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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Co-mingle Sedums and Succulents

 Succulents and sedums on the stairs of our front stoop.

They are incredibly easy to grow. 
Once you have them established start moving them around and blend them in pots together.
Or plant them together all at once. I like to get to know mine individually first.
These stay out here all year because of our mild winters. 
Nor do they require a lot of watering. 
A definite plus in the terrible summer heat.

Creeping Jenny (not a sedum or a succulent) with a child's toy we found in the soil.
Cut Creeping Jenny back in fall and it comes back just fine in spring.

This dark sedum is called "Voodoo."

The gray succulents (I cannot recall their name) are bloomimg now. 
See the bloom on left in the above collage.

If you did not catch my Succulent Spheres post please check it out here.
They are beautiful and I do wish I could take credit for them.

I have more succulents and sedums co-mingled in the flower garden and on the side of the house.
 I attempted to grow a succulent wreath on the front door and our birds kept picking at it. 
I declared it a failure. 
It happens.

Do you grow succulents and sedums?

Linking@Wow Us Wednesday's

happy gardening

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pottery Barn Outlet

We visited the Pottery Barn Outlet in North Georgia last Thursday and Friday. 
Also Williams Sonoma Outlet and Restoration Hardware Outlet.

To see my visit to Pottery Barn Store in June go here
It has been one of my most popular posts.
 Pottery Barn Outlet always has tons of furniture at discount prices.
 I saw a sofa for $799.00 
The yummy slip covered sofa would have been perfect for the den. 
Sadly it would not fit on top of my Mini Cooper. 
 I did not have that kind of money even though that is a very good price.

An autumnal tablescape.

Teals and soft greens.

Fancy purchased this Beachcomber basket. 
There were only four in the store and they were half price.

This is an incredibly simple vignette but I really like it.

Miscellaneous vignettes in the store.
 What did I buy?
 I am boring.
 I bought one down pillow insert.

All images taken with my iPhone. 
Definitely not the quality of the Rebel camera but easier to handle and less noticeable.

 I took my friend Fancy with me on this two day trip.  
We stopped at my daughters college and she crept away from her total immersion Korean class for one hour. Imagine being in class from 8 AM until 9PM, minus meals, and having Korean activities on weekends.  That is what her experience has been. She has enjoyed it somewhat but is incredibly tired and has stated it felt more like an awful dictatorial summer camp than college. She is ready to go back to college and starts fall semester in two weeks. 
We pick her up in the morning after a brief ceremony. 

I have been having difficulty linking images into parties lately. I think my laptop is in it's last days as it gets industrial use and was purchased not with blogging in mind. If I am unable to link I hope the hosts of parties understand.

joy and peace

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Prayer

Dear Lord, help me have the strength to stick it out over the long haul.

Not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength you give.

 The strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy. Thank you Father for making me strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that you have for me.

Prayer adapted by me from The Message Bible from Colossians 1:9-12

joy and peace

Thursday, July 26, 2012

`field of sunflowers`

Don't you love the sunflower?
 I do.
They can be used in fall and summer decor. 
They feed bees, birds, and us.
What's not to love about these beauties?

Many farmers plant them here in Georgia. 
The heat is getting to these and they are now droopy.

It was delightful taking photos in this large field of sunflowers. 
I was good and did not take any.
Can you imagine the phone call?
 "Joe, I have been arrested for stealing sunflowers."
"Yes, I said sunflowers from a field."
"Can't you get some of those at Publix or Kroger?"

(y'all know I would never steal)

This should be an auto-post while I am on a short
 two day girlie vacation with my friend Fancy. 
I hope my iPhone's camera works well.

joy and peace

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vintage Oval Frame

Joe says our walls are a rotating gallery of my found art. 
He could be right.
I took down the praying man picture and put up the gilded oval frame.

You can see how chippy the frame is. I paid one dollar for it. 
Should I put something on it to hold it together?

I put this oil painting in it. This oil is dated 1951. It is older than me...woot.

What do you think? Should I Keep it? Sell it?

My friend Fancy and I are leaving for North Georgia for our quick trip on Thursday.
 I may be scarce for a couple of days. We are going to explore North Georgia and the Pottery Barn Outlet.

joy and peace

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage Leather Suitcases

We may complete our master bedroom renovation in say 2014.
When that happens I envision a suitcase bedside table. 
We now have enough vintage suitcases. 
Thanks to the porch sale last Saturday the tower can commence.
We bought these three leather Samsonites. 

 The suitcases have not been cleaned or polished. 
I will polish them with bees wax.

Clovis is showing you a chippy plaster oval frame I picked up for one dollar.

I found a spot for it on one of our walls. 
Yes I did. 

