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End of Summer Garden

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It's the last day of August and the beginning of Labor Day Weekend.  Sadly, that means Summer is coming to a close.  The gardens at the Cottage have come a long way in one short year.  We started with nothing and this year, we had flowers, herbs. and vegetables.  Feel free to click HERE to see the gardens in June.  So many things were in full bloom that are not included in this post.  
This year I started hollyhocks from seed.  I didn't expect them to flower this year, but they surprised me with one of my favorite colors:
I just love the two-toned pink! The plants are at least 5 feet tall and are filled with flowers and buds. They are so large, that my Mr. Lincoln Rose Bush was crowded out.  Even so, there are several buds that are getting ready to bloom: Next Spring, Mr. Lincoln will be moved to a less-crowded spot.  The sunflowers have taken center-stage this month.  They are all at least 10-feet tall and gorgeous! I love how the sun is shining through these beauties: And we have th…

Party In Your PJ's # 273

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It's still summer, but this morning was quite cool....I'm not ready for Fall just yet. I need a bit more warm weather since it took so long to get here this year. 
It's time for 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
My apologies for not getting to your links and commenting this week.  Without going into details, we've had a tough week at the Cottage and I just was not able to do it.  However, I did manage to pick two features from links that stood out...


On to the features:

Rebuilding Our Buggy - Penny's Vintage Home
Many years ago (and a few houses ago) I had a Cutter Sleigh in my yard.  This buggy reminded me of it!
Homemade Apple Rolls - Treat & Trick
Since I love anything 'Apple', this was eas…

Party In Your PJ's #272

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It's still summer around here and I'm savoring every last moment.  How about you?
It's time for 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 The Hedgehog Bench:
The fabric was the true inspiration for this little bench.  Now it needs to find a child to love it!

On to the features:
Unique DIY Picture Frame Stand - Pillar Box Blue Flowers remind me it IS still Summer!
It is still Summer, but it's Back To School already or soon - depending on where you live.  Check out this Back To School craft: No. 2 Pencil Mason Jar Pencil Holder - Drugstore Divas
Congratulation, Ladies!  Be sure to grab the button below.
Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each  choose our own features.

I can't wait to see what …

The 'Hedgehog' Bench

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A friend showed me this little bench she bought at a yard sale for $2.  She said she had no idea what to do with it.  I suggested that it looked like a bench for a child, or maybe a place for plants.  As I was thinking out loud, she handed it to me and said, "Do something with it."  
After some more thought, I decided it would be adorable as a little seat for a child, so I got to work.
It started out as a pine bench stained with dark walnut.  It's about 26" wide and the seat is about 9" off the floor. I gave it a 'scuff' with sandpaper and two coats of primer.  Sorry I forgot to take a 'before' shot....Honestly, I am working on that, although not always successfully!   I had some porch paint laying around,  so it got two coats.  
At this point, it was nothing special, but it had nice lines, especially the curves on the back - I'll get to that in a bit.  Meanwhile, I knew it needed a cushion and I found the cutest hedgehog fabric in the sale bin…

Party In Your PJ's #271

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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 $3 Frame Makeover:



There were so many wonderful links, let's take a look at the features:

How to Make Faux Caramel Apples - Fresh Vintage by Lisa S They look good enough to eat!
Cath Kidston Notepaper Bangle - Sum of Their Stories Don't you just love the bright colors?
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, …

The $3 Frame Gets a Makeover

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It's Ten on the 10th again and I'd like to thank Carol from Blue Sky at Home for hosting.  This month we are talking about yard sales and this frame was a great find.  I paid $3 and knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  The goal was to spend little to no money, and  I can honestly tell you, I  succeeded!
The details were lovely and the actual frame was large and light.  At 3 feet tall, I expected it to be heavy, but it was light as a feather.
It also contained a lovely painting, not my style, but it was well-done.
The first thing I did was remove the painting.  It was a thin piece of luan held in place by a few finishing nails.  It wasn't the best piece of wood, but I had plans for it.  So I set it aside and grabbed my jar of Peacock chalk paint.
After two coats, it was already looking better! Here's a close-up:
I did some distressing with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed the entire frame with a clear spray.
Now, what to do about that painting.....I kept it of course!  I…

Party In Your PJ's # 270

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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 Found Treasures:
The sweetest lady sold me this...it belonged to her mother. That melted my heart!
Let's take a look at the features:
Vintage Fisher Price Bumble Bee Wreath - Little Vintage Cottage Such an adorable way to display a vintage toy!

Pegboard Craft Room Storage with Vintage Yardsticks - She's Crafty Now you know what to do with those vintage yardsticks!
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, Roun…