling to get through, then certainly not looking perfect but trying to show their beauty.

I am not talking outside beauty I mean blooming to show their inner beauty. When their buds open up and show I think it is so pretty.

Blue Chicory and Sweet Peas

Just driving down the road you can find some wildflowers to pick. Here in Michigan I love the blue Chicory and Queen Annes Lace. I just take a walk down our road and cut some. It’s therapeutic and just brings simple beauty into our home.

Asparagus Ferns

God Bless!

DIY Garden Art

Today my friends and I are sharing some garden art on Facebook and each of us did our own diy. I decided to make some cut colorful art for mine. This is a stretch for me. As I am always more of a neutral girl. But in the garden I like to go a little crazy with color (at least crazy for me lol).

I took a trip to the dollar store to find something to inspire me. I knew what I was going to use for the stems already. I have some Birch logs in the barn and decided to use them. Now to find something to use for the mushroom tops.

Dollar store bowls

I found four bowls for a dollar at the dollar store. I kept the inside the color they were and spray painted the outsides of them with the same cement spray paint I used here.

Now I wanted to add some spots to give them a cuteness factor. I just used craft paint to do this (two coats) and then sprayed them with a sealer. To protect them from the weather.

I knew the birch logs would be so cute for the stems on these. Head here to see the full instructions on how to attach them hint: glue does not work.

God Bless!

Best BBQ Sauce

Today I am sharing with you my homemade BBQ sauce. I have been working on this for quite a while. Adding and taking away ingredients. I think I finally have it down. At least my family gives it the thumbs up!

Because of my hubby’s transplant he has to watch his salt intake. Condiments can contain so much of it, I had to come up with my own version. He wanted something slightly sweet and tangy. Start with some olive oil in a pan heat it up and add a half of an onion diced fine. cook for five minutes and then add two cloves of garlic, minced.

Let this cook for ten minutes and then add in your other ingredients. It is that simple. Now just let it cook on low heat for a half an hour to an hour. The longer it simmers the darker and thicker it gets. It is up to you how you like it. I have done both and it tastes wonderful either way.

I use it on chicken or pork and the kids eat it as dipping sauce too. I won’t even tell you some of them like it in their mac and cheese.

Recipe:

1/2 large onion

2 cloves garlic

1/8 to 1/4 c brown sugar

1 c Ketchup

2 T Soy Sauce

1 t Worchester Sauce

Olive oil

1 T Butter

Add in the brown sugar slowly until it reaches the sweetness that pleases you.. This recipe can be doubled also.

Enjoy and God Bless!

What Paint Can Do!

I am always so amazed what a fresh coat of paint can do! My sister had told me about doing this so I have to give her credit, that’s what sisters are for right?

I had these cement looking garden statuaries and an old metal birdbath top. They both were going to go to the trash until my sister intervened. They were both very sad and dingy looking. The color had been washed out from the sun and rain. The metal one had been getting a lot of rust on it.

When my sister told me about this product, I had already used it on some metal chickens I had. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it for these items. But that is the way it goes, its fun to bounce things off each other I think it helps inspire us more. Here is the product I used.

I couldn’t believe how good they turned out! They look like brand new items.

So moral of the story is listen to your sister, and always try a new coat of paint before throwing anything away.

God Bless!

Dollar Store Potted Lavender

Today me and my friends Terrie, and Tammy are going to be showing you a dollar store craft we have done. I love just browsing the dollar store and trying to figure out what I could use to make a new craft. They have some really nice stuff. My craft is a copy cat from something I had bought on a recent girls trip with my daughters. I couldn’t afford two of them and bought one to copy. The Dollar store has some great flowers and these lavender ones were quite beautiful.

I just needed to find something to put it in that I could make look like the planter this one came in. So the search was on! I found a small pail that I decided to use. First I put a coat of spackling form the dollar store on it. The one I had purchased had a nice texture to it.

I let that dry about 4 hours. Then I painted it similar to the color of the purchased one. I ended up mixing two different colors together to get close to matching.

Now I just had to add in some floral foam and stick in my picks. I cut some shorter and some longer. I wanted to hide the green floral foam and so I added some spanish moss on top. It is a little larger that the one I purchased but I really like it. In fact I am going to make another one now. I got to thinking wouldn’t these be cute in a basket instead of the pail?

Let me know if you try this!

God Bless!

The Cutest Garden/Flower Signs

I have gotten so many messages about where I get my cute flower signs I have used in my decor outside. Today I am showing my favorite ones I have found on Amazon. The ones I have I know they are nice quality and will look so good styled on your porch or by your flowers.

I am going to share some more in a couple of weeks because there are so many on Amazon that I know you will love. Here are some photos of a couple that I already have.

Disclosure: I have attached some affiliate links and may make a small amount if you order from that link. I appreciate it so much and it helps me keep running this blog.

God Bless!