Saturday Morning Junk Patrol

Whenever we go to the lake, I take every available opportunity to make the thirty minute drive into Mountain Home to check out the farmer’s market, yard sales, and flea markets. This past Saturday, while Ronnie and his brother fished, I took advantage of having a few hours to do whatever I pleased. So when the boys pulled down to the lake at 6:30 Saturday morning, me and Hailey (my brother-in-law’s girlfriend) took off for Mountain Home to see what we could find.

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Cappuccino anyone??

After a quick trip through McDonald’s drive through (I was really needing caffeine and was craving my caramel mocha!) we stopped by the Mountain Home farmer’s market.  First purchase of the day – fresh strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, freshly baked banana bread and AWESOME homemade guacamole and salsa! I also completely forgot to take pictures of these finds as I was too overwhelmed with the thought of eating it all right there in the parking lot of the farmer’s market. I’ll do better next time! 😉

As we had a few hours to burn, we decided to just drive around and whip the truck down any road that had a yard sale sign posted. We also threw in some flea markets  along the way.

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This was a tent set up in the middle of town named The Weathered Window. Check out their Facebook page. Apparently, they set up once a month and we picked the perfect weekend! Although I didn’t buy anything, the items at this place were perfect inspiration for future craft ideas!

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More Inspiration from The Weathered Window!

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Inspiration for a pillow (The Weathered Window), outdoor plant (yard sale), and patriotic quilting (Mountain Home flea market)!

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Awesome wood piece at The Weathered Window.

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Loving this ladder at The Weathered Window. Now to find my own wooden ladder…..

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When I found a box full of old chicken feeders, I was interested but not sure of what I would use them all for. But when the lady told me I could have them all for $1……SOLD! Can you guess what I have been searching all over Pinterest for this week? 😉

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Possible Planter???

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Mail Holder???

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Utensil Holder??

 

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Can you tell which shirt cost $1 at a flea market, and which one I bought at the department store??? Yea, me neither —SOLD!

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Just another addition to my burlap sack collection!

When we got done shopping, we met up with the boys and spent the rest of the day on the lake!

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Silly Husband!

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Me and Hailey

20130611-212839.jpg“On the pontoon.. Makin’ waves and catchin’ rays up on the roof.. Jumpin’ off the back, don’t act like you don’t want to.. Party in slow motion.. Out here in the open.. Mmmmmmmm…motorboatin” — faboulous lyrics from “Pontoon”, Little Big Town

 Family + Junk Patrol + Farmer’s Market + Lake Time + Cold Drinks = PERFECTION!

Outdoor Oasis

With the dawn of Pinterest, it seems as though you can get ideas and instructions for almost anything. I can get inspired from my couch as I click-through that nifty app on my phone. However, the absolute best inspiration and my favorite type of “research” involves family.

Below are pictures from the yard of one of my aunts. She is a Master Gardener and my go-to for flower questions. She is the one who came over and helped plant my front flower bed when we first bought our house. Every trip to her house includes a stroll through her yard. Her use of flowers, pots, plants, and decor motivates and inspires me as I create my own backyard oasis.

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Love the different aspects of color and types of containers she uses. I absolutely love her red deck with the water feature and planted containers all over.

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These were some of my favorite flowers I found. I am inspired by all of the different colors and textures my aunt uses throughout her landscaping.

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She ties in ornaments, tables, and rocks to provide places to sit and walk through all of the flower beds.

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Just another example of the several types of colors and plants she incorporates.

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Besides providing a beautiful picture, this tree was also home to two bird nests, with one being a hummingbird nest!

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This has to be my favorite yard ornament ever!

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As I smell the flowers, you can see my sister photographing everything in sight!

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Aunt Cindy includes different aspects throughout her flowerbeds, including several rock pathways such as this one.

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This is part of the border separating her property from her neighbors.

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These awesome pots lined the steps leading up to her back door on her deck. I must have something like this whenever we finally build on our back deck!

