Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Sunflower Chalkboard

So....I already had my August chalkboard finished .. then I saw a design on Facebook using colored chalk for the sunflowers, and I had to give it a try !
Love..love..love it !
 I got this frame at a yard sale last summer and have used it since last fall for a seasonal design..In a couple weeks it will be time for Fall !


 Until then this is going to be hanging in my kitchen !

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Backyard Garden

Good morning ! Thought I would share a few shots of my backyard gardens .. I picked these little mini zinnias yesterday ..Aren't they just the cutest !
 Theres only a few sunflowers left .. wished they lasted longer !
 I caught Mr. Squirrell sitting on this sunflower yesterday like he was riding a parade float :)
 The fall raspberries are starting to grow now ..all the patches of zinnias are doing great !
 On the back sidewalk theres lots of coneflowers , and of course zinnias !
 More zinnias planted in a long planter on the patio..

A little vignette with a small rummage sale ladder , birdhouse and pots of flowers .. surrounded by bee balm , zinnias and black eyed susans.

 In the front of this photo are some pots with potatoes growing and some pots of pumpkins ,,The back is the vegetable garden, with a few rows of zinnias :) ..There are more sunflowers in the back of the garden ..See the red one ? Just don't look at the weeds ..lol .. because those are what I grow best !!!
 I used my big telephoto lens to take these photos.. Love the bee in the coneflowers
 The finches eating the sunflower seeds..
A bee on a zinnia..
 My first ever shot of a hummingbird !
 All of these sunflowers the birds and chipmunks planted ..
 This was taken from my kitchen window .. A limelight hydrangea , sunflowers and a couple planters on the windowsill..
 Finally the blackberries are getting ripe !
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sunflower Vignettes

 Sunflowers and August :)...
 I redid the seasonal chalkboard I have in the kitchen to a sunflower theme..
 I also did the galvanized tray I got from Sam's club with sunflowers ..lots of chickens and some more of the painted mason jars...Its sitting on the stamped table runner I made last year ..


 There is always a basket of fresh vegetables on the counter this time of year .. and of course a mason jar full of my favorite zinnias ! Love this vignette on my counter with an upside down basket tray from Goodwill with a vintage scale , mason jars and of course a chicken !

Still loving the galvanized tiered tray , and I can't wait to fill it with pumpkins and other fall goodies !! Except I don't want summer to be over !

This wrought iron 2 tiered stand in the foyer got a new chalkboard design and a few bunches of sunflowers...
 The big painted mason jars got black and white check ribbons and some sunflowers..a black and white chicken and a vintage scale ...
These are the zinnias I picked yesterday that are in the mason jar .. so many flowers blooming ..I love this time of year !
My youngest son helped my daughter build this arbor for her yard.. It is going in the backyard but we need more help to get it back there ! It only took them a few hours..
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Stitching

 Good morning ! Here are my August With Thy needle and Thread Wordplay and the monthly cottage from Country Cottage Needleworks ..As usual they are kept in place by magnets and sheet metal..
 I used green gingham for the back of the August wordplay.. It seems like up til now the wordplay and cottage went really well together ..this month not so much ! I just used sunflowers to accessorize with , vinatge mason jars ..and the white chicken..
 I stitched these last year , so it was nice just to finish them up this morning :)

One of our Jack Russells Ronnie on her constant chipmunk hunt ..Love this time of year in the garden !
Seems like summer is flying by ! We finally had some rain last night ..its been a while ! 
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Blue Puffy Flower Blanket

 The blue puffy flower blanket is finally finished ! It seemed to take me forever !! :)
 I have already made a blanket using these squares. This one is for my daughters bedroom at her house..the yarn is a mix of I love this yarn from Hobby Lobby and Red Heart Yarn. I just tried to find as many shades of blue as possible
She has a really pretty all blue and white comforter ..I think it looks pretty good !
 Apparently the dogs love it :)

you can find the free pattern here. Last week we went to the Wisconsin State Fair..My daughter, daughter in law , and the three grandsons..
It was great ! Can't wait til next year to go again !
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Sunflower Wreath


Woo Hoo Sunflowers ! They are blooming in our yard right now , so I thought it was time to take down the daisy wreath and make a sunflower wreath..
 I used 3 bunches of sunflowers and just pulled the flowers off the stems and hot glued them into a grapevine wreath. I added a few of the leaves just scattered around and hot glued. I layed out all the sunflowers before I started glueing so I made sure it was pretty even. The bunches I got had a couple different sizes of sunflowers. I got them at Michaels , they were $7.99 a bunch and 40 % off ..plus right now theres a coupon for 20% more off your total purchase.
 Couldn't have been easier ! I also added a black and white burlap check ribbon to hang it ..

 It looks summery , but you could also go into early fall with this wreath.
 I have sunflowers blooming in the vegetable garden that peek over the fence into the front yard .. This planting area is new this year , I love the hydrangea tree... There are 2 incrediball hydrangeas on the right side of the tree and all the way on the end is a pinky winky hydrangea thats starting to bloom ! Can't wait to see it fully bloomed ! I still need more perrenials and mulch , but for now it is looking pretty good !
 The sunflowers in the garden .. even a red one on the end.
 I have alot of sunflowers that the birds and chipmunks plant for me , and all these in this coneflower patch are planted by the animals..

 My zinnias are looking fabulous , I have so many patches of them growing ..wish I had acres of them growing !



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