Monday, November 19, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

May you surround yourselves with family and friends and remember all the things in life you are thankful for.  

I am thankful for all of you that have friended me and have continued to bless me with reading my blog posts and leaving your sweet comments.  I am so thankful for all of you.

I am leaving you with some pictures of my past fall decor.  

As we say good bye to Fall and enjoy Thanksgiving this week, wishing each of you a very beautiful day on Thanksgiving.

  Then it is right into Christmas!!!!  I will be back with lots of fun things for the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Gather together with your loved ones and enjoy this special day to reflect on all the blessing in our lives.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Evolving Door

Hello Everyone.

Remember how I dreamed of a beautiful mirror for my entry way.

This was the fabulous Mirror in a shop I frequent.  It would look so awesome in my home but was way out of my budget for this piece.

So the solution was to have Terry make me a entry way mirror out of old salvage pieces and a great old door we already had.
It was a beautiful piece he created.

My problem was that it just did not seem right and did not make my heart beat a little faster like the one in the shop.

I just could not get that great mirror from the shop off my mind.

Then we added a beautiful saying to help give this entry way mirror a little more character.
I thought this would help me fall in love with this beautiful piece and I could get the mirror in the shop off my mind.

Nope! even with the new saying put on this piece it still did not feel right!

Terry said ok lets just get the mirror in the shop and we can make this piece work someplace else.  

I love that he was open to getting that beautiful mirror for me.

 I just could not see spending that kind of money  on that mirror even with loving it so much.

Plus Terry put a lot of work into this piece which made it special.   I was really torn.

While Terry was trying to rent a truck to go to buy the shop mirror,  I literally sat and stared at the piece in my entry and thought what is it about this piece that is not letting me like it as much as the mirror in the shop?

Then it hit me!!!! 

I told Terry forget about trying to find a truck to rent!   I think I figured out what was missing to make me love this mirror as much as the shop mirror.  So.........
I said to Terry what if we make it a full length mirror like the shop mirror?  Do you think you could re work some of these pieces to make that happen.  He said Yes I think I can!!!!  I love those words "I think I can"!!!!!

So as you can see above he made the opening for the mirror bigger and full length.

This is it in the rough stages.  He took out the corner window pieces and used some filler wood pieces to make this work.

I loved those corner pieces and wanted to make sure we could keep those.

I loved it already in its rough form before paint and the mirror going in.

Here it is the "new door/mirror" with the full length mirror. 
I will be putting my Christmas tree in front of this mirror. 
I think it will look pretty here.

Finally the ever evolving door/mirror is done and I love it!!!!

Wish the sun would come out to get better pictures.  It has been snowing and cloudy here in Illinois.

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 9, 2018

New Table Update

Hi Everyone.
Finally got the table to the right size for the room!!!!!!!
Here are some pictures of the new table.

This is the table that Terry made out of the old table legs and our $15 dollar bargain Windsor chairs we found in Michigan.  They were black and we painted them gray.   As you can see the table was about 6 inches too long for the space and blocked the entry way to the kitchen.

So for now we will just have a table for 4 people. There is just Terry and I so this will work until we can take out the wall between the kitchen and living room for an open concept.

Terry was going to move the chandelier over to the middle of the table but since we are going to take down this wall in January we decided to leave it where it is.  Still looks nice in the middle of the room.  We just figured why move it and then have to move it again when the wall comes down!

This is the wall that will come down and we will open up the living room and kitchen area.  Then I can have a longer dining table for entertaining.  When they made this house back in the 40's there was not such thing as open concept and rooms were very tiny and walled off.

I am waiting on the slipcovers I ordered from Target in white to cover the chairs.  This way the chairs will flow better with my two white slipcovered living room chairs.

The wall needs something in the mean time before it is taken down.    I have an idea for that so stay tuned to see what becomes of that space on the wall.

Happy Friday
Have a great weekend.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Christmas Gift

Hi Everyone.

I saw this on FB and had to laugh!

This about sums it up lol!!!!

I bought these cute mugs on Etsy.  I bought them to make into sweet gifts for the wonderful employees at my Vet's Office from Buddy for  Christmas.
Alluring Prints is the name of Rebecca's shop and she does more than just mugs so if you would like to see all her creative items or get this mug you can go to her site here.  I was not compensated in anyway for this shout out for her.  I just love to share talented peeps I find on Etsy.  

I gathered up supplies.  Candy Canes, Hot Cocoa Mix, $ 5 Dunkin Donut gift cards, Donut gift card holders and ribbon and donut stickers.
This is a new hot cocoa I found.  Well it is new to me anyway.  Sounds yummy!

So I put one package of the cocoa and a couple of candy canes in each mug.

Found these cute gift card holders at Hobby Lobby.  Two come in each package.
Perfect for holding the Dunkin Donut gift cards!

After filling the cups I tied them off in a plastic bag which each one came in.  The I hole punched the gift card holder and tied the bags with the ribbon and Dunkin Donut Gift Card holders.

