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Bon Weekend – Vintage goodies

We picked up this wonderful pitcher and ice bucket at an estate sale for our bar cart in the breakfast nook {pictures coming soon}. They had a great selection of matching starburst glasses and other accessories, but we kept our purchases to just these. I think they’ll add a lovely touch to the space.

I have some projects to share next week and some exciting new ideas to try out. I am very, very thankful of Labor Day sales at Michaels happening right now! Psst… they honor A.C. Moore coupons, by the way!

Until then, I hope everyone has a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!

Bon Weekend – Flurries of activity.

We’ve finished several projects over the last couple of weeks and I think we’re good to say that the entry/stairs are finished for the moment. I’m happy with how everything looks right now and I’m sure we’ll add a few things down the road. We also need to add the rocks to the boot tray (which was purchased from Crate & Barrel).

I do have some touch-up work on the kick plates as taping appears to have been a giant fail on several steps.

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Bon Weekend – bounty from the rescue rack

We’re not sure what some of these will look like when they bloom again, but we’re patient. As soon as the plants have finished flowering, we’ll repot them. Most of the time they’re sold {at non-nurseries} planted in nothing but sphagnum moss keeping the roots continually moist, which is not a good thing. We’re also looking into installing a couple of glass shelves in the the window insert to give ample light and space for everyone, and then we’ll get the humidity trays set up for them.

Oh, and don’t mind that weirdness on the wall below the window. Something Pictureshow added in one of the filters. I almost panicked like it was a ghost patch or something. 😉

Bon Weekend – Full Frontal

My gardening obsession has reached a fevered pitch recently and we’re going to address the main front bed shortly. The above photos were taken the day we looked at the house. I love variegated Pitosporum (the small bushes in the front), but they have a nasty fungus on them. Actually, most of the plants in the front are infected with something. Apparently we’re not the only yard suffering. The other bushes, mom knows their name, also have to go. I’m just not a fan. In their place we’re planting a loquat tree, white oleander and some lower growing plants. One of our sago palms is already in the bed and we have another sago inside that will now make it’s home outside. I’m in hopes of eventually having a curved palm or two in the front. They cost more, but I love their lazy slope.

I ordered some Hakone grass (aka Japanese Forest Grass) from Hyams this week. Oh Hyams, it has been my secret desire to work there for most of my adult life. Maybe one day!

{ Grass photo credit: BHG }

Bon Weekend – It’s Growler Time!

Charleston Beer Exchange

It’s been a long but good week and after seeing a post on growlers on Apartment Therapy, I was reminded that we need to replace ours as it broke during the move. Charleston Beer Exchange, here I come!

Ben

Our amazing 80 year old neighbor Ben Robertson, pulling from the keg at our wedding. Local organic Kolsch from Coast Brewing purchased at CBX.

{ Gowler Photo Credit: Flickr member chrys and Stacey Bode Photography, respectively. Click on the images to enlarge. }

Bon Weekend – I’m flying right now!

I’m kind of feeling like Super Girl right now as I just got the email informing me that I have been selected as an artisan vendor for the Charleston Farmers Market! I am part of the Rotating Market which means that I’ll be there bi-monthly. There may be an opportunity to become full time, but as of now, I am focusing on the fantastic opportunity that has been offered to me! The Market starts on Saturday, April 9. I don’t know if I’ll be there on odd or even weekends but I will update once I get the news.

WOOHOO!

I see so many wonderful things during the week that I want to share as a full feature, but I just don’t have the time to write about them. I’m going to try something that a lot of folks do, which is a Friday Favorites list of my favorite post of that week.
National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched house, creating a real-life version of Pixar’s animated hit film Up.

Mobile Urban Landscapes.

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

{ Photo credit: Free Pretty Things for You . Found via Pinterest. }

Bon Weekend – Thinking of Calgon colored water

{ Basin by Shannon Rankin | Ring | Necklace | Custom cut body of water by Crafterall }

I’ve been very lax in posting this week as Wednesday found us in the ER to treat Michael. He’s ok and on the mend but for the most part, I’ve been out of commission since Tuesday. All the work in the garden and the simply amazing weather recently has kept my mind on Calgon colored waters and my love of topography. However, we’ve now been hit with a new blast of cold and grey, so I think it’s even better that I share a few pieces from some of my Pinterest boards and Etsy!

