Monday, March 26, 2012

Just a sampling......

of what we saw at the Boston Flower and Garden show. I always come home wishing for Spring to come faster and this year it did, all last week was in the high 70's to 80's, about 30 to 40 degrees warmer than usual this time of year.  The garden show always inspires... so enjoy.

                      Reminds me of a bird house my son made for my birthday a couple of years ago.

What a great treefort :)

Love the faces.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday Display chain, a little late....

This weeks theme is the ~Lion and the Lamb~

Here is my Lamb. My friend lent me her mold and I made this pantry cake.  It smells great and nothing says welcome Spring like a lamb.

Here is Kema, our sleeping lion. At 14 lbs he sleeps a lot!

Here is my Bitty. My sweet favorite. he sleeps with me at night and stay with me all day when I am in the garden. He was the runt of the litter and sickly, the mother cat pushed him away and my Mom bottle feed him and took care of him, until she passed away when Bitty was 5 weeks old. We brought him home and continued to bottle feed him until he could eat himself. He is just so sweet natured and just loves everyone!

Here is this of so male tiger cat who is a stray....he comes two or three times a day to eat and is looking much better then when he first came. We call him Buddy. He stays longer and longer, the other two cats are not so happy about it, but Buddy does not fight with them he just leaves. Just don't let another cat wander into the yard, Buddy is off in a shot to chase them out! He is a keeper!
So there are my lions. Love them all.

To end this display chain here is a picture I found on Pinterest. I saved it because I just loved it so.

Thanks to Misi for doing the Tuesday Display chain again. I missed it! Hop on over and check everyone else out.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The First Day of Spring!

~feels like the first day of summer~
In my 39 years of married life, I have never had to put screens back on the windows as early as March! It is almost 80 here today and was as warm yesterday too. After a winter of no snow to speak of and now this! Wow! I have bulbs flowering that usually are not in bloom for another 3 weeks. I hope it stays this way, but oh boy, Mother Nature could still hit us with snow and frosty temps~

But for now it is simply beautiful out. I did some yard cleanup today and this is what greets me when I come in. We went to the Boston Flower Show the other day and I got some wonderful flowers, some for here,

and some for here!
~Happy Spring~

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Catching up

Well, as you know from my last post I have had a few projects in the works, my excuse for not posing, that and lack of ideas. I should finish my chair tonight and will be showing you that soon. My hall way has a couple more days of work and then I will show you that too. Well, here is a quick peek at the hall.

Then I did pick up a jar of the Reclaim paint by Caromel black of course. Check it out HERE. I had a nasty little table in Jake's room that looked like this. It was not that bad when I put it in there and I don't want to know why it looks like this now.

                                                            And now it looks like this!

The paint went on like a dream. I can't believe how much better the table looks, no sanding, no priming.
Then the weather was so perfect, so unheard of in March. It was 70 degrees here the other day. I went out to clean up some leaves and  cut back some perennials. Just enjoying the sunshine and warm air. It is funny how the weather affects us. We moved the clocks ahead so there is light longer, but I was up early, put on some music. Pulled out the Kitchen Aid and whipped up a batch of Chocolate chip cookies. Dusted, cleaned, opened windows,  scrubbed the bathroom, cleaned the shower curtian, just plain enjoyed the beautiful gift of the day. Then I sat down at the end of the day for my snack. Enjoyed that feeling I get when bathrooms are clean, fresh air is flowing in and yes, I painted a bit in the foyer.

Friday, March 2, 2012

What I have been up too?

I know my posts have been few and far between, but I have been doing a few things that take a while. Then there is the whole Pinterest thing, I mean, can you say addiction. I can't stay away and have tons of new ideas too. I have almost 800 pins. That means lots of time spent looking.

My projects are that I am reupholstering a chair. I have class once a week. Now this is a lot more work than I thought. I almost gave up when we were taking it fingers ached and were all dug up. My friend was taking the class last fall and encouraged me to join her. One woman who started with her just gave up! Gave up on a beautiful chair. Kind of sad. Anyway I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel I started a bit late, but feel I have caught up pretty well. I will be done in the next couple of weeks. So here are a couple of before will have to wait to see the finished chair at home later.

I think the chair is going in my guest room, but I wanted it ti be neutral so I can put it where ever. The funny thing is my sweet hubby gave me this chair on our first anniversary. In 1974 that gold fabric was stylin'.
It has been in the attic of our garage for years and I have been going to toss it many times, but my sentimental value was too great. I just moved it aside. So now it has a new set of clothes. I will show you the finished chair in a few weeks.

Now my next project has been to finish my front foyer. We took the wallpaper off the upstairs hall last February and I was so worn out...I sanded kiltzed and painted six doors. Tore off wallpaper, cleaned, scraped, spackled, primed and painted the walls. Then I put my stencil up. Then I gave up.....the stairwell and foyer could wait. Now my son is helping me and we have all the paper off, and foyer scrubbed and spackled. The stairwell still needs to be done. My sore old hands need a rest. So you need to wait to see the finished project there too.

Here are a couple of befores.

   Here is a during shot. Now I am going to work on the stairwell which has the paper off, but needs to be cleaned. My son is away for the weekend, so it is just me. Don't expect much progress. I wanted to wallpaper again, but the paper I wanted is discontinued. Quite frankly after all this work to make the walls right again I think I would be insane to wallpaper again. I think I will just paint it a nice soft color :)