Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Memorium

 Paris our beloved fur baby has departed this earth, She was our little ray of sunshine for twelve wonderful years. Paris had one mission in life and that was to love and be loved. She was the most gentle  and loving dog I've ever known. She displayed no signs of illness and left this earth gently, the very same way she lived.She went to sleep on Thursday evening November 6th and slipped away early Friday morning November 7th. We are crushed and our home has a large hole in it. We are grateful for the 12 wonderful years of unconditional love and joy she bought our family. She is and always will be, deeply missed.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Giant Coasters

Ever since Brandi made these cute coasters  I've been dying to make a few of my own. Now that we have so many wood surfaces I figured I'd better get to it. I went to The Home Depot and bought a few tiles.  I thought the 4x4 tiles were a little dainty so I bought 6x6 tiles. They are HUGE.


I figured if I was going to go through all of the trouble of making coasters with pretty images I didn't want what ever was placed upon them to completely cover up my hard work... ha.I made two different sets. One using wrapping paper that I bought from Marshalls.



The other set was made using images from The Graphics Fairy and images purchased from Etsy.



I antiqued the wrapping paper with walnut ink and tea stain ink to give it the look of aged leather, then I brushed on three coats of poly and glued cork to the backs.



I traced around the tiles and cut out the images a little wider than the tiles, then glued them to the front of the tiles, once the glue dried I trimmed the images to the exact size of the tile. I did the same with the cork.


The dress form image and teapot are from The Graphics Fairy


I purchased the typewriter image, French script background and birds nest from Etsy. First I printed the French script and then I ran it back through the printer and printed the dress form and the other images on top of the French script. After the images were glued to the tiles I inked the edges with a black stamp pad.




 I ran out of cork for the backs so I used some extra rug pad that I had lying around. I just traced around the pad and glued it to the backs of the tile, same as the cork. Now I have cute coasters that are large enough to hold a drink,


Or a large bowl of homemade butternut squash soup,


Thanks to Brandi for the inspiration for these coasters and thanks to all of you who take the time to visit and leave such kind comments. I'll  be linking up with these great ladies this week,

                                                       Savvy Southern Style

                                                      Ivy and Elephants

                                                      French Country Cottage

                                                     My Romantic Home

                                                    Craftberry Bush

                                                    Thoughts From Alice

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Buffet

For some reason it took me all week to finish this vignette. I had a million and one interruptions. I was waiting on pumpkins at first and after the pumpkins appeared in the stores I just kept hitting snags along the way. I almost said forget it, by the time I finish this no one will be interested in fall decor. However I managed to get it done.

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I love it when other bloggers use those beautiful vintage breadboards as backdrops in photos. I don't own any yet but I have a boat load of vintage thrifted silver so I decided to take it out of the cupboards and use it in my vignette.





This year I wanted to use real pumpkins and other natural elements like dried hydrangea from my sad hydrangea crop and dried seed pods from the coneflowers that have long since bloomed. I also used some dried liartis also from the garden. I added in some moss from my stash and cotton boll stems.




I also bought a few tiny pots of ornamental kale and added them to my vintage coffee pot and planted a few in a milk glass pot and added it to my coffee table.


I could only find orange pumpkins so I painted them white using Glass of Milk, a Martha Stewart paint.



I added a few painted pumpkins to my coffee table  along with the ornamental kale.





 I'm still working on my settee redo, I'm hoping to finish it this week. Well thats all for now friends, thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun link ups this week,

                                                    Thoughts From Alice

                                                  Stone Gable

                                                 Savvy Southern Style

                                                 Ivy and Elephants

                                                 Craftberry Bush

                                                 French Country Cottage

                                                 My Romantic Home

                                                 The Vintage Storehouse

                                                Thrifty Decor Chick



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A New Coffee Table and A little Fall

When my children were growing up we ate every meal at the table. Well now that we have an adults only house we like to grab a bite in front of the tv sometimes and watch a movie. The white ottoman that we had didn't give us enough room to set drinks or plates of goodies. So we built a coffee table to replace the ottoman.