Also, I couldn’t think of a better time to revisit the post highlighting the incredible work of Linda Glass.

Bon weekend to all!

ETA: after I published this post the sun came out and the temperature is on the rise!

Bon Weekend – Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

During an Etsy search the other day I ran across this adorable hare. No really, it’s really charming, but my mind immediately drifted into Holy Grail territory. If only it had a little more red on it, it would make for a lovely version of the ‘Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog’. Someone please give it a good home!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and please don’t forget to participate in my first giveaway!

Bon Weekend


Photo edited with Picture Show. Thanks to Lara at Piewacket for that wonderful tip!

Mom decided to give herself this LG TROMM set about four years ago and they’ve been great, but we’ve noticed that the dryer hasn’t been working very well recently. Michael pulled the vent hose off a little over a month ago and cleaned out the caked on lint and such and we thought that may have helped, but no. So today we pulled out the dryer and set about searching for the cause. First we tried to take off the back cover. The many screws come out but the edges are riveted to the sides. We pulled off the top to see if the front would prove as inpenetrable. We couldn’t see anything inside the compartment past the giant drum, but we were able to unharness the wire bundles and lift the top electrical section out and up a smidge to get to the screws to the front panel, and then the door screws. Voilà! The front panel finally came off and Michael could see the coils and other workings within the machine. He originally thought that something may have come loose and wet lint was escaping into the compartment and choking the coils, but they were gleaming. It wasn’t until he was about to give up when he noticed the small air vents in the back and it dawned on him that we had too much vent hose length in the back. It will recess into the machine and it has been sitting against the vent and not allowing any air flow to the coils, essentially choking the system. We put it back together {not without me forgetting to hand him a piece making us start all over}, vacuumed everything we could and now we’re set to see how it works. We’ve run it empty to see what the temp is and it’s at the recommended 175° so we should be in good shape!

I’ve been a bit absent these last few days as we’ve been very lucky that mom has been experiencing a few relatively pain free days. The three of us piled into the car on Wednesday and headed up to Brookgreen Gardens, just north of Litchfield Beach, about an hour and forty-five minutes up Hwy 17. We didn’t get through all of the gardens, but tickets are good for six days after your first visit! That’s pretty friggin’ awesome if you ask me. What we did see was really beautiful and we had wonderful time being together. Michael and I took a lot of pictures. I’ve only edited a couple from then and Monday at Middleton. We stopped in Georgetown for a late lunch along the waterfront. It was around 3:00 and most restaurants were closing to prep for dinner, but we found an incredible Italian restaurant called Portofinos on the Warf. We a calamari appetizer that was the best I’ve ever eaten and it went down nicely with Moretti from the tap.

Here are three pictures from Brookgreen Gardens so far…

Pegusus.
Granite, 1946-1954
15 ft. 3 in. x 15 ft. 9 in. x 7 ft. 8 in.
Signed: LAURA GARDIN FRASER 1946-1951 SCULPTOR / E. H. RATTI CARVER 1954
S.1946.006


One of the fountain spigots at the Fountain of the Muses by Carl Milles.

Diana. Bronze, designed in 1893, cast in 1979
Unsigned
Cast by Bedi-Makky Art Foundry
Gift of Joseph Veach Noble in memory of Olive Ashley Mooney Noble
S.1990.003
There are multiple statues of Diana throughout the gardens
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Giveaway!
I had really hoped to have gotten this together for this week, but I’m almost ready so I’ve decided run it next week!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Bon Weekend – The Mad Scientist’s Assistant.

Happy Friday! I’m off to Summerton, SC where I get to play Inga for Michael as he performs a day of Tesla/High Voltage demonstrations at the high school where one of my cousins teaches science. He’s done it before at Norcross High School, but I wasn’t able to be with him. I’m bringing the camera and hope to get some pictures!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.
{ Image of Teri Garr as Inga from Young Frankenstein taken from a Blue Ray screenshot. I grabbed it from the internet a while back and can’t remember where! }

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