Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I am in LOVE with our latest project...is that possible??


If you follow me on facebook you know that my hubby's factory closed in November of last year with no
warning. He found another job in the middle of January of this year. We JUST got health insurance after
his probation period of 90 days, had it for a week or two and then he got laid off again. He didn't find
another job until about three weeks ago so...I say all that to say this. We TRIED to keep busy to keep
 ourselves sane, but on the other hand we had no extra money to spend so we set out to do a project
with things we already had here.

We just finished up this piece yesterday that we started when he was laid off. I guess you could call it
 a potting bench, but I doubt I will do much if any potting on it as I have a garden shed also.

 I LOVE how it turned out, don't you?


It all started with this piece that we picked up at a garage sale for $2.00! You can't even buy one board
for that price so it was well worth it. I wish I had a before picture as it was a blue gray color with a LOT
of grease on the top and inside. It was previously used for a work bench and was a MESS to say the
least, but I saw potential. Didn't have a clue what I would do with it, but I am so glad we put it in
our jeep that day!


Fast forward a few weeks.   I was browsing PINTEREST and was inspired to make some type of  bench
 with it. If you google "potting benches" you will find one that is similar in nature as far as the top of it,
but more of a creamy color with a tin valance. That was my inspiration.


{My genuine antique English watering can...there is a repro of it sitting on one of the bench
shelves also...but I digress...} 


After we finished it yesterday I initially thought I would put it on the front porch, but there
wasn't enough room where I wanted it. WHO KNEW?? ha!


So we ended up putting it on the back deck for now and I moved plants etc. here,
there and everywhere trying to find the best look.


{I am loving how my tiered herb garden turned out this year!}



This is a side view of the piece. One day I got inspired for hubby to add a window and then another
day I said, "Hey , let's put some shelves on the side of the window". We did that and it sat a couple
more weeks or so. Yesterday, I figured I better get this done or it would be winter before long!!
So we cut and old post in half for the front and added some shelves on the side that I had laying
around along with the brackets.

{The post came from my grandmother's house when it was torn down. I acquired three of them and
love using them for something to remember her by}

When I look at the finished photo, I think I would like one of the shelves that are on the sides a
 bit lower than the other side so it doesn't look so "matchy, matchy", but we can do that
 anytime.



We added old table legs on each side of the window to add more character and they
were the perfect length! We couldn't have planned that if we tried.

I had the "valance" laying in my potting shed for a few years and had no clue what I would
ever do with it, but now I know why I kept it.

A bit of paint and distressing and WA LA...it was done and ready to be decorated!





I didn't want to spend one dime especially since hubs was laid off,  so we just used stuff we already had
except the $2 we spent on the initial bench. I am thrilled with how it turned out and now we can move
on to the next project...whatever that is. I am sure I will come up with something! *SMILE*


This was the photo that I put on facebook this week.
What have you made lately? I would love to know!!
Blessings~

Monday, July 21, 2014

National Ice Cream Day!


In honor of

National Ice Cream Day 

{which was yesterday}

I give you:

PEANUT BUTTER CUP ICE CREAM.


YUMMY!

A local brand called Homestead.

We are hooked!

If you missed all the hoopla yesterday,  you have my permission to go out
and celebrate today. *SMILE*

{ I added the little chocolate and peanut butter candies}

Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Francis of Assisi among the Hydrangeas


I love this time of year when my gorgeous pink hydrangeas
put on a beautiful show!  These are the easiest bushes I have ever grown.


I purchased them at the end of August in 2011 and they have performed for me amazingly
ever single year since then. They have very tiny and delicate florets that make up each flower
so they are definitely different than most hydrangeas.
They are certainly a show stopper!

I paid $5 each for huge bushes at the end of the season and I wish I had purchased
every single one of them. I went on a hunt for more this year and haven't found
any yet.


Don't you just love them in my metal Basil basket? 



I also added a few in this cement piece and it added the perfect punch of color.



St. Francis of Assisi hanging out in the middle of the beauty. I also have another St. Francis statue
that is cement and I love them both.


My daughter gave me this statue as a birthday gift or Mothers Day several years ago.
I don't remember which. lol



I looked up St. Francis of Assisi and here is what I learned. He was the patron Saint of animals.
I am sure you knew that as did I, but I also found out more information some of which
 I didn't know.

"He was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the church by taking the gospel
literally-not in a narrow fundamentalist sense , but in actually following all that Jesus
said and did, joyfully, without limit and without a mite of self-importance"...

"From the cross in the neglected field-chapel of San Damiano , Christ told him,
"Francis , go out and build up my house , for it is nearly falling down".
Francis became the totally poor and humble workman."

He was never ordained into the Catholic priesthood, but he is one of the most venerated
religious figures in history.
His father was a prosperous silk merchant and Francis led the high-spirited life of  a
typical wealthy young man even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war
in 1204 Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for
worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's
Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty.

Very interesting! I didn't type it all so if you want to read the whole story you can
click here and here or just google St Francis of Assisi.

Have a beautiful Thursday!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Two of our precious granddaughters...




If you are facebook friends with me, you know by now that these  two  little sweeties of ours along with
 their mommy and daddy moved to North Dakota a few weeks ago. That is a LONGGGG way from
Michigan!  We miss them sooooooo much! They are the only ones of our grandchildren that lived
real close so now they are all spread out. {not sure how long they will be gone}

Grandpa and I took them on a walk to the park a few weeks ago and I snapped a few photos that
I wanted to share with you.


Don't you just love the way they dress? They love to wear pretty, sparkly dresses!
I didn't ask Annika to pose for me, but she sure did a good job.


Sweet little Ainsley.
We walked uptown to the BBQ place for lunch and they were closed.
The girls were disappointed...This sweet little face says it all!
She wanted BEANS! HA!


Beautiful little sisters.


HELP Grandpa!! HAHA!!

I was right in front of her getting ready to grab her.


I just LOVE the expression on Ainsley's face. She sure is tickled about something.


They loved sliding down this bar...with a little help of course.
I think Grandpa enjoyed it as much as they did.


They love to swing...and swing...and swing. It was hard to move on to something else
for little Ms. Ainsley, but we did. Notice her eyes are closed? lol


"Grandpa, this is the way it is..."


Even snuck a photo of yours truly in here.


The girls brought their kitty's up to stay at our house while they are gone and they are doing
pretty well finally! We didn't see them for days initially, but they are adjusting nicely.
This is Maive. I haven't gotten a photo of Merida yet , but they look a lot alike as they are
sisters.



Hand in hand with Grandpa.


I just wanted to share these photos today as I am sure missing these little gals.
Love them so much!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A visit to CRUST...a baking company



Our daughter has been telling us about an amazing baking company in their area called

CRUST.

It is located in Fenton, Michigan and this past weekend we got to see and experience it
for ourselves.

AMAZING and DELICIOUS!


I instantly fell in love with the ambience. The old windows add so much charm to this already
charming place.



You can stand outside and watch the baked goods being prepared. How many other places can
you do this? Love it.







They had about every pastry you can imagine. I laid claim to the very last almond croissant!
They are sooooooooo delicious and bad for my diet. ha!







This is what we ended up with.  Double raisin pecan bread that I purchased at the Farmers
Market first before we even got to the store. I hear that they sell out fast at the market so you
 better get there early.


We also brought home some cookies, grissini and a cherry scone.






I will leave you drooling over this almond croissant.
It has layers upon layers that just melt in your mouth.

{wiping the keyboard up as I type this...lol}

Please click CRUST and check out this  amazing french style baking company.
The history is here . Make plans to visit soon if you are in the area!
You will be glad you did.