26 February 2010

Sewing Projects

I've been doing a few small sewing projects...wanna a peek...

I made these 2 pillows out of these that I had in the shop...I've been wanting some pillows that had a really nubby feel to them...and after looking around at what's available to buy....and seeing that they were w.a.y. out of my budget....I thought I'd look around my home to see if I had something similar...and wouldn't ya know it...I did.

I first made a couple pillows out of some old ticking I had....

and then made a couple ties to attach to one end.

I l.o.v.e. how they turned out...they are far from perfect....but perfect for me...and gotta love anything with hand embroidered initials. These of course were made for my ginormous sofa that I'm slipcovering {you can see it in the photos}....which by the way....is very....very close to being done....I'll probably being showing it to you sometime next week. And then I made this....

a new flea market tote for myself. I wanted to make one that looked a little tattered....I even added a patch with some gray ticking. With spring right around the corner....I thought I needed to get ready....for s.h.o.p.p.i.n.g....and one can never have too many totes....right?


Have a beautiful weekend!

23 February 2010

My Office

I was thinking the other day....that I've really never shown you much of my home....so today I thought I'd share my office with you.

If you recall....this is where my office used to be....it was only 8x9 and c.r.a.m.p.e.d.

This is my office now.....it resides in our sun-filled basement. The other side of this room is our family room (the one with the ginormous sofa I'm slipcovering....update on that soon)....I love having the two rooms connected....that way I can have a little privacy....but not be too far from the family. So....to kinda seperate the spaces....I hung curtains to give the office/creative space a little definition.

My hubby made me this long 9 foot table....perfect for packaging.

My vintage dressform.

I love this new space....I've been in here for about 2 months....and love the morning light that shines in on this room.

See my white chair....that's where I'm at right now....talking with you guys.



I love being able to leave my sewing machine out...and just having the room to spread out.



It's still a work in progress....always adding something....and taking something out....but if that's the case....my whole home is a work in progress....I can never just leave things alone....I'm always rearranging....shifting....painting....adjusting....but I love that....and I know you girls can totally relate....right.

22 February 2010

Look What Came In The Mail

Last week I won a fabulous giveaway from the ever so sweet Andrea at Freckled Star....

and it included some wonderful teas....

aren't the tea bags too cute....this was my first time trying tea....except for Nestea....and I really enjoyed them.

and here's the rest of my loot....some darling note cards and pencils, a sweet little nest, a chubby bird statue, some super cute bird magnets and some yummy soap and lip balm....with all this great spring inspired stuff....I'm hoping that spring will find it's way here....SOON!

Thanks so much Andrea!

Have a fantastic day!

19 February 2010

Chick Update...And A New Feathered Friend

Here's our babies.....

and they're growing up....

a little too fast....they're outgrowing the space we've given them....

which just so happens to be....our jacuzzi tub....it makes a great brooder....and seems how it's still below freezing here....it's way to cold to put them out in the chicken coop....so here they'll live....till it warms up.

And here's my new feathered friend...Otis. He's a canary....who sings up a storm. I've always had canaries....but for some reason....haven't had one for the last 4 years....which just so happens to be when my dad passed away....I thought that was long enough to be without one....because....I gotta tell you....they bring so much life to a home with their song....and being this has been an especially gloomy winter in Nebraska....I do believe a canary was
in order....and I love that he reminds me of my dad....my dad loved canaries....and now....when I hear Otis sing....which is quite often....I think of my dad....I miss you dad.

Welcome Home Otis!

17 February 2010

Pick Love

Do you know these guys?

This is Mike.....and he's a picker.

This is Frank....and he's a picker too.

And they have a new show on the History channel called American Pickers. Hubby and I love this show....it's all about driving down dirt roads and looking for junky barns to pick.

I think I'm gonna try my hand at picking this year....I just have to get over feeling odd stopping and asking....can I pick your barn?

Photos courtesy of History.com

15 February 2010

Thrift Store Find

I was so excited to find these a couple weeks ago....

53 ironstone plates and some ironstone mugs....for get this....$1.00 a piece....i couldn't get these in my cart fast enough....and these will go perfect in our new dining room bookcases.

And we have these back in stock at the shop.

10 February 2010

Making Plans

I've been going through my inspiration folder....and boy....am I getting inspired....and making plans.

Last year I purchased an old bike like this one at the thrift store for $2.00 and this year I plan on painting it black and adding a wicker bicycle basket to it....can't wait.

I love how this tall woodsy purple plant adds so much life to an otherwise blank wall....so country.
*Update* Someone was kind enough to let me know what flower this is....it's a Verbena Bonasaris...thank so much Lisa!

I'm looking forward to having dirt in my hands and the scent of mowed grass in the air.

P.S. I've also added some new items to the shop today.

all photos from Country Living.

08 February 2010

Look Who's Here...

I received a call this morning at 7:00 saying my chickadees were here.

We now have enlarged our family by 27....including 25 girls....1 boy....and a mystery baby.

They're 1 day old today....


This is our second time getting baby chicks....after having our other clutch for 3 years....all the farmers told us to sell them because as they get older, they don't lay nearly as many eggs as they should...so why keep them. Well....I have to tell you, after selling our clutch, hubby and I were very sad....we missed our girls....so this clutch...I'm happy to say will stay with us...and grow old with us.


Happy Birthday Girls....1 boy....and mystery baby!

05 February 2010

I'm Doin' This

I'm doin' this inside....

cuz it's doin' this outside.

Have a wonderful weekend!

04 February 2010

And The Winner Is.....

No. 26....Michelle....from Vintage Junky.

Congratulations Michelle! Don't forget to contact me with your shopping list.

02 February 2010

A Reveal

Here's our finished basement bathroom....with the exception of changing out the faucets.

I unfortunately don't have a before photo...but the before of this bathroom was broken tiles and dark walls. Mr. Plains laid the beautiful black and white tiles and added some bead board...love how that looks.

The bathroom is rather large...so I added this old rug (a great $5.00 find) to break up the tile and add a little warmth to the bathroom.

I painted the walls Gray Owl by Ben Moore and the trim and bead board a crisp white.

I also included lots of basket....they added a lot of needed warmth to the space. (Have I mentioned that I have an obssesion with baskets.

2 bathrooms down....1 bathroom left to go.