Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all of you that celebrate this beautiful day and Happy Passover to you that celebrate this glorious time.

Today a day when we Christians celebrate the rising of our Lord to free us from Sin.   We have so much to be thankful for.

For our family this is a glorious day to celebrate.  Terry's dad is off all life support and is being weened down off all medications successfully.  We are so thankful.  He still has a long road ahead but we are so hopeful.

Thank you to all of you that prayed for us and sent us good wishes.  Enjoy your family and friends today.  Give extra hugs and kisses and enjoy the gift of life.
Happy Easter My Friends.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Susan's and my blog. 
April 19
Theresa from The Old White House

I would love to introduce you this week to a lovely lady in blogland.  She shares my love of whites and chippy.  Please enjoy meeting and getting to know Theresa from The Old White House.

First of all I want to say thank you to Kris for inviting me to be featured for Saturday 
Spotlight  among many bloggers that I admire.  I am truly honored.  My name is Theresa 
and my blog is The Old White House.  

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 28 years and we have 5 awesome 
children with age ranges from 11 to 27.  

These people are my life.

...and we live in a very old white house.

I have spent what seems like my whole life making things.  I am the second oldest of a 
family of 12 children and we spent a lot of time creating our own fun. 
 My mom was a teacher and always had something up her sleeve to keep us busy. 
 Even when we went
camping she would bring along paints and we would paint on rocks
 or go on a tour of a factory to see how things were made.  
Which is most likely the reason that most of my 
brothers and sisters are also creative in one way or another. 

I started following a few blogs years ago and then one day in a moment of pure panic 
pressed the ‘publish’ button and well, here we are!  It gave me a place to share what I was 
creating besides at the dinner table with my family, who quite honestly was thinking, find art 
friends and share it with them!  
I am drawn to history. I see a garage sale with two old men standing in the garage and my 
heart goes pitter patter, it’s okay my husband understands.   It’s just that they have all the 
best old junk that I love to add to my work.   

After years of creating primitive dolls and other fabric creations I moved on to mixed media 
altered collage and assemblage pieces.   I felt a freedom of using more and more vintage 
treasures and letting my inhibitions go wild with the photos of strangers and their past that I 
love to use.   

This piece is a wax collage that I created a few years ago.   I had been saving the photo for 
just such a project.  The men in the photo were so intriguing to me, especially the one right 
up front with the bow tie.  I used him in a few creations before I finally used the original 
photo in this piece.  I have a thing for bow ties too.  

…. and birds.  Seriously, ‘put a bird on it’ was a theme that I ran with for a while!  I love
them, I think they are a combination of fragility and strength along with their resourcefulness 
that I connect with.   

(put a bird on a wreath too!)

I loved creating mixed media altered pieces and all of the history that I could use in them, 
but my life took another turn when I created our line of natural lavender laundry and cleaning 

I no longer had time to create large scale items (and clean up the mess that I made while 
creating them!)  because we started going to farmers markets and craft shows on a very 
regular basis.   

This is a labor of love for us.  

 It began with our laundry soap.  Like many,  I found a recipe on pinterest for laundry soap, 
and then I tweaked it to make it my own, one that did an amazing job cleaning the huge 
piles of laundry that a large family accumulates along with smelling beautiful.  I then made 
our organic lavender dryer sachets and lavender linen & room spray to go along with the 
soap.  We now have a full line of natural lavender cleaners with more on the horizon.  This is a family business, I no longer do it on my own.  'My husband, Duane, now makes many of our products and attends every Saturday market with me and is the salesman extraordinaire.'  Our children help with every aspect of it,
from the youngest two still at home helping to make and package the products and selling 
at shows with us, to the oldest three who live on their own and contribute by giving us 
marketing tips, finding stores that would carry our products, investing in the company, and 
sharing news of our products to people they meet in their new communities.   Their support, 
love and belief in this business fills my heart with joy beyond measure.  

Every week you can find us at a farmers market or two now, and the response from our 
customers has been overwhelming.  I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people 
that are on the same path that we are on as a small business. At the farmers markets that 
we attend there are so many folks creating products that are good for the earth and healthy 
for your family’s well being, and even more that are looking to buy those products that 
embody that philosophy for their family.  The conversations that I am able to have with both 
sets of folks fuels my passion for our business more than ever.   

