Sunday, March 11, 2012

Why I've been missing and some neat items to show you...

I've been a lurking blogger lately. But I have a good reason!

I am about to be in an art show. It's nothing big, just a mother/daughter exhibit during Fort Worth's Gallery night on March 24th. But it's big to me!!! I am so nervous! This is the first time I've ever put my artwork out there for critics, buyers, and art lovers to see! All while I stand next to it and answer questions about it. I am not formerly trained! I have zero formal training. Hopefully that won't be evident to the "critics" and if it is I hope they don't say anything to me about it. I might run out of there crying.

 So I've been painting and worrying. That's where I've been.

 I tried to do a little something today just to keep in touch with you and have something to link up at the "Cowgirl Up!" linky party tonight (starts at 8:30, don't forget!!!).

Can someone tell me what this is? I have an idea of what I'd like to do with it, but I have no idea what it is! It says "Ideal" on the inside and It has been outdoors, you can tell. It isn't from a lamp because there's no hole in the "bowl" part, or anywhere for wires to go. Any ideas?














How cute is that little bee skep. Wanna know a secret? I got it at Michael's, 40% off. It had this ugly plastic cactus wired to it but I saw the beauty it could become. I think it's just too adorable! And I found  the old alarm clock on craigslist this week. Little clocks look good anywhere and everywhere. You can never have to many I think.



 Here we have my china hutch (which is for sale BTW). If you live in TX and offer me a halfway decent price you can come and get it! Anyways, while I wait to transform the dining room I need to store the ironstone so I tried to arrange it a little bit. If you follow me on Pintrest you've probably noticed my hutch pinnings lately. Lots and lots of inspo!! I can't wait to build my dream hutch!!! Yes, you heard that right. Hubby has agreed to help me build one. Woo-hoo!













And finally, old flatware. Why do I love this stuff? I'm kinda obsessed with it lately. I love to research the maker and pattern. I love the historical possibilities of it. It is such a common household item, yet some of them are so ornate and interesting they are like little works of art. I found a bunch for 25 cents each. All of them were truly old and tarnished, like these from 1914. 








Don't forget to link up to the party tonight!!!

♥Linsey

Monday, March 5, 2012



Welcome to Week 5 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs



Hey Y'all! This is Amanda from The Ivy Cottage Blog. Great job last week!  We had over 140 link ups!  Whoa!


This week as I was browsing all of your lovely links, I found myself drawn to spring color.  Little green shoots are starting to appear here in Texas and pretty soon we will be surrounded by Spring.  In anticipation, I have already planted my Mexican daisies in the front garden.  They will bloom loads of violet and white throughout the summer.


Anyway, the Cowgirl Up! girls and I want to thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our link party.  We want to encourage you to invite others to participate.  The more we have linking up, the better traffic you will get coming to your blog!


Enjoy these Spring inspired featured links!






And finally . . . 



 If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also. 


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
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 the new linky follow.
*  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.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!

Old Gold

Old gold, when grouped together, can look really neat don't you think? It has a unique patina and it looks great with warm golden earthy tones. It makes for a fun vignette on shelves with old books or in a more masculine area, like a study or office.
















To me old gold has a "formal shabby" feel...more manor house than garden cottage. It can be found on chippy old gold frames,tarnished trophies or even religious artifacts. It can have a frenchy feel or a Brittish pub feel.

Do you have any "Old Gold" sprinkled around your house? I'd love to hear how you use it in your decor!

***DON'T FORGET***

The "Cowgirl Up!" Linky party begins tonight! Link up your post and you could be featured. We love you and thank you.
♥ Linsey




Monday, February 27, 2012

"Cowgirl Up!" Linky Party #4


Welcome to Week 4 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs

Hey there friends! This is Linsey from The Farmhouse Porch. Did you get a chance to check out the link ups last week? The creative juices that were tapped out over the holidays are really pumping again! Everybody has fresh new ideas and it is really exciting to see the neat stuff you guys are sharing. I was so excited to be able to pick the featured bloggers this time around, until I tried to narrow down the picks. It was like a box of chocolates...all of them are good and each one has something different inside!
Here are my flavors of the week...
An "industrial chic meets romantic"  DIY chandy by Ranger 911 . So dreamy Vickie!





