Saturday, June 30, 2012

4th of July on the Front Porch

FYI- forgive my use of Southernisms. I tried to make corrections where I could.
 There are two things every Southerner wants- A big pitcher  of sweet tea and a big ole front poach porch.
A poach porch to shoot the breeze on , eat our supper on and take naps on. You see, that's just what us Southerners do. In fact we caint figure out why people don't just live on their porch.
See, in my family, we like to entertain and more then
 likely it will be outside on the poach. We built this house for that very reason. So this year, I reckon the 4th is on the porch.
Most of our friends will walk on over from somewhere down yonder the road and find a seat to just sit... and sit, which is not really a problem cause every  Southern porch should have plenty of seats.
 With big comfy cushion and pillows-  but you wanna make sure they aint to comfy or they won't go home!

This is an example of the conversation you might hear on a Southern Porch
" Did ya'll hear about lil Johnny causing a ruckus down over at Stans place last evening"? or maybe this 
 "Yall young'ns stop a-carryin on so we cain't hear each other talk." 
Or when my neighbor asks  
"How'd all them dadburned "junebugs" git on your rose bushes?"
 And then there's the little extras that help us to celebrate Independence day, like these little pin wheels tucked inside a mason jar
or a stash of sparklers for the kids, although locals around this part prefer to set off dynamite as firecrackers instead
And goodness gracious, don't forget to serve the sweet tea. It's kinda like the law around here to drink your tea out of a chilled mason jar
 Although in a town of 500, chances are the one and only police officer ( aka- po-po) is sitting right next to you drinking his sweet tea too!
  Most important is to celebrate our country's independence and enjoy the day with your family and friends on wherever your front porch is!

 PS- you can find my Burlap summer wreath tutorial  here and my Stars and Stripe pillow here



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Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Friday (Haven Recap)!

Unfortunately you won't see an album of photos that I took from the Haven Conference on my blog. Nope not any. The excitement and anxiety of attending the event got the best of me and I left the my camera at home.
I have  the after party shot- the slew of amazing memories and the knowledge that I took away.
 I want to say thanks to the girls in the "tribe" who were more fabulous in person then I could have imagined. I want to say thanks to the bloggers I did not  know prior to the event, but have since come to appreciate. And I want to say thanks to my family for giving me some time away, holding down the fort and watching the kids, just so I could do what I love to do- Blog!  If you are really disappointed that I did not bring my camera, you can go here for other Haven recap's and pics.
I am over at Stardust  today visiting with Olga and her readers  and talking about some of my favorite room makeovers. I would love for you to stop by.
PS- Getting the front porch ready for a 4th of July celebration!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guest Cottage Tour (on Dog House Lane)



Welcome to our Guest Cottage on Dog House Lane.
Directions are simple. No GPS needed. Go down the long dirt road 1/2 a mile, pass the old school house, take a left at the sign, and you're here.
We like to think our guest cottage is a place that was built for family and friends to come and stay a while, to relax, to enjoy country living at it's best.
 

The cottage is special to us because my husband and I built it ourselves and even called Dog House Lane home while our own home was being built.
It is special because it's where our DIY skills were realized, who knew, and painted floors got their start- click here
 
Special because we got to design and build our first cottage kitchen.
Click here for Kitchen renovation 
 Special because we learned how to tile and create a cottage style bath for the first time.
Special because we learned how to create a bedroom for our guests to have a good nights sleep when they come to visit.
And a space to sit and chat and catch up.
 
Special for the little touches that make it warm and inviting for others.
 
First time framing, putting dry wall up, tiling a floor, installing plumbing, wiring, renovating a kitchen, painting a floor,installing a bathroom. You name it....we did it!
Special because it's got our heart and soul in it. A labor of love, that represents who we are and what we love to do.......  but didn't know until this project. 
I hope you enjoyed your stay at the cottage on Dog House Lane. Ya'll come back now!

For More of My Home Tour click here



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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Best Banana Pudding Cheesecake (Ever)!

Banana Pudding Cheesecake? 
  Really?

That sounds kinda....
Well alright, I'll have a piece
Oh My- That's Delish.Can I have another?
Click here for the Southern Living recipe for Best Banana Pudding Cheesecake you will ever have.
Have a great week!







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Friday, June 22, 2012

The Easiest Summer Burlap Wreath

Remember when my Rock Star Burlap Wreath went on a Springtime Tour?
You know, the Rock Star Wreath that may have more twitter followers then Lady Gaga
Maybe more facebook friends then Mark Zuckerberg
and I am thinking more stage props and dancers then Celine Dion in her Las Vegas shows?
Well, my rock star is going on a summer tour.
 


To get me started with an appropriate costume change, and
in the spirit of summer, I decided to add some stars in traditional summer fabrics and a mossy butterfly. 
For my stars, I created a star to use as a template and traced it onto the fabrics.
I applied the mod podge solution to the stars, put the fabric on top and applied a second coat of Mod Podge.
 When the the stars were dry, I used 3D Adhesive Mounts to stack and secure the stars into position on the wreath
Once the stars were completed, I wanted them to have their own "dancer" and created a mossy butterfly.
I applied Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer over the butterfly to help restore the look.
The stars also got a coat of sealer.
Awesome performance, ugh?
And for an encore....
Eat your heart out J Lo, but I think my dancers are hotter!

To get a ticket for this show, click here for the wreath tutorial, here for the butterfly tutorial. 

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

DIY Beach Sign

Just because I am not hitting the shore this summer, doesn't mean that I can't be reminded of my families favorite pastime in our home.
And just imagine, if the family changed their mind, we would have this directional sign that I made out of salvaged wood, stenciled letters and leftover  paint, to help lead the way
And I thought that if  I needed help marking the shallow ends of the water, my orange wooden antique water buoys could help
Then there is this old wooden paddle that I can use,with repurposed decorative balls that I painted in beachy colors and sprinkled with sand, to paddle my way out to ride the biggest, most awesome waves
 
And I can even use this candle to see if it is dark before I get back to the shore
But then reality sets in and I realize.....

 that the arrow on my sign points to the backyard and not to the beach!
Click here for a tutorial on how I made the coastal candle holder.


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