Along with making all of our products in our home, I still had the urge to fill that piece of me 
that NEEDS to create art.  I no longer had the time to create large pieces so I have scaled 
my artwork down and now make repurposed assemblage art jewelry.  Plus I wanted to add 
some art to our booth, and it seemed like a good way to do that. 

This way I can still use treasures of the past that I love, but on a smaller scale.  ( I do still 
however make a mess and I would like to say on a smaller scale as well, but my momma 
taught me to tell the truth, and I am pretty messy when I work!)
 I started with soldering, making tiny collage art and encasing them in nice thick glass 
wrapped in lead free silver solder. 

Once I started adding rosary style beading to them, I was hooked on becoming a jewelry 
maker.  I threw myself into it and it has become my go to ‘art therapy’!  
I find it relaxing as I work and exhilarating when I complete a piece,
 it’s a win­ win!   

(there's that bird again)

My days are long, and mostly consumed with getting products and jewelry ready for the next 
market, but I would not want it any other way.  I love what I do and I know that that in itself is a 
blessing.  I try to blog as often as I can, but after looking back through the blog for photos to 
use for this feature I realize how much I miss blogging like I use to be able to do.  As soon 
as I would get a project finished, waalaa it was on the blog.  I am going to make it my 
mission to do that again, I hope you will stop by for a visit and take a peak! 

Thank you again Kris, for inviting me here today!   

Now that you have gotten to know Theresa please visit her blog and also hop over to Susan's blog today to learn about another wonderful blogger Christine from Little Brags.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Up Date and Thank you for all the sweet thoughts and prayers

Just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have been saying prayers and sending 
get well wishes for my hubby Terry's Dad that has been critically ill in the hospital these past few days.

Terry's dad is on life support to help let his heart and lungs rest and heal.  So the machines and medications have been keeping him alive until they can see if his own heart and lungs will work efficiently on their own.

We have had many ups and downs these past few days but yesterday we got some positive news on one of his tests so the doctors are cautiously optimistic he may be able to survive.  He is still very ill and in critical condition but stabilizing.  We are praying that in the next 48 hours they will be able to start the process of weening him off all life support measures and his own heart will begin to work again on it's own.

Your well wishes and prayers have helped me so much.  This has been a very difficult time and I thank all of you for being such kind and caring angels.

I believe in the power of prayer and know it works so thank you for your loving prayers and heart warming emails and comments.

I want to wish all of you a wonderful Easter with family and friends.  I hope to be able to post on my trip out East and meeting up with the other bloggers soon.  Thanks for your patience.  I have been spending 12 to 15 hours a day up at the hospital with family.  We live almost an hour away from the hospital so it makes for long days and evenings and a long commute.

Thank you again for all your loving thoughts.

Be sure to come by on Saturday.  Susan and I have a couple of great bloggers to feature that I know you will love getting to know better.

Happy Easter.  Enjoy your family and friends.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I know I promised a post today on the At Home With Whites Show and meeting up with wonderful bloggers but  life is calling for our attention.

My husband's wonderful dad has taken very ill.  It is 2am and we just got home from the hospital.  The doctors took extraodinary measures and worked hard today to save his life.  The next 24 hours are critical for him.  Please say a small prayer for this truly beautiful man.

I will be spending time with my husband and family over the next few days and will have a post on my wonderful trip soon.

Thank you for your prayers and healing wishes.


Monday, April 14, 2014

At Home With Whites Show, our trip to Boston and meeting blogger friends.

Wooooo Hooooo I had the best week end.  It was sad to get back on the plane today and head home.  The weather in the Boston area was gorgeous all week end and the hubby and I just had the best time.  

I will start with where we stayed.  It is the Old Proctor Mansion Inn right in Wrentham, Ma.  It was built in 1861 by a wealthy industrial man and his wife.  It has been through 4 generations of family  and for a while was left very neglected.

A great couple bought the Mansion in 2007 and restored a lot of the damage to the property from it being left neglected for so long.  Now it has been restored to it's original beauty.

They left a lot of the Mansion and decor to the original way.  They feel it gives the house it's well deserved integrity.

The wallpaper, architectural features and decor and furniture are original to the time this home was built and well loved.

Isn't she grand.  They still have the old horse and carriage hitches out front.  

These front doors just say Welcome and Please come in.

Look at all that architectural salvage goodness.

