Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Private Spaces

I just thought I'd give you a peek into one small part of my bedroom....this space includes a vintage dresser that I repainted and adorned with some vintage lovelies.  This old dresser used to be Mr. Bittersweets when he was a was dark brown, then a turquoise blue, mossy green and now it's an ivory color but I distressed it so all the colors from it's previous life are visible.
I also changed out the hardware because at one point, when it was green, my son was using it as a dresser in his room and I wanted it to have a more updated feel.
Right now, it's acting as a holds craft and wrapping supplies.  I have a desk in my room that I use for crafting but it doesn't have as many drawers as it should so this dresser really came in handy for me.
I recently picked up an antique cast iron soap dish at a local antiques store so I thought it made a nice holder for my collection of old skeleton keys.  I placed a tattered piece of lace between the keys and the dish to make the keys stand out a bit.  I adore old keys don't you?
A vintage bell jar holds a collection of white and pearl antique buttons.  Some are from my Great Grandmother's collection.
Some of you may remember my assistant Charlotte,,,she used to sit on my desk and help me craft but while on a recent foray at Goodwill I found her a boyfriend.....
...actually I found this boy AND another Charlotte.  I was very excited and snapped them right up!  Actually, the busts are Louise AND Alexander Brongniart the original busts were sculpted by Jean Antoine Houdon and are on display in the Louvre. ( I have an extra Charlotte (Louise) in my Etsy shoppe if anyone is interested)
Love this tiny little painting on silk...I bought it to resell but I haven't been able to bring myself to part with it!
A beautiful rosewood box that holds my heart  topped with some lace and antique books.....
..these books belonged to my Great Grandmother Emma who is pictured in my header.  They mean so much to me.
I love this vintage creamer, it has just the right amount of patina on's the perfect resting place for this glittery pink fabric rose. Another item I bought to resell but couldn't part with.
I've had this vintage print of a painting for over 10 years and before that it spent 25 years hanging in a shop in Connecticut as part of the decor and before THAT it was purchased at an antique store.  I recently found out it is a painting of Lady Emma Hamilton who lived from 1765 to 1815...very cool indeed.  I also adore the  pillow sachet I have on the dresser top, made from an antique monogrammed handkerchief...stuffed to capacity with lavender..... it smells so heavenly.

I hope you are all having a lovely week....

Saturday, July 14, 2012

It is what It is

When I walked into my bedroom this is the first thing that I saw....'re probably asking yourself what that is.  That is the flat sheet hanging down over the bed skirt on my side of the bed.  If you look really closely you will see...
that it's a hole in the shape of a heart that a certain someone...when left unattended....has left for me.
Now I don't know if it's token of love or an act of defiance.....we've gone over this before many many times and I really thought we were clear on this....but I guess being really cute and only 9 months old allows you a leave of your senses to get away with such nonsense.  The chewing of the bedding and shoes is something we have revisited many times and obviously warranted another discussion.
I did all the talking....and he pretended to listen....all the while avoiding eye contact.
The problem is...he always returns to the scene of the crime to examine his handiwork....and this time I must admit I was very touched about the torn sheet resembling a heart...but it is what it is.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

For the love of Pinterest

  I found this recipe idea on bag of frozen chicken breasts, one can of crushed pineapple and one bottle of either Hawaiian style barbecue sauce or marinade....add these 3 ingredients to your crock pot and cook for about 5 hours.  I made this tonight for dinner and it was VERY good and VERY moist. I like recipes that don't have eleventy-million ingredients because sometimes I don't have all the time in the world to prep and cook dinner...especially in the hot summer months.

  I also made these donuts some time ago.....
...technically, these would qualify as a forbidden food item but this recipe looked so easy I had to try it.  You cut out the center of the uncooked biscuits and then fry in oil until done.  I had a really hard time with this because I never fry I had quite a few donuts that were done on the outside but still raw on the inside.  The ones that were cooked through were very good but only when they were still warm...once they cooled I found them not to be palatable at all.  Oh well.

