Best Tip for Cleaning Outdoor Cushions

Best Tip for Cleaning Outdoor Cushions

 

See that window with the plantation shutters in the top left-hand corner of this photo?

That’s where I stood all winter.

Looking back at the meadow.

Looking back at the snow.

Looking back at the wind and the weather and the rain and the sleet and the toll winter can take on a porch.

And then one day….

….I saw this.

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Don’t Wear White After Labor Day and Other Life Lessons

Don’t Wear White After Labor Day and Other Life Lessons

 

They say that April showers bring May flowers.

After several near-flash floods and gray skies and weeks of frizzy hair and 17 rained out baseball games….

….meet my April.

I went out to the garden yesterday and clipped dozens of flowers and arranged them in a yard sale soup tureen and put them in the middle of the family room and wished myself a happy Mother’s Day.

And now?

I want to celebrate with you.

I want to send you flowers and wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and entertain you with a little story…..

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5 Simple Tips for Planting Hydrangeas

5 Simple Tips for Planting Hydrangeas

 

disclosure:  this post is brought to you by Endless Summer ® Hydrangeas.

At the back of the house, around the corner from the meadow and the hay bales is a tiny garden path with round stepping stones that leads to the side yard.

It kind of gets forgotten.

The flower bed is overgrown and a little neglected and left behind the rest of the yard.

Until now.

This weekend we pulled weeds and removed old plants and pruned existing shrubs and filled the flower beds with mulch and added a little bit of happiness with….

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a drizzly Saturday morning:

1. You are amazing.  Just in case no one had mentioned that yet today–let me be the first.

2. I’m all about this punctuation mark { — }  .  I’m not sure what to call it–the dash?  The middle mark?  The line half way beside a letter?  Whatever it’s called–I adore it.  It’s perfect for adding that last little thought–with emphasis.

3. Has anyone else watched the mini-series called The Pillars of the Earth?  A friend recommended it to me and I read about it and I think I’m in.

They had me at 12th century.

4. Have you ever written a word that you’ve written your entire life and suddenly, it looks like you spelled it incorrectly?  You keep checking and the dictionary says it’s right, but it just looks wrong.  So you type it and re-type it and ask your friends and double-check it and you just can’t wrap your head around it.  I do that all the time.

5. And can I get an opinion?

What do you think of cutting off the bottom of your jeans if they are too long and just fraying them instead of hemming them?  Too much?  Trying too hard?  Too vagabond-meets-baseball mom?

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How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

 

Remember when I gave the gatehouse a mini-makeover?

Oh, good.

It was only last week.

I wanted to add two planter boxes to either side of the front door.  I knew the size I wanted them.  I knew the color I wanted them.  I knew I wanted them to hold two over-sized tree topiaries.

But one thing I didn’t know….

….was that to buy them would cost and arm and a leg and maybe a few other extremities.

I found similar planter boxes to these for over a hundred dollars.

A PIECE.

And they weren’t even the right color or the exact right size.

So I decided we could build them instead….

….and I would supervise.  🙂

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How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color for a Room Without Repainting it Five Times

How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color for a Room Without Repainting it Five Times

 

When we finished this room and the walls were removed and the wallpaper was stripped and the floors were refinished….

…we finally painted the walls.

Not once.

Not twice.

Not three times.

No, not even close.  Truth? We painted this room FIVE times in a month.

(total aside:  my husband has the patience of a saint)

The moral of the paint story?  Sometimes you encounter a few paint speed bumps along the way to the perfect color for a room (this one is painted SW Mindful Gray).

Don’t be like me.  Choose your paint wisely.  If you are on a paint journey or about to be on a paint journey or think that painting a room might be in your future?

This is the post for you.

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Letting the Sunshine In

Letting the Sunshine In

 

disclosure:  this post is sponsored by Crane and Canopy

Yesterday I picked flowers in the rain.

Baskets and baskets of roses.

I had just finished shaking off the winter cobwebs and fluffing the pillows and changing the linens and refreshing the master bedroom for spring.

The day was stormy and the clouds were rolling in and it was dark as night…

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Who Knew Peonies Were Philosophers?

Who Knew Peonies Were Philosophers?

 

Have you ever had a day where everyone was cuter than you?

Everyone.

Everyone had better hair.

Everyone had shoes that matched their purse.

Everyone had children that behaved and didn’t argue back.

Everyone was smarter or better or taller or shorter or skinnier or richer or nicer or prettier or lived in a house that looked like a magazine.

Ever had a day like that?

Oh, good.

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