Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall At Cobblestone...

It's been rainy and cool here so it's really starting to look and feel like fall around Kentucky.  One more week or so and I believe the leaves will be "showing off" with all their beautiful colors on display - simply one of my favorite things in nature. 
 
One of these days I will make it back to the Maine/New Hampshire area where I saw the most breathtaking fall color EVER several years back - absolutely stunning.
 
Honestly, I didn't do as much fall decorating this year as I usually do.  I simply used what I already had and didn't spend an entire paycheck on pumpkins, mums, gourds, Indian corn, fodder shocks - you get the idea ;-)  See, for 13 years I grew my own - and I just decorated every nook and cranny - but now that I have to pay for all those pretties - needless to say - I don't go quite as crazy.
 
Enjoy the look around!


 
Keeping it simple in the kitchen...


Love my lil' autumn barn print - fifty cents - gotta love that... 

 
Mantle in the dining area...

 
Basket full of dried gourds and antlers...

 
Sorry about the glare - I reeeeally do need a photography class ;-)

 
The entry chalkboard - nothing fancy...

 
In the sunroom...


 
I'm ready to turn on the fireplace...

 
Let's go outside...
 
...loving my "warty goblin" pumpkin...

 
I'm still hanging on to my ferns - they are still so pretty...

 
A few mums scattered around. This is one of my favorite varieties - it is called yellow "Bethany".  A late compact bloomer - she's just now getting started!


Simple window boxes...

 
My ornamental cabbage is outgrowing my lil' pumpkins - that is o.k. - they will be great through winter!

 
By the fountain...

 
Y'all just pretend you don't see my flower bed that needs some serious TLC right now - like some weeding and pruning and mulching and the list goes on an on - but doesn't it always.
 


All lists aside - we have to stop and truly
Enjoy this beautiful time of year!
 
Happy Fall Friends!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My New/Old Desk...

Well, I love a bargain but a bargain doesn't always look exactly like what you had in mind.  Believe it or not, we have been in our home nearly 3 years now and I still didn't have the right desk.  My sister was kind enough to let me borrow her old one - but it wasn't quite the right scale.  So, I've been patient - and I suppose a little "tight" when it comes to buying a new desk.  I mean lets face it - who doesn't love the desks in Pottery Barn - but sometimes - that is just not in the budget.  But...
 
 
...a 20 dollar desk is certainly within reach.  I recently found this old school desk at the Mission Store - it was turned up on its side and I just really liked the simple lines of it plus it just felt like it a neat history to it.  I remember my teachers having these types of desks when I was in grade school - like FOREVER ago!
 
 
It was orangey-brown and dirty but it had good bones - so I bought it.  I was looking forward to giving this solid wood desk a good home.
 
 
I had some thin plywood leftover from a previous project.... 
 
 
 I simply rubbed some paint on them and immediately wiped off the excess for a lighter look.
 
 
Don't tell anyone - but I just hot glued them to the front of the desk to add a little interest.  I didn't have any good wood glue - so when all else fails - bring out the trusty glue gun!
 
 
I really like this simple added detail.
 
 
I left this little slide-out unpainted...
 
 
It has great wooden dividers in the drawers...
 
 
...A really nice big top - perfect for lots of paperwork - even though honestly, most of our "paperwork" is done at the kitchen table ;-)
 
 
It fit nicely into the space...
 
 
...Plus I get to look out the window when I sit there and enjoy my window box.
 
 
So I'm pleased with my $20.00 fixer upper.  Speaking of "Fixer Upper" - is that not the greatest show on HGTV right now? I simply LOOOOOOVE IT!  Can't wait for next season!
 
 
Hope you are enjoying some fall decorating - I'll share a little of mine with you next!
 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stock Tanks - I love these things!

O.k.... gardening in stock tanks is nothing new but I must say - they are one of my favorite things to plant flowers in! 
 
Why, well - when you live on a farm - you tend to have a few of these on hand - I seem to just keep digging them out of the barns.  Hubby just loves when I ask him if we can drill holes into another perfectly good tank ;-)
 
 
Secondly - there is lots and lots of room for plants to grow!  So many times people try to over plant containers and after  just a short while - well, honestly they look spent. This particular tank is located by our drive way.  It is filled with 10 tidal wave petunias, two sweet potato vines and I had a couple of canna bulbs in there as well.  It still looks this fresh and it is nearly September!
 
 
This tank is up by the road at the entry to our farm.  Just a few purple waves and some euphorbia make it easy to take care of - since I don't really like to carry water to it that often.
 
 
And one of our latest projects was to make a water feature out of a tank - this one we had to purchase actually.  But I did go digging in the barn for this cool old wagon wheel we had.  We simply attached it to the back of the tank, hung one of my watering cans on it and hooked up the pump.  Just took us about an hour to complete.  That's my kind of project - simple and quick!
 
 
And while we were getting it all hooked up - my son just couldn't stand it - he had to get in!  Who knows - maybe next we will have a stock tank swimming pool!  He'd love that and I love that smile!
 
 
 
Next up - my new desk - or should I say - New to Me!
 
Have a great week!
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Some People Dream of White Picket Fences...

...I always dreamed of window boxes. 
 
 Hi friends - it is great to be back.  Our family had a great summer - many baseball games, some vacation time, lots of gardening - it was a nice and needed break. 
 
Thought I'd share with you one of the little things that makes me happy around our house...
 
 
...my very simple window boxes.  When I was a little girl I can remember drawing pictures of house "fronts" and every one I drew had window boxes with pretty flowers.  Well I'm all grown up now (over the hill actually ;-) and I still envision beautiful flower-filled boxes.
 
 
I used the same Allure "Tangerine" geraniums this year.  I had such great luck with them last year and I've just been hung up on orange for a while now! They are so bright and happy!
 
 
A little asparagus fern and some bacopa finish off the boxes!
 
 
 I hope your summer was fantastic!
 
 
 
Next up - my "stock tanks" - filled with flowers and a water feature.
 
 
Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Flowers and Baseball...

Yes Friends, my life is consumed right now with...
 
Flowers...
 
 
Flowers... 
 
 
 ...and more Flowers!
 
 
And when I'm not watering, deadheading, potting, fertilizing or....
 
 
...talking to people about flowers....
 (this is what I do for a living, for those of you that didn't know ;-)
 
 
....I'm watching my favorite young man swing that bat...
 
 
...and pitch that ball! 
 
 
I'm itching to get into projects but I just can't squeeze them in right now - but SOON - very SOON - I'll be back!
 
Happy Planting Friends!