Looking for a fun place to go shopping this weekend? Check out the Antiques Market in Mount Pleasant on Highway 17 in the Moultrie Shopping Center. The address is: 634 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.
Apart from the great selection of antiques, doors, furniture, collectibles and whatever else you can imagine, one of the vendors there, Forty Love, also sells CeCe Caldwell Paint!
Hope y’all have a great weekend. I will not be posting tomorrow (or on Saturdays generally anymore).
I love chocolate. I don’t mean a Hershey’s bar. I mean a bar with a cocoa content of %85 and higher. Yesterday I ate half of one. At 5:00 p.m.
By 9:10 p.m., the caffeine coursing through my system still had not dwindled so I decided I was going to rearrange our bedroom. The Southern Gent helped me move a couple of things and then, for his own protection, went to his office to get some work done.
After that, I was a flurry of activity that resulted in this.
this . . .
and this. I tried to give The Southern Gent a reading nook. Does a guy even want a reading “nook”? Probably not but hey, I was high on chocolate!
I went to bed at about 11:00 p.m. I was awake again at 3:45 a.m. By 5:30 a.m., I gave up and decided I would clean the garage.
This involved shopvacing the floor, and vacuuming the dirt and cobwebs off of this piece The Southern Gent recently found on the street in our Hood.
I then moved on to this other piece he found.
Believe it or not this is what it looked like after I vacuumed it. Still a lot of cleaning to do on this guy. At least there are no more spiders or globs of dirt clinging to it though.
That’s not the end of it though. Today when I came home I was running on fumes but decided to make an adjustment in our room. I don’t know if it will stay like this but it will have to wait until the next chocolate/caffeine high.
Then maybe I can figure out what to do with this wall, that atrocious red and the unpainted trim in the bathroom area on the right, and not to mention the Teal Chair. See it there on the left hand side?
Okay. I am officially done.
I will see y’all tomorrow.
I thought my camera was broken the other day when I took these. It would not focus at all on AF. Turns out the outer ring was stuck. Camera works now. Whew!
My neighbor gave me these two these chairs (she found them on the side of the road) and I thought I was going to love them as two additional dining room chairs.
The idea never grew on me though once I actually placed one underneath my dining table.
So, they have sat in my garage until a couple of days ago when my co-worker and I realized that she needed chairs on the other side of her desk in her office. I told her I just the pair – after a bit of paint of course!
Stripping the upholstery was the first step. I have a few more stragglers to pull off and then I am going to paint.
Hope y’all are having a great day.
Southern Adventuress on Pinterest. Click the pic to see my Boards.
For as much as I like to take pictures and look at pictures, I have been seriously underutilizing my Pinterest Boards. No more. Today, I overhauled my Pinterest account. I renamed boards, created new boards, moved pictures around, pinned new pictures, posted a more recent profile picture and added descriptions to my boards. Whew! Who know keeping current on the web could be so time consuming.
It was a lot of fun though. The only hitch was that I discovered my personal facebook page is linked to my Pinterest account and I don’t know how to link my Southern Adventuress Facebook page instead. If you have any information on how to do that, please let me know. Apart from that, my time on Pinterest today has inspired me to get out on the web more often and look for additional pictures to pin and find my next great idea for any of my furniture, home, food or clothes.
If you want to follow me on Pinterest, click the Pinterest button on the right or click the picture or hyperlinked text above. Happy Tuesday and Happy pinning to all you Pinterest lovers out there.
A couple of months ago I asked my mom for a book recommendation. She mentioned, In The Kingdom Of Men, by Kim Barnes. I put it on my list but didn’t think too much of it because, well, it sounded depressing. I used to be able to watch and read all sorts of depressing, dramatic movies and books. Now, I figure I can be depressed watching the news or listening to the radio instead.
Anyway, I checked out this book and another one the librarian recommended the other day. Needless to say, the librarian’s book went back and mom’s book stayed on my nightstand. Once I read the opening paragraphs, I was hooked:
“Here is the first thing you need to know about me: I’m a barefoot girl from red-dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that.
Here is the second thing: that young woman they pulled form the Arabian shore, her hair tangled with mangrove – my husband didn’t kill her, not the way they say he did.”
Barnes takes the main character, Gin (short for Virginia), from her poor and arguably brutal and loving upbringing in Oklahoma to Saudi Arabia in 1967. The story is a captivating blend of fictional lives with a time in history on distant shores, which were undergoing such changes that have wrought, to put it mildly, challenging times in this day and age.
I don’t know why I liked this book so much. Perhaps it was the mystery behind “that young woman['s]” death or the history of Saudi Arabia and the oil companies that set up shop there that guided me through this story. Or it could have been because Virginia was my grandmother’s name. It certainly was not because the story was all rainbows and posies because it wasn’t. It wasn’t because there was a sense of closure at the end because really, there wasn’t. Maybe it was just Barnes’ way of telling a tale. Whatever it was, I will forever be haunted by Ginny Mae and her lost lives in Oklahoma, Saudi Arabia and Rome as she searched “to know.”
The third workshop I went to at Plantasia was all about growing fruit here in Charleston. I was happy to go to this workshop because I have a fig tree in my back yard but I would like to add additional fruit bearing bushes, trees, shrubs, whatever!
Darren Sheriff, aka The Citrus Guy around here, was our teacher for this fun filled hour. First and foremost we learned from this Master Gardner that the soil where you plant must be well draining and have lots of sun, 8-10 hours. Another important thing that I had never heard of is chill hours. Some plants/trees need a certain number of hours spent between 32 and 45 degrees F (roughly). Any Winter temperatures above 60 degrees are subtracted. Here in Charleston, we have around 600 to 800 chill hours. This encourages the plant to go dormant and bloom and grow correctly the following season.
