Wall Plates // Benches // Easter Back Drop

This Monday was a whirlwind of a day. I got home from making deliveries at 4 this afternoon and had like a dozen Diy projects I wanted to bang out.
I'm thankful with the help of loved ones I'm finished with three of them.
I was inspired by the Nester's blog. I've had the idea of putting a display of plates on the wall by the fake fire place mantel for a couple weeks already. So I've been collecting plate hangers and thought I probably have enough to get started. I was a couple short and I will add those later.
This is what my wall looked like before. One broken plate and an hour later I almost have the look I had imagined.
I added the clock on the far left on the top to finish up the setting.
The mantle was hard to find the perfect setting.
It needed a big statement piece, so I used this gem. I'm going to put this old ironstone pitcher on Esty soon.
 I then added antlers, candles, and some greens.
In the mean time our friend Alyssa and my daughter Felicia worked on pinning old book pages on a white sheet. This back top is for a project I'm doing at the church. I'll share the complete project when it's complete.
It was a tedious job, and I was so thankful for their help. Every page was safety pinned on to the white flat sheet.
I made them pose for me afterwards.
They also helped, by telling me where to place the plates on the wall.
In case your wondering the color of the wall is spoon.
I'm sorry I forgot to take a before picture of these hideous looking step stools that have been transferred to shabby chic beauties. I did the paint before I started the plate wall project, that way they were dry when I was ready to reupholster the seats.
I found this fabric at Wal-Mart. Its a blue and a tan stripped. I stapled the fabric over the old fabric. It was easy as pie.
This small bench needing a little bling. So we went online and printed the crown on to wax paper. I wrote a blog on how to do that HERE.
After a crazy productive Monday I'm ready to light the candles and put my feet up and relax.
In the last blog, I had mentioned that I have something exciting to share with you.
I guess I'll give you a hint of it but also plan on doing a blog on it later.
I'm having a Shed Opener Vintage Sale!!! It will be kind of like one of those Barn Sales but on a little smaller level. I want to see how the turn out will be. If all goes well, I'm hoping to start having a spring and fall one. It will be here at my house by our shed.
I'll keep you posted on the date in the near future.
I added this to show you how a this wall will drive me nuts. lol I've already got up and switched the plates around twice.


Little Work And A Lot Of Play On A Saturday

We had a day of summer weather yesterday. I was so excited to get outside and work on some over due clean up work.
I moved my old wash tubs that were filled with herbs, that I'd started from seeds on to the back porch and also the forced bloomed tulip bulbs.
Sydni, my little helper and me pressure washed the back porch.
It took us two hours, since this green moss had build up on the carpet over the winter months.
My plans were to plant these bulbs in the flowerbeds.
However we never got that far. I have a little table where I have sweet potatoes in water in hope for starts and also some other plants I got from my mother n law.
I'd like to white wash this table top. Since I pressure washed the paint off.
Next we were planning on working on opening the shed, but instead we convinced ourselves that it will wait and it's time to play.
Felicia was working and the men went fishing. So Syd and me were off to find treasures.
We weren't sure where we would go but I had two things I wanted to do for sure. That was stop at thrift stores and find twigs that were in buds to force bloom. I also wanted to enjoy the ride with you in the back seat.
We turned the Granola van around many times, to capture the moments. I liked the contrasting colors of the orange and blue in this hippy picture above.
This picture was taken in Jelloway.
This one was taken in the historical town of Mt Vernon, Ohio. I'd drive and Sydni would take the pictures and Google the thrift stores.
We took the back country roads to Columbus and it wasn't Route 62.
Sydni had the best ice cream cone she ever had when we stopped off at a old fashion ice cream parlor. She's still talking about the delicious flavor today.
As we made our way to the big city, she captured the this shot of a Ohio Bicentennial barn.
We had fun with this sleeping man at Marshall's.
Shelly was a fun lady I'd never met before. She didn't know the sleeping beauty either. She made funny faces and posed for a photo shoot to put on my blog.
She said for $5. I'd go nestle up beside him. LOL

