October 7, 2015

Pumpkin Pick'n

Visiting a pumpkin patch is always a fun outing.  It's even more fun when the pumpkin patch is in your very own backyard!

Yesterday I decided that the pumpkins I'd been so lovingly caring for all summer were ready to pick!

Even though I planted late this year I had surprising good luck!

I planted only two types this year, pumpkin pie sized ones and tiny ones (my favorite)

Pumpkins are so easy to grow I'm always grateful this time of year that I took the time to plant some.  With only a few plants in all I normally have more pumpkins than I know what to do with.

I'm off to play with my pumpkins,

Bye now!


October 6, 2015

Dinning Room Chair Makeover

Have you ever had a decorating choice to make but for some reason or another just can't seem to make up your mind?

It's so frustrating right!

All summer long, I've been waffling back in forth between two paint color options for the dinning room chairs.  

Do I want them to blend with the background?????


 Do I want them to stand out????

Back and forth. . .  back and forth, until I was so frustrated I didn't CARE. ANYMORE. I JUST. WANTED. THEM.  PAINTED.  NOW!!!





And now, after the project is complete, the paint fumes have faded, and the newly painted chairs are happily chill'in in the dinning room the big uproar doesn't seem so earth-scattering anymore - - isn't that the way it goes.

The chairs turned out better than I could have hoped for and they give the room a much more finished look - - for which I am very grateful!

I love the black base-coat showing through in spots, gives the chair a rustic, homey look I think.

Now if only hubby would let me paint the table I would truly be one happy lady!

Have a good day everyone and I'll see you tomorrow!


October 1, 2015

Spray Paint and Vintage Typewriter Table

Spray painting project are one of my favorite things to do when I'm looking for a quick and easy project to squeeze into a hectic day and still feel like I've been creative.

The perfect example is this vintage typewriter table that I've had for a couple years now.

It's the perfect side table for my studio space but I have never been a big fan of the color.  It's a cross between a brown and dark grey.  Always thought it would look better with a fresh coat of paint.

I decided to go bold and give a coat of bright red paint.

You know me, I love the color red.

I love the result.

The pop of red in the studio is fabulous and it looks great alongside my ticking striped arm chair.

Ahhh, don't you just love spray paint?

Bye now,


September 29, 2015

A Farmer's Market Visit

All summer long my sister and I have been talking about going to our local Farmer's Market . . . 

yet it never happened!

That is until this past weekend.

We've gone before, years ago, but never this late in the season.  Naturally we were worried that the selection might be on a little on the skimpy side but we shouldn't have been.

Each booth was full of fresh, gorgeous looking produce.

Both of us ended up toting out two extra heavy bags of goodies.

Fresh flowers are always a must for me from the market and this weeks selection was heavy with gorgeous Dahlia's.

Lots of pumpkins and gourds also . . . 

Yet sadly, not very many white pumpkins to pick from.  
I bought a handful in a variety of sizes from the only booth selling them.

I don't know when my area is going to catch up on this trend of white pumpkins.  I've loved them for years now but every year its a struggle to find any.

I wonder if anyone else has the same problem or if it's just my area?

You can bet I was happy to get my hand on these.

How about you?  Have you been to your local Farmer's Market lately?

There's already talk of going again next weekend!

Bye now,


September 28, 2015

Completed Embroidery Projects

Good Morning!

As I'm slowing easing back into blogging I thought today would be a good time to show off a few of the embroidery projects that I worked on over the summer.

I was really into it.

Embroidery projects are one of my favorite things to add to my "To Go Bag". 

 It's one of those projects you can pick and put down without alot of fuss. 

This past summer it was my go-to craft for all of my daughters sports games and while I was camping.  Also perfect for the beach or pool.

Now that I have a good sized stash to work from, this winter will be a great time to sewing them into pillows and quilts.

Have a great day!


September 24, 2015

Project Challenge #9: Rust

Good Morning!

I recently had the opportunity to join a group of fantastic bloggers for a Project Challenge and I'm excited to share my first project with you today.

This months Project Challenge Theme was Rust!

Thinking that my hutch could use new artwork to ring the in fall season, I decided to mimic the look of rust as best as I could to create a new to display.

This is what I've come up with. . . 

Unfortunately the rusty look is not showing as much on camera as it does in real life - - grrr!

But here you can see in the close up both the tree and the letters do a pretty good job of mimicking the look I think. 

Supplies Needed:

12X12 canvas
thin cardboard (cereal box)
wood letters
Xacto knife
paint brush
mixture of paint colors
Elmer's glue
Book pages
Hot Glue Gun

To start the project, I found a tree shape that I like in Google Images and transferred it to a piece of cardboard I cut from a box of cereal.  Then using an Xacto knife I cut out the design.

Next came paint, I used a mixture of a dark brown, light brown, dark green and a light grey.  Starting with the darkest color, I used a small paint brush to stipple on a light coat of the paint in a random pattern one color at a time.  I continued adding colors until I had the look I wanted.

I followed the same method to give each wood letter a rusty look.

For the background I ripped some old pages from a book and glued them onto canvas and then painted the edges black to give it a finished look.

Once the paint and glue on the canvas was dried completely I simple added my rusty pieces by gluing them on with a hot glue.

Super Simple!

I think the finished project looks fantastic on my white hutch and has me itch'in to get more of my house decorated for fall.

Now it's time for you to go check out all the other wonderful projects from this challenge, and make sure you say "Hi" when your there.

September 23, 2015

I'm Here . . . Really I am

It's been a long time, again, since I've blogged.

Bad, I know!

But now that the kiddos are in their second full week of school I feel as if our lives are back to normal enough to start blogging again.

I'm looking forward to working on some projects I've got lined up and to reconnecting with all of you.

Thanks so much for being so understanding of my need to take a break from blogging this past summer to spend time with my kiddos.  I feel they are growing up so fast, I don't want to miss a moment.

See you soon,