Friday, September 10, 2021

Ah Summer! 2021


Hello Friends!
I am still here, happy and healthy.  This summer has been a whirlwind of activity! But it has been filled with all the good things in life!! Family (lots of family visiting!), diy projects, sewing, gardening, crafting, going to the beach, porch sitting, small house projects, berry picking...... 

Last year I had a really hard time finding words..... which is one of the reasons I haven't been posting much. What was there to say about last year, except we survived? 
Last year also had me reevaluating a lot of things in life, just rethinking what direction life was going and what direction I wanted it to go. I am sure a lot of us did that!  I have been a bit on the fence with this blog. Should I let it go? I am on Instagram and really love the inspiration and creativeness of it. 

But, I have good news! 
Do you remember the Sister House I purchased last year? (aka the house next door) The renters are moving out in a few days and boy do I have plans!! I am so excited to start restoring her! So, for the time being, I will keep this blog as a way to share the renovations. So stayed tuned!

Can you believe it is already apple picking time? The little apple tree has produced a bumper crop this year! I had to buy myself an apple picker on a pole to reach them all. I haven't picked all the apples yet, I need a little time to make some pies and apple sauce first!

We haven't spent a lot of time on the front porch this year because of the construction dust! They decided this was the year to replace the road, crosswalks, driveway aprons and sidewalks. Boy, is it a mess! We will be thankful when it is done.

I finished my new quilt this spring. It has been so nice! I love how colorful it is. It was a nice comforting project to work on last year.

I was super excited to finally go blueberry picking! We found a farm that isn't too far away and Mandy and I had a lovely time. It was a beautiful, rather warm, day. Fruit trees and bushes are so beautiful.

This Spring I finished up patching over the old heat vents and rearranging trim, but I will save that for another blog post. I also did a few small projects including hanging hooks in the bathroom and floating shelves in my bedroom. Oh and I also repainted my bedroom walls a slightly darker pink!

So Friends, that has been the summer in a nutshell! 
I can't wait to share the journey of Sister House with you! 

Do you  have any big exciting projects coming up?

Monday, December 14, 2020

I'll Be Home for Christmas 2020

 Merry Christmas Friends!
Since this year has been so interesting and shook us all out of our ruts, we decided to shake up our Christmas decorating too! Somehow we ended up decorating the kitchen first, that was the first stop the tub made and we just started unpacking decorations and put them up! The top of the refrigerator got the treatment this year! Most of the cone trees ended up here along with lights and the Merry Christmas sign. It is so so cute! We decided to just go big as this is the only time we ever clear off the top of the refrigerator completely!

Since we knew we were going to go light with Shiny Brites on the tree, I made sure we have a good dose in the kitchen!

We also decided the kitchen window shelves would be the perfect place for our vintage candle collection!

They are just so cute!

This year all the nieces and nephews will be here for Christmas. All seven! (Two new additions this year!) With all the chaos that is sure to be, we decided to go with a smaller tree and only a few Shiny Brites at the top. We all wanted to enjoy the craziness with out constantly having to remind excited kids to be careful of the ornaments.

I did dig out our couple of vintage metal bell ornaments. Prefect and very unbreakable!

Mom also found these new metal bells at IKEA. Once we started looking around we had quite a treefull of lovely unbreakables.

Turned out quite pretty didn't it? The local nieces and nephew helped make snowmen ornament balls, so at lest we have a bit of a Shiny Brite look!

The front porch is bright with red as usual. Mandy found the prefect door mat this year! It brings everything together so nicely.

Hope you have a peaceful and healthy Christmas season! It already feels a little hectic doesn't it? So much making and baking, decorating and cleaning to do! I only got a mini tree up in my room this year, but at lest it is something! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Vintage Curtains for My Bedroom

I gave my bedroom a good fall cleaning a couple of weeks ago. Shuffled the furniture a bit and then decided I needed new curtains! After a bit of thinking and trying to decide what I would want, I remembered I had a vintage curtain I picked up at an estate sale (Back in 2015! I blogged about it here.).

I was just one curtain panel and two valances, but it was made up of two pieces! And those two pieces happened to be almost the same size as my old curtains! So a bit of unpicking and an old sheet for lining and I have new curtains!

I love this print! My favorite colors, a bright light background and definitely a vintage flair!

 It also happens to go really really well with the new summer quilt I am working on. You can see the quilt top to the left in the picture above hanging on the wall.

It just goes to show you can't go wrong buying things you love!