Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Completing an Outdoor Vignette

Remember my green toolbox with the Emerson quote "Earth Laughs in Flowers" painted on it, and my vintage garden tools?


Today I completed the vignette. I added a butcher sign, roosters, faux plant, and a reproduction sampler.

First the sign. Don't you love a "pig" sign? As you will see, the sign matches my door "terra cotta" accent color.


Then I added ceramic roosters, a faux plant, and a small runner to my existing shelf. (This area is covered by a very large roof overhang, but I put rocks in the holes in bottom of the roosters to weigh them down in case of strong winds.)


This sampler hangs on my side garage door.


So here is the whole vignette. Chippy chair with toolbox and vintage garden tools, shelf with roosters and faux plant, pig sign, and reproduction sampler on a terra cotta door.

The vignette is complete!

Despite the cool temps in Northern Minnesota, I forged ahead and planted my flower beds and pots. We dodged the frost last night, possible frost tonight, so don't expect much from these recently planted annuals.


Just wanted to show you a new element to add vertical interest to my flower border besides the stepladder, a funnel on a broken handle. Two red lantana are planted in this funnel. Can't wait to see it fill in.








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Monday, May 28, 2012

Grad Party Table Centerpieces

I have mentioned a few times in my blog posts that our youngest child, a daughter, is graduating from high school this year. (She also graduated with an AA degree at the local community college on May 18th, through a post secondary option program!)


The grad party will be at the country club, because our daughter has been on the high school golf team since 7th grade, and has also worked at the golf course since she was 15.


The high school colors are purple and gold. This is one of the table centerpieces that we are using for the party.

The table runners are cut from green indoor/outdoor carpeting and shaped to represent the actual greens at our country club. Holes 1-12 have first grade through 12th grade school photos on the flags. Holes 13-18 flags have random photos of her.

This pot has purple Angelonia and yellow Violas. Other pots have different combinations of purple and gold.

The flags were made from purple and gold card stock, dowels, vinyl peel off numbers, ribbon, and 2" x 2" photos. I covered the flags with clear contact paper. (just in case it rains)



The terra cotta centerpieces were placed on all the indoor tables and outdoor deck tables.  Balloons in the school colors were also placed in the center of the tables.







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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vintage Garden Tools & Toolbox

I was hoping to have my living room reveal today.


I am off work. I borrowed a steamer and got the wrinkles out of my new curtains. But, it's a really cloudy, dark day, and I decided to give up on the idea of the whole room reveal.


In it's place, I am posting a outdoor vignette of a tool box painted by a good friend who owns a local occasional craft and collectibles shop, The Tattered Angel.


The green tool box has the quote "Earth Laughs in Flowers" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.


It is sitting on a white chippy chair next to our attached garage side door.


Daisies and bees are painted on the ends.



Inside the toolbox is a distressed pot with double impatiens, vintage garden "scratchers" or hand rakes.

Also vintage grass clippers and an iron lady statue.

I bought this little lady about 15 years ago at a garage sale for about 50 cents. It's a heavy iron piece with a hole in the top and bottom. Not sure what she was from, let me know if you recognize her. It's perfect for a garden or flower pots with the bouquet.




Do you collect vintage garden hand tools? I do.

I also collect bigger farm tools. They are perfect for decorating flower gardens and outdoor spaces.




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