Friday, November 29, 2013

Fall Shed 2013

I hope everyone who celebrates had a Happy Thanksgiving. I realize I may be a bit tardy in publishing this post seeing as though some homes have had their decorations up for weeks but I didn't want the autumn season to slip by entirely without sharing our shed's seasonal décor.

Once again, I gave the yard sale mirror a new coat (spray) paint. This time I chose a sunflower shade of yellow. Speaking of sunflowers, the decorations on each door were originally meant to be utilized as wind chimes. We simply removed the chime portion, and using Command hooks, attached one sunflower to each door.

The window boxes are no different than the ones I have used in past years. Each window box contains a liner of burlap, a small mum, pumpkin (or any squash/gourd of your choice), Indian corn, and some straw. They are inexpensive and couldn't be easier to assemble.

A simple fall-inspired decorative yard flag added the final touch.

As the saying goes, "what goes up, must come down", all the fall décor will be coming down soon and the Christmas decorations will go up. I'll be sure to share what we do to spruce it up for the holiday season.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Lady In White

Legend has it that hundreds of years ago there existed a young lady by the name of Genevieve Brownlee. Born into a wealthy Southern family, Genevieve was afforded all the luxury's available in the 19th century, but the one thing Genevieve longed for most, money could not buy.

You see, Genevieve was in love with a man by the name of Irving Bennett. Irving didn't exactly meet Genevieve's father's expectations as an acceptable suitor. Many attempts were made by Genevieve's family to keep the two apart, but the bond between the two was so strong that nothing would separate them, or so they believed.

On a cool autumn night in October the two hatched a plan to run away and be married. The moon was high, and full. The sky, black as ink. Genevieve wore a simple laced-adorned white dress, and took with her a bouquet made up of flowers carefully chosen from one of her mother's flower arrangements.

Genevieve ran as hard as she could in the direction of the meeting place Irving had chosen; she could hardly believe that in a few short hours she would be Mrs. Irving Bennett! With her heart feeling like it was going to beat out of her chest, she arrived at the clearing where Irving told her he would be waiting, but Irving wasn't there. Her intuition told her that something terrible had happened. During the duration of their clandestine relationship Irving had never failed to keep his word.

She hadn't waited long before she heard footsteps behind her. She turned expecting to see Irving, but instead came face to face with her father. He had blood on his shirt, and Genevieve collapsed in a heap on the ground, sobbing uncontrollably. "Irving isn't coming, Genevieve." Her father makes no attempt to console her, and simply turns and walks back in the direction in which he came.

No one ever saw Genevieve again. Some say she walked into the forest where she died of a broken  heart. Irving's body was found days later, a single gun wound through the heart cut his life short. Irving was buried not far from where he was supposed to meet Genevieve on that faithful night. Rumor has it that if you find yourself in that clearing on a cool night in October, when the moon is high and full, the sky an inky black, that you will see Genevieve. She will be wearing that same simple, lace-adorned dress.

In her left hand, she still clutches her wedding bouquet. The flowers once bright and alive, now dead, and wilted. She comes to visit the resting place of the man who will hold her heart for eternity.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jar Of Nests

Several years ago, my family and I visited a fancy-shmancy shop in Savannah, Georgia. I don't recall being overly impressed with the stores merchandise but there was one item that I've kept stored in my memory bank since that visit, a Bell jar full of spent bees nests.

I realize this "decorative item" may not be for everyone, but for those of us that wait until the last minute to decorate, this would be an inexpensive, and quick, project to add that certain macabre to any Halloween vignette.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Candy Corn Vine


It's that most wonderful time of year again, and I could not be more excited! I don't know what it is about the autumn season that calls me back to this space but, alas, here I am. Perhaps I should make this blog seasonal, which it unintentionally is now, and only post during the autumn and winter seasons. All I know is I'm here now, and I have a few autumn/Halloween posts that I'm excited to share.

The picture above and below are of one of my new favorite plants. This summer, while browsing the plants in a local nursery, I came across this unique and very Halloween appropriate vine. It's botanical name is Manettia lutcorubra, commonly known as firecracker vine, or candy corn vine.

This plant is quite low maintenance. Place in a sunny spot, I placed mine in a pot because I hope to move it indoors when the weather turns colder, and keep it well watered. That's it! It grew continuously throughout the summer, and I'm just hoping that it hangs on until Halloween! 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Starlight, Starbright

I have found there ísn't much I enjoy more than scouring a good yard sale. I love the prospect of finding a treasure in a mass of unwanted/discarded items.

Last fall, while pilfering through boxes of such items, I ran across a strand of dirty, cobweb strawn patio lights. The cord, with its exposed wires, looked a little less than sound but that didn't deter me from paying the .25 asking price and bringing them home.

Initially, my plan was to buy a new strand of lights to replace the existing ones and utilize them as they were intended. But first I had to do something about the dull, rusty gold patina the covers had acquired over time.  After removing the covers, and giving them a good scrubbing, I gave them a coat of silver metallic (spray) paint. Instant improvement.

While waiting for the covers to dry, I had the idea to try using the covers over tea light candles. Not only will the covers protect the flame from the wind, but the effect of the star cutouts will add great ambiance to any table/outdoor setting.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Teacup Birdfeeder

I love birds (as evidenced here and here) and enjoy finding unique ways to entice them into our yard; so when I saw the tutorial for the project above, I knew I wanted to make my own version. (That's my version in the photo above.)

Do you have any tips/secrets for attracting these feathered creatures to your yard? If so, please share!