Front and side view of the Inn.

It almost hit 80 on Saturday and after a great day we came back and sat out at this little romantic table and had a glass of wine.

This is the old carriage garage.  I would so be making that into a wonderful and romantic guest cottage.
Can you imagine in a month or so all the beautiful gardens filled with blooms.  I forgot to take a picture out back of the house and beautiful gardens.  I bet she is so gorgeous when summer arrives with all her pretty blooms.

We had a very romantic and lovely stay.  Sunday night we were the only couple left at the Inn and we had the whole mansion to ourselves.  It was wonderful to think about life back in the day and owning this splendid place and raising a family.

Now on to the inside.
They had a wedding in the Mansion on Friday night so our first morning breakfast was in the ballroom on Saturday morning.  The tables were still up from the wedding the night before.

They had fresh cut flowers on the table and fresh squeezed OJ and a wonderful breakfast casserole and fruit cups.  It was so yummy.

This is one of the fireplaces that are in each room in the mansion.  Gorgeous architectural features.

Beautiful stair case that lead up to your room.  This mansion had a beautiful back servants staircase that was beautiful too.  I forgot to get a picture of that.

We stayed in the Peach Room.  It was gorgeous.

We had a beautiful claw foot tub in our bathroom.

Front sitting room.

Main Dining Room.

This was the old farmhouse sink in the kitchen.  The cook preparing breakfast said wait I will clean it up before you take a picture.  I said no we keep it real in blog land.  Real shots are the best.
This was one of many beautiful old churches in town.  This one was right across the street from the Mansion.  I loved that it chimed every hour the time of day it was.  Very beautiful.  In the morning I would wake up to the chiming and know what time it was.
 Ok so you are not on picture overload I will end this post here.  Wednesday I will post pictures of the fun I had meeting Sandi (a cottage muse) and Susan (evelyn and rose) and Michelle (petite michelle louise) while out at the At Home with Whites Show.  You are going to love the pictures of the show.  It was so fabulous.  So tune back in on Wednesday to see the show pictures and all the fun with the girls.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Sunday. Simple Spring Mantel

As we head into Easter Week I wanted to show you my Spring Mantel.  I kept it really simple. With the old  chippy mantel and windows.  Just wanted it to be simple to go with the flow of the mantel and old windows.

I used the simple wreath and nest I got at the flea market last week end.  Then added some birds I had and little nests.

I had this nice Blessings sign about family and added that to the mantel.

Just some little ceramic birds I had around the house.

I liked that they are chippy and white like the mantel.

Just a quick little mantel vignette to start Easter Week.  I have the whole gang at my home for Easter.  We have so much fun  together.  Hoping for nice weather for Easter  so we can do an Easter Egg hunt outside with our granddaughter Abby.

Have a great start to the week.  If you are getting ready for Easter wishing you a nice week end ahead.  Enjoy your family, friends and love ones.

I will be heading back from my trip to Wrentham, Mass.  tomorrow.  Hope to share some pictures of the trip and meeting up with Sandi (A Cottage Muse), Susan (Evelyn and Rose) and Michelle (Petite Michelle Louise).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Susan's and my blog. 
April 12
Melissa Shabby Love

Good Saturday everyone.  This week I want to introduce you to Melissa from Shabby Love.  Please take some time to read and get to know Melissa on a more personal level.  Then hop over and check out her blog.  You will love her style.

Hey everybody!! I'm Melissa and I blog over at Shabby Love! A huge thank you to Kris and Susan for featuring me in their Saturday Spotlight Series! I'm so happy to be here! 

I have to admit, I was a little nervous putting this post together. I have blogged for almost three years now and have shared very little about myself and my day to day life. I generally share projects I'm working on, furniture and room redos, thrifty finds, and updates of my booth. It's not that I'm particularly private, I just feel my personal life is a little boring. :) I mean that in the best, most blessed and content way possible!! 

I was born in Grand Blanc, Michigan where I lived until I was nine years old. My two younger sisters and I moved with our dad to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where I lived until I graduated high school in 2001.

When I was a senior I met my husband, Nate. We lost contact for awhile but reconnected when I moved back to Michigan after graduation to be near my mom. We got married in 2007 and welcomed our son, Anderson, in 2009!  

