Monday, July 27, 2015

Rusty Garden Planters and Visitors

I don't think I ever shared this framed oregano on here. This frame is what was left when an old junk wheelbarrow rusted out and of course, I didn't throw it away! The flower pot is missing a few of its peg feet, so it wouldn't sit up, so I tied on some burlap ribbon and made it a hanging planter instead. A wreath hanger holds the plant on the door inside my gazebo. Do you see the photo bomber?  

This itsy bitsy, little frog has been hanging out around the gazebo! In the top picture, he is sitting on the frame, here he is on the planter 

And then one night he was in this bucket of coleus! 
He just set there staring me down as I took a bunch of pictures of him. I figured once my flash went off that he would jump and land on my camera, but he never moved a muscle. 

I love rusty buckets of flowers! 

Also found this praying mantis while watering one evening. I bet he was praying I wouldn't give him a good shower with the water hose! 

Other than my little visitors, there hasn't been much happening in the yard lately. It's hot, dry, and not much is blooming. I realized a few weeks ago that several of my lantanas didn't come back this year. They must have drowned in the spring, so the butterflies and I am missing the yellow blooms. I planted 2 packages of sunflower seeds, two seeds came up and I think a rabbit ate one of them down. I've put a cage around the lone stem and hoping we might get a sunflower bloom sometime soon.  I also planted sweet potatoes, that have yet to make an appearance, so needless to say, my garden isn't flourishing this year. How about you? Do you have a garden bounty this year or has it been a bust? 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Burlap Brooch Bouquet and Photo Album

I wanted to share a couple of new items in my etsy shop
I love searching for vintage brooches at estate sales and when I find enough that coordinate together, I get to create a Brooch Bouquet. Its a great reason to go picking and garage saling :) Wouldn't you agree? 

The rustic Burlap and Lace Photo Albums have been a popular item in my shop this year as well and I have another one available now. 

Rustic Wedding Ideas

Rustic, Vintage Wedding Bouquet
This bouquet has a mixture of tan and cream burlap roses, shabby chic frayed ribbon roses, vintage lace flowers and over 20 brooches and jewelry pieces. They are mostly in the gold tones, with rhinestones and pearls.
Burlap and Lace Wedding
Its really hard to show all the details of this bouquet and I feel like the pictures just don't do it justice.
Vintage Glam Wedding Bouquet
Brooch Bouquet

Vintage, Rustic Wedding Bouquet
Here is a couple more pictures of the photo album The album is completely covered in fabric. The outside is adorned with burlap, lace, a doily, vintage skeleton style key, jute twine bow, and a button.
While the inside is covered in a vintage script style fabric and trimmed in crotchet style lace. These have been popular for wedding gifts and for newlyweds to keep their wedding and honeymoon pictures in. Although, theses are not specifically for weddings - I'm thinking I might have to make a few of them for Christmas gifts this year! I know we've all got lots of pictures on our phones that need to escape and be printed out and saved. Right? Please tell me I'm not alone! My scrapbooking and photo albums have been lacking the past few years, so that's something I need to get busy on.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Succulents and Burlap Bouquet

Succulents seem to becoming more popular and I'll admit to loving them myself.  You may remember me getting some on the half price sale a few weeks back. Some (most) of my plants this year are not looking great and any plant that can tolerate hot July weather and wants me to forget about watering it, well that's even better! 
Rustic, desert wedding bouquet

I replaced the ugly flowers in my rusty, bottomless bucket with this succulent. It reminds me go aloe vera. 

So when I was out shopping for supplies last week and came across faux succulents, I knew I had to make a bridal bouquet with them! Very rustic, desert wedding, cactus vibe going on. I first envisioned mostly neutral colors, then couldn't help adding in some turquoise roses. 

rustic burlap wedding bouquet
Vintage ivory lace is tucked among the flowers. This keepsake bouquet can be found in my shop and is ready to ship. 
Rustic, vintage, wedding bouquet

Want other colors? Message me through etsy convo and request a custom order and I'll be happy to help you! 

Has the succulent bug bit you yet? I love how they stay pretty and want to be neglected. My only wish was they attracted butterflies and hummingbirds, as I don't have an abundance of colorful blooms to attract them this year.