Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Brunch With Butterflies


It's amazing how fast you can create a wildlife habitat with just a few flowers and veggies. And even though unwanted visitors such as aphids can be pesky problems, it's very rewarding to see lots of honeybees (yay!) and butterflies in a new little garden sanctuary you have created. After battling Lyme disease non-stop the past few years, it can sometimes be unnerving to be in nature and around vegetation. But today reminded me that it's worth it to stop and take the time to literally smell the roses (or if you are a butterfly, eat the petunias) and to remember that God is still in control, and that beauty and light will always triumph over darkness. We just have to make the choice to embrace the light and let go of fear. So with my garden gloves on I began deadheading and pushing away my fears of ticks, mosquitos, parasites and disease causing insects, and I was very quickly rewarded with a visitor...




I have been seeing more butterflies around as the garden grows. I wish I had a before picture because there was really nothing to draw them in prior to adding my herbs, flowers and veggies.





This is how our landscaping and garden area is looking. I still have lots in mind to do before fall but it's a start.







It is our first summer here and although the house is great, we really didn't inherit much of interest in the landscape except a grape arbor, some nice hollies and a couple of hydrangeas. The rest has been created from scratch and as you can see there are lots of new places for butterflies to linger.





I was working on deadheading my petunias next to the gnome garden (which I intend to do a post on soon) when this butterfly  decided to stop by for brunch. You can see to the left on the petunia.






I grabbed my phone and started getting as many photos as I could, waiting for it to open its beautiful wings. The sun is so bright today (a welcome change from a predominantly gray-wet July) that the pictures came out very vibrant even without editing.

















We have had a dragonfly lately too, but I couldn't find him so this one will have to do for now.





 As I was walking around the garden, I noticed another little beauty who prefers the peach petunias.







I collected some of the petunias I had pruned and made a little fragrant bundle with mint to send a virtual bouquet to my sister.





Yes there are spiders in those rocks. I see them everyday. I have had one tick already this summer. Mosquitos are always a problem. But I fight, I fight fear by embracing beauty and praising our creator no matter what.

Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing (and butterflies that feast)
Thank you God, for everything.

Happy summer Sunday!
For more of my herbs and junk garden click hereGalvanized Garden Goodies and Herbs

Amber



Parties:
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Galvanized Garden Goodies and Herbs



Hello old friends! I'm finally getting around to doing a post. I can't figure out how to upload pictures from my iPad to blogger so I'm way behind on showing you our new home, but I thought I should check in at least with a little post about my container garden area which has evolved into a wonderful little herb-junk garden. I started this post about  6 weeks ago and I'm finally finishing it. We have had rain nearly every day so it was almost impossible to get pictures. Since I started this post I did a lot of changing things around in breaks between the rain. You easily will see the progress!


Before:





We have a small patio area that is perfect for container gardening. I've chosen to use my galvanized containers as the central theme with some other old rusty pieces thrown in for interest. This year  I've focused on herbs since they are my love and low maintenance. This post can also serve as a "before" since we are planning to repave the patio sometime before fall. I started this post a while back and the garden area has changed each day. It's never "finished" when you are a decorator and gardener!






This area is just starting to come together. I haven't done much to the  deck because we are going to redo it soon, but I did stick a few things out for Memorial Day.






Lots of shabby garden goodness here---lovely shells, a distressed terra cotta pot with lavender, fleur de Lis garden globe and my son's little gnome peeping out.






I discovered a cheap way to make "chalkboard" pots using a black plastic pot and a chalk paint pen. Easy-peasy! Actually, easy-herbsy!

I wanted a unique plant stand, so I got creative and used an old rusty step ladder from the garage. 












I couldn't go through summer without some succulents in an old urn. They have grown quite a bit since this picture was taken.

Actually I've added-subtracted-rearranged so much since I started this post it doesn't even look the same now. It's really starting to be a place I don't want to leave.






I moved the lavender from the patio table to the garden in this picture and even since then I have given it a permanent home in the ground.






The previous picture was taken before adding the river rocks and brick edging. I just love this! I also added an old metal trellis that I had been using as decor inside the house. It really helped define the garden space.











As you can see I've switched things around quite a bit. I love the "feel" of this area and the fragrance of chamomile, thyme, rosemary, mint, and lavender fill the air as you walk by.






If you haven't tried spicy globe basil, you are missing out! Even if you have had trouble growing other varieties, this one is really hardy and resistant to disease. It is  thriving alongside curry, chives and lemon thyme.





The tomatoes are the little red engines who could! They have been drowned daily and then scorched with the crazy weather but I have been vigilant about removing yellowing leaves (use garden gloves!) and Garden Safe insecticidal soap and of course loving them, and as you can see they add coming along!






Well I hope you have enjoyed this little tour! I've missed you all and I have so much to catch up on, especially with fall just around the corner, I simply have to get back into the blogging groove!

Amber
Parties:
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Monday, January 19, 2015

New House!

Hello friends, is anyone still out there? I'm still here, through faith and prayer and a hard head! Most of you know I have been battling Lyme Disease for a while and over the last few months I have not had the time or energy to blog at all.  We decided to move to a house with a smaller yard and a little better layout for me and  it happened really fast. I didn't even have time to blog about it. I thought I had done one post in October but I accidentally wrote it on the blog I had created as a sales ad for the house.  Anyway we have been truly blessed and I will have a lot to blog about over the next few months as long as I am able. Here is the link to the post where you can see our old and new house and just a few fall treasures.

