Saturday, May 2, 2015

Loose Leaf Tea Pot

Thrifted for $2!  These glass tea pots run for $15-20, so I saved 90%!  It's the perfect thing for my loose leaf tea - I usually put the tea in a cotton draw-string bag - but this is quick and easier! Yea!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Painting the Garden

I painted my moss garden and the little african violet my Mom gave me.  Then I went out and painted the hellebore out in the garden - the first thing to bloom under the snow!  Then I thought, "I should paint each thing as it blooms in my garden this summer! 

So, the next thing to paint was the daffodils.  They're all sun-shine and happiness - so early in the spring that the grass hasn't even come up yet!  I'm excited about this series of flower paintings ; )  I'm calling it "My Garden Blooms".

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week of Outfits

Here are the outfits I mixed and matched from the items I got on my spring shopping trip.
It's great what a new infusion of clothes can do for a wardrobe!  I'm glad now that I was ultra picky about the clothes I got, so even though I only got 4 shirts and one sweater, they work really well with what I already have and they're good quality/fit.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Education Station

We set up a desk in one corner of the living room to separate the boys from each other during school... both boys sitting next to each other in the school room proved to be too distracting and by January the change was as much for my piece of mind as for their productivity!  My oldest works more independently out in the living room and my younger boys works in the schoolroom.
Side note: I picked up one of these plate racks and it's the perfect hing for keeping the school books organized and easily accessible.

Note #2:  We got our first 100% on a spelling test!  One of our hardest things to tackle this year and he studied for it all by himself!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Clothes Shopping

I did something that I so rarely do!  Retail clothes shopping *Gasp* but, let me qualify that by saying the stores are all having the best sales because they're cleaning out old stock to make room for all the new stuff before tourist season starts.  I left the boys with Grandpa for a male bonding afternoon and treated myself to an afternoon of leisure shopping - such a treat!  Also, I might add that the fancy retail stores are all about customer service and treat you like royalty! 
You know me, I usually stalk Goodwill for deals or shop at T.J. Maxx.   (I get my basics at Target or online.)  But, there comes a time when no matter how long you look at the thrift store, you're not going to find specific items you need. 

Since technically spring is here, yet there's still snow on the ground, I needed some good transitional tops - layering shirts and cardigans - and I wanted things that were nice enough for church and comfortable enough for, they had to fit, flatter, and be within budget...

I was able to find 4 long sleeve, soft, lightweight, cotton shirts and a nice, medium weight, navy cardigan.  I already have a good white cable knit cardigan and a couple shirts here at home to mix and match with, so I think I'm all set now : )

Friday, April 10, 2015

Moss Garden

There's still snow on the ground.  It's a dreary, cold, rainy day...perfect for making a moss garden!  I put on my rubber boots and rain coat, went outside and picked moss off of dead tree stumps/branches.  There were so many kinds of moss and lichens just on one rotten log out in the back yard that I could nearly fill my dish there!

There are three basic types of lichen growth: crusty, leafy, and shrubby.  There are four basic types of moss: clumping, spreading, dry, and wet.

 And, I found the hellebore blooming!  So, a picked a couple to adorn the moss garden.  The boys say my moss garden needs a pet...a toad they say ; ) 

Thursday, April 9, 2015


So, I've had my eye out for some cloches for about 7 years...ever since watching The Victorian Wall Garden (many more ideas to try from that series - so inspiring!)  Anyway, cloches are expensive (see HERE) and basically ornamental, since a milk jug with the bottom cut out works just as well - if not better because it's white plastic, so plants aren't in danger of getting baked in the sun...  But, I wanted some because they're pretty and old fashioned. 

I've been holding out, determined to find them cheep at a yard sale or Goodwill.  Yesterday I found them for $5 for two and $2 for one - yippee!!!  They're actually not even cloches.  I found the two in the lamp/lighting department (they're light fixture pendants) and the other one with candle/vases (it's a candle hurricane).
Also, my spring lily is in full bloom and perfuming the living room sweetly!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Teas for Winter

All this past winter I've been brewing a pot of tea each morning.  It lasts for the day (4 or 5 cups a day - helps to get plenty of liquids in even when it's cold and I don't feel like drinking water).  I've been enjoying this variety pack a friend gave me from Trader Joe's.
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