Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hi Girlies! Don't You Just Love Cute Yard Art???

Hi Sweet little Chickies!

I just had to share this with you. As I've said, I had a garage sale with my sweet friend, Jan, a couple of weeks ago....Her home AND yard are simply stunning....everyone who came to the garage sale RAVED about her home.......It's sooo pretty. I should have taken pictures of the outside of her house; I'll do that soon.........you will LOVE it!!! These are pictures of her SIDE yard. They wanted the neighbors to have something pretty to look at when they drove into their driveway.....all together now............ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! :-)

Jan's hubby is a CAN-DO kind of fella and made this bench. Is that not just the cutest darn thing? This would have been my coffee table choice if Jim had been able to squeeze it into his busy schedule.

Which reminds me....coffee table dilemma solved! I found one....and love it. I'll take pix soon!

I have three topiarys like that......Jan gave me a tip....another easy-peasy how-to. All you do to make the frame is bend a metal HANGER into a round shape, stick it into the dirt and add ivy. Now, isn't that great for a two minute job? It doesn't end up looking like a hanger does it?

I bought an ivy plant a long time ago. I have no idea what variety it is, but this is some super-sturdy stuff. I've taken a gazillion clippings off of it to start new plants. Just stick them into some water until you see roots and plant! FREE! I do love a nice thrifty little project with lots of ZIP! :-)

I've been soooo busy lately. My little grandson is out of school for the summer so he's been with me most of the time. I LOVE spending time with him.

And, my Darling Daughter and I are having a garage sale this weekend.....oh, I know what you're thinking.........didn't she just say she just HAD a garage sale? MMMMmmmm.....the answer to that would be YES......BUT.....I still have loads of stuff to pass on (read un-load) and my daughter takes right after her mother! You see....when you're a thrifty girl who loves a bargain it's easy to change things out.....Yeah, now the truth....I buy lots of things with hot ideas and change my mind. :-) Shhhh....don't tell the Hubbs!

Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday!!!!

Big hugs!


  1. You are precious, Spencer. And, snuggly-bug is out of school, how great you will enjoy this. TTFN ~Marydon

  2. Oh how charming! Love it all and the bench is fantastic! Good luck with your garage sale this weekend and I can't wait to see your coffee table.


  3. You are right, Spencer. The side yard is so pretty. Love the bench and the topiaries...Christine

  4. The side of your friend's house is very lovely to look at. I wish that was on the side of my neighbors's yard when I pulled up into the driveway! =) The bench is really cute. Your friend's hubby did a great job to. Have a great day!

  5. Hello Spencer!

    Wow, what a darling home you friend has and a hubby to match! How kind of her to make the neighbors happy! Looks like you have been busy and up to good works!!!


  6. I just love the white cottage furniture! So lovely, fresh, and charming! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. There is a saying about gardens....
    "You plant the backyard for yourself... You plant the frontyard for your neighbors!!"
    Great post!!

  8. Oh, I would love to come to your garage sale...I am sure I could find something or two! Darling side yard...love the hanger idea!

  9. Spencer~~I LOVE the topiary tip! We have tons of the English Ivy and duh! why not make topiaries with it?
    Love the little bench, too!
    We just had our annual neighborhood garage sale at the beginning of June and that.was.it! No more~~~either you love having them or you hate them with a hot hate---lol! Now, I don't mind going to them-lol!
    Anyway...thanks so much for the ivy tip!
    Love your sweet blog!

  10. You have the cutest little blog! I would love to think of a name for our little cottage.... Love yours!

    Thanks for stopping by and entering my little giveaway. Your name is in the pot. : )


  11. You have your grandson! How fun. I am taking a week off from work next week so I can have my granddaughter. We live about 200 miles apart so needless to say I don't get to see her very often. She is 9 years old now and growing up too fast. Isn't that always the way? Have fun at your yard sale. Can't wait to see the pics of your friends home.
    Take care sweetie, Susan

  12. Hi Spencer...A very cute yard if I do say so myself!!! The window box and bench are perfect. What would we do without garage sales and crafty husbands??? xoxo~Kathy~ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  13. Hi Spencer
    Karoline of Cherished Vintage and I go to the same church and she told me about her blog and that is how I came across yours. I cannot tell you how much your blog lifts my spirits, I so enjoy it and you are such a good writer. We wonder if you could tell us how you made your Bellamere Cottage sign? I love it and would like to make one for my cottage. You can e-mail me at jimandsandybertrand@hotmail.com
    Blessings to you,

  14. what a cute idea for the neighbors! of course, i'm so far from my next door neighbor, they'd never see it... LOL... so we plant trees instead. ;)

    garage sales... wish I could have one... but with the 100-degree temps we're having... not a good idea... maybe in the fall...

    have fun and make some money! hugs. Dixie

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by Yellow Beach Dog yesterday. It's nice to meet a new blog friend. And your blog looks yummy ... can't wait to check it out when I can sit down for a few minutes!


  16. Spencer, I know you said you had tons of stuff to get rid of, but TWO garage sales in three weeks??!! You are a hoot! I didn't know ivy would root in water, guess I'll go steal some from my neighbor... hugs, Sue

  17. Wishing I could be at your garage sale! I loved the bench that Jan's hubby made...it's just darling!

    How fun that you get to spend time with your grandbaby. My mom takes care of my little nephew ( my brother's child)..he's the only grandchild my parents have ever been able to help raise since my two sisters lived in Alaska when they had their children...lol!

    Deanna :D

  18. Your friends home looks so pretty..Love that topiary and the white bench to..

  19. The side yard belonging to your friend is great. I love beautiful homes and yards, don't you? I am constantly amazed by how much work goes into keeping everything looking good. It is continual.
    It is also rewarding and creates a fabulous environment for living.

    I hope things are going better for your daughter and grandson and have a great garage sale. I got a chuckle out of your comment about not telling Hubbs. That is so female isn't it? Some info is just best to be withheld.

  20. Hi, Just finally got to explore your blog.First off your friends white outside things are lovely.Topeiry it great idea. Also love the candle holder instructions.Hope your daughter gets that car business all straightened out.Why isnt that guy in jail that hit her? Oh would love to go to port angles. Never been there..eat at that resturant. Let us all know how the recipes turned out. Take care Sally

  21. Good luck with your next garage sale! It is so fun to make money so you can turn around and spend it at someone else's garage sale, right? :)

  22. GM Spencer, I love the idea about the wire hanger for the ivy...thanks now another projest yet to do ha ha!! May you have a great weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  23. Spencer, this yard art IS charming! That little cart is so cute. Love the hint for the wreath topiary. Good luck with your yard sale. laurie

  24. Hi Spencer...thank you for stopping by my blog for my 4th of July Tablescape Thursday. I finally got a chance to come over and read your blog. I really enjoyed going through your old posts! I have added you to my favorites so I can come back again! Have a
    Blessed weekend!! Huggy Hugs!!

  25. Spencer, Just stopped by to say hello and hope all things are great at your house.


  26. I would love to make a few bucks from a garage sale but like someone above said it's way to hot down here in Georgia to sit outside....So we just loaded up the trailer last weekend and went straight to Goodwill....Now there's room to buy more stuff!!..I love your neighbors cute little scalloped bench, very cute...

  27. One can't have too much yard art!


Sweet and dear little Chickies....thank you so much for your comments. I read each and every one. I always try to make a return visit........sometimes I fail miserably... but you're alllll soooo special to me!

Many, many hugs!