My Casa Bella







-Thomas Osbourne Davis

Welcome To My Casa Bella

My Casa Bella- means-my beautiful home- but it can mean so many other things. How you make your home a home. The sounds of children or pets playing. The aroma of scones in the oven or a lilac candle burning. The flowers blooming in your garden. The home grown vegetables ready to be picked. Grandma's quilt at the foot of the bed. A fire to curl up to with a good book. Or just a family spending time together with love, laughter and a good time.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Herbs de Provence

I've been playing with paints and stamps and it was so much fun!
I got this idea from saw it on Pinterest and loved the idea.
I've seen painted Terra cotta pots but I liked how hers turned out.
Now I didn't have the transfer image papers on hand so I thought I'd use stamps, which I have plenty of.
It wasn't easy to stamp them, so it's not perfect, plus perfect wouldn't be real right?
So I started with plain pots
And I had some sample paints that I purchased for our bedroom, although I won't be using those colors for the room, I thought they'd look nice on these pots
I painted the first coat in green, which I watered down a little
Then put one coat on, not too heavy since I like the Terra cotta color as well and wanted it to show through a little
Let them dry then added the cream color on top of that, I watered that paint down a bit more than the green and used a sponge brush then used a paper towel and rubbed off any excess
Loved how it turned out, then had to let that dry before stamping
Not perfect but that's OK with me.
But I learned a critical thing, the stamp ink takes quite awhile to dry and I thought they were dry enough and started to rub a brown paint that I watered down a bit, over the stamped areas and it smudged some of the ink after that was done, I then waited till they were completely dry to them spray seal them
It was so much fun that I think I'm addicted now.
I planted English Thyme and Rosemary and hope I can grow them indoors with no problem.
OK, so my window is pretty full I know, but I love it!
If you'd like the paint color's just post your message and I'll let you know, I forgot to look and it's downstairs and I don't feel like going back down there AGAIN....


Friday, September 6, 2013

Cake Pedestals into Plant Pedestal

I've been searching for cake stands for some time now, since we moved into this home.
We have this large greenhouse window, I've always wanted one and living in a Community if we replaced any thing on the exterior it had to be of the same style which meant we had to replace the old greenhouse window with a new one.
(I say we had to because it was a very old window and not efficient)
Thankfully we got it for a decent price, about half of what we would of paid, it still was not cheap but I
this window and I have lots of plants to show it.
So as I was saying, I was trying to find cake stands so I can use them to put smaller plants on, give some height as well, but I was not going to pay more than $10 for a plate, even went to Marshall's and TJ Maxx, still nothing that was reasonable enough for me.
So I went to Target and saw these

Plates were a Dollar each and candlesticks were $4.00 each, so $5.00 per "cake stand".
Pulled out my trusty glue gun and started gluing, and I had to be quick, as soon as the glue hit that candlestick it wanted to harden fast.
They turned out cute, I may find something I like better down the road but for now it does just fine.
Yes I have a lot of plants and I bought two more today,
I purchased herbs to grow indoors over the winter, now I need to figure out where to place them in that window.
Oh well, not a big problem to have.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A New Year

So here we are, it is September.
Summer is almost over, kids are back to school.
This time of year always feels like a new year is starting.
Not January, but September, I guess it's because we
start to do yard clean up, getting things that have overgrown dug up,
new plantings going in for next Spring, we're putting away our summer clothes to bring out those warm ones,
washing linens and bringing out the warm blankets.
I love this time of year, I don't know about where you're at but here
the nights are cooling down.
I know we'll have an occasional warm day, but it won't be stifling.
We've had so much rain that I hope we have a beautiful Fall season.
Although we live a half hour from D.C., we just have to drive the opposite direction and in 15 minutes we're driving back country roads that I can't wait to do when the leaves change.
It's been a busy summer, a nice summer, some real hot days, but also some not so bad days, so I'm not complaining, but I'm ready for Fall and then Winter when we can put logs into our fireplace and cozy up.
Start cooking those yummy comfort stews and soups, baking new recipes, and maybe getting some crafting done.
We have finished our kitchen remodel, I just need to take pictures now. We'd like to add tile to our wall, but it's such a commitment that we can't decide what we want, so when the time is right we'll get right on that, but for now, everything is finally done.
Still have some other around the house projects that we need to finish up, hopefully it'll get done before this year is over.
But tomorrow, I will go paint shopping and get some fresh new plants to replace the overgrown ones in our pots.
Also get some ideas for a Fall Centerpiece that I can leave on our table when not in use and that my furry creatures can't break if they get curious.
I like this one
Or maybe this one
I may have a long and narrow plate like this, not sure, but this is simple and pretty, I'd add a candle in the middle for height.
I like this one the most
So many ideas out there in Google world plus craft stores have been Fall ready since end of July, which was insane, I don't get why they keep on pushing these seasons earlier and earlier each year. Do people start buying stuff that early?
It's July and it's 90 degrees out, the last thing on my mind is Fall décor.
But now, I'm ready! I have to control myself and not put out the Fall wreathes on our front door and gate side yard entrance. The day it's officially Fall, I'll have them ready to be put up.