Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Building Shutters

Last summer we started working on the exterior of the house.   When we removed the vinyl shutters we decided to live shutter free and see how we liked the look.  As we were finishing the exterior this summer Mr. Wonderful and I both agreed that we needed shutters, but we decided to only put them on the windows not covered by the front porch.

After researching different cedar shutters we decided on raised panel.  We purchased our lumber in the morning and had them built by lunch!  Wonderful actually looked at the picture and built them without any directions.  Nail holes were filled and then I sanded while Wonderful mowed the yard.  

Saturday morning I stained the shutters and then we hung them.  I am going to show you just a sneak peak.  The gutters are going up and then the outside of our house is finished!  It has been a long 18 months of hard work, but I couldn't be happier!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Entry Before and After

When we first looked at our house I liked that it had an entry.  Even though it is just a small hall, it provided  separation from the rest of the house.

The foyer had dated wallpaper and vinyl flooring.  Coming in the door to the right is the dining room as seen here   and straight ahead leads to the family room.

Replacing the door was one of the first things we did and it made a huge impact.  We also removed the wallpaper, the worst job ever, and painted a neutral color.  The vinyl was replaced with hard wood flooring, the light was updated, the frame around the opening was made more substantial as were the baseboards.

This space is only about three feet wide, I have a Bombay Company half moon table that I found at a second hand store and a chalk drawing of my children when they were kids.  I change the vignette on the table often to reflect my mood or the season.

This is such a small space, but the first thing you see when you enter my home, my desire was that it would be an inviting space to welcome family, friends and perhaps a few strangers.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blackberries and Cobbler

Did I tell you we planted a blackberry bush?  We bought it Mother's Day weekend.  The Coach and his girlfriend bought me a satsuma tree for Mother's Day and when we picked it up I also got a blackberry bush, I think we are going to go back and get another.

These blackberries are from the supermarket, but maybe next year I will have some we grow.  With blackberries on sale I decided to make a cobbler.  I rarely use cookbooks anymore, do you?  When looking for a recipe I go to Pinterest and search.  So many of the recipes I share with you are not my own, but reviews of ones that I find, and I must say for me that is valuable.  I hate trying a new recipe that turns into a fail!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jar Lanterns - What Not To Do

This is the second year we have used jar lanterns in our yard.  Last year I filled jars about a third full of sand and a candle.  I used hangers and small shepherd hooks that I bought on a summer clearance.  (Like these Shepherds Hooks  and  Mason Jar hangers.).  I used sand thinking that I would pour any rain water off and the rest would evaporate quickly.  Well that might have worked had I been faithful in keeping the water poured off and not left them out all winter.  IF being the word, I of course would forget about them and the sand got hard, gross and even grew some green mold in some jars. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Making Room for What I Love

What constitutes a good book?  If it is a self help book I must connect with it, it has to be not only helpful but also entertaining, keeping me engaged and eager to see what more the author will share in the next chapter.

I have read lots of clutter busting, organizing, simplifying books, LOTS.  Some I begin and never finish basically because they have nothing fresh to offer, they are like numerous other books.  Some books offer a fool proof formula, and through much trial and error I have realized that formulas are not one size fits all.  Just because it works for you doesn't mean it will work for me, my mind may function differently or my house layout is not conducive to your formula.