Mowing the lawn….

When I was a kid, mowing the lawn was my job.  Fortunately, it never seemed like a chore to me.  I liked doing it.  I still like doing it.  It had actually been a while since I’d done it.  We have a huge lawn so we purchased a tractor when we moved into our house 9 years ago.  I have no interest in using the rider, so I don’t.  My husband takes care of all mowing duties on a regular basis, until recently.  Our tractor broke and has been getting fixed for the past 3 weeks.  Luckily our neighbor had an extra push mower that she’s letting us borrow.  I have to admit, I was a little excited to take over the mowing for a few weeks.  Here’s why:
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Ladder Shelf Project….

If you recall my post last month “Curbside Treasures”, you may recall me mentioning an old paint ladder that I found on the side of the road.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.  There are actually plenty of ways to turn old wooden ladders into decorative beauties for your home.  With this particular ladder, I decided to refinish the wood and turn it into a decorative shelf for a bedroom.

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Rainy Day Projects….


I hope everyone had an excellent Memorial Day Weekend.  Along with honoring the brave men and women who represent the United States military, (past, present & future) Memorial Day weekend is also a kick off to the beginning of summer rituals. Cookouts, BBQ, Gardening, Yard work (not fun), Family, Swimming, Boating, Parades etc….    
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Herb Corner….


So, I couldn’t  decide how to have a small portion of my deck designated to herbs.  I didn’t want planters all over the place, and I didn’t want to buy planters or build a shelf of some sort.  So, I did the next best thing.  I rummaged throughout my house to find items that I could transform into what I wanted.   Continue reading “Herb Corner….”

Curbside treasure, refinished….

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day.  I was able to re-finish this little table.  It was one of the items I found on a random curbside treasure find.  I’m not sure if it’s an old typewriter table or a doctors table? As you can see in the pictures, it has wheels, with locks and flaps on the end.  Regardless of its original use, I like it.  It was dirty, with chipped paint and a lot of glass rings on top.  I couldn’t wait to hit it with my sander and see what the grain of the wood looked like.  I originally thought I was going to remove all of the black paint.  But, as I sanded I really liked the look of the blended paint and wood so I left it.  When I finished sanding, I applied a natural oak stain.  I’m really pleased with the results and it turned out to be a perfect end table in my living room.  At least for now.  I tend to move furniture around a lot.  Does anyone else?  

What items have you turned from trash to treasure?  Does anyone have a clue to what kind of table that actually is?  

Coffee Station

I’ve created a coffee station in my dining room.  I wish I had a before picture of the small dresser that I rescued from my mother in laws basement.  It was a mess!  It was chipped and covered in dirt.  I buffed out some of  the cracks and added chalk paint.  Chalk paint is amazing! You can paint any kind of wood and give pieces a complete face lift.  I had planned on changing the knobs, but once I cleaned up the originals, I decided I liked the white on white. I also pained the mirror.  It was silver so I went with the blue and distressed the edges.   The shelf was previously in the 1/2 bathroom I made over last month.  I decided to use it for the coffee station instead. That shelf was made by my brother when he was in high school.  I found it in the corner of my fathers basement probably 5 plus years ago. It was a little worn and coming apart.  The carved out heart just drew me to it.  I knew I’d be able to fix and transform it somehow.  My brother is a talented craftsman.  He can build anything.  When he was visiting with his family over the holidays, he couldn’t believe I rescued the shelf.  He said, “that was the first thing he’d ever built”.  Anyhow, I love how my coffee station turned out.  Otherwise, this was just a small corner of wasted space.  
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Farmers Market Fun…


Great Saturday morning!  The season has begun!  Yesterday was the opening day of the Farmers Market where I live in the town of Bethlehem.  Farmers Markets are a great community resource.  They provide many introductions in regards to local farmers, craftsman, restaurants, musicians and more….  Regardless of where you live, more than likely you can find a farmers market within a fairly close proximity.  Take advantage of it!  If you attend the Delmar Farmers market on Saturday mornings, you know what a treat and social event it can be.  My son loves it!  He loves going early in the morning with me, trying all of the samples!  One of his favorites is “Puckers Pickles”.  We always leave with a huge jar of the horseradish pickles.  They are Delicious!  Puckers also makes a great Kimchi and Pak Dong.  I make my own which I will discuss in a future post, but if you have no interest in making your own, buying it from a place like Puckers is well worth it!  The health benefits of Kimchi are phenomenal (packed with probiotics).  New to the Delmar Farmers market this year is brilliant artist, Pam Collins.  Pam is a close friend, so I’m fortunate to own a few of her pottery pieces.  Her work is unique and absolutely beautiful.   Continue reading “Farmers Market Fun…”

Starting slow with Herbs

I’m starting slow with herbs, since I’m not familiar with planting anything!  I figured I could turn it into a decorative piece for my deck.  I have this cute little bicycle planter that I used to actually keep fake flowers in.  Anyhow, I grabbed cilantro and basil to start with because they are my favorite. I basically add them to everything!  I’ve got some other ideas I’m planning on trying.  I like the idea of using decorative planters rather than an actual herb garden.  

  • What do you prefer planters or a garden?
  • What are your favorite herbs?

Curbside Treasures

On my way home from running errands yesterday morning, I stumbled upon an array of items left in front of a house that was just sold.  So, naturally, I had to stop and take a look.  I can’t believe the items I found!  I can’t wait to post before and after photos!  The items are a solid cherry wood dresser (heavy and in tact), an old and sturdy sewing table (that’s what I think it is?), a small wooden book shelf and an old wooden step-ladder in excellent condition. Seriously, there are so many possibilities when it comes to giving furniture a face lift and making them one of a kind items!  You can do it!  A big thank you to my neighbor Erika and her dog Vega for helping me get the dresser out of my van!  It’s amazing  how I managed to get it in the van to begin with! Anything’s possible when you really want it! 

Do you have items at home that you just don’t know what to do with?  What curbside treasures have you found and transformed  to fit your personal style?  

Gardening goal

I’m all about approaching things outside your comfort zone.  That’s how we set goals and hopefully accomplish them, right?  Anyhow, my goal this spring, summer is to experiment with gardening.  I really don’t know what I’m doing!  My grandfather and father had green thumbs.  I certainly did not inherit such a talent.  Anyhow, there was nothing better than fresh veggies from our garden.  I really want that for my family.  I love the farmers markets and local farm stands, but I would love to go to my backyard and pick my own tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, herbs etc…  I’m going to start with herbs like, basil, cilantro, parsley… Supposedly, deer and rabbits stay away from them.  The actual vegetable garden is going to be tricky and I’m guessing a lot of trial and error will take place.  The biggest concern is, how to keep the deer away!  I don’t want to use chemicals and I’m going to have to build a fence.  

For all the gardeners out there, any suggestions on how to naturally “deer proof” a  garden?  I need all the help I can get!  Also, I need to rabbit proof too, suggestions please….