Peonies Revisited

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hello lovelies!  Did you have a good weekend? 

We spent the weekend in the mountains and had a great time.  We enjoyed hiking, relaxing, and the guys even had luck at fishing, so we were able to enjoy fresh trout, a real treat.  The next best thing to spending time with family, was getting to see the peonies again.  Our peonies have sadly come and gone here at home, but in the mountains they were just beginning to put on a show.

We arrived shortly after a spring shower and the peonies looked like this.

I love to see them all balled up like fists. 

By the end of the weekend, this is what they looked like.

I brought back the grass cloth wallpaper that I told you about and plan to begin working on lining the built-ins in the bedroom sometime this week.  So many projects, so little time.

Enjoy Your Weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010

     Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend? 

    If you want to know, I think you should take the time to relax, reflect...

    ...and enjoy being outside

    ...with someone you love.  Have a wonderful weekend.

    By the way, if you love granola as much as I do, then you will be thrilled to see this post from StoneGable.

    Images:  BHG

    New Curtains...Sort of

    Thursday, May 27, 2010

       Mr. :  "How was your day?"
      Me:  "Good.  Did you have a good day?"
      Mr. :  "Pretty good.  What did you do today?"

       Me:  "I painted the curtains in the living room."
      Mr. :  "Say that again."

       Me: "I painted the curtains in the living room."
      Mr. :  "Oh, I didn't realize that our curtains needed to be painted."
      Me:  "It's not that they needed to be painted, it's more that they needed to be horizontal stripes."
      Mr. :  "Oh."

      When you make panels from painter's canvas,  you might as well have fun with them.

       Martha shows how to stencil these pretty panels here.

        A Fresh Take on Things

        Wednesday, May 26, 2010

           Did any of you guess what this is?  I have been looking so forward to starting this project.  It's the bedroom.  Most of the furniture that we have is hand me down or made by Dad and along the way we have filled in with thrifty finds.  Our style is comfortable traditional with a twist.  All of the furniture in our room was the same finish, either mahogany or cherry so I went to work to change that.

           We found these bedside tables several years ago at World Market.  We needed something tall and narrow because the bed is high and space is limited.  Drawer, check.  Shelf, check.  That was all we needed.  Because the wood isn't anything to write home about, I decided this would be a good place to start with paint.


          Also, because space is limited, we have wall mounted lamps.  I highly recommend them for bedside lights if space is tight.  Of course these came in the usual ORB and were too dark with my plan for the room.


          So there you have it.  

          The tables received a fresh paint color and new knobs from Anthro.  Have I ever mentioned that I live less than one mile from Anthro and have only been there twice?  Yes, there is clearly a reason for that ;^)  The ORB lamps are now white.  Finally, the duvet and shams have made their way back into the picture.  The lattice pillows are ones that I made last fall.  

          This is only the beginning, but it feels great to finally put my ideas to work.

           Painting the tables went quickly by using a sponge roller to apply the paint then following up with a brush in the hard to reach places. 

          So what are you up to?  Have you seen the new Nesting Newbies?  By the way, our email is still not co-operating so if you emailed me, I haven't received it yet.  Bummer.

          I'm linking with The CSI ProjectMustard Seed Creations and Domestically Speaking.

          Tissue Flower Tutorial

          Tuesday, May 25, 2010

             If you have been following along, then chances are you already had a peek at the tissue flowers that I made last week. They turned out better than I imagined and making them reminded me of my childhood bedroom.  I used to make these flowers and hang them all around my room.  Pink ones.

            Here is the tutorial as promised.


            tissue paper - for flowers and stem
            wire - I used 19 gauge because that is what I had on hand.
            pipe cleaner

            Step one:
            To make the large flowers (approx. 20") which are good for hanging, stack eight sheets of 20x30" tissue paper.  To make the smaller flowers (approx. 10") which are good in an arrangement, stack eight sheets of 10x15 tissue paper. 

            Step two:
            Begin to accordion fold the sheets 1 1/2" for the large flowers and about an 1" for the smaller flowers.  Be sure to fold from the shorter end.  Continue until you reach the end.
            Step three:
             This step is what makes the biggest difference.  Decide whether you want your petals to have pointed or rounded edges and make the cuts accordingly.  I could only cut a couple of layers at a time.

             Step four:
            Once the edges are cut, fold the strip of folded tissue in half to find the center point.  Secure by twisting a pipe cleaner around the tissue.

            Step five:
            Separate the tissue one layer at a time beginning with the center petals.  Do this until every layer is separated.  If you plan to hang your flowers, then you are finished.  If you plan to use your flowers in an arrangement, go to step six.

