Monday, October 28, 2013

paper roses and twinkle lights…

every year, around halloween, I dig out my xmas stuff.  it’s early for most, but, I love the white lights, and like to have everything done by thanksgiving. i enjoy the holidays better that way.
this mantle has paper roses, pip berries, and pinecones in the greenery. then, I added the “vintage” letters.


lots of us have faux mantles and I wanted to show how I stapled twinkle lights under a skirt of one of my mantles. 


they give a whimsical flickering fire light at night.

one mantle down, two to go:)  have a great week, everyone!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

floor chandelier, and a church pew…

we had a busy week, and there were snow flurries today—I’m not ready for that. 
my husband was able to take one of my mini chandeliers and attach it to the base of an old floor lamp.


and I added grey blue oval frames around my sconces.  it made the lights standout a bit better.



recently, my husband’s co-worker gave me an 8’oak pew, 1960’s bike for my garden, and an old sewing cabinet for my craft room!—thanks so much for your generosity , mark!
here’s the pew after my husband cut it down to 4’ – and I painted it with some homemade chalk paint.


our kitchen is gutted, –such a mess! hopefully, we will get the cabinets set and painted, install the farm sink, and butcher block counters before thanksgiving. 
and this new 5’ window inspired the whole mess. 



for our 27th anniversary, we went on a weekend trip to the covered bridges festival, stopping at an apple orchard along the way.  I love carriage rides!

fall festival 2013

and the week ended with a fun shopping trip with my brother’s awesome twins:)


have a great weekend, everyone!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

a sweet ladder…

I found a sweet old ladder at an outdoor market (at salvage sisters) last weekend. 

I’ve been looking for just the right one, and as soon as I saw this, I knew it had to come home with me.


there is a blue pumpkin in the ironstone bowl on top of it.  but, the front of the ladder needed something, so, I dug out some of my papers, lace, ribbons, a stamped metal tag and made a banner. 



I followed city farmhouse’s toilet paper roll tutorial for the pumpkin and wrapped it with a pip berry vine after seeing town and country’s cute pumpkins).



and lastly, I planted a vanilla strawberry hydrangea this spring.  it didn’t love our hot, dry summer, but, I did get a few blooms from it. 


though, I didn’t get the promised look below…  I’m hoping for a better crop next year. 



that’s all for now, thanks for looking:)

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