Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Be A Goof Off!

It is Summer Time....the season we give ourselves permission to Goof Off a bit....
I don't think of goofing off as a negative.....but when I read the definition for the noun......it wasn't such a positive image!!
HMMMMMM......but relax!  This post isn't about that kind of GOOF OFF.....

It is about THIS!

$4 worth of MAGIC....
In a little yellow can!

Add a little steel wool and this stuff will remove any number little messes!


This Thursday we will turn Sweetwater into a Floral Arranging Studio for a day!
A friend is coming to make ALL the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres for her wedding!
Won't that be fun? 
If you want to read about another time we did this CLICK HERE

I am organizing supplies and getting ready for Thursday.
When I got out my clippers.....oh my....they were not ready for company!!

Time to GOOF OFF!

10 minutes later......SUCCESS!

Seriously....this stuff is amazing!
My stainless steel craft room sink is always a mess from all the different abuses I subject it too!

Since this is often the place we have the "Beverage Center" when we entertain....it gets the steel wool and GOOF OFF treatment to be ready for company too!

So....I highly recommend that you have a little can of GOOF OFF in your closet!

I also highly recommend that at least a couple of times this summer you be a GOOF OFF!
(I won't tell)!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Fairy Garden Resource List

The weather in Minnesota has been "interesting" this summer!

If you don't speak "Minnesotan", you probably don't understand that when someone uses the term "interesting", it is probably less than complimentary!
I know there are lots of people who are still cleaning up from torrential rains.....which is very serious and costly business.

At this point I am putting my tongue in my cheek and will show you the "horrible" storm damage at Sweetwater! The storm damage was so bad.....it entailed the need for an entirely new roof!

Yup.....the Fairy House took a direct hit from the torrents of rain.....all the bark fell off the roof and the furniture was overturned!!!!  OMG!  What to do?
Well.....it was a simple matter of letting things dry out and then putting new bark on the roof with construction adhesive this time!  (the hot glue couldn't stand up to the "interesting" weather!

The process took about 20 minutes and didn't cost a thing.....
Again....my apologies to anyone out there who is dealing with expensive and time consuming repairs from the weather.  We feel so fortunate that we did not have to deal with that!

The little plastic doors and windows also took a hit from the weather.....I made new ones using twigs and pieces of wood shims that were lying around.  Of course....the doors needed to be red to match the front door at Sweetwater!!!

While I was in the "remodeling" mode, I decided to go searching for ways to create accents for the garden!  I found some very fun resources and ideas that you might be interested in!


This SITE has lots of inspiration.....especially this patio set made from slices of logs!

Thimble Planters

How simple to use an old thimble....the aged patina is a nice touch....and add a little moss to make Fairy Planters!


Fairy Inspired

This site has a wonderful list of all kinds of common household items and suggestions for ways to use them in your gardens.

Now it is time for me to actually create some of this stuff!

I think I will use some of these ideas in the "front gardent" and the little Fairy Garden in the Birdbath could use a little landscaping too!

....Mr. S says that I have too much time on my hands.....but hey....I can't think of a better way to act like a kid!

Have A Great Day!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DYI No Crease Pants Hangers!

Some people just HATE ironing....but....don't think I am crazy when I say....
I don't mind ironing....in fact it can be kind of relaxing!
But what I do hate is when the pants that I have ironed get creases in them hanging in the closet!
The problem is the hangers.....

Even wooden pants hangers don't seem to solve the problem for me.

The wood bar still leaves creases....and I don't like to hang my pants from the cuffs!

I have looked all over for padded hangers for pants and have been unsuccessful!  And chances are...if I ever do find some....I will be too "cheap" to shell out the $$$ for them!

Read More to see what I did instead!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Best Dish Scrubber.... Ever!

When you think of souvenirs from Mexico you probably think of things like these!

Pretty.....and pretty expensive!  
And to be honest they aren't exactly the right look for my decor....except for the jewelry!

