Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring in the Garden & Waking Up

Happy Friday, friends!

Do you have big plans for the weekend? I hope you get to do something wonderful, wherever you are!!

Here, we are staying home all weekend and getting “projects” done…like cleaning out the chicken coop, and gardening chores :)

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Guess what!! My lilac bush sprouted back very happily this spring! I was so excited to see the pretty purple blooms…so I brought them inside to enjoy for a few days last week.

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The purple is a nice contrast to the vintage fishing basket, don’t you think? 

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And the floppy garden hat belonged to my sweet mom, whom I miss dearly this time of year…as she adored working in her garden too, wearing her hat proudly :)

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I also added some lilac blooms to a vintage cutting board.

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There is no better therapy for me, than when I’m in my garden working…do any of you relate with this same feeling? I guess it has something to do with the long, cold gray winter that we endured this year. It seemed as though a bit of my soul was sleeping…it was like I lost my “mojo” for decorating or fluffing my nest the last several months. I lost the desire to change things around, refresh a room, or let alone blog about NOT decorating. I guess that explains my extended absence during the winter. I was hibernating with my family. Snuggling, reading, learning, pinning…

And now I’m awake :) Feeling as though the sun shining is God extending His hands to say “get moving, get busy, create, and pick up that camera again”.  And I’m so happy it’s Spring! Isn’t God’s creation of the seasons even to bring us exactly what we need?


And here are a few photos from the “flower gardens” around our house…so many things are blooming right now.  This is called an “almond bush”.

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Spanish lavender

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And the red buds are just about all gone…

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And that is what’s blooming around here!! What about your flower gardens? Are you planting anything I should know about? Are you awake from the long, cold winter yet?

I’d love for you to follow my Garden Pinterest Board HERE. I am always pinning beautiful garden ideas and garden sheds…which I’m hoping is our next project to start on. I’ll keep you updated :)

Have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Basket Ideas

Hi friends! How is everyone? Are you thinking about Easter yet?

I wanted to share some Teacher Easter basket ideas with you today…

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Kroger has so many great products for filling your Teacher Easter basket!

Maybe you have a school-aged child who would like to fill a basket for their special teacher?

Well, here are a few ideas, using products from Kroger:

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I don’t know about you, but my son’s teacher prefers “healthy” snacks…

so wouldn’t it be nice to gift her with a basket full of fruit, granolas, some almonds,

and of course, a bottle of juice to top it off!

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Kroger has a great selection of small baskets and a beautiful assortment of fresh fruits.

I used a vintage French jar to store the almonds….

or, you could recycle a small peach or jelly jar, like I did below: 

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If your teacher has a “sweet tooth” and prefers some sugar…fill the jar with any favorite candy, and add a piece of burlap tied up with twine.  This basket is full of baking supplies for cupcakes, along with Easter egg paper plates and matching napkins.

And remember the fresh flowers from the floral department :)

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What about a basket full of refreshing drink products?

Here, I added some bottles of organic beverage, lemons, and Easter napkins.

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Of course, the possibilities are endless. There are so many wonderful choices from

Kroger stores!

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Would you like to see more Easter Basket ideas?

Check out THIS PINTEREST BOARD HERE, and you will see some great DIY basket ideas :)

Kroger/Banner selected some Bloggers, including me, to create posts about Gift Card pairings, and provided me with a $100 Kroger/Banner gift card and an additional $25 Kroger/Banner gift card for supplies to thank me for my participation and post.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Prairie Style Magazine Is Coming!

Hi friends!

Exciting news is buzzing all around blog-land! The wonderful Fifi has done it again!

The anxiously awaited Prairie Style Magazine will be released in May! And today I'm sharing some sneak-peek photos with you : 

(courtesy of Fifi O’Neill)


Fifi says:

“The issue is truly beautiful (quality paper and color printing) and beside lots of great stories, features 9 fabulous homes!”

Do you recognize the kitchen? I’m excited and honored to have our home featured in the upcoming new issue.


The cover is bright and beautiful…

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And last, but not least, our sweet English bulldog, Jovi B, made it into the magazine!  Thanks to Mark’s patience, she finally cooperated for one photo :)


I can’t wait to get my copy!

To PRE_ORDER a single copy of Prairie Style Magazine- GO HERE.

Do you own a shop? Hosting a flea market or Barn Sale soon? To ORDER copies in BULK of Prairie Style Magazine- GO HERE.

Thanks so much for supporting my friend Fifi...and GO HERE, to join in her giveaway of Prairie Style Magazine!!

Have a great week, friends!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I’m Still Here…Let’s Catch Up

Hi all my friends…it’s been a while!

Hope this post finds you all happy and welcoming Spring into your area of the world :)

There has been a lot of wonderful things going on around here…

Just to name a few:

We had special visitors here photographing our home in January:




Yes, the fabulous Fifi was here, along with her sweet sister, and Mark Lohman. We had a wonderful time visiting and it was such a treat getting to know them and watch how they work behind the scenes. What a neat experience. I’m thankful to have gotten to be a part of the next Prairie Style Magazine…coming out soon.  Thanks Fifi and Mark for coming :) I’ll have more information about the magazine in my next post.


And in March, Amy and her girls visited! This was such a needed vacation for all of us! We enjoyed some much needed girl-time! And we went on an amazing shopping trip :)



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And last…we have been watching a lot of soccer and baseball! Our kids are very involved in their sports right now…and it has been a joy watching them play :)


I have tried to pop in and check on everyone’s blogs when I get a chance.

However, I am able to post photos more frequently on Instagram- Buckets of Burlap. If you aren’t connected with Instagram yet, I encourage you to do so!! It’s a quick, easy way to keep up with your favorite friends and blogs…you will really enjoy being connected :)

Also…here is my Buckets of Burlap FACEBOOK PAGE, please follow along and stay connected with me this way, too.

Well, that is it for today…but I promise I will be back real soon with more details about the upcoming release of Praire Style Magazine, and some ideas on Easter baskets :)

Sending hugs and blessings

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you, friends! You are all such a blessing to me!

Just a few photos to share with you…

My sweet kids who had such a fun, happy day celebrating Jesus’ birthday:


We made some homemade peppermint sugar scrub for all the ladies in our family:


Oh, and our elves kept us busy cleaning up messes this year again…we sure hate to see them go :)


God bless you all…and hugs to you, too!


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