Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

June 20, 2018

Stepping into Summer

One more day until the official start of the Summer solstice but the preparations for its arrival have been in the works for weeks now.
 Grab a coffee and come on through, to see how Greenacre is stepping into Summer.
We had alot of colder than usual days this Spring so I used them to update some furniture and DIY Summer projects. 
The first update was a wood cabinet that holds all our roller skates in the breezeway.
I had to sand it down because it had a very thick layer of varnish. 
Then painted the accents gold and proceeded to stain the rest of the cabinet.
Layering it with light blue paint to make it look weathered and aged like a fine wine.
Here is how it turned out after all that layering.
Still, have to locate some gold rope ties for the curtains I made out of the leftover fabric from the reupholstered wingback chair.
I recommend watching some of the tutorials on youtube to guide you. Stock up on some coffee, patience and invest in a good stapler.
Next came upcycling some old wooden children's puzzles into beach-themed signs for outside.
Again I layered the paint with light blue and some pale yellow to create a more textured background so the fish and seashells would stand out.
Maybe a little much but we LOVE the beach and all things associated with it.
The solar lamp post above was made from leftover wooden post pieces and boat rope. A small hole was drilled on the top to place the spike inside so that the lamps could be changed out.
A neighbor's cat destroyed my cushions which prompted me to make some new covers.
That gave me the idea to add a hula skirt to the canopy and grabbed some watermelon pillows to make it even juicier.
Of course, after falling in love with the tiki chair, I decided to grab some more hula grass skirts and hang them around the porch roof.
Looks really cool when your underneath them too. Gives you that vacation feel and you don't even have to leave your backyard.
With flowers like, why would you?
This chair was one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought over 20 years ago. It was dark green but I used the blue stain from the cabinet to give it a facelift. Not very successful with the rope weaving but the lizards don't seem to mind.
Anyone up for a tour of the gardens?
These pair of cranes greet you as enter the forest.
While the blue crabs remind you of what you might need when going to the pool.
Mother Mary stands in the middle of it all.
This arch is all that is left of a gate that once used to guard the front walkway.
A walkway that leads you to the front garden that now resembles a meadow.
Something is always in bloom at Greenacre.
As Rudolph looks on.

Hope y'all enjoyed the tour and are stepping into Summer overflowing with joy!

July 03, 2014

DIY First Communion Decorations and ideas

Happy First Holy Communion y'all!
This was a very Blessed event at Greenacre and I just had to share all the tricks I came up with to celebrate this wonderful day.
Yes this is one of those occasions in which you should use all your good china and crystal bowls.
A buffet-style table is great for an afternoon celebration.
Add small delicate flowers to a cross for a girl and blue ones for a boy.
Balloons and tissue paper pom-poms, dripping with curled ribbon create a festive mood.
String a biblical quote onto a ribbon and hang it
The foil crosses and signs were part of a kit because I did not have the time to hand-make them.
Display pictures of the special little one in their First Communion outfit 
They make perfect keepsakes after too!
A picture of the boy or girl receiving their first communion in a beautiful frame makes the perfect favour!

How ever y'all got inspired and it makes your planning easier.

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December 17, 2012

Christmasing at Greenacre

"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart."
 -- George Matthew Adams 
Y'a ll best put a kettle on and grab some Christmas cookies. 
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." 
-- Hamilton Wright Mabi 
Merry Christmas 
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas time!. It is as you might have guessed by now , my favourite time of year.
These images from pinterest are the epitome of Winter wonderlands! 
The snow is so dreamy for me, perhaps because we have none. 
Or perhaps because the candy canes sticking out of the ground look a little out of place without it. 
Either way...I am hoping for a white Christmas.
Making me super excited at our first snowfall.
My homage snowflake manicure.
This year I started a new tradition of resting and enjoying the after glow of Halloween on November 1st. Spending one last day with my Halloween peeps.
On November 2nd however it's officially the Christmas season.
21 bins and a couple of weeks later.
We are Christmasing at Greenacre!
Welcoming our new members to the decoration family.
Which is made of Snowflakes, candies, gingerbread people and snowmen. 
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake...”
                                                              ~Francis Bacon, Sr.

Our traditional Christmas treats start with Panettone and tangerines as staples. 
Followed by  torrone, Baci, After Eights, Tolberone, Ferror Rocher and peanut butter balls.
Christmas treats are one of life's most delicious pleasures!

So are the Christmas cannoli's and Christmas coconut cream pie.

Just love the Holiday Season!

"The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!"

~Charles N. Barnard

"Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”

                          ~ Charlotte Carpenter

Jesus is the reason for the Season!
Santa Clause is just his sidekick.
With gingerbread cheerleaders.
and candy mascots.
The first Christmas ornaments I started collecting were snowmen
This is our first family Christmas wreath. It was just a snowman couple. Then I glued the snow babies as we were Blessed with each one of our sweet angels.
Greenacre is home to a large extended snowmen family.
Each one an old friend that gathers round on Christmas.
What I wouldn't give to wake up to a marshmallow world ...heck I would LOVE a good snow day any day now. Just not in March please!

 Click on the picture to get the full instructions for these wonderful Christmas ideas I found on Pinterest.
Picadilly and Company  has this adorable free Santa's key printable and tutorial. 
           Man Made DIY is offering the free templates to make these amazing Star Wars snowflakes.
Sassy Sites has a great list of free Christmas printables
Country Living has one dough that makes 100 different kinds of Christmas cookies.

Don't you just love Pinterest! I have 82 boards now and I'm guessing that means I really love it or I have a serious problem.
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Do whatever it is that makes you happy!
Merry Christmasing y'all!!

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