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Yet another seating area in my aunt’s yard. These are hanging from a tree with seating below. Can you guess what I will be on the lookout for on future flea market trips!?

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Even Dad enjoys strolling through the flower beds and yard, as my sister is still photographing everything in sight in the background. I do believe he wished we would focus more on the flowers and less on taking pictures of him!

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My aunt always likes to share some plants as well. Here is a crepe myrtle that she gave me for my yard.

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She also loaded me down with some gardening books!

Hopefully this has inspired you as much as it did me!!

Happy Memorial Day!

Before I begin this blog post, I just want to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day!!! God bless our troops – past and present! Thank you for your service and dedication to this wonderful country!

Free image from http://howtonestforless.com/2012/05/28/happy-memorial-day-free-printables/

Free image from new blog I found here.

For the past several years, my husband and I celebrated Memorial Day weekend at the lake. This involves fighting with the pontoon to get it running after sitting still all winter, cleaning up a bit around the camper, meeting up with our “lake friends”, and working on our tans (or sunburn in my case). This year however, we decided to stick around the house, get some yard work done, and (for me) complete a D.I.Y. project that I have had my eye on. I will admit, I was a little upset at staying at home – I was really looking forward to getting out of town, swimming, and perhaps trolling some flea markets and yard sales around the lake. However, I must say I actually enjoyed just relaxing at the house on my four day weekend. This is a little what my extra long weekend involved…..

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Friday, I decided to travel to a nearby town and check out some flea markets. Although I didn’t find anything I just had to have, it was quite relaxing. I did find some elephant decor that made me think of my elephant-obsessed coworker! Her blog (www.elephantgrace.com) is actually one that helped inspire and encourage me to create my own.

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Turned some plain wood crates into new night stands for the guest bedroom. Blog post on that project coming soon!

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Warning! If you happen to get wood stain on you, your legs WILL be stained for a couple of days! Needless to say, I could not wear shorts in public for most of the weekend.

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Although my husband has gotten to go fishing several time this year, I finally got the chance to tag along! First catch of the year (for me at least)!!!

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Weeding my garden was spread out over all four days. My garden makes me so happy!!

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Radishes fresh from the garden!!

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Found this recipe for pickled radishes here and here.

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Along with my co-chefs, made some pretty awesome radish dip with this recipe.

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Of course our Sunday afternoon was planned around the big race and grilling some burgers. While my husband and friends watched NASCAR, my previously mentioned co-chefs and I built a sleeping bag tent in the kitchen!

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Oak won that wrestling match!

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Poor Oak was wore out by the end of the weekend!

Hope you had a good weekend and enjoy this short work week!!

Tower Power – My Herb Garden

I have always wanted to do my own terra cotta pot tower. My aunt gave me the idea years ago, and with the dawn of pinterest, google, and my first ever garden, I finally decided to build my own. This year my husband and I planted our own vegetable garden and I wanted to grow my own herbs. After much consideration and research, I figured one of these cool flower towers would be awesome for herbs. When I found a box full of medium and small terra cotta pots at a flea market (all for $5!!) I decided this was going to be my next project.

While at Lowe’s picking up some supplies for a water line my husband was running out to the dog kennel (no idea why he sent me as I have no clue about pc pipe and couplings), I picked up some herbs that looked pretty good and were on sale. I also picked up a green rod at k-mart to go down the middle of the pots. That night, by the glow of the four wheeler lights shining on the flower bed as I got home after dark, I assembled my tower. I used a larger pot I have had in the attic forever as my base. I stuck the rod in my flower bed where I wanted the tower. I then placed my larger pot where the rod went through the hole in the bottom of the pot. Once I filled the pot with potting mix, I put a smaller pot on the rod (through the hole in bottom of the pot) to sit on the dirt. I then added each smaller pot to reach the top of the rod. Once I had the pots how I liked them, I added potting mix and plants.

After I placed the plants in the pot, I used green paint I already had (free with a coupon!) to paint the name of the herb in each pot. Note, I painted the terra cotta pots a bronze the night before in order for the paint to dry in time.

