Friday, March 30, 2012

Lovely Lilacs

Hey there!  A good friend and I went a "pickin" the other day, only this time it was for fresh cut flowers.  In this case, these lovely lilacs located in her yard.  Aren't they pretty?  
 And the scent they are releasing in my home is amazing.  They smell of Spring....
Here's one more look just cause they are so gorgeous.....
Happy Friday Friends!  And thank you to my friend for the lovely lilacs! :)

P.S.  For a vintage jar like this, google images of old labels, print them off and glue them to any old jar.  Voila, instant vintage jar!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring/Summer Mantel/Ledge

Hey friends!  Yep, I'm late to the Spring Mantel party, but better late than never, right?  I decided to decorate our ledge for both Spring and Summer because, let's face it, I don't have time to do it again in a month.  So here it is....
My starting off point was this amazing green colored soda crate that hubby brought home not long ago and I just went crazy for the color!  That crate kinda inspired the rest of the look, with my main color theme being green and white.
I always try to research the things that my hubby brings home, however, I couldn't find much on this crate, or what K.C. Love is.  If anyone knows what it is, do share!  I kinda went with a picnic theme, too, and brought out a couple of picnic baskets from my picnic basket collection.  I love them as much as I love ironstone and bread boards.  They just make me happy and remind me of fun things I get to do with my hubby and kids, past and present.  :)

I picked up this adorable metal green picnic basket not long ago.  I went nuts for the wood handles combined with the green metal.  I've never been a fan of the all metal variety but this one, with the lovely wood handles, was calling my name.  Love it!
For my main piece of art, I decided to make a sign with this wood/metal thing-a-ma-jig hubby found during Christmas.  We don't know what it is.   It started out like this....
But I decided to give it a new look by sanding it down and stenciling some of our favorite things about summer on it with a vintage set of stencils, also from hubby.  So, now it looks like this...
Everything else, I already had around the house.  I pulled out my favorite ironstone pitchers to display because I love the crisp white color and to add a little farmhouse vibe.  The basket vases of faux greenery, I picked up at a yard sale last year.  I gave them height by placing them on alternating maple and walnut wood scraps that I already had and just cut into squares.  
I made the jar candle lanterns with some old jars I had and wire from the hardware store.  I filled them with fragrant lavender and little tea lights.  Rather than hang them on the hooks on our ledge, I hung them above.  I just thought they looked better there.  I'm hoping to find a summery vintage bag to hang from those lower hooks soon.
I'm totally happy about this Spring/Summer look!  I'm loving the green inspired by that wonderful crate!  And because it's finally Spring!

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Porch Project

Hey there!  Did everyone have a nice weekend?  Our weather was gorgeous so we worked on outside projects like pulling weeds and gardening.  I added some lavender to our herb garden and after pulling weeds, discovered that our asparagus is coming up!  This is our first year with asparagus, so we are very excited!  Especially my youngest!
It is in his garden bed along with strawberries that he picked out.

I've also started planning how I'm going to decorate our side porch this year.  I've ordered some fabrics, added a bistro table and worked on this super fun row of hooks, made from vintage faucets.  After seeing a similar version in a gardening catalog, I decided to make my own with things I already had.  The only thing I paid for was 4 cans of spray paint and a dowel rod.  Here's a peek at it on our side porch. 
I thought I'd post a tutorial for it in case anyone wanted to try making their own.  All you need is a few old faucet handles, spray paint, a piece of rustic wood, screws, rubber gaskets and a 5/8 inch dowel rod.
 You can find old faucet handles at flea markets, junk piles, or metal scrap yards.  Just give them a good scrub with a wire brush. 

First thing I did was get all my pieces spray painted.  The dowel I painted oil rubbed bronze, because that's what I had on hand.  Then I spray painted the faucet handles various colors.  After everything dried, I cut the dowel into five 4 inch pieces.
 I used a piece of reclaimed walnut for the back.  After sanding and sealing, I drilled 5 holes all the way through it, also with a 5/8 inch drill bit.
Next, I hammered the cut pieces of dowel rod into each hole, all the way through until flush with the back.
These are what the faucet handles will attach to.  Next, pre-drill a hold for your screw.
Then take your black rubber gasket and slide it over the dowel until it is securely at the base of the dowel.  These are purely for decorative purposes.
Take your completely dry faucet handle and thread a 1 1/2 inch screw and washer through the top.
Repeat with your remaining faucet handles.  I took a little spray paint and touched up each one of the screw heads so they better blended in with the faucet handle.  I also distressed the handles with sandpaper.
I love the letters on a couple of the handles.
I love the way it turned out.  It is the perfect thing to hold towels this summer that my kids use for swimming, instead of dropping them on the porch into a pile.
And my gardening tools will also look lovely there.  Then I can just grab them on my way out the door to work in the garden.
What do you think?  I love the little bit of cheerful color it adds to the side porch.  I attached it to the house with a couple of large screws.  I hope my instructions aren't confusing.  As always, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me!

