Jul 26, 2013

Friday Finds

Last week I was in beautiful Montana visiting my husband's family. Montana is known as Big Sky Country, and it's easy to see why in this sunset photo taken just outside of Red Lodge in the south central part of the state. Red Lodge is nestled at the foot of the Absaroka Mountain Range and a popular tourist stop on the way to Yellowstone Park (or Jellystone Park, as we call it) via the winding and steep Beartooth Highway. Red Lodge is a little slice of heaven on earth.

Since I missed Friday Finds last week due to a slow internet connection in lovely Montana, I decided to add last week's and this week's Friday Finds together. Double the fun today!

So let's get zipping right along!

 Isn't this a pretty little vignette? Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow shares her tutorial for making and dyeing these bright paper peonies. 

I would love to have a galvanized metal horse trough filled with yellow sunflowers like Chris' at Red Gate Farm.

 This lovely poolside garden belongs to Lynn from The Vintage Nest. Wait until you hear where she found all these beautiful plants. If you're like me, you'll want to start shopping where Lynn shops!

 Stacey over at A Sort of Fairytale shares how her new deck and cottage gardens have transformed the back of her house. You'll be amazed at the change. 

 If you're familiar with Becky over at Beyond the Picket Fence, you'll recognize her unique creative style right away on this freshly painted bistro set. Isn't it fabulous? 

 At Rustique Restoration Jennifer designed and built this wonderful rustic dining room buffet from wooden crates and castors.  I love the way she styled it, too. 

 If you think it's too late to make a summer wreath, think again! Vanessa from At The Picket Fence put this burlap and starfish wreath together in only ten minutes, and you can too! 

 Francine at Ethereal, Plus What I Love painted a plain brown lamp with a faux zinc painting technique using a kind of spray paint I haven't seen before. It looks amazing, and I can't wait to try it out!  

 Over at In My Own Style Diane shares her great advice for decorating with thrift store finds and finding the best stuff. Thrifting is an art form, and Diane's a true artiste!  

 Another very talented repurposer is my friend, Gail, at My Repurposed Life. Gail is celebrating four years of sharing her how-to's with us with an entire week of fantastic giveaways.  

 Set aside some time this weekend to sit in the shade with a glass of something cool and check out the Summer 2013 Showcase of Homes. For the complete list with links, visit Anita at Cedar Hills Ranch

 I love iced chai tea, hot chai tea, chai muffins and chai scones, so I was pretty excited to find Nat's recipe for Dirty Chai Cookies with Whipped Espresso Ganache over at Nat's Adventures in Baking. OH YUM! 

For the perfect summer dessert head on over to Allrecipesdotcom for this Southern Peach Cobbler recipe. With 1,498 reviews and four and a half stars, it just has to be fantastic! Except for someone forgot the scoop of vanilla ice cream. 


I am so glad it's Friday. I'm looking forward to pulling weeds in the garden this weekend, and my daughter gets home from France. I can't wait to hear all about her trip! I hope you have lots of good stuff going on, too. 


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing my bistro set. Red Lodge is a slice of heaven. I have many fond memories from there--some wild ones too ;)!

  2. Hi Laurel,
    Thank you for sharing my deck and gardens! There are some great projects and decor in your list...bloggers are just so talented and inspiring!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  3. Oh my goodness, another great round-up of finds! I need to go exploring. Have a wonderful weekend Laurel!

  4. Nice finds, Laurel. That beautiful wreath reminds me I have to spruce up my front door. I had a basket with flags for the 4th of July that I figured I would leave up there all summer. Well, with all of our wet weather, the basket handle got all wet and the whole thing bent forward and looked sloppy!

  5. Lovely finds! I also love your photo of Montana - one place that's very near the top of my rather long list of must-visit places!

  6. Great links laurel! That peach cobbler is so tempting! Thank you and have a great weekend!

  7. Thank you so much for featuring my summer wreath Laurel!! :-)


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