painting, planting, playing

We had a very busy and fun weekend!
Friday afternoon I got my May issue of Country Living, and between that and the special spring issue of Country Home that I picked up, I was feeling quite inspired!

There are a couple spots around downstairs that I've been wanting to freshen up, so I took some time away from projects just to play.

Some swapping:
We started the first apothecary jar holding all of our corks from parties and special get togethers.  I wasn't loving where the other jars were, so I decided to add some more up here and fill those up too!
Wonder how long that will take....


I am working on a redo of this cute desk.  I'm actually hoping to make it more like a vanity.  The shelf is something I've had on the back burner for a long time.  It's for our master bath, and I can't wait to get it up!!
I brought it in to work on last night while Amazing Race was on.

Adding color:
The vintage books have been in here for a bit, but it needed something else, so I added in the silver bowls and pink roses.  It feels like the touch it was lacking.

Adding life:

I'd like to do a little more with the mantel, but it's fine for now.  Some new ideas are sprouting, but in the meantime, I am loving the cypress that we added in the galvanized buckets flanking the fireplace.

This urn seems to be the kiss of death for every plant I put in it.  I'm hoping these cute flowering succulents won't succumb to an untimely death.

My dad is really talented with wood working, so last week I took a project to him that I knew was beyond me.  I picked up a gorgeous antique bed a few months ago (!) and it needed some repairs.  
We he got it fixed!



and now it's finish up and paint time!  I think this will be just gorgeous when it's completed.  Hoping by the end of the week!  Here's the headboard so far:

Probably my favorite project of the weekend was a wall treatment above our piano and trophies.

I added some vintage ledger paper and an old frame.  I think it's the backdrop it needed!
It was so fascinating to read these as they were going up.  It looked like it was from a butcher shop.  Back then, you could get pig's feet for 3 cents each.
I added in a little color from our camellia bush that is now in full bloom-

We also did some playing in the back yard with flowers:

We have a lot of work to do now that winter is on it's way out, including staking the droopy camellia! (hence the stake...)
The gate is something I picked up from an estate sale last summer for $5.  It's from an old ghost town in Eastern Oregon.
I've also been itching to dress up our tiny retaining wall along the side of our house...

The purple rock cress will eventually grow and spill over the sides.  Our bleeding heart is also so beautiful right now!  I always think the pink heart shape flowers look more like little lockets.

So there you have it- the weekend in a very large nutshell!  ;)

Softball games were included in the weekend mix, but I didn't get any great shots.
How about you?
did you get to enjoy some sunshine and fun projects?

P.S. I just got a call that the Napoleon dresser sold!
(guess I better get crackin on that vanity....)


  1. My goodness! You have been very busy! I loved seeing what you have been up to. I loved seeing your garden photos as well as your home.
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments regarding my home tour :)
    I can't wait to see yours next!


  2. looks like your hard work has paid off. you are talented!

  3. Everything looks great. LOVE your panio!

  4. I have the exact same hutch top hangning in my bathroom as a shelf! I found it on teh curba nd re-did it and LOVE it! It holds everything! As for MY yard... well... th epuppies and hte chickens are destroying all of my hostas by ripping the leaves off... Guess I can't have anything nice this spring!

  5. It's always so much fun to take the time to play! I love all your fresh new touches and the pages on the wall behind the trophies was a wonderful idea. love it.

  6. Busy, busy! I think that bed is going to be so cute!

  7. LOVELY PICS:) I really like your blog and will happily follow.
    If you want some swedish decor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
    Have a great week.

    LOVE Maria at

  8. Whew! You have been quite the busy bee. Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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