June 30, 2015

Cruising Vintage Style: A New Bike

Hubby has listened to me talk non-stop over my love of all the vintage style cruisers in the stores the past couple of years.

He must have gotten tired of my daydreaming because come Mother's Day he surprised me with this beauty!

Made by Raiegh, I think it's considered a hybrid cruiser since it has three gears and handbrakes.

Whatever it's called, I'm smitten.

Love that he picked out my favorite color combo of all time for it also - he knows me so well.

Look it even has a "R" on the back for "Robin" - or so I tell my girls.  LOL

With our weird spring weather and my crazy schedule I haven't had much of a chance to ride it.

That is until this past weekend.

The family and I all went to a nearby park reserve that has paved biked trails and had a fabulous time biking around for a couple hours.

It was delightful and something I hope we are able to do alot of this summer.

I'm researching trails and places to go for almost every weekend we have free.  
Hope the family can keep up!  LOL

Bye Now,


June 28, 2015

Built-In Twin Beds

Recently Hubby and I completed major project we've been putting off for a long, long time.

Our two youngest girls, who are now in their tweens, share a small bedroom and have outgrown their bunk-bed.   

Trying to fit two twin sized beds into their tiny room was a challenge.  After trying countless arrangements we decided a built-in type bed would work best.

After months and months of planning or should I say procrastinating, we have finally accomplished what we set out to do.

The girls are loving the results.

Using basic supplies like 2x4's, and 1x6's we were able to craft a built in bed that gives both girls not only a place to sleep but a lot of storage room for all their stuff.

A planked wall separates the two beds and provided the girls with a little privacy along with creating two separate spaces they can each call their own.

To add an extra level of interest we used screen door molding to create a board and batten look in the space between the mattress and the shelf above the bed.  

This step was my favorite part of the project since I think it gives the whole built-in a finished look.

Below each bed we added a large storage area to help the girls contain all their stuff.  The extra tall cubby gives them lots of room for over-sized baskets or whatever they want in the future.

It's been a few months now since we finished this project and so far it's been a big hit.

All the storage space helps keep the room looking tidy and the girls happily hang out in their room enjoying their cozy little nooks.

I'm thrilled that it turned out so well and seems to function better then I could have hoped for.  Our oldest is now hoping for something similar in her room!  LOL.

Have a great day now,


p.s... If your at all interested in a more detailed description on how we crafted this built-in just let me know and I'll put together a separate post about it.

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June 25, 2015

Front Yard In June

The front yard garden in June is looking green and lush.  

Gone are the tulips and creeping phlox of May.  

Instead we are playing a waiting game until the next rounds of perennials start to bloom.

Thankfully the lady's mantel starts to bloom to add a contrasting green color to the mix.

But my love this time of year is the snow on the mountain that I have mass planted under the tree.  It's taken a couple years for it to fill in the area I wanted to cover but now it's looking amazing.

To me, it steals the show this time of year.

Always a big fan of this tough little plant I was first drawn to it by it's variegated leaves and how bright it made a shade spot look in my mothers garden.  

Then I started growing some of my own and soon discovered just how fabulous it really is.

They come up early in spring, have a great spreading habit, and quickly cover up the bare ground.  
The best thing about this plant is their ability to take a trampling my kids and dog.  They spring back within a day or two.  
Also, come early August when everything here in Minnesota is looking a little crispy a simple haircut with make them bounce right back.

They even get these sweet little flowers on them that remind me so much of Queen Anne's Lace (the weed that grows crazy along our roadways-which I have a habit of picking every year then running off like I did something wrong)

How about you?

Which show stopper in your garden is giving you joy today?


June 24, 2015

A Hankering For . . . A Summer Hat

I sometime wish I was born back in an era when hats where fashionable.

Such a simple, handy item to use but it really made an outfit one's own.

Gone are the day's of Easter bonnets, and pretty bows set atop little hats with a clutch purse to match.

This image shows vintage suits for women. Schiap created pieces such as suits for the everyday woman. Schiap used her creativity to advance women through clothing and through the contribution of the feminist movement by giving women the opportunity to become socially equal with men along the lines of fashion.
Source:  http://itterations.tumblr.com/post/17650896206/a-hat-finishes-womens-suits-nicely-working-women

Source:  http://fuckyesdowntonabbey.tumblr.com/post/65708057993

so photogenic ~ Lucy. She was really a beautiful lady
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Instead we have baseball caps and visors.

Useful yes - - -

You won't find me on the Lacrosse side lines without one during my daughters games - - - 

Each time I pull my visor onto my head I can't help but wish for something a little more exciting and pretty to shade my eyes and ward off headaches from squinting behind my not quite dark enough sunglasses as I bake in the sun while balancing on my wobbling folding chair and yelling "Get It, Get It" to the girls on the field.

So I've been doing a little researching on Pinterest and I think I've found a few examples of the type of hat I would like to try out.

Nothing fancy, just simple and stylish to pair with a super casual look of cut-offs and a simple t-shirt.

Here's what I've come up with. . . 

casually chic.  jeans, white shirt, hat and heels.
Source:  http://www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com/style-inspiration-blue-white-2/

With so many hat styles these days, you have no excuse for NOT finding a perfect summer hat
Source:  http://www.beautyriot.com/fashion/10821-hot-hat-styles-summer

Awesomeness of the lace work on the outfit
Source:  http://fashiongum.com/womens-fashion/boho-chic-bohemian-style-for-summer-2015/

Boho - Acessórios
Source:   http://vestidododia.com.br/estilos/estilo-boho/estilo-boho-acessorios/

Not at all sure if I'm stylish to pull off the look but I sure would love to give it a try.