Botanical wall perfection by Dimples and Tangles





A drab to fab TV cabinet makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk paint by Our Adventures in Big Ole Texas







Another cute chandelier! This time a steal-of-a-deal Pottery Barn knock off by The Velvet Door




Is it just me, or is aqua super hot this year? A bold and beautiful finishing job on this chest of drawers by Decorating Insanity




I'm a sucker for handmade gifts. I would be overjoyed to recieve something as lovely as this "DIY Herb Garden Gift Set" by Twigg Studios


And I must say that I'm intrigued by this creamy Lettuce Arugula Soup recipe by Town and Country Living. The recipe looks tasty and the photographs are farmhouse fresh!











 If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also. 

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
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 the new linky follow.
*  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.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!

****For Sale or trade****

If you live in, or are willing to drive to, the Houston,TX area this ad is for you!

I am selling a black china hutch with an antique finish. It is a nice piece of furniture, not an antique though. Very solid and heavy, working lighting. I removed all of the glass and hardware when I refinished it, I still have the glass shelves. I had planned to make new shelves and put beadboard in the back, and add burlap curtains to the doors, but I started having babies at about that time so it just sat there. Now I'm tired of looking at it and I want something new. I did a really neat finish on it of antiqued black oil plaint and a wax rub over that.

Would make a great TV cabinet in a bedroom or display in a store or booth!

Asking $200






email me or reply here if interested!

Thank you for looking : )
Linsey

Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm having an affair. With Ironstone and metal baskets apperantly


I am up to my eyeballs in projects right now. My biggest is a  showing of my paintings on Gallery Night, March 24. So nervous about this! I spent most of the afternoon painting but I still have lots to do. Besides the finishing touches I need to varnish and do the edges and sign and give them time to dry. I WILL be done by the end of the weekend. I must.
But I also get distracted (stop laughing mom) by daydreams of changing up my decor. I have a plan for my dining room. Part of my plan involved rounding up all of my white ironstone. I don't have tons, and I've mixed in a few pieces that I don't think even ARE ironstone but who cares. It's my house and I can call it ironstone if I want. I also gathered up most of my metal baskets. I had NO idea I had so many. And it's dangerous to leave them mounded up all together right girls? Because we all know that eventually the hubs will notice them and ask you why on earth you need 200 metal baskets. 

The mess was so pretty I just had to snap a few photos and share them with you to let you know I'm still alive! 

Do you like this caddy I got at Home Goods? That store is SO fun isn't it?
 










Those are some of my paintings over there to the right...I need them outta here!




Oh look...another basket...


I kinda like them just laying there all together.



Boy my house looks empty back there. I can't believe there's a wall space I haven't filled up yet!


This is my fave. I got him at Canton about 12 years ago.  See that bucket back there? $1 at the thrift store!  I think I'll plant some basil in there...
project #86. Plant basil in bucket. : )

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Linky Party! Come link up...

After struggling with technical difficulties the past few days I am happy to welcome you to Week 3 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs

Hello!  It's Samantha here and I am happy to say that "Cowgirl Up!" just keeps getting better. I know there are a lot of link parties in the blogging world, but where else can you find 4 blogs linked together?! The unique style of our party has lead to a huge response. I am amazed at the talent and creative ideas showcased in the party this week. Honestly, your projects made it very hard to choose 'favorites'. Thank you for sharing your talent with US! 

Here are few posts that caught my eye this week...

"Fabulous Furniture Transformation" from Turnstyle Vogue

"An Updated Sun Room" from Savvy Southern Style

 "Restoration Hardware Inspired Vintage Metal Letters" from Knick of Time

"How to Paint Your Washer" from Five Days... 5 Ways

"How to Dye Coffee Filters" by Salvaged Whimsy

"A Different Chair" by A Girl and a Brush


"Painted Ombre Flour Sack Towels" by Always in Wonder

"Introducing Annika" by The Comforts of Home

 If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also. 

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
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 the new linky follow.
*  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.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!

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