I am posting again about this fun project from last spring.

We found some vintage windows on the curb, and they inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

 On a gorgeous day early last Spring,  myhusband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

 then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.  


 Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and there you have it…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254


~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes


You may think the only thing I do is blog about boots,shoes and gardening.  Well, that’s not true.  Among many of the hats I wear, I am also the photographer for Gearcor’s online stores.  I thought I would take a minute and share a bit of the fun.  You know the old saying~ believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.  This can often be true in the world of advertising.  The seeing part, is what I am talking about here.   Creating images of products in their element isn’t always easy to do.  Part of the fun of photography is creating an image that captures people’s attention. 

 If you visit Rainbootsonline.com,  which is another Gearcor site along with  gardenshoesonline, one of the header photos you will see is this picture of the Kamik Elle rainboots in eggplant.  This shot looks like it was taken on a very slushy day, but in reality, it was dry and cold with no snow or ice at all.  This is one of the fun parts of my job~  I get to be part of creating an illusion with my camera.  For this shot, we brought in snow from a local ice rink.  When they resurface the ice, it creates (ice shavings) snow.

 A quick hosing of the parking lot in an uneven area with a few chunks of snow strewn about and we have a slushy, messy day that reflects the boots in the puddle.  Just the look we wanted to show you how great these boots can make you look in even the worst conditions (real or not) and your feet stay dry and warm to boot! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself on that one.)

For these Muck Boot Crocs, they wanted them next to a real crocodile. ( The model and I say thank goodness for photo shop)…but it made for another interesting photo shoot.  To see this photo I am referring to, you will need to click on this  link ~rainbootsonline~ then click on the  rainbootsonline logo in the upper left hand corner of the site until you see a couple of fun pics I took out in the urban jungle.  With a little photoshop effects, you have a crocodile on the city streets next to these great boots that look terrific in any setting.

~ And FYI ~no models, were eaten in the making of that shot.

So this is how it’s done, a lot of creative, rescourceful people, cameras and photoshop. 

I love what I do.




Hoping you are all ready to have a great New Years Eve!  Just enjoying the last bits of Christmas looking at my Pointsettias so I thought I would share them. 

  Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.  ~Author Unknown

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This is a Santa Claus tree topper that my son made in kindergarten or maybe preschool.  So it’s somewhere around 25 years old.  I used it for the top of our Christmas tree every year until it was just about falling apart. 

 Last year I decided to frame it and just hang it on the wall to be able to enjoy it and preserve it also.  I used a deep frame, laid it on red velvet and made squiggles out of silver pipecleaners just to add a little pizzazz.  Now I can still enjoy it year after year. 

~”Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ” ~Deborah Whipp



I bought this Santa sign at a garage sale for $4.  I couldn’t believe my luck, that I had found it.  It stands about 4 ft tall and is made out of wood.   I think it may have been an advertisement of some sort long ago.  Whatever it was, it has new life now bringing Christmas spirit into our home year after year.


~”Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. ” ~Dennis Miller ;)  

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  I made This Chrismas tree from vintage pins that were given to me. vintage pin tree

Each one of them is so pretty and unique.  They remind me of the person who gave it to me which makes it more special. pin tree

 It is about 15 inches square and each one is pinned to the red velvet and then I framed them in a deep frame.web-pin-tree-007

   What used to be jewelry is now a cherished Christmas decoration I bring out every year to hang on my wall.    It never fails to add a bit of cheer to the holiday season.


web-pin-tree-012 ~It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis




I made this wreath several years ago from vintage ornaments I have collected through the years. Most of them were saved from family, some from garage sales and ebay.  They are what I always decorate my tree with, but I had so many I decided to make some of the extras into a wreath so I would be enjoying all of them.  When I bring this out of the attic, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 



 ~”Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken.


This is an old cupboard someone threw away several months ago.  While out on a walk with my friend, we came across it.   

 The back was falling apart, the door was off, the finish was horrible and their had been a can of polyurethane that had dumped inside of it.  Quite a mess. It was in pretty sad shape but I took it home anyway.

A little paint, screws, elbow grease and a little vision, not to mention love,and it’s a great antique that hangs in my dining room full of books. 

That was one great walk we took that day! I think of it every time I look at my wonderful cupboard.










~”I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”~ Abraham Lincoln

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 This is the hall tree that stood in the foyer of the house my husband grew up in.  It was his mom’s and it was her mom’s before that. 

 When we started dating it was an “antiqued” finish that was green with varnish over it that made it look old.  Then his mom painted it bright blue.  You can see the colors when you open up the seat. 

I always admired it so after we bought our first house she gave it to me.  It looked quite different than it does now.  It was early american looking with wide molding at the top and some angular  coat hooks that were in my opinion, rather unattractive.  I don’t have photos of the before unfortunately. 

Removing the molding at the top and replacing the coat hooks made such a huge difference.  Now it has a more arts and crafts look to it.  Much simpler.  Much more to my taste. 

I love that it has been in three generations already and I have already promised it to my youngest son when he gets his first house. 

 Hopefully he won’t refinish it by adding molding at the top and painting it blue.  But you never know..

“Trees are your best antiques”~ Alexander Smith

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web-rock-030These are the two adirondack chairs my friend and I rescued from the curb.  


 My husband made a new arm for one and I repaired the backs of both of them.  web-s-001

We also had to reinforce one of the legs.  Then I  primed and painted them glossy red. web-s-003

 They still had some years left in them.

I am glad they will be spending that time giving us another great place to sit and enjoy my garden.    

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