Friday, February 26, 2016

Goodness! Gracious! Good Will Goodies!

Sweetwater Style has it's roots in thrift store shopping with panache!

noun: panache
1.flamboyant confidence of style or manner.

flamboyance, confidence, self-assurance, style, flair, elan, dash, verve, zest, spirit, brio, ├ęclat, vivacity, gusto, liveliness, vitality, energy
I am not so sure about the flamboyance, but I would like to think that I approach thrift store shopping with gusto, confidence and zest!
I have decided to post "Goodness! Gracious! Good Will Goodies!"  every week or so.  The series will be all about how to get the most out of your trips to the thrift store.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

How To Revive a Droopy Hydrangea!

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope your day is filled with hugs and kisses....especially the chocolate kind!


I hope that you have flowers!

Mr. S surprised me with a lovely bunch of flowers from the grocery store!

Now before you go thinking...."what a cheapskate"!  You need to know that  my favorite part of getting flowers is the fun of doing my own arrangement!  It is sort of a gift within a gift..

 Thanks Mr. S!

Do you see the lovely Hydrangea in the center of the arrangement?
I do love me a Hydrangea....even one that has been DYED pink!
If you are also a Hydrangea lover, you know how persnickety these lovelies are!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Flower Arranging Hacks You Need To Try!

Seems like so many of the popular web posts I read have the word HACK in them.
Seems like that word can make a post popular!
But what exactly is a HACK?
Inquiring minds want to know!

A hack is an easier way to do something, a shortcut.

Sweetwater Style is all about making things easier and taking some thrifty shortcuts! 
For your viewing enjoyment, here are my favorite Sweetwater Flower Arranging HACKS!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

How to Make a Birch Branch wreath. Repost

For your reading and crafting pleasure I am reposting the directions and inspiration for the birch branch wreath that was a feature in my Minimal Valentine Decor post.

This Birch Branch wreath in this photo is one that the Sweetwater Sister-in-Law made for me long ago.  It is a perfect accent for any Valentine display.

(BTW..I found this photo on last year's post with a round up of other people's Valentine Ideas....VALENTINE IDEA POST)

 Back to the wreath tutorial....

I have a whole bin full of birch branches leftover from Christmas....
They are cluttering up the garage.....

HMMMMM....I was thinking I could make a smaller version of the Heart Wreath...

How hard could it be???
Well it turns out it was a tad bit harder than I thought....but I did figure it out (with a little help from a friend)!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Minimal Nod to Valentine Decor

Here is the great question I pondered as I wrote this post title.
Is it Valentine or Valentine's???
I think it is properly Valentine's.....but that sounded I went with Valentine!
All you grammarians out there need to weigh in on this and help me out!

In any case, Valentine's Day is only 10 days away.

Somehow, in our empty nest, all out red, pink and purple hearts and streamers seem a bit much!  

I have been adding a few touches of the season.  
I am going for a minimalist theme here.
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