We have three other vintage suitcases in our living room. 
All obtained by thrifty means. 
See them here.

happy hunting

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cloches Fun Cloches

Cloche party time y'all.
 Marty's Cloche Party is one of my favorites of all the parties out there. 
I now have ten cloches and I am stopping at that number. 

The new lamb became the center piece on the coffee table.

A tower of flower frogs with an Olive Out business card on top.

The French girl bust on the three drawer chest is in our largest cloche.

joy and peace

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to remember that fussing in the mirror does not make me an inch taller. That all money spent on fashion really matters not. Instead of looking at the fashions, remind me to walk outside and look at the flowers.

They never primp or shop, but I have never seen design quite like this. The ten best dressed men and women in the country look shabby along side them. If you give such attention to flowers-how much more do you care for me?

prayer adapted by me from The Message Bible Matthew 6:27-33

joy and peace

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Porch Sale

We got up at o' dark thirty to go to a heavily advertised porch sale. We arrived early and waited in line for twenty minutes for it to open. Joe and I were a little over wrought as our coffee maker quit working this morning and we were not really awake enough to deal with the crowd of people on that tiny porch and deck. The sale was held on the back porch of a small charming cottage.

 I told Joe to pick up what ever looked good and not to consult with me because there was no time for that. What does he do? Come down the stairs, leave the items and consult with me.
Might as well bang my head on the floor y'all.
Remember when the rude lady, with the baby, wanted my chandelier?
I did not want another incident like that in such a tight space.

An ironstone butter dish and a sweet baby lamb. 
They are keepers and I do not mind the chip on the butter dish.

This old scale is accurate in it's weight.
 Joe stood on it and it weighed him perfectly. It is a heavy piece.

The mustard yellow matelasse throw was purchased along with two shams. 
I sell many matelasse items. The porch ladies had an enormous table of current and vintage linens and that is where I spent my time and money. We also bought vintage leather suitcases. More on those later.

Linking@Wow Us Wednesday's

happy hunting

Friday, July 20, 2012

Aliens, Siri, Our Old House, And More

I have been at our old house with Joe and Shelly Puppy this week.
 Clovis traveled with me of course. For an old grouchy opinionated cat he travels well. Nothing about our one hundred and sixty year old house is easy. The most evident difficulty this week is we have no air conditioning in the living room or kitchen. Not a lot of cooking is happening. Because the ceilings are tall and the house is dark and cave like it is cooler inside than you would think. 
Thank God for small mercies.

The images have little to do with this post except that I adore Black Eyed Susan's. 

Where we are in middle Georgia has terribly slow internet MiFi service, with Verizon, and I can read two or three pages in a book whilst one of your blogs is being loaded on my laptop.  It makes my visiting you gals and guys an exercise in patience. I told Joe I was having problems joining a party last night and he laughed and said "If you had no blogging problems I would think you had been replaced by an alien, like in the book The Host." To which I rolled my eyes. By the way the movie adaptation of The Host by Stephanie Meyer is coming out next year and I am looking forward to it but am curious to how they are going to do it.

My five dollar dumb phone died last weekend. 
We bought an iPhone which means I will be much quicker at answering email at my Google plus email address. I am definitely excited to have a better phone that will help me be more efficient. I think it will be helpful with our buying and reselling business and with the blog.
Siri does not understand my southern accent.
Isn't that a hoot?

My friend and neighbor Fancy and I are planning a two day trip, next week, to north Georgia. We will be going to the premium outlets, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma, and many more. Fancy had never heard of Pottery Barn until meeting me (she does not read blogs) so it will be cool to witness her seeing Pottery Barn's beautiful linens and furniture for the first time.

You made it to the are pretty, smart and patient. 

I think the heat has gotten to me ya'll, thus I ramble.

happy friday

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Union Jack Pouf

The living room has gone a bit British. 
We now have a Union Jack pouf for Joe's chair.
 It is large and comfy and doubles as a seat if needed.

I ordered it from a flash sale and it could not be returned. 
It was a tad scary but we like it. 
Notices the cloches are different.

Clovis takes his bath on it frequently. 
Let's not tell Joe okay?

I would like to thank Honey from @ 2805 blog for featuring my Bee In Flight post last Friday during her Potpourri Party. It was also syndicated on the BlogHer network.

joy and peace

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Remarkable Hash Browns

Remarkable because we grew the potatoes.

It was a happy accident.

The potatoes grew in our compost pile. 
Joe had never dug potatoes and it was fun seeing him dig for the little brown treasures. We also have two volunteer tomatoes and a watermelon growing under our picnic table.

We don't flip our compost often enough.
 One of the tomatoes is growing next to a new hydrangea because I placed compost around the new plant. They seem happy together. We had large green tomatoes hanging on the plants and deer came through the yard and ate them last week. 
Maybe potatoes is a safer crop for us

happy gardening