Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fall dreaming


Now that it is the middle of August I had better start thinking about how I am going to decorate for Fall this year.  The past couple of years I have been lucky to get it done by Thanksgiving.  This year I am going to get a head start (maybe).  At least I have already started looking at magazines and pictures of my past decor.  Here are a few for my much needed inspiration this year.

This is my favorite.


Most of these pictures are from last year.






Now if these don't help me I don't know what will.  The only thing I dread is getting into the storage room in the basement and dragging out all of my fall containers.  The worst part is getting all of them up the stairs.  That takes me most of the day to get all the containers upstairs as I am not getting any younger.  In my head I still think I am in my 20's but my body feels more like I am in my 70's the next day.  Sometimes I wish would age in reverse.  We start out middle aged and go back to our 20's.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bathroom mini makeover

I am happy to say that I have finished the 3/4 bathroom attached to my craft room.  It has only taken me about 2 years to get started on it.  This bathroom is very small and was very difficult to get good pictures.


And of course I forgot to take any before pictures.  I need to remember next time I do a project.  The granite counter top was already there.  I painted the vanity, painted the trim around the mirror, textured the walls and painted the walls a soft yellow.



I added some beadboard wallpaper on the side of the vanity to tie in with the beadboard wallpaper in my craft room.  It looks like the real thing and is much easier to install.  The only downfall is that it is easily dented so you have to be careful with setting furniture near it.



I had to retexture the walls since when the previous owners replaced the counter top and light fixture the walls were not patched correctly.  So I decided to buy some joint compound and slap it on the walls.  Now the walls have a hand troweled look.  It would look great with a darker color rubbed on but I wanted to keep this room more light since it is small.



The mirror frame was a dark brown with some gold highlights.  I thought it would like better if it matched the cabinet.  I painted it the white color, antiqued it and painted the carved area and inside area brown.



I would love to gut the shower and install new tile but I don't think I want to waste my time and money right now.  The shower tiles are white with a few accent tiles that look they are from the 80's (blue and mauve).  For now I hung a shower curtain to cover the ugliness.  I know that it is hard to see the whole thing with the door in the way but if I stand inside with the door shut there is no room to take a picture.  Maybe I should have taken the picture before I put the door back on.  I had to take it off in order to paint the trim white in the bathroom.


Now I just need to get the rest of my craft room in order.  I am still trying to figure out the furniture arrangement.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Porch Rules Sign

Yesterday I was busy getting the house ready for a family gathering and I thought I would put out my new porch rules sign on the front patio.  I am just keeping the front porch simple until Fall when I will be going all out with the decorations.  This time I didn't even get pillows on the rockers.  I just didn't feel like getting into the storage room of the basement and  search for the right pillows.


I don't know but maybe it looks a little bit empty without them.


I think this sign ties in well with my county theme that I am using here. I tried to get some different angles of the porch.  Nothing like having to stand in the flower bed to take pictures.






Now lets see a close up of this sign.  I love the country look to it.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Is it too early to think about Halloween decorating?

So today as I sit at my desk at the shop (being bored to death as I usually am) I thought I would go to the Pier 1 website.  I couldn't resist looking at the Fall decor.  After I choose a few items I proceeded to look at the Halloween decor.  I came across a few items that had this picture showing a really nice Halloween display.  I then decided I had to have the witches book with the skeleton hands holding it.

Pier 1



I also liked the small stack of books.  So of course they were added to my cart.


I should be able to recreate my version of their display with these two items and my own Halloween decor that I already have.  I know that it is still Summer but I am already dreaming of Fall (my favorite season).  Am I crazy for wanting to get started on this now?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A girl can dream

So at this stage of my life I have come to the conclusion that I will never get my dream home.  Today I was looking at the upcoming Parade of Homes here in Denver and came across this home.  I would take it in a heartbeat.






It is only a 8498 sq ft home on an acre.  Plenty of room for me, the hubby and our dogs.  I love the way the outside looks at night.  This is a fabulous kitchen.  I would have no problem cooking in here all day long.