Nate and I have worked together for the last nine years at Court Street United Methodist Church. It's the oldest church in downtown Flint, Michigan. I work in the office as the Administrative Assistant and he is the head of maintenance. You would think we would be sick of each other after literally being together 24/7, but we genuinely enjoy each other's company and we have a lot of fun together!

And Anderson....where do I even start with this amazing kid? He's handsome, strong-willed, smart and hilarious. He's kind, curious, a ball of energy, and calls me his beautiful princess. We love him beyond words!

I enjoy reading, cooking, thrift and antique shopping, working on projects with my boys, and I love, love, LOVE movies!!!

Now that Anderson is older and can participate in and appreciate things a little better, we've been introducing him to new things like: roller skating, sledding, and going to the movie theater for the first time. This age is so fun! I feel like a big kid again doing all these things I haven't done in years!

I grew up in a family of collectors and decorators. I have watched my mom over the years decorate and paint furniture and my dad is a very talented artist. Unfortunately, I did not inherit his ability to draw, but my own creativity has come out in other ways - decorating my home, doing projects for my booth, painting furniture, etc.

My mom was the one who introduced me to antique stores and estate sales. We often shop together, bounce ideas off each other, and work on things together. I consider her one of my best friends!

Over the last three years of blogging I have enjoyed the friendships I have formed, the discovery and evolution of my style, and the joy of watching our house transform as Nate and I have worked hard together and learned DIY things along the way. He's a pretty great carpenter and it's been fun watching him explore that talent. 
I always love the posts I see other bloggers put together where they share random things about themselves. I thought I would end this post on a fun note with as many random things I can think of about myself. 
1. I am left handed (and so is Anderson). 
2. Nate and I dislike each other's taste in music so we take turns driving - he drives in the morning, I drive on the way home from work, so we each have a chance to listen to what we like. 
3. I listened to nothing but Mumford & Sons in the car for a full year before I finally switched it up to other things (much to Nate's relief). I can't help it. I love them! 
4. My other favorite bands/musicians are The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Lone Bellow, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band, and Jack Johnson to name a few. 
5. I am a homebody. I just love being home with my boys. 
6. I love nature and I love decorating with natural elements, but I am not an outdoorsy girl at all.......outside is where all the bugs are......
7. I hate bugs. 
8. I prefer rainy days over sunny days...maybe it's because it gives me a valid excuse to stay inside. Kidding. I love the sound it makes when it hits the leaves on a tree. So relaxing. 
9. My dream is to one day live in a farmhouse in the woods with a long tree lined driveway. 
10. Most people who don't know me well would call me reserved and quiet, but when I open up to people I'm really a huge goofball. I love to laugh, have fun and be silly. 
11. I'm very sarcastic.
12. I get told a lot that I am an old soul that was born in the wrong era. 
13. Most of my friends are older than me. I don't often have much in common with people my age. Maybe it's that old soul thing. 
14. When Anderson was born, I got to bring him to work with me everyday until he was a year old. It was hard trying to balance work and being a new mom, but I am so grateful for that time with him before we had to send him to daycare. 
15. I don't bake much, but I really enjoy cooking and trying new things and new recipes. 
16. I put Tabasco sauce on pretty much everything. 
17. When we go out to eat somewhere, I almost always order breakfast food if it's on the menu. 
18. Reading is was one of my most favorite hobbies. 
19. Jane Austen is my favorite author. 
20. Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby, The Giver, Bridge to Terabithia, and The Secret Garden are some of my favorite books. 
21. My favorite kind of movies are the ones based on books. 
22. Coffee, Sweet Red Wine and Dark Chocolate are staples in our home....and Tabasco sauce, of course!  
23. My first job, right after high school, was a shirt presser at a dry cleaner. 
24. I was a swimmer all four years of high school. I really miss it! I love the water. 
25. I hope to one day be able to do my blogging/booth/home decor stuff full-time. A girl can dream. :)
Thank you so much for reading and allowing me to share a little more about myself! I hope you will stop by my blog to see all the new things I'm working on. Thank you, again, Kris and Susan for having me!! It was a pleasure! :)
Thank you Melissa for sharing your life and family with us.  I hope the day comes that you can blog and have your shop full time.  Go for your dream.
Now that you have gotten to know Melissa please hop over to Susan's Blog and meet
another talented blogger Olive from Olive Out.
Have a great week end.