Monday, June 29, 2020

Vintage Postcards for the 4Th of July

Hi my friends,

Happy Independence Day!

This years' celebration will be a quite one for us,

maybe more of a time of reflection on how much we are blessed .

Just wanted to share some post cards today.

This one below is painted by Ellen H. Clapsaddle.

If you like her artwork, you can check to right under labels for her name.

One of my favorites.

I hope you will be able to celebrate with those you love!

xo Lisa S

Succulents in Seashells / Some Seashell Printables

Hi Friends,

To make these tiny treasures, 

all you need is one seashell

a pinch of potting mix

and a tiny succulent start

I planted these two shells a few months ago.

I didn't what to share it with you until I was sure they would live.

Just to check, look at all those roots.

I will replant this little guy so don't worry:)

These succulents in seashells are so fun to make!

That was so quick....


Here are some pretty postcards with seashells for you!

When I was growing up, my mom would surprise my sister and I with these

Summer Time Sand Buckets from See's Candy!

Oh YEAH, they were filled with candy.

I think it was those Carmel covered Marshmallows.

I kept my pail and the metal scoop-

I bring it out every summer but now it's filled with seashells.

Does anyone else remember these buckets?

Looking forward to summer!

I hope you are still being careful :)

xo Lisa S

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Monday, June 22, 2020

A quick change for Enamelware Planter

Hello my Friends,

You know I love to stencil everything- 

but here's an option if you don't want to make your

design permanent.

Use markers-

Did you know you can write and draw on glass, crockery and enamelware

with dry erase markers ?

You can also use watercolor markers.

Draw your design or message.

If you make a mistake or want to change it-

just wipe off with a wet paper towel.

Endless hours of entertainment !

Give it a try and have fun.

xo Lisa S

Thrifty Find- Enamelware Ladle

Hi Friends!

One of my favorite thrift stores

finally opened! 

With restrictions and shorter hours of course.

I was able to do a quick run through.

I found this enamelware ladle, cheap and chippy.....

just the way I like it !

I was excited about about my 

first purchase in months.

I  knew I wanted to plant some succulents

in the bowl.

Just fill with potting soil and a few small cuttings.

Now I am on the lookout for more.

You really can't just have one.....

I feel this is the beginning of a new collection !

Have you been out thrifting yet ?

Did you find anything you 

needed to bring home ?

xo Lisa S

Monday, June 15, 2020

Plaid Shirt Memory Pillow

Hello my Friends,

I know it's another pillow.....but if you are

like me you like to change them often.

With Father's Day coming soon,

 I wanted to share a pillow made from a mans' shirt.

It is so easy.

I am so blessed to have my Dad still living.

Many of my friends have lost fathers, grandpas and even husbands.

You may find that this would be a thoughtful gift to a loved one.

Start with a favorite or sentimental shirt.

Button up the shirt.

Lay flat and cut side seams and remove sleeves.

Cut across shoulder to shoulder and remove collar.

I like to use plaid because you can easily

follow the lines.

Turn buttons to the inside.

Trim to match seams.

The size of the skirt determines the size of the pillow.

Pin seams.

Unbutton a couple of the buttons.

Stitch all the way around!

Turn right side out.

Now you can cover a pillow form.

Then button back up.

I told you it was easy!

You decide which side you like to show.

This side has a secret pocket.

Maybe make some pillows for your cabin or

decorate with a 

summer camping theme.

Happy Father's Day!
xo Lisa S

Monday, June 8, 2020

Blanket Ladder Updated for Summer

With Aged Galvanized Buckets

Hi friends,

The weather is warming up and it's time for me to put

most of the heavy blankets away for now.

A year or so ago I made a ladder to hang blankets and wreaths.

If you would like to see how I made it you can look here.

For summer I thought I would change it up.

I was inspired by Lora B. Create & Ponder at

You can see how she decorated her patio ladder!

I found these hanging buckets at the 99cent store.

They can also be purchased at the Dollar Tree.

They were a bit too shiny so I wanted to age them-

There's a few different ways to do this-

I buy this Lysol Toilet Cleaner available at the dollar stores.

Use the cleaner in a plastic bucket or utility sink.

Wear gloves and apply with a wide brush.

Work in a well ventilated area.

Test in an area of your bucket that will not show.

Some people say to wait hours or over night.....

but these cheap buckets only take 5-10 mins.

Rinse thoroughly.

Be very careful!

The cleaner is caustic it will etch and ruin 

your decorative fixtures, drain and faucet.

I hung the buckets on the ladder and filled with potted plants.

Then I filled some spaces with vintage gardening books.

Lemon Thyme

Icterina- Sage

I feel in love with the chartreuse foliage!

Coleus- Electric Lime

Calocephalus- Silver Stone

I love to collect vintage gardening books!

My sister gave me the book,

Highways and Hedges

by Herbert A. Morrah 

Illustrations Paintings by Berenger Benger ,1925

She always finds the most beautiful books.

I have to share some of the illustrations with you!

It is hard for me to get a good picture in my living room because

of the sky lights, but the plants will love it in that room.

The New Garden Book  is one I altered here-

I am so glad you could stay until the end,

I'm sorry this was such a long post-

Do you like the ladder with plants?

Tell me what you think.

xo Lisa S

Make a Bird on a Perch

  Hello Friend! I found these birds at the local Garden Center. They had texture like hand carved wood. I think they may be made of resin or...