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Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to make a Picnic Wine Table {out of a Paper towel holder}

Now that the seasons are changing we will start looking forward to outdoor activities and entertaining. I enjoy having people over and usually entertain in our back yard. The flowers and trees are blooming and it is always so pretty.

Entertaining doesn't have to be stressful. I just had the sweetest picnic in the wildflowers. I went to Old Time Pottery in search of potted plants. They have so much in their greenhouse. They were just starting to fill it up. I got these beautiful geraniums.  As I walked the isles looking for some outdoor goodies I came up with an idea using a paper towel holder!

I absolutely hate putting my glass on the ground. So I came up with this idea and it was so easy to make. I really love it. I will be using this Picnic Wine Table at the beach too!

I am sharing the directions at the Old Time Pottery Blog.

I hope you click over and see the way it all looked.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Country Living Fair 2016

I am excited to be returning to the Country Living Fair again this year. Last year was the first year they had it in Nashville.  Well, Lebanon, Tennessee to be exact! Why not? Nashville is hot, hot, hot.
Forbes named Nashville in the Top 16 for Best places to travel to in 2016.
Travel and Leisure named Nashville Destination of the Year!
I can go on and on.

If you are a DIY'er, art and craft enthusiast, Country Living Magazine reader or just want to have some fun with creativity surrounding you, this is the place to be. 
I am so excited to be offering you a chance to win complimentary tickets for a weekend pass.

April 22, 23, 24, 2016 10am-5pm
James E. Ward Agricultural Center 
Lebanon, TN

Country Living Fair 2016 
Also extra opportunities for even more tickets! 
(scroll to bottom)

Everyone can enter!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Pallet

My new thing is storing pallets that are put together so I can decorate with them. I used them for my paper flower and for mounting various merchandise that I get in the store. 
It has been fun getting in all the spring items that past couple of weeks. It is hard not to go home with everything I love.

I found the cutest bunny and I knew I was going to have fun decorating with him. I wanted him to be the centerpiece for the spring season

A pallet bunny was what I decided. Bunnies are one of the things I think of when I hear spring. 

Every spring growing up meant getting the bicycle out and enjoying the fresh air and beautiful blooms that surrounded our home.  I had some glorious days on my bicycle. I would ride everywhere. We didn't worry about all the things we worry about today.

This project brought back those memories.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Outside Decor and Garden Art

 The past couple of days have been beautiful and the sunshine has felt so good. That is my cue to work outside. Last month I started on my front porch adding some color. Now I want to add a little garden decor. Problem is that it is still a little early to get the flowers I want.

 I was thinking of using succulents for this project but they weren't available yet. I did, however, find some beautiful cactus. So, I decided on a cactus garden with a whimsical watering can for the garden art. I will have to bring these in when cold or at least till more flowers come in season.

To see how to make this head over to Old Time Pottery Blog!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Porch Redo

Spring cleaning doesn't just start inside the home. Concentrating on the outside of your home is important too. It is time to get the winter grime and holiday leftovers cleaned up. 
I put all the holiday things away but there are always remnants that linger. I even found some glitter lying around on the porch. It looked like a thief came in the night and stripped the porch of all its pretty.
I have to say when it is cold I really don't even want to go outside never mind clean! It was starting to look really bad around here. The doldrums was taking over and the grey of the winter days was seeping in.
So how do you freshen up for spring when winter is still around?
You add color!

Cleaning the cobwebs and sweeping the dead leaves were the priority on the porch. There was even tape leftover in the walls from Christmas decorations. I cleared all of the garbage and fixed the furniture in a better position.

I can't believe it looked this bad! I was still finding leftover decorations. I moved the porch furniture in a better position and cleaned the door window .  I added my umbrella wreath I made last year and the color was already making me happy.

Pillows and cushions change things up. The color on this porch is a cream and with the white chairs it was just getting lost. I found the prettiest black and white cushions for the bottom of the rockers. I added some bright pink pillows for some color. I can change the color anytime throughout the year by switching out the pillows. Right now I was looking for something vibrant.

I also found some lawn art to put near the bushes. It is too cold to plant colorful flowers for color so I just inserted a few of these metal pinwheels.

I love the movement of the flowers.

I added some silk hydrangeas to the planter urns till I can plant some beautiful flowers.
Just a few key moves and freshening up with color and this front porch came alive even on this grey day.

I added a few accessories to the vintage trunk. A preserved boxwood wreath on an old window gave me some more green. I found some iron work and mounted it on the top of an old door to give it an architectural detail. Moved the theater seats to the entrance and it was a good start of a complete change. I would like to add an outdoor carpet under the rockers soon.

The front door got a fresh doormat. Now it is ready for guests!

The front porch came alive and it is so inviting now. 

Just a little time spent cleaning and adding some color will make the last few days of winter more bearable. This spring I can continue to add other features to enhance the look like carpet, wall hangings and fresh flowers.
I hope this redesign inspired you!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine Ideas

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

I never really care for the typically Valentine decor probably because I like to make most of my things.

Although I have tons of holiday decor I love creating new things. 
 This year, I found something that can be used all year long. I wasn't sure how I would use it. 
I decided to use it in a tablescape.
So I started with a little color 

...and a little LOVE!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Office Organization

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The new year has arrived and I am in organizing mode. I have packed away all the holiday stuff and now I am wanting to purge and organize. It is funny how that works. The new year is always a cleansing of the old one.

Old Time Pottery has some pretty chic organizing items available. I found some pretty pink and black organizing cubes. Love the vibrant color. Hoping it will help inspire my creativity in 2016.

I started with a huge mess. I don't know how it happens. It gets crazy and things pile up.
 Can you relate?

Organizing doesn't have to be expensive. It really is more about having the time to go through everything. Sometimes that is the biggest chore and challenge.

I took everything off my shelves and I went through all the receipts and paperwork. Filed what I needed and began using square cubes to store things I really needed quickly.

I found some large boxes that matched the pattern. I also purchase a shoe organizer in the same print to store small items. I love that there was so much to choose from in the set.

I used chalkboard tape to label all the pockets and cubes. It really helps to have labels when you can't see through the fabric.

My favorite thing I found at Old Time Pottery was this Square Paris trunk. It added that little extra look to my space. Since I was just organizing and not redoing my whole office space, it made it look clean and fresh. It also makes for another great organizing tool.

I love the quick colorful redo. It always amazes me that I can always find what I need at Old Time Pottery to incorporate in my space that is cost effective and trendy. Now I need to work on the other parts of the room. I am really liking this so far. I think I will make another shopping trip!

It takes time but it is so worth it. Now I hope it can stay like this a little while!!

What are you organizing this year?