Monday, June 11, 2018

Peonies and Instagram

 A friend shared her lovely peonies last week. Aren't they lovely!
I also wanted to let you know I am now on Instagram! The last week or so I have been trying to figure it all out and practice posting. So if you want to see my latest projects and makes, that is where I will be sharing them. I will still be here on the blog posting about vintage aprons, finds and house projects. 
It looks like it will be a busy summer! I have a big project coming up and am so excited to start! As soon as everything is in place, I will share all about it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Switching things up......(part 1)

You know how life goes sometimes? One has all sorts of plans laid out and life just gets in the way! That is what happened to this post. I had it practically written out in my head, the pictures planned out and everything. But it just didn't happen like I had planned. Anyway, I will go with the flow and start with what I have!
Remember back in February? I showed you Mandy's room before we switched things up? Well, here it is now! That is right! Mandy and I switched rooms!
It was a little bit of a bittersweet move for me. I loved my nest upstairs! But the last two winters I ended up sleeping downstairs because the cold was too much for me. The heat doesn't really get upstairs and even with an electric heater it was chilly. And since I am already a chilly person it just wasn't working. 

Naturally the first thing we had to do was repaint walls. Mandy shuddered at the idea of even lightly pink walls and I certainly wanted my room brighter then brown! There was a lot of shifting of furniture, but we got most of it done in one Saturday.

One of the bonuses of having a bedroom downstairs is now my dressing table is more handy! I love being able to pop in here during the morning rush to do my hair and makeup. And with only one bathroom, that is a good thing for everyone!

Surprisingly, all my furniture fit in very nicely and easily. Once I figured out where I wanted my bed, the dresser and dressing table went where there was room. Most of the furniture upstairs in the sewing closet I left there, except the chair. 

 We even switched light fixtures! Because obviously a pink light was not going to go with a rustic western theme!

 I thought a lot about what kind of curtains I wanted. I tried a few vintage sheets I have, but nothing seemed right. Then I remembered when I made the curtains for upstairs I had recycled an old comforter cover. I dug through my fabric stash to see if I had any left and I did! Who notices seams in the middle anyway?

 And in case you are wondering, here is the new sewing closet! I was so relieved that it all fit. I love how easy it is to see it all! To the right, the closet goes back farther and I hung a closet pole for my shirts. 

For future reference for myself, the paint color is a very soft light pink. I named it Rosy Glow. It is one part Valspar Ultra White and one part Valspar Exaltation. (I really wanted to paint it the same color as I did upstairs, but I couldn't find any record of what color it was.)
So that is our switch! We are pretty well settled in and are both enjoying our new spaces. Mandy is loving being upstairs with a bit more quiet and I love carrying on a conversation from my bedroom to Mom in her bedroom across the hall! Lol!
Don't forget to take a look at the room before!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Buds and Blooms

Finally as much dragging of it's feet, Spring is here! Though I must say, it has arrived fast and furious. Everything has burst into bloom. There are little leaves on the all the trees and I have already had to cut the grass! It is heavenly!
I love this view along the side of the house. So much so, that I haven't been able to bring myself to cut a few flowers to bring inside. Maybe when the rain comes through......

Did you notice Kerri in the photo earlier? She loves sitting out this time of year. 

The apple tree is about to bloom too! I am so excited this year to see lots and lots of buds. Hoping to get a bummer crop of apples! (I will be sure to take more pictures when it is blooming, because who can resist an apple tree in bloom?!) For such a cold Spring this year, everything is right on time. Last year the apple blossoms were out on May 12

Friday, April 27, 2018

Daffodil Time and Spring Cleaning the Porch

Finally our Daffodils are blooming!
They were just biding their time. As soon as the sun came out and the temps got a bit warmer, they popped right out. It seems like we have been waiting forever for them! (Last year they bloomed a week and a half earlier!) Last night I went out and cut a lovely bouquet.

I don't know if I have even shared a picture of the "cutting garden" on the east side of the house. Lots of green! The daffodils tend to grow leggy and fall over. But that is fine, it doesn't make me feel so bad about rescuing them and bringing them indoors!

I love this variety! Such a lovely creamy yellow. I don't remember what the name is though. These are the ones we transplanted from our old house.

This past weekend Mom and I spruced up the front porch and gave it a good spring cleaning. It didn't matter that it was cloudy and chilly, we were going to be ready!
(I am glad we did, as this week we have already been able to enjoy it!) 

 I added little tin pails to the hooks this year. I love how they look! The plan is to plant them full of flowers in a couple of weeks. For now, we have a couple of very fragrant hyacinths in them. 

I love that we can look out the front window and enjoy a very springy view!

The other side of porch was also part of the spruce up. I finally moved the table and bought a bench! The color I am not so sure of, but I love how much more inviting it looks. There are a few more things I would like to add to this side, so it is still a work in progress. Can't you just imagine a large pot over flowing with flowers next to it? I can!
How about you? Do you have a porch or deck that you can't wait to use?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Living Room Update

Have you been wondering what is going on with the Living Room Rearrange? At times I wondered too! It was back at the end of August (Read Here) that we moved Dad's desk to the basement. Suddenly we had another side of the room to use and decorate! I think the first month we just looked at it! There was so many possibilities and so many new things to try out! So we arranged and rearranged and rearranged again.
I knew three things. First, that we could always use more seating. When the family gets together someone ends up on the floor or pulling up one of the wooden chairs from the dining room table. Second, we had a big blank wall to cover. I was going to need something to hang there! Third, I wanted to paint the bookshelves and brighten up the space!

It has been a slow process. But I kept reminding myself there is nothing wrong with decorating slow!

The first thing I worked on was the bookcase. I actually got rid of the one that was in this corner, painted the one that was by the hall and put back in the corner. We tried a lot of different places, but in the end we liked the corner best. I love how much brighter it is! Even though it is not quite as big as the previous one, everything still fit!

I pulled together a couple of baskets we've had forever. They add warmth and hid smaller books and things. The wood pieces are a bit of a family joke. Years ago my brother brought them home, stuck them on the bookcase and said "some people would call that art". It has been there ever since!

This is one of our favorite views! Once the shelf was in place again, I turned my attention to the blank wall. We tired so many furniture arrangements and several different pieces. Nothing seemed to be right. We even tried the dark leather chairs together against the wall, but that left all the dark on one side and the light sofa on the other.

 I did decide I wanted a large piece of art on the wall and found this canvas of Monet's "Artist's Garden" online. I love all the flower colors! I also found the little side table at an antique shop and was just pondering what color to paint it, when it was decided the book nook chair should be brought downstairs. It was love at first sight! Don't you love when suddenly it all comes together!

Of course I had to get art that featured a house!
The final item we needed was a table lamp. I didn't think it was going to be so hard to find! We just had to keep our eye out and on a random visit to TJ Max we found it! The perfect finishing touch!

Whatever chair we have put in front of the window, Kerri has claimed. For a short time when we didn't have a chair here, she really missed it. I think she is glad we have stopped rearranging the furniture and she has "her" chair back! So am I!