Some Fall Decor

November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s getting a bit late in the season, but I thought I’d share our fall spirit with you.

This is a basket we bought at the Threshers this year.  We agreed on it because of the antlers! lol

 

I filled the basket with gourds.  To keep them up towards the top of the basket I stuffed it first with tissue paper.  I also kept the tag on the basket to remember who the craft vendor was!

 

We also each got a pumpkin, which we kept on the porch…

 

One of our black kittens on the porch too.  Meet Patch…

 

 

Here’s how our carved pumpkins turned out…

 

John Deere and a scary laughing face. lol

 

Happy fall ya’ll!

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Sun Porch Make Over

November 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the rooms on the lower level of the new house that I have not yet given you a tour of is the “sun porch.”  This room is on the back side of the dining room.  We saw potential, but it was initially a bland, useless room.  Before:

 

 

 

Unfortunately, these photos are only “semi-before” shots.  We do have some things in there.  But, you can see the room is blah and in rough shape.  What you can’t see is that the walls are blotchy paint, everything is dingy and dirty, and the carpet piece is missing a chunk.

Here are a few perkier after shots:

 

The carpet is the same… for now.  I plan to do some stenciling on it!

 

The ceiling still needs to be painted.  I am waiting to find the perfect light blue…

 

 

Here is the view back out the antique stained glass window into the dining room…

 

And my helpers…

 

Better, no? 🙂

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My Windchime

May 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The porch on the new house needed something.  I couldn’t decide what.  I wanted something unique and fun, but not noisy like metal chimes.  Thanks to my boyfriend I think I now have the most unique idea out there.  He suggested deer antlers.  He had plenty of them, so we set to work.

First, he drilled holes in each antler.  The antlers were strung on wire.  Random bright coral and turquoise beads were added to the wires.  The wires were then tied to a metal ring we found a the hardware store.  The ring was then strung onto loops of wire to be hung.  The finishing touch was to put a dot of Gorilla glue on each wire knot to keep them in place through the wind and weather.  Here’s the finished product:

So what do you think?  I’m personally in love. 🙂

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Junkin’ Projects

July 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally gotten around to a few projects with the junk we found at the junk yard!  Here’s the elephant statue all painted up and pretty with a teal pot and pink flowers:

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Don’t mind our mud pile of a yard.  All this rain has made the place a pit!

We also painted a few pots for the back yard.

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And, I painted the little lantern from the junk yard teal as well.  It sits on the front porch.  I also made a tiny table for a few drinks out of a plant stand and a clay pot bottom.  This project was inspired by Crafty Nest, so check out her even cooler project here: http://www.craftynest.com/2009/06/plant-stand-lazy-susan-mini-side-table/

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Did you also notice the antique lantern on the floor?  That’s from my grandma.  It even has a globe made by Pyrex.  Very neat.  Any suggestions?

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More Party Ideas

June 2, 2009 at 11:28 am (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is still raining here in Illinois, and I am still tired from a busy weekend of graduation parties.  So, we have no progress, no news, no excitement.  But, I have seen a few more party ideas that are inspiring me to be a bit more creative when planning for the upcoming engagement party…

I love when details in party decor match or have the same vibe.  We are going with a lot of red for the party, so not only is this bowl of drinks our color, but it just feels like our style.  We are working on a similar idea.

Ki at Junk Camp made this condiment holder with vintage industrial light cages.  I would love to be able to find enough things to make on of these in time for the party.  Isn’t that adorable!?

Silverware in cans would mean less plastic garbage and an easier way to carry them all outside.  I was also thinking about using our vintage picnic basket. 

Galvanized buckets have a charm to them.  These bottles are even pretty!

These last two vintage inspired photos by photographer Philip Harvey are just so pretty.  I love the bright colored chairs under the trees.  This will be more what our space will look like.  The beach scene makes me want to some how hang a canopy over the tables…

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Pots, Plants, Colors

May 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Not a very exciting day here, just more cleaning and trying to enjoy some sun.  But I did do a bit more planting the other day.  I painted some terracotta pots just up to the rim (by taping the rim off with painter’s tape) to add some more interest to the porch.  I also chose a few white and yellow flowers to go with the red.  I think it’s looking better all the time.  Up by the door we used an old barrel to hold a few pretty flowers.  We actually planted these in a plastic planter with an attached water catch at the bottom so as not to ruin the barrel. 

