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Written by Sue, Tuesday June 7, 2011                                                           extremely hot and humid 96 degrees
I thought I would write about something today besides canning veggies, though that is what I did yesterday,.... Hmmm! maybe tomorrow, at this time of year, my days are filled with gardening and preserving the fruits of our labor. There is so much joy in being able to plant, grow, harvest, and preserve you own food. more about that later ~lol~.....

Some weeks ago I thought these planters needed a face lift..

After a good cleaning, I put a coat of black paint on, when it was dry, to get the antique look, I took some white paint and softly brushed here and there
 I then planted these flower
While out walking today I decided to take a photo....don't pay any attention to the paint on the storm door, it seems someone around here (moi) didn't have a steady hand. This porch is always a work in progress, I am still working on the wreath for the door.~smile~ 
A little water, fertilizer, and love is all it takes, throw in some beautiful sunlight.

Cost for the plants and soil was 15 dollars for each planter. I think for such beauty this was a great deal.
Enjoy your day.

Update on Uncle joe.... Talk about returning to the scene of the crime, He stands at the gate where he and his family found freedom trying to figure out how to get the chains off.  He looks so innocent , but trust me the first chance...  he is out of here.

until next time,

I Corinthians~ 15:58~Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


Farm Girl June 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

Your friends do have a lovely blog. I love your planters and they look great on your front porch. I am glad I stopped by. I have to go make pizza and thought oh look you posted. :)
Don't work to hard.

Kimmie June 7, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

Always lovely stopping by your blog~!

Vee June 7, 2011 at 10:03 PM  

Those planters are so elegant and beautifully planted. They look marvelous on either side of your door. Nice that you take a break from canning every now and then. I know you love it, but a gal does need a change.

Cheryl June 7, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

Your planters are gorgeous...love how you antiqued them! Don't you love it when a do-it-yourself project turns out so beautifully?

Jenni June 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM  

I love the uncle Joe stories... as well as the ones about what y'all's animal friends on the farm are up to......

And I LOVE the planters... so gorgeous! and you did a good job with the plants inside... so summery and cheery looking, and welcoming beside the door..
Hugs! Jenni

Julie Harward June 8, 2011 at 1:56 AM  

Hi there..great job with the planters, very pretty and that porch is so clean and shiny..beautiful. Love your header too! :D

Denise June 8, 2011 at 4:41 AM  

your blog is so refreshing, bless you.

thesedaysofmine.com June 8, 2011 at 7:22 AM  

Those planters are GORGEOUS!!!

Janette@Janette's Sage June 8, 2011 at 7:41 AM  

Oh love, love, love the planters...of course I love the porch!

Oh Uncle Joe...well I just have to love him too, he seems to show my sense of determination to get outside my own surroundings!!! LOL Can't we both figure out it is for our own safety?

Thanks for sharing and letting your joy pour into my house!!

Happy@Home June 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

A beautiful transformation!! I think the new color makes a real statement. The plants you chose are perfect.
Poor Uncle Joe. Ha ha.
Enjoyed my visit, as always and now I am off to check out your friend's blog.

Rebecca June 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

Such beauty you create, Sue! Thank you for your kind words. And THIS scripture is so "right" for me today...♥

NanaNor's June 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM  

Hi Sue, For some reason lately I hadn't been getting your updates on blogger-so I will just have to keep coming back and checking in.
I love the black urns with plants but girl you know I love everything about your home.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Noreen

Happyone : ) June 8, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

What a great addition those plants make to your porch. They are beautiful.
Karen and Missy found my blog and I've been reading theirs now too. : )

Nellie's Cozy place June 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

Hi Sue,
Was so glad to hear from you hon.
Appreciate your Congratulations on
my blog award.

Glad to hear you are doing fine.
Like your pretty black urns with those abundant plants flourishing there! Looks very nice.

Will have to check out Karen and Missy's blog.
You take care,
We are having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave!! lol

Blessings, Nelli

no spring chicken June 8, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

I agree, $15.00 is a bargain for such beauty. I love the sweet potato vine! I have faith in Uncle Joe's innocence. I think he's just looking on yesterday's happenings in repentance...

Blessings, Debbie

Jill June 8, 2011 at 7:06 PM  

I love what you did with the planters! They look wonderful!!
Have a great evening!


HeartoftheHome June 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

Hi Sue,

I stopped by to visit your blog & just love it. I grew up in Indiana & am a farm girl at heart. LOVE the planters you made. Thank you so much for featuring Heart of the Home. Karen & I are very excited to see where the Lord leads us with this little venture. Many blessings to you & prayers for your grandson Will. Missy

Christine June 8, 2011 at 10:25 PM  

I don't know what those green leaves are but they are beautiful!
Very impressive the way they cascade down.

Uncle joe, he's growing on me!

Susan B June 8, 2011 at 11:42 PM  

Hi Sue,
Your planters are beautiful, you did a lovely job with them. They look very nice on your front porch.

Your friends have a lovely blog. I've enjoyed my visit there.

Enjoy the rest of your week. :)

Amrita June 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM  

Dear Sue, greetings from India. Thank you for visiting my blog. You have a beautiful place here. I love your pretty photos. Glad I found you

Debbie June 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM  

Oh Sue I LOVE the planters. Soo pretty. I used to have REALLY similiar ones. I really just love your whole front porch. Soo pretty and welcoming. I love the canning stories, haha, I live my farming dreams through you. And as for Joe, your right, he looks like he's ready to bolt, haha. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

texwisgirl June 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

Hi Sue! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving a comment. Really appreciate it! LOVE your beautiful gardens here. I have no real green thumb and don't even attempt to fight the dreadful Texas sun and drought most years. :)

Elena June 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

Oh my goodness those black containers with the sweet potato vines are just stunning!! I love all the colors of the greenery. Bless you today. I have got caught up on your posts. Your farm is so beautiful. The garlic bunches and summer squash are so lovely. I really liked the pic of you husband leading the sheep too!

luv2decorate July 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

What a most lovely blog! So inspiring and beautiful. I am a new follower- Many blessings -


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