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Thursday, June 2, 2011


I have been taking advantage of the great weather we have been having to get some projects worked on.

Remember that frame I showed you a couple of weeks ago.


I dry brushed the frame with old white chalk paint and added a wood insert painted with chalk board paint.  I love the detail of the frame.

Words soon to come "HOUSE RULES" necessary for a smooth summer while mom is at work.

Before and during the painting process of an antique fireplace mantel I bought at an antique sale.
Sorry for the odd picture, this sucker is heavy and I did not want the beveled mirror to fall out.

I can't wait to get it into my living room.

The garden before, just a pile of sand and some weeds.

It has already begun to look much better.
I was lucky to start with a fence and a wild white rose bush as my backdrop.
Add some dirt and plants.

This is the back of the garden as seen from the driveway. 
I always try to add a path through my gardens for the children and myself.
I love to walk through my gardens early in the morning with a cup of coffee and see how my plants are doing. 

But, I am not done yet!



I still have several groupings of plants that have yet to be planted.
And who am I kidding, the planting season has only just begun.
There is always room for more flowers.

So, that is what keeps me busy these days.
How about you? 

Are you busy planting, painting, sewing, or are you relaxing?


  1. Oh, you have been busy. I love what you did with the frame. I wish I could say I've been relaxing. Ha...really just doing all the end-of-the-year-with-a-senior things. Fun, but ready to take a few days off and do something like writing, sewing and reading. In my dreams, huh?

  2. I can see that it is going to be beautiful!

  3. It looks amazing!!! Love your path too; nothing like a quiet walk, with just your cup of coffee, in the garden.........

  4. The frame and chalkboard turned out great!!! I still need to buy chalkboard paint and go crazy!!! I adore the mantle!!! It's amazing!! The garden is looking so good!! I need to begin one!!!

  5. Alaina,

    Adore the exquisite detail of the frame and great use of it! The antique fireplace mantle with the beveled mirror is gorgeous. Can't wait to see it in place! Your gardens always look magnificent.
    I've been spending my mornings digging in soil, planting, weeding, thinning beds.

    Your Friend,

  6. I love the frame, it turned out beautifully! Your garden looks lovely too, sounds nice walking thru there with your morning coffee:)

  7. Enjoying your projects and some R&R myself!

  8. Wow, it all looks amazing!!! I can't wait to see the fireplace mantle in place, it's absolutely gorgeous!!
    I hope you have a beautiful week.

  9. Hello, thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. I have been browsing your archives and very much enjoying your creations and projects. The top mirror reminds me so much of a mirror I painted! You have lovely style!


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