Monday, April 22, 2013

~Making a Monogrammed Platter~

Hello Everyone!! Hope you had a great weekend!! 

Over the past couple of weeks, I have REALLY enjoyed spending some time browsing the shops on Etsy.  There are so many cute things out there; and the options are literally, endless! Last week, we had a couple of rainy, cool days that were perfect for working on little projects.


While browsing the shops on Etsy, for a wood carved monogram, I found this 8" monogram, from The Sawdust Shack, that would be perfect for a small project that I had in mind. Our monogram was carved and shipped the same day that I ordered it! Talk about speedy service!

8 Inch Wood Monogram - Medium

I recently changed the color palette for our outdoor space from warm, bold colors...to creamy whites and soft pastels. That meant that some of the accessories, in the covered back porch area, would need to be switched out...or painted. I had this large red platter, on top of the armoire, that houses our tv outside. 




I decided to spray paint the platter white; and paint our new monogram black. (Forgot to take pics...I was so anxious to get on it!!) Because the platter had a lacquered finish, I gave it a coat of white Rustoleum primer first; and then I spray painted it with Rustoleum "Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2x Coverage". The monogram was attached to the plate, using some E6000 clear epoxy that I had in my stash; and I let it dry overnight.

The next morning, it was ready to go! I love how it turned out and it was such an easy thing to do!



I'll show you the entire porch space, once the flowers bloom out a little bit more. It is always my favorite spot in the Spring!

I also purchased this cute tea towel from Sweet Magnolia's Farm.

Flour Sack Towel  - Kitchen -."Sweet Tea and Jesus" Natural Muslin Double Ruffle ...for your Home, Farmhouse or Cottage

I had the option of switching out the natural color ruffle, for an all white ruffle; and it added the perfect amount of whimsey to my kitchen! 

A batch of tea cakes, hydrangeas, fresh mint from the garden, and  "Sweet Tea and Jesus"...what every Southern girl needs! Lol!


Well, that's it for today! Thanks so much for stopping by; and, as always, Happy Decorating!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

~Spring Has Sprung~

Hi Everyone! I am so happy to finally have some consistent Spring temps. While it has been really breezy, the weather has been really nice. I wanted to get out and start my flower pots this past weekend; but I can't settle on a color scheme. Between Pinterest and my gardening magazines, I'm not sure what I want to do! (Does that happen to you, too?) I hope to get all of the pots done this week. Anyway, as I walking around out back, I noticed that the rose bushes have started to bloom. I couldn't resist snipping a few; and sprucing up the tray on the coffee table.



Pink is one of my favorite colors; and the roses smell wonderful! The color also looks great with the magazine covers and the pastel wrappers in the candy dish! 




Well, once the coffee table had been 'fluffed', the mantel felt a little dark to me; and needed a little boost. I didn't want to go out and buy anything; so, I used some items that I already had.




I flanked both ends of the mantel with a pair of topiaries, that I took from the kitchen window. They provide great height and fill the niche perfectly. I also brought in a garden finial, that I think I used last Spring. I added lemons to my trusty harlequin jar, for a pop of color, and added two little white birds. The centerpiece consists of my all-time, favorite flowers...white hydrangeas.


I've enjoyed adding some pops of color and fresh flowers to our decor. It really makes everything feel fresh and renewed! The sunlight flooding into the room wakes everything up!


There's nothing like shopping your own home and gardens, to add a few touches of Spring to your home! I love free decor!



Well, that's it for today! Hopefully, I'll have some outdoor photos for you soon. I hope you're having some fun decorating for Spring!

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