Sunday, May 24, 2015

More About the Potager

So, you want to know what’s growing in our Potager? Well, to begin with, lots of herbs. And this Spring, I’m using one of my favorite vintage finds as an herb garden display…a Ferry-Morse Seed cart. It’s a perfect chippy green, with little compartments, just right for holding zinc pots full of herb clippings.


In our potager, we grow several culinary herbs to use in the kitchen. Thyme, basil, chives, sage, mint, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and lemon balm are my favorites, and grow well in our space. It’s a lovely excuse to stroll through the garden to gather fresh herbs for flavoring a meal.


Other herbs that grow well are catnip, Russian sage, pineapple sage, dill, and lavender. After it rains, we love how the aroma of dill fills the air…it smells like dill pickles in our yard ;0)


Of course, I really enjoy drying some of the herbs. Lavender is my all-time favorite. It can be used in soaps, bath water, sachets, and dried lavender bundles.


But what I absolutely love most of all about herbs is that many of them bloom in the Spring!! This is one thing I didn’t know before I started gardening. Their blooms are so pretty. So, I make bouquets with fresh herbs to use in our house. On the coffee table, in the bathroom, and at the kitchen sink. Herb bouquets, everywhere :)


Potager is French, meaning “kitchen garden”…a mixture of edibles and flowers. It appeals to all the senses.


We’ve included all types of blooming plants in our potager…hydrangeas, lilies, bearded irises, foxgloves, and roses are gorgeous this time of year. It serves as a cutting garden. Fresh bouquets all summer long :)


We spend a lot of time here on the deck during these spring months. It’s a pretty view, with the pond and baseball field.


The blue barn door is just a prop…I leaned it against an ugly storage room door. We are considering resizing it to use as our pantry door in the kitchen.


The Potager sign was a quick DIY project I finished last week…you can read about the sign HERE :)


Well, thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

And thanks to all who has served our country!

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day with your families…


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Repurpose Design Series- Reveal Day


It’s reveal day for the Repurpose Design Series! Welcome to my blog :)

So, the challenge is to spend $20 or less on a used item to repurpose and transform into something wonderful for your home.

In April, I transformed a paper mache' rocking horse HERE. This time, I used a reclaimed piece of wood to create a Potager sign.


We paid $2 for this piece of chippy wood.


I printed and cut out the letters Potager, and traced them onto the board. Then I used Annie Sloan pure white paint to fill in the letters.


What’s a potager, you ask? It’s a kitchen garden…consisting of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. The best gardening idea- growing fresh food right outside the kitchen to gather for cooking and serving :)


Our potting bench came from a little antique shop in a nearby town. The shop owners built it using a vintage window. I spend a lot of time here on our deck this time of year…planting herbs and repotting plants.


I thought the Potager sign would be perfect for this spot. In addition, our vintage seed cart made a great display for the herbs.


This is where we spend many evenings eating dinner together as a family. Of course, when summer hits, you’ll find us inside with air conditioner :)


Potager is pronounced (po-ta-jshay).


This was such an easy and quick project, that cost just a few dollars.


So, what’s in our Potager, you ask? Well, our garden is full of herbs and flowers. And I’ll share more about it real soon :)

Thanks so much for joining all of us for our second Reveal Day for


We’ve been checking all of your #salvageswagger entries. And Oh WOW! Some of the most amazing transformations are showing up in the feed. If you haven’t shared your project yet, go ahead and join in. And be sure to visit all of our hosts here for their reveals too:

Becky @ The Other Side of Neutral

Annie @ Zevy Joy

Ashley @ Little Glass Jar

Wendy @ Life on the Shady Grove

Jolia @ Farm Fresh Homestead

Avery @ East Egg Style

Jennifer @ The Willow Farmhouse

Stephanie @ The Yammering Cabin

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Hydrangea Love

Before I plant this hydrangea, I wanted to enjoy it inside for a few days. Aren’t hydrangeas the prettiest flower? My favorite color is purple. Or, maybe it’s white. Well, I guess I like hydrangeas in every color.


Have I ever shown you this view from our kitchen? It’s looking into the dining room. You can see both chandeliers from here. There is a half-wall that separates the two. I don’t really know why…but I thought I’d share that with you :)



I have this large white hydrangea bush that can take sun…and it’s blooming like crazy right now. So, I cut a few to enjoy inside. Have you heard of using the spice Alum to help the blooms stay fresh longer?




