Monday, August 11, 2014

blogging tour...

thanks so much to lin from a tiny cottage in the woods , for inviting me to the blog tour!
lin and her husband built their cute cottage and filled with adorable decor and sweet projects like the basket, kitchen shelf--(i love this), and pink wreath below!


for the tour, i'm to answer 4 questions, so, here goes...

1. What am I working on?  i just finished writing a christmas article for a magazine-fun!.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?  i love to take something vintage and repurpose it into a useful, and pretty piece for my home.  and my husband is such a huge part of my blogging.  without him, our home would be still be a dated, dark place. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?  i started the blog to journal the remodeling and decorating  of our home and we are almost done!  i throw in posts about woodworking projects,  gardening and junking finds, but, you won't find recipes, because i cannot cook:)  

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?  it usually starts with an old junk find that we turn into something useful..  i try to keep my writing to a minimum, choosing to let the pictures tell the story.


now, let me introduce you to 2 fabulous bloggers that you may or may not know. 

lynnie from cottagegalstyle

"I'm a New Englander living in the Midwest now with my heart still living in NH. I love to garden and being creative.  
Being home makes me happy because I can let me creative juices cultivate. My brain is always on and swirling, dreaming up what I can do next even if my body isn't willing LOL!
I'm a girly-girl through in through and it's clearly seen throughout my blog in my crafts and decorating. 

My hubby is my best friend and our bunnies our children truly!  They bring us so much joy and unconditional love.
Blogging for me is for the social community and friendship and am thrilled to have the internet.
Happy Day my dear blogging friend and hugs, Lynnie"


Hi, I'm Tina - the voice, heart and soul of What We Keep.
My interests vary far and wide and I blog about anything from home design 
to the random insanity of everyday life.

I'm opening a small shop of vintage and newly embroidered linens which will open Aug. 13.
I'm so excited and happy to be sharing one of my passions with my friends in blog land.

next monday, lynnie and tina will be doing a post answering the same questions and introducing you to other bloggers.  

thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

screen door cabinet-take 2...

  they are getting harder to find and their shape often isn't perfect, but, i love old screen doors.

last xmas, my husband built a corner cabinet and attached my screen door to it.  after xmas, he was to finish the cabinet by adding shelves.  but, i looked at the small amount of storage the corner cabinet offered and decided to go in a different direction.

i drew a sketch of what i wanted and my husband built it.  it's 16" deep, and 7' tall and the shelves are 17" apart, so i can stack lots of quilts, linens, ect.  

it's hard of tell, but, there is chicken wire stapled to the back of the door, and a string of white lights running up both sides and across the top.

i love this version much better.  and if it gets too messy looking, i'll add a ruffled sheet behind the chicken wire.  the wood cost about $75, and the chicken wire was $5 and my screen door was $35.  and, i might add 4" post posts on either side of the screen door,--gotta find them first.

sharing with thrifty life thursday--thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

where i create 2014...

 my craftroom has come full circle. 

it was in this room several years ago, and now, that all of the remodeling

 is done, it's back in this room.  we just moved in last week and i have more to do with it.

this corner has my sewing/embroidery machine.  the cubbies above the table hold threads, needles, ect.

below the shelf is another cubbie cabinet, which i covered with white ruffles.

and  my armoire was moved back in--so much storage.

my husband built the sewing table and wall cubbie.

there is a 5' closet full of cubes that hold a multitude of craft supplies.

this is my work table, also, built by my husband--i do everything,on this great table.

 two ikea lamps and the huge window make sure there is plenty of bright light.

the easel holds my clock, when i don't need it for painting.

on this side of the room, i plan on adding shelving or cabinets.  but, today, it's a holding place for my latest 

junk finds projects.  the drop front desk, the folding screen and the door all need more work done on them.

i really enjoy looking through everyone's creative spaces, if you'd like to take a peek--it all happens today

thanks for the fun party, karen!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

the new kitchen, so far...

 (we had to stop working on the house altogether, back in december.  long story short, the whooping cough was just the start of something ugly for me-ugh.)

anyway,  i thought i’d show how the kitchen looks… so far.

here's the ugly before picture.

this room used to be a
a breakfast area with a pantry on the left and the door on the right went to the garage.

you can see below, the left wall with a pantry was removed, opening the kitchen up to the dining room.

on the right wall, we moved the garage door location down 4' and put the refrigerator in it's old place.

the new garage door (to the right of fridge) still needs painted and trimmed.  just to the right of that door will be a  walk in pantry.

my husband built a cabinet around the fridge.

the big window replaced the smaller window.  we trimmed out all of the new windows and doors with larger moldings, which i love.

it's a fully functioning kitchen, but, we still need a final coat of paint on everything.  

there is a hood that needs to be installed over the cook top and subway tile backsplash added. 

the flooring needs replaced, and the pantry built.  and then, decorations.

 there’s a bead board ceiling and crown moldings.  we used the ikea farm sink, and  faucet, and menards wood counter tops and added a new disposal.

we reused the old cabinets, (which have been sprayed with white primer),
old hardware, and our 3 yr. old appliances.

that gives you an idea of how the kitchen looks today.

here's what the old kitchen looked like.  it was located next to the old breakfast room, and will be the walk in closet soon.

and if you are local, you might want to find time this weekend to go to the french market at horton's of tipton.  it's sure to be fabulous!

sharing with ivy and elephants

Thursday, June 26, 2014

the white rocking horse...

i hadn't been in hobby lobby in several weeks, yesterday, i found him.
LOVE his detailed carvings and distressing.

big, but, not too big-26" x 28"

he didn't look like this when i found him.

here he is at the store-$68.

weekend's coming-have a great one!

Monday, June 16, 2014

last of my garden stuff...

first, i wanted to let you know, my email subs aren’t working for me anymore.  most aren’t coming through, and the ones that still come through, when i click on them, google can’t find the page:( 

brighthouse has my email account, and they "are experiencing problems" forever now.  

so, i’m slowly working through my list of blogs, and reworking things.  so, weird stuff  may  will happen in the process, sorry.

ok, on to the post. 

we have this bistro set, under the arbor, this year,--- it was just sitting on the grass—see in above pic.  my husband added a small patio for the set to sit on.   

the patio blocks sit level with the ground now, and he doesn’t need to move table and chairs to mow. 

and the patio blocks came with the house, so, this project was easy and didn’t cost a thing.

the vine on the arbor is wisteria.

when i found my vintage iron baby bed, i didn’t have room for my daybed.  so the daybed ended up in the garden, around a knock out rose. 

this winter the rose died down to the ground, but, it will fill the bed with roses by next year.

i don’t think i’ve ever shown this stain glass panel on my blog.  it’s spending the summer on the deck.

this was a headboard my husband made about 20 yrs ago.  it’s been in the garden for several years now.

the huge vine is a silver lace vine—grows like a weed.  it blooms from june to november.  here’s last year pic of it blooming.  it’s a lacy looking white bloom.

that’s the new stuff—thanks for looking!