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A Walk Around the Gardens

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It's been a year since we moved into this house and we've made lots of improvements to the landscaping.  You may remember my post last summer where I shared all the weeding and digging we did, along with the 'treasures' we found.  If you missed it, you can read it HERE. This year, we actually have some garden beds and plants are growing....let's have a look around.......
First, let me show you the new hydrangea:
The front of the house had some forlorn bushes that had to go.  We tore them out and planted this beauty.  Blue is my favorite color and this shade makes me smile everytime I look at it.  I can't wait for it to grow even bigger!
We also added a Mr. Lincoln rose bush that never disappoints.
The Lemon Balm came back this year and is taking over.  I'm good with that since it smells soooo good. I planted an herb garden that includes basil, dill, rosemary, and sage.  I harvested some dill the other day and it looks like I'll need to do it again soon. 
 I w…

Party In Your PJ's #264

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJs where your posts will be seen on two blogs each week.  I hope you find something that inspires you and you share something to inspire others! 



Let's meet the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter
Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram
This week I shared My Latest Finds:
Have you been to any good yard sales lately?
Here are my features:
Easy Gluten-Free Mexican Pasta Salad - Strength & Sunshine I love a good pasta salad recipe and I can't wait to make this one!

Stenciled Galvanized Flower Bucket - Fresh Vintage by Lisa S Such a beautiful stencil project!

Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each  choose our own features.

I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started!

Rules: Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. No Etsy or business pages. Link Parties, Roundups, and Giveaways are welcome. Don't link and run! Please v…

My Latest Finds

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Yard Sale & Estate Sale Season are in full swing around here and I've been frequenting a few of them.  OK, I'll be honest....a LOT of them.  Sometimes they are an absolute 'win' and sometimes they are a total 'bust'.  I also fell in love with the house at a recent Estate Sale that could totally be our next home, but that's another story.......In spite of that, I've found a few treasures that I wanted to share with all of you. Here's a peek at my finds from a recent Saturday:
Let's start with that painting in the back.  The actual painting didn't do much for me, but the frame did.  It's 3 feet tall and surprisingly light.  I can only imagine what kind of wood it is (maybe balsa?). It also has some pretty details: I asked the man how much he wanted for it and the response was $10.  More than I wanted to spend.  When his wife came out, he checked with her and she said $5.  Now we were getting somewhere.  I walked around the sale for a bit…

Party In Your PJ's # 263

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJs where your posts will be seen on two blogs each week.  I hope you find something that inspires you and you share something to inspire others! 



Let's meet the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter
Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram
This week I shared Pineapple Wall Art

Here are my features:
Ornament for the Garden - El Refugio de Lirtea Such a wonderful recycle project! Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas - Chasing My Life I can't wait to try this recipe!
Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each  choose our own features.

I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started!

Rules: Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. No Etsy or business pages. Link Parties, Roundups, and Giveaways are welcome. Don't link and run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, and leave a comment - because we all love comment…

Pineapple Wall Art

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Welcome back to the Cottage, everyone.  Today's project has been 'in the works' for months and I just got it done.  There's no particular reason it took so long, it just kept getting brushed aside for other things until I decided it was time to finish it, since it is a gift for my daughter!

Her guest bedroom has a Pineapple/Flamingo theme and she saw a pineapple on Pinterest that inspired her.  The pin was sent to me and I started planning. The first step was to draw it out.
The horizontal lines were guidelines for the strips of wood that would go across the entire pineapple. I wanted to be able to cut complete strips, not tiny pieces when it came to the crown.  The template was traced on a piece of luan.
Using my jigsaw, the pineapple was cut and the edges were sanded.
Then the fun began.  I bought a few 5-foot lengths of lattice wood and started 'rough-cutting' them to fit. Each piece was measured a little longer than the width of the pineapple... ...and cut: Here&…