Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Getting Creative

What do you get when you buy a couple of table cloths from Marshall's and combine them with these items?


I was in search of curtains for my home office make over.  Yes, I know, I am over due on that big reveal but bear with me; I'm getting there.

Anyway, I was browsing the table linens aisle at Marshall's and came across this rectangular table cloth in a great print that I knew would go perfectly with my newly painted office.

So I trashed searched the entire aisle looking for three more but as luck would have it, the most I found was two.  No worries though, each table cloth was wide enough to cut in half and complete with a finished edge; so I was able to get four panels from two table cloths. 


First, I washed the table cloths, ironed them, folded them in half lengthwise, pinned the edges together and ironed again.  No, the table cloths were not perfect rectangles but they were close enough.  I cut them in half, lengthwise, along the fold.

I then finished the cut edges with a hemmed seam.  I clipped the clip rings about 3" from the top, gathering/puckering the material as I put the clip on.  I hung them on the rod and there were my new curtains.

Whoever thought of those clip rings is brilliant, let me tell you.  I was not interested in sewing a sleeve for the curtain rod to go through.  These rings did the trick.

So the next time you're shopping; take a trip down the table linen aisle.  I'm sure you'll find some material that you will fall in love with.

What have you created with table linens?  I'd love to see.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Chicks

I love spring; it's so full of promise and oh the possibilities.....  Kind of like these little gals.....

Are they not the most precious things you've seen lately???
Seriously, how can you not LOVE this face?

and this one.

These babes are Americauna chicks and will lay the blue/green eggs.  They're known as Easter Eggers.
I have 6 of these and 6 of another kind that lay dark brown eggs.

You may be wondering about my other chickens; well there was a little mishap with the neighbor's dogs.  I'm not going to go into details because I'm over that and I have moved on.

Thanks for staying with me; it's been a long tax season but now that it's over, I'll be blogging more on a regular basis.

How is your spring looking?


Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Girls are producing

Happy New Year everyone. 
I know, it's been an embarrassingly long time since my last post.  I don't know where the time goes. 

Today I am showing what our "girls" are producing.

We are getting between 42 and 50+ eggs a day.  It's crazy-good. 

I love to make an egg white scramble everyday and I can easily use 3-6 eggs a day for that.

Most of the eggs are varying shades of brown, some as light as taupe. 
We do have 3 girls laying green and blue eggs.  I love the pop of color. 

They're so cool.

We've had some double yolkers too. 

Did you know that eggs are graded based on how fresh they are? 
Typically, the highest (freshest) grade you can buy at the grocery store is a AA egg.  I'm happy to say these are AAA (fresh).  The yolks are so rich, it's amazing.

It's funny; no matter how many times we collect the eggs,
we're still amazed to find fresh/warm eggs in the nesting box
and the look on the kids' faces, is priceless.

Have a great week everyone. 

I have a project almost completed and I can't wait to share it with you.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Backyard Vignette

Have you seen the latest Country Living?  The cover got me thinking.....and I came up with this.

Actually, I owe props to my friend Chris.  Last year she had an adorable scene set up on her front porch. 

I may add ice skates and/or a pair of skis to the scene, after we get some snow, but for now I like it.

You might remember this sled; I blogged about it here.

I'm really excited about using it in this scene. 
Everything else I found in my travels to Sally Ann's.

I've discovered I have an affinity for the old plaid Thermos brand thermoses. 
It seems like every time I walk into Sally Ann's, one just happens to follow me home.  
The black lunch box; that was a curbside find.....

I would also like to thank my friends, Angela and Joe, for donating the birch logs to the cause.  They had no idea what I was going to do with them.  After sending Angela an email asking where I could get some, I found them neatly stacked on my sidewalk the very next morning.  Thanks guys.

This scene is set up in a corner of my backyard; it's a great focal point as you enter my backyard.

I love seeing this every day.

It just makes me smile.

Thanks for stopping by.


Boogieboard Cottage   

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I Scored a Chair

Check this chair out. 
 I found it at a garage sale up north on Friday.  
The price tag said $15, which was about $10 more than I was willing to pay. 

I returned to the garage sale on Saturday and the price tag now said $10, which was still $5 too much.  I offered her $5 and she bit. 


I know, I know, she needs some work, but for $5 I can mess this one up. 

This lady has legs.

I know, I have some springs to tie back up.  My girlfriend Patti, who was with  me on my second  trip to the garage sale, has a book on how to do this.

But don't look for the after pictures any time soon. 

I'm leaving it up north for now.  I don't want to give my husband heart failure.  wink wink.  Honestly, there isn't room in my car. 

 For now, I leave you with this last picture.

I love it.

Score anything lately?  I'd love to hear about it.