Monday, June 20, 2011

Farmer's Market

Summer = Farmer's Market

The town that I live in was once a very RURAL area. Farmers and Horse Breeders were the majority of the population. There were a few neighborhoods, including mine, which were built in the 1950's, and then a building explosion occurred in the late 80's and early 90's, and now the once rural county, is a flourishing suburban county.

We still have the incorporated "town," and they have their own town police, like on the Andy Griffith Show, and Main Street, and Town Hall, and I love it!! There is a Christmas parade every year, A huge 4th of July Parade (complete with local Cloggers, Farmers with their John Deere Tractors, Church Groups, Local Schools, bands and dance groups),  Live Street performers (and beer and wine trucks) on the "First Friday" night of the month in the Spring, Friday night movies in the park, little boutique shops, great local restaurants and bars, and the town Bakery, and Candy Store..YUM!!
 I love this place.

But my favorite "Local" advantage of living in a rural turned suburban area in the summer is all of the farmers, 

Every Tuesday, and every Saturday from April to October, I have the pleasure of having the freshest produce, seafood, flowers, Organic breads and sweets, local honey and beeswax candles, local chicken, and beef, fresh eggs and cheese, and sometimes even live music, or local celebrity appearances! It's also a Dog-Friendly Farmers Market, 
and almost EVERYONE except me brings their dogs along!!

This past Saturday, E and I went to the FM and purchased 6 pots of Dahlias, 2 Summer Squash, a loaf of Organic 3 cheese bread, a bottle of honey, and 5 honey sticks for less then $20!!

Here are a few pics from our visit.

 These huge hanging baskets were only $8-$15
 This pot of Dahlias was only $10
 E loved this Great Dane and wanted me to take a picture to show his daddy how big he was!
A couple of the vendors

Can't wait until Saturday, guess where I'll be bright and early!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So many projects...So not enough time!

Here's a sneak peak at a couple of "projects" that I'm working on (with the help of Scott) right now.

I-must-stop-going-to yard sales-
and Goodwill until I finish the stuff that I have!!

Project #1
I got this decopauge (spelling??) urn at a Church rummage Sale for $1
I love the shape, so I'm working on cleaning it up to paint
What a nightmare this is! It's got stickers decopauged on faux paint (3 layers) and a sealer covering it all

I've been soaking it in hot soapy water trying to get the stickers loose enough to peal off. I think I need to invest in Goof off!

Project #2
The Master Bedroom

It's Boring white walls, with no molding around the windows or floor, has bad lighting, an ugly ceiling fan and is REALLY REALLY small.

We have never painted the Master Bedroom in the 7 years that we've been in our house.
I can't wait to reveal the finished look!!

Here's one of the "before" pics of our headboard..

Project #3
The Family Room Shelf

This will be faboulous when IF it gets finished. I have a "vision" for the completed/decorated project.
I just hope that we don't kill each other until after it's finished and I can show it to people!

I figured if I posted these projects on the blog, I'd have to finish them right?

I don't want to leave you all in suspense too long!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Beautifying the Front Yard

If dirt, weeds, Ants, worms, bees, random bugs, and thorns aren't your forte, gardening isn't a good hobby.

If you love flowers, and butterflies, and rabbits, and beautiful landscapes, gardens are pretty much a must!

Lucky for me, I have a wonderful husband that likes to garden, while I supervise!!

This weekend, we started the beautifying process of our yards(front and back) for the Summer.

Of course, we would decide to start this process on the two hottest days of the year so far!!

I wanted our driveway garden to be whimisical, and pretty, and am very happy so far with the results.

We still need to get mulch, and plant a few for flowers, but I can't wait to see it in a couple of weeks when the lillies, Black Eyed Susans, and Mums are in bloom!!

Here are the before pictures, it was soo overgrown!!

My parents stopped by to visit, and they got right to work helping out with the shoveling, and weeding.

Notice Scott, E, and my parents are ALL digging, while I'm taking pictures!!
I guess Someone has to be the Supervisor!!!

And the front porch, BEFORE, notice all of the CRAP stuff  sitting there?
Dead plants from last year, my milk jug from Christmas, how embarrassing!

And, these, (The Easter Bunny's footprints) were still bright pink on the porch even though
 Easter was a month ago!!

Here are the Afters so far...

The little green chair, was the one from this post
I painted it green and filled a vintage enamel Vegetable tray with daisies
I love how it looks now!

We power washed the porch, and any sign of the Easter Bunny's visit!
I planted two pots, and a wall planter, and we added a little wooden school chair that was Scott's when he was a kid. (We spray painted it black) And I added an enamel coffee pot with impatients.

It's a we just have to find time to finish the front yard, and move on to the back yard!!