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Growing My Garden from Scratch

So a few weeks ago Claire shared some tomatoes she was growing and it inspired me. My hubby Moviestar loves desert plants and recently we added three little guys to our continuously growing cacti. The cacti we bought at Ikea a few years ago and it use to be 1/4 of the size {it’s the one below in the teal pot}.

The other three I just planted in hopes that they grow bigger and better like the cacti.  Then I thought, why not start a garden for myself? As a girl, I’m a bit partial to flowers {duh} and with a few packets received from my brother-in-law {an avid gardener} I decided to plant my own.

{My Larkspur Pot}

{My Lavender Pot}

{My Larkspur Pot}

And then I followed Bonnie’s advice and replanted some romaine lettuce ends to re-grow them. Yup, that’s right! If you save your lettuce ends, put them in a container {standing up} fill with an inch of water {swapping out the water every day for 4 days} and then plant them, you’ll be able to grow your own lettuce. This is mine after about 6 days.  It started to re-grow within the 2nd day and I can’t wait to see how much more it grows over the next month!

So, I’ve given you my before’s….. so I’ll keep you posted on my after’s!


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Mombo Nursing Pillow Giveaway Winner!

Sorry it took us so long to announce the winner, we were waiting to hear back from her :)

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April: I want it for me in about 6 months :)

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DIY Wood Signs

Wow, I have been meaning to share this project with you for so long {ever since Christmas… that’s a long time} and for whatever reason I kept forgetting. But after sharing the ideas I found for using wood palettes as home decor, it got me thinking about this project again. And so, here I am.

I wanted to make something special for my parents new beach house and for my sister who had just moved into a new place. Knowing that Moviestar has plenty of access to wood palettes and wooden crates at his job site so I asked him to bring a good amount home for me. I was ready to tackle a couple DIY wood signs!

Then once we removed all the nails and I measured the pieces for Moviestar to cut evenly for me, he nailed them all together for me.  Then we tackled some sanding and they were ready for staining and painting!

I chose a nice dark stain for the one for my parents. It would eventually hang in their classy beach house and so I figured a modern dark wood would be nice. It’s pretty easy to stain wood {just follow the instructions on the can} as long as the rag you use is something you’re cool parting with…. It’ll stain and stink really bad.

For my sisters sign I wanted paint. The colors of her room {the bedding really} are a black, white and pinkish-purple so I went with painting it white. Moviestar helped me out with that… my little painter boy….

He sprayed it for me so I would get a nice even coat and hit all those little crevices. But if you just use a roller and some small paint brushes, it’ll be just as good {might take a bit longer though…. this took him 2 minutes to spray}.

Once they were dry {the stain takes a couple days and the paint shouldn’t take more than a few hours}, I was able to spend time figuring out my wording and design. My sisters is a Marilyn Monroe quote that sums her up to a “T”….

And the one for the folks, well…. it was just all about the house as you can read…

I also hot glued a few shells to give it some additional ambiance. In the end they all loved them. I know my shots aren’t the best {I’m going to try and get some of the finished product hanging in their houses}. But you get the jist of the project right?

So, why not try this yourself? Grab some extra wood from that job site, dumpster or just buy some cheapos at Home Depot. However you get the wood, do it. It’s fun and a great DIY home decor!


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Lindsey - January 7, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Angela, so glad you liked my project! For the sign that I stained, no I did not prime it. Moviestar sanded it down really well and then I stained it as it was. There is a sanding sealer you can put on it that acts like a primer for stains but you really don’t need it.

For the white sign that I painted, yes we did prime it first. Now I know you can see Moviestar used a paint sprayer on it but it’s really not that difficult to brush or roll the paint on too. Just make sure you get all the nooks and crannies with your brush :)

Angela - January 5, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Love this! What a great tutorial! I have just started making signs, and am not yet that comfortable with them. Glad you shared about the staining. Did you prime your wood and if so, what did you use? Also did you use acrylic paint at all?

Thanks for sharing :-)
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Happy Memorial Day! We hope you all enjoy your day off with your family and friends. Remember those who came us and ensured our freedom and say a prayer for those who still serve today. We are thankful to everyone who has given their lives in the service of our country and we will always be in your debt.


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