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Birdbath to Yard Light Stake {Repurposed}

A couple of weeks ago the city I live in sponsored its yearly annual garage sale.  The Monday following the sale the city will also pick up your junk at no cost.  It’s an opportunity to clean  the garage and yard up.  The green birdbath in the picture below had seen its last good day.

stump close up

So I tossed the dish piece of it that was beyond gross.  The stake, however, was still in good shape.  I am smitten with the Ace’s house brand of copper colored paint and gave the stake a couple of coats.  I had an outside copper lantern on hand and added a tea light.  This is what it looks like now.


copper bowl close up copper bowl top view

This is at dusk.

at night

I also tried a candle in it for an option.

candle 1

candle 2 candle 3

Have you repurposed anything lately?  Have a great Thursday!


Flower Pots Pizazz

I jazzed up some of my old terracotta colored plastic pots with spray paint. I figured I might as well get one year out of them versus spending money on new pots.  So today I’m sharing those and a few from last year.  I also have been playing around with the collage feature in Pic Monkey so guess what you’re going to see?  Yep, flower pot collages! In fact, I’m apologizing right now because I know I repeated a few pics.

Flower  Collage


Flower Collage 1

Flower Collage 3

Flower Collage 4


Tomato plant

What have you planted lately?


DIY – Herb Planter, 3 Tier

I love the smell of herbs, especially when there right outside the door of my kitchen planted in cute pots.

Herb Planter

This was simple and took a very short time to do.  I used 3 pots that were stored in my house and garage, spray paint by Rust Oleum in Marigold yellow and gloss blue.

The big pot is one I purchased from Rite Aid at least 5 years ago, if not more.  Here’s a close up, love the hummingbirds.

Hummer pot

Item List

I punched holes in the bottom with a nail and hammer before filling with dirt.  I spray painted the brown plastic part, a discard from my neighbor, got a dose of Marigold yellow.  The small metal tin was on of a 5 pack that was in the clearance aisle at Target last summer.  I used blue tape to identify some stripes and pained those gloss blue and also punched holes in the bottom.  Fill all pots with dirt and place on top of each other.  Choose your herbs and have fun!

Top  – lavender

Middle – lemon verbena and Greek oregano

Bottom – cilantro, curry and sage

Here’s some additional pictures…


house view Side view

close up

top view Herb Planter

What kind of herbs do you plant?


Free to Fab Flower Pot

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had an excellent weekend and had time to do whatever your heart desired.  On April 27 we participated in our city-wide garage sale.  It’s a huge event and draws quite a few people.  A bonus to this year’s event was the free Spring Clean pick-up that was offered by the city.  Just put your excess out with the garbage pick-up and it was and taken away for free.

I did something I’ve never done before and now I wish I’d done it sooner.  My neighbor and I hopped in my SUV and we ran around our neighborhood checking to see what others were throwing out.  And boy did I score!  I’ll share the other items in some follow-on posts, but today I wanted to show you this…

DIY cover photo

And it was free!!!  All it needed was a good scrub with some Simple Green, Rust Oleum Slate Blue Hammered spray, sealant, some pretty flowers, and some TLC.  Here’s the before and after pictures.

Flower Urrn Curbside 5-6-12

and a few more…

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Flower Urn before 2 Flower Urn after 2

I’m really happy how it turned out.  I’m so excited to share more projects this week.  Have you been out thrifting lately.  What  have you scored?

I may be linking up to a few of my favorite parties this week…

Southern Hospitality

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z

Shabby Creek Cottage, Katherines Corner, Serenity Now

TT & J, http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/, http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/

http://www.notjustahousewife.net/, http://www.houseofhepworths.com/



Random Morning Shopping – I Love Spring!

Happy Friday!  I have the day off and the weather forecast for the Northwest is sunny and middle 50s today…YAY!!!  I woke up early and headed to the new Fred Meyers near our home for some rubber boots.   It has rained for 39 days straight up until today and the ground is so wet I need the boots!  Aren’t they cute and they were on sale too!  That makes it even better.


My hubby needed fertilizer with moss out ….and while in that section I saw the “on sale, buy one and get the other 1/2 price” yard gloves.  So many colors, and I can always use gloves!

Moss Out Yard Gloves

I love all the flowers but I tell myself I cannot buy until yard cleanup is complete but hey, I can still look!

Geraniums   Feature


I’m going to try really hard to get all my weeding and trimming done today so I can head back tomorrow……..for two things.

Fuschia TCups

It’s Fuchsia Saturday at Fred Meyers and…..take a look at these watering cans and tea cup planters.  So cute and adorable and definitely fit into my “I want and have to have” vs. “I need”.   That’s what makes it so much fun.

Okay, going into the yard now.  Have a good day!