Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Neighborhood Plant Farm

This fun and funky, colorful Houston Heights Plant Farm is on my errand route  most weekends. For several months I've been telling myself ..."I need to stop in and check that out!"  It's on a busy urban street, in the shadows of Downtown Houston and just the type of place I like to poke around!
My friend Susan A. and I drove by on our way home from Urban Market Hunting.   Susan A. has a VERY brilliant emerald green thumb while mine is more a blackish, green!  My best plants are ones that thrive on neglect.  Yet, I'm still drawn to garden stores, with the ever present hope that one day I'll be able to keep things alive.

These succulents found a pretty home in a colorfully painted frame.  Cute idea, huh?
Other succulents and herbs found a forever home in a pretty white colander. 
Around each corner was a fun surprise......there were cute bunnies that let us feed them.
The bunnies live in the hutch on the right.
These type of signs always catch my eye.  One of these days I want to create on for my yard, with some of the exotic destinations that I've traveled to.

Everywhere we turned there was a pretty grouping of plants, yard art and statuary.

I found lots of pretty fall color on the front porch.

You know what they say about us Texans.....?  We are REALLY proud of our state and use the state shape in many, many different ways.  How about a Texas birdbath????
Inside the former 2 bedroom/2 bath cottage the owners have created a fun place to shop for unusual items.  Do you know anyone that would like a Texas Plant Stake?
The colorful kitchen .............
We had a blast shopping for plants and visiting with the help.  She was so knowledgeable and accommodating and even took our picture!  If you are in the Houston Heights area....go check it won't be disappointed.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Friendly Ghosts and Other non-Frightening Fall Decor

Ok....I deserve it....You can ALL say....Better late than never, Susan!  You bloggers always amaze me by being so on top of your decorating blogging. :)  Here we are coming up on Thanksgiving and I'm blogging about Halloween/Fall decorating.  
I like to decorate my mantels with books....and this cute purple book I found at a Garage Sale, about "Gus the FRIENDLY Ghost" fits right in.
Here's a view of the whole mantel.  I have a two-sided fireplace and this one faces the dining room.
Last year I received this cute Halloween card, I saved it knowing it would play a part in my decorating.  Maybe next year I'll get around to framing it.
More books and a raven pillow that was a gift from my neighbor decorate my living room mantle.
Originally the pillow was stark white...but since that doesn't fit into my color scheme, I tea dyed it to make it look older and more yellow.
No....I don't really have POISON, but I found some Martha Stewart bottle labels so I FORCED myself gladly drank  (with help, of course) a bottle of wine! (and yes that IS me holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa!)  Wonder Woman Watch Out!
I found this cute jack-o-lantern and black cat garland (made out of thin wood) last year and it's become one of my favorite pieces.
Sweet, plump little birds add to the nature theme.
More books....these are from my trip to Paris a year ago.  Since they are small and flat, they made great mementos of the trip to bring back with me.  I decorate with books all year long.  Do you?
Here's a view of the entire mantel.
My living room mantle is painted red.....on a deep purple wall.  What??!??!?!  Is it that obvious that I Like COLOR!  Ya'll have a great Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Urban Market Hunting.....Part Deux

Writing this blog has taught me about what I like and what I'm drawn to. I've discovered that I like letters, signs, odd/unusual things, mannequins, bicycles, France and FALL!
After my first trip to France...(note I said FIRST because I WILL go back again)...I now have a small collection of French sign/plaques.  These reproduction plaques are similar to the originals I found near Aix en Provence at a horse barn/track.  Mine is from 1976 (ahem....I'm drawn to that date because it's when I graduated from High School....yep...I'm officially O-L-D).  These were made into lamps....good idea, huh?

I've seen many bottle dryers over the last few years.... before that...I didn't even know what they were!  Isn't BlogLand great for learning new things?
I've also learned while blogging that I LOVE old bicycles.  I only have ONE old bike and I retrieved it from Heavy Trash in my neighborhood....which I prefer to call Big Trash Boutique. WOOHOO!!!
A globe collection would be great for me to start (if I had the room).  Travelling is a LOVE of mine and maps intrigue me.
A very Martha Stewart-Esq idea on this pumpkin that I'm going to "borrow" next year!  Upholstery Tacks!
A pretty re-purposed dresser.  They did a great job matching the pattern, don't you think?
Once love of French things drew me to this piece of artwork...I think I'm an official Franc-o-phile.

Pretty French Pillows!
Even though my basic style is Cottage...albeit FUNKY Cottage....I adore other styles as well.  If I were rich enough to have two would be cottage and one would be more contemporary.  My designer friend calls this look "Transitional"....what would YOU call it?  
Orange is definitely THE color this year.  It seems to have made a big resurgence since the 1970's when harvest gold and avocado green and orange were used a lot.  It think this zoomy, sleek and stylish orange sideboard would look good with the chairs above.
Who knew a simple, newspaper craft could turn out so cute.....perky flowers!!!!
Yeehaw.....we love our Texas cowboys hats and don't they look chic on these mannequins?
And again....MORE fun and exotic pumpkins.  Check out that long, bright orange one on the top of the pile ....FUNKEEEE!!!!
Anyone having a Blue Christmas this year?  Love the retro look of the pink and blue.  

So....guess what I came home with?!?!?  The leg's below!  I'M Super Excited to try a Pinterest project on them!  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hunting in an "Urban Market"...

 October is a wonderful month in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas for outdoor markets.  The weather is finally getting bearable and there is sometimes a nip in the air.  Beautiful azure skies are the norm and just in general it's a great time for being outside shopping with friends.
 Even just "window" shopping is fun.  I love taking pictures and bringing home memories that way....and it's easy on the old budget. Plus collecting ideas is free and who doesn't like THAT word?!?!?!?

 Over the last few years new varieties of pumpkins have been cropping up.  I don't know all the  names of them but they sure are interesting.
 Recently I'v had a thing for bird cages and mannequins!  Which one do you think I came home with?
 More of those  cool gourds AND gigantic pumpkins

 Aren't these old library drawers cool?

 I also LOVE letters like these.  Super Cool that it spelled TEXAS

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Fever in Warrenton, TX

This year at Warrenton I decided to take mostly pictures of fall decorations, Halloween themes, skeletons, ghosts, witches, goblins, etc.  This pretty little Dia de los Muertos Skeleton kicks off the fall theme....even though it was about 90 degrees outside.  Sunny and 
Warm....that's a Texas Fall for you!

Chippy, rusted fire hydrant.....It fits just right in with the fall colors, doesn't it?
 We saw field after field of flying  metal witches and pumpkins.
 A kid-friendly metal pumpkin that would last for years and years.....budget minded---don't you think?
 Ever seen an ORANGE Flamingo?  With a witch hat, no less.....
 I'm always a sucker for a rusted bike.....this gives me a good idea for MY bike basket.
 I don't know German....but I know this is CUTE!
 LOVE this idea of masks for pumpkins. They were also selling hats and faux hands for them too.  
 Cute Scarecrow backdrop in a field of ruffled, metal pumpkins!
 Pensive and Sweet Witch
 Corseted, Big-Eyed Witch!
 Wood Pumpkins and Cats

So.......did you get some good decorating ideas?  I love to see all the new ideas and the old, tried and true decorations.  Check back....I took some other pictures at Grand Ole Warrenton and I'll post those next.  

Happy Haunting!