Monday, March 30, 2009

A Springy Metamorphosis

On March 17th our little garden club decided to plant wheat grass for cute little Easter decorations.

I chose a couple of small silver dishes I never use and lined them with aluminum foil.

Next we poured some nice Miracle Grow potting soil in each container.

You really need to cover the soil with a solid layer of wheat grass seeds. I believe you can buy them in health food stores. Some in my group said they had used rye seeds before and you can find these at your local hardware stores.

I tried to sprinkle the seeds lightly with a bit of soil to cover them, however, some said that it wasn't necessary.

After planting, water daily and put near a sunny window. It won't be long until you see a wonderful metamorphosis.....
Are you ready to see what it looks like less than 2 weeks later?

I was amazed!!!

Here I just stuck in a couple of my silk forthysia sprigs...

Here's a little silver pail I had bought at Target last year and was so happy to have used as a planter because you can see the roots!

Debbie, from Confessions of a Plate addict has this little guy's girlfriend, we won them from Gollum's booksigning tour.

If you are looking for a fun Springy Metamorphosis, try this, it is easy and fun. Now I'll have to figure out a little tablescape to go with it.

Go to Susan's at for other great ideas. Thanks, Susan.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Frannie Fringe: Before and After

Here is a sad little chair that rescued from the landfill............ I'm sure she was a beauty in "her day".

I brought her home and without any idea what I would do to her, I started playing with some fabric I had and after a day of stapling, gluing and swearing (not really), here is one version of her new look:

I actually didn't have enough of the yellow fabric, so I looked around my heaping closet of remnants and found this blue fabric, and thus the flip side looks like this:

Just love what a new outfit can do for an old gal, don't you?

Please join the lovely Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more metamorphosis.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hurry Spring!

What I love about blue and white is that it looks just as pretty with yellow in the spring/summer as it does with red accents in the fall/winter. A couple months back I posted my tablescape with red accents. You can see it here. Which do you prefer?

This tablesetting is also done with the Spode Blue Room Collection Plates, like the one I did in red, but I'm using different plates.

This is called "Castle" and introduced in 1806..

"Byron Groups" is the name of this design, introduced in 1835.

This plate is called, "Caramanian", introduced in 1809.

Close up of Caramanian.

This design was introduced in 1844 and is called, "Continental Views".

This little guy is waiting patiently for Spring............

You know I "heart" my roosters........

See this little gravy boat? I bought it from Leeza Gibbon's father. He owns an antique store in S.C.

Thanks so much, Susan for being the hostess to Tablescape Thursday !

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A rainy day project...

I've always loved decorating magazines and have had a difficult time parting with them, but after a while piles in every closet start taking up too much space. For the last couple of years I've been ripping out the pages that I love and putting them in a file folder.

The only problem with that, is that it's a mess trying to flip through the pages...

"Lucky" for me, this weekend was rainy, cold and gray... no movies I wanted to see, nothing I wanted to shop for ( I know, how strange is that?)... so I took out my trusty decorating ideas folder to see if I could get inspired.

I've always considered myself a disorganized mess. I hear creative people are seldom neat, and I will happily categorize accordingly, but I was not inspired looking at the ripped pages all over the place.
Remember, organizing is not my "thing".... so this was a big step for me.

I got out my paper cutter that I bought to do creative memories and snipped off all of the ragged edges.

Then the hole puncher came out of hiding ....

Oh, what a lovely way to spend a Sunday....

I found that I had Holiday pages as well as ideas for centerpieces and such, so I took out some of my kids' notebook dividers to keep those sorted out.

Isn't this a pretty arrangement? Wow, it looks like I chewed that page off!

Oh, much better now...

A nice arrangement for Christmas or Valentine's Day.....

This one is filed under Holiday....

.... and there you have it peeps: My feeble attempt at organizing my frazzled pile of decorating inspiration...

Now I better go make myself a cup of coffee so I can relax with my new favorite "book".

I hope this "counts" as a metamorphosis..

AFTER:Susan would love to see you at Between Naps on the Porch for some great transformations!