30 August 2011

the winner is....

The winner of the Cabbages & Roses giveaway is.....

Mirien! Contact me with your info so that you can get inspired by all things C & R.

Thanks so much to all who entered!

23 August 2011

a friends giveaway


I wanted to share another giveaway my friend Mary from Urban Farmgirl is having.....


yep....she's having a giveaway for some beautiful Cabbages & Roses fabric too.

Hurry on over to her blog to enter....her giveaway ends Thursday.

And don't forget about my Cabbages & Roses giveaway too....it ends this Friday....just leave a comment on this post to enter.

I also wanted to share a new blog with you.....Carol is an amazing seamstress and has just started a blog to share her pillow creations with all of us....hop on over to her blog for a peek.


19 August 2011

cabbages & roses giveaway


I'm sure you've heard the wonderful news....that Cabbages & Roses fabric will be available here in the states beginning in September through Moda....are you as excited about this as I am?

I adore Cabbages & Roses....the fabrics....the books....the clothes....it's all so beautiful....and inspiring.

Cabbages & Roses has been kind enough to offer one of my readers a wonderful treat....a chance to win some C & R for your home.

What's the giveaway you ask....well to start you'll get a copy of Christina Strutt's book Home-Made Vintage. This is a wonderful book full of inspiring photos and wonderful projects.


And....to go along with the book....how about some yummy C & R fabric. The winner will also receive 1 yard of the fabric above....and 1 yard of the green coordinating fabric below....love the green colorway.

So there you have it.....a wonderful book to inspire.....and 2 yards of gorgeous C & R fabrics to put that inspiration to work.

If you'd like more inspiration....you can visit Cabbages & Roses here and here.

To enter just leave a comment on this post as to what you would do with the fabric if you won. The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, August 26th and the winner will be chosen using Random.org and announced here on Monday.

Good luck!



17 August 2011

I just can't get it right


I've been trying.....for some time now.....to decorate my basement.

Above is my living room and I love the farmhouse feel it has.....

lots of white....with little pops of color that I can change out whenever I want. My living room.....to me.....matches my house.....farmhouse style.

This is my basement....which is our family and beyond the curtains is my office. Now, I know it probably looks okay....but what I don't like is that it feels like a different house....it doesn't feel farmhouse to me.

The space is great...it's wide open with nice big windows...but for some reason....I just can't get it right.

I really would love for it to match the upper part of my home....but alas, it doesn't. As of right now, it's a bit of a mess as I'm trying to figure out what to do with this space. The walls are painted a creamy white and I'm debating whether I need to paint them another color as maybe the color matches the carpet too much....and let's not talk about the carpet....I don't like....not one bit....but it needs to say for a few more years. We've also thought about adding some bead board or maybe stenciling a damask pattern onto the walls...just something to make it feel less basement like.

So there it is.....I'm trying to re-work our basement on a little tiny budget....and really don't know where to start.

Has that ever happened to you? One day your on a decorating roll....then you move to another room....and are just stumped....that's me right now.

I know all you guys have great style sense.....so what would you do with this space.....to make it feel more farmhouse.


15 August 2011

has it really been that long


I didn't realize that I hadn't posted in 10 whole days....you must think I've been so busy....the truth is....I haven't. Here's some random things happening around the old house....

My sweet Ollie (one of our geese) died yesterday....my heart was broken. She somehow got her head stuck in the fence during the night and couldn't get out. I cried like a baby for my girl....who was such a pain in the butt...but had the sweetest personality....she will missed....a lot.

My boys started back to school today.....so postings should be more regular....yeah!

I've been a bit on the lazy side lately....with all the hot and humid weather we've been having....but for the last 5 days....the weather has been so nice and comfortable....so I'm hoping to get some projects done....should I finish any....I'll be sure to share them with you.

My yard sale was a FLOP.....2 people came....luckily one of them spent a couple hundred dollars...so I guess it was kinda worth having. But like I said...I live in the country, just outside of town on a dead end dirt road....so not much traffic gets out this way. So needless to say I was thankful for the people who came.

I added some new items to my etsy shop....I'm really going to try to add new things a couple times a week.

Let's see....what else....Oh yeah, I'm hosting a wonderful giveaway this Friday...so if you have time....come back for a visit then so you can have a chance to win some cool things.

Going back to our animals.....we lost 1 hen and 3 roosters to a fox or raccoon or eagle (you get the picture). We let our chickens free range (although every night they all go into the chicken coop on their own and we close the door to keep them safe at night) and seems how they are locked up at night....it's during the day in the tall grass and wildflowers that something has snatched them away....we've had to get used to this kinda thing happening. When you own chickens and ducks (something took our ducks last year too) and let them be free....things like this just happen.

Well....I guess that's it for my randomness for today.

Don't forget to stop by on Friday for the giveaway.

05 August 2011

yard sale time

Yep.....it's time for a good ol' yard sale. I've only done one yard sale in my life....and that was years ago...so you can imagine what I've accumulated over those years. Actually we have a 1600 sf garage....and half of it is full of stuff to sell.

The yard sale is tomorrow and I've been busy getting everything together. I have a feeling because I don't live in town that it might not be that great of a sale....but I gotta start somewhere. I've got lots of furniture, vintage and antiques, linens and old quilts....let's hope there's other vintage loving girls in Nebraska. If your local....and wanna check it out....just email me.



01 August 2011

did you know....

That geese can walk up stairs....


I didn't until a couple weeks ago. We've had other geese....and none have been able to climb our porch stairs before....so imagine my surprise when I heard a faint knock at the door....only to find Ollie standing there waiting to come in.




She's become quite the ham....and a little bossy at times too. One of the main reasons for us getting geese was that we thought they'd stay off our porch...nothing like coming home in the dark only to step on the "gifts" Ollie's left behind for us....yuck.




In other news....I have some new things I'll be adding to my etsy this week...stay tuned.




Have a happy Monday girls!