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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1 T Butter
Add in the brown sugar slowly until it reaches the sweetness that pleases you.. This recipe can be doubled also.
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.
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?
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.
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I promised this week was going to be about the porch. Today I am showing you a project I am doing for it. While repurposing an item I wasn’t using. This was so fun I’m really wishing I had done it sooner.
I took a step ladder I had and wasn’t able to use anymore because it wasn’t safe enough. Then i found a planter pot that I thought would fit inside the top rung. I then cut a hole in the top step to fit the planter in.
Then I found this beautiful spray paint and decided to paint it. It is in the green color range so I figured it would go with all my other changes on the porch. I painted the entire thing. I waited 24 hours before adding the planter.
I found some pretty Impatians and some coral colored geraniums to go with it. Now I will use the bottom steps as shelves for some outdoor decor to go with it all.
What do you think of my repurposed item? I also used the old paint can as a planter for the Geraniums.
So excited to have this done. It was so fun doing this one room at a time series starting with the porch. I am joining Terrie and Tammy today to show our porches. This really helped motivate me to get this porch cleaned up and decorated for the Summer. I started by giving it a good clean and then I touch up some painting that had needed done.
I put my vintage birdcage out here. I showed how I decorated it on my Facebook page. Then I added another diy that I will be sharing with you tomorrow.
I used the salmon and pink Geraniums like what was on my mood board and used the vintage picket fence on the wall. I used the paint colors on the planter box. And I used the birdcage so I think I stuck to the original plan. By the way I love this lantern from Walmart. It is so pretty and has a timer so it lights up at dusk and turns off four hours later. I have had no problems with it.
I hope you like the changes I made to the porch. Now you need to come over for some cold lemonade and visit. thank you for stopping by be sure and visit Tammy patinaandpaint and Terrie with decorateandmorewithtipblog to see their porch inspiration.
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I am joining some sweet ladies this week for ten on the 10th. For my project I made a garden wreath to go on my vintage picket fence wall decor you can see here.
I started with a grapevine wreath and just some other stuff I had laying around the house. I did buy the ribbon, here is a close example you can find online.
I then started by taking some items I had around the house and just started hot gluing and zip tying the items onto the wreath. I used a nest I had found in the yard. and a rake from the dollar store that I took apart. And a cute pair of faux garden scissors. Then I felt it still needed something else so I added some white flowers.
I love how it pops on the fence section. I think its perfect for the Summer months.
Now I hope you will take the time to visit all the other ladies blog posts for some great inspiration. Come back tomorrow for the porch reveal!