April 23, 2017
We've been a bit busy in our kitchen lately
creating sweet little treats for our bird visitors.
There are many recipes on the 'Net so I won't
post any here. We found a super easy one and
even had our grandson help out. So far, we've
put 4 outside on a tree and the birds and I'm sure,
the squirrels have thoroughly enjoyed these sweet
treats. More will be hung sometime later this week.
Every year on our sweet boy's birthday, we
celebrate the brief moments we had with him.
Losing a baby is an extremely helpless experience
and there is nothing we can do to make this better.
But for one day each year, we can share, laugh,
cry and remember his birthday. We can wish
for all the things we would have loved to
have done with him. The future we didn't get
and the past that is empty of memories. We
say his name every day and we talk about
him often but it's his birthday that makes us
smile at the same time that it makes us so
very sad. We are thankful for our family
and our caring baby loss community who
do not turn their backs on our grief and our
love for a sweet tiny boy named Bretton.
April 17, 2017
For a while now, we've been thinking about leasing a booth at our local Antique Mall. For the two of us, it's not so much about making money, though that would be great. It's more about an outlet for the fun we have in searching for "treasures." We love to venture out to local thrift stores and sometimes even a garage sale or two. But there really is nothing we need. Our home is filled with people, love and just the right amount of treasures that we've had fun finding and restoring or gathering. We truly do not wish to clutter our home. We love the open, airy feeling we have created. Having a booth would give us "permission" if you will to continue to hunt for treasures but not for our home ~ to fill our booth with treasures for others to buy. Smart idea for the "hunting" fun we have.
Because we love to do projects, a booth would be an experience the two of us could work on together. B loves to restore and refinish furniture. I have now perfected the art of chalk painting. I sew and have some ideas for creative items to make to sell. We have items we've collected over the years that we're ready to part with. So on the weekend, we applied for a booth at the mall. We knew the wait list is at least a year, so we've settled in for the wait. But excited that down the road, we'll have a little place to fill and restock and dream about. We've talked to a few vendors at this mall and they are impressed with the staff, the owners and the ongoing, consistent advertising and promotions to attract customers. It's always busy there and the fact the wait list is long is a good sign. Looking forward to our project!
Do you enjoy Antique Mall shopping?
Have you ever had or considered a booth?
April 16, 2017
April 15, 2017
I've been so intrigued by the post of
many bloggers who use chalk paint.
We've gathered a number of pieces of
old furniture over the years, some of
which is not in the best shape. It's
time to give "new life" to these pieces.
But first I had to learn how to make
then use real chalk paint as a medium.
My first piece to tackle: our original
dining room hutch. We ended up getting
this for free as the company messed up
and instead of picking it up, they just
refunded us our money. We didn't
argue, so it was a win~win for all.
Glass doors taken off the hutch and doors
and drawers removed from the base.
I found many recipes and the first one I
tried mixed up very nicely, so smooth.
Now it's time to paint and now the anxiety
begins to build in my little body and my mind.
First coat goes on nice and smooth.
It's not so bad. I kinda like this.
One more coat and then we'll try our
hand at the waxing. This part is going
to be tricky but we might chalk paint
an old board just to practice the process.
Have you gathered old pieces over the years?
Have you ever used chalk paint to refinish furniture?
Today, we are in the middle of a heavy snowfall.
Of course, its the long weekend and we were
hoping to try to begin our gardening. But at least
we can be home, warm and cozy while it snows.
A couple of weeks ago, we brought out our
wicker rocker, bench and kids wicker chair.
The sun was shining, the air was warm
and the chickadees were singing sweetly.
We had fun putting together a little Spring vignette
for our veranda. Soon we'll bring out the rest of
the wicker set and start working on our plans to
create a hanging swing for one side of the veranda.
For now, we can gaze out the window at
the snow covered trees and the drifts that
have accumulated around our landscape.
It's not freezing cold so I'm sure this will
melt soon and after last years fires in our
region, the extra moisture will be welcome
by many. I'm hoping that once it melts,
we'll see a much greener world. Truly
looking forward to landscaping our little
piece of country paradise this summer.
How is the weather for your Easter weekend?
Do you have big family plans to celebrate?
April 9, 2017
You may recall I booked off time from work to use up the last of my 2016 holidays. I chose Spring Break and with the weekends in on either side plus my regular days off, I ended up with a total of 12 days to rest, think, create, sort, enjoy and project. I'm back at work now but so happy for this time and thankful for an employer who is so accommodating. I also took time away from the organization I created and continue to do contract work for. Bonus time off so I could truly rejuvenate my body and my soul. Time to see if I tackled my to do list ....
gather all the documents for our taxes
* set up time with our accountant
move boxes, then paint the art studio
* paint then
reorganize the mud room
* paint then
reorganize the laundry room
* paint then
reorganize the storage room
take bottles into the bottle depot
revise chapters in my book project
visit with a dear friend next week
learn how to make a bracelet
put wicker furniture on veranda
organize one section of the garage
Looking at the list, you can see I didn't complete it 100%. However, lets review what did happen. Our taxes are ready to go to the accountant but she was away when I called, so now on my Monday to do list is to contact her tomorrow to set up our appointment. So pretty close.
You can see I accomplished lots of reorganizing. I actually went beyond whats on the list. We revamped our dressing room, cleaned out every drawer in the house, took in boxes and bags to the charity shop, and sorted closets. True Spring cleaning! The painting of these spaces didn't happen. However, a ton of painting did take place. Confused? Read on my dear friends.
One of my hopes was to take some time to learn how to chalk paint old furniture and accessories. Not on the list but a task that ended up taking a lot of time that I thoroughly enjoyed. I ended up painting an old hutch for our kitchen nook, two mirrors to hang over our bathroom vanity, a small chair, a plate rack, a high chair, a small vanity and matching bench, a wall shelf and a dresser shelf. On a shopping trip this past week, we picked up the wax to finish each project. I'll be posting pictures once that final step is completed.
I'm glad I got sidetracked as the chalk painting was so much fun and I feel so excited about finally learning how to refresh old pieces. Maybe in time I'll start to gather pieces to refinish to sell. But for now, it's been fun to go through our stash and remake them over. Hoping the waxing goes well. It's the only part I'm worried about.
I still have 4 weeks of holidays left. No plans just yet as I'll be coordinating with dh's holidays as well. We're hoping this year to get away for a little break. Since moving to the country, we haven't really felt like we needed a holiday away from here, as it feels like every day is a holiday out here! But it would be great to take some time to explore a tropical or eclectic destination.
Do you have any upcoming holidays you're planning?
Do you like to use time off for projects or just relaxing?
April 6, 2017
Today is the 85th Anniversary since
the first edition of the "Little House
in the Big Woods" was published,
the beginning of an incredible series,
written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My
favorite books when I was growing
up, it was an honor to create my blog,
with a slight twist on the true name, to
share our lives in our little house in
the big woods! I'm happy our kids,
especially our girls loved reading my
old copies, so much so, we had to buy
a new set just to keep up. Not long ago,
we came across our editions and have
now tucked them away for our little
grand babies so they can enjoy one day.
Did you enjoy the series as a child?
Which book was your favorite?