Thursday, June 4, 2009

Come, Sit a Spell (What's a Girl to Do? Rue.)

I want to thank each and everyone of you that played along in Thrifty Thursday yesterday! I am in awe of all the thrifty shoppers and the treasures that are uncovered and loved once again. If you didn't get the opportunity to, I encourage you to visit the participants. So many had such great finds and ideas of what they planned to do with their thrifty "new" treasures!
Thanks to all who linked up, all who paid visits and all who showed some comment love. I am most appreciative!

Speaking of thrifty....I got to thinking of my love for spray paint (cheap fix for all that is ugly in the world) and saw a real thrifty makeover was necessary in my yard (one of those uglies).

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then Ms. Rue of Rue's peanut Butter and Jelly Life should be gloating. And gleeful. And filled with pride. Because, really, I just am a wanna be of Rue's. Rue's and so many others of you in which I visit your blogs and find daily inspiration. Be it attitude (the key to life), Fun living, great recipes or home decor. Really....I am a constant learner-and wanna be. I take it all in. And I try. And many times I fail. But I try.

This being said, I want to show you something that Rue featured on her post for the Porch Party earlier this week....

Isn't her porch just precious and charming? Her entire home is, so if you haven't had the pleasure I encourage you to drop by. But look closer, do you see that bench? Is it not adorable?

Adorable. Rue painted it. She gave it some love with just some paint. Simple.
It is not like my ugly frail bench in my overgrown section of my yard. Mine looked so sad. So neglected. So abused and misused. It certainly never encouraged me to sit a spell on it.
So, what was a girl to do? Live with a sad bench? One that is overlooked in the jungle that is the corner of my yard?
Nooooooo. Not I!
This girl marched her (insert Queen song) fanny up to Ace Hardware and purchased myself a happy and bright red can of indoor/outdoor spraypaint. And in less than fifteen minutes, I could almost see my bench's attitude change.

It was happy. It was bright. It was cheerful. And it beckoned passersby to feel the same way. And perhaps to, well, "Come Sit a Spell" and take in the day.
And all was right in the overgrown garden, aside from a future round of weekend maintenance.

I hope that you have a lovely weekend. One in which you can "Sit a Spell" and take in the views from your garden.
Leave me a roadmap! And Sincere Thanks for stopping by Bloggeritaville! I am most appreciative of each and everyone of you for taking the time. Thank you, my friend!
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Check out my friends and what they are doing......

Marty, of A Stroll Thru Life, is hosting a Cloche Party, June 19th. For details, stop by Marty’s.
Gina of The Shabby Chic Cottage is hosting a Crazy About Chalkboards Party on June 26th.
Deanna of Coffee on the Table is now hosting a Friday Flashback each Friday. Check out the theme for each week.
Misti of Studio M Designs is hosting a fun carnival today. Looks like Love. Check it out!


Mari said...

That's awesome! It turned out great and looks so inviting.

Bama Belle said...

just darlin'! Too precious, great idea!

Denise said...

Hi, Leigh. The bench looks so much happier now!

I also love Rue's blog and her inspiration.


Rue said...

Oh Leigh!! You are just so sweet!!!! Thank you so much for writing about me... I just don't know what to say! I'm blushing and smiling and getting teary eyed LOL

Your bench turned out so cute (Love it!) and I'm thrilled to have inspired you. I really really am. Thank you :)


Chandy said...

Leigh, my bags are packed to where you are so I can try out that inviting bench! ;-) Love it! The red is perfect to see from afar and the invitation is so clear!

I am in awe of your creativity! Now that it's getting more clear days here, we are cleaning out the patio and get it ready for our summer vacation and dinner under the sky, ok under an umbrella, but you get the drift. LOL

Big hugs to last you the weekend,

xinex said...

Nice looking bench! It's happy now, Leigh...Christine

Kirby3131 said...

The bench no longer blends in, but beckons one to come and sit! I'm so glad you marched into ACE and bought that paint. It looks great.

Terry said...

I'm so excited - I have a bench that needs paint and I have red spray paint! I feel a project coming on..WOOO HOOO

Shelia said...

Oh, it's good to be a Copy Cat! You did a great job! I'd love to sit there!
bE a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kat said...

I never knew a bench could smile, but I can see I was wrong! Cute, cute, cute!

Carrie said...

What a great place to dream. Absolute love the color.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How cute! Have a great weekend.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

It came out great, Leigh!
I'd love to come "Sit a Spell".
Have a fantastic weekend!

DeAnna said...

Oh I Love it! I think this qualifies as flaunting your red. what an inviting spot...I'm makin' some lemonade - be right over.

FrenchGardenHouse said...


I love it! It's just so charming. I love Rue, isn't she just a darling?

Blondie's Journal said...


I think your bench came out just great! You should be proud. You took Rue's idea and ran with it. And to me, that is the best thing about blogging. The ideas are put out there for us to follow, to inspire, or to just dream about. I know I find my motivation level going up when I see all of you gals crafting and thrifting, cooking and organizing...what a great community!

I have really been procrastinating working on my garden and pots. I'm spreading myself too thin all over the place and not just diving in with my eyes wide open and a big YAHOO!! But I am today! I'm heading out with my pruners and after I chop away all my weeds I am going out for a couple of cans of spray paint. Heck, I may even paint the dogs!!

Happy Friday to ya, friend! :-)


Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Whew! Internet Explorer finally let me in!!! That thing is driving me insane. Love, love, love your bench, it is too cute! I may have to drench mine in some red paint very soon. Thanks for the shout out, not sure if mine will be a carnival, just me confessing my love of stuff. But I could do it every now and then! That would be fun...


jennifer said...

I can't think of anything lovelier than sitting on that bench with you talking... and talking... and talking some more. A glass of sweet tea might be nice too!

imjacobsmom said...

I have one word for you - C-U-T-E! ~ Robyn

Kelly said...

It does make you wanna come and sit a spell, doesn't it? Sweet, very sweet.

Elyse said...

i love how we all inspire one another and your bench is the perfect example! so cool!


Brooke said...

Hey, mom, you put "I'm Yours-Jason Miraz" on your playlist! HAHA! BURNED! I told you you'd like that song. Muahaha, now I am going to get a doughnut. :)