How about you?


June 23, 2015

Camper Tour

The family and I are back from our first camping outing of the season!

Man, Oh Man did we have a great time.

Camping trips always . .. Always fly by so fast.

Seems like you blink and it's time to pack up already.

Here's a photo highlight of just a few of the things we did . . . 

Before we left on our trip I promised a tour of the new rig so here goes.

The rig itself is a 43 foot long, 5th Wheel Toyhauler called a Cyclone by Heartland.

If your not familiar with a Toyhauler it has a camper in the front and a garage in the back for ATV's. In the photo below the last two windows on the back is the garage area.  We are able to fit three full sized ATV's in the there.

Here is a look at what the front of the camper looks like with all the bump-outs and awnings up.
We're on the right, and my sisters camper is on the left so we had a nice little area all to ourselves.

Here's another look at the main entrance area of the camper.

(crazy man on the roof was trying to get a better cell signal - didn't work but worth a shot right?)

Before I show you the inside let me just say I forgot my good camera so these cellphone photos will have to do.

Just inside the main door if you turn to the right this is the view of the area leading to the main bath and master bedroom.

The first view of the master bedroom from the doorway . . .

The bed itself is a bump-out to give us space to walk around the bed.
(Can you guess from the pillows which side is mine?)

Along the whole back wall of the bedroom is a row of closets which I think is awesome.

The room also has a nice built in dresser and a wonderful counter-top space for us to fill up with all our stuff!

From the bedroom their is a pocket door that leads into the main bathroom
(their is also a door in the main hallway to access this room)

The bathroom has a full sized shower and lots of floor space with is in fact bigger than our master bath at home.

A nice sink, counter and storage space too!
(this is the view from the hallway doorway)

And then here you can see the pocket door open and the bedroom beyond.

Moving on the next part of the camper, if you were to look to the left right inside the front door you would see the kitchen.
(sorry for the mess)

The whole kitchen area along the wall is a bump-out which gives me that little space behind the island to work in.

The island is nice and long and has two stools to pull up to it.  
Also the sink is very handy to have here.

Here's a better view of range with oven below it that you can't see, microwave and fridge.  Isn't the back splash pretty.  It's hard to tell in this photo but it's different textures of stainless steel and it's gorgeous.

Opposite the kitchen is another and largest bump-out of the camper which makes up the living room space.

Hubby loves the large TV and the fireplace 
(notice the Xbox sitting on the stool? It's total man cave in here)

The big windows let in lots of light and four sections of the sofa are also recliners which I love.  The weird looking holes in the floor are for table legs that you can place in-front of the sofa when your in need of a table.

At the end of the living room space right before you head out the garage area their is a ladder that leads up to a sleeping loft.  It has two twin sized beds and cute little curtains the kids can pull around their bed when they want alone time.

There's another view with the ladder pulled out.

The last area of the camper is accessible through sliding glass doors which leads out the the garage area.  
The back wall (with the plastic looking windows over it) can be opened up from outside and used as a ramp to drive the ATV's inside.

The plastic you see is actually covering screened doors that open up onto a deck area made by the ramp when it's not in use - - like a porch.

Anyways, in the garage area there are two benches that fold out to make a bed and then another queen sized bunk.  The floor has make table leg holes to hold a table which is where we eat on rainy days.  Most day's this area is the kids zone and looks a complete mess but that's ok, it's one of the reasons we decided on this camper - - I can shut the door and not worry about it.

Both the bench and the bunk are attached to the wall on electric lifts so when it's time to bring in the ATV's they both can be raised up to the ceiling out of the way.  There is also a second door in this space which is very handy.

And last but not least, the garage area has a tiny little bathroom for the kids to use.

So there you have it, our new home away from home!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Bye now,


June 22, 2015

Fresh Remix For The Dinning Room

My Dinning Room has been sitting waiting for a makeover for months now.

I have a plan;
new lighting, rearranging furniture, display idea's...but not the time to get it done.

I figured it's been sitting there with my leftover winter decor for way too long. . 

Something . . . Anything . . . Now!!!

Starting with the desk area I brought in some touches of spring . . . 

Like a little display inside a greenhouse.

And some fake flowering branches.
They look so pretty with the sign, I don't even mind that there fake anymore.

On the shelf behind the dinning table, I kept my chalkboard hanging on the wall but added a few things to make it more interesting.

Like a pretty vintage floral plate, a self painted birdhouse and vintage items like a pretty postcard and tiny bird prints that I used flower frogs to prop them up with.

On the corner table a vintage metal planter receive a trio of fake greenery from Ikea.  Do you have any of this yet?  It's my favorite - - I use it all over the house for a pop of green.  Every time I go to Ikea at least one more comes home with me.

On the Dinning Table itself I layered a new blue and white checked tablecloth and a lace edged runner to cover the horrible color of my table(still trying to talk hubby into painting it - so far it's a no - go situation)

The flower arrangement that I've had on the table for months now looks fresh and new with the tablecloth so I decided to keep it around a little longer.

That's it.  
Just a couple a simple changes to get me through the season . . . 

Bye Now,