Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Bucket!

It's a really BIG bucket!!

It's actually a stock tank that should be used to water livestock. 
(I just call it "the bucket")
Some brilliant person decided they would be a fun, easy, dipping pool for us non-farm type people and it has really taken off. 
Country Living mag posted on their IG a couple of weeks ago that they are going to be more popular than ever this Summer. 

 In the cropped photo above things look pretty good but we are still mid-project in reality. 
(See piles of brick below!)

But we have come a long way from where we started last September!
Yes, last Labor Day weekend. 
I started investigating the whole stock tank pool trend last Summer. 
We decide we liked the idea and all systems were go. BUT, we couldn't get a stock tank. 
We are in the Atlanta suburbs so a true feed store is an hour away.
 It took us 3 visits, after calling about availability, to actually get one in perfect condition. 
A couple were dented and they offered a discount but we aren't using it in a field for animals so I wanted it to look good on all sides. We bought ours from Tractor Supply.

We had a little used, needed some lovin' arbor in the back of the yard. 
I thought we could make a few updates and easily plop our big bucket down and get to splashing.
Nope. The old brick patio under the arbor was waaaay more unlevel (is that a word?)
than it appeared to the eye. 

But I hung cute patio lights, filled it with water 
and we splashed around in the end of the Atlanta heat.

This Spring I vowed to bring The Bucket up to its full potential :)

I hung a curtain behind the bucket
 and there are twinkle lights behind it for when we take an evening dip.
I pulled up alllll of those bricks, leveled the ground and put the bucket back down with pea gravel around it. I love pea gravel patio and paths like we see in European gardens. 
I thrifted a larger mirror. It's actually a very hard plastic frame. I gave it a coat of blue spray paint and it should last for ages out there.
I've added some other thrifted treasures like the vintage metal faux bamboo towel rack, lots of plants, and of course a big pineapple float!

I think The Bucket might be at its best in the evening. 
I love the lights.

There are still a few more things to be done (move that ton of bricks for one thing!)
but we are ready (as ready as we can be) for the Southern Summer heat!
If you need us we'll be "in The Bucket!"

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Just a quick "catch-up" post. 
I attempted my 8th One Room Challenge this Spring but it did not come to fruition. 
If you are not familiar - you post your room redo process on 6 consecutive Thursdays which means you have 5 weeks to complete your project.
 I was going to refresh my kitchen. 
Out of the 5 weeks I knew I was going to be gone 2 weeks so it was a bit ambitious at the start. Then I missed a couple of Saturdays for work and conflicts 
and you cannot rush a kitchen refresh project!
I wanted to do it right.
Hopefully I will be showing you some kitchen improvements 
along and along as I get to them. 
I have completed several other ORC's
 so you can check out the links at the bottom of this post.

I have been cleaning my porch and prepping it for Summer relaxing!
We plan to enjoy our porch this Summer since last Summer we spent doing construction in every spare moment.
Decorating the repaired porch was my last ORC.

The pictures above are from last Fall but I'm always moving things around!
I found this cute bistro set , in perfect condition, at a thrift store. 

I added a couple of benches to the porch this Spring.

I love the checkerboard weave on top. This bench has storage in the seat, too. 
It's a very versatile bench and has been in our family room, library and now the porch!

I added the bench below as well.
The finish wasn't great and after trying to revive it I decide to spray paint it.

I love it in this blue!!

It's so fresh and crisp.

The porch is ready for naps on the bed swing, lunches at the various tables and relaxing with a book (or a baseball game on the TV) so now I'm on to projects in the back yard.  
Or garden as the British say!

Lamp and fan strategically placed for napping and reading!!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

Where did that saying even come from? 
But this is easy, peasy!

I love lemons and they are everywhere in decor right now. 

I've always loved lemons as a favorite flavor. Lemon Meringue Pie, Chic Fil A lemonade, I drink my tea with lemon (always!) and lemon squeezed on my favorite fresh seafood. A dash of fresh squeezed lemon in homemade vinaigrette, Citrus Sangria, and a must have when we prepare asparagus. The list goes on.

In decor my hands down favorite lemon-y item is this Schumacher design:

Created in 1947 but absolutely a classic and timeless!

Faux lemon topiaries and wreaths are popping up everywhere for Spring and Summer decorating.

I love a good deal on a "trendy" item that won't be around forever 
and I found the lemon wreath above at Wal Mart for under $20.00.
What a great way to add a touch of Summery, sunny yellow 
to my kitchen without spending a fortune.

Yes, some of the more expensive wreaths (and topiaries) are a bit more realistic but they are 3 and 4 times the price. 

I think the quality of the Wal Mart wreath is just fine for a short term burst of yellow fun. 
I tried it with a navy gingham bow too!
Which do you like best? Plain or with a bow?

This post is not sponsored by Wal Mart. I'm just sharing a good deal!

If you can't find this one here are a couple of great looking 
faux lemon wreaths from Amazon. 
With Prime you could have it on your door in no time flat!
Click on the images if you want the details.

This wreath has a TON of lemons!

This one has a bit more greenery.

And I might have to order this cute lemon topiary for my porch.
It would be perfect in a blue and white cache pot!

So, what's your favorite citrus?