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The joys and pains of the end of 2011

I’m back! Since I’ve been away for many months, I am essentially re-launching my blog. It will take a long post to recap the events of the past few months, but it would seem strange not to share them. For those who are interested, the following is a summation of the events in my life since September. Continue reading

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Hold on to Your Button Bags

You know those little baggies that your extra buttons come in when you buy a shirt or pants? Save them.

If you’re into gardening, or any type of craft that requires the storage of small objects, these little baggies are a great solution. Continue reading

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Pots Made from Lampshades and Tea Plates

The other day, when I was walking around the thrift store, I came up with an idea for inexpensive, decorative pots.

Every thrift store has unique little tea plates that are missing their tea cups, or just charming, ornamental plates.

These stores also have an array of glass lampshades from discarded light fixtures.

So I thought to myself, why not combine these two readily available items to make inexpensive and unique pots? Continue reading

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Picnicking with Petunias and Other Pretty Plants

When I saw this old picnic basket in the thrift store last week, it beckoned me to snatch it up and make it into a new home for some flowers.
At first, I wanted to put some daisies in it (I am inexplicably drawn to daisies—all the time), but I decided to go against my natural inclination. I put a combination of plants with different leaves, colors, and heights into the basket. Continue reading

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Gardening is My New Favorite Activity

I have a new favorite activity, one that I never thought I’d enjoy so thoroughly: gardening.

I’m not letting it replace the other things I like to do, but I will definitely make an allotted time for it each day.

I may be new to it, and it will probably take a bit of time before I’m any good at it. However, from the small amount that I’ve done, I thoroughly enjoy getting dirty and nurturing plants. I don’t even mind most of the bugs, and believe it or not, I like weeding. Continue reading

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A New Window, Some Paint and More

The house is almost to the point where we can live in it comfortably…Here’s a look at the process of removing wallpaper, which I learned from my in-laws…I’ve finished the primer coat on the bedroom walls, ceiling, closets, and bathroom and sink area…This week, Alex put a new window where the kitchen will be moving. Continue reading

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Bright Blue Hydrangeas

I have seen several beautiful hydrangea bushes in our neighborhood.
I would like to put hydrangea bushes at the corners of the front of the house (obviously, further away from the house than where the old bushes once resided).
So, what do you think? Yay, or nay on the hydrangeas? Continue reading

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Progress on the house- Day 1 (Sat, June 11)

For our first work day, we (hubby and I, my mother-in-law, and later, my father-in-law) split up and tackled different tasks on the to-do list. Continue reading

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The New Garden Encyclopedia, Circa 1936

During my thrifting adventures in Idaho, I discovered many beautiful things. One of my most prized discoveries is the book pictured below. It is a gardening book from the 1930s, called The New Garden Encyclopedia. Continue reading

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