Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hubby

He's terrific. He is funny, fun, talented, creative, almost ALWAYS in a good mood. (Personally, I am regularly cranky.)

He sees the glass as half full. He is enthusiastic. He laughs a lot.

He encourages me and is proud of me. He sees me as I would like to be.

He is a godly man. His prayer cover has transformed my life.

He has a beautiful smile.

I love you, Mister!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dining Room Details

Our dining room is quite small, but inviting.



The walls were antique white with brown painted trim when we moved in. I first painted the walls a pale yellow, but we eventually realized that white trim, and therefore another wall color was the way to go. This is my favorite wall color in the house.




The original heart pine floors are a little worn.




The fireplace mantel was attached to the wall by the previous owner. I painted it white and painted the wall "inside" the mantel black.




The armoire was left for us by the previous owner. Love it. I use it as my pantry, since, until the kitchen is finished, we lack storage.




Here's another view of the armoire. We won our chairs on ebay.




The light fixture matches our kitchen pendants. Now that the dining room wall color is more formal, we'd like to switch it out for a chandelier (I'm thinking crystal bling) and put this fixture in the sunporch.



It becomes very romantic by candlelight....

Have a splendid day!

Carol

Monday, June 28, 2010

Painted Floors

Come in! Don't you love a front porch?




In the foyer, you'll see the stenciled floor done by the previous owner.




Here's the showstopper. Newly painted kitchen floor by Wonderful Husband.




We have a sunporch off the back of the kitchen. Old paint job again.




Come upstairs. We have a "foyer" up there too. Another stencil and painted floor by the previous homeowner.




The floors are all original, except for the wide planks in the kitchen. It's beautiful how the wood grain and texture can be seen even through the paint.

Have a wonderful day.

Carol

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Sun Porch










Have a wonderful Sunday!

Carol

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Views from the Hammock

I was drinking my coffee this morning in the hammock swing. It's a little tricky, but I didn't spill any.



The sunporch is right next to this little deck.




The sun was in the top of the trees. It is so wonderful that the sun comes up every day. The same way, the same place.




The trumpet vine is blooming. I see that it needs to get cut back off the garage roof again.




Just look. The trees and leaves make a beautiful screen, leafy bower, privacy fence.





I am overwhelmed with the beauty of the morning and season. The creation glorifying its Creator.

A glorious day.

Carol

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Patio

Let's go out back and sit a while. The roof will keep things nice and shady.



And we can always put the ceiling fan on if it gets too hot.




Would you like to sit on the old wicker chair? My dad tells me it's about 75 years old.




Or maybe you'd rather sit at the table with a cool drink.




But then again, swinging's always nice!





It's all good.

Carol

(here is more information about the pictures. First of all, yes, I am in the process of painting the back of the house. You can see how far along it is in the first picture.

The little buffet was actually serving as the kitchen island when we moved in. There is a "Hoosier-y" but not Hoosier piece in our kitchen that matched the buffet until I painted it white. I like it white....a LOT.

The patio floor is cement. It had a faux brick pattern on it that power washed off. A future project.

That's trumpet vine over the swing and gnarled around the one post. It's great, except for the invasiveness. Hubby and I think that if the yard was let go for a few months, you'd have to hack your way through it with a machete.

You can see the garage behind the swing. The original 2 car garage is behind this 2 car addition on the front. My daughter helped me paint it last year.)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sun Tea



Sun, please stay. I need your help making tea.



We can use regular tea and then either add one teabag of Celestial Seasons Bengal Spice, or just plain tea and crush some lemon balm in the glass when we drink it. Today, let's go with the Bengal Spice version.




And look, now I've cleaned the windows! Much better. Clean windows makes your job easier, Sun!

Beautiful!

Carol

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Painting the House

When we moved in, the house was kind of a pale green. We have replaced the clapboards with Hardie plank in yellow (Harris Cream) on the front and driveway sides. The other 2 sides had a slightly different shade of green vinyl siding and some original clapboard.
I am in the process of painting the other two sides of the house. At this point, the left of the back side is painted yellow, the sunporch scraped and primed.



More of the back painted yellow, first coat of color on the sunporch.



Here's a close-up of the back of the sunporch. The colors are so much brighter and richer!



The lower deck off the family room is where I spend a lot of time.



I am concerned about how I am going to get the very highest points done. Any suggestions? The middle section with the peak can be accessed over the metal sunporch roof. I'd rather do it myself because tromping around on it may damage it. When we had the front of the house done, we ended up with a persistent leak on the front porch because the craftsmen spent a lot of time walking around up there.

Have a beautiful day! As for me, I'm thinking of doing a bit of painting.....

Carol

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thrifting



I found this at a yard sale about 15 years ago, for $15. Painted it about 3 weeks ago. I was inspired by you! My mother gave me the vintage tablecloth from years ago.




Desk: Yard Sale. The rockers belonged to my inlaws.




This pie crust table came from a yard sale about 25 years ago. First thrifting ever!
I was hooked.







Both of these chairs were found at different times out for the trash in the neighborhood. The top one had a very ripped gold print. The second one had a very ugly orange-y print. I eventually had them re-upholstered.



Wood box was out in the trash. Found the little lantern out in the backyard when we moved in.



Another trash find. We paint them a different color every few years. I am painting the back of the house right now, so I painted them to match the red window frames.
A great place to enjoy coffee in the morning!






Thrift Store shopping! The beautiful runner was $0.99. The little throw was $2 or $3.



My new coffee cup. Marshalls. $2.99. I so look forward to my morning coffee. My cup changes with the season!

Have a wonderful day!

Carol

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day and a Dream

Happy Father's Day.

I am thankful for my loving, steadfast wonderful father and for a husband who loves my daughter as his own.

(hubby and daughter)

About the dream - I dreamed that we (as in us bloggers) rescued a dog and found a new home for her! Interesting how blogging infiltrates one's thoughts. I think of you all day! And apparently night, too.

No, this isn't a dog, but it is my favorite cat.




Wishing you a beautiful day.
Carol

Friday, June 18, 2010

Painted Kitchen Floor


It's beautiful! Talented hubby has finished the painting of the floor. Tomorrow will be Polyurethane Day. He has worked hard sanding, filling cracks with foam backer rods, caulking, painting, taping, painting, taping!

Before, the floor had developed wide cracks and the finish was in bad shape.



We always liked the tile look, but tile is hard on the feet. Now we have the best of both. Tile look, character in the wood grain and cracks, beautiful floor!

Don't I have a splendid husband?

Carol