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Friday, July 4, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

I wanted to let you know I am being featured at Must Love Junk's
 "Saturday Spotlight, Life Behind the Blogger"

Every Saturday Susan from Must Love Junk does a post that features different bloggers and their life behind the blog.
I love Susan's great taste for decorating. 
 She knows how to spot good junk and how to take it from junk to decor.
She likes white, chippy, flea markets and being creative with what you have.
My kind of blogger.

You will also learn a few things about me that most of you do not know.
Even most of my family doesn't know the new project I have planned for the future.

Thank you Susan for including me and Arbor House Lane in;
 "Saturday Spotlight" 
 It is an honor to be asked.
Thank you to all who hoped over to read the feature.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your summer.

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July.

Today we celebrate my son's birthday.

 Happy Birthday Chase!

Happy birthday to my son.
He is a firecracker.
Too much like his mother.
We butt heads all the time.
Neither of us is one to back down.
We are quick to say sorry.
Easy to make friends.

He loves bugs, frogs, snakes, turtles and anything that crawls, jumps and hops.

Make sure to stop over Saturday to Must Love Junk I am being featured in Susan's
Saturday Spotlight; Life Behind the Blogger.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daddy's Day


The special man in our lives.
The first man we loved.

My children helped me make a special Father's Day gift for their dad.

I saw the idea on a blog, but I could not remember which blog.
So, I did what any blogger would do.

Very simple.
Three paper lunch bags folded in half.
Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the middle at each end.

I used scrap paper from my stash.
Letter stickers from any craft store, also from my stash.
Pictures printed from computer.

Each of the kids had their own page.
A special picture, a saying from the internet and wording.

They loved going through all the photos looking for a special picture.

Each one of the kids wrote a special note to dad.
We tucked the notes into the three open ends of the bags.

After all the pictures were finished, I just tied a ribbon through the holes,
 and tied a pretty bow.
I also made a special envelope, also tied shut with the same ribbon.

Mr. M. really liked his DAD book.

Zero dollars.
Brought dad to tears.

We had a wonderful day.
Our annual Father's Day breakfast at a neighboring firehall.
A little work around the yard.
A bike ride with the kids.
Then we went and had dinner with my dad joined by my brother and sisters.

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spring Snowballs

These are my kind of snowball.
It is my favorite season of all.

I know I post too many pictures of them, but it is a very short season.

I have them planted in almost every garden.

This bush has baby shoots underneath that need to be dug out.
I will move them to a new garden and water them good for the rest of the summer.

This crazy bush is in need of a good trim.
After the blooms are done, of course.
 I also have to trim some of the clematis vines from it. 

They hang to the ground, they are so big and fluffy.

Of course, you can't have a snowball bush without the spirea bushes.

This bush we can see from our kitchen window.
Hard to believe I gave it a hardy trim last year.

Like the snowball bush this is another viburnum bush, I love the hydrangea look it has to it.

Anyone in for a snowball fight?

I am joining Tracy from Fishtail Cottage for a Garden Party.  
If you have not visited her gardens yet, you must, they are a sight to behold.
And, I am joining Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.  
No one feathers their nest like Courtney!
It has been a while, I am also joining Cindy from My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A New French Desk

New French desk for the office.

I had been looking and looking for the perfect desk for our office.
The look has stopped.
I found it.
At my favorite place, of course, Sally!

Great bones but just needed a paint job.

Much better.
I taped off all of the white areas and spray painted the blue.
I like how spray paint gets in all of the nooks and crannies and does not cover up detail.
I did get a little on the top of the desk, oops, that can happen when you don't tape everything.

I decided to sand the top and restain it with a mahogony gel stain.
When it was dry I waxed it with a dark paste wax.
My oldest son was my furniture mover.
First we had to get the large table out of the office and replace it with the desk.
Although we have less space on top of the desk, I now have drawers to put all the little things just seem to accumulate on top.

I love all the drawers.
And those handles-perfect!

Except the one drawer on top, for some reason it did not take to the spray paint.
I have to sand it and try again.

The drawer has been painted several times and I am waiting for it to dry.
Then I can wax it.

This is my new office view from the hallway.
As comfy as that chair is, I think it may need a change.

I just love my new desk and how the colors turned out.
I think it goes well with the colors in the rug.

This cabinet at Miss Mustard Seed was my inspiration.
Don't you just love it. 
She has a way with furniture.

Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Cabinet -

I have a cabinet almost like this in black.
 I just might have to rethink my color choice.

I am glad to have at least one project almost done.
Now I have to finish the weeding and then start mulching all the beds.
That should keep me busy for the next few weeks.

And you, have you found any treasures lately?

I am joining French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.
Courtney featured my Spring house post from last week.
Thank you to all who are visiting.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's That Time of Year AGAIN!


Opening day.
I spent the whole day at the park.
The kids had fun.

This will be the only picture of a clean uniform.

At least my daughter is excited.
She is the one with her hands up in celebration.

Mr. M. was supposed to be there.
He is their coach.
He had to work out of town.

My oldest was there is support only as you can see!
I was able to get him to wear his team hat but not the uniform.
He had his first game on Monday.

The little guy still gets a little bored in outfield.
I caught him dancing again.

The two pizza shop sponsors played against each other.
I didn't ask who won, they may ask whose pizza I like better.

My daughter dressed in style.