Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing May

The purpose of the “Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing” post is to highlight some of the more popular posts shared during the previous month. We are unboxing all the DIYs, vintage items, antiques, furniture makeovers and crafts shared during the previous month. Basically, I am “unpacking” information shared within the last 30 or so days.

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I will also be sharing some posts, information and events from around the web that you may be interested in.

Finally, I am collaborating with some other amazing bloggers and we are sharing our handpicked favorite finds with you.

So, let’s get started!

Sky Lark House Monthly Unboxing May 2024

Sky Lark House Monthly Unboxing

The Upstate Update

May is usually a fast-paced month. There are numerous birthdays to celebrate, Mother’s Day, graduations, and Memorial Day. There is the Kentucky Derby, which is always a big event. Then there is always a ton of work needing to be done in the garden. Dahlias, gladiolus, and annuals to plant. Compost to add to the soil. Seedlings to harden off. Veggies to plant in the raised beds. The list goes on. . .

The month of May always restores my soul. After a long winter with no leaves or green grass – in the month of May, everything is bursting with life. It always amazes me when plants survive the harsh winters here in upstate New York with all the ice storms and the subzero temperatures for days on end. I barely survive going outside to check the mail in the winter and that takes less than 5 minutes! So, it is amazing to see peonies, hostas, daffodils, violas, and more show their cheerful faces.

I am reminded of the first few lines of Poem entitled “Invitation” by Mary Oliver:

Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

Mary Oliver

No matter where you live – I hope the month of May is filled with wonder and beauty.

Below is a round up of the posts from the last month.

Top 10 Mistake to Avoid Refurbishing Furniture

Antique washstand

After refurbishing furniture for more than a decade, I have learned a thing or two. Most of them I have learned the hard way – by making mistakes. In the post 10 Mistakes to Avoid Refurbishing Furniture I share some very easy things you can do to avoid the same mistakes I made.

DIY Garden Tool Wall Rack

DIY Garden Tool Wall Rack

This project was put together on a whim. The best part is- you too can create a tool wall rack for yourself and it shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon. If you want the secret to creating an older looking patina on a piece of wood then this DIY Garden Tool Wall Rack tutorial is for you.

Collecting Vintage Aprons

Collecting vintage aprons - red gingham half apron.

It’s so easy to collect vintage aprons because they don’t require much space, they aren’t breakable, and they are still affordable. In this post on Collecting Vintage Aprons, I share with you some tips on finding, identifying, and buying these collectibles.

In related news

Here are some links and information I found for you from around the web.

This post on planting hydrangeas in planters and in the ground is super helpful.

With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, this post on creating a horse themed tablescape is perfect.

Did you know that Season 3 of Clarkson’s Farm is now out for viewing. Jeremy is back at it – trying to implement his innovative farming ideas. God help him and his supportive crew.

The English gardener Monty Don has some advice and tips for the month May. There are also some stunning photos of his garden. One day, when I grow up, I want to have a garden like his.

Have you seen this Norweigan Instagram account? Oh my gosh, I want to live in some of those photos.

This article on using wallpaper is inspiring and has some great advice. The photos are also stunning.

Maria shares some great info in this article on 4 reasons to decorate with thrifted and vintage treasures.

Shopping with Friends

Shopping with Friends 2024

I got together with some of my favorite bloggers and we are sharing our recent favorite finds.

Anna from Sky Lark House

These are my favorite finds for the month.

  • Most of you know that I have been following a gluten free diet for the last year. I feel so much better now that I have eliminated it from my diet. These are my favorite gluten-free snacks to eat on the run.
  • My hair stylist introduced me to the LOMA line of shampoo and I love it. This shampoo doesn’t leave my hair frizzy and it also doesn’t leave it feeling weighed down and heavy.
  • I love these monogrammed journals from Anthropologie and they would make a great gift.
  • This necklace would make a great gift for Mother’s Day. You can choose the type of stone the heart is made from.
  • Finally, this little watering can is perfect for houseplants or seedlings.

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Cindy has a fabulous blog where she shows you how to refurbish furniture, repurpose thrifted items and gives you ideas for your home decor. Here are Cindy’s favorite finds.

Cindy of Reinvented Delaware
  • One of my crafting/sewing/painting sisters (Patti) recently bought this mini heat gun. She said she is loving it for quickly drying Mod Podge on her upcycling projects. She says it runs quiet and is efficient for her craft room. My heat gun is large and I keep it in my garage workshop. I think I need the small one for my indoor craft room!
  • My other two sisters are raving about their kitchen blenders! Debbie absolutely swears by her Vitamix Immersion Blender for smoothies. In fact, she bought each of her sisters one for Christmas! My other sister Laurie, needed a large blender for cooking so she also has the Ninja Blender Kitchen System for her needs. I have both blenders and love them equally!
  • Speaking of craft rooms, hubby recently grabbed a Stanley Toolbox and Organizer for my space. It holds all of the little tools I need for small projects like spring-loaded pliers, wire cutters, and spare hardware. It fits perfectly in the cabinets in my project room!
  • This week I have been using my hubby’s Yeti 20oz Rambler to hold my second cup of coffee. I sip on it over a couple of hours in the morning. The Yeti kept it piping hot until 11:30 am! I enjoyed hot coffee throughout the morning!

