Decorating on a budget — THE SPRING FLIP



The wrought-iron, faded bench had been sitting on my front porch since the spring of 2007.

No one ever really sat on it for the fear of getting a splinter in their butt-cheek.

On occasion, I would toss a basket of flowers on the poor, sad, discolored bench, but it didn’t bring it to life.

And then came Pinterest.

I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. Some ideas are right up my crafty-alley. Others are just flops.

But as of lately, Pinterest and I are just simply getting along.

First came the wall of faces on my newly painted gray walls. It’s really a photo wall using a combination of white, black and darker gray frames that I refurbished from Good Will. For $10 I was able to buy eight different frames.

Next came the painted wine bottles with various words of encouragement. My favorite is the wine bottle that was at first going to end up in the trash after the white paint dried a bit too rough for my liking. But then I added a splash of gray paint over it and it resembles a newspaper with words “HOPE” and “INSPIRE” painted alongside the bottle. Those were wonderful Christmas presents.

And that leads us to spring, and my sad bench.

Well, the bench isn’t sad anymore.

Using old purple paint (from another project) stored in the basement, I painted the seats and then using my new favorite product – SPRAY PAINT – I painted the backside of the bench teal.

It is gorgeous and provides just enough color. It will soon be placed in my new flower garden where it will be surrounded by Shasta daisies and lavender plants.

Once I find a cute table to repaint, the flower garden will become my favorite spot in the yard to relax, read a book and sip a glass of vino.

It’s amazing how something old and tarnished can be refurbished to look like new.

All you need sometimes, is Pinterest … and old paint.



Gramma Barb reflects on her time stranded in BFE


Today’s blog is written by guest author, Gramma Barb Naymik, who will share her views of the past 48-plus hours being stranded at her daughters’ house in BFE.

“Well, the thing is, I never thought my daughter, Melissa Linebrink, had an easy life in BFE.  I realized after she had the twins, that she was a country mom and did her best each day to just get by and not go crazy, entertaining 3 children and being the best mom ever!

Little did I know when she begged us to return to stay overnight for her birthday, that we would be stranded with her for 2 days!  I am talking TWO FULL DAYS of endless activities with 3 children.  The day begins early with grandchildren waking you from a deep sleep by jumping on your bed and telling you to “Wake Up”!!  Just as our tired bodies reach the top of the steps to the kitchen, we are greeted with “Gramma, Grampa – do you want to play Old Maid?  To which we politely reply, “We need our coffee first!”  Then the day actually begins with “Bend and Stretch” exercises done with the twins, followed by 2-3 dances of the Hokey Pokey (Gramma Barb does this while Grampa Jim has his coffee).

Day One has officially begun.

Next comes “Can we play a game of Pick-up Sticks?”  YES!  Once that is over, the twins want to play Old Maid which is a hilarious game to play with them especially if they get stuck with the Old Maid.  It is supposed to be a secret but we always know when one of them has the Old Maid!  The next highlight of Day One being stranded in BFE is LUNCH!   Oh what can we have?  What would you like?  For Melissa, it is a big like having live-in nannies.  . . but after the 2nd day, the novelty has worn off (are you going home today, she’s thinking!)

In the afternoon, there is quiet time, which means the twins are planted in front of the TV and the adults are resting . … not napping, but resting with ears wide open!  Next highlight of BFE is when the newspaper arrives and we get to work on puzzles and read the newspaper!  Next highlight is when Dad, Seth, comes home from work and he’s greeted with 3 adults and 3 children SO HAPPY TO SEE HIS FACE!!

One of the fun aspects of being stranded in BFE is the “pantry” in the daughter’s house which the grandparents think of as their own “store within the house” that contains all kinds of goodies – from Little Debbie brownies to Fiber One healthy bars.  At night, the grandparents are in/out of this store like everything is free. .. But wait, IT IS FREE!!

Nights are spent playing 3-card poker with the 10 yr. old grandson, who steals our money with his game winning skills of poker at his tender age; and reading bedtime stories to the twins, and watching “Sheriff Cally” with the twins while cuddled on the one comfortable chair in the living room!

Hopefully, tomorrow will come and we will travel home to Defiance, Melissa can get back to her own routine with the children, the 10 yr. old will return to school, and life will return to normal in Lagrange.

We can ONLY HOPE!!”