3/1/15

A Spring Update in the Hearthroom

Hey everyone!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and a great new week to come.  I know many of you have "Spring Fever," even though you may still be buried in snow and cold temps.  We have definitely been having Spring-like weather here with flowers in bloom and birds busy building their nests.  I've been working on my nest, too, and The Man did a diy that he's been mulling over for quite awhile.  Would you like to see?  Silly me, of course you would; we are "Blog-People and it's what we do!"
The before:
I just chose this older pic because it gives a good idea of the depth of this cavern.
These built-in entertainment centers were very popular in the late 90's & early 2000, and they were built to accommodate those giant big box televisions.  Not too great for today's flatscreen.  We don't truly like this type of built-in, but it's here and would be a major job to change the entire thing.  So what The Man decided to do was to bring this cavern into the 21st century by framing in the wall and adding sheetrock to the same depth as the niche above the mantel.

Ta-da!  It really does look like it has always been this way (and should have been).  Now someone sitting on the loveseat can actually see the tv without getting a stiff neck!

The tv is attached to the wall with a special bracket that will allow it to be pulled forward and rotated, and that means I might just be changing the layout of the furniture in this room!  The Man is so doggone thrilled with that prospect......NOT!  I wasn't sure what I wanted above the tv but happened upon this iron piece at Kirklands, on sale, and was the perfect size!  
I love it when a plan comes together so well.

Well, as long as we are here in the hearthroom (or family room if you will), I thought I'd share some touches of Spring that I've added here and there.  I'm still not ready to give my cotton stems a rest and really like how they look with the bird nest and apothecary jar filled with tiny baskets.

I'm keeping my mantel very simple for awhile.

I found the pretty turquoise planter in the sale aisle of JoAnn's one day, and it just jumped right into my cart!  I added some metal ribbon (have you seen that stuff at Michael's?) to my candles for some extra texture.

I made this simple burlap wreath a couple of years ago.  I had fun making book page flowers
to add some extra interest.

One little bunny,

and another little bunny from Hob Lob.  I like keeping them separated, because you know how bunnies can multiply......shhh, don't give them any ideas!

I just love this planter.  It's the perfect pop of turquoise that I seem to have an obsession for
these days.

Here is how the mantel looks after 5 p.m. when the candles turn on.

I added some new pillows to the loveseat.  I happened upon one of Hob Lob's great sales on pillow covers, and bought some for here and for the living room.  Most were less than $4, with zippers......I know how to make pillows and pillows with zippers, but not for $4!

Again, my obsession with adding turquoise here, there and everywhere!

Are these just gorgeous or what!  The Man has been on quite a little roll with fresh flowers lately, and I'm the lucky recipient.....well, I'd better be the only recipient!  He popped in Trader Joe's a few days ago and came home with these beauties.  The first pic was right after I got them in water, and the second pic was taken 4 days later.  I don't think I've ever seen cut gladiolas in the store, so these have been such a treat.  It's been fun to watch the blooms pop open and give us more loveliness each day!

Well, that's a wrap for this post.  I have a couple of other posts that are almost set up for later dates.  We are just about to embark on a big DIY project, so I don't know how much time I'll have for blogging.  I'll do my best!

I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:

Sunday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday

Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays



Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading

2/25/15

The "Face"

Hey everyone!  Just had to share this.  This is the face of someone who LOVES to play in the snow, but is mad because it's SO COLD!  Littlest Miss just cracks me up!  She only pouts for about 10 seconds, and then she's done, done, done and moving on!


To all of my friends and family living in the extremely cold areas, I'm sending you warm thoughts!

2/22/15

Spring is in the Air!

Hey everyone!  No, I haven't been away, nor have I been ill; just busy with life.  Several of you were so sweet to check in on me, and I find that so endearing and really touches my heart.  I did celebrate another birthday early this month and have definitely reached the age when I feel so fortunate to have actually made it another year.....lol!  To be truthful, The Man and I both feel healthier and in much better shape than we were a year or two ago.  We also feel extremely lucky and very blessed to be where we are right now.

I've been rather hesitant to do a post about Spring weather because so many of you are having such a cold, snowy Winter.  I truly feel so sorry for the hardships that the bad weather may be causing and wish you all the best.  You can get even with me this summer when we are scorching and you are enjoying the great outdoors, but for now, we are basking in glorious weather with temps in the 70's and 80's!  Having doors and windows open has definitely put me in the mood to lighten things up and bring some Spring inside.  So today, I thought I'd share some pics of my kitchen.

Some of you know that my "word" for the year is MINDFUL, and I have been trying to be mindful in all aspects of my life, including how I decorate.  The space above my kitchen cabinets is so much fun to decorate, but I am trying to be "mindful" of how often I have to climb up on a ladder to change that decor.  With that in mind, after the Christmas decor came down, I decided to be more selective about what went up there and how to make the space feel right for all seasons.  

This is a wreath that I purchased in Georgia on our Christmas road trip.  I know many of you would say this is a Fall item, but I'm perfectly happy with how this looks propped against my old window where it will stay for quite some time.

This big wire basket-thing is difficult to store, so I decided to make it a permanent decor item in this corner.  You don't even want to know what it takes to get something into this corner -- rappelling gear comes to mind!  I added some moss and natural balls to the bottom basket and some cute glass jars to the top. I love all the colors in this huge platter, too.  The only thing that will require a ladder is when the batteries go out in my auto-timer candle, but The Man won't mind taking care of that!

These have always been in my dining room and in the sitting room, but the colors really pop here in the kitchen.

You may also have noticed that I left space between items.  For the longest time I felt compelled to fill every gap with something -- either another decor piece or foliage.  Not anymore!  I'm telling ya' that foliage gets really dusty and is not easy to clean, plus it looked messy.  I like having some blank space to rest the eyes.

I even changed up a few things in my dish cabinet.  For the longest time, I have had this filled with all of my Fiesta Ware.  I kind of have two seasons of these dishes according to color.....Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.  I usually just kept them divided on two separate shelves, but after purchasing some pretty serving bowls from World Market, I decided to remove the Fall/Winter Fiesta to another cabinet.  I love it so much more now -- just looks so much more interesting to me.  I like the cake stand with some cups on it, too!

The doors are clear glass, which is why I had them open for the photos.

Some of you may remember my pompom wreath from my Fall kitchen decor, and even then I knew I wanted to bring it back out after the holidays.

I decided to beef it up a bit with more pompoms, and I could not be happier.

Seriously, pompoms are so much fun to make!

Okay, yes, I've already brought out some Eastery things!  I love the color of the eggs in the apothecary jar, and I also really like that this centerpiece is simple and easily contained in this galvanized tray for easy removal for a meal.

I cannot even remember how old this bunny planter is, but I remember finding it at Big Lots many, many years ago.  I just have a jar inside holding the cut flowers.  The heavy metal candle holder use to be dark brown until I hit it with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint in Yellow Crochet.  I sanded just a few spots to let some of the dark show through.

Until I find a preserved Boxwood wreath that is affordable (yeah, not likely to happen), my little faux one will have to do.  This is on the support post at my kitchen window.  I've had this little bunny forever!

Lastly, this little shelf which is located across the hall from my craft room and just around the corner from my kitchen, is always fun to decorate seasonally.  I have a chalkboard just below the shelf but haven't decided what to write on it yet, so stay tuned.  I am such a fantastic chalk artist ( believe that and I also have a bridge for ya') that you really won't want to miss it....I'll keep you posted!

Well, it is so much fun to have a post to share again.  I am very happy that you stopped by and hope you will come again soon!


I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:

Sunday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday

Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays



Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading

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