Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Easter Table Ideas

I love Easter.  It's my favorite holiday and I always start planning for it early.  I have so many cherished Easter memories with my hubby and kids.  Hard to believe how time flies.  This year I wanted to create something fun and special to celebrate Easter and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you.  Yes, I know it isn't even Valentine's Day yet but Easter is in March this year, so it will be here before you know it.  :)


I created these egg shaped mini bread board sets just for Easter and I am so proud of them.  They are made from a special type of walnut that my hubby gets that I just love because of the beautiful shade of color through it......kinda like Easter eggs.  :)



For our table, I always like to use white dishes because that's my favorite but I also wanted to add a splash of Easter color so I picked up these lovely blue pasta bowls at Crate and Barrel.  They were a splurge for me but I couldn't resist and we eat a lot of pasta so hey, why not, right?


I also wanted something to put Easter treats in for my kids and thought that these burlap sacks were just the cutest thing ever.  I picked them up on Etsy here.



For some reason, I'm drawn to anything egg shaped, especially involving the kitchen, so making these boards was seriously so much fun.  They will be available in my Etsy shop for just the Easter holiday.  And they will only be available in this walnut. 



My hubby found this old table/desk and I absolutely love it.  When he found it, the drawer was full of all kinds of vintage brochures and letters, which were lots of fun to look at.  I had so much fun using it for this photo shoot.  If it was bigger and had enough space for 6 people, I would totally use it for our dining table.


So if you'd like to purchase a set of these cute little boards for Easter, click here.   Since this is a special seasonal item, quantities are limited.



And thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to visit and leave a sweet comment here on the blog.  I may not be able to respond to each of you, but know that I read every single comment and appreciate each one so much.   And a huge thank you to all my shop customers.  YOU make it possible for me to do what I love.....create.  :)

Easter Blessings to each of you!!

~Diana

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Simply White

This past week I decided to repaint the kitchen.  A white kitchen has always been something I've wanted as far as cabinets go, but it never occurred to me to paint the walls white as well.  And hey, it's a lot easier since it doesn't matter if I get paint on the trim.  :) I was really growing tired of the color on the walls, which was Light Gray by Farrow and Ball and darker than I usually like so it was time for a change. 

I chose the perfect shade of white, in my opinion.  Simply White by Benjamin Moore.  And when I say perfect shade of white, I'm not exaggerating.  So far, I've painted my kitchen with it, as well as several pieces of furniture, a door and probably whatever else I can find that needs repainting.

It's simply white and that's why I love it.  The perfect creamy white color.  And a very calming kitchen.


It really makes the walnut and barn wood in my kitchen pop.





My hubby found this amazing rusty, beat up metal basket at the metal salvage yard this weekend and I fell in love with it.  I popped this metal number on it and filled it with my ramekins and tin molds and I smile every time I look at it.  I love rusty finds like that.

 
My next project for the kitchen is to rip out the countertop and install a new barn wood top. 


I can't wait! 

And it's always fun working on projects with this guy..... :)


What do you think of simply white?

Thanks for visiting today!
Diana

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Pantry, Greenhouse

I love to grow vegetables.  My hubby and I have had a vegetable patch since we got married 21 years ago.  And in those 21 years, I have dreamed of having a greenhouse so I could grow our veggies year round.  This past weekend, my hubby made that dream come true.  He bought me a greenhouse for our anniversary.  :)  I will share a photo of it below.

Because I love to garden so much, I have also wanted to learn to can our own vegetables.  I've never done it, but it fascinates me.  I've planned to can the last two years but our extreme summer heat has made it nearly impossible to grow enough to can.  But I'm determined to do it this summer.  There is something magical and satisfying about pantries lined with jars of food that you've grown yourself, isn't there?  I remember my grandma had shelves of canning jars full of all kinds of food in her basement. 

So, how ironic was it that my hubby came home with an amazing wood pantry/locker that he picked up at an estate sale.  It was pretty rough but I thought it would be the perfect thing to store our jars of food that we will hopefully have this summer.  :)


I cleaned it, Kilzed it and added a couple of coats of Simply White by Benjamin Moore.  And because it reminded me of the Pottery Barn white wooden lockers, I stenciled numbers on the front using Valspar Withered Moss paint and a stencil I printed from the computer.  Here is a before photo.  Pretty nasty, which explains why I used Kilz.


Now the inside is as good as new and ready for rows and rows of garden vegetables. 
Hopefully.  :)


I parted ways with the other cabinet that was in it's place that I just blogged about a few weeks or so ago.  I just couldn't pass this cabinet up.  And we need a lot more storage in our kitchen so, it was best.


Here's a pic of the greenhouse my hubby bought for me.


It isn't huge or fancy, but instead, perfect for us and reminds me of one of the reasons why I love my man so much.

If anyone has any canning tips, please do share!  I need all the help and encouragement I can get.

Thank you, friends!

Diana