Thursday, July 28, 2011

How To Make A Tipsy-Pot

I have been asked to show how I made the tipsy-pots
 that I used for my herbs.
My herb tower.
My flower tower.
It's so easy to assemble and looks magical.

You'll need:
 a large bottom pot-about 18"
4 smaller pots-about 8"
a 1/2"steel rod/pipe- about 46" long
potting soil
plants
 Fill your large pot with soil and
 insert the rod into the center.
 Make sure your rod will fit through the
bottom hole of your smaller pots.
 Thread a pot on and lean it against the rod.
Thread another pot on and lean it in
the opposite direction
resting it on the rim of the pot beneath it.
Thread on the remaining  pots alternating the
 direction that they lean.
Fill these pots with soil and plant.
You can also use this method for
smaller table top pots as well.
Happy Gardening



Links: My Romantic Home, Funky Junk,
Under The Table and Dreaming,
Savvy Southern Style, A Beach Cottage

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vintage Strawberry Tablescape

Red and white summertime strawberries
 are on the table this week. 
I'm still enjoying the picket fence table runner
 I MAY'd, so I'm starting there.
 The ric-rac trimmed strawberry placemats 
were made by my mother-in-law's 
church ladies group.
They made the candy striped napkins too.
They also made the coordinating 
polka dot and strawberry hot pads and coasters.
I even have the matching aprons.
They handmade lots of goodies to sell 
at the church crafts fairs. 
Love those church ladies!
 This vintage strawberry jam pot also
belonged to my mother-in-law.
No one else in the family wanted all this "old stuff".
You can see my old Singer sewing machine table.
I tied a red gingham checked ribbon to
 a plain glass votive and used a red candle.
White teapot and cow creamer.
I filled two old aqua Ball jars with fresh daisies.
A Longaberger coaster basket is lined in red and 
filled with strawberry coasters.
A Longaberger strawberry basket is filled 
with wooden strawberries.
A few extra strawberries are scattered on the pickets.
Ready for afternoon coffee and strawberry pie!
For breakfast have strawberry puff pancakes.
I thought the milk glass cake stand would look better
 with a ribbon running through the cut out design.
I have a shelf above the utility sink in the laundry
 room where I store large jars filled with saved ribbons.
I found one small spool of red with white dots.
 I wove the ribbon in and out and
 tied it with a bow. 
I can see changing out different colors of ribbon
 for all kinds of occasions. 
A little bit wider ribbon would work best.

Cheers!
Rita


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pretty Wine Labels and How to Remove Them

Sometimes a wine label is so pretty that I just have to buy a bottle.
Sometimes it has a personal meaning.
You can guess why this is our "house" wine. 
I like to think of it as my personal vineyard.
Wine and dogs~what's not to love?
We spent a weekend touring vineyards in the
 Yadkin Valley, an up and coming wine region in
 North Carolina. We chose these dog-themed wineries.
My favorite label because we have three dogs.
I've found that the best way to remove the labels is
Plan A: The oven method
  Put the  bottle in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
 This works most of the time. 
Remove the hot bottle with good oven mitts.
Use a knife to gently lift up one corner of the label. 
Carefully peel back, gently and evenly. 
If it doesn't come off this way, 
nothing will take it off. 
It's because different glues are used,
 especially in Italian wines.
Plan B: Hot Water Bath
  For when you don't have access to an oven. 
If you are on a trip and want to save your labels 
you can soak them off in very hot water 
for 15 minutes. As in, 
"Why are there wine bottles in the bath tub?" 
 The glue will not dissolve with the oven method. 
 You'll need to put your label glue side down on a 
piece of paper or tissue to make sure it doesn't stick to anything.
I keep a manilla envelope in a nearby cabinet 
and just add wine labels as I go.
When I have enough, I can start this project.
My niece Rita made the frame above. Isn't it great?
She decoupaged the wine labels onto an old frame. It's
 perfect for a wine cork memo board.
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I firmly believe in completely recycling the wine bottles
after drinking all the wine.
I use the corks, the labels and the bottles.
So, that's the lesson for today;
 drink wine, save the corks, the labels and the bottles!

Cheers! Prost! Salud!
Rita


Links: Dittle Dattle, House In The Roses,
Between Naps On The Porch, Type A,
Savvy Southern Style



Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's National Hot Dog Day!

It's today's reason to celebrate!
  That puts us in the mood for our favorite way
 to eat hot dogs.....
Chicago Style!
Franks for the memories!
It must be an all beef hot dog. 
It must be on a poppy seed bun.
It must be piled with mustard, relish, chopped onion,
  tomato wedges, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers,
 It must be in that order, thank you very much!
and finally......it must be sprinkled with 
celery salt.
Don't leave anything out and don't even think about adding ketchup!
Sweet Home Chicago!
Rita


click on Rita's Recipes for more info.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Make A Flip-Flop Wreath

A fun summer wreath made from flip-flops.
I MAY'd this in less than 5 minutes today.
 I bought 6 pairs of flip-flops on sale at the end of summer last year.
 I chose very tropical colors, 3 polka dots and 3 floral. 
 I laid them out alternating the dots and florals using 6 (same) sides.
 I was going to glue them to a straw wreath.
 Then I decided just to hot glue them together.
Easier and it saves a wreath for something else.
 You can also make a starburst pattern.
I went with the simple heal to toe pattern.
I found a pretty two color ribbon in my pink ribbon jar.
I tied a bow to one of the toes. 
I hung the wreath on my suction cup hook. 
It's so lightweight, and of course it waterproof.
 I put the remaining flip-flops in a clay pot by the door.
A little flip-flop bouquet.
(I MAY use them to make another wreath)
Colorful flip-flops=Summer in Florida

Stay Cool!
Rita