Garden Happenings

good morning!! i wanted to share a few pictures of my garden i snapped the other evening before everything changes and these pictures are obsolete.  i started my garden a little late this year so it’s a slow start but a few things are just about ready to pick.

i’ve never really tried bell peppers before. i’ve planted green, red, yellow, and purple (yes purple!) bell peppers in these barrels.

these are the squash or cucumber plants we planted from seeds, i can’t remember which we planted so it will be a surprise! we planted them at the base of our up-cycled garden trellis

the cabbage plants look beautiful but still no cabbages. i know i planted these way too late so i’m not expecting much from them…

i picked up a cumber plant that was called “bush pickle”. if all those little flowers turn into cucumbers, i’ll get several jars of pickles.

my herb garden is doing great. the cilantro is getting ready to re-seed; not sure if it will work, i’ll just have to wait and see. i’ve been snipping away at the rosemary, thyme, and basil for all sorts of different dishes and wish i had planted more.  does anyone have any good uses for mint?  i’ve used the leaves in a few drinks and i was going to make some mint extract but what else can i do with it?

this is the little area i have on the side of our shed. i’ve got a few tomato plants, onions, strawberry plants that i just got from my mother-in-law, and pumpkins. a few years ago i was flipping through a magazine, i think it was “Southern Living” but it was so long ago that i could be wrong, and a gardener was training mini pumpkins to grow up the side of her potting shed and they had started growing and producing pumpkins on top of the roof! that image has stuck with me all this time and this year i’m taking a stab at it.  not sure how i’ll do but i’ll keep ya posted! see my trellises?

they were two window grates i picked up at the REstore for $2 each! i was going to use them in a different project that didn’t turn out and it’s just as well because they are perfect in the garden.

onion blossoms

does anyone know what these flowers/bush are called? i call them a hibiscus bush but i don’t know if i’m even close!

yesterday i planted 32 plants in my front beds. it’s the first time the front of my house has ever been ‘landscaped’. it turned out pretty good.  fingers crossed everything makes it, i really didn’t want to do this project until the fall but i was motivated now and sometimes you just have to go with it!

today i’m tackling the paint cans hoping i get as much done as i did yesterday.

Happy Tuesday!!

Sarah

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Vacation

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I’m enjoying a little down time this week. No, I’m not sitting on this dock getting some much needed sun. I wish! But I am planning on getting my hands dirty in the yard and they might even find there way into a little paint while I’m at it. I’m also planning on having some fun playing with the men in my life. I’ll check in a few times here and there with a few peaks at what I’m working on and then resume the regular posting next week. I’ve got some fun things planned for the next few weeks, starting with someone I want to introduce to you all next week…

Have a fabtabulous week!!!!!!

Sarah

 

DIY {baby gifts}

I recently went to a baby shower and brought a few handmade gifts along with me.

Oatmeal lavender bath soak.

I started with some quick oats and dried lavender from my garden.

I blended it up so it was super fine and added a little bit of baking soda.

I put it in a pretty glass jar I had picked up along my travels.

This soak is good for little ones with diaper rash, poison, exema, and other things that itch.

Diaper pail booster

Sprinkle inside of trash can with each changing ti keep room smelling fresh.

Start with a pretty jar, i choose a glass salt shaker; and add baking soda

Add your choice of essential oil to the jar of baking soda

I covered mine in plastic wrap before i screwed the lid on to prevent spills

I also put this in a pretty jar too and decorated the lid with ribbon and raffia.

Enjoy!

Sarah

A Refashion

I stumbled on this dress at a thrift store. I loved the maxi length, the colors, and the ruffles at the neckline. And it was 3 bucks. What I wasn’t dig’n were the long sleeves or the ruffle at the bottom of the dress.

I used seam rippers to remove the sleeves and the ruffled bottom. Then pinned the new seams in place and set them with my iron.

Took it to the sewing machine, and 5 minutes later had a new dress!

Dresser before & after

Let me start with the after on this to get you as excited as i am:

My sister picked this old dresser up at a yard sale last summer. Let me say, she is sooooo lucky she just moved and needed a dresser, I would’ve snatched this up for myself!

It really was in good shape. It just needed a good cleaning and light sanding to get ready to take the paint.

I painted the whole thing white then gave it a light sanding and finished it up with a protective coat of poly.

I bought these cool anthro draw pulls on clearance and used a few other pulls I had along with 2 of the originals for a mix-match look to finish it up.

And just so you don’t have to scroll back up to see the before & after another shot:

Did you see that headboard in the mirror reflection? We spent some fun quality sister time designing and making it together. We used a microsuede fabric from JoAnn Fabrics that was on sale with a coupon and used different silver toned buttons to mimic the dresser for the tufting. it was a fun project that turned out fabulous and completely makes the room!

Everyone have a great day!

Sarah