Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Fun Evening

Hello everyone!

Last night, my husband and I went to have dinner at my childhood friends house. We haven't seen each other in several years, so it was so exciting to reunite. We had the best time!  She lives in an old neighborhood and just recently had a company revamp her backyard.  That included a wonderful fire pit too!  Come along and I'll show you some of what they had done.

Here we are sitting around the fire pit having wine and snacks before dinner.

From left, Beth (my friend), her husband, my husband.

I told my husband that we MUST have one of these fire pits now.  Isn't it nice?!

Her backyard got a complete makeover because they had a lot of water drainage problems.  They came in and added a lot of river rock to allow the water to flow better through their yard during a rain storm.  This little bridge carries you over one of those sections.

This part of her back yard has grass and big boulders with plants surrounding it.  These pictures don't do it justice.

I forgot to take pictures of the other side of the yard, but she had some trees planted with landscape lighting added.  So pretty!

And here we are together!  We have been friends since we were little bitty. She was even a bridesmaid in my wedding.

(Note:  She wasn't wearing any makeup because she was just getting over having the Shingles rash on her face.  Yikes!) Don't worry, she wasn't contagious. 

Aren't childhood friends the BEST?  Do you still keep in touch with your old friends?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Sweet Gift

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, while it was stormy and raining cats and dogs, the sweetest package arrived at my door.  It brought a ray of sunshine to my home at just the right time!

My sweet blogging friend, Lisa from Texas Decor sent me this cute little tweed pumpkin.

She packaged it so cute too.  

I walked around with it to decide where to place it and it ended up in my vintage scale in my foyer.  

Isn't it darling?!  

Here is a close up of it when I was considering placing it on my mantel.

Thank you Lisa!  If you haven't been over to visit her blog, you must check it out.  She's always sharing great shopping deals that she finds and has recently redecorated her home in a soft neutral palette.  She has a sweet tooth (like me) so she often taunts me into wanting to try some of her dessert recipes as well.

Hope you all are having good weather where you are.  It is finally clearing up here, but we're left with lots of fallen leaves and a soggy wet yard!  

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vintage Wicker Trunk

Hello everyone!

Last January, I found an old wicker trunk at an antique store and even shared it with you on my blog.  It caught my eye because of it's size and age.  I remember the price being reasonable for it too.  But, I didn't get it because I didn't really have a place for it.  Fast forward about 9 months later, and I stumbled upon it again at the same store.  Only this time, it had been heavily marked down!  Well.......this time I just couldn't pass it up.  I thought I would just have to find a place for it.  It ended up replacing the wicker trunk that I got from Ikea.  And that trunk moved to another location.

The reason it replaced the Ikea trunk was because it is bigger.  

Also, this trunk is a bit heavier, so it stays in place better.

It has nice woven handles on each side.  The inside is even lined in a light weight muslin!

I'm very happy with it and glad to have more than one wicker trunk now. 

 I love the extra storage they provide and many places they can be used.

Do you like wicker trunks too?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vintage Balance Scale

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a good weekend so far.  I woke up to storms this morning, but it is finally clearing up and the sun is shining.  Love that.

I wanted to show you this cute vintage scale I found at an antique store recently.  I had been eyeing the bigger size scales, similar to this, but didn't really have a place for them in my home.  So, when I found this smaller size, I knew I could use it!

I love that it is made from iron and covered in porcelain.  It has a pan on one side. 

And a flat metal piece on the other side.

I wonder what it was originally used for.  Anybody know?

I placed it on the chest in my foyer.

And filled the pan with my lavender sachets and a little pumpkin on the other side.

I love how it is worn in some places too.  This would also look cute holding a small potted plant in the pan. I'm sure I will have a lot of fun using this piece!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Things I Love About the Fall Season

Hello everyone!

Did you know that October is my favorite month of the year?  It's when the leaves start changing colors and the heat and humidity begin to subside.  The festivals begin and apple orchards draw crowds.  I thought I'd share just a few of my favorite things about this Fall season that make October my favorite month.

Driving on roads with bright leaves surrounding me.
 (We're not there yet, but give it a couple more weeks.)

Seeing pumpkins and gourds everywhere!

All the creative faces carved in pumpkins for Halloween.

Sitting around a campfire at night roasting marshmallows.

My favorite TV show, Homeland, returns.

Eating chili again on cold nights for dinner.

Going to Fall festivals on the weekend.

Sampling the Fall donuts at Dunkin Donuts.

So..................have I made you excited about October yet?  Get out and enjoy this month!  I'm making up for not having a great October last year (since I missed my son while he was away at boot camp).  

One last thing that this month is good for.............


If everyone would get it, we wouldn't see so much flu going around this Winter.  Do your part!  

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Lawncare

Hello everyone!

My husband has a lawn and landscape business on the side (as most firefighters have side jobs).  So, when the seasons change,  you can usually find him outside working in our yard to help it along for the upcoming summer. Now, I know we just got done with summer, but did you know that Fall is the best time to plant seed for new grass?  So, if you have some bare spots in your lawn, you might want to take action now.

My husband first scalped the yard by mowing it down to a low 1 1/2 to 2 inches in height.  

Then he used a core aerator to poke holes in the ground to allow grass seed to penetrate the soil.

Here is a close up of the aerator.

You can rent these at your local hardware store and pull them behind your riding mower.

Afterwards, it leaves your lawn looking like this.  See all the holes and plugs of dirt pulled up?

Next, he uses a broadcast spreader to put out grass seed.  

He simply pours the grass seed in it and walks around the yard while it sprinkles it on the yard.

After the seed is put out, he does the same thing with fertilizer.

These are the products he uses.

(Sorry the bags are open and it's hard to read them.)  But basically, you would need to put out the right types for your yard anyway.  So check with your extension agent or someone in the lawn and garden department at a store near you.  It is recommended that you invest in a high quality grass seed and a slow release starter fertilizer.

One other note:  your broadcast spreader should have a mechanism that allows the right amount of product to be put on your yard.  You would need to set that rate based on instructions found on the product bag.

After you have put out your seed and fertilizer, cover any areas that don't have a lot of grass already with wheat straw.  That will keep the seed in place in case you have a heavy rain.

Spread it out and it will look like this.

We've had a bare spot next to our driveway for a while.  My husband finally got around to fixing the problem.  Hopefully, this area will fill in nicely.

Water your grass daily unless you get rain.

Our dog, Max, decided to join us outside too.  He wasn't much help though.  

He loves his outdoor toys!

So, is your yard ready for Fall and Winter?  Working in it now will bring you a better looking lawn this Spring and Summer.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Faux German Grain Sack Pillow

Hello everyone!

I have always wanted a German grain sack pillow, but they are just too darn expensive!  So, what's a girl to do?  Try to find a reproduction!  And that's just what I did.  I found this one on Etsy.  I tell ya there is nothing you can't find there!

This one is a nice big size, 22".  I bought it as just a pillow cover since I already had the insert.

It compliments the other pillows on the sofa too.  

So, if you ever decide you want something, there is a way to get it.  It may need to be handmade or even purchased as a reproduction, but there is usually a way!  


If you are interested in this pillow cover, you can find it HERE.

Hope you all have a great Fall weekend.  So glad that October is finally here!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~