Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
So I waited three weeks until it came down in price, then snatched it up. I still didn't know why it was instant love until I was at my moms and saw this...
Honestly, I never realized that they were the same motif. (a little hard to see in the top picture)
Benches are great for many things like:
- a vase of flowers
- a stack of books
- a comfy cushion and throw
But most of all, when guests drop in and I say, "Come on in and sit down" they never want to go into the living room or family room (maybe they think they are intruding ~ never) so we used to just stand in the entry hall. Now there is conventiently a cute bench to sit on!
Friday, June 20, 2008
- flower arrangements
- card/paper crafts
- handmade clothes
- violin solo
- poetry readings
- and much, much more!
It was so fun to pretend (don't you still pretend?) my home and garden was an art gallery. Everyone enjoyed mingling and chatting!
~I LOVE this picture. One of our dear "young at heart" with one of the young ones~ The amazing photography belongs to this talented friend~
If you want to gather some friends together but need an excuse, host your own "Art in the Garden". It will sure to be a hit!
E panning for gold in Jamestown.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Basically this is an edged rectangle. To jazz it up a bit I had saved ruffles tie backs from my voile curtains. I do not use the tie backs and knew there would be a project someday...this was the project! Can you believe the tie backs were the exact length???
I could not find the perfect color ribbons for the ties, but did find the perfect color in bias tape. Another cost cutting detail.
These are so easy that I could make another set in a different print. I hope you try it!
At the Urban Ore I found this sterling silver ice bucket. Perfect!
This plate is the most gorgeous shade of aqua.
This is the most dainty sugar bowl.
No architectural pieces this time, but trust me...someday!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Here is the current gate to my mom's gorgeous garden. She wants an English garden gate...so let the hunt begin!
above- on the left, behind the "eyebrow" windows are the most amazing French blue barn doors!
above- claw foot tubs are in abundance here!
above & below- so many fabulous colors of everything!
above- two of my very favorites in one place! chocolate and chandeliers~ my adorable Dad said that I needed that sign and asked if it was for sale...sadly it was not.
Option #1 Gate- Perfect? Nope, too wide and Mom prefers black...keep looking...
Next stop- Ohmega Salvage~ Berkeley, CA
Option #3 Gate- PERFECT! BUT... my Dad says the gate HAS to be 5 feet tall since they have a pool.?. I am still researching to make sure this is, in fact, a law. My mom pushed and pushed for this gate but he would not budge!
Option #4 Gate- REALLY PERFECT! SOLD!...Unfortunately it is NOT FOR SALE! What? It is just covering up the windows as a grate! Ahhhh! No fair, it is the exact dimensions- perfect color- good scrolls- we all pushed and pushed but these guys were not at all interested in selling us this gate...patience...
below~ fabulous eye candy!
Above- I've dreamt of a mantel in my bedroom!
above- CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? It is a bit shabby, but the instrument part is in good condition, okay fair condition for $49. It is just perfect for my kids who have not yet learned but would like to try. Then, if they are successful, we could upgrade. I love, love, love the carved legs! Can't you just picture the most adorable Shabby Chic stool in front with a vintage piano book? Ugh! We could not get it home today! I really want it, I think I HAVE to have it!
Third Stop- This And That~San Pablo, CA
This final place mostly had building supplies.
Option #5 Gate- Could be perfect, but we would not let my Dad get to it. That vine was covered in thorns! He wanted to check it out so bad!
The Dead Fish~ Crockett, CA
The story behind the unusual name is that the chef used to cook a lot with his Italian grandma when he was little. She always used the freshest ingredients, especially the fish. He would always ask, "Nonna, what fish is that?" She would never know what the name was so she replied, "A dead fish!" That is how he named this fabulous place! I had the most scrumptious crab enchiladas.
above- there are gorgeous dining rooms, but the patio with private bungalows are so romantic! They each have an overhead heater so the weather is never an issue!
above- the amazing view from "The Dead Fish". I'm told that at night, when the bridges are lit up it is breathtaking...I would love to see that!
Theater of Dreams in Port Costa, CA~ Sadly this store was closed. She has loads of antique silver goodies. My mom remembers seeing this store in Victoria Magazine.
Thank you for joining me on this fabulous day! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Thanks to hubby for taking the kids, especially on Father's Day weekend! You're the best!
Monday, June 9, 2008
- help E finalize science project done
- buy gifts for parent volunteers
- finalize teacher gifts
- sew slipcovers for outdoor furniture modified- sewing machine problems
- complete and wrap coach gifts for baseball- done
- prepare sub plans
- put Father's Day cards in mail asap- done
- complete and wrap Father's Day gifts for hubby
- mop floor- done
- wash windows
- clean bathrooms (notice the fun stuff is at the top)- done
I bet your list looks similar to mine. Let's muddle through it together!
Have a wonderful week!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
My parents were getting rid of half used rolls of wallpaper...No way! I use wallpaper for everything from gifts, backing shelves, decoupaging to matting pictures like this. This particular embossed wallpaper is on the ceiling of a bathroom in the house I grew up in.
As I walk through my home, I not only have great visions of places I love, but the snippets of wallpaper will keep childhood memories forever.
Yuck, sorry the coloring is so bad on this one.
On a completely different note...I have been fiddling around in the garden a lot. I was so inspired by the garden rooms here last month. This hoosier cabinet, below, is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Unfortunately, we have many windows in our house and there is not one wall (believe me I've tried) that it works on. Sadly it sat in the garage and I even surveyed my friends if they wanted to buy it. The other day I moved it out to the back porch and I love it! Am I crazy to have this outside and this inside?