October 30, 2014


I have always loved the look of projects done with pages from
old books so I put together one for myself.

As you can see, it's simply an old frame, a page from a book
and a small bouquet of dried flowers.

I placed it on my bedside table and I'm liking the look.
Now I may have to do some more projects with book pages.

In other news this week (ha ha) I was surprised with some roses.

You see, a few weeks ago, I purchased three little pathetic
knock out roses that were on clearance for $3.50 each.
I was just hoping they would survive the winter
and bloom in the spring.

So a couple days ago I was very surprised to see
that all three of them had some blooms and buds on them.
 It was going to get much colder this week so I cut
them and brought them in to enjoy.

Aren't they a pretty color?

Have you had any unexpected surprises this week?

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October 24, 2014


Today is a beautiful, sunny fall day 
so I felt inspired to take some pictures.

Nothing special.

Just ordinary things around the house.

Things that I like.

Things that have meaning to me.

Reminders of the season.

Little groupings that I have put together.

Even things that are imperfect.

These are the things that say "home" to me.

I hope you're enjoying some sunshine today.

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

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October 21, 2014


Today I thought I would show you this bed and breakfast
sign that I made.

The frame belonged to an old picture that didn't fit my style anymore.
I still liked the frame and it's a nice size.
When I saw craft board at Joann Fabrics that was the same size 
as the frame, I decided to make my own sign.

First, I painted the board in ASCP Old White.
 Then I just came up with the wording, found a font that I liked,
determined the size and spacing of the words, and then printed it out.

I positioned the pages on the board and secured with masking tape.
I used a pen to trace over each letter leaving a small indent in the board.
My daughter has a really nice set of markers so I just used one of those
to fill in the letters.

That was all there was to it ~ pretty easy!

It fits just right on this wall near our computer desk.

It's not perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Now I just know you're wondering where I got my inspiration for
an English B&B sign ~ you are, aren't you?
Have you ever watched the show Doc Martin
I love that show and the setting is a quaint seaside village in Cornwall, England.
It is actually taped in the town of Port Isaac, but on the show, it is called Portwenn.

So now you know where I got my inspiration since you were
wondering and all!  : }

If you haven't seen the show, it airs on PBS and it's also on Netflix.

October 17, 2014


Isn't this a sweet kitchen?
I love the soft colors and how light and airy it is.
But more than that, they have used some great 
salvaged finds which add loads of character to this kitchen.

I found this kitchen at This Old House.
The insets in the following pictures were to show
similar items that could be used in place of the salvaged treasures.

Gorgeous, gorgeous chandelier!

The old brackets used for the shelf are amazing!

These stools are a similar style to the one I just ordered for my kitchen.
Of course, the chippy goodness isn't so easily replicated.
See how the two stools in the picture aren't even exactly alike - they don't even have to match!

I think most of us would adore this sink.

I really like the idea of using free standing furniture for some of the storage
 in the kitchen.
Especially if it looks as great as either one of these in the picture.

Do you like this kitchen?
What do you like or dislike the most?


All photos from This Old House

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