Stay tuned for the rest of the porch update for Spring/Summer!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Bedding and Stair Project Update Part I

Hey there!  I'm back!  Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on our FB page.  The encouragement you gave me touched my heart.  Thank you. 

I wanted to share with you the new bedding I purchased for our bed.  We've had the same bedding on our bed for about 10 years.  It was a duvet cover and shams that I made from two sheets as seen on our previous master bedroom photos.  It was perfectly fine, but it was time for something new, you know?  I have admired this ruffled, scrunched up bedding for a while and even considered making one myself, but decided against that tedious sewing project.  So, I was so excited when I found exactly what I wanted at Target.  I purchased the duvet cover and two shams for around $60, which I didn't think was bad at all. It is so feminine and romantic.  Here's a look.....
 Love!!  I wanted to stick with white because I love the contrast between the white bedding and the rustic barn door behind the bed.
It's simple and pretty, exactly the way I like our bedroom to feel.  Because of the close proximity to the outside door, we are limited to what we can have on that side of the bed, hence, no second bedside lamp and a tiny rattan storage box for a night stand.  We really like to open that door on warm summer evenings and let the breeze blow through.
I can't tell you how excited I was to find this bedding so I didn't have to try sewing it myself.   The throw pillow is from West Elm, a gift from several years ago.  It had been in storage and I had forgotten about it, found it while looking for something else,
and thought it went perfectly with the white bedding.
What do you think?

 
So, I finally finished our stairs.  The second part of the project will be figuring out what to do with that awful half wall.  I don't mind saying that I hate it.  It is a huge eye sore and I want it gone, however, we aren't sure if it's possible with a light switch right there at the front of it....I don't do electrical and neither does hubby.  So, I'm trying to figure out what to do, if we can take it down, alter it somehow, or what.  I'd love to hear some suggestions from you!
Here's a look at the stairs before I removed the icky carpet.
And here they are after removing the carpet and 4 billion staples. 
A project I never want to ever do again.
 And after sanding, painting, staining and sealing.
The stairs were covered in lots of paint spills from the painters who painted this house before we moved in so there was a lot of sanding involved.  Not fun, especially after suffering a bout with bronchitis and a torn rib muscle.  But, the stair portion is done, thank goodness and I'm pretty proud of it.  I didn't want to do anything fancy or trendy.  Just classic and in keeping with the rest of our home.
I was thrilled with how the wood looked after removing all of the yuck on it.
I stained it dark walnut and sealed with high gloss Varathane for floors.
Now to start on the half wall redo/demolition/whatever!  What do ya think?
We originally wanted to use the giant barn beams hubby brought home, however, they are covered in some kind of oil that is nasty and not wanted in our home.
Would love to hear your ideas for the wall!

Have a great day y'all! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Giveaway

In honor of Spring Forward Weekend, 
hop (get it?) on over to our Facebook page for our latest giveaway!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Vintage Walnut Rolling Pin and Shop Update

Howdy friends!  I love when it when I come across a great bargain, especially when it's on Etsy and involves something I adore collecting.  Now, let me back up a bit.......the good thing about being sick in bed.....online shopping.  The bad thing about being sick in bed.....online shopping.  And I did a good bit of it while I was laid up with the flu a couple of weeks ago, but shhhhh, that's a secret.  Every now and then a girl just needs to shop to feel better.  In my defense, it doesn't even count if each thing you buy is under 10 bucks, right?!  :-D

One of my favorite places to shop is Etsy and during my little shopping spree, I came across this absolutely wonderful solid walnut rolling pin for only 6 bucks!  
 I could NOT pass that up because if you read our blog or visit my Etsy shop, you know how much I adore walnut and also how I adore rolling pins and collecting them.
What a treasure this thing is.....can you imagine all the wonderful stories behind it in the kitchen, families making pie crust or bread dough?  I'm sure there is a lot of love behind it, too.
And it will definitely make rolling out dough for a pizza a lot more special and fun because of those things.  I just love that.
 The almost black aged color of the walnut is gorgeous.  And I love how it is all one solid piece, instead of rolling handles.
Any of you collect rolling pins? 

Shop Update:
We haven't gotten much work done in our shop because of, well, life getting in the way, but our goal is to open up at the end of April.  We're gettin' busy and hoping to share some photos soon.  We'll post the address as soon as we're ready to open, for all those that have emailed asking.  We appreciate your support in this huge adventure we are taking on more than anything and it never would have been possible, or something we would even consider, without YOU!  So, thank you!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Found Ironstone

Digging through crates of junk covered in filth a couple of weeks ago acquired by hubby, 
this is what I found lurking in the bottom.
8 gorgeous very old ironstone platters and a lovely little bowl.  Can you believe the luck??  
I certainly couldn't.  In fact, I almost overlooked them because they were covered in so much dirt, they weren't recognizable.  It's amazing what Mr. Clean Erasers can do.
I was so excited to add these to my tiny collection of ironstone.
Any of you collect ironstone?  What are your favorite pieces?