            Step six:
            I wanted my stems to look more realistic and to scale, so I built them up a bit.  To do this I connected another pipe cleaner to the end of the one that I used to secure the center.  Next I twisted the pipe cleaners with  wire to make the stem more secure.  Once that was done I wrapped each stem with green tissue paper.  I didn't glue mine on.

             That's it...easy.  Let me know if you have any questions.  

            We are having computer trouble so if you email me you may not get a response for a while.


            Green Monday

            Monday, May 24, 2010

               How is your Monday going? 

              Just had to share this little snapshot of how my day went.  I had a green Monday sprinkled with a drop of Anthro.  See you tomorrow.


              Good Morning and a Giveaway

                 Good morning!!  Thank you for all of the well wishes and prayers.  My son is wearing a device for 30 days to hopefully give us an explanation for what he is experiencing.  Hopefully we will know soon.  The dance was a success and the kids all seemed to have a great time.  We had a lovely visit with my in-laws and as always, I picked their brains about parenting.  In my opinion they raised a wonderful son who is now a loving husband and father, so any advice they can give me is always welcome.

                 Would you like to win this lovely print?  My friend Sarah of the blog flourish design+ style is hosting a giveaway.  Go here to learn more.  Hurry, it ends today.

                Also today I am going to start on the bedroom.  My parents recently hung grass cloth wallpaper in their mountain house and have a lot left over, insert cartwheel, which I plan to use to line the back of the built-ins. Every since I had a peek at Sara Tuttle's portfolio, I can't get the image out of my head of the beautiful bedroom she did with built-ins lined with grass cloth.  The only problem is that I don't have the paper yet.  So for now, I am going to paint a couple of night stands among other things.  I'm so excited!!

                The Perfect Mix

                Friday, May 21, 2010

                   This photo is right on with my thoughts.
                  Old and new
                  Tradition with a twist
                  Just enough color

                    If you like the rug, here is a tutorial on how you can make your own.  I'm thinking of making a striped one.

                  Are you glad it is Friday?  I will be more glad when it is Saturday to be perfectly honest.  Tonight is the 8th grade dance and the decorating must be done.  Our son has had unexpected medical testing that requires another appointment today.  Everything is OK thankfully, we are just being cautious, but please say a little prayer if you would. We have visitors coming tomorrow who will be here for a couple of days and the house is a wreck.  Did I mention that we need groceries?  I'm thinking that the saying "Fail to prepare or prepare to fail" applies here. 

                  The flowers for the dance took longer than I thought, but were so worth it.  Here is a peek.
                  I will put together a tutorial next week.

                  Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

                  A Stroll After the Rain

                  Thursday, May 20, 2010

                       We have enjoyed some much needed rain here at cottage and vine.  Funny how the garden changes in just a few days.  Mr. CV and I went out to take an inventory of things and were happy to find so many nice surprises.  The Annabelle hydrangeas are just about to pop.  They look like broccoli just before they bloom.  As soon as the weather is dry enough, I need to work on that bench.  Any color suggestions? 

                      The Oak-leaf hydrangeas have certainly gotten their groove on since it rained.  They are the perfect combination of chartreuse, green, and white.  As the season goes on, they will begin to show soft shades of mauve and red.
                       While we were oohing and aahing, we had a visitor.

                      If there was ever a year for roses, this would be it.  At least for us, the roses have been show stopping.  Gardening takes a lot of time and patience and some years are better than others.
                        This New Dawn rose, is one of my favorites.  It is the one that we used here and that we purchased here.

                      I will leave you with this last image that made us both stop dead in our tracks.  The sun was in the perfect position and the timing was perfect as we discovered our magnolia tree blooming....I'm wishing I could bottle that fragrance.  Mr. CV said that nothing in this world smells better than magnolia.  I need to get with the fragrance companies asap don't I?

                      Strawberry Fields Forever...

                      Wednesday, May 19, 2010

                          A couple of weeks ago, we made our annual trip to the strawberry farm to pick strawberries.  This time I wanted to make sure that we picked enough to play with so we ended up with 8 quarts.

                           Fresh, really fresh, strawberries are such a treat.  To me, there is nothing better than a warm strawberry picked right off the plant..well there could be a tie between cherry tomatoes and strawberries.

                          We enjoyed chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry shortcake, and I even made preserves.

                          When I canned the preserves, I wanted to make labels for the jars so I used the image from my cottage that
                          pve design illustrated.  The recipe that I used came from here.

                          The strawberries that were left over were frozen to make this yummy treat that I saw at Southern Hospitality.

                          Are you planning to can anything this summer?  Do you know of any good links for label making?  I would love to hear about them.

                          I'm linking with Funky Junk, Somewhat SimpleMy Backyard Eden and Blue Cricket Design