Here are the plants and trees we covered:
Click the pic for source, Jefferson Farm & Gardens.
Blackberries – There is the erect and semi-trailing. Blackberries are drought tolerant but need water during fruiting. Fertilize in early Spring and again after harvest with 10-10-10. They are good weed control but remember to plant disease resistant cultivars such as Cheyenne, Cherokee, Shawnee, Kiowa (all erect), Gem, Black Satin or Hull (Semi-trailing).
- Blueberries – There is the Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush and your soil Ph should be 5.0 to 6.0. The Rabbiteye is adapted for all of SC but you need to plant two varieties for cross pollination. Varities include: Beckyblue, Bonita, Brightwell, Climax, Permier, Woodard (early season), Bluebell, Briteblue, Chaucer, Powderblue, Tifblue (mid season), Baldwin, Centurion, Choice and Delite (late season). For the Southern Highbush there is a lower chilling requirement and it has better drought tolerance. Plus, it is self-fertile. Varieites include: O’Neal, Cape Fear (early season), Blue Ridge, Georgia Gem (mid season), Legacy, and Summit (late season).
Click pic for source, Irvin House Vineyards.
- Grapes – American and some hybrids of the two will work in SC. They need full sun and do not need cross pollination. Varieties include Daytona, Orlando seedless and Conquistador.
- Strawberries – This is the first fruit to ripen in the Spring and can be grown anywhere in SC. However, those that bear fruit in June are the best suited to SC. You should water when plants are set and during dry periods. Varities include Fla 90, Chandler and Douglas.
- Apples – Unfortunately, the western part of the state is better suited to apples. For cross pollination, you need two types of overlapping flowers. Varieties include Anna, Dorsett Golden, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Yates and Granny Smith.
- Peaches and Nectarines – These guys are self fruiting. Varieties with low chill hours are required for the coast. Varieties include: Floridaking, Redglobe, Juneprince, Harvester, Georgia Belle and Jefferson.
- Figs – One inch of water per week is good for the fig so this makes it a drought tolerant tree! Varieties include Alma, Brown Turkey, Celeste, Gree Ischia, Hunt, Magnlia and Kodato.
- Loquat – Can do partial shade and is drought tolerant but will yield better fruit with deep waterings. Only small applications of fertilizer. If you like to prune, do so only to keep the fruit within harvestable range.
- Plums – Only one inch of water per week for the plum too! Fertilize in February, June and August with 10-10-10. Varities that DO NOT need cross pollination: Burgundy, Duffs Early Jewel, Santa Rosa, Hawera and Methley.
Click pic for source, The Produce Blog.
- Plumcot – You need moist soil for these guys!
- Pears – One inch of water per week (I love this). However, Fire Blight can be a real problem as well as late frosts. Remember you need to cross pollinate with pears. Varities include Bartlett, Kieffer, Ayer, Seckel (aka Sugar Pear), Magness and Moonglow.
- Citrus – Recommended to plant on South or West side of the house and these guys can tolerate down to 28 degreees. Varieties of Tangerines and Mandarins include: Owari, Ponkan and Early St. Anne. Varieties of Lemons and limes include: Meyers Lemon, Meyers Improved Lemon, Persian Lime and Variegated Eureka Lemon. Kumquat varieties are Meiwa, Nagami and Galamondin (Kumquat Hybrid). Grapefruits are the Ruby Red, Marsh Seedless and the Duncan. Finally, for Oranges, plant the Cara Cara Red Navel.
On a final note, places to get fruiting plants around the Charleston area are:
Click the pic for source, McKenzie Farms.
- Ward’s Tree Farm and Nursery, 126 Little Salem Lane, Ridgeville, SC (843-832-5770). You should call for availability and speak to Duane and Elaine Ward. They usually offer the “Wonderful” Pomegranate; the Brown Turkey and Celeste Fig; the Fuji Persimmon; the Florida King and Florida Crest Peach; the Granny Smith, Anna, Dorsett and Ein Shemer Apple; the Kiefer, Moonglow, Pineapple and Orient Pear; the Santa Rosa Plum; the Bronze and Southland Grapes; the Goldmine Nectarines and the Loquat.
- At McKenzie Farms on 2115 Olanta Highway Scranton, SC 29591 they have the Yuzu, Owari, Kimbrough, Changsha, Satsuma, Meiwa Kumquats, Nagamie Kumquats, lemson, Limes and Floomsweet Grapefruit and Citrange in the Citrus department. As for figs they have the Brown Turkey. Pomegranates they carry the Russian Giant. For Kiwis they have the fuzzy type. They also have Pineapple Guava, Muscadines, Blueberries, Asian Persimmons, Asian Pears, Plums, Peaches, Apples and more! Call for availability though (843-389-4831) and check with Stan McKenzie. They also ship!
Other workshops at Plantasia:
ABCs of Pruning
Click the picture for source.
A couple of days ago my step-mom sent me an e-mail with the above picture from Pinterest and I really liked it. So, I clicked on it and found myself looking at one of the Boards for Shanty 2 Chic.
Click the picture to link to the blog post on this bench.
About twenty repins later I decided to follow their boards and tell y’all about them as well.
Click the picture to link to the blog post on this cabinet.
In 2009, Whitney and Ashley began their business and now have quite the following.
Click the picture to go to the blog post on this coffee table.
They have a lot of cool pieces like this coffee table on wheels. I love things on wheels! I want to make a sectional sofa out of pallets and put it on wheels.
Click the picture to link to the how to for this piece.
Finally, I found this cute key hanger on their website. I do not have a place to put a key hanger but I always appreciate the creativity I see in the different key hangers that are out there.
So, check out Shanty 2 Chic when you have some time. The couple of pictures I have posted here are just a tiny sampling of what they have to offer on their website. Enjoy!