10.31.2008

Laundry/Half Bath Reveal...Finally!

Today is the long-awaited, much anticipated (by me at least) reveal of our laundry room/half bath! I believe in giving credit where credit is due, so I want to start out by saying that this whole design was really a collaborative effort between me and the Hubby. He has a great eye for design, and we really planned this thing together right from the start. Besides that, he did all the hard stuff in here (anything construction related) I painted and did the decorating. So, ya know, he deserves a little pat on the back.


And now for those of you who care at all why it has taken so long for us to finish, I have a little story about the reason (I promise to be brief). Some very good friends of ours had a "minor" catastrophe with their house. What started out as simply having a french door to their deck replaced ended up being a major remodel of one side of their house. The contractor who was putting in the door discovered a problem with their subfloor which was rotting. (Hey the house is over 200 years old, so what do you expect?) The rotting floor discovery led to a cracked beam discovery which led to a structural engineer telling them that they had to brace up the second floor...yada yada yada. So since the Hubby is a home improvement contractor, he helped them put the whole thing back together. And since this project was in addition to his other job commitments, he spent his spare time there working on their house instead of at our house. And you know what? That's okay with me. We love our friends. Their house is now fine. And our laundry room/bathroom is now finished. Sooooo after that super long explanation....here's the laundry/bath...



We went for a cottage-y farmhouse feel...
I really wish I had some before pictures, but the Hubby had torn out everything before we even moved in. I'm not exaggerating. There was no floor, no vanity, not even a toilet. He had to put a toilet in the first day we lived in the house. True story.

I love this mirror. Picked it up forever ago. It's followed us from house to house, but it looks perfect here. (I'll have to take it with us if we ever move though!)

One of my favorite things about this bathroom...the little vanity and the faucet! We had to have storage, but didn't want to take up too much room so we found this little darlin' at Home Depot. I love the fact that it looks cottagy like an old farm sink. And I *heart* that faucet!


Here is one of the locker baskets I had tucked away, it was too wide for the shelves I'll show you in a minute, but it looks great on the floor with extra towels tucked inside!


Uh, so yeah, what do I say about this...it's the toilet. Ahem. But what I really wanted to show is the beadboard wainscotting....it's 4 feet high with a great ledge on it. The wall behind the washer and dryer has beadboard all the way up to the ceiling...a focal wall if you will! And on the window...a little mistreatment. Just used remnant fabric from my mudbench and upholstery tacks.

This is the shelf on the other wall above the washer and dryer. I adore how it turned out! My cute feather lamp found a home there. And I love the idea of the old farm wire basket holding extra TP. Hey, at least my guests will know where it is if they should run out ;-) The sign reminds me that I should make things easy on myself (even though I do at least 10-12 loads of laundry of week.)


A great idea for holding those pesky drier sheets. (And q-tips - never know when you might need 'em.)



The shelf with the washer/dryer...see the little green light on the washer...yeah, it's running...pretty much always! :)

A little side note for those of you with design-oriented minds. We decided to go ahead and mix metals here...all of the fixtures are a brushed nickel, and the accents are an oil rubbed bronze (or a painted black...it all looks the same to me) but we figured, if we're aiming to look cottage, then we can mix and match finishes because it gives it an acquired-over-time feel. Besides I like the way it all looks together - which is what really matters.



Oh, and these pumpkins? Not in the bathroom...in the kitchen....just here to remind me to say Happy Halloween!

Have a lovely weekend~

10.30.2008

Snow Flurries...and Silhouettes

Some unexpected snow flurries kept me from raking up the leaves like I had planned (well, that and the fact that it was freeeeeezing here yesterday). But since I wasn't able to willing to work outside, I had a little extra time to finish a project I've been wanting to get to...silhouettes of my kiddos.


I cheated a little bit on these. I took photos of the kiddos and then rather than tracing their silhouettes onto black paper, I simply printed the photos out on regular heavyweight printer paper, and colored them in with a black Sharpie! It was so easy. The hardest part was cutting them out. I couldn't find an exacto (spelling?) knife anywhere...so I had to use scissors - that was a little challenging! Then I framed them up and added them to a photo collage I have at the top of my stairs! So classic. Love it.

10.29.2008

Today's Agenda

Fall has definitely fallen... On today's agenda...a little leaf clean-up (okay, a lot of leaf clean-up...and maybe a little fun).
And thanks to Holly for this pretty award. She claims that there is no nepotism involved in the giving of this award. I'm not so sure, but I am grateful. It's so pretty! I'm supposed to list 6 things I love. It's always hard for me to do these things...I want to preface this by saying that I, of course, love my family, my friends and my religion, the important stuff said...here are some of my more frivolous loves...