There you have it a sweet gift for all the special people that work with animals.  My Vet is the best and every single one of the employees there love animals and do so much to help animals.
Now I can treat each of them to a hot cup of cocoa and they can treat themselves to a special drink or donut from Dunkin Donuts.

My little side kick agrees that the hot cocoa treats and donut gift cards are a perfect gift for him to give to the staff at the Vet's Office.
So Buddy has his Christmas gifts done.
Now he can go to the Hallmark Channel and pick out a fun Christmas Movie and kick bag and relax his shopping is done!!!!!

The holidays will move quickly so I am getting on top of my DIY's early.

Have a great week.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living Room to Living Room/Dining Room

Remember these table legs?

Remember this part of a big table.

I wanted a Harvest Table for part of my living room.  

Living small has not allowed me a dining room. 

 I decided we needed something for Terry and I to eat dinner.  I was so tired of eating down stairs in the family room in front of the TV.  

The Expand o Matic table is down there but it is a pain to pull out and set up the leaves every night. 

 That table is better used for a big function or holiday.

Sooooo what is a girl to do?

I figured and re figured the living room space in my head and with moving things around in this room.  
I am a visual person and need to see things!

This is the set up before we thought of adding a dining table.   Two of the big chairs had to go to make room for the dining table.

Terry took the legs and old framing and cut it down to make a long skinny length for the harvest table. 
I loved it. 
We went and got some wood planks thinking we would use them for the top and stain or paint them.

So here is a partial picture of the table in progress.
It still needs the drawers put back in the ends and it needs the top put on and then chairs!!!!!

As you can see my design assistant Buddy was making sure this design was not going to impede his looking out that window to the world going by each day!

I swear in a few days I will have this table done and in its place and the new "old" chairs will be re loved to go around this table.

Then the set up will be figured out and I will have the new living room / dining room done to show all of you.

So many things going on to finish this project quickly.
November 1st already and the holidays on our heels!  Yikes!

I will be back in a few days to show you the finished room.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

The grand dogs are ready for Halloween.
Charlie (Boston Terrier) Frank (Yellow Lab) and Bruce (Great Dane)

Little Snickers bumble bee!

Buddy is going as Casper the Ghost lol!

These were pictures from last year of my grand dogs.

Can't wait for the trick or treaters.

Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cottage Retreat

Hello Sweet Friends.  

This past weekend Terry and I took a weekend trip and drove to our favorite areas in Southwestern Michigan.  Very cute towns along the lake.

This time we found a new and cute cottage to stay.
I thought I would share some of the pictures with you.

I loved this place it was decorated in my style so it felt like I was home.

The Front Porch of this Cottage Rental was decorated for Fall and Very Welcoming.

When you walk in there are two living room areas.  I did not realize when I took this picture the pumpkin pillow was upside down lol!

This is the other side of the living room as you enter into this cute cottage.  The sofa is a sleeper on this side.

This is the cute dining room and sitting area plus kitchen.  French doors off the kitchen go to the outside screened in porch.

This is the Master Bedroom.  Gotta love those vintage shutters flanking the window.

I just loved all her sweet touches in her decor.  That white chippy bench made me feel right at home.

There is a second bedroom with twin beds.  

My daughters and I are planning a girls get away trip and I think this will work out great.

Here are my sweet little deer females that would stroll into the yard each morning to eat what little bit of greens are still left.  I could not capture them looking at me.  By the time I grabbed my phone to take their pictures they were off.

Here is the porch off the back of the house.  Every morning this is where my female deer friends could be seen.

A short walk from the cottage is the shores of Lake Michigan.  It was very chilly but a nice place to walk before dark wearing our heavy sweaters.

One of the places in this little town is the Blue Moon Vintage Market.
We stopped in and saw some pretty cool things.

I kind of was swooning over those shutters and that beautiful cabinet.

I am glad I got a picture of this fabulous Turkey because after I took this picture he was gone!  Someone bought him.  That guy was solid concrete.

See the white chippy bench.  That came home with me!!!!  Shocker I know!  White, Chippy and fabulous.  Had to have it.

In the little town of Three Oaks is a great distillery called Journey Mans.  You can see them making and storing their whiskey.  The food was all organic.
All ingredients in the recipes are from local farmers.
I had a great salad with a gin/vinaigrette dressing that was so delish.

Journey Mans also has a huge loft area you can rent out.  Many people have weddings here and then rent out the huge loft for family and friends to stay.
One of the kitchen areas of the lofts in this place.  There are 5 all together.  Each with huge kitchens, living areas and bedrooms and baths.

There is a beautiful porch off the back of the lofts.  Just a great place to have your special family gathering.  See those great chairs I found 4 just like those in a resale shop for $15 dollars each.  Wooo Hooo Score!

Then it was onto my favorite place.  The Found Cottage in Hudsonville.  About an hour drive north of where we were renting the cottage.

There were so many fun fall things in the shop.

So that is what I did this weekend.  It was a very cozy, sweater weather get away.   
I cannot wait to plan a girls weekend with my two daughters and stay again in the cozy cottage.

Have a good start to the new week.