Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fitz and Floyd for Spring!

May is here!  Time to spruce up the Baker's Rack in the kitchen!
I decided to highlight the Fitz and Floyd summer pieces in the Sweetwater Collection! 

I just love the Logo of the company!
It is so true!
One look and you do know!

When I go to the thrift store.....I am always on the lookout for items that shout "Fitz and Floyd"

As you can see....I have had some luck!
YES!  Every single piece you see came from the thrift store!

 Just for kicks....I went to see if I could find out if these pieces had any value.  I know that some of the designs are from retired collections.  I was amazed and pleased to find these pieces on Ebay!  Now....Mr. S is always reminding me that ebay prices aren't "real values"!  It is a matter of what someone will be willing to pay!  And as you can see by my thrift store mentality, I wouldn't be willing to pay this much! is fun to see that my little collections has a bit of value! favorite "boutique" came through again!

  Have A Wonderful Day!

Link Parties

Simple Sweet Saturday  
It's Overflowing     Kammy's Korner   Funky Polka Dot Giraffe 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I'm In a Mystery Thrift Off!

About a month ago, a friend sent me an intriguing email telling me about a cool project.

Lindsey over at Better After  was looking for applications to join her Mystery Thrift Off!

I looked at her post and figured....what the heck....and I applied!
Imagine my surprise....I was picked to be one of the participants!
If you want to see all the specifics of how this works, here is a link to Lindsey's post about the contest!

In a nutshell.....Lindsey has spent the last few weeks shopping the thrift stores for a UNIQUE  and VERY SPECIAL item for each of the contestants.

She sent them out to all of us this week!

Friday, April 24, 2015

DYI Lazy Lady Cold Frame!

 I am soooo anxious get started planting! Since Sweetwater is in Zone 4, the safe date for planting annuals is May 15th.....more than 3 weeks away!

One solution is to use a cold frame! That seems like a great idea....but it also seems like too big a project for the few herbs and vegetables we grow.

Besides....the vegetables have to grow on the deck to keep them away from the "critters" here at Sweetwater!  Giving up the space for a cold frame on the deck isn't practical!

Here is the solution that we devised!
This is a classic "Sweetwater Style Use What You Have" project!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thrifty Patio Table Refresh!

The lovely April weather here in Minnesota this year is a bit deceptive!  Days in the 70's make it a joy to get out and start clearing the gardens.  My solution to ease the  "gardening aches and pains" that are a result of way too much bending and pulling and digging is sitting on the deck with a cool beverage! 
Photo of the deck in 2012

The deck truly is a three season extra room in/out of our home!

We love the seating area with chairs around a round table with a copper inset for a planting.

Well....while I was sitting there relaxing.....
I noticed the surface of the top of the table!

YIKES!  Minnesota winters are hard on things!

In other years, I used Gel Stain and Polyurethane to refresh the surface! (Click to see how I did that)

But after doing that a couple of times, the situation called for something more drastic!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Herb Basket!

Home Depot is selling 5 little pots of herbs for $10 this week!

That is a great deal.....but it is way too early here in Minnesota to put plants outside!

In fact....yesterday, I drove to a meeting through snowflakes bigger than cottonballs...go figure!

Since the herbs were such a bargain...I couldn't pass them up!

I put together this nice little basket for a centerpiece on the kitchen table.

Here are a couple of things I did to "style" this little basket!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Paloma Cocktail Recipe

We just got back from two wonderful weeks in Manzanillo, Mexico!
What a gorgeous place it is!

Much of the time we sat on the patio looking at this gorgeous view of the bay.

Thanks to the Sweetwater Brother and Sister-in-law who graciously share their condominium with us!

Now I bet you think that the the favorite cocktail in Mexico is a Margarita.....

Margaritas are very tasty.....and I love to order them when we are on the beach or at a restaurant....but they are seriously too sweet for me!

BUT THEN....I  discovered a new favorite that is much simpler to make at home!

And....(rumor has it that this is even more popular in Mexico than the Margarita)

The Paloma Cocktail

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Basket Book List!

Everyone has a bit of Spring Fever about now. With Easter just a week away, it is time to think about what to tuck into those Easter Baskets. Of course there will be candy and eggs!
Here is an idea!  How about some great books  How about some great Spring themed books?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chalkboard Art Tips and Tricks

I did a lot of chalkboard writing " back in the day" before Smartboards replaced them.                                    I was pretty proud of my "teacher penmanship" skills!
It is humorous that chalkboards are " historical artifacts" in the classroom, and yet, those same chalkboards have become popular home decor accents!

I have a big chalkboard in the stairwell to the lower level

I recently found a cute little easel chalkboard at a consignment shop that fits perfectly on the kitchen counter.

I usually write something seasonal on the chalkboards.....but in all honesty...I have been feeling that my efforts would not get very good grades for creativity and penmanship!

 I decided it is time for me to spend some time perfecting....or at least improving.... my chalkboard art skills.
I guess that might be an irony goal for a retired teacher....but heck...I have nothing but time now!

Here is a round-up of all the great tips and techniques that are sure to turn my chalkboard art from novice to pro!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorite-Burlap!

Burlap is more than just a "trendy" decor element here at Sweetwater!
So this Friday's Favorite is BURLAP!

First let's look check out some very fun ways to use burlap!
Clearly this potato sack dress is NOT on my list of sewing projects!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Simple St. Patrick's Day Art

I like to add a bit of seasonal decor to the Baker's Rack in the kitchen.
I gathered some GREEN!
A green depression glass measuring cup and lemon/orange squeezer...
A fun 1930's Rum Rill Pottery Candle holder....
A Fiestaware Pitcher...
A green placemat....
The framed Shamrock leaning on the shelf that was super simple to make!

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