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!

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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!