Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring in the sink

Hi everyone! I sure hope your week has been good so far! :) Now I know it's still winter, and technically will be for more than a month. But I am SO ready for spring! So when I saw these flowers at Lowe's, of course I had to buy some to plant in the old Maytag washer by my front porch. Here they are in my kitchen sink, getting a little water until I plant them! (Which will happen as soon as we get more than two consecutive seconds of sunshine! ;)

The other day I noticed that the daffodils I planted last spring in the washer were coming up, and am so glad! Spring is truly on it's way! I will show you a picture of these flowers again when I plant them!

I hope you have a good night! :)


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Kitchen Shutter

I don't know about you, but I often have to look at something for a while before I know what to do with it. So even though I hung up the other shutter last week, I had to think about it for a bit. The one thing I'd decided to do was to hang aprons on it, so I had added clear glass knobs to the two holes already in the bottom (and on the top part, too).

So that part was easy, but I decided it needed another knob on bottom. But now what? I wasn't sure I wanted plates on it like on the other one, but maybe a picture...

...hung a wee bit off center...oops! You might remember this little framed seed packet from last spring. I had a few others that I had framed several years ago, but removed them to reframe them to group with this one, but lost them! (Typical.) I am really wishing I could find them about now, because it would be just perfect it there were just two others on the shutter. SO...right now it looks like this~

But not for long, because I think I have a good idea for the rest! BUT I wanted to show you what I had so far, so you'd know I wasn't a complete slacker! ;)

Now as far as Valentine's Day decorations, I must admit I have been a pretty big slacker, BUT I always have to mix up the mantel, you know it's true! Yes, you guessed it, it's THE FRAMES again~ enter Twilight Zone music...

Are you running from the computer, screaming yet? I hope not, because you know after Valentine's Day is said and done, I am going to have to change the word again. And you will probably have to suffer through another picture. Again. And did you know I have already changed the frames three times since Christmas? It's a sickness, I tell you, a real sickness. :)

Well, here's hoping you are all doing well, and have a wonderful night! :)

P.S. These are two moulding pictures for Jen at The Candlelit Cottage...can you believe I don't know how to attach something to an email?

Jen, I hope these up-close pictures help! :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

New arrival!

I am so excited~ My sister Christine at Southern Belle Dreaming
and her husband have just been blessed with the arrival
of their fourth son! He was born in the wee hours of Friday morning, and is absolutely beautiful! We got to visit them in the hospital, and I got the chance to hold him the entire time we visited! :) He.Is.Such.A.Sweetie.

Both mama and baby are doing well! I am going to leave the rest for her to tell you all the details, but wanted to let you all know that all is well and why her blog has been a little bit quiet... :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Finish it Friday

The pantry doors turned chalkboards~

Last night we hung up the finished pantry doors, and today I put on the knobs! Yea! Do you remember me showing you this picture that was the inspiration for this whole project?

Well, as much as I would love a walk in pantry like this, sometimes you have to take what you have and work with it! (I do wish this weren't so often the case though! :)

SO, here is my mimicking of the picture above (however poor! :)~

Please ignore the unfinished crown moulding and green "frog" tape (painter's tape); this kitchen is still in progress! :)

Here is a close up of the top cupboard to the pantry...

This is a better view of the doors as a whole. Unfortunately it is also a better (or worse!) picture of just how much of a work in progress this kitchen still really is! Yep, I am still painting the outer cabinet frames here! :) So I might as well tell you, we put our microwave and little kitchen CD player in the cabinet to save on counter space, and my husband wired an outlet for them. I also like having these out of sight, as neither add to the vintage feel I'm trying to accomplish here! :) Oh, and you can also see our unsightly stove that is soon going to be replaced by the 1940's stove we're fixing up...

I am adding things to the cabinet to the left of the chalkboard doors a little at a time. A lot of our kitchen decor and such was packed away when we started really working on the kitchen, and so I am still playing around with the look of it...I will show it to you again when I get it just right! :)

I hope you all have a fun weekend! :)

P.S. I will have that picture of what I did with the other shutter on my next post!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A decorated shutter

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week and are ready for the weekend! :)

Do you remember the two shutters I was painting a few weeks ago? Well, I finished painting them before we went on vacation, and was originally going to put both of them in the kitchen with a picture or something in between, but it just didn't look right, so...I put one in the dining room...

Oh but now that I am looking at these, the shutter is looking a little crooked, but thankfully that is easy to fix! (tomorrow)

This was fun to do~ there were already four holes for screws in each shutter, and I have a lot of glass knobs on hand. :) I thought it would be fun to have an extra place to hang up cute things! To hang up the plates on the shutter was easy peasy (lemon squeezy)! All I had to do was use a plate hanger and slip a ribbon around the top (I added a dot of hot glue to close the ribbon to the plate hanger for extra security, but that's just me!) and tied the ribbon around one of the shutter rungs! :) Oh, and I know that the word on the little chalkboard plaque looks like it says "cat", but I wrote "eat", for lack of anything inspired! :)

Tomorrow I will show you what I am doing with the other shutter...AND I will have one of those finished projects for you to see~ remember those chalkboard pantry doors I wanted to do? ;)

Well, that's all for me for now...Have a blessed night!

P.S. I forgot to mention that the little chalkboard plaque was an idea I copied from Jen at Tatertots and Jello. All you need is a metal-ish plaque (which should be easy to find at a thrift store) and paint! Just spray or brush chalkboard paint onto the center, and use your favorite color on the edges! :)

Monday, February 1, 2010


...We were in the Capital of FUN all last week, and before we even got on the plane, I already knew of one place I just HAD to see! The Magic Kingdom? No. Sea World or Hollywood Studios? No, no...

How about Home Goods?

Well, actually there were two places I wanted to go to, the other one being Hobby Lobby, but it was too far away, about an hour and a half's drive...but someday I am going there too! :) We don't have either of these stores in the Seattle area. :( Sniff, sniff...But Home Goods was a lot like Marshall's, only bigger and minus the clothes and shoes, which I never look at there anyway. I found a few cute things...

Like these sweet heart shaped Chantal pieces, just perfect for Valentine's Day...It would be fun to use these to make cakes, and put the smaller heart on top of the larger one. I think it would look cute, and just may have to try this out! :)

I also found this set of four dishtowels, and loved the patterns! :)

(I also found an adorable little cake stand that wouldn't fit in our luggage...but maybe it will be at Marshall's?)

So let's add this up:

Small heart~ 1.99
Larger heart~ 5.99
Dishtowel set~ 6.99

Now, these might not be the cheapest prices in the world, but considering what I could have spent at Disney World for a single tee shirt, I think I got more bang for my buck by shopping at Home Goods instead! :) And I guess this is kind of weird, but given the choice, I am always more likely to buy something for our house than an item of clothing to wear! How about you? Do you tend to gravitate towards the clothing aisle or the home things?

Oh, I didn't want to forget to show you this, and couldn't remember if I have mentioned this magazine before:

But this is their latest edition, and it is so good! The prevailing style can tend to be a little more modern than I am, but it is true to it's word and is definitely a magazine for hands on people! I love it's decorate on the cheap ideas, and lack of constant advertisements! :) Just thought I'd share...

Well, I hope this finds you all doing well, and that you have a great night! :)