When I saw a raised planter at The Christmas Tree Shoppe I thought to myself hmmm I think I could make a coffee table from this.



 It was 19.99 and I thought it would make a big enough surface to place drinks and snacks on movie nights, or when entertaining.I went to Home Depot and had two 8x10x2 pine boards cut into 36 inch lengths to make planks for the top. We had 3/4 inch plywood on hand and my husband cut it into a 36" square to make the base.


 The planks were screwed together with two strips of plywood.


 The planter was pre drilled so it made for fast construction. After it was assembled my husband joined the planter to the plywood base using L brackets.


Wheels were added, first they were screwed into an 18" square and then attached to the base.


My husband designed the top so we could slide it on and off for storage. Once all the pieces were put together it looked like this



 After a lot of back and forth on how to finish the wood I decided to wash it in in a 50/50 mixture of paint and water. I used three colors white, grey and a very light blue. I applied one layer of paint and while it was still wet I applied another  wiping after each color until I got the right blend. The total cost of the coffee table was around 60.00 dollars.


 After it was all said and done I added a little fall decor to the room. I'm not finished yet and I'll be back later with more pics once I'm finished redoing my settee.


I added books and a grass arrangement to the table on silver thrift store trays, along with these adorable clothes pins.


These were designed by the talented Rosemary  who writes the gorgeous blog Villabarnes. Check out her Etsy Shop she has the most beautiful items.





The rolled paper was made from wrapping paper that I found at Marshalls a while ago.While I was at it I added a little fall to my side table.










Thanks for stopping! by I'll be back soon with a little more fall decorating and my revamped sette. I'll be joining these fun link ups this week,

                                                       Savvy Southern Style

                                                      Ivy and Elephants

                                                    Craftberry Bush

                                                    French Country Cottage

                                                   Miss Mustard Seed

                                                  My Romantic Home

                                                 Thoughts From Alice

                                                Thrifty Decor Chick

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Mora Clock and A New Table

I mentioned in my  window treatment post that I was building a new side table. Well it's actually just two pieces screwed together, no real building involved ha!


 I inherited my mom's French Provincial dining room set. I love it but it had a double pedestal base that felt to bulky for my small dining area, so I removed the pedestals and replaced them with curvy Queen Anne legs that I bought from ebay. Looking at those pedestals gave me an idea, why not make a new side table from the pedestal. Here's what I started with


 The pedestal like I said came from mom's table and I ordered the pine top from The Home Depot.  My husband screwed the top to the base using wood screws ... then it looked like this,


 The base was pretty banged up from being stored in the pit of hell aka my shed. But that worked for me because I like a little distressing . I painted the top and bottom using a sample paint from The Home Depot, it's just a basic white.



 I used multiple layers of a 50/50 wash of paint and water on the  top and pedestal and rubbed it back after each layer until I got the effect that I wanted.


Then I scuffed it up with a sanding block and putty knife..



I waxed the table with minwax clear wax and sat it in place. It totally breaks the rules for side table height but I like it anyway. The table cost me 23.00 bucks total since I had everything but the top. I think it looks a lot like this one from Pottery Barn. I like the price of mine much better though.



I still haven't installed my new flooring in the living room. I have to add another layer of subflooring to even out the floors between the kitchen, dining room and living room.



Since I only got about five blooms this summer from my hydrangeas I bought some pretty flowers to add to the table.



I also ordered this  Mora wall clock from ebay. The price was reasonable and even with shipping it was less than 200.00 bucks





 I think it's really pretty although I'm already thinking about giving it a new paint job.Look who decided  to photobomb.





I guess he's exhausted from  photobombing my shoot and messing up the pillows, wrinkling the slipcovers and lets not forget getting the  curtains out of whack hehe.


Thats it for now. Next up I'm giving my Settee a freshen up.  thanks for stopping by, I'll be joining these linkups this week,

                                 Savvy Southern Style

                                Ivy and Elephants

                               French Country Cottage

                             Craftberry Bush

                             My Romantic Home

                            Rooted In Thyme


                           Miss Mustard Seed

                        Thrifty Decor Chick

















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