Tuesday, December 31, 2013

it’s coming, 2014…

are you ready?

instead of rehashing my 2013, I’m leaving it behind and, I’m moving forward.

my word for 2014-forward.


I’m looking forward to finishing some home projects…

add walk in pantry to kitchen

remodel the master bath-it’s currently gutted

paint the oak floors white


also, I’m looking forward to do more gardening,


more time for painting,


more reading-(two great new magazines just out),


and more time with these guys,


what are you looking forward to in 2014?

thanks for stopping by!

wishing you your best year yet!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

everywhere a sign…

I made a few signs with my silhouette last week.  with the silhouette, you have two basic ways to do signs. 

one way is to simply cut vinyl letters and add them to the wood—fast and easy, but you can’t sand the letters. I did that method on this sign.


on these signs, I used the second method.  cut a stencil, then, paint and sand the letters. 

here’s my barely decorated front porch.  the wreath sign is huge—3’.



not perfect, but, I’ve got a garage full of scrap boards to practice on:)


and remember this sign from last year? 


when I pulled off the vinyl letters, to re-do it, I got a chippy weathered look that I didn’t expect.


today’s charming blog is sweet vintage of mine!

wishing everyone a wonderful christmas!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

white christmas…

I’m done with xmas decorating.  except for the greenery, I just used what I had around the house.


the tree in front of the old screen door


the antique baby bed with teddy


a cabinet for the tv, posts, and an old dresser



a hobby lobby bust


the french doors-LOVE them


petticoat tree skirt on an old farmer’s stool


the fireplace




baby gown on window


christening gown in entry


today’s charming blog is cozy thyme cottage!
I’m linking up with here  and here— and you can too!

Creating Christas Image_thumb[1]

also sharing with some of these great parties- funky junk, common ground, shabby art boutique, and french country cottage, share your cup thursday, the scoop

Saturday, December 7, 2013

christmas centerpiece…

my centerpiece this christmas started with an old architectural piece as the base.  I added a small wreath, candle and crown to it.



my dining room is all put back together, (after removing old french doors from the back wall, and adding patio doors to the adjacent wall. 
the room is only 9’ x 10’, and the french doors really took up too much room when opened.  the slider works so much better with the small area.


and here’s a peek of my new kitchen—love the farm sink!  we still have some lighting and trim work to do.   I’ll show the rest of it soon.


today’s charming blog is refresh-renew!
happy weekend, everyone!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

the diy $2.25 ladder…

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  ours was great—my husband outdid himself with the cooking.  he is such a great cook!

he’s also a great with woodworking.  I asked him how much would it cost to make a ladder.  it would not be a “real” ladder, just for decoration.  he said about $3.00… and he was right.


$2.25 for 3-1 x 2 x 8 furring strips-lowes.  (nothing for the wood glue, nail gun, paint, and miter saw-that we already owned).  the stores want $25 and up for these ladders.  these would make great xmas gifts, too:)


30 minutes to cut and put together.  and you can make it any size you want.  mine is 6’ and it gets wider toward the bottom.

tina at what we keep had a fund raiser recently, and here’s the embroidered towel she made for me.  it’s gorgeous—thanks, tina!


***now, if you need directions on making a heavy duty ladder—check out shanty 2 chic’s.

today’s charming blog is penny’s vintage home!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

bedroom shutters and door sconces…

I finally got around to changing the guest bedroom a bit.  the bedding is rachel ashwell, and the ruffled dust ruffle is a new find.


we still haven’t added french doors to this closet yet, so, I hung a couple of sheets up.  to the left of the closets, I brought in an old rusty iron gate, from my garden.


on the window seat, my husband built wood shutters and added old glass doorknobs. this idea was inspired by laurie at heaven’s walk—hers are pink!


they darken the room- perfect for a nap:)


he also, used 2 more of my closet doors, and added crystal sconces to them, for a romantic glow in the room.



and I made a couple of simple wreaths to hang on them.


wreath collage

then, I cut out some corbels, (using a scroll saw), for a shelf above the window.


and I painted dollar store salt and pepper shakers to hold some paper roses—a pinterest idea.


the room is almost done.  I have a couple more projects to do.

I’ll be back after thanksgiving, so I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday!

today’s charming blog is creative home expressions!

sharing with knick of time, common ground, shabby art boutique, and french country cottage, share your cup thursday

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

rose stocking and free chalkboard tags…

this christmas, I’m using lots of rolled fabric roses.  you saw them on my vintage mirror, in my last post.  I did some sewing and made a new stocking.


it’s trimmed in lace and 5 roses.  (there are some on the fireplace banner, too)


I added some roses on a ruffled shirt that hides ugly bose speakers.

I plan on using the roses on gift packages, along with these cute chalkboard tags by lia griffith. I pinned these printables on to my christmas board, and thought I’d share the link to download them. 
they are set up so you can personalize the names, too.  you can find the free download here.  and be sure to check out the other great freebies lia griffith has to offer.


todays charming blog is moments like these:)
have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

vintage dresser and mirror…

I gave my old blue and cream dresser a makeover.  the middle drawer didn’t glide well, so, I took it out and my husband added a shelf in it’s place.


I ruffled some rose printed fabric, and just hot glued it to the opening.  (I first saw this ruffled drawer idea over at chateau de fleur.)


I removed the glass knobs on the bottom drawer and added a strip of fabric, tying it in a bow, for the handle.  I liked it before, and I love it now.


my second project was to rub-on phrases, randomly, to this little $9 mirror,


and then gave it a paint job and add fabric roses to hide the missing trim piece.




today’s charming blog is cabin and cottage!!

sharing with common ground, shabby art boutique, ivy and elephants and french country cottage

thanks for looking!