Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blogging On The Patio

I've blogged on the porch in New Jersey,
on the deck in North Carolina and now 
 here on the patio at home in  Florida.
 The weather is too nice to be inside.
My beloved doggies loved to keep me
company. I miss Lucky....this was in his favorite spot.
 Lucy is in her favorite spot.
She loves warming herself in the sun.
My sweet Princess always loved
spending time outside. I still 'see' her there.
A pot with bougainvillea  in bloom.
 Most of my orchids are blooming.

purple dendrobium
My favorite! A stunning cattleya from 
my BF Cathy.
Every Florida garden needs fun 
pink flamingos. These two are stuck 
into a pot of Boston ferns.
It will soon be too hot, so I'm enjoying
 these perfect Spring days. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Decorating With Quilts

I store and display my quilt collection on
the top of the wall unit in our bedroom.
The cats, a bear, and a goose were made 
from the salvaged pieces of antique quilts. 
I have several antique quilts that I found 
at flea markets when we lived in Illinois
 and flea-ing was a monthly passion.
My antique quilts are stacked in a vintage
 wicker laundry basket that's been turned
 on it's side. 
Stacks of newer handmade quilts are piled 
on at each end. Matching shams are stored 
on a shelf in the cabinet.
They get used and rotated in for the seasons.
I use this one for Spring. The newer ones 
have matching pillow shams, which is nice.
The round end table is a hidden double file 
cabinet topped with a circular top. I often use 
a quilt for the table skirt and just tuck in the 
excess at the bottom. 
A round glass top protects the quilt.
I have a few of these quilts so I can use 
one here and one at the foot of the bed.
 I used a smaller one to cover the cushions
 on the wicker couch in the sitting area.
You've seen these red and white quilts
that I love to use for Christmas.
This is my oldest one and a favorite.
It's draped on the back of the living room sofa
at Christmas to bring in seasonal colors.
This red check quilt set goes on the bed. 

See the Christmas bedroom here.
I got it at JCP several years ago.
These two are stored next to the wall unit
on a Longaberger quilt stand.
I keep it on the bed through Valentine's
Day and just remove the Christmas
The quilt has a reverse side, as do the pillow
 shams for a neutral look for winter or fall.
Another antique quilt that adds color to the sofa back.
This color coordinates with whatever else
I add for fall decor as well as spring.
A few quilts are stored on a ladder
in the yellow guest room.
 A blue and white quilt is draped over the bed 
in the blue guest room
 In the family room a navy and white checked
 quilt covers the round end table. 
A thick round glass on top.
There's a dog bed under the skirt because
 is a favorite spot for Lucy.


Storing Easter Eggs

Are you storing up all of your Easter stuff?
I store my fragile decoupaged and doodled
 eggs in...what else, and egg carton.
You did save your egg cartons...right?
Seems the obvious choice. Styrofoam or
cardboard give the best protection.
I save egg cartons for storing small
delicate Christmas ornaments too.


Friday, April 18, 2014

How To Doodle~Eggs

It sooo simple! 
Everybody can doodle. 
egg meet Sharpie.
 start to doodel...
 keep adding...
more doodle...there are no rules.
 Turn egg and doodle...until 
you can doodle no more.
see my basketful of blue and white 
doodle eggs HERE. If some turn out not to 
your liking, you can always decoupage over 
them with my EASY way to decoupage HERE.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doodle Eggs

Another fun and easy way to decorate eggs. 
Just doodle random designs on the eggs.
 I kept mine very simple...
 trying different ideas.
 Pretty soon I had a basketful of eggs.
 You can do any color and multiple colors.
 All you need is a Sharpie pen.
 I also had brown eggs that I got from
 my friend's chickens. I blew out those eggs
 to use in a recipe HERE. I thought they
 would look good with a typography design. 
They are resting on twig napkin rings.
If you want to be able to save your
egg creations for next year, use 
blown eggs. See HERE how to blow-out
eggs and the best way to decoupage eggs.
Click HERE  if you need more how to doodle.