Lora from Lora Bloomquist

If you love vintage and antique items, Lora Bloomquist has some inspiration for you. Her blog is full of ideas for repurposing and reusing these items. Here are Lora’s favorite finds.

Lora Bloomquist
  • The Beautiful Home Beautiful Life online summit kicks off next Tuesday, May 7th! For 3 days, you can learn from over 17 experts who are sharing their best tips, tricks, and advice on all things decluttering, organizing and decorating your home. If you haven’t already, you can register for basic admission for free! Learn all about it and sign up HERE.
  • I’ve been scrubbing up my Spring roadside finds. My new favorite cleaner is THIS. It’s amazing-takes paint drips off, sharpie marker, crayon messes and sticky goop. This is going to make the junk revival process so much easier!
  • Our frost date is May 15, which means it’s almost time to plant up our raised bed garden! A couple years ago we created a picket fence cottage garden with raised beds. I’ve been so impressed with THESE raised bed kits. We got them directly from the company, but now you can get them from this big retailer for less and in more colors! Maybe time to expand;)
  • I am crushing on overalls. I bought this green pair for my Bday and Mom’s day last year and have loved them. They’re so comfortable, and I always get compliments. I think I need more overalls in my life. And they come in so many fun styles and patterns right now! I rounded up some of my favorite overalls HERE. (you can find mine there, too…and be sure you follow me while you’re there;)

Lynn from Living Large in a Small House

On her blog, Lynn shares all the things that make a house a home. She has DIYs, recipes, home decor ideas, gardening suggestions and more. Here are Lynn’s favorite finds.

Summer is Right Around the Corner

I’ve been out of town and now that I’m home I’m excited to get my plants planted. I’m also excited to add some summer touches to my home.

I’m a blue and white gal so I love to add yellow to my home. You don’t have to do much to give it a new vibe!

  • I love these yellow pillow covers. My favorite size is 22″ pillows. It gives your pillows a more designer look. These inserts are the best that I’ve ever had. I use a 24″ insert for a 22″ cover.
  • One of my favorite flowers are ranunculus, which I have not had luck growing. I also can’t always find them fresh at the store. These faux real-touch flowers will work with my yellow and blue summer decorating.
  • This fleece throw not only adds a bit of color it has great texture to give your home the cozy feel we all crave, even in the summer.
  • In two weeks I will be putting my seedlings out in the yard. While they are a good size to be out in the yard, they are no match for our chickens and the deer so I’m protecting them with these cones and holding them down with these stakes.

Diane from South House Designs

Diane shares information about entertaining, recipes, outdoor living and DIYs. She is known for her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Here are Diane’s favorite finds.


What a crazy week it has been and my list reflects it — kinda all over the place.

  • We borrowed a Kreg pocket hole system from a friend to build a vanity. Never could have done it so well, and so easily without it! I am so getting one — now it’s just deciding between the 720-Pro or the 520-Pro with Screw Starter Kit. Both of these are specials that have to be ordered online and can then be delivered to your home or your Home Depot store.
  • I’m looking forward to all the warm weather ahead which means lots of patio time. I am in love with this tablecloth with that sweet tassel fringe. I might have to get a round one also for the round table under the balcony. Comes in multiple colors and sizes. And these super cute placemats /chargers are so cute and different. I love the braided edge.
  • Speaking of outdoor living, do you have a Solo Stove yet? (They’re on sale right now) Smokeless is the way to go– much better for the environment and no more jumping around to avoid the smoke, stinging eyes and all the rest. Perfect for Mother’s Day, with new colors — and they can be personalized. I don’t know a mom who doesn’t love gathering her family in a circle telling stories and maybe singing a few songs!
  • These wonderful wooden loaf baking baskets from JSH Home Essentials are so charming and a delightful treat for baking loafs to give as gifts or to serve individual charcuterie servings and so much more. I’m going to have to order more for all the crafting possibilities! BONUS: They come in four different sizes.

In Closing . . .

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you have fun watching the Kentucky Derby, enjoy Mother’s Day, celebrate any graduations, and spend time in the garden.  

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  1. It’s always so much fun to see what things you guys are loving each month, Anna! It sounds like you have an exciting months with lots of fun things to celebrate too. I’m glad all the flowers are blooming and you’re able to enjoy being outdoors again. I swear there is something magical about being outside this time of year. Can’t wait to dive into all your links and thanks so much for sharing my Derby tablescape. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the entire year. Big hugs, CoCo

  2. What a great blog. So much information that helps avoid frustrating mistakes. Thanks for pioneering the way for us!

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