Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Garden Center Tour/Inspiration

I have recently realized that it is impossible for me to go anywhere or look at anything just for fun.   I think Wonder Hubby wishes I would sit quietly in a closet without contact with the outside world, otherwise I am constantly coming up with projects and they usually involve him in one way or the other!   Recently Mini, The Nana and I took a Sunday afternoon window shopping trip.   We were headed to a local garden center but Mini knew I could spend the whole day there so she talked me into heading there last.

We started with home decor.  I was so proud of the fact that I saw these adorable little frames (perfect for my Coastal bedroom I blogged about here) but I didn't buy them.  I mean why buy them when you have all the stuff at home to make them :)  So, we were off  I was already coming up with projects.

We also stopped into DSW (this place is a very dangerous place, I love it but Mini can't seem to leave the place without buying 3-6 pairs of shoes, she doesn't like to shop don't ya know).  I saw these first....

I love some polka dots but I think I like the red heel just as much!

but, I didn't buy them.

Then I saw these...

Awww....You had me at Bow.

but, I didn't buy them.

Then I saw these...

I can hardly pass up a floral heel....sigh.

but, I didn't buy them.  What I did was I flee the place fast because I just couldn't stand this not buying thing. 

Finally we headed off to Moore and Moore Garden Center.  They are located in west Nashville and are a treasure trove of goodies.

I love the country look of the building with its big front porch.  It just says come, stay, fall in love with everything.

After seeing this blue stand with red geraniums, I will be on the lookout for old stands to paint.

Love the plant stand on the left....I could so fill this up with herbs.

I think I am going to have to have a terrerium soon, they are just too cute.

We visited just before Easter so we were able to enjoy all their sweet Easter decor.  I adore the table in the picture above.  I could use this so many places!

Lots and lots of pots.

I need this as the new chandy in my hut!

This is precious!  When Miss Mara's playhouse changes over to my garden cottage soon, I want something unique like this for the front door.

Hmmm....can I make a variation of this?  I think I can!  I can just see it all covered in ivy.

These sweet little frogs would be so cute on the pots around my pond.

Love the blues!  Okay, to be honest I haven't met a pot of any color that I didn't like.  I could have spent all day taking pictures of all the pots color collections they have.

Oh by the way they have plants too!  Finally, I managed to get around to looking at them.  They have a wonderful selection.  I loved the unique geranium colors they had.

Their herb collection was awesome.

There was so, so much more.  I was just so giddy the whole time that I missed taking photos of so many things because I just couldn't control myself! Sorry :(  The good news is I am headed back this week and I am willing to bet there will be much more to share with you later.

 One item I did see and yet failed to photograph was a tool caddy used as a planter.  It was very aged looking and I fell in love.  Of course I wondered immediately if I could make this.   I just happened to have some cedar scattered in the side yard from where we are in process of cleaning out the wooded area behind Mini's playhouse.  It was headed for the burn pile but I kept setting it aside because I just knew I would need it for something.  Within days I had visited the garden center and had my inspiration for the cedar, I would build the tool caddy.

Now when I said I, I really meant it.  Many times I say I and I really mean Wonder Hubby and I, but I was determined that I could actually handle building this!  I would build lots of goodies but there is that whole tape measure reading issue. I have got to attend a class on that or something because being tape measure illiterate is really holding me back.

Wonder Hubby was pretty patient about it and didn't do the usual and just take the project away and finish it thing!

This part I can handle....love the mitre saw!  I only made a couple of bad cuts :)

I don't mind using the drill press either, although I was a little freaked out when the wood started to smoke.  I've never had that happen before, guess it was the cedar.

Then things went south.  I do not excel in the nailing things together department, so Wonder Hubby had to assist with this part.  Thankfully he didn't take over and he had tons of patience.

I love the aged look of it.  I did have to do some interesting painting to get the dowell handle to match the old aged cedar. 

I added it to my freshly planted back bed....so when this fills in a bit the caddy will be surrounded by impatients...I think I did okay for my first building project.

The good news is....Wonder Hubby decided to purchase a set of 5 air nailers!  I learned to use these last week on porch rails and I love them.  As a matter of fact, I just thought of another project I could use them for :)

Thanks for stopping by.  If you are in the Nashville area make sure to drop by Moore and Moore Garden Center and spend a little time drooling.


  1. Shanee,
    So glad you stopped by so I could find you!

    I think my hubs would be happy if I would join you in that closet where I wouldn't get into any trouble! But then, we'd probably reorganize and decorate that closet!

    I could get lost in garden centers - so much fabulous inspiration! What a great day.

    Glad to be following.

    1. Thanks Kelly, glad to have you aboard. You are right, that closet would need organization and decor...we could get several posts of out that! lol

  2. I love to do what I call "Photo Shopping". That *other* photoshop copied the name from me. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

    I loved the shoes and all the stuff that caught your eye, and that planter that YOU made is awesome. I'm horrible at that kind of thing, but once I master a few other things, I am determined to tackle some of the more ambitious pursuits like using a saw.

  3. You made the tool box look so easy to make. I'm going to try and make one too.



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