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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A New Toy

This may not be new to many of you, but, I have just discovered.


Oh my gosh.

If you have not visited you must.

Then when you have looked at all the wonderful pictures, you will want to join.

And when you join.

You will want to sit and pick out pretty pictures to add to your boards.



In fact, I found some of my own pictures had been pinned.

Go here to see some of my boards.

What have you been pinning lately?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fall is on It's Way

Well, at least in my mind it is.
I have no complaints about how the summer has turned out, well, maybe one,
baseball season is just too long.
I have already begun the thinking process of fall.
In fact I made a trip to one of my new favorite shops,
The Flower Barn to get some candles, mmmm.....Pumpkin Spice, and Autumn Harvest.
I will share pictures of the shop in one of my posts next week.
I have also been rummaging through my faux flower supply.
I found this really neat wreath idea while trolling through blog land. 
I'll be darned if I can find the picture now.
  If I find it again I will definitely give credit.
I remember it was on a picture frame, it just so happens I have a few extra in my basement for just such an occasion.

No, it is not crooked, that is the way I will hang it on the door.

I just love the detail on the frame.

I am not so sure if I like the way it looks on the front door, not to worry though.
I will find the perfect spot for it.

Now I have to clean up the mess I made in my office. 
Problem with being a crafty person, there is always a mess that has to be cleaned up.

I am joining Debra from Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,
 Courtney from French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday and
 Kathleen at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

I also want to let you know that it is not too late to enter Debra's giveaway!

Show and Tell Friday

Make sure to stop by and visit some great blogs.

So, tell me, are you a messy crafter?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Better Than a Breadbox

So Simple!

I have seen these great pots with french writing on them on the blog Heaven's Walk.
Make sure you stop over and visit Laurie, she has a simple tutorial on how you can make one too.

Heaven's Walk pot

After seeing the picture above by Laurie, I knew I had to give it a try.
So, last weekend I bought some Mod Podge.

            I reverse copied a graphic from the best place to go, the Graphics Fairy.

I had bought this grungy white bread box at an antique shop months ago,
 I thought it would be perfect to use for my project.

This is what it looked like in the drying stage, let me tell you that is the hardest part; waiting for it to dry overnight.

But, I did.
I just love it.
You may notice a difference in the words.
The first one I pulled off and decided to try again, like I said, simple.

How do you like my bread box now.
Oh, and it is kind of like painting, I am looking all around the house for something to put graphics on.

I am thinking of what kind of Halloween graphic I can use.
Oh yeah, I am already working on my Halloween projects, come on people, I only have two months to get ready, and we all know it will be here sooner than we think.

I am sharing my bread box with;

Thanks for visiting, now what are you going to make today.
I am off to paint another treasure I happened to find at the flea market this weekend.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

For a Daddy far from Home

At the request of Mr. M. I am posting some pictures of our children.
He is out of town working.
We miss him so!


Mr. Bullrider keep yourself safe.

Friday, August 19, 2011

What You Want it to Be

In a post I did last year I talked about going home. 
 I went to the home I grew up in.
An old farm house that is over 100 years old, most of it anyway. 
The man whom had the house built was a supervisor in the railroad and he had the workers spend some of the work at his house. 
There once was a driveway lined in cobblestones, pathways in the grass leading to the, at one time "cow house."
There still stands a screened in patio with a cobblestone fireplace, that housed many a party.

That house I grew up in.

My dad was a school teacher/weekend cattle farmer.
My mom was a stay at home mom, she did not work outside of the home until I was in my late teens as a Real Estate agent.
But, that was not all she did.
She knew her antiques, we went to a lot of auctions and garage sales.
I grew up around vintage and antiques.
My mother sewed slipcovers to cover the ugly sofa she bought cheap at a garage sale.  She upholstered the wing back chair she bought at an auction. 
 She painted or striped the furniture for the house.

The house I live in.

I love.

I tried to recreate some of the details from the home I came from.
Wide floor boards, crown moulding, large moulding and trim around the windows and doors.
Mismatched furniture in every room.
I learned to paint (I am not a striping kind of gal) I like my WHITE paint.
I learned to sew from my mother.
I sew slipcovers to cover my vintage furniture, to make it more ME!
I upholster dining room chairs.
I use vintage as much as I can.

I am my mother's child.
I live in a farm house of my dreams.

I am sharing my new/old farm house with;

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Thanks for stopping by, remember it is only a box.
It is all up to you what you put in the box to make it what you want.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just Not Me

When my grandmother passed away earlier this year, she made sure each of her children and grandchildren were given something from her.

Me, well I got this really neat vintage basket.

The only problem was the color.
It just is NOT me.

Now, I did think about what I would do with the basket. 
 It is large and heavy duty, perfect for storing whatnot's.
But, I just could not bring myself to use it.

This weekend I was in the garage painting all of my new treasures.

Of course, while I am waiting for one project to dry, I tend to wander around with paint brush in hand looking for something else to paint.

I spotted the basket.
So I did. I painted it!

Now before you get all upset about me painting a treasure from my grandmother, you must know
  Grandma was notorious for using what you have.
The basket had already been painted once.
I think she would have approved of my inner slipcover, being an amazing slipcoverer that she was.

And lastly,
 why have something in the garage because you don't like the color when you can paint it, make it even more pretty with some fabric and ruffles and bring it in the house.

I just love my new/old basket.

Thanks Grandma!

So, what are you waiting for?
That's for all you out there who delay.  Do so no longer.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Partying with;

Thursday, August 4, 2011

An Afternoon at Sally's

I did a little shopping!

While my kids were enjoying their last day at Summer Rec., I went to visit my friend SALLY.

I think she knew I was coming because I found some great pieces.

A bounty for sure.

I think my favorite is the large wooden box, it is going to be perfect for storing my outdoor cushions.

I love the iron legs on the basket.

Won't this make a great plant stand.

This sweater is for winter sewing projects, a pillow perhaps.

A key, well, good for just about anything.

I love all the little details on this cute end table, legs, handle, two tiers, just all of it.
I am thinking white with maybe some BLUE?
Yeah, I said blue.
I will not stop trying to like the color blue in my home.

This is my reading list for the weekend while we are at the beach.
I finally used a gift card from Amazon to order these three books.

That was my day.
How about you?

I am sharing my new bounty with Cindy from My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday, and Debra from Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.