Watch a garden grow:

I hope you will watch as the garden grows...I will focus on native plantings, working with "nature" instead of against it, all of which add up to low maintenance plantings! (I Hope) I am a naturalist by heart, and to be quite honest a lazy gardener! so.....Please enjoy watching our mini backyard farm grow from concept to reality as we give birth to the Rabbit Hutch and colony, and continue to grow the Chicken Coop....All in all I will enjoy journaling here myself and watching as my family changes the little piece of Earth that God has loaned to us!

Mar 7, 2018

Jumping back in....

Life sometimes gets in the way of the extra things we’d like to do....truth is, it just becomes really busy when raising a family. I've let my Blog go stagnant for about 3 years now.  But today while visiting a FB page "Rabbits in colonies" I was asked about my colony and a page to go to see more information....It reminded me to go check my Blog, really just to read for myself.... and there it was, just as I left it!  So I read, and read some more, and was moved by the memories that came flooding back...Things I had forgotten about.  Bittersweet.....as so many changes have happened in such a short time since then. I originally started this Blog to share my Garden with friends and family...but what I realized today is, that my Garden and Home life are memoralized in this Blog too.  As we count down the time we will spend here in Central Florida, it dawned on me, this page is more than just information and pictures. It will remain here, leaving a place to revisit...a place my Children can always go, to  “go home" and remember the years they grew up here. My Pictures, my passions, my stories, and their very own memories of what these things meant to them in the course of their life... Central Florida is exploding in growth, and though it’s been my home all my life, we have decided to relocate when Dave leaves the fire department...Our plan is for 5 more years here, then off to South Carolina or the Panhandle.....God hasn't revealed the exacts quite yet. We are watching and waiting.  

I have decided to pick up where we left off....Back to recording our lil homestead and  share the acquired information I experience and learn along the way. We have many projects going on here at the moment, especially within the house. 

This Months project: New DIY vinyl plank flooring, our first big in house project... replacing carpet. Our knees are killing us...I have a new respect for the flooring trade🙂 

We love them!  We purchased from Lumber Liquidators... the floor is Urban Loft ash.  What a nice change for our home! It’s tedious work, but totally doable as a DIY project. Just need a little patience.  

Thought I do a quick share of pictures, since Spring has sprung in the garden.....Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is in full bloom and smells wonderful!

The Mulberry Bush is bursting with fruit! 

The Arbor is putting on a great show of Fortuniana Roses....this is the root stock that is used for Florida Roses... Beautifil in March

Baby Bunnies have left their nesting holes! Such a sweet sight in the Rabbit Colony. 

In the New Rabbit Colony the Rabbits and Cockatiels co-habitat... much more room for both. They seem very happy. 

The Azaleas are in Full Bloom... it’s one of my favorite times of the year.... 

The Fairy Garden needs a little love....I think we will revisit here soon....at the moment.. Bryophyllum daigremontianum, also known as Mother of Many, or Alligator plant is the perfect fit, with its dainty Fairy flowers...

That’s a quick walk through the garden....Hope you enjoyed the view.  Please check back soon....I hope to have some new projects ready to go!  So I will press on! I hope you get out there and sow some seed too! 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 3:11-14


Jan 2, 2014

All things are new....My Chalk Paint Furniture UP-cycle

So....this fall I moved into the house and started some upcycling! I have always wanted to try my hand at chalk paint and I finally got my chance! My oldest Son, Nick moved out in October, so I found myself with a spare bedroom. It had left in it an old particle board TV cabinet, free from a friend who moved away,  a Queen size bed another friend gave to me,  a headboard I scored at a internet yard sale site for $15, and also a heavy wooden nightstand I got off the same site for just $5. Now with some patching of ten years worth of nail holes, some new paint on the walls and a lil work I was on my adventure to remake my room!
 I started with the smallest piece first.....Internet searched all the different Chalk paint recipes. Tweaked them a lil to fit my needs. I decided on a light mossy green paint for the furniture, Walmart brand colorplace.
My chalk recipe goes as follows:
3/4 cup of White Dental Stone ( Doc let me borrow some for my 1st attempts) similar to Plaster of Paris, but a harder set finished product.
2 tbs hot water, mixed together,
 and then added to 2 cups flat latex paint

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AFTER
 I sanded the piece completely after applying 2 coats of paint, allowing drying between and after. I used 120/150 sandpaper, and distressed with the same. The furniture kinda feels like sandpaper itself after it dries from the chalk paint. Once sanded lightly it is nice and smooth. I made sure to distress just where it seemed most natural. I then moved on to the finish....I wanted some dark wax, but no one local carried it....so for my finish, again I cheated a bit.....I purchased regular Furniture Wax Paste (minwax) and a very small can of a dark wood stain, both from Home Depot. Grabbed a popsicle stick and scooped out some pigment from the bottom of the stain (not mixed) just a bit, and mixed it with about 3 tbs. of the Plain Wax, WAL-LA DIY dark wax!. I waxed the entire piece first with regular wax and then all the nicks and crannies with the dark wax to add character.
Added some new hardware and called it a day! All in all I was very happy with my first chalk paint furniture redo!

    The next piece was the Old Particle board TV Cabinet.....I figured, spare bedroom, low traffic, what the heck! I have all the supplies.....nothing to loose. That piece turned out great!!!!!! I got a piece of thin subflooring to replace the cardboard on the back, and left it natural that piece natural.


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AFTER

I also picked up some surplus new quilts at the Goodwill for 10.00 and finished up the entire room, for well under 200.00. I was very pleased with the whole project. It was like giving new life to two items headed to the landfill or fire pit! Much the same as I, not that awful long ago.....Brings to mind a most impactual physically real scripture for me........

2 Cor 5:17    Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold new things have come.


It was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again!
Next Blog: The Tween Girls Christmas Xtreme Makeover Bedroom! stay tuned!