The master bedroom is nice with the sitting area by the fireplace.  Nice place to relax at night reading a book before bed.


I can see myself taking a nice long bath in this bathroom.  I love the color scheme through out this home.



And did I mention that it is only a mere $2,750,000.  I could move right in.  How about you?  The Parade of Homes starts in August and I am definitely going to see this one.


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Accent table makeover

I was wanting to refinish this table for a long time now.  I have outgrown the roses and wanted a more cohesive look.  Since I have a lot of furniture that is two toned I thought it would be perfect for this table.  So here is how it turned out.


I am thinking about getting different knobs.  The ones for the doors had a pull hanging down but I broke both of them when I went to put them back on.




Now as usual lately I have been forgetting to take a before picture.  I was so excited to get it started I just plum forgot.  Luckily I have older pictures from our previous house of the table.




Here is how the area looks by my front door.  I wasn't sure if this table would tie in with my old hall tree.  It seems to blend more with the darker wood color. I had to take this picture from the stairs that are across from this area.   I just wish the ugly light switches weren't in the way.


Here is another shot from a different angle.  This time I am standing in front of the door but off to the side since there is a big column in the way next to the stairs.  Boy I have never had so many things in the way of getting good pictures as I do in this house.  You can see part of the column in the bottom left hand corner.  If I had stood back any further the hall tree would have been blocked by it.


Now that this little area is done I am off on the next project.  I have so many going at once right now I don't know which one will get finished first.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Patriotic Front Porch

I am finally getting a post done on my Patriotic front porch.   Hey better late then never I say.  I have just been so busy working on other projects around the house I never have gotten around to getting the porch done.  I actually got it done this past Saturday but left my camera at the shop and I just didn't feeling like driving over to get it.


I made the Uncle Sam bunny, the firecrackers and the chicken.  I used to cut out wood shapes and paint them for a profit.  I used to do lots of craft shows.  Sometimes I miss doing that.  I am thinking about doing the crafts again but only for me.



 Some pictures of the porch from different angles.




Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July!!!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

My newest find at HomeGoods

I found this great wooden box at HomeGoods yesterday.  I wasn't even going to go there but something in the back of my mind told me to.  I am so glad that I did.  It was on the bottom shelf and I almost missed seeing it. 


It measures 30 inches long, 10 inches deep, 9 inches high and the thickness of the wood is 1 3/4 inches.  It is pretty heavy.  Right now I have placed it in front of my fireplace.


There are endless possibilities for using this box.  It could be used in a bathroom for holding towels or toiletries.  It could hold flowers or greenery.  It would make a great centerpiece on my dining room table.  It would look great on my deck or porch.  I can see even using it to hold pots and gardening tools by a potting bench.


For now it will sit here until I decide where to use it first.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

A little bit of gardening done


I have been MIA for a few weeks now.  We closed the shop for 3 weeks and I have been trying to get some projects done around the house.  One of the projects that is completed is the garden on the South side of the front porch.  As usual I forgot to take a before picture.  The picture below is from when we first bought the house.  The quality isn't that good but you can see that there is pretty much nothing there but some ornamental grass and a lot of rocks.




The first thing I did was move all the small rocks out and put them in the front yard by the street since that area was looking pretty barren.  Let me tell that was not an easy job.  I was filling up 5 gallon buckets and had to use a dolly to transport them to the street.  I was using 5 of them and probably loaded them more than fifty times.  I also dug out the ornamental grass. It gets way too tall and is such a mess in the Fall.

Now this area has flowers and mulch.  It looks so much better now.  The next area to do is on the other side of fence.  It is pretty much the same but does have a few daisies planted that I can work with and two more mounds of ornamental grass that I need to dig out.  Here is how it turned out.



Here are a few close ups.






I know it doesn't look like much right now but in a few years this will be all filled in.  As I was taking pictures I notice mama and baby next door.  I tried to get as many pictures possible before they moved on.




How cute is this fawn.