My husband purchased a beautiful stained glass bison for me in the spring. I have it hanging in a window in our sitting room. Across the room is an outside door with glass in the top I wanted to stain.
If you live in a semi-arrid or desert region perhaps you have dreamed of a sharp looking yard with some succulent plants. This yard should inspire you with some ideas of your own! For around $100 you too can have a lovely yard, though it be small and located in a desert! The cost will depend on the cost of the retaining wall stones combined with your own tools and labor. In our area the wall stones can be bought at home improvement stores for about $1 each.
We painted two candle holders black a few years ago to match our decoration on our hutch. With a little paint, I found an update for fall decorations a fun task, and I love the new look on our built in hutch.
Summer comes to a quick close in September. Here are some helpful tips I learned from dear farmer friends and personal experience to preserve or dehydrate herbs, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Most dehydrators come with a manual or you can find their manual online.
We had a wooden bear gifted to us years ago by my dearest friend. If you knew her, you would love her too. Each year I lovingly clean off the bear and paint it. Since this is Labor Day weekend (the last hooray for picnics), I decided to add seasons to our lovable bear and put our house number on it. The best part will be to change out the basket contents and ribbon for the changing seasons. Right now it is harvest time, especially apple harvest.
I wanted to make a special desk paper weight for a relative that loves to fish all over our nation. He has fished in many states for many kinds of fish and is almost always successful at what he does. He introduced our son to fishing when he personally made and gave him about 100 lures to fish for trout.
Here is an easy decoration to set on your mantel or side tables or shelves for Christmas. It is also inexpensive to make. Who does not love red birds in the winter or at Christmas. You can feel free to decorate the "logs" any way you like after you build the "logs." These can be adapted to ANY holiday or special day.
My inspiration for this post is this great land we live in and the great people that make it home. To me the West is still a great backbone to this country where families have lived for 4 or 5 generations on ranches and farms. They raised their families, taught their children good work ethics, cared for the livestock and all creation, and treated man and beast with respect. Friends and families stay close and help each other their whole lives. They are not so mobile as most of the country, but that does not mean they are limited in technology or knowledge. Common sense is well in use and contentment is a way of life.
We like low lights on our deck in the cool evenings so I found an idea to use a tree branch. Then I planned a tree from a Pottery Barn knock off that displayed bats and spider webs. I changed the webs for lights and the bats for glass butterflies. This tree decor can be changed for all seasons!
We enjoy our patio and deck area in the evenings with the cooler temperatures and dry breezes. It is difficult to grow gardens where water is so precious so I made some homey planter decorations for our patio. It gives it color and a cozy homey feeling as we relax after work is done. We also have a few planters down off our deck we can see while sitting at the table. Here are a few combinations of real planters and faux planters.