28 December 2009

A Christmas Mess

I thought I'd start this post with a pretty photo....

of the bathroom that I just finished re-doing 1 week ago....

and follow it with photos of what happend on Christmas morning.

We woke up to a Christmas mess....frozen pipes....that had burst. This is only one bathroom....I didn't take a photo of the bathroom on the main floor...as that too has a hole in the wall and our cabinets. We were without water for Christmas and 1/2 of the next day....that means no flushing toilets...yuck!

Oh....and did I mention we were in the middle of a huge snow storm....so no getting out to go buy some water {*note to self* always have emergency water in the house}....but all and all it wasn't too bad. The plumbing is now fixed....and all is good.

And I thought I'd end this post with another pretty photo....our goats playing in the snow. We had 15 inches of snow in the past couple days....plus the foot that dropped a couple weeks ago....plus 6 foot snow drifts....let me tell ya....there's a lot of snow....but as long as the goats have their little path...they're happy as can be....just playin' in the snow.

21 December 2009

Ruffles and Glue

I'm almost done re-doing our basement bathroom....just a few more things to tweak....but thought I'd share with you a couple super easy projects I did yesterday....

I had this apothecary jar that I thought would be perfect to hold some Epsom salt...so of course...the first thing that came to mind to embellish the jar with....an old prescription....too cute...huh.

Then....I had just bought a package of inexpensive {only $2.99 for a set of four} cotton towels to use in the bathroom....but of course....I couldn't just leave them plain....

So I tore some muslin strips....and sewed a little ruffle on them....not so plain anymore.

I also wanted to take a moment to wish you all a.....

Merry Christmas....

may your days be blessed and your hearts full.

See you next week.

15 December 2009

Slow Makeover

This red sofa sits in our family room....and it's gettin' a makeover. Remember when I told you that I learned a new skill {sewing}....well....of course, I had to go all out....and as one of my first projects....I'm slipcovering this beast. It's a huge sectional sofa....but OHHH so cozy with it's feather filled cushions and deep seats. Now I did some homework before trying to cover this on mine own...and it is soooooo expensive to have someone make a slipcover...the cost was almost double what I paid for the sofa...Yowza!

As of today....I have almost finished sewing all the loose cushion covers....and now....I'm in the process of sewing the slipcover for the sofa itself.

What was I thinking.

11 December 2009

Guest Bathroom....Check

It's finished.....well.....at least for now.....because we all know.....a room is never really done.

You'll notice....that I like things a little sparse....I tend to leave the walls rather empty....I like the feeling of open space.

Love this dresser....it was aqua when we bought it....it now wears a beautiful shade of gray....

as does the antique tub.

Our little jars of guest essentials.

Love this tiered basket....love old jars too.

And this is where it all began...
This is how the bathroom looked before we moved in....


Pink walls....


Pink tub....


Pink flowers....


and gold accents....


Not quite my taste....


Something had to be done....


And it is....done!


Guest bathroom....check.


Now I'm tackling my office and family room....


Photos of those rooms to come.

07 December 2009

Meet Stella

I'd like to introduce you to Stella...

our 1949 Ford truck...that I'm utterly in love with.


Stella doesn't look like much...a ding here...rust there...but lift her top....

and she's smokin'.

She's part hot rod...part farm truck...I've got the best of both worlds.

Stella...is what we like to call a "sleeper" in car terms....

meaning...from the outside she's kinda old and blah looking...

but under her hood....she's got a rebuilt 351 engine...and lots of muscle.

Not to mention...Centerline wheels...and beefy tires.

Mama loves her some muscle.

{Oh...and if you love the ruffle tote...like I do...you can find them here}

And this is our tree....she's perfect.

This year she resides in our basement...it's the only carpeted surface in our home...and I think the boys will thank me Christmas morning...when they don't have to open their gifts on cold wood floors.

The boys decorated her all by themselves...I even resisted the urge to fix her.
And as you can see...my 6 year old likes to put the ornaments all together in clusters...for more impact.

Only....the impact is just plain ugly...

wouldn't you know that their favorite ornaments are the ugly ones I've been trying to throw away for years...

but...as long as they lov'em...I'll keep'em.

P.S. And is it wrong to let your 6 year old eat Cool Whip with caramel sauce for dinner?...I'm such a loser mom...lol.

04 December 2009

A Little Project

Last week, we had new french doors installed right off our kitchen. Well...with boys running in and out all day....I soon realized....I needed a doorstop....or I'd be paying for new doors...again.

So...this is what I came up with. An idea I saw somewhere...at some point...I believe it was Cath Kidston. A rice door stop.

I went through my fabrics...chose three coordinating patterns and got busy.

1. Cut six 7 inch squares...2 of each pattern....making the finished project a 6 inch cube.

2. Put the pretty sides together and sew.

3. This is how it will look as your sewing the fabric squares together. Make sure you place the fabrics in the correct place on the cube....the same patterns should be opposite each other.

4. Here's what your cube will look like when your all done sewing. Make sure to leave a little opening to turn the cube inside out and add the rice.

5. Turn your cube inside out...fill with rice...and hand stitch the small opening close.

And there you have it....a sweet door stop.


01 December 2009

Thank You...

Who loves you baby.....we do.