I was doing some vintage/antique shopping in Marshville and Monroe, NC a few months ago with my sister. She knows all of the great spots including "Olde Tyme Marketplace" which was used in the filming of The Color Purple (barbershop) in 1985. I didn't buy the vintage chicken feeder there but I did get something even more fantastic that I will share soon.
*hint: it starts with "bird" and ends with "cage" and it's reaaaalllllly chippy and old.
After we left Marshville, where we were supposed to look at something and return home to my family's Charlotte farm- we snuck over to Monroe, NC. Because you know, once you are on a roll you have to keep going. The next best antique find is ALWAYS at the next stop. We headed to "just one more store", where I found this vintage chicken feeder proving my point. #positivereinforcement
Did I say that it's 5 feet long? And my sister brought a sedan? Don't worry, we're experts at shoving things in there. I wasn't leaving without it.
I didn't know I was going to fill the vintage chicken feeder with Shamrocks but I did know that it would be the perfect vessel for any kind of centerpiece on my 7 foot dining table. Yes, dinnerware will fit on either end of the long centerpiece.
But if it didn't, would I just invite less people?
Like I said, this thing is a big 5 feet. It take up much of the center of the table. At the bottom of this post I have linked to a few products that look similar but have a more manageable size in case you have a smaller table or area.
I found the Shamrocks at our local Wegmans grocery store. They bottoms were wrapped in the typical green plastic foil. I simply placed them, and their plastic foil, into the feeder, pushing the wrapping below the lip of the chicken feeder. I spaced them evenly. In between each one, I put an upside down glass. I covered it all up with dried Sphagnum Moss from the craft store. On top of each upside down glass, I put a mercury glass votive holder for extra ambience. It was an easy-does-it arrangement that has filled in nicely over the last three weeks.
After the last frost in my area, usually April 15 (this year it will be more like the 23rd) I will plant them outside. They do best in the shade and are considered a perennial in Zones 7-9. If you are outside of those zones, Oxalis will be considered an annual for you. Since I have a desperate need for shade plants with all the beautiful, giant, (Boscobel) trees here, these will be perfect.
Do you love Shamrocks? Have any great Saint Patricks Day Table Ideas? Can't stop shopping when you're on a roll? I would love to know, leave me a comment below!
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Every two weeks in the winter I splurge on fresh flowers. It is a totally frivolous yet totally necessary expense for me. As someone who loves to grow flowers all Spring, Summer, and Fall, I can attest to the fact that winter is especially hateful for fresh flower lovers.
This Friday's fresh flowers are Stock, Waxflower, and Tulips. Three gorgeous flowers in light, pastel shades. These three are a beautiful mixture of light pink, deep pink and white.
For tall heavy flowers like stock and tulips I always use a flower frog. I have a few favorite antique flower frogs like the one pictured above. I cant remember where I found it but the metal is heavy and holds the stems nicely.
The Waxflower is beautiful and breathy with tiny juniper-like leaves. It is an evergreen that belongs to the myrtle family.
Stock is one of my favorites and a variety that I will be growing this summer in our cut flower garden. I tend to gravitate toward soft, pale, flower colors so I was really excited to find this gorgeous soft pink Stock.
Sadly, the grocery store managed to mangle it. They must have stacked it or otherwise jammed it up against other bouquets because it looks a little sad. Not to worry, Since I buy it almost every time I know that it will bounce back, fill out, and stand up straight with a fresh water and a little flower food.
The first thing I do is open up all of the stems and lay them out on the counter. I pull the vessel I am using to the edge of the counter for measuring stems. A good rule of thumb is that the arrangement should be one and a half times the height of the vessel you are using.
I start with the largest flowers with the most presence and hold it up to the container (at the level I would like it). The stock was the fullest flower so I started there. Next I layered in the WaxFlower and then popped in the tulips. This time, I was really going for a loose, just-picked, wildflower look. Nothing too formal or pretentious.
This arrangement needs a day or so to settle. The stock will stand up and the tulips will begin to open in about two to three days. After a week, I will take the stems out, change the water, and freshly cut the ends, and put them back. I am able to make arrangements last two weeks this way and end up only spending about $40.00/month on fresh flowers for the kitchen or breakfast area.
Do you love fresh flowers? Do you splurge on fresh flowers in the Winter like I do? Let me know in the comments below!
Almost every day I find myself wondering how many more days until winter is over. This morning I woke up and there was beautiful sunlight streaming through the windows. It was bright and warm.
Correction: It LOOKED bright and warm.
I grabbed my ipad straight away to see the temperature, thinking maybe it would be one of those fluke 60 degrees days when I could go outside and wander around. No. It said 26 degrees.
You know what helps me not hate winter so much? A winter window garden!
I'm not saying that I want to get off the couch and turn off Netflix or anything. I'm not saying that. No...I'll just be here wrapped up tight, sitting by the fire.
But I am saying...that if you love planting and growing as much as I do: this will bring you some life in the middle of winter.
Its a happy little spot in my winter life. We don't get any direct sunlight in that window in the winter so the mint is really stretching. At this point it's getting a little leggy. That's okay, I'll take it. In the other pots I have parsley. This morning I planted cilantro and dill in the two empty pots. That was before I lost the will to hustle and sat on the couch with my dogs for two hours drinking coffee and scrolling Instagram. Wintering is a verb in my house today.
I will probably continue to grow herbs here through the Spring and Summer. The terra cotta pots add a little warmth in the kitchen and the herbs keep things looking fresh. By the way, this is my favorite little bay window with two casement windows.
Do you have a winter window garden? A favorite window? Ideas for binge-worthy shows on Netflix? Let me know in the comments below!
In the last house we renovated, I didn't replace the cabinets. I replaced the countertops and appliances, tweaked a microwave cabinet, painted them, and called it a day. For the rest of our time in that house, I regretted not replacing the kitchen cabinets. This time around, the kitchen was not functional and I knew I needed to replace the entire kitchen. This kitchen was gut job from the ground up. If you need a change in the most important room in the house, I have a few tips on how to get started on a kitchen renovation.
Our kitchen story kicks off more than a year ago. I found this property on the internet and fell in love. We were living overseas and had no way to see it. We hired a real estate agent and hoped he would be our eyes and ears. The next few pictures are first and only pictures we saw. We never saw this property in person before we bought it.
At first glance, the kitchen looks okay, right? Pictures have a way of skimming over the nitty gritty (literally). Nitty. Gritty.
THE NITTY GRITTY:
Busted counter tops
I knew it all had to go, in favor of a better, more efficient floor plan that included more storage space. The current kitchen was using less than half of it's space in cabinets.
The laundry was located in the kitchen, which was both an inefficient design and an eyesore. Can I say again that these are not our pictures. This space doesn't even exist anymore and I just want to whip it into shape.
What you don't see behind the washer/dryer is that plumbing is protruding from the wall and floor by several inches. Nowadays, washer/dryer plumbing is hidden between the studs and comes up into a nice neat little box. Not this mess. As you passed by the side of the appliances you could see the pipes sticking up out of the floor. It was really awful. Awfulness aside, it was nothing that could not be fixed.
When I look at a house to purchase, I pay no attention to the decor or aesthetics. I only look for the space and how it can be manipulated into what I want. Everything can be changed if the space is available, and you are willing to put in the hard work.