I know you don't do nutty things like this, but I do. I bought a roll of chicken wire last summer, and I had no idea what I would do with it. It sat in the garage for almost a year before I found a use for it.
I had recently decided that I no longer had room for all of the extra frames in my house. They are left overs from my photography business days. So I came to the decision that I would use the frames or get rid of them.
This is a wood frame; the frames you find these days are usually made from resin. I didn't photograph the process of stapling the chicken wire to the frame, since it seems self-explanatory. I took the chicken wire, cut it to size using tin snips, and used a staple gun to staple it in place, pulling it taunt as I went around the frame.
I used photos from my MIL's house. Mr CH loves this project.
A. I used photos from his family and
B. It was a zero cost project (the chicken wire was sitting around and the frame was no longer being used to hold a photo.)
That adorable little house, was his grandparents'. Even the clothespins are vintage, since they also came from my MIL's house. Below is a photo of the family and possibly the neighbors.
Here's Mr. CH's dad carrying his mom over the threshold, long before there was a Mr. CH.
And there's Mr. CH's mom. She was quite a hottie in her day. I have those pearls she's wearing too, BTW.
This bulletin board is just part of the changes I made to my dining room. Come back later to see my French chairs from the antique auction and and other French touches I made to my room. I am so pleased with it, and it was done on a tight budget.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I love having my own fields of wildflowers, so I can have cut flowers in my house.
Something is usually blooming at the ranch from March through to the fall, although not everything works well in a vase.
We had so much blooming earlier this spring, that I grabbed a big pail and filled it with Yarrow and Firewheels. The Firewheels didn't survive well in my vases, but the Yarrow did.
I had enough for a couple of vintage Ironstone vases.
I especially enjoy bringing wildflowers back home to the city, so they can remind me of Cedar Hill.
It just makes me so happy seeing the flowers. What makes you smile?
Monday, June 25, 2012
Welcome to Week 21 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs
Howdy! This is Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog!
So glad to have y'all here again!
Can you believe that it is OFFICIALLY summer? Woo . . . hot. Yes, stinkin hot here in Texas. I totally have a tan already (after a week at the beach), but my craftiness is still keeping it cool in my craft studio thanks to the AC that the hubby installed for me. If you haven't seen my craft studio, stop by and check it out.
With the heat foremost in my mind, I choose the features based on what makes me feel cooler and summery! Enjoy!
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Now about the party...
You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.
More exposure, less time.
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration. Doesn't get any easier than that!
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls
The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs. Awesome!
* Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
* Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Please LIKE your favorite links! Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.