Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Last Elkhorn Flea Market Weekend

It was a gorgeous day on Sunday so Terry and I took a drive to Elkhorn Wisconsin for the final Flea Market of the Season.

Elkhorn Wisconsin is only about 45 minute drive over the border to Wisconsin just out side Lake Geneva. 

They have in my opinion the best flea market around.  I always find so many fabulous things.

Here are some of my finds from the week end.


Got these two chippy posts to add some fabric pumpkins too.

Diner prices tray to hang in my kitchen.



Old vintage rolling pins and a silver tray and little pumpkins.



While digging through one vendors booth I found this old cast iron fireplace log piece.

It was dirty and filled with junk but I fell deeply in love.


Yep,  I think it was her cute legs that grabbed my attention.

Just a super sweet old crusty and rusty piece.  Perfect for the opening of my fireplace mantel.

Terry added some white paint to her to fit more in my decor.

Added my sweet pumpkins from the pumpkin farm.

Got this old white chippy bucket so I added some dried hydrangea's to it.

Had this old chippy birdcage so added some white pumpkins and fall flowers.

So until it cools down and I can add some of this decor to the outside front porch it will be fall in my dining room.

This was my favorite find of the day.  This wreath made out of old tree branches and corn stalks.  The turning leaves still attached to the branches.

I cannot leave well enough alone so I added some fall flowers to give her a little bling and a white pumpkin.  

I have her hanging on my french doors out to the back patio for now but she will eventually go on my front door when my impatiens are done.  It is still beautiful weather but they are saying by Wednesday we will be getting cold temps moving in and lots of rain on Thursday with cooler temps maybe only 60 on Thursday.  So fall is trying to arrive in the Chicago land area.


I am excited to have Susan (Must Love Junk) and her hubby Keith come in on Thursday.  Just wish the weather was going to be a little better.  Hopefully with our junkin trips we will not notice the rain predicted for Thursday.  Hopefully on Friday for the little town of Morris it will be cooler temps but sunny.

Have a great rest of the week.  Some back on Saturday Susan and I will have another couple of wonderful bloggers in Spotlight.


Happy Week
Kris
:)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Not Keepin Up With Fall Decor in Blogland

Happy Sunday.

I am really far behind in blog land with my outside Fall Decor.  Everyone is getting up such beautiful decor I however still have summer hanging on. 


My Front Porch still has a few flowers hanging on to these beautiful days of 70 degree weather.

I had a lot of my plants end but there are still a few hanging on.

My impatiens bag on the front door is still thriving and I just cannot bring myself to let her go just yet for fall decor.

As you can see the flower beds are done but a few plants in the bike baskets are still hanging in there.

I have my sweet memories of summer to hold onto.





Yep this is all that is left of summer at Junk Chic Cottage in the back garden. :(

No more pretty flowers hanging on the old chippy posts.

I will savor the few remaining flowers I have for the next few weeks until the cold sets in.  We have just had the most gorgeous weather.  My flowers usually only stay good until August with our water being so yuk up here in our town.  So the roots by the end of summer have just been done in by our partially softened water.  Just happy a couple have hung in there.

Memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Good bye sweet summer.


 I continue to work on a little bit of fall inside.
I moved my chippy bench from out in the back garden into my entry.  I will have fun with decorating that for Christmas.  Love that chippy bench.

Went to the pumpkin farm and found some beautiful pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and such unique colors.

White pumpkins, light blue, light greens, pinks and light orange and yellows.  Finally found some white boo's too.

Loved all the unique colors.

So inside these pumpkins will stay until it gets cooler and I lose my summer flowers then I can move these out front with some of my other fall decor.  Just cannot do it quite yet.

I know a lot of you have already got your beautiful porches all ready for fall.  I just need a little more time.  Having beautiful 70's weather with sunshine and light breezes this week.
Happy Fall...well sort a!
Have a wonderful start to the week ahead.
Kris
:)

Friday, September 26, 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. 
September 27



Good Saturday Morning.  This week I am excited to introduce you to a really sweet and very talented blogger and artist.  Gee from Simply Designs by Gee.  Gee and I have become blogging friends and I just love her wonderful heart.  She express herself through her beautiful paintings.
Please enjoy getting to know Gee and then hop on over to check out her beautiful blog.




