Monday, December 31, 2012

~ Happy New Years Eve! ~

Happy New Years Eve everybody!...hard to believe that 2012 is on its way out and that it's time to start another new year.  Time just keeps on truckin' doesn't it?  Tonight I'll be doing what I do most every New Years Eve and that is watch the ball drop in Times Square on tv and toast a glass of anything with my hubs.  My wish for us all is for 2013 to be a year filled with good health, happiness, love, and good fortune.  Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

~ Better Late than Never ~

Hello blog buds...well I'm finally getting around to posting this year's Christmas decorating pics, better late than never, right?  I wasn't able to decorate quite as much this year because the week before Thanksgiving I had a fairly bad fall...took a tumble in a parking lot, OUCH!!...sprained my right ankle and tore up both knees, my left one was especially busted up and bloody, not to mention the body soreness that followed and today I'm still sore and my left knee joint is really bothering me, but forge on we must!  Here are this year's pics:

 entry table:

 dining room table:
 sifter on foyer wall:
 pinkeep made by me a couple of years ago from a Stacy Nash pattern

 foyer table:
 Charleston lamp and Merry Christmas redware plate sitting next to it are both available in my shoppe!

 entering family room:

 coffee table bowl:
pinkeeps by Jenny of Country Rustic Primitives and Barbara of Turkey Hollow Folk Art...the bowl and runner are available in my shoppe!

 stepback cupboard:
cupboard was made by my hubs years ago, the hanging red stocking was a gift from my friend Pat, thank you Pat :) ...and the Santa is from Arnetts

 stepback cupboard up close:
 the hooked snowman mat is new this year made by Stephanie of Old Colony Primitives...the pinkeeps on the shelf above were also made by Stephanie and the Christmas one was a gift, thank you Stephanie :)

 pie safe:
 hooked rug was purchased from an antique shoppe a year or so ago

 folk art cabinet display:
 hooked holly mat made by Stephanie of Old Colony Primitives, pinkeep made by me from a Country Rustic Primitives pattern (I'm pretty sure)...the snowman head and holly sprig are by Schneeman, and the cypress wreath/rings are sold in my shoppe!

 make do chair display:

 fireplace and rocker corner:

 boot bench:
 got the reindeer last year from Buckbrush Farm...the 24" primitive pine tree is sold in my shoppe!

 fireplace mantel:

 doughbox table:
 turned candle holder by Don and Pat of Olde Bittersweet Farm, placement, tree, and garland all sold in my shoppe!
 rocker corner:
new tree:
just got the 4ft. Pottery Barn tree this year and decorated it with an artificial cranberry garland from my shoppe and dried orange slices...inspired by Loretta :)
wash stand:
 an Arnetts Santa stands next to the 3ft. Pottery Barn tree

primitive stepback:
hanging snowman made by Barb Stein and standing Santa by my friend Karen :)  

 Well there you have it, my Christmas 2012 tour, I've also posted my pictures to Picture Trail, I hope you enjoyed them!  I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hallelujah - The Voice

Thursday, November 22, 2012

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bedroom Redo FINALLY Done!!! Lots-O-Pics!!

The Johnston Benchworks chair that I ordered back in April has FINALLY arrived and I can now call our bedroom redo DONE!!!...I'll start at the beginning but first here's the long awaited chair and ottoman...the fabric is Lover's Knot in what they call "Shell/Linen".
My inspiration for the color palette came from one of my favorite decorating books called "Jessie Walker's Country Decorating".
 I love the monochromatic look of the neutrals with just a bit of black.
 We got new carpet and painted the room in Benjamin Moore's Powell Buff:
 Here's how our bedroom looked before:
Here's how it looks now:
We had a cream armoire and matching headboard that the hubs really liked so I agreed to keep them...well sort of :::G:::  the armoire has stayed the same but the headboard has taken on a new look!  Here's how it looked before:
 We were able to repurpose it by cutting out the center section and building a new one to insert:
 Then it got painted black and aged, we were both pleased with the results:
 The bench at the foot of the bed got painted black as well and that was all the black I wanted in the room:
 I used the same linen coverlet that I had before but changed the coverlet at the foot and got new long tailed shams and accessory pillows, all are from Family Heirloom Weavers in their Antique White and Linen...the lovely basket at the foot was made by Pam and I've filled it with various textiles:
 The window treatments match the coverlet at the foot only in the reverse color, it is the Angstadt pattern from Family Heirloom Weavers in Linen and Antique White...the candelabra is something I offer in my web shoppe and the basket was also made by Pam, it matches the one at the foot of the bed:
 The blanket chest or mule chest, as some may call it, is made from reclaimed barnwood and is one of the pieces I offer on my website, it's FABULOUS...the paint color I chose for it is called Tobacco:
 I added some wonderful olde antiques to the room as well:
When I found the olde plantation desk, it was so dry and pitiful looking but nothing that a coat of Tudor Brown Briwax couldn't the square cut nails:
Hubs made the blanket crane for me, the antique wall cupboard was another special find, and the little portrait you see on the left was a gift from a special friend, Pat of Olde Bittersweet Farm painted that especially for me  :)
One of my favorite things in the room is this olde candle box, I have it hanging above my nightstand:
Speaking of nightstand, that is something that hubs made several years was originally painted green so that was a project I tackled using Caromal Colours paint...I used their "Barnworn" kit in "Putty" and "Parchment"
 It is A LOT of work but does give the desired effect:
I also did the drysink that hubs made with the same kit:
It'll be a LOOONG time before I'll be wanting to paint any furniture!!
Here's a closer look at the wall above the good friend Karen made the little doll up top as well as the bird sitting on the other side of the candlestick:
Another view:
My sweet little Katie always wants to be in on the action :)
And there you have it, our bedroom, finally!  :)
...have a lovely weekend!

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's Mid-September!!!

Oh my goodness where does the time go??!!! sure does fly by whether you're having fun or not!...our summer was NOT fun I can tell you that!...hubs had to have surgery and recover from that, he is doing good :::knock on wood::: and oldest son had an accident on his motor scooter from which he suffered facial fractures and a compression fracture in his back...that was very scary!...thankfully he's ok, his full faced helmet saved his life I'm sure! I am so ready to get on with some less stressful times and have completed my autumn decorating. If you'd like to see the pictures I took, please visit my Picture Trail here: MY PICTURE TRAIL

I am STILL waiting on the Johnston Benchworks chair that I ordered for my bedroom makeover and as soon as it arrives I will do a post about that...I'm going to be offering the brown make-do chair up for was made by Pat of Olde Bittersweet Farm...I hate to part with it but when the new chair arrives it is going in its place, so if you've missed out on the chairs she's offered on her Picture Trail, let me know if you'd like this's a couple pics of it in our bedroom BEFORE the makeover:

...the fabric is a luscious solid brown linen, I have a runner laying over the back which is not included...the chair leans slightly back so you will need to set it up against a wall just to make sure it doesn't fall over backwards...Pat sells them on her Picture Trail for $295 I believe...I am asking $250 plus shipping which will be through Fedex and will cost between $50 and $75 depending on how far you are from Virginia...remember now, these 2 pics are BEFORE the bedroom makeover!...the rose carpet is gone! LOL

In other news (LOL) I've had requests to stock resin pumpkins from The Salem Collection in my shoppe so if you've been wanting a MADE IN THE USA resin pumpkin, come and see my selection...I've also got some lovely fall florals, berries, and foliage too! MY SHOPPE

Ok, I think that about does it for now...I certainly hope that I will have the bedroom makeover pics to post soon!...I've been waiting for this chair since April!!...have a great weekend!