This is my absolute FAVORITE purchase from the Mercado!
Click to see what it is!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Super Simple Almost NO SEW Ottoman Slipcover!

Recovering an ottoman can seem like a daunting project!
It doesn't have to be!
If you have an hour....
If you can sew a straight seam...
You can do it!

Would you believe THIS....?

looked like THIS just a couple of days ago......?
I think I recovered it (poorly) over 15 years ago and it was time for an update!!!

The process was pretty simple....but of course I forgot to take pictures!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Custom Sized Rug "Use What You Have"

The Powder room at Sweetwater is little more than big enough to turn around in.....but it is on the main floor and handy....so I really shouldn't complain.

The floor space between the vanity and the toilet in this tiny room is an odd dimension....almost a perfect 3 foot square.

This makes finding a rug for the space difficult!  There aren't a lot of square bathroom rugs out there.

I found one at Target....but the colors aren't right.....

This one from the Company Store is okay....but it is $28....and looks a little too "bathroomy" for a main floor powder room.

1 Hour Rug Project!

I could have gone to the fabric store and found a piece of upholstery to make a new rug out of upholstery fabric!

Here is a link to a tutorial for doing just that!

But....shhh....don't tell Mr. S.....I really want to do some major stuff in this little room before we have the floors refinished in the fall....and I don't know what the color scheme will be....and I don't want to make a rug I love, love, love only to have it not fit that scheme....

Enter the "Use What I Have" Philosophy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Easy Summer Memory Wall Decor!

Once the 4th of July is over, we are in the thick of the Summer!

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You'll wish that summer could always be here!

Lyricist Charles Tobias 

 Well then.....
 Are you wondering why I am showing you a picture of a house taken in late fall?

Well....I want you to notice the red trimmed storm windows on this house...which is the house Mr. S grew up in!

When the house was sold....and it was time to clean out the garage...

We "rescued" one of the old stormwindows to hang in our house!

I decided to turn the window into a Summer Memory Gallery!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hooray For The Red White and Blue!


Happy Fourth of July!

The flags are flying and we plan a simple celebration with family to view the fireworks from the dock at the Sweetwater Mom's lake house!

It is a beautiful summer day here at Sweetwater!
Take a peek at the simple patriotic decorations around here.
I have a collection of "stuff" and just plop it here and there!
Really....what is more like summer than the Red White and Blue?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thrifty Planters-Use What You Have!

Through the years....we have collected lots and lots of planters!

These pots could sit in a pile next in the garage....taking up space!

OR....they could be placed all over in the gardens for visual interest....

The problem is that if I need to buy flowers and foliage plants to fill them....it gets very expensive!

Here is the "Use What You Have!" Solution for this dilemma!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

DYI Window Re-Screen Tutorial

Screen doors really are the essence of Summer!
Don't you love having the windows and doors open to let the air and sounds of summer flow through through the house?

The Old Screen Door.
Remember those old screen doors,
those made of wood with fancy corner  design?
No cool air conditioning then,
yet a fan and screen door seemed oh!  so fine ...
The screen door kept out pesky flies
but squeaked open to welcome friends of mine...
and sometimes strangers,
or traveling salesmen trying hard to earn a dime...
Remember the small steel hook 
used to latch the door but rarely used anytime?
And if the door spring broke,
the door flew wide...  time out to fix and realign...
Old dog would sprawl
to nap right in the way, at the door's front line;
pet cat thought the screen door to be
her scratching post
And oh! How Mom would whine!
"Don't slam the door!"  Mom always called.
I never learned;  Slam! it went every time.
Old screen-door scenes beckon language memories
for which I often pine.
Author Betty Kossick

The screen on the patio door at Sweetwater has taken a beating from MARVIN!  
He just loves to stretch and put his entire weight on the door!
His little parlor trick caused the screen to push out and leave big gaps.
Unsightly...and a great spot for bugs to enter!
It was time to re-screen the door!
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