When Kris asked me to write a post for her series 'Behind the Blogger ' I immediately said 'yes'. I mean, what an honour!!
Then the nerves set in.
What have I done??
YIKES!!
You see I can talk about my family, my work, my home. But me... stutter... stutter.

Me, Gee, in a nutshell :)
I am the eldest of 4 siblings.
Was raised by my father after my parents split when I was 12.
Married to a wonderful and supportive husband of 23 years, Douglas.



 Mom of two amazing young men, Mark, 26  and Jesse, 21.
Now, Gigi to the precious Bella 6 and Winston 4 weeks  ( still trying to wrap my mind around that one). Gulp!
Then there is our most demanding, our fur baby, Master Vic.












When we were expecting our 2nd child I had to take medical leave from my job and well, resigned to stay at home with my boys. I never went back to a full time job.
I have had the pleasure of being at home watching my babies change to teens and now wonderful young men . It is a decision we have never regretted. There were sacrifices made, hard ones at times, but we were willing to stand behind it.
During this time, as I was then able to  take my boys with me, we volunteered for many, many years at the Local Salvation Army in the Social Service Department. I was the fill in Social Worker, fill in Receptionist....
The boys were stacking shelves in the pantry as soon as they were able. I believe in a life of service to my community and encouraged my family to be active. To always pay it forward.
This is the first year I have not been there .
But since the marriage of my son Mark to the beautiful Danielle , that brought our sweet Bella into our family, I have been helping out with and garnering some Bella time as often as I could. Now with the addition of Master Winston in August, I have made the decision not to go back this Fall , but instead to be available to watch that little luv nugget as often as I will be allowed , when his parents return to work.
I started blogging 2 1/2 years ago while on bed rest due to illness. I had stumbled upon the world of Blogging a few months before , and was an avid reader  on the sidelines.... quietly reading .
Then while confined to my bed and going stark crazy, I jumped in. I started blogging.
A decision I have not regretted.
I blog to share my luv of family, my luv for decorating and my art. I blog when I am moved to write... to share.

Some years ago, during a difficult time in my life I met an artist. She encouraged me to  channel my anguish and emotions into art. I started with charcoals. A very unforgiving medium in some aspect. Then moved on to oils.
When my toddler took one of my palette knives and chased his big brother across the house one afternoon, I packed them up and made the leap into acrylics.
I was in luv!! There has been no looking back for me.

The medium I prefer to work on is mainly reclaimed wood. With the joint efforts of a keen woodworker, I have used quite a bit of construction cast offs to paint on and to frame the finished pieces.
I have also done some murals in homes, construction models, churches, offices....
Chosen colours and décor for clients.
Have had my work displayed in galleries, sold quite a bit of canvasses throughout the US and abroad.
Created and sold painted furniture.
All while raising two wonderful boys and on my own schedule.




 Over the years my decorating style has changed as I have.
When the lads were little, we had a nice denim, plaid, red white and blue all American ala Ralph Lauren style. It was luvly while it lasted.
Then we moved into a more relaxed country /farmhouse, and a home full of antiques, which changed to an all white French cottage , to now, well, not sure what we can call it.
I just know it  is reflective of my family and how we live. Comfy, relaxed and easy.
Filled with things we luv.
My ever continuing affair with dishes. Ironstone, transferware, circa 1950 American glassware...
Family pieces to add some soul to this newly constructed home. This that was our transitional home, but when the market dropped, well, we had to stay as there was no selling it in a market flooded with homes. Pieces we have reluved and rehabbed into what fits our style.
But it's home :)














Over the last 3 years we have come to the conclusion that it's where we will be for a few more years at least. With our kids one street over, it's perfect for seeing the littles and kissing cheeks.
So we snuggle in, and we make it 'Us'!



So come on over, we will have coffee and a nice chat. Hope you luv dogs though, because our Master Vic is a lot of chocolate lab energy and wet kisses.
Thanks for having me Kris. It was a HUGE honour!!


Hugs,
Gee


Thank you Gee for sharing about you, your beautiful family and your wonderful talent with all of us.  It was a true pleasure to feature you this week my friend.


Now that you have gotten to know sweet Gee please hop over to Susan's blog and meet Tina from What We Keep.
Have a wonderful week end.
Kris
:)