Friday, April 30, 2010

Some Pretty things...

Ive been running like crazy lately, but I wanted to show you all whats going on around here... in pictures...Enjoy!





Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Domestic Abilities

My uncle, who is a well trained party-goer still at his age, has recently accused me of "losing my spark". By "spark" he means, I've lost my ability to have a good time, get drunk, sing too loud and cut loose.

To be perfectly honest, I never really did any of that crazy stuff. Maybe on very special occasions.


Point being, he says we (my sister and I) are "Domesticated" now.... well honey... if domesticated is this cute... I'll take it!

Here are some new aprons Ive made. Domestic-yes. Boring- heck no!



Hope you had a lovely Monday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

I loved reading all your comments about what you learned from the film. I'm really glad it is making an impact in some lifes!

Without further ado...

Recieving a Sample Pack from Clearwater Naturals :
Elena, Julie and Risya!!







The winner of the Large Laundry Powder is...
Hannah!

Congrats ladies!

I will be emailing you all shortly for your addresses! Thanks for playing along!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Funniest thing Ever!!

I borrowed this from AMuddyPaw

It will totally make your day!



Rainy Day Business

Lately, its been rainy and yucky here. I'm not complaining, April showers bring May flowers!
But after the laundry is done, house is clean, and the garden cannot be tended, I find myself twiddling my thumbs.

When I moved back to NC about 2 months ago, I got soooooo busy that I had no time for sewing. I had gotten out of my groove so far that I had no desire to get back to it right away. But the other day, the sewing bug bit me again.

 




When Im in the garden, I'm constantly trying to track down my tools, so I wanted a way to keep them all right at my finger tips. Enter: the gardening apron...










That "sewing bite" didnt hurt at all! Actually, it felt pretty good to be making things again!
So I made some more!

I have a couple more that I havent had a chance to photograph yet. I realize that I desperately need a dress form to make the photos look good. So today, after my chores are done, I'm going to Hobby Lobby to see if they have something I can use.
Today is, after all, a rainy day business day!

What do you all do to get through those rainy days??

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Your Trash, My treasure

Saturday morning, before hitting the Farmer's Market, Layla and I drove around the historic Haymount District here in Fayetteville. We had a mission, find some nifty stuff at yard sales in the "good side of town". There were lots of yard sales, but we only stopped at one.


I bought these two stools, $3 a piece. Oh yeah! I had it in my head already to repaint and re-upholster them. I'm going to give you a quick run down on what to do in case you come across something you can fix up for
yourself!


1. Give the furniture a quick wipe down.
Mine were pretty dusty and had a few cob webs on them.

2. Remove the tops and set aside.

3. Spray paint the wood.
 I used primer first, then applied a gloss indoor/outdoor paint.






4. While your paint is drying, remove the old upholstery from the seats.
Here's what the inside of my batting looked like... Straw!








5. Recover the Seats with a couple layers of batting, then the fabric.
To do this, simply lay the wood on top of the batting, with fabric underneath.
Then pull the fabric tight over the back of the wood and staple into place.






Note: After seeing the inside of the old batting, I was thinking about how old it could possibly be.
Then I thought how old they might be when someone decides to redo what I have done,
years down the road. So I added a little "time capsule" under the batting.









I also added a layer of clear vinyl to one of the seats, so it can go outside.











6. After the spray paint is dry, replace the seats and youre all done!
Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Laundry Soap Giveaway!!!

Hello everyone!

Food, Inc is on TV tomorrow night!!!  This documentary has totally changed the way I look at our food and where it comes from. It has been my inspiration to start my veggie garden and make all my products for

To see what station it is playing on in your area, visit  PBS TV Schedule Enter your zip to find your channel!


In Honor of this (and a little last minute), I am having a GIVEAWAY!
Winner will receive a Large All-Natural Laundry Powder from my shop.
You can even pick your own scent!
I will also send out Samples of the Laundry Powder to 3 entries!

How to enter: Simply tell me something you liked, disliked or learned from the documentary.
If you havent seen the movie, tell me your plans for Earth Day.
You may also gain an entry for forwarding this on via twitter, facebook or something else of your choice (leave a link).

Please remember to leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win!


Giveaway will end and winners will be drawn via random.org on
Saturday April 24th at Midnight EST.

COMMENTS CLOSED!!! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!

Good luck Everyone!

How to Make a Container Fountain for Under $50!

I saw the idea for this in a magazine and want to share with you how I did it. Its super easy and makes a soothing trickle sound when turned on. I bought all my supplies at Home Depot, so I will show you their prices (military gets 10% off too!)  Here goes!


You will need:
A Large Pot- $24.98 (you can find cheaper, but I like this pot)
A Small Fountain Pump- $17.94
Pea Stones- $3.38
Decorative Pond Stones (optional)- $1.89

Total: $48.19

Here's What you do:
1. Rinse pot and pebbles. I put the pebbles in the pot and rinsed them until the water ran clear.
2. Follow set-up instructions for your fountain pump. Once you have it all together, set them pump inside the pot on top of the rocks. You can also bury the pump with rocks.
3. Fill the pot with water and Plug in your pump. Note: Always arrange a Drip Loop on the power cord. This means that the cord needs to hang lower than the outlet when plugged in. Otherwise, the water will run into the outlet and you will probably get electricuted (please dont call me when that happens... I wont answer :)

I run my pump all day and unplug it at night. At first, my pump made a loud noise, but after a day of running it, the noise went away.

Now close your eyes and imagine you are somewhere far away! What an easy and cheap way to relax!

Monday, April 19, 2010

You think I can't do this???

Turns out I can!

Just because you dont ahve a man to do the work for you, doesnt mean it will never get done!

Case in point, This Gazebo. Yes... its probably about 10 feet tall, 10 feet wide, but I put it together. All by myself. Dont ask me how, Im just suprised I didnt break something! The furniture under it is new too... I put that together, all by myself. The problem is that I put it together on top of the deck, and now I cant move it. So you walk off of the raised deck right into the gazebo. Kinda cool, not sure if I like it there yet.




Onions coming up nicely. They grew all on their own while I was out of town. There are potatoes behind them coming up well too!
Some Yellow Squash I planted from seedlings. Yummy!

Keeping the pine seed/worm/thingys out of the garden is a daily task. They are all over the place!
Gardening is exhausting! But ohhh so rewarding!

I also made a container fountain for the deck. Tomorrow I will show you how I did it... for under $50!
Until then... Have a wonderful day!