Sunday, April 27, 2014

McKinney Again

I snuck off by myself on Friday,
and spent the whole blissful day
in McKinney Texas.

Those black chalkboard walls in the
photo above are in one of my favorite
stores...Patina Green

Don't laugh at my picture... I had to
stand sideways to get that picture of
their sign for you.

They have a lovely eating area in
front of their store/café, and people
were sitting in front of the sign.

Due to my "expert" photography skills,
I was able to get a picture of the front of
the store and a reflection of the seating
area too...not bad, right?

They grow a few herbs and veggies in the
flower box too. Kind of kicky. You might
even say downright bohemian for Texas.

I actually had a mission that day.
I was looking for advice...
It involves this old pub table.

I hope to have it finished soon and will be
back to tell you about it.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to talk Wild Bill into
building me a planting box like Patina Green's.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Local Home And Garden Show

We're a "fixin" to have some work done on both
our front and back yards, so we went out to
take a look at some of the vendors at the
local home and garden show...

We have a low spot in the front
yard, so we are very interested in
putting in a dry creek with these
type of stones.

And we have some utilities in the
yard that would be fun to hide
with one of these fake rocks...

The lavender and red geraniums had me
at hello... 

This lady got there first, but there was
plenty more to go around.

 There are plenty of rocks here in Texas,
but these franchisees are part of
a Kansas business.

Some of the furniture stores were there
showing their wares...

Kaleidoscope Farm was selling
worm casings. Loved them.

They had bags of casings open so
we could run our hands through
them. hmmm...worm casings!

So good for your garden. So gross though!

We met quite a few new (to us) businesses,
and we've already had a few come out
and provide services, so it has
worked out well for us.

If you have a local home and garden
show in your area, it's worth attending.

Thanks for stopping by and
Happy Easter today!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lining Up The Victims

We are getting ready to have some
outside projects done to our yard, so
this month we are saving up our $$
money by staying home.

Staying home really helps to get things
done around the house too!

I'm almost done with my current project,
so I've been lining up what Wild Bill
refers to as "my next victims".

Here's an oak cabinet we bought when
we were first married almost 20 years ago.
That makes it (and our marriage) almost vintage.

I think she needs some paint...
or maybe a darker stain...
but maybe not?

I'm open to any ideas you might have.

This old copper lantern is pretty dented
and tarnished on the bottom.

I'm thinking of adding some touches
of black to it, like I did to the old
red lantern a few posts back...

I use to find lots of these old lanterns
at garage sales, priced really cheap.

Most are missing the glass chimneys,
which are real easy to replace if you
feel the need to.
I like them without the glass myself...
much easier to decorate.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chickens And Birds

Here's the black lantern and little
birds under a cloche.

It kind of looks like they're
afraid of the chickens...

or, that the chickens are stumped
by the little birds.

Either way, I find them
entertaining, but I miss the
flowers that usually perk up
that area.

They won't be here long, but 
then again, nothing ever stays the
same for long around here.

I'll bet you know what I'm talking
about, right?

Does your husband always turn the
lights on before he takes a step into
the living room? Yep, thought so!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hooks Galore

Have you been to Laurie Anna's
Vintage Home blog?

She has a shop in Canton Texas,
which is only open 4 days each
month, on the first weekend of
the month, for Trade Days.

We were down there last Friday,
and I bought some more hooks.

I already have too many, but

I couldn't pass them up...
they're just so cute!

Just a metal tube with two rounds
on each end with numbers!

You know it was the numbers
that got me, right?

The bottom round has three holes
to screw them into a board or wall.

I thought they might look good on
this vintage board I already had.

I took off the old hooks when
I painted the board a while back.

The old hooks were too rusty to
hang anything on.

--Real rust--

Not fake rust like these...

Anyway, the board got painted a
while back, but it's still waiting to
get some dark wax and distressing
while I've been looking for new
hooks for it.

I bought some other numbered
hooks last Friday too.
Laurie Anna's only had them
with two big numbers --

Four Hundred Fifty-Six
A Hundred Twenty-Three

Odd right?
I bought two of each number for
another project I had in mind.

That night I was thinking about
the fact they only had those two
strange numbers, when it hit me.


1 - 2 - 3

4 - 5 - 6

Yes. I was that dumb!

They don't allow picture-taking in
the store, but you can see her
shop, and Laurie Anna's lovely
farmhouse too, on their blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm just a loyal shopper and these are
my opinions only. I received no
compensation for this post.