Tomato, Sugar, and more...

Summer has officially kicked off at our home.
Like so many other folks, Mother's day is flower day around here. Everyone in our family knows that I love to get my summer flower containers planted up for Mother's day, and everyone pitches in to get all of the containers filled with flowers.
In my mind's eye, I had a picture of soft pinks and yellows, and whites for the containers this year, but all of those ideas got thrown out when I saw the amazingly dark and beautiful color of these marigolds.
Above are the flower choices for our containers this year. Bold colors.

Pink canning jars. 
Once a friend told me about the pink canning jars, and I ordered them right away. 
They took nearly a month to be delivered but were seriously worth the wait. I love them!

Last Fall, our local hardware store started selling electrical spool rounds. We bought a bunch, and made giant pumpkins with a few of them and placed them in our borders...very Gardner Village- like. 
We reserved one of the rounds for a table in our living room.  Sanded, stained, and sealed I attached hairpin-style legs to it, and ta~da~ a perfect table! 
I'm quite pleased with the results.

My sweet husband built and installed a railing for our front porch.
It is a nice safety feature for our small Grandchildren, and it looks so nice!
There is also a handrail that he built and installed on our back steps. It will make it nice for everyone to have something to hold on to when they are using the steps.

 In thifting adventures... I found a 'Granny' chair. I have long loved these old upholstered rocking chairs, and they are harder and harder to come by. 
The last one that I found was years ago, and I gifted it to one of our daughter-in-loves to use as a nursing chair.
This one will get a good vacuum, and shampoo, but is in nice condition and will be a great addition to our library.

More thrifted finds.... padded dining chairs.
Our dining room table and chairs are so pretty, but the chairs are not padded, and I have found as I get older, sitting on those hard chairs is quite uncomfortable. 
I was on the search for two padded dining chairs and found these two at the St. George D.I.
They are already getting a makeover with paint, and gorgeous cottage-style fabric. I'll update you with a picture once they are finished.

I found this sweet table cloth at the thrift store. I spied it and saw that it had embroidered work on it, and without really taking a good look at it, I bought it.
Once I got it home, I took a good look at it. I love the tomato-colored flowers on it, and low and behold, it is an old sugar sack!

I also snagged this darling red geranium print with the tomato-colored frame.
A closer look at the sugar sack logo.. U & I sugar. 
As far as I can tell, the sack is from the 1950s.
I was raised to live a provident lifestyle. To not waste and to make the best of the things that Father in Heaven blesses us with.
I have great respect for other people that live providently as well, and it made my heart happy to see this sweet table cloth that was re~purposed out of an old sugar sack.

Lovingly embroidered to enhance the beauty of such a utilitarian item.
I know that the person that made this, and I could have been great friends :)


  1. Wow, that is the first time I have seen your chairs. They looks so good. I can't wait to see them painted and reupholstered. Everything is so pretty. The porch railings look wonderful. So nice to see your pictures.

  2. You found some great finds at the thrift store.
    I do like those bright bold colors.
    Never saw pink jars like that before but like them a lot.
    Great job making the table!!

  3. You did so good! I've never seen pink canning jars and they are sooo cute! I love all your finds too. That flour sack is very cool.

  4. That granny chair made me gasp! My grandma had one just like it and I had completely forgotten about it! That took me right back to childhood. I'm going to keep my eye out for one.


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