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We had a good time in Clovis this weekend kicking off the Christmas season with a fall craft show at Old Town Flea Market. Don’s lamps were a hit as they are repurposed and one of a kind. I will be listing some of them in the etsy shop soon. The last time we participated in this craft show it was 108 degrees. This weekend was so much better. The sponsors do a good job of keeping us vendors happy with free wifi and many yummy foods available. I had a mushroom & artichoke tamale that was really good. Clovis has many antique,  vintage,  and industrial items in their downtown shops. The next time you’re in Clovis check them out.

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Don made this lamp from an old bottle capper.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This lamp sold as well as the bottle capper. But there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

The bike pump lamp sold as well as the bottle capper lamp. They were my favorites! However, there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

Happy Summer! I haven’t posted in awhile which is unfortunate, but this is what we’ve been up to; Summer Camps, Summer Vacations, Garage Sales and Upcycling random items into cool home decor. We troll garage sales looking for items we can use for our next craft faire. We’re alwyas interested in rusty metal or metal we can rust. We have found that using vinegar and salt can speed up the process. The best finds are already rusted.

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Don took a children’s small sand bucket and repurposed it into a lamp with a vintage lightbulb. He then painted it with chalkboard paint. He added a red cord which adds to the pop of red on the handle. It’s a cool conversation piece.

Hope your summer is going well.

Some of the silver plants in my yard provide the best foliage and year round good looks. The Helichrysum Icicles is a really good performer. It grows fairly quickly and loves the heat. Seems to be drought tolerant. The best thing about it though is it’s fragrance. I have it in my front yard right up against the walk because in the it smells like maple syrup. Many people stop and ask what it is because they notice the fragrance first. It’s just a bonus that it’s easy to grow.

It is in the foreground of this photo. Another great silver plant is nestled up next to the mums. It is Cerastium or “Snow in Summer”. This is a nice ground cover that hangs over walkways very nicely. It doesn’t have a fragrance, but it gets covered in white flowers that are quite pretty. These are two great silver plants that add some contrast against the darker plants in the yard.

There are some plants that are so easy to grow and such high performers, they become my favorite. The perennial Black Eyed Susan, is like that. I have moved it around the garden and it has happily agreed to grow wherever I feel like it should. Since I am kind of a intermittent gardener, I appreciate this kind of easy going attitude. I think I have found the perfect spot for this summer beauty – right by the front door. This way, it says happy summer to anyone who comes over. You have to love a plant that will do that in 100 degree weather. I would recommend this plant for a cheerful addition to your garden.

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We have treasures located in our backyard.

There are items we’ve made;

birdhouse we made
at summer camp as a family

Items to remind us of vacations;

camping coffee pot

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and sometimes the treasure is watching the dog

trying to get at the fish in the pond.

What are the treasures in your yard?

This tabletop was once used in an outdoor kitchen as a countertop. The owners decided to replace it ended up in the trash – it’s stainless steel! So it’s a good thing that my husband, Don, is great at repurposing wood and other things. He made this table with some 4 x 4’s that he had leftover from another project. It turned out really well.

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He braced in on the underside with 2 x 4’s

I recently purchased a new camera to replace my old one that had stopped working much to my dismay. I finally decided to stop borrowing my daughter’s and get another one of my own. This new one is great and I am very happy with it so far.  It’s a refurbished Panasonic DMC-FH25. I have enjoyed capturing the early morning light through the leaves of my Japanese Maple.

morning light through the leaves my favorite 🙂

This tomato was really delicious too 🙂 Having a lot of fun photographing the morning.

When our old garden umbrella became ragged and unsightly, we purchased a new one. Not to throw things out too hastily, my husband, Don, put it aside for awhile in case we wanted to replace the canvas someday. It is wooden and is weathered with texture.  When we saw Christmas lights on clearance in January, Don came up with the idea to reuse the umbrella  in the garden for soft ambient light. He attached the lights to the umbrella with zip ties. Here is the result:

This is the umbrella in the garden during the day.

These votive candles look like real little succulent plants. We found them at Pier 1 on clearance and bought them to use in projects. My husband, Don, used some of his reclaimed wood to make candle holders and we filled them with polished rocks. I like that it’s home decor which brings nature inside.

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I love succulents because I am not that great of a gardener with fussy plants. Succulents don’t need much from me so they are my favorites. I have several different kinds of cute little plants that I harvest once in awhile to make fun things to have around the house. The vertical garden is one. This tutorial at Sunset Magazine has good information for making a box to hang in the patio. My husband made our box from a crech he had made for a craft project at church. He made some boxes too. They turned out so nice!

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You can see that the house has more plants and the box looks a little skimpy. We wanted to see what was best as far as spacing as the plants grew, but they both sold at a craft fair so we need to make some more! Gotta love those succulents, just water once a week laying down, and then put them back up on the wall! Easy.