I also made these little cuties on Easter
I'd like to add that this is NOT my photo, but the inspiration photo from Pinterest.  Mine came out kinda similar but most of them looked severely deformed and really not worth the effort so I doubt I'll be doing this again.

I also made Fried Pickles...that are baked and NOT fried
..these were very good that I had them as a main course one night.....yummo!

...and what a great idea for a NO BAKE cookie that all you have to do is assemble?
Acorn cookies made from Hershey kisses, Nilla wafers and a peanut butter chip.  Adorable!

On the upside, I pinned a LOT of whole wheat recipes that I have yet to try.

I found this clever idea for gift bags/wrap and I found the bags for purchase on Etsy...LOVE them :) son used one to wrap a Clint Eastwood Western DVD to give to his Dad for Father's Day.

Soon, I will be making this lovely...'s just one of those black rubber floor mats spray painted and hung on the wall....LOVE it!

This also....a bench made from an old dresser....
LOVE the color...very shabby cottage-ish :)

One clever soul made a lamp out of a vintage cake tin...

...and if you want to go GREEN and save  a tree, I LOVED this idea of using a stack of books as inspiration for a Christmas tree....
great for small spaces and just are re-using the trees that have been used to make the paper in the books to make a new tree :)

I also discovered the BEST shower cleaner EVER...
Heat up white vinegar and add Dawn blue dish liquid...WOW. I'm never buying anything else to clean the tub and showers...this worked AMAZINGLY well.

Keep your burned out night light bulbs or Christmas bulbs and add some glitter for beautiful Holiday bowl fillers....

I also thought this idea was very clever...
...adding photos to gifts in leau of gift tags.  I used plain brown kraft paper and bakers twine last year with rustic gift tags...I do think the photos dress up the packages a bit...don't you?

My local Goodwill has scads of canning jars for very cheap so I think I may try this idea at Christmas...
...very rustic and simple.

There are some very clever people out there who are so you Pinterest?
This is me...if you'd like to share ideas and pins....

Only 24 more days until I go on vacation!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Housekeeping and the Fourth...

  I am finding that having a curly haired dog is not so good for my housekeeping.  My pink Dyson is getting a daily workout...sometimes twice a day.  Walter is very cute and has lots of energy at 8 months old, but every time he runs through the house I think he loses a pound of fur.  Lugging the vacuum up and down the stairs has become quite the chore and my back is beginning to husband asked me if it would be cruel to shave the's beginning to look like a great idea to me. :)  Makes me miss my Sadie Mae that much more, she was a short hair and the only time she ever shed was when she was sick.

I am really just puttering around the house....waiting for the sun to come out, it really doesn't seem like summer to me here in the Pacific other parts are getting the high heat...we still have rain and fairly low temps.  SO looking forward to my New England vacation in August!!!  I have some kitchen chairs I need to repaint...hopefully the weather will be nice this coming weekend so I can take them outside to sand and paint them..and give my kitchen table a darker coat of stain.  I'll post the before and after pics when I do.

  There's been lot's of "test" fireworks going off all around us, as fireworks are legal in this state..and the good news is Walter hasn't batted an eyelash at all the booms and pops.  These same sounds would have sent Sadie shaking into the closet.....but I guess the true test will be on the 4th.  We have no big plans, the neighborhood usually has a lot of fireworks and we can hear the fireworks display next door at the lake, although the trees are too high to really see them well.  We bought our fireworks from Costco this year, which was WAY cheaper than buying them at one of the Fireworks stands.

My thoughts and prayers have been with all our friends in Colorado Springs, many of our friends and former neighbors have been relocated to safer areas.  So sad to see all the devastation, some landmarks we used to pass by on a daily basis are now gone....businesses and homes.  I pray they get this fire contained before too much of that beautiful state gets devoured in it.

Hope you all have a Blessed Fourth.