All together, it turned out Perfect and quite easier than I expected. Plus. It smells amazing!!

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The past two weeks…

As my computer decided to crash two weeks ago, and I have yet to get a new one, I am a little behind on posting. So as I am posting from my phone, I’ll give ya a quick photo tour of the past two weeks of my lovely world. Hope you enjoy!

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It’s been a fun two weeks that have included gardening (making my flowerbed, trees, and window boxes look pretty), a quilt show with my grandma, fun times at work (enjoying our strawberries and making-or watching my coworker make-a watermelon baby for a baby shower at work), and having some redneck fun (scouting for turkey, dirt track races, and eating some good ol mudbugs with good friends)!

My life may seem country, and perhaps a bit redneck, but sure is wonderful!

Straw Bale Garden 2013

Where I work, we have an outdoor area that could be very nice.  There is a covered deck, surrounded by a nice fence, and quite an open space.  However, it is rock, with weeds mixed in. There is not much to look at, but it has SO much potential. After a conversation with my boss and coworker, we decided to finally take advantage of that area – and the “Straw Bale Garden” was born!

Full credit must be given to my coworker, Emily, who also serves as my gardening instructor (god bless her because I know I am driving her crazy with all of my questions.) She is the mastermind behind this whole thing! As our outdoor space is mostly rock, this was the most sensible (and cheapest, easiest) way to grow our own veggies at work. To get started, we first took a poll at work at what type of veggies/plants everyone wanted. The results are as follows:

  • 4 “better boy” tomatoes plants
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 banana pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • salad greens
  • 12 marigolds
  • 10 asparagus crowns (planted in tractor tire)
  • strawberries (planted in tractor tire)

Then the fun started.  Last Friday, we blocked out the afternoon and went shopping for straw bales! Our organization supports local businesses, so of course local nurseries were our first stop! All week we watered and prepped the bales of straw to get ready to plant. We also set up two tractor tires to use for the asparagus and strawberry plants. Today, we once again made the trip out to a local nursery and bought the plants.  Then the planting began! We got everything planted except for the salad greens and strawberries – that is to come!

See below of the work done so far, and I will be sure to keep you updated on the straw bale garden! For specific information regarding the wonders of straw bale gardening, check out Emily’s blog at elephantgrace.com.

 

Garden Dream Team workday outside the office!

Garden Dream Team workday outside the office!

@elefantgrace at her creepy scarecrow!

@elefantgrace and her creepy scarecrow!

Obviously @elefantgrace is the professional! I looked confused or ran into things the majority of the trip!

Obviously @elefantgrace is the professional! I looked confused or ran into things the majority of the trip!

Straw bales with the plants (salad greens have not been planted yet.)

Straw bales with the plants (salad greens have not been planted yet.)

Prepping the tractor tire. "Reusing" cardboard, shredded paper, and newspaper to fill in the space.

Prepping the tractor tire. “Reusing” cardboard, shredded paper, and newspaper to fill in the space.

"After" picture-asparagus and marigold.

“After” picture-asparagus and marigold.

Garden Dream Team!

Garden Dream Team!

Easter fun with my little family!

Usually for Easter Sunday, my husband and I attend church, hunt eggs at his Mom’s with his nieces and nephews, and then drive an hour to eat Easter dinner with my family. Although we love seeing everybody, we are always rushed like crazy! This year we planned it a little different.

This year we kept it simple and decided to have our own easter egg hunt, but with a twist. You see, our “child” is a bloodhound named Oak, and he is not really interested in Easter eggs. So we held our own “hotdog hunt” just for Oak in our backyard.

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It was a lot of fun! And Oak even used his nose to find those hotdogs! It was a different Easter for us, but I enjoyed spending it with my little family hunting for hot dogs!

P.S. if you try this- remember where you hid those hot dog pieces! I forgot where I put half the pieces, which made for a very interesting hunt! 🙂

Make your own freezer burritos! – Shutterbean

Make your own freezer burritos! – Shutterbean.