Next we were off to find some more ironstone at another Goodwill. That's where I met a fun lady that moved from California to Columbus. Her name was Shae. She told me it was such a nice day she rode her bike to the thrift store.
We were off to meet a friend for dinner next. We also seen this beautiful handcrafted canoe stuck in the back of a old truck. We gave the driver a thumbs up as we passed him:)
The German Village Park was packed with happy people. I think we have been in hibernation so long that we're extra happy when this beautiful 70 degree Saturday was handed to us.
We drove through the pretty little village of German Village to soak up the quaint beauty of it all.
By the looks of it, we might get blessed with our second mission of the day.
My friend Cheryl met us at Roosters for some delicious wings and some over due girl time.
Next we were off to find some blooms we could snag somewhere. It wouldn't sound right if I said "We drove around looking for twigs we could steel to decorate the church." ha
I got a hint from some one to snag them at this pretty cemetery. We were out of luck, when they were closing the gates as we're driving up to it. That whole idea sounded kind of creepy anyway.
However we did manage some of these soon to bloom twigs in our back seat.
Funny story goes with this capture. I guess you can ask Sydni about it when you see her.
I always loved the teal colored rusty old metal on this barn, that we turned the van around to take another picture. Wouldn't you love to be following me on day like this? Yep, I'm your typical tourist.
We had to keep looking in our rear view mirror to see the amazing sunset the Maker was giving us, as we drove our way back home.
It was the grand finale of the great day filled with work and play.
I'll be sharing some of the other treasures we found while thrifting in another blog.
I can't wait to share with you what I have up my sleeve. I promise it will be in a blog formed soon.
I hope you enjoy the beautiful weather and the ride in the back seat.


Summer And Me Preparing For Country Living Fair In Rhinebeck

Yesterday I helped my friend organize and start preparing her for a big event she's looking forward to. She has a booth called Summerthyme Chic Boutique at the Country Living Fair. The spring one will be in June in Rhinebeck New York and the fall show will be in September in Columbus Ohio.
By the way that's her kitchen table. Isn't it so cozy and cheerful.
There is allot of planning and work that goes into these famous shows that you will often run into well known bloggers and Diy'ers.
So a couple days ago she was over whelmed with the mountain of work ahead of her and she asked me to help her. I showed up at her house pretty early and we got busy organizing her garage. We first made piles.
The piles got sorted like this:
fairy garden stuff
needs painted yet
country living fair>stuff needed cleaned and priced
needs upholstered
needs finished fluffing
goes in her craft room
her front porch
garage sale
thrift store
storage barn
Well you get the idea. We had our selves an organized mess by the end of the day
I wanted the job of unpacking her ironstone:) It was like Christmas unpacking it and not knowing what I'd find.
Well we finally found the shelves.
This is all her fair garden pile that was then organized into crates.
Then stacked back on the shelves. She is planning on making around a 100 fairy gardens this year. Yes you heard right!
These old fishing lore and tool boxes will be for the gardens also.
She wants to tarnish this silver urn and wine glasses too.
We took a lunch break and she served these delicious salads in these awesome granite bowls.
I couldn't help but to marvel at this great Easter vignette over lunch.
I felt like we got allot accomplished but of course we never got finished before it was time to head out to the auction that we both were looking forward to attending in the evening.
The Atlee Raber Auction is held in Mt Eaton every Wednesday evening. It is owned and run by an Amish guy that you see on the left in this picture.
This sign sadly never made it home with me. I thought it would have been cute on the side of my Shed.
Checkout that adorable little Amish boy in the picture above taking it all in.
This curly haired sharp boy was fast and excited on taking the bids. I was impressed and wanted to soak up the culture I was in. It was a mishmatch of different kinds of Amish along with flea market people with some city people thrown in the crowd yet too.
I'm thinking this heavy antique cast iron stove should of went home with the one leaning on it. It was a working gas and wood stove.
I went home with a big heavy horse shoeing tool box that by the smell of it probably came straight from the barn to the auction.
I want to finish up this blog so I can go stir up some white chalk paint and bring the wooden tool box back to life. Stop back to see the blog on the diy project.
I was blessed in more ways then one by helping my friend. Anytime I get to be in Summer's presence I'm inspired by all her expertise in d├ęcor and diy knowledge. Plus she's always allot of fun.
Also when I checked my emails in the evening I got exciting news of Main Street Coffee House in Indiana picking up Lena's Amish Granola products in both of their coffee shops.
I felt like the Lord blessed me for me giving my time when I was feeling over whelmed with my own to do list. I didn't say this to brag but to encourage you to let God use you not only with your money but also your time.
I'm itching to get outside to start my garden and flowers.
See you soon. 


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