Happy Saturday! Welcome to our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy.
Three things is just how I start and organize this, though – I throw in bonuses and often links to some fun recipes, diy projects, and garden ideas that I find inspirational or helpful. So, yeah – you’ll want to read to the end! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Three things that happened and/or I’m loving:
We attended two weddings this weekend – the first was for my cousin and was planned in only 5 days! Can you believe that? They (and their family & friends, of course) did a fantastic job – it was beautiful and it reminds me that the wedding day is ultimately about the marriage and not the event (and what a gorgeous dress the bride found in that short time, right?).
On the other end of the scale at 10 months planning, was the outdoor wedding of the daughter of our dear friends which was pretty much picture-perfect, thanks to the stunning weather we’ve been having (outdoor weddings are always dicey to plan in Oregon). When you have time to plan, you can really put some thought into the decor and I loved how it was so personalized to the bride’s history: lots of books for this book lover, with touches of the middle east to bring in her childhood spent in Egypt, including fragrant jasmine. So elegant and personal.
Our friends over at Front Porch Ideas are having an amazing contest: submit a couple pictures of your porch and you could win an original watercolor painting of it by artist Leisa Collins! You can see how amazing her work is above and you’ll see more when you visit this link for the contest info. Basically, from photographs you submit, Leisa “creates an original detailed pen drawing of your home and then paints it so you will have a memorable watercolor work of art for your home.” Worried that your porch isn’t ‘good enough?’ Don’t!
We are looking for real porches, worn porches, sleeping dog porches, comfy porches, any size porches, rocking chair porches – hope you get our drift. Your porch need not be fancy or elaborate or outfitted in expensive decor. If you hesitate because you think your porch isn’t worthy, please re-consider! It’s just about a pretty summer porch!
I hope you send in a few pictures if you have a porch and win! Oh – and be sure to let me know if you do. 🙂
Angled paint brushes are my must-have tool for painting trim without needing to tape (see our popular video about that here). Well, that and patience, which I actually have a lot more of than I have for spending a lot of time taping edges – only to have the paint seep under anyway!
Over the years I’ve used a LOT of different brushes. I pretty much stick to the cheapo for not-so-fine paint jobs, but have spent some actual money on trim brushes (that I then hide from everyone). And I’ve recently found this brand, Wooster paint brushes, that rivals the higher priced, better-known brand for it’s nice finish and able to be cleaned without leaving bristles sticking out everywhere. I always make sure to have 1-inch, 2-inch, and 2 1/2-inch (or 3) sizes at all times. Have you used this brand? It’s got some great reviews on Amazon, including this, which echo my thoughts:
Painting window or door trim you need a finish brush that can pick up the right amount of paint, get it to the work, spread it evenly, then tip it off, and it should also cut a clean line – the Wooster Golden GLO brush does all that, and it is deceptively inexpensive!
Don’t forget to check out this ePantry deal just for An Oregon Cottage readers: get a free 32-oz. bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (a $16.99 value!) and free shipping with your first order of $25. You can use it to make the DIY liquid foaming soap I shared this week or lots of other things, both for beauty and home cleaning – it’s a great product! You probably know by now that I’ve found ePantry to be a great place to find natural and environmentally friendly products at good prices, like Tom’s, Seventh Generation, and Mrs. Meyers, among many others. Plus, it’s a really fun site to order from (and you can get credits with referrals). Truly one of my favorite sites I’ve discovered this last year. 🙂
Finally, here are some fun links I’ve found this week:
Pesto AND goat cheese melted in sweet peppers? I’m there!
Since I end up using my iPhone for most pictures, I’m reading up on some tips for taking better smartphone photos.
I love all these uses for basic brown kraft paper – I always have a roll of this around.
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