Thursday, March 29, 2012

In the dining room

No cost changes.  Reuse…….Repurpose

Sometimes even the things I love the most start to look boring.

Like my pheasant picture. This was the only pic. I could find of the before.  I removed the print. Probably still won’t get rid of it.  Although Heather seems to think it need to go away…..permanently.

I repainted the frame, distressed the heck out of it and rummaged around in the storage shed for an old box I’d seen.


I came so close to painting that box.  I’m happy that I didn’t now.  I just gave it a good scrubbing and now I love the way that it looks.  The enamel number on the front was the perfect finishing touch. 



The perfect no cost change for my dining room!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012


The weather here has been beautiful.  Last week we had wonderful drought breaking rain almost all week.  Time in doors was spent doing just a tiny bit of Spring decorating.

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Redecorating the dining table.

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I love eggs and nests. I don’t shop much any more.  But Heather and I got out last week and I bought the little bird nest wreath to use in my mercury glass bowl.


I also picked up this little cow creamer.  He looks so cute mixed in with my brown transfer ware and what few other pieces I own.


Moo……love love!

And last but not least…….

Miss Willow would like to demonstrate the best way to spend a rainy week.

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If you’re not fortunate enough to have a pink velvet poof, I guess the sofa might do.

Have a wonderful week.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Should You?

This post would best be titled SHOULD YOU, COULD YOU, WOULD YOU???  As in….. should you remove ALL of the old wallpaper before you texture and paint?   Could you…..just maybe…….texture and paint right over it?  Would you DARE texture and paint over five (yep 5) layers of wallpaper. 
The answer, of course, is quite simple.  YES you should remove the old wallpaper.  NO you wouldn’t dare texture and paint over five layers of paper.  And well…..could you…..I was about to find out.  Heather said I had lost my mind.  But then again, I was the same person who had hung all five layers of wallpaper in their bathroom. 
So Heather agreed to texture my bathroom walls.  I believe her final words before starting were “don’t blame me if you come downstairs in the morning and wallpaper and texture are all over the floor.”
So I held my breathe……and guess what?  IT worked! 
But as a final disclaimer.  I would have to say “don’t try this at home!”  This is not a project for any sane person! Smile
I LOVE it!  Of course, I have no before pictures.  But this bathroom was in dire need of a redo.  Because the vanity was still in excellent shape we decided to keep it intact and I just painted the cabinets.  What had been a dark almost Aubusson blue, I painted in……uummm……I’m too lazy to go downstairs and look at the can but I think it was the Anne Sloan French Linen?  At first I wasn’t too crazy about it.  It looked almost like a dull concrete color.  But after Heather sanded the cabinets for me and I painted the walls, I began to like it more and more.
I  kept the crown hardware that I already had.  You can actually see it with the lighter colors.
This is a very dark bathroom.  The difference with the lighter colors is soooooo refreshing after a dark chocolate brown.
My “Three Sisters” vintage picture found its way back into the vanity area.  That’s my Nanny, as I called her, in the middle with her two sisters when they were all very young.
Some how, I kind of ended up with  a cherub theme in here.  Not intentional at all.
I painted the yucky gold mirror that I already had in old white chalk paint.  The wings came from Hobby Lobby.  They were welded together and hanging from a chain.  It was a simple thing to just pry them apart.  That’s another vintage photo above.  Yes it’s ME!  Vintage, for sure!!
Pictures tell all, don’t they?  I have GOT to make a cord cover for my lamp and paint my outlet covers.

I love buying the scented pump hand soaps from T.J. Maxx.  They smell yummy!  I sat them in a $1.00 thrift store tray with old buttons.
Keeping it simple in the tiny potty area.  Another vintage pic. of moi.
The shower curtain is from Target, Shabby Chic collection.  I still have to add a ruffle to the bottom.  I want it hung clear to the top of the soffit.
This old window will hang directly opposite the vanity.  Still have to clean it and attach hooks.
And new carpet in the vanity area finished this project off! 
Now I love walking into my like new guest bath!  Next project will be the master bath.  We already have it completely gutted and Hubby is working on the floor.  These projects have been on my “to do” list for a long time.  I’m excited to finally be on the road to completing them!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I Wish………

…….That I could get over this LOUSY respiratory flu junk that I have.  I’ve been sick for over a week.  And now the antibiotics seem to be doing a number on my tummy.  YUKKKKK!!!

I had just finished reworking my sewing area and was ready to go go go…….


I kinda begged/borrowed/maybe permanently requisitioned…..this awesome 6’ table from our friend Ms. R.  It’s made of reclaimed wood and even though one of the boards is a little warped,  I still LOVE it for cutting fabric.  I FINALLY have everything I need in the same room!


It sits right in front of my sewing table.  And…..I made myself a great chandelier to hang above it.  Between the light over my sewing machine and my chandie, I now have plenty of light to work.




Lots of pretty fabric just waiting to be used.


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I moved this little curio cabinet close to the sewing machine.  I thought it was going to be pretty frivolous and useless.


But in fact, I’ve store ribbons and other goodies in it and it has really helped me be more organized.


Other goodies close at hand


I keep thread and bobbins right beside the machine.

And THIS…………



……Is my favorite little area!

It’s where all of my little whimsies and antique goodies that used to belong to my Mother live.



I think I have every Holiday represented except Halloween!  Now of course,  I MUST find something to include in my little fantasy corner!


Hope you’re having a great week.  The doctor’s office was so full of sick people the other day, they had the waiting room sectioned off into sick/nonsick.

It’s goin’ around I guess!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jack’s Room (Part 2)

When I found this photo on Pinterest, it was love at first sight.


It originated from the Laura Ashley web site.  I love everything about it. The old post cards, the fact that it is nature inspired.  Just the entire look.

So…..I set about trying to find a place in the house to do something similar.  My space is limited but I had oooonnne little area in Jack’s room.


Yes, it’s a work in progress.  I have started using things that I already have.


Yes, it needs more.  But as we know, the hunt is part of the fun!

I also rearranged the top of my book case.


And the shelves.


And Jack……well, what can I say.  He’s just part of the landscape.


Large dog plus cat equals creative places to keep  kitty food. 

As of the writing of this post………kitty is NOT impressed with his new and improved surroundings…….



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