Sunday, August 25, 2013

Favorite Flower of the Summer

Flowers that tolerate heat and like full sun
This summer I discovered what will end up being one of my all time favorite flowers.
The name of this beauty is Serena Angelonia.
The best thing about Serena here is that she likes
and HEAT! 
....and the icing on the cake is that she is drought tolerant and requires very little watering.
We started out with one little plant and with only being watered once a week
(if she's lucky)
she grew into this beautiful flowery gem.  
She proudly adorns our back patio and offers a gorgeous display of delicate pink flowers and greenery that flows with the wind. 
Her movement and texture fit well with the rest of our grasses and ferns we have around the patio too.
 The back of our house gets FULL sun, ALL. DAY. LONG. so it is tough to find plants and flowers that can tolerate the intense heat AND who do not need to be watered all the time, but this lady LOVES the dry conditions and doesn't seem to matter that we get busy and forget to water her! :)
If you are looking for a drought tolerant flower that is also pretty and blooms flowers, I highly recommend incorporating this flower into your landscaping. 
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I know next year I plan on picking up a few more of these to add to our containers around the patio and upper deck.
(So sad to see Summer coming to an!)
on that note.....
Have a wonderful week and enjoy the warmer temps!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Using My Free Paint-Mint Green DIY Chalk Board


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Mint green is a color we haven't seen in a very long time until recently when it was reintroduced back into fashion and home decor.
At first glance, you may think of 1986 and remember your Swatch Watch, a pair of stirrup pants, or hair scrunchy you had that was mint green.
And who knows, you probably decorated your bedroom with the colors peach and mint green.......oh, wait, that was just me. sorry! LOL :)
Yes, mint green disappeared after the 80's and we haven't seen much of it until recently, and now I can't get enough of it.
So when Ace Hardware hosted one of its Free Paint Saturdays a week or so ago I took advantage of it and picked myself up a free quart of Clark & Kensington paint in a color byBenjamin Moore called
I picked out the color and it turned out to be a bit more on the aqua side than I had planned, but I really liked it so I  decided to tackle a small craft project that had been on my list for quite some time now.......
this little chalk board.
 I found the frame at a thrift store a long time ago and sprayed the middle with
the same chalk board paint I used on my
then after a few days later taped it off and painted the outside frame in my new
mint green paint color.
You may remember the Dry Erase Memo Board I showed you how to make earlier this Spring, well this is very similar, except that I used a wooden frame this time.
I love how it turned out and thought it was a nice addition in the kitchen on the hutch.


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Now I can't wait to use this color on some furniture! :)
and the best part about that it was free!
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