It’s a very inexpensive way to keep fresh cut (or store-bought) hydrangeas from wilting so quickly. You simply cut the stem at an angle, dip the cut-end into the alum, and place it in the vase. I have definitely noticed mine stay fresh for several more days :)


Did you know? This Thursday is another reveal day (May 21) for the Repurpose Design Series! Remember this paper mache rocking horse that I painted? I bought it for $3.99 at a Goodwill store, painted & distressed it…to make it appear wooden :) Would you like to participate in our #salvageswagger series? Just find an item ($20 or less) and repurpose it to use in your home. Share your transformation Thursday on Instagram tagged with #salvageswagger.


Anyone have hydrangeas blooming? Which color is your favorite?

Have a lovely Monday, everyone!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Let’s Talk Flea Market Finds

Don’t you just love a great flea market? We first started shopping at Canton Trade Days in Texas around 2008. Canton is our favorite flea market…and where we’ve found the majority of the vintage pieces in our home.


These little vintage water wheel buckets came from Canton…I think it was in 2010. The dealer sold it for $6. I loved this galvanized item so much, and I knew I could make it work in our home.


Usually when I buy something at a flea market (or antique shop), I don’t have one specific idea for it. With small items, I try to get things that have many uses. Like these buckets…it serves as a sign, a flower display, and could hold silverware, etc.


These hanging buckets turned out to be one of my favorite vintage finds. I decided to stencil the letters EAT on the front, and it’s been hanging in our kitchen since. It’s one of those items I’ve received several emails asking if I’d consider selling it :) And I just can’t. I love it that much.


Most of the time, I fill each bucket with fresh herbs, or dried lavender. At Christmas, I like to place evergreens or holly berries inside. This week, I picked several different plants from our garden…sage, lavender, dusty miller and foxgloves. The fresh flowers are a pretty contrast against the metal.


Here’s a question I’ve been asked many times: How do you know what to buy at a flea market? Well, over the last few years, I have narrowed down my thoughts on that, to these simple suggestions:


When I see an item that I want to buy at the flea market, I ask myself these questions:

1. Do I totally LOVE it?

2. Am I going to wish I would have purchased it when I get home?

3. Is it unique?

4. For larger items, like furniture: Is there something I’m willing to trade out or sell to make space?

5. Is this something I’ve been looking for?

6. Would this be a great addition to a collection?

These questions help me determine if I should bring it home :)


And that’s my simple guidelines for keeping focused when I’m antiquing :) I simply must have a method to my madness…or I’d bring home way too many things.

What about you? Do you have any tips to share on flea market shopping?

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Herbs & Photography


Two of my favorite things in the world are fresh herbs and taking photos :)

But you probably knew that already…with all the herb photos I share this time of year.

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I’ve learned a lot about growing herbs by reading and researching which ones grow best here in north Louisiana…but I’ve learned the most about growing herbs by actually growing herbs.

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 Chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage are just a few of my favorite herbs to grow. I love how the chives bloom pretty purple flowers this time of year.


Photography…I love taking pictures. I have learned so much about taking photos over the last few years. I got very interested in photography when I started this blog.

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 We purchased a Nikon D5000 several years ago, mainly to take sports photos of our kids. And when I started this blog, I was determined to learn to shoot in manual…because I was so inspired by other bloggers who had gorgeous photos.

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 So, I set out to learn all I could about aperture, ISO and shutter speed. I read many photography blogs and posts, like THIS ONE and THIS ONE. And now, there are hundreds of articles, photos, and charts/diagrams full of photography information to learn from on Pinterest.

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But, once again…just like with growing herbs, I learned the most by practicing taking photos. I turned on my camera and practiced photographing every little thing. I stayed with the manual setting until I started understanding exactly what the numbers meant. And it got easier and easier.  

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I looked at blogs and magazines…paying close attention to the angles and focus of the photos. Then I practiced taking photos at different angles, focusing on different parts, and perspectives. And I fell in love with taking pictures. I enjoy making simple little things, like herbs or a soap dish, appealing to the eye :)


Have you ever heard of the GIMP Image Manipulation program? Well, that’s what I use for photo editing. It’s much like Photoshop, but GIMP is FREE HERE :)

You can enhance the lighting, add watermark, or crop photos. It’s a great tool to use for photo editing.


 So, what about you? Have you learned to shoot in manual?


 These photos were just for fun. A photo shoot of herbs, ironstone, goats milk soap, and a flower frog :) Just because :)

Have a lovely week everyone!


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