April 30, 2019
Honestly, I wasn't looking for
another dollhouse to fix up.
But this one literally appeared
in my inbox and in my face.
A mama who bought it to create
for a future little daughter ....
.... but she ended up with all boys.
So now it's in my hands to renovate.
I have no plans just yet but so
excited to have another project.
A $240 dollhosue (I'm told) for
a sweet $40, furniture included!
What do you think of my new project?
What color would you paint the outside?
And today, more snow. All
over the roads and landscape.
Blowing and cold, and just
never ending. Why, why??
This doesn't look bad but I should
have taken some shots later ....
.... when all the brown you see had
turned to layers of cold, cold white!
April 29, 2019
April 28, 2019
It snowed yesterday. Not just a wee bit of Spring
slush but an actual blizzard! We were not very
impressed, especially when what was predicated
was "moisture" ~ this was hardly that!! Rain was
what we were hoping for as it's been a very dry
Spring so far. Grass fires are keeping our fire
department very busy. However, as much as
this has brought moisture to our region, I really
hope we'll soon get rain instead. The snow can
stay away until next Winter! To inspire us to all
have some hope and lots of Spring Fever, I took
a shot of my April calendar from Susan Branch!
I got a little crafty while my dh, dd
and dgs were away for Easter holidays.
Created a sweet little Easter Bunting
out of scrapbook paper for our mantel.
I have been experimenting with "aging"
and so far, I'm enjoying this new skill.
Teeny little lambs on a couple of the
pieces to fill in and make is Springy!
The finished product! Fun and I think now that I've
made one, I can make more for our various holidays.
We wanted to try and start growing our
veggie patch inside the house this year.
I found this sweet little greenhouse kit
at the local dollar store last weekend.
We've now planted a variety of veggies,
herbs and even some flowers to bloom.
Fingers crossed this works well and next year,
if all goes well, we can start our seeds in a
real greenhouse out in the garden. We hope
to buy one by Fall so we'd be ready for 2020.
Have you ever used used a mini greenhouse?
Do you have a big greenhouse in your garden?
We love muffins! And I finally found
a truly super easy blueberry muffin recipe.
A handful of ingredients and just a quick
stir and fold and then in to the tin to bake.
Just the right size for a quick snack and so
yummy with fresh butter melted on top. I
was going to write out the recipe (I did for
my favorites binder) but decided it would
be easier for anyone who wants to try to
download the recipe, so click here. Enjoy!
April 26, 2019
Dh, dd and dgs came home safely from
Disneyland very late on Tuesday night.
Dh still had Wednesday off as did I so
we had a lazy morning, then drove in
to town to do a few errands. We treated
ourselves to lunch at a local restaurant.
For the small sum of $4 (that included the tip),
dh enjoyed a burger with fries and iced tea, and
I had a mac and cheese with bacon dish and
caesar salad with sparkling lemonade. So good.
But how was this just $4, including a nice tip? I
had a couple of great gift cards to use for this
particular spot. Three gift cards to be exact. This
lunch used up 1.5 cards, so we'll be able to have
lunch here another day. Just enough food to fill
us up without going over our calories for the day.
April 25, 2019
Before we bought our first home, I read an article about spending money on one or two quality pieces of furniture that will last decades vs. spending money on many poorly crafted items that will need to be replaced over and over again. In our early years, our funds were decent but we were budget conscious in our commitment to not have any debt, so our furniture was sparse and often lovingly gifted, thrifted or inherited. As our incomes increased and our expenses decreased as kids grew and became independent, we've been able to commit to quality. My favorite piece is our recent find of this classic Ethan Allen secretary desk. Bought second had from a local family, at a 1/3 of the original cost, it was in perfect condition, not a scratch on it anywhere. The original owners bought it but never used it. I love writing in this quiet spot in our little cottage and know if we ever move, this piece will follow us wherever we land!
What are your thoughts on quality furniture?
Do you have some favorite pieces you love?
April 23, 2019
We've had a bit of laundry room plumbing
disaster, which our builder, the original
old plumber and our new plumber are all
trying to figure out. They are back today!
I won't give any details now as I'm fuming
and will put my energy in to other projects.
A project that is at least now 90% complete
is our sweet and pretty little guest bedroom.
It needs a dimmer switch on the light (our
electrician is coming next week), curtains
to complement the lace curtains, crown
moulding (our Fall project) and a couple
more pictures to add to the walls. I found
an amazing oval vintage print last week.
Here is the wall that needs a few more
pictures to round it out and make it full.
More books have gone in to the little house
bookcase since I took this picture yesterday.
Extra curtains and a box to hide the fittings
to hang the curtains up on. I envision a small
print, Laura Ashley style, flowing in the
wind when the windows are open. Pretty!
Do you have a sweet little guest bedroom?
Does it get used often or is just always ready?
April 22, 2019
As promised, I've captured the last few
bookcases around our cottage. I didn't
take a shot of the open bookshelf in
the laundry room or our walk in closet.
We love our little bookcases on either side
of our fireplace in the master bedroom. I
have started to put some smaller books in
here, which right now is my Beatrix Potter.
The other side has some petit point pictures,
candles, a pretty rose bag, a painted vase and
a tiny set of salt and pepper shakers that we
found when we cleaned out gramma's house.
Our wall unit in our bedroom is another
book storage source. It is actually three
pieces but we recently split it up as it
truly swallowed up the wall too much.
We placed the other piece in the turret as part
of our office space. You can see that up above.
Can you spot a new old piece for our bedroom?
Isn't that the sweetest blush arm chair? It was
listed and then reduced on our local marketplace
so I was suprised when I contacted the seller and
she told me it was still available. When I went to
view it, we clicked and then she surprised me by
reducing it again! Very happy and it is so comfy.
It came from a family who had lived in a heritage
area in the Big City and they said it was made by
the great grandfather back in the early 20's. It's
been recovered by the fabric is period and so
perfect. The small bookcase is in our upper hall.
On the left, the little house bookcase we have in
our guest bedroom that holds books for our grand
kids when they sleep over. I love buying books for
the two of them to truly enjoy! The final picture is the
end of our island in the art studio. This was meant
to be just one more spot for books but I've switched
it up a bit. It now holds all my scrapbooks along with
pads of paper and some art books. It works very well.
Well friends, that's end of my bookcase tour.
Hope you enjoyed seeing our book nooks!