Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Shopping Deals and a Garden Stool

I've been sharing lots of deals on Instagram and wanted to share them here too. I've gotten some really good deals lately. :)

I love a good end-of-season sale and Big Lots didn't disappoint. I picked up these blue plastic hobnail glasses for $1.25! (I bought 6) The little bird tray was only $3.50. I love anything hobnail. 

blue hobnail glasses

This little caddy was at Homegoods for only $6.99. I love using it for forks and napkins when we have people over. 

white ceramic silverware caddy

I've mentioned this before, but did y'all know that Party City has a great selection of guest napkins? Most of them are $2.95 for a 16 pack. I've seen some good ones at Tuesday Morning too. I like to stock up on them for the guest bathroom. (I have a little tray they fit into perfectly.) That way, people have a disposable napkin to dry their hands with instead of a communal towel. :)

They have such a wide selection. These are the ones I picked out this time...

I've had my eye on these cute ruffle bowls at Michael's for a couple of years now. I just happened to notice they were on sale the other day. I got the large green one for $2 and the small red one for only $1. Perfect for Christmas chips and dips!

michael's ruffle bowls

I can't tell you how many times I've passed up this little crown trinket box in the dollar section at Michael's. I even had it in my cart a few times, then put it back because I wasn't sure what I'd use it for. Well, this time, I told myself to just reach into the bin with all the trinket boxes (they have lots of different ones) and if I happened to pull out the crown one, then I'd buy it. It was kismet, I tell ya. ;) And was marked $2, but rang up only $1. Totally meant to be. :)

crown stamped trinket box

Speaking of Michael's, I kept noticing how several people on IG got these awesome deals on garden stools at Michael's. They were picking them up on clearance for something crazy like $16! I decided I "needed" one, but my Michael's didn't have any and I wasn't about to spend $129 like some stores were asking. So I went to Homegoods looking specifically for a white one and BAM! There it was! And you know what? It was only $39. Not the $16 that some people got, but still a lot less than $129. 

And you know what else? It looks exactly like the $129 ones. :)

white garden stool in decor

I think it adds a nice touch to my living room and can even be used as a little table. 

white garden stool

Well, that's all the deals for now. Have y'all gotten any awesome end-of-season deals?


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Late Summer Garden Tour

I thought I'd take y'all with me on a little backyard garden tour today.

I think I went through three other spots in the garden before I found one this plumbago liked. Actually, this is two plants close together. I love the blue flowers. 

My shamrock plant is doing surprisingly well. I wasn't sure if this little 4 inch plant from the grocery store back in March would be able to withstand our summer heat, but it persevered. It keeps getting bigger and bigger and graces us with these sweet little white blooms. 

Oh, how I love my gomphrena! This is going to be my go-to plant for my patio pots next year. I can just picture my whole patio covered with these. :) They can take the Texas heat like no other. They actually like to dry out a little too, so it's a wonderful match for our climate.

Here's another one that loves the heat. Esperanza. I have several yellow ones and an orange one. These blooms are so pretty to cut and bring indoors. 

Here's a close up of a cluster of Esperanza blooms...

And here's what the orange ones look like...

Those always remind me of green beans. :) 

The bottle brush is gearing up for another round of blooms. 

Here's a close up of the bottle brush blooms. They attract A LOT of bees though. :)

Now, although my gomphrena is doing great, the other patio plants are starting to show some wear and tear from the heat. I have to admit though, the zinnias lasted a lot longer than I anticipated. I was impressed with how much heat they could take. I probably need to do some dead heading here.

The vitex and bottle brush trees seem to be on the same bloom schedule this year. In a week or so, these will be bursting with purple blooms.

I can't wait until it gets a little cooler so we can enjoy some time out on the patio. And by "cooler" I mean below 90 degrees. Lol!

walmart patio set

If you missed how we transformed our patio, you can see it HERE. You won't believe the "before" pics. Yikes!

patio decor

We've been in a drought for years, but luckily this year, we received a good amount of rain. I think we've only had to run the sprinklers once. It's amazing how quickly the grass greens up after a good rain.

The bald cypress provides a nice canopy of shade in the hot summer.

I still can't believe this is what the above area used to look like when the boys were little...

My how times have changed. :) You can see the whole post about our backyard transformation HERE.