Autumn Touches
Although I loved my shabby whites cottage, our new house is full of warm, dark wood and surprisingly I love it so much more! I hope you will check back this week when I show our painted floor makeover. See you soon!

Amber

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day, Goodbye Summer!


Happy Labor Day everyone! I thought today would be perfect for showing my little patriotic vignette I created for the Fourth of July since I missed posting in July and red, white and blue is a Labor Day theme as well.

For summer I like to put out my Uncle Sam and patriotic touches to last though Labor Day. Although I love shabby-junky-chic, I always keep some primitive things around the house to create a welcome home-spun feel and it works so well with my ironstone and farmhouse items.

Vintage birthday candles to celebrate America's birthday on the Fourth.

Summer isn't summer without bubbles! Love this vintage jar with original contents.
I found this antique scrap at an estate sale. Someone long ago took the time to hand stitch a tribute to  one of the most famous hand-stitched pieces in history!

I used it to temporarily cover an old stool.

Farewell summer! Bring on the pumpkins!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A "Deer" Summer Vignette

Hello again already! I'm back with another quick post of a "deer" little summer vignette I threw together with some junk I had in my stash. You may remember my sweet deer from previous posts. She surely is one of my all time favorite finds. Today she is enjoying the last days of summer decked in her retro shades and enjoying a cool sip from a vintage coke bottle.

One reason I love blog land is knowing that you Junkers totally "get" how much enjoyment I get from creating a little display like this. Some visitors just sort of look at my stuff in odd way, and although they think it's cute, they just don't get the thrill.
 Call me weird, but I just love this deer in her sunglasses and she truly has made my gloomy summer (health issues) a lot brighter.



She's enjoying her time in Fl. I love that little vintage mini license plate. I found it about a week after I had created the vignette and it was a perfect addition.


She used a vintage map hankie to find her way to FL. (Actually it's a Wyoming state hankie. I know these are hot collectors items, so I'm willing to sell it once my deer makes it back home to settle into her fall vignette-just message me if you are interested!)

                       Fall 2013
I can't believe it's the middle of August and it won't be long until the fall decorating actually begins.

Until then, have a "deer" rest of your summer!

Feathered Nest Friday

Sunday, August 3, 2014

For The Birds


Well this summer really has been "for the birds" for me due to health issues and I really didn't get to enjoy it much or do a lot of decorating. I'm going to spend the next few posts catching up a bit and hopefully I'll be back blogging full force for fall. I can't miss blogging during my favorite season!

Today, however, "for the birds" is dedicated to lovely little birds and has a more positive connotation. I'm going to show you a corner of my dining room that hosts my bird themed treasures.

The 1930's bird cage is a focal point which creates the perfect backdrop for my bird treasures. This year I filled the cage with my vintage McCoy pots and some old floral tins for a summery garden display. 

Back in the spring I found this cool "junk light cover thingy?"" I originally planned to use it on my garden but it ended up making a pretty cloche display on my shabby green side table.
Even though I created this vignette back in the spring I love it so much that I still haven't changed it. The colors and garden theme still seemed to work for summer so I left it alone.

I filled it with some sweet things as you can see, such as an old garden nozzle, tiny chalk painted terra cotta pots and some natural looking eggs.  The bird picture was cut from an old 1800's book that was falling apart.  I got on a vintage frozen Charlotte kick in the spring and was buying them up and altering them to sell in my Junky Chic Boutique, but  like so many of my creations, I ended up keeping her since she is just so cute!
I used old lace and ribbon scraps to make her a dress and an old tiny doily for her hat. A vintage watch piece announces the season.


I display most of my bird treasures on the ledge behind the side table.


I'm pretty sure my whole bird thing started with this lovely vintage tray that I bought many years ago at a yard sale for a quarter. 

Actually most everything in this picture is from a yard sale.
Here is another illustration from the same 1800's book as the picture in the cloche.  You will probably be seeing several more pictures from the same book coming up in future posts. The artwork is just beautiful. 

Well I have enjoyed getting a real post up today! I am looking forward to getting caught up on your lovely blogs and linking up to some parties this week. If you love birds, nests, birdhouses, etc., take a look at my  "For The Birds" board on Pinterest.

Have a great Sunday!parties:
http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-new-soap-dispenser-show-and-tell.html?m=1


http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/2014/08/tray-chic.html?m=1

http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/2014/08/feathered-nest-friday.html?m=1

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Catching Up! Good Friday: Behold The Lamb


Update: I have been dealing with Lyme related issues for months, therefore I have been absent from blogging. This post is one I was working on before things got really bad. I am doing a little better now and I hope to get back into blogging soon.  


For the first part of the post I will show you how I simply tweaked my Easter mantel. I decided I wanted to keep a spiritual theme through summer, as I am going through such a difficult time and find peace looking at the Lord's picture. 


I simply took away any Easter-y things and added this old ruler with "A Good Rule" on it, then I just changed some things around. I dropped my new iPhone in water so I had to take these photos with my old one, sorry they aren't clear.



I really like the little brass candle holder for some reason. I'm still looking for something junky-chic and unique to sit on top. 

Now moving on to my original post-

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying this Easter weekend. I had only a quick bit of time to snap a few shots of my mantel earlier on this glorious Good Friday. The beautiful sunshine resulted in glares and less than perfect photos, but our focus today isn't on our homes and decorating, but on our Lord Jesus Christ. This year for Easter I decided to base my mantel theme upon Jesus, the true meaning of Easter.

Behold the lamb of God, who take taketh   
away the sins of the world.
Psalm 23~The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He is risen!

Best Easter wishes to you all!
Amber