Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day weekend

UI hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
We had a great week, spending time with friends and family members that we get to see only once a year if we're lucky, and because they are spread all over Iowa, there is just never enough time to see them all. 

We visited loved ones who have passed, we got to help celebrate a grand daughter's birthday, along with two of our grandsons. 
It was nice, but there never is enough time to spend with them. 

We took our time driving across Ohio & Indiana, and spent the night in a little campground in Indiana before making the final leg of our trip across Illinois, into Iowa. 

 Taking a walk around the lake at the campground before we retired to the camper to watch the Cavs win game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference.....

 Improvising on an iPhone, lol, because we couldn't get the channel we needed to watch it on TV.

Had to take pictures to compare Ohio soil, which is so hard to grow my veggies in.....

to the rich, black Iowa soil that I miss so much!

Spending the weekend with old friends



And spending the afternoon with my little brother, I don't get to see him much. 


We had a very relaxing weekend, but it's always nice to get home.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My new "old" lamp

I finally got my floor lamp done this week!! Yay! I've always wanted a wooden floor lamp, I found one about a year ago and it had several layers of chipped paint on it, but I walked away, regretting it ever since. 

My infatuation with a WOODEN floor lamp started when I saw one in one of those high end furniture stores, to be honest I can't even remember which one it was any more, but it had a hefty price tag.

After the one that got away, I just gave up and bought this fake wooden lamp.....


I do like it, but it's made of hard plastic that looks like the wood that sells in Restoration Hardware (my favorite furniture store!). It's got that driftwood look to it, and it looks nice in my home. But it's so wonky, it's made of several pieces of this hard plastic and they don't "connect". The lamp sits crooked so you'd think you could twist the pieces together so they are solid. You can't do that, therefore the lamp sits wonky. Whatever.

Of course shortly after I buy the wonky lamp I find this one at the antique mall a mile from my house! I snatched it up for $30, stripped the cherry finish off of it and just left it bare, no finish on it at all. I love it, it looks just like the one I saw in the furniture store that I can't remember the name of! I found the perfect lamp shade for $20, so $50 later I have the floor lamp of my dreams!


It's the simple things.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I'm back with a few projects we have been working on around the house

It's been awhile since I've written, taking a break I guess, that and I didn't think I had anything exciting to write about. I haven't been painting any beautiful pieces of furniture, I haven't worked on anything to sell in awhile, I have just been spending my time working on a bunch of little jobs that need to be done around my own home.

My front porch was looking a little tired for awhile now, so I'm giving it a little update.
My grandson helped me put a coat of varnish on these little lanterns that I got at Gabriel Bros a few years ago. If your not familiar with Gabe's (as I call it), it's a great place where I like to buy outdoor d├ęcor, the prices are perfect for things that sit out in the elements and have to be replace a bit more often.
I figured I could get a few more years out of these cute little lanterns if we put an outdoor finish on them.   

Before pictures of my tired front porch


Derek just loves to help me, I can always find something for him to do.

With a little help from Grandma, controlling the drips and runs, they turned out pretty nice.

I was going to buy fabric to cover the seat cushions but I ran across some really inexpensive ones at my grocery store (they sell everything from soup to nuts), a three piece set for $20.00. Sold, I couldn't buy the fabric for that price. And seat cushions, when exposed to the morning sun needs to be replaced every year anyway, so I went for it. The cute pillow came from HomeGoods for a measly $15.00!

Now we just need a few flowers to bloom to bring on the color!

We have been transforming our backyard living space into a retreat, by putting up a Pergola, someplace where we can just chill out after a busy week. But honestly, we needed a shade source since our trees aren't getting big fast enough to suit us. And much needed privacy since we live on a corner lot and can be seen from three sides. I feel like we are on display every time we're outside. I love this though, we have only had it up for a couple of weeks but I have already found myself sitting out there reading and having dinner while the hubby is away. We want to add some curtains as well so we can enjoy it even as the weather gets a bit cooler.

I recovered those tired pillows from the front porch to put on the patio furniture in back, just trying to extend the life of these pillows for a bit longer. They are outdoor pillows so they were in perfect shape, they were just badly faded.


I do love sewing my own outdoor pillow covers anyway because I have a huge choice of beautiful fabrics that if I were to buy them ready made at a garden center would cost me oodles!

The challenge here was finding a fabric that would marry the color of red from my home to the brownish/goldish/orangeish color of our outdoor furniture. But I did it, and I love the fabric. 
If  the weather stays nice for a whole weekend we can work on planting, we still need  a privacy border and some beautiful flowering bushes to fill in the area behind the living space. And I'd love to have some container gardens filling in some areas.

It takes time, but it's getting there.

I also got my lamp refinished........

and rewired, now I just need to find a shade for it.

I've been getting a few painting jobs to make a bit of extra cash to pay for said fabrics and pillows:)

And I have been repainting.......


and creating those signs for my house.

I will post pictures of the "afters" in another post.

So I have been a busy gal, but in my own time, and that feels wonderful!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pillows from my old lace stash

This week I've been busy catching up on a few things that I've had to get finished. Tedious little jobs that I always have make a "to do" list for, or I forget to do them. 

I gave the first coat of paint to the inside of that big cupboard that we moved to my husbands office. I'm finishing up a small side table for my grand daughter's bedroom that we are redecorating. I'm working on a sign to hang on one of my walks, and I also have been moving things around from one spot to the next trying to decorate the large areas above my entertainment units. 

I'm just getting the Spring fever itch to change things up a bit.

I've also been working on some pillows to sell, I got these two almost finished on Saturday. I just have to close them up and they'll be finished.

I used an old lace table cloth for one of the pillows and some really thick lace that bordered old linen valances, both are adorned with extra vintage lace and flowers made from round doilies. I always add a bit of bling for a bit of sparkle.

These pillows are so much fun for me to create, once I get started I can't quit! I love the process of designing them, and putting my stash of old lace to good use.