Here are a few more pics from my phone...

backyard landscaping

If you're new here, you may not know that the bench and adirondack chairs below were crafted by my hubby. When the boys outgrew the playset, we tore it down, but kept the wood. My hubby used the wood to make the chairs for this little sitting area under the tree. So, in a sense, we do still have part of the playset out here. :)

My youngest son put together that arbor for me when he was just 10 years old.

backyard arbor

The knock out roses are strutting their stuff. :)

knockout roses texas

This pic below is one of my favorite spots. It's taken from underneath the bald cypress tree. The perfect spot to sit and read a book with a big glass of sweet iced tea. :) 

backyard secret garden

It's funny to see how much the bald cypress has grown. Here's a pic right after we planted it, about 13 years ago...

Can you spot it in the upper right hand corner behind the park bench? And here it is today...

texas bald cypress tree

It would be even taller if hurricane Ike hadn't chopped about 10 feet off the top. Oh, and that fence is about 6 ft. tall just to give you some perspective on its size. 

Below is my butterfly bush. It's still pretty, but always starts looking a little leggy this time of year. 

Well, that's it for the garden tour. Thanks for coming along with me. :) Hope you all have a wonderful day!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Flower Bouquets and New Doormats

Riveting title, huh? :)

I love having fresh flowers in my house. I've been clipping some blooms from my garden and bringing them inside to enjoy. Oh, and I finally got on the bandwagon and purchased a green ball jar. It's perfect for displaying fresh flowers. 

decorating with green ball jars

My crepes are busting out with blooms right now. 

purple crepe myrtle

Okay, y'all remember my pitiful looking fern back in March? Here's a pic to refresh your memory...

Well, just look at her now... #blessherheart

You know how sometimes things get overlooked in your house? For me, it was my sad looking doormats. Here's the old one we've had on our back patio for probably 10 years. It really had no scraping power and didn't really do much to clean your shoes.

The other day, I told my hubby I wanted to find new doormats for the front and back doors. I said I wanted a green and tan one with a geometrical print. Well, just look what was in the Kohl's ad the very next day...

Exactly what I was looking for! And they were 50% off!! I think the green goes so well with my green patio furniture and rug.

kohls doormat

Here's the one by the front door...

They're made of coir, which is like a coconut fiber. It scrapes your shoes really well before entering the house. 

kohls geometric doormat

Well, that's it for now. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!! I'll be back next week with a full backyard garden update. Things are blooming right and left out there. :)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One Of My Favorite Purchases

Okay, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite purchases with y'all today. I actually got three emails last week asking where I bought this, so I decided to do a whole post about it. At the bottom of the post I'll put a direct link to this product if you'd like to buy it. (I've had mine for a long time, so the new version is a tad different, but basically the same idea.) And no, I'm not getting paid for this, it's just something I've enjoyed through the years. :)

So, here it's my welcome sign with all these attachments!

Isn't it cute? I bought it at Lillian Vernon about 20 years ago. 

The welcome sign can be used by itself or you can add one of the above attachments. 

Like I said, I bought mine a long time ago, so the newer version is a bit different. It still has the welcome sign and some attachments, but they are more modern looking. :) 

Mine are starting to look more "vintage" now. :) Maybe that means I'm vintage...hmm...

Here are some close ups of the individual ones. Love these for Christmas time.

christmas decor for the front door

After a long, hot summer, I'm usually itching to get these out in the Fall. 

These always work well for the Summer.

I do have to say that I've never used the bird one below. I don't know why, but it's never graced the front porch. :) I do like the basket of flowers for Spring though.

And of course we have the jack-o-lantern for Halloween and the bunny for Easter. :)

easter bunny for front door

I have a couple of options for the fourth of July and Memorial Day.

These are my favorites. Hearts for Valentine's Day, a birthday cake for all the birthdays we celebrate, and a leprechaun hat with some shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. 

birthday sign for front door

Each sign has these little hooks at the top so you can hang it from the welcome sign.

If there's not an upcoming holiday, I usually leave it empty like this...

But as soon as a holiday is approaching, I pull out the appropriate sign, like this flag for the fourth of July. 

You can click HERE for a direct link to this particular item on the Lillian Vernon website. Like I said, the new one is a bit different from mine, but still just as cute, if not cuter. :) You can now even personalize it with your last name. 

Well, that's it for now. Do y'all have a favorite purchase you've made over the years? Do tell! Y'all have a great day!


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