Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I love zinc...it catches my eye and makes me happy!  So....I was trying to figure out how to incorporate zinc into White Wednesday, googled it and here's what I found:

Definitions of zinc (n)
Bluish metallic element: a bluish white metallic element....Good enough for me!

Zinc'n  Linkin' up with Faded Charm for another Wonderful White Wednesday!

Susie's Composting 101 - Project Genesis

I'm hooking up with Suzan at Old Grey Mare for Project Genesis.  If you haven't already, head on over and take some time to read about it.  Suzan is an amazing advocate for keeping our planet healthy, has a wealth of information and if she doesn't inspire you....nothing will!  I know I have a long way to go to live as 'Green' as I would like....it's a process.  It makes us do things we aren't 'used' to.  Change is good, and there's so many 'simple and easy' things we can all do.

One thing that I am totally sold on is "Composting". I can remember searching for information about composting.  There's entire books about the subject:

Check out this book....all 1007 pages!

If I have one gardening book, I have 25 and most of them have information about composting.

I have a folder with magazine articles about composting, and how to build a 'fancy' way to keep it intact!
"Composting:  Make It or Buy It?"
"How to Bake Compost"
"Layering Green and Brown"
"Build Your Perfect Compost Bin"

Well, I say "phooey" on all that....it's just way to complicated for my simple little country mind!
So, here's "Composting Susie's Way": 

1.  Know what to compost (now you may want to read up on this a bit, but here's the condensed version)
 ~Brown materials:  leaves, branches, wood chips, straw  - These add carbon
 ~Green materials:  grass clippings, discarded plants, well rotted manure (personally I don't have any of this laying around), kitchen scraps (no meat or bones)  - These add nitrogen

2.  Now don't get me wrong, I would love to have a fancy bin.....but I just find an outta the way place (easily accessible and not too far from the kitchen) and get started:

    Here's My Compost Pile (not so pretty, but effective)

2.  The books will give you complicated measurements for  layering.  Here's what I say:
~Start out with some brown stuff, add some green
~Throw on kitchen scraps, brown and green whenever you have 'em

3.  Get ya a good pitch fork and turn it when you feel like it (if I throw in a lotta kitchen scraps, I usually dig 'em in a bit).

4.   Water it now and then

5.   Wait a little bit, and before you know it, you'll have the most wonderful 'dark, garden gold' and it doesn't cost a penny!

Could it be any easier?
I don't know about you, but composting makes me feel good!
Now go dig them salad scraps outta the garbage and feed your compost pile!

Keep it Green,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

White Wednesday ~ My Favorite White Things

 I'm linking up today with Faded Charm for White Wednesday. I thought today I would show some of my favorite white things.

 This is one of my latest finds....wonderful old dough bowl with original white paint.  Check out the repair...love it!

Have a Wonderful White Wednesday

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday Nite Special Featuring Old Chairs

I'm  linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for SNS featuring old chairs.  My post is about old chairs that have seen better days and how I repurposed them:

The chair was similar to this one:

Here's another old chair that I have in the garden as a trellis.
I have white cypress vine growing on it now.

This one's been set out to the lower 40...just waiting for inspiration...

This old metal one is a favorite.  It's just hanging out in the side yard that needs to be cleaned up "natural garden'

Moral of the story.........old chairs don't die, they just become repurposed!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Blessings ~ Susie

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Just had to show this picture....it came out pretty good!

Friday, August 6, 2010

My Favorite Antique Sign

Several years back, my husband and I were antiquing in Tennessee and stopped by our favorite shop in Bell Buckle, Phillips General Store.  If you ever have the opportunity to go there, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.  Anyway, the first thing I saw when I entered was this sign.  I think my heart skipped a beat or two.  I gotta have it, I thought.  You see,   I collect antique signs,  love gardening and all things floral....and....my Grandfather's name was 'Winfield'.  We also gave our son the middle name of Winfield to honor my Grandfather!

I'm joining French Cupboard for Vintage Black Friday.  This is the first time I've linked here, but I wanted to show off share my wonderful sign!

Happy Friday!

Legs or No Legs?

I've decided to bring my latest CL find in to house the television.  It's not often that you find an old cupboard that will fit a large tv.

The current tv cupboard is great (I got it from Shelley, Sweet Pea Home), but an enclosed cupboard will be the best thing.  And, I already have a new place in mind for the current one..

So here's my question.....The 'legs' on the cupboard are in pretty bad shape and completely uneven.  So should I just try to 'even' out the legs or just cut them off completely?  Is there any advantage to having legs if height is not an issue?  It would be one less place for those dreaded 'dust balls' to hide without legs!

For example, this cupboard has about 2" legs......

See the dust?

These are both Southern pieces, and my guess would be that they had legs to protect the cupboard from water damage.  Back in the day, women would just toss a bucket of water on the floor and mop it up.  You'll see water marks on a lot of old farm tables!

So now, if I bring in this cupboard.......

I'll have to move this hanging cupboard (also from Shelley)......

which I just redecorated last night........

 I had to display my new letters, found in an Etsy shop here

Now what to do with the stuff I took out?
Keep it?  Sell? 

Some of it did go here:

(some of this stuff isn't in the above pic...I change it around often)

I'm already exhausted just thinking about it all!
I'll definitely have to 'make nice' to my husband this weekend!

Did I happen to mention that the cupboard was $50.00?

I'm linking up with Faded Charm  for White Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

White Wednesday

Somebody pinch me!  I just happened to take a quick look this afternoon on Craigslist and saw a 'primitive cupboard' for sale. 

I immediately sent an email with my number.  He called a few minutes later.  He said, "now you saw the picture right?......It's pretty rough and needs a little work".  I said "yea,  I'd like to come by and look at it".

"I'll probably just use it in my carport for garden junk", I said.

Be still my heart!!!

These things just don't happen to me!

But lately, I guess I've been in the right place at the right time.....

Found this neat old door at the thrift store.  "How much", I asked.  "Hummm......how about $7.45", he said.
"I guess I'll take it"!

Sorry, couldn't get a good pic for some reason.

The 'window' in the door unlatches at the top and folds down!  I've never seen a door like this before!

How cute is that?

Picked up this loot over the weekend!

Neat old crate, white chippy frame, white wire bicycle basket ($1.00), corbel, and an old white stoneware bowl ($2.00).  The awesome 'tackle box' was purchased on Etsy at  Finders 4 Keepers and had just arrived in the mail!

Also, check out this cute wrapping/craft paper from the Dollar Tree.  It's like brown craft paper with a washed white floral...... (I bought a bunch)
Oh, and faux moss rocks, cotton flour sack towels, little bird and some nice fragrance oils!

Well, that's all I got for now.  Feeling pretty happy tonight!  I'm linking up with Kathleen at Faded Charm for Wonderful White Wednesday!  Stop by now.....