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P.S. The counter tops are in!  We hope to have them picked up and possibly installed next Monday…so stay tuned! 🙂

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Some Gardening

April 28, 2009 at 7:52 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night I picked up a few inexpensive black, square pots for a few flowers for our porch.  I think they (although small) brightened up the front porch and made it at least look like someone lives there!  We also hung a strawberry plant in the corner, where it can get a lot of sun.  (Again, sorry for the dark, rainy pictures!)

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It’s at least a start.  So, while I was out there I started pulling a few “weeds” from the rocks around the porch.  By the way, I am puzzled as to why the last owner planted three big, beautiful, green plants on one side of the steps, but none on the other.  So, if you are wondering, don’t ask me!  So, as I was pulling this “weed” from between all of the rocks (it looked like misplaced grass) I noticed it was growing from bulbs!  Grass doesn’t grow from bulbs, does it?  We are curious as to what it is, and maybe whether or not we should be pulling it!?  Here is a picture of what I pulled up, so if you have any info I’m all ears!

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Let me know what you think!  And, just for run, here is a picture of the pretty yellow flowers growing in the back yard!

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Chandelier For The Porch

March 24, 2009 at 8:12 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here it is.  This is the fancy project I completely with the ugly, little, pink basket. 

Here is the before picture:

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Here is what I made:

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I took a 75cent basket from the Salvation Army and spray painted it black.  I hung crystals and beads on it and added a length of chain.  I added some mini candles in jars and viola!  We now have a chandelier above the ice cream table on the porch!  I found this idea on Apartment Therapy and think its super cute.  What do you think?

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Our House- The Outside

March 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When we moved into our new home it was getting cold and dreary out, and I have yet to post pictures of the outside of our house or our porch.  Until now, that is.  This weekend was so gorgeous outside that I took some pictures of the porch and the newly covered bench, as well as the patio furniture that I had time to repaint.  Here we go:

The front view of our house.

The front view of our house.

The little bench by the front door and our red vintage lawn chairs! :)

The little bench by the front door and our red vintage lawn chairs! 🙂

Our gorgeous chairs!

Our gorgeous chairs!

And on the other side- our lovely vintage ice cream table and chairs!

And on the other side- our lovely vintage ice cream table and chairs!

Enjoy our sunny pictures!

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Bench Project

March 6, 2009 at 10:54 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When we first moved into our new house Tony and I bought a vintage vanity on Craigslist for $20 to go in our spare bedroom. The vanity is used to hold all of my “get ready in the morning stuff”. The vanity came with a little vanity bench. The problem was that the bench didn’t match the vanity. The bench was painted white and had obviously been recovered with some purple material. I had thought about painting the vanity a shabby white, but that wouldn’t solve the whole problem. The styles and sizes of the vanity and the bench didn’t even match. So, I put the bench up for sale on Craigslist, again. After a couple of weeks the bench still hadn’t sold. Well, another project for me!

I liked the chipped white paint of the bench, so I decided to keep it. I also decided that there were too many things, including another, smaller vintage vanity seat already in the spare bedroom. I thought that the front porch could use something, so that was to be the new home of the bench. We have a small, white ice cream table and two chairs on the porch, but nothing else so far. The white would be a perfect match. I have also had my eyes peeled for some of those vintage metal lawn chairs. I want two of them in red, or to paint red. That helped me make my choice for fabric. I chose a white material with a red coral pattern.

Last night I started ripping old fabric off the bench. Come to find out there was not only one layer of awful fabric, but three! Here’s the before photo:

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The next layer. Even worse:

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And the final dingy layer:

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But, here’s what it looks like all spruced up:

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I think its really cute now. I will show you pictures of what it looks like on the porch once I get the ice cream set repainted!

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