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The makeshift greenhouse worked wonders

I made some pretty good progress in the back beds over the last couple of days. The side was empty a year ago! I’ve made it to the other corner of the house, to the banana plant. In a fit of hating the creeping jenny I planted in various places last year (it got leggy and has made me unhappy), I’m pulling it up and replacing it with the sedum ground cover pictured below, which we have elsewhere. Like in the top photo. The big fish will be moved to the big pond once we have it dug and everything installed. I hope that happens before it gets too hot but we’ll see! The parrots feather needs to be addressed and I’m waiting to see if the lily is going to come back. I didn’t winterize it. The fish seem to be very happy!

Scott Antique Market

Michael and I had to run back to Atlanta last Thursday. He’s there for a job and I was going to stay a night or two to continue fabric shopping and get in trouble with my girlfriends. Things were going as planned until we were approaching Atlanta and an ad for Scott Antique Market came on the radio and in that instant everything changed. I was told several years ago that Scott was the place for Lakewood Fairgrounds Antique Market refugees to flock when the latter closed in 2006.

I picked up some of the girls and we got there around one and made it through most of the North building on Friday. It’s exhausting seeing so much beauty and awesomeness. We ended up returning late on Saturday as ‘things’ popped up that pushed my departure back a day. We made it about an hour before closing and found our junk/salvage paradise.

I passed by many, many delightful things telling myself that we’d go back until I found these ceramic lobster boxes and could not resist their cuteness. I searched for something similar and found a single box on Ruby Lane.

I could have taken home just about everything from this booth as their prices were very reasonable…

But it was the vintage/antique skep that had me falling out. Michael and I have been dreaming of owning one but we know we’re going to wait quite a bit. It was lovely seeing this one.

This is probably one of my favorite items, a perfume holder and is about four inches in length. I didn’t get a very good photo of the vial extended, but it can be seen here. A tad out of my price range but maybe it will still be there the next time I’m there so I can do it a little more justice.

I am always fascinated by how people use/style animal parts, such as this camel foot ink well and bathing stag.


Aileen added these beauties to her skull collection.


As I was taking their photos the vendor suggested I have a look at the $20K lions. Sadly, I don’t have a space or $40K to take them home with me. I do hope they find a good home some day.

This fella was covering a power box outside.

Here are a few more images. It was hard to keep up as there were so many amazing finds at each turn.

This was an egg laying machine. We all loved the delightfully decrepit chickies and that dad was checking in on everyone.

I’m not sure why I loved these so much but they’re plain awesome.

As I was working on this post I discovered that Lakewood is alive and well on the third weekend of the month in Cumming, Ga. Ah, double the trouble but I’ll have to wait until the Farmer’s Market has closed for the season. Ain’t no way I can make it this weekend!

Dirt therapy

We’ve spent time every day this week working to reclaim the back yard. We brought the plants off the porch to give them a taste of the outside and will hopefully take the plastic down this weekend. It’s exciting to see life popping up from their winter hibernation. Several stalks of ginger are quite high at the moment as well as the canna.

I decided to pull together some of my favorite photos from last year to inspire us to make it bigger and greener this year! It feels great to have dirt under my nails again. 🙂

Go bold or go home

I took advantage of some $5 shelter magazine subscriptions over the holidays and we’re now getting House Beautiful. Part of me is experiencing some green guilt but there is nothing like holding a magazine in hand and seeing beautiful inspiration so close. This month’s issue is all about green, my favorite color. When I got to the page featuring a dining room styled by Meg Braff, I knew I’d found a breath of fresh inspiration for the dining room.

I love the grey in the dining room but the white lacks personality.

I think the green (in gloss) would be lovely addition to the room. I have several paint swatches that need to go on the wall. I think this could work.

{ First photo by James Merrell via House Beautiful. }

Oh hai, apparently I’ve been nominated in the Best DIY Blog category!

The one that got away

I’ve been in love with this dresser since it was posted on Design*Sponge. I immediately pinned it to my bedroom board but also dreamt of how it would look in the guest room… in orange. Miraculously, one showed up on Craigslist as part of a bedroom suite. I was willing to take it all just for the dresser and mirror. I had my grubby little hands on it last week when fate and responsibility walked into the room. After managing a situation, I was ready to call the seller at the end of the week to see it was still available. But then I realized that business licenses and insurance for my Farmers Market booth/other events were due this week.

I firmly believe that another one or something else that I will love as equally is out there. I’d rather have my booth!

Bon Weekend – under the sea

The antique sea life prints arrived yesterday and they’re lovely. We’re having the Edmund Dulac print framed by a cousin as a wedding gift. She reminded me that we never collected on her offer (it’s been almost three years now), so now we are! Better late than never, eh? I’m glad that I’ll have these to take along for the ride. I’m thinking we’ll be able to do some serious brainstorming.

Bon weekend, I hope it’ll be safe and fabulous!

Houston, we have paint colors

Last week I ran out to pick up more paint swatches and have narrowed them down to these. I’m going back and forth on the blue (I’m not matching the exact color in Photoshop). I tweaked the mint color just a tad but I think we’re ready to go forward with the ceiling (mint) and first layer of blue on the walls.

We also ordered wallpaper samples for mom’s bathroom. I’ll post those when they arrive. I’m glad she’s getting excited about everything!

Mail order love

A couple weeks ago I pinned a photo of a Begonia ‘Curly Fireflush’. I knew we had to have one so I headed out to Hyams to see if they had any but no luck so next was Abide-A-While. Again, no luck but I didn’t leave either establishment without some other beautiful tropical begonias! I turned to the trusty old internet and discovered Logee’s, based out of Connecticut, to find my precious. I placed my order on the first and my box arrived yesterday. I added a couple more plants to the order to even out the shipping and they arrived happy and healthy! They’re shipped in adorable 2.5″ pots and I’ll most likely repot them tomorrow as they don’t seem to be in any kind of shock.

Thanks Logee’s, you’ve earned a new customer for harder to find plants!

Bon Weekend – I love sea life

I completely forgot that I snagged this print last week as I was gathering guest room print ideas!

From the Etsy listing:
Edmund Dulac Fairy Tale Paintings
Edmund Dulac, born Edmond Dulac, October 22, 1882 – May 25, 1953, was a French book illustrator prominent during the so called “Golden Age of Illustration”.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Monsters in the closet

It happened again, I hit storage maximum capacity in the room. There was nowhere to turn but the closet of doom. What laid behind this door terrified me more than Sulley ever could and I’m afraid that even he wouldn’t work from this closet.

Let’s take look, shall we? (more…)

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