November 21, 2015

Redecorated Guest Room

I hope you'll enjoy seeing pictures of my redecorated guest room. This has been a fun project and I'm thrilled with the way it turned out.  My painter is a retired high school teacher and  does a fantastic job.  She's  slowly painting my natural woodwork white in each room and I can't believe how much difference it makes.  My wonderful friend helped me choose the paint color.  It is called Rosewater.

I made the valances from a single drapery panel I found at a thrift shop for $1.99.  It was in pristine condition and already lined.  I added the beaded trim.

I used every inch of the fabric covering the chair and making the pillow.

 My vintage hankies are displayed in an old spoon rack.

The wall cabinet is the top of an old secretary and was purchased at the flea market.  It's amazing how a little TLC and some white paint can bring something to life!

I made the white ceramic tree when I was in my 30's in a class taught by the same friend who picked out my paint.  Longtime friends are priceless!

This little dotted Swiss dress came from antique shop. I had to bring it home with me!

I found these felted corgi ornaments at Target this year and I think they are sold out across the country.   Corgi lovers are crazy!  I'll hang the wreath in my kitchen window in a few days.  It makes me smile.

My corgi girls are doing so well.  Bonnie has adjusted perfectly since she came to live with us  in the summer.   She is a super sweet girl and so well mannered.  Perl, well that's a different story.  She's wild and determined.  She will be a year old in December.  Miss Heidi is a quiet old lady who takes lots of naps and doesn't like to be bothered by the younger girls!  

September 1, 2015

And The Winner Is...

I am excited to have new friends and readers of my blog and this giveaway has been fun!  Karen Mertens and I have so many similar interests and one of them is collecting buttons.  When I drew her name this morning, it didn't take long to pick out a selection of old and new buttons for her from my collection.  Notice the button card on the top.  It sold for 10 cents!  In addition to the buttons, I'm sending her a vintage handkerchief and a wire bird's nest pendant that I made.  Karen, please send me your mailing address by email.

August 25, 2015

Fairy and Gnome Gardens

I love finding containers for my fairy gardens! Most of the ones I use come from thrift shops or yard sales.  Almost anything that holds soil will work.  I saw one online that was made in an old guitar case.

I made this one in a mini red wagon for my daughter's birthday last year.

My gnome garden is made in a small galvanized tub. There's mischief going on in this garden.  The gnomes are drinking ale and partying when they should be working.  The little cedar tree came out of one of my flower beds.  Notice the owl sitting in the top. 

My full size wagon garden had to be moved to the top of a trunk when my puppy, Perl, arrived this spring.

Wheel barrows are great to use also.  I  like to keep my gardens in a covered area so heavy rain doesn't wash everything out of the container.

August 19, 2015

Introducing Sweet Bonnie and a Five Year Anniversary Giveaway

A few weeks we welcomed Bonnie to our family. She is a two year old brindle Cardigan corgi. I wasn't looking for another corgi but things just seemed to happen and before I knew it she was my new bed partner.  She is a perfect addition to our family! She loves Perl and they have so much fun playing together.  That relieves me and Miss Heidi (two old ladies) of the responsibility of entertaining Perl all day.  

We love her!

This month is the fifth anniversary of my blog.  So, it's time to have a giveaway.  To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment on this post before September 1 telling me a little about your favorite things.  The prize will be customized for the winner and I promise you'll like it!

My old shoes have thrived this summer because of all the rain.  The moss voluntarily came up on them and there's even a maple tree growing out of the one on the left.

June 21, 2015

Just Catching Up...

The first thing I want to share with you is an oil painting that I found when visiting my sister this past weekend.  It is dated 1988 and is done by a Virginia artist.  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know I love yard sales!   The name of the painting is "Miss Lucy's Yard Sale". I had just the right frame for it and it's hanging in my sewing room.  It makes me smile whenever I look at it.

My space at the antique mall now has a Facebook page and I update it whenever I add new items.  If you are on Facebook, the page is called Feedsacks and Flowers at Through the Garden Gate and I hope you'll visit.

I recently added several new pillows that I made.  

Perl is  grown up now and  acting like a teenager.  She no longer lets me hold or cuddle with her. She is much too busy for such nonsense.

Love this silly little girl with big ears!

I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!  In a few weeks I will have a five year anniversary for my blog.  I'll definitely plan a fun giveaway for that!

May 13, 2015

Perl and Her Cute New Friend, Zoe

Yesterday Perl had a play date with a cute Boston Terrier named Zoe. She was a perfect match for Perl in size and stamina.

It was hilarious watching the two of them chase each other.   Zoe loved making Perl roll over and down the hills.

Perl can be a bit bossy at times, so I'm sure she's telling Zoe the rules of the game in the above picture.

Perl and I thank Zoe's parents for a delicious lunch and such a fun afternoon!

April 25, 2015

Dining Room Makeover

My house was built in 1984 and I have lived in it for twenty-six years.  For almost that long, I have wanted to paint the stained woodwork that is in every room. Painting is one of my least favorite projects and I am not good at it.    A few weeks ago I found out about a retired teacher who paints, is reasonable and does a great job. She painted my dining room last week and it is beautiful. The color is Teardrop by Valspar.


I have several things blooming right now and have a large area of "money plant" this year.  Please let me know if you know of anyone who would like seeds once they dry.

I have bought several pretty pieces of milk glass in the last few weeks for my shop and wanted you to see this set that is called shell pink Baltimore Pear.

shell pink creamer and sugar bowl

Perl is growing like a weed and brings me  much joy! Miss Heidi and I love her.