Friday, July 21, 2017

~DIY Mosaic Stepping Stone Project and More Garden Ideas~

I've always loved mosaic projects.
Collecting vintage plates and saving them to use in our garden.
I just finished some stepping stones.
I wanted to share with you,
 how I made the mosaic stepping stones. 
There are lots of different shapes of stepping stones, 
you can purchase at your local garden store.
Immerse a concrete stone in water to wet thoroughly.
I cut the plates with a mosaic glass cutter and mosaic tile nippers,
 which I bought at Home Depot.
You can also use a hammer but, the cutters make the plate pieces smaller.
Always wear safety glasses.
I used a tile adhesive to affix the pieces and let dry for 24 hours.
Then I grouted with premixed grout.
Using a wet sponge, clean excess grout.
Let dry another 24 to 48 hours.
Here are some photos of the finished stepping stones.
You can find all kinds of pretty plates at flea markets, garage sales,
 estate sales and vintage stores.
Have fun making a mosaic stepping stone
 for your garden!!
Here's some more mosaic ideas for your garden.
A pretty brick!
~Shovels~

~Hand Trowels~

A wreath using dried flowers, air plants and vintage plates.
Collecting is half the fun!
Be creative!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

~Thrift Store Find~

I wanted to share with you a coffee table,
 I found at a thrift store.
 I could imagine it painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I was with my friend, Mary, 
when we spotted this table at the thrift store.
They were going to throw it away.
It just needed some tender loving care.
First, Stan sanded the table.
Then, we painted it with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.
Then we scuffed some edges to make it look distressed.
Now I have a new vintage coffee table!
You can always find that special treasure
 at a thrift store!
Happy Shopping!
I love displaying artichokes that have flowered.
The artichokes are from our garden.
The flower is such a bright purple,
very pretty!!
I found the cutest French bag at 
Barnes & Noble Bookstore 
the other day.
Love the embroidery on it!!
Have a wonderful week!!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

~Our Garden in May~

I wanted to share with you photos of our garden this month.
We always have birds visiting our garden everyday.
The artichokes have been producing more than usual.
I think because of all the rain we've had this year in San Diego.
Stan picked some for dinner.
They were delicious!
Roses & flowers in bloom everywhere.








Lots of apples on our Anna Apple tree. 



Pretty soon the pink trumpet vine will be in bloom over the arch.
I made some quiches for our family this last week.
A fruit crostata for dessert!
Hope you all have a wonderful week!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

~Our Wisteria and New Romantic Dining Area~


I wanted to share photos of our Wisteria in bloom this year.
We have several of them.
This one is on our hill.
This Wisteria is next to the house.




We love how it shades our dining area!
Same photo, but at night!
I shared with you photos of some wreaths,
 I added to our potting shed.
I just finished a new sitting area next to the shed.
I added topiaries and small pots with pansies.
A table and chairs add the romantic mood I wanted to create!
I love how it turned out!
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