Friday, May 6, 2016

A Sweet Little Birdhouse

Happy Friday Friends!
I usually highlight just one event or project, but today I have several things to share...starting with a nice surprise for Administrative Professionals Day.
 Last week the "boss" presented myself and other office personnel a gift of succulents, each nestled in different distressed wood planters.
This sweet little birdhouse is the one I received.
Along with the succulents was a yummy chocolate mint cake pop!
They were gone pretty quick.
 Sweets don't last long around here :)
 We have all decided to keep the planters on our desks instead of taking them home right away. It is so nice to be appreciated and they are sweet reminders of Spring.

We will see how long they last though. Leaving them every night is a gamble if they will still be in one piece the next morning....
and all because of this little lady.
Gracie Lou 
 As you can see she loves being right in the middle of everything (she thinks she is helping out) and something else she loves is nibbling on any live plants that are brought in!

The owner of the company rescued her as an abandoned kitten and she has lived exclusively in the office for many years now.
We fill her feeders and scoop her litter box (yuck) and she is a happy kitty...and a great little companion too :)

Speaking of succulents, Dollar Tree has the faux ones, and the last time I was there I grabbed a couple, along with a bag of moss to fill some little galvanized topiaries. They were purchased for 88 cents each at Goodwill. On that same thrift trip I picked up a metal watering can and a few other goodies. You can see those in a post here.
Hmmm...maybe I will take these to work and bring the live ones home :)

I also used some floral from Dollar Tree to fill the metal watering can. For now it's home will be next to my iron rooster.
Mr. Rooster was purchased at a small roadside market in North Georgia about 10 years ago.
He has been used as a doorstop inside and outside on the wrap around porch of one of my former homes. He lived in storage for a while till I planted my roots in Iowa.
He fits in nice everywhere he goes :)

We are ever so close to the end of our bathroom remodel. You can see the beginning and an update of the remodel here and here
It has been quite a mess to deal with and slow since it is a 100% DIY project.

I have been spray painting some of the hardware and other fixtures we are planning to keep.

Of course, my favorite spray paint is the oil rubbed bronze, and we have gone through almost 3 cans of this stuff.
The coverage is great and there is very little clogging when spraying :)

When we were removing the old worn out vanity I asked my darling to please save the hardware. He looked at me like I had done lost my marbles! I assured him if my idea bombed we would throw them out and purchase something new.

The design is pretty... but not the finish.

That's nothing that ORB can't fix.

Now that's better :)
My darling likes most of my ideas...but some are more difficult for him to imagine as I am explaining it. He likes this one... now that it is done :)

This window treatment hardware closely resembles the newly painted cabinet pulls. Once I noticed them in the drapery aisle, it did not take me long to bring one home and have my darling install it.

The excitement is building as the end is now in sight with this remodel, then the fun part comes...I get to decorate!!
Thanks so much for taking some time out of your day to stop by and visit.
I hope y'all have a safe and happy weekend :)


  1. Karen, That was so nice of your boss. I love your gift. I like the painted finish on the hardware better than the original. I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. Hi Karen, so enjoyed catching up with you. Such a nice gesture from your boss to treat you all to the plants and in such a unique way. Have fun completing your reno project. We sprayed a lot of our hardware too when changed the house over to ROB from brass. It turned out great. I know you love it. Happy birthday to your hubby. I see below he enjoyed a great time. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day.
    Blessings xo

    1. Thank you Celestina, spraying the hardware is a lot of work but better than buying everything new! Happy Mother's Day to You :)

  3. Hi Karen, love the sweet birdhouse! Can't wait to see your finished results. Happy Mother's Day! Blessings, Cecilia

    1. Thank You Cecilia, I am looking forward to sharing once it's completed. Happy Mother's Day to You!

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  5. Love your bird house. I get a kick out of seeing so many cute ones. Your kitty is darling. Lately we have been seeing this black cat come around. It's afraid of people. I have been feeding it. It always comes around to eat. Can't wait to see your bathroom. Love the bronze finish you are using. Happy Mother's Day Karen.

    1. Thanks Linda...hope your Mother's Day was a great one :)

  6. Karen, I adore your gift from your boss. Something different and something that seem to take a little more thought than the average box of candy. Good for your boss! I too love bronze finish. It just looks so clean and rustic to me. Hope your Mother's day was sweet to you! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. Karen,
    Cute bird house!!Love the rooster!! Great finish on it!! I keep seeing these succulents from Dollar Tree all over the Blogland. I think I need to go and buy me some!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!



    1. I have seen them everywhere too...they look very real! Have a great week Debbie :)

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  9. You are very blessed to work where you are so appreciated. What lovely gifts! Love how your hardware turned out -- I love salvaging things like that and what a huge savings.

    1. Yes Lauren, I am very grateful for my job and the people who run the company. Glad we did not throw the hardware out before giving it a second chance at will fit in nicely with the new decor. Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  10. What a fun post! I love seeing all the little things going on. Seems that's all I share these days. I haven't had any big projects recently, but hopefully that will change soon! The gifts from your boss were so nice and Miss Gracie Lou is to cute! The hardware turned out beautifully. I love ORB too. Hope the rest of your week is great!

    Hugs, Vicky

    1. I want to start more projects now that the weather is nice for painting, but our bathroom is dragging along. Life sometimes gives us a few challenges that come before projects :) Thanks for taking some time out of your day to visit!

  11. its fun to see the little things that get transformed-greg job!

  12. Hi Karen, stopping back by to say hello and so enjoyed reading through this post once again. Hope you're having a great week and thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comments.
    Blessings xo


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