I have to remember this!!!

We always buy the prepackaged, microwavable burritos at WalMart/Kroger!  This looks so much better and pretty easy too! Putting it on my do to list this weekend!

Talking the talk, but am I walking the walk?

My job is recycling.  I was hired to maintain the Recycling Grants program and develop a recycling education program for a six county Solid Waste District. This includes coordinating the office recycling program, helping cities and counties develop recycling programs, and promote recycling in schools.  I help coordinate community-wide recycling events and workshops and educate people on why they should do it.

REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.

That is my motto…..  That is what I preach… That is what I do…..  at least I do at work.

My friend came to see me at work yesterday.  As we were talking about my new position, she asked me a very pertinent question, “How are your recycling activities going at home, away from the office?  Do you practice what you preach?”  Red-faced and guilty-feeling I had to admit that my recycling activities at home are non-existent.  Whoops! Guess I am much better at running my mouth about what others should do, while not actually practicing what I preach. I was asked this yesterday, and it has bugged me ever since.  Why don’t we recycle cans or glass bottles at home?  Why do I just throw my paper away when we have a recycling facility in town that takes it? This bugged me all afternoon yesterday and was weighing heavily on my mind when I got home.  I really don’t do anything to recycle??  AM I REALLY THAT WASTEFUL! 

As I worked around the house, got supper together, did laundry, made another batch of fabric softener (that’s my next blog post), and other wifely duties, I started realizing that I am practicing the “reuse” part of my talk.  The glass jar full of tea that I just handed my husband was actually an old spaghetti (cleaned and sanitized) jar, the trash bags I use in the bathrooms and laundry rooms are actually Wal-Mart sacks rather than the smaller waste bags, my homemade fabric softener container is an old commercial fabric softener container, and that stack of newspaper in my garage will actually be in my flower bed before too long (future blog post).  I realized that while there is so much more I could do, I have already started recycling in some ways. Below are just a few examples.  I also use cardboard and newspaper in the garden (smaller boxes work good to hold Tupperware and Walmart trash-bags under the kitchen and bathroom counter).  If it is a sturdy plastic food container, I keep it to take food to the lake or for other storage (I use a sturdy plastic container frozen strawberries came in to hold my baking soda and a large Folgers coffee container works perfect for a big batch of potato salad for a weekend lake trip.)

Glass jars can be used for anything, including holding homemade facial scrubs and cooking utensils.

Glass jars can be used for anything, including holding homemade facial scrubs and cooking utensils. I refuse to throw any away!

Unstoppable containers is PERFECT to hold my laundry detergent.  Laundry detergent container is perfect for homemade fabric softner.

Unstoppable containers are PERFECT to hold my laundry detergent. Laundry detergent container is perfect for homemade fabric softener.

Three different shirts, All are worn out/have holes.....Use fabric for scarf!

Three different shirts. All are worn out/have holes. Use fabric for scarf!

Garden Border OR Fishing Pole Holder

Garden Border OR Fishing Pole Holder

There is always more I can do.  I am starting to compost, coming up with “new” uses for “old” items, and taking every opportunity to reduce the unnecessary waste I bring in the house.  As I grow the Montgomery Household Recycling Program, I will be sure to give updates and share any useful tips (and pics) I find along the way.

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.” -Dr. Suess

I love Dr. Seuss. His quotes, as silly and goofy as most of them are, are so true, and I do believe this one fits my first blog post so well. You see, I have wanted to start my own blog for close to a year now. However, I kept putting it off because I know nothing about blogging, I didn’t have a “cool” blog name, I didn’t know what the subject would be, and because of this, and because of that, and really because I can think of every excuse to keep putting it off. Finally I realized I really did not have a good excuse. So I am going to take Dr. Seuss’s advice – I am not going to worry about it, I am not going to stew about it. Let’s just see how this blogging thing’s going to happen, and maybe I’ll start “happening too”!