Friday, March 9, 2018

Ground Broken for Carriage House

Just got pictures today from the builder of the excavation work they've done for the carriage house. 
 It is so hard not to be there while this is being done but we are about 10 hours away so we have to settle for pictures.  Also our daughter has been great about checking on things for us.  She lives less than 30 minutes away from our property.
Here is an aerial view of the site.  We will be going to pick out finishes at the builders in a few weeks and will be able to see for ourselves the progress they have made.  So excited!!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Our Little Trailer

I told you I would be letting you all in on another change around here......I have decided to let our little trailer find a new home.  As fun as she was to restore we really aren't using her like we thought we would.  It is hard to let her go but we have so many other things going it just makes sense to sell her.  I don't know yet the best forum to use, ebay or one of the online sites specializing in vintage trailer sales, but in the next month or so she will be off on a new adventure.  To see more pics check out these previous posts here and here

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I'm Still Here!

So much has been going on in our neck of the woods that I have had to let the blog go to a back burner.  But I have missed writing on the blog so I hope to take a bit of time once in a while to keep up.  One big project we are tackling  has been the carriage house down in Georgia.  We picked a builder and this week they started excavating.  In a few weeks we will go down and check out the progress and hopefully start picking out finishes.  In the mean time I have been collecting items to go in the carriage house.  I've gotten some Rae Dunn (why did no one tell me about her pottery before) for the kitchen and a few pieces for our home here in Ohio too.  We will be painting some of the cabin furniture white to go with my grey, black and white color scheme.  So much to do and decide but it is so much fun to have something new to work on. We haven't been letting things here at home slide though, we also painted our dining room and living room in our Ohio room in between all the planning and buying for the carriage house.  The dining room is done but I am still working on the decor in the living room.  Below are some shots of the dining room. 

I love how simple and uncluttered this room now is!  I am sure I will be making some changes from time to time but right now this room just makes me happy.
In my next post I will let you in on a few more changes coming up.....

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Every once in a while I start feeling like I need to close a chapter in my life and try a new adventure. Sometimes that has meant a move and sometimes it meant starting a new project. What ever form it takes, change is something I look forward to....even if it requires closing a door before opening a new one.

We have taken on a huge project this time, building a carriage house on 7 acres we just bought on Lake Lanier down in Georgia. We closed yesterday after a few months of looking at properties online, checking them out in person and finally finding one we could see ourselves living on. It has a dock in deep water (most important feature) and enough room to build a carriage house for vacations and later a larger home to move to full time. Over the next few months we will be meeting with builders and getting utilities to the site. So exciting! But not all our decisions were about the new project. We also decided to sell our little cabin we had built. We were no longer using it the way we had for so many years. Very few projects were left to do so we were not out there very often. If fact, most of the time we spent there was just mowing the fields. The grand kids no longer spent hours in the creek (they are teenagers now). It just wasn't suiting our needs anymore. So on the market it went and withing about one week we had an offer. Day before yesterday we closed it up and said our goodbyes. The furniture has been put in storage as we wait for the new vacation home to be completed. Much of the decor went to Goodwill since it was too rustic for the new cottage. Wood furniture will be given a fresh coat of white paint, or maybe a few pieces will be painted black. But most of the decorating choices won't be made for months......there are other things that we need to do the old dock, pick out sites for the carriage house and the future site for the main house, and drool over all the modern farmhouse plans on the Internet. Here are a few I am in love with.
Which one would you choose?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Heat Transfer Vinyl Socks And The Cricut Easy Press

My first try at heat pressing went great.  And the best part is that I didn't have to buy a huge heat press to do it.  No, I bought a Cricut Easy Press and I love it!  Look what it can do.
It costs about the same as a cheap heat press but it is smaller so it is easier to store away.  It has a timer and thermostat setting no mistakes from a too hot or too cool iron.  It was a good compromise between a too bulky heat press and an unreliable home iron.  There are some good tutorials out there if you want