Posts Tagged ‘fair weather link party’

Tiered Lettuce Garden + Link Party

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

So the gardening bug hit me pretty hard in the last week, I’ve been pruning perennials and planting annuals and tomatoes too.  I also planted something I’ve never planted before and that’s two varieties of lettuce.  I don’t know why I’ve never planted lettuce before, perhaps its because I usually grab greens in the summer at the farmer’s market or grocery store but this year I began an experiment to see if I could successfully manage to grow a few heads of lettuce to make my own salad.

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I reused one of my old half barrels (we have a bunch) that I typically grow tomatoes in but dedicated it to lettuce and herbs this year.  My local nursery sells them in six packs, so I bought the lettuce there instead of growing it from seed.  I mixed in some thyme and basil too, because I can’t get enough of those for in summertime, hello caprese and pesto and fresh herbs on grilled chicken!

As for the planter, I found a smaller redwood barrel at Home Depot but its reddish tones didn’t work for me, so I whitewashed it instead. The birdhouse is just for whimsy, I like tiers in threes so I thought it was a cute addition.  I weathered the roof using this vinegar trick then whitewashed the birdhouse just like the middle half barrel.  (Basic whitewashing technique explained here.)

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Best Of March + Fair Weather Party Announcement

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Hello hello, how are things?  I’m knee deep in a few projects, paintbrush in hand, but popping in for the monthly roundup of favorite articles from March.  Plus a fun spring/summer party announcement, but first, here are the top ten CG posts from last month not to miss! 

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1. I painted a pale turquoise bureau plus shared my favorite paints for furniture, 2.  a purpose filled home is so important, don’t you agree?  3. An old cottage screen door becomes a new herb planter rack,  4. our kitten Coco-Nut got a new pet bowl stand, DIY style, 5.  Matt weighed in with his ten tips for selling your home, and 6. we announced year two of our charitable work: The Alma Project

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7.  I painted a pedestal and shared all about how to paint a kitchen table  8.  The family room built-ins got a fresh coat of white paint and are much improved.  9.  We modified the bathroom vanity to add a new frame with furniture feet, and 10.  The spring craft link party (over 400+ ideas there) was a great success and you all loved the clay petal vase too, thanks so much!

Now for an announcement – look’s what’s back this spring and summer . . .fair weather link parties april through august

Last year I hosted the Fair Weather Forum parties on a series of more predictable subjects, and I wanted to do it again.  This time I thought of a few ‘out of the box’ ideas because I really love a good theme, don’t you?  Theme parties are so much fun in my world – so let’s mix it up with a few different ideas this year, shall we?  Consider them your virtual cocktail party with an instant icebreaker topic. 

The parties will be on Tuesdays from April through August and every three weeks just to keep it confusing interesting.  They’ll include a series of themes from souvenirs to books to movie characters.  The first party is Tuesday April 17th.  The topic?   Kitchen Gadgets: Good & Bad.  Yes, it’s time to swap kitchen stories.  What are your favorite culinary tools?  Your pizza cutter?  Your two speed cocktail blender?  Ever fallen prey to a late night infomercial and bought a gadget you later hated?  Secretly loved?  Now’s your chance to tell your tale. 

Here’s the official (Tuesdays every three weeks) schedule:

April 17th:  In the Kitchen: Gadgets: Good & Bad  (culinary tools)

May 8th:  Green Thumb, Grow Where You’re Planted (all things garden)

May 29th:  Souvenirs, Shot Glasses Anyone?  (your favorite travel souvenir)

June 19th: Movie Characters: “As God as My Witness…” (your fave movie character(s))

July 10th: Chillin’ and Grillin;’ (what’s on the BBQ)

July 31st:  A Very Good Read (favorite book and why)

August 21st:  Summer’s Best (the best part of your summer was…?)

For a printable schedule of party themes, check out this detailed list of Fair Weather Link Party topics.  I’ll be sure to remind you when one of these is coming up in future weeks.  Hope you’ll join in on the good times!

Now it’s back to some paint projects, see you soon,

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