1. Chocolate. (especially a good cup of hot cocoa)


2. Decorating (a room, a house, the Princess' doll house...nothing is safe)


3. Creating (drawing, sewing, crafting, you name it)


4. Jane Austen's books (no explanation needed)


5. A good romantic comedy (I'm a sucker for happy endings)


6. Photography (although I'm still learning)



Have a lovely Wednesday~

10.27.2008

A Little Birdy Vignette

I am the daughter of a mother who collect "things". And when I say she collects "things" I mean she collects just about everything. One of her favorite things to do with her treasures is to make little displays. She would come up with an idea and get very excited as she gathered up all of her things and then VOILA! she would have a fabulous display. So today I realized that I HAVE BECOME MY MOTHER. As I was trying to decide what to do with my little bird's nest, I got very excited. I hurried down to my computer and printed off these lovely egg prints and little bird painting that I found on this lovely lady's blog. I framed them up and placed my little nest lovingly in a little apothecary jar (well, it's really a cookie jar, but let's just call it an apothecary jar so I can sound oh so stylish!) I threw in a few feathers and lest you can't tell what the nest is inside the apothecary cookie jar, I added a little tag. And TADA! I have a lovely little vignette (now I really do sound oh so stylish!) My little nest looks great until I can locate the perfect cloche or cheese dome/cake plate for it, and I love the whole birdy theme! Who knew becoming your mother could be so satisfying ;-)






I was wearing my new favorite tee shirt yesterday, so against my better judgement, I took a "lovely" portrait of moi sporting my-you guessed it- crown shirt! I loved the one I made for the Princess so much, I HAD to make one for myself. And I wanted all you ladies out there to see how cute it looks on a grown up. Too bad I had indoor lighting to work with *gasp*... and my hair wasn't done *double gasp*...and I have one eye that looks a little squinty...but you get the idea anyway. So those of you who asked about crown shirts for grown ups, here you go! (Ugh. Now I'm going to get back behind the camera lens where I belong). I am going to source out tee shirts before I settle on prices for either little girls or ladies...so I'll have to get back to you all...and I'm also working on the home accessories which were actually the original plan for this and other drawings to share with you later.


And before I forget, I want to thank both Sandy Toes and Carrie for this sweet award! Love my readers!!!!




10.24.2008

A little bit of this and A little bit of that~

This post may be a little haphazard and wordy, but bear with me my dear readers...I have a lot to say today (and hopefully some of it will be interesting).

First, I want to thank all of you who had such positive things to say about my little projects yesterday. It gave me a bit of a big head, but after I came back down to earth, I decided that I would definitely pursue my idea of creating a line of home accessories using some of my drawings. And judging by the response of some of you who are interested in purchasing some tees...I might just do some of those too. (The Princess wore her shirt to school today, and it looked priceless!) So thank you again...and watch for some stuff coming soon - just in time for Christmas might I add in a shameless self-promoting sort of way.


Second, my front yard is a fairly steep hill of grass with two trees in a planter bed at the bottom. The trees are now mostly leafless, and on Wednesday I decided that I would hike down to see just how many leaves were left because I'm not about to rake that hill unless all and I do mean ALL the leaves are off the trees. As I stood under one of the trees and looked up, low and behold, there was a perfect bird's nest. I was so excited I was almost giddy. As soon as the Hubby got home I made him promise to get it out of the tree for me as soon as it got light. I thought he'd make fun of me, but he got this cute little "yeah, I understand you after all of these years" kind of smile on his face, and as soon as he could he pulled that little nest down for me. The kiddos were a bit worried that I was going to make a little bird homeless, but after I assured them that the bird had moved out of the nest, they were almost as excited as I was.







Isn't she lovely? My quest this weekend is to find the perfect container to display her in. I'll let you all know what I come up with.

Third, I wanted to ask a furniture rehab opinion. This little side table was a hand me down from some friends of ours. I love the shape, but the color (it's a little more yellow than it looks in this photo) and the visible knots in the wood, just don't do it for me. It sits in our "library" next to the Hubby's leather chair and in front of a chocolate brown wall. So my question is this...what color do you all think I should paint this baby? Black certainly won't do, since it would look monstrous against the chocolate brown, but I'd like it to look sort of masculine since the "library" has kind of a men's reading room feel to it. I could use any suggestions you all may have.

And finally, I was thrilled to receive this beautiful award from Kari and Kijsa. I love their blog, and have frequented it for quite a while. They have exquisite taste and are very inspirational. So imagine my glee when they gave me this award. I mean here is what they said on their blog...

We want to succeed in sparking creativity in the lives of others for that
is how we measure our success. In short...we try to each and every minute of
every wonderful day be "Designing for Life." And so...in the spirit of design
uniqueness and creativity...we wanted to honor some truly special and wonderful
blogs that we felt represented this philosophy to the fullest extent...so with
great fanfare and great hoopla...please join us in honoring the following blogs
with our very own kari&kijsa "Designing for Life" Award...


So thank you Kari & Kijsa. This is truly an honor. Truly.

I am supposed to pass this on to two other blogs that I feel the same way about. I had a hard time narrowing it down, but I have decided to pass it on to:

Joy at Joys of Home and Kimba at A Soft Place to Land. Both of whom inspire me daily.


Join me here next week when I promise to reveal the half bath/laundry room renovation! (I'm not naming a day, but it will happen next week...for real this time)


Have a wonderful weekend~

10.23.2008

Ideas a brewin'

I went and bought me some photo transfer paper the other day, because I've had an idea in the back of my mind for a while, and I thought it was time to do something about it. I fancy myself somewhat of an artist. I like to draw anyway, and sometimes my drawings turn out pretty well. I decided it would be fun to see them on fabric. And I thought, what better way to start than doing a few tees for my kiddos.

My boys love pirates. So I decided to draw them a cute little Jolly Roger. I scanned it into the computer, printed it out on some photo transfer paper, and put it on some tees for the boys. They turned out great....I LOVE THEM!



But wait until you see what I did for the Princess. Every princess needs a crown, don't ya think? (I offered to do a Jolly Roger for her as well...but needless to say she vetoed it.) So I drew a fancy little crown, scanned it in, played around with it in my photo editor so I could make it sepia-toned, then printed it out and put it on this little tee. I love the fact that it looks all vintagy! That was really the look that I was going for. She can't wait to wear it to school.




Ah, ideas are brewin'! I can see some home accessories on the horizon. And maybe even some for sale...what do you all think? Am I crazy?

10.22.2008

Rock Walls


I love rock walls. They are quintessentially New England. I would love to have a beautiful rock wall in front of my house. But alas... I do not! These pictures were taken on one of my favorite streets not far from my house. It is one of my happy places. Virtually every house on the street has a beautiful rock wall in front of it. Some of the houses are quite grand, but most are average-sized homes. The rock walls just make them look stately and soooo charming. And with all the leaves on the ground, it's so autumn-y, it makes me want to curl up with a hot chocolate...hmmm...I hear the cocoa calling ;-)




10.20.2008

Still More Halloween Projects

So yeah, you'd think that I would be done making Halloween projects by now...but I just can't help myself. I have been meaning to make this candy corn garland since I saw it on Susie's blog clear back in September. Life being what it is, I finally got around to making it over the weekend. It was more difficult than I anticipated it being. If anyone decides to tackle this little project, make sure that you string each corn through the fattest part, and I found it easier to go at an angle rather than straight through (the corn broke less often that way). I'm glad I perservered, however, because it looks quite festive over my dining room table!

And believe it or not, I had never spent much time on Matthew Mead's website until this weekend either. (I know, I know, I guess I live under a rock.) But then I discovered his Free Halloween Templates. Oh my, but I had fun. I downloaded a bunch...and I mean a BUNCH of stuff...I still have some waiting (so you may get yet another post of Halloween decorating ideas...my apologies in advance)! But I did get around to making this fun little banner. (and you KNOW I love a banner!)
I took this closeup hoping you could see that each flag is made of handwritten letter paper (downloaded from his site also). You can't tell very well, but it gives you an idea anyway. I combined three of his different templates to give the banner a more distinctive look...and I love the way it turned out!


And just so you can all see that I was telling the truth about painting the porch, here a couple of "after" photos. See this pinch of railing? It's the same spot as the photo in my previous post. Amazing what a little paint can do.





And Thanks to Pink and Green Mama for this lovely award! I'm supposed to add this text along with it...
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be
friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is
that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are
propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to
eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text
into the body of their award.”
My nominees are Darlene at Darlene's Days
Cherry at Cherry's Jubilee
Damaris at From the Corners of my Kitchen
Shannon at Bless our Nest
Holly at Holly's Haven
Carrie at Buzzings of a Queen Bee
Lisa at Lisa Leonard Designs
Cristin at Serendipity
If you haven't had a chance to visit any of these great blogs, make sure and stop by! Tell 'em Wendy sent you!


Have a lovely Monday~

10.17.2008

Winterizing and other Important Stuff

I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon painting my porch. I was going to take a picture of it so you all could be proud of me, but not only is it raining here, the battery in my camera needs to be charged...so you'll either have to trust me or wait until Monday when I will hopefully have a photo. In the meantime, you can see a bit of the railing from the porch in this photo, and you will have to agree that it was in dire need of paint.

This is something I had to do before the lovely leaves of Autumn turn into the bitter cold of a New England winter. For those of you that have to deal with snowy winters...it is now the time (unfortunately) to think about preparing the house.



My to do list:






  1. Paint the porch (CHECK)


  2. Cover the air conditioner


  3. Pull up my annuals


  4. Plant tulip bulbs (and maybe some other pretty spring flowers, but definitely tulips)


  5. Rake the leaves ...yuck!


  6. Put away the outdoor furniture


Sounds fun, no? What sorts of things are on your lists?




And while we're talking about preparation....it hasn't escaped my mind that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This photo is of my Mother-In-Law and her sisters and mother. See that cute l'il punkin sitting on her mother's lap, that's my Mother-In-Law! She is truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever met. And you know what more? She's one tough cookie, that lady. She is both a breast cancer and a colon cancer survivor! She's a fighter. Thanks to aggressive treatment, she's still here with us. Thank Heavens, because I'm not sure what we'd do without her. In honor of her, and the wonderful influence for good that she is in my life and the lives of my family and many others, I want to remind all of my wonderful readers to please make sure you do self-exams and get annual mammograms if you are over 40. Okay, lecture over.


Come over and visit me at Blissfully Domestic where I'm talking about making your bookshelves beautiful! Love to see you there ! (well, I can't really see you, but you know what I mean) ;-)





Have a wonderful weekend~

10.16.2008

More Catalog Inspiration

I got my new Serena & Lily catalog on Tuesday. If you follow my blog, you probably know by now how much I love catalogs! Serena & Lily is one of my favorites. I love decorating for children. And I love Serena & Lily because it timeless and sophisticated, not cartoonish, not too childish. I have often wished that they offered a line tailored to adults. The Hubby is 6'3". On any given night we have at least one, if not two kiddos that climb into bed with us. We must have a king size bed. A king bed has been a decorating dilemma for me from day one. So you can imagine my glee when I found out that Serena & Lily now offers an adult-sized line of bedding...and it even comes in King and California King! WAHOO! Look at the headboard...and the subtle damask print. Just what the doctor ordered. Bliss.

Photo from Serena & Lily

10.15.2008

FALL! and an award



On Columbus day, The Hubby and I took the kiddos for a drive through the countryside near our home. The foliage was nearly at its peak...it was breathtaking. I just thought I'd share a few pictures from our drive. They don't do the beauty justice, but it gives you a little idea. New England autumns are amazing!







I love this last one! I have to admit that the Hubby took most of these photos (everything except the one with the bridge overhead - that's my blurry photography) and I didn't even retouch them or anything - just downloaded them right off the camera...he's good, no?



Thanks to Kim at Simple Needs for this award!

10.14.2008

A cute little project...


Just wanted to share a quick little project. I was inspired by Andrea and Cherry to create this little plaque. I found the "family" magnet at Michael's. I would have loved to use some toile (of course!) but I opted instead for the upholstery webbing that I found at Walmart for only 69 cents a yard! I love the texture and color. I simply hot glued it to a piece of cardboard, then hot glued the magnet and skeleton key on top and VOILA! So pretty.
Happy Crafting~

10.13.2008

I'm a winner! and I made another tassel

A couple of weeks ago Gabrielle at Design Mom had a giveaway for some beautiful screenprints from Binth. Over 900 people entered, and I can't believe it, but I won!!!! Me. Really! I never win ANYTHING. I mean I. NEVER. WIN. ANYTHING! Seriously. So you can imagine how shocked I was when I found out that I won these beautiful prints. I waited until now to share my good fortune, because I didn't believe it until they actually arrived ;-) Check them all out!

It must have been that email I forwarded to my sisters about improving your karma. I never forward those things, but I liked this one, so I forwarded it to both of my sisters. It said my life would improve slightly if I forwarded it to between 1 and 5 people. There you have it. A slight improvement! I won a drawing! Only with these lovely prints, I think the improvement was more than slight. Thanks Gabrielle and Binth!

Now last week, some of you may recall, I attempted my first tassel. It turned out okay, but check out attempt #2! How cute is this little rooster? I heart him. I really went all out with the fringe this time, and I added some grosgrain ribbon. I'm really happy with the result. I had a lot of you tell me that making tassels is addictive. I can see it. I can really see it!




Have a super fantastic Columbus Day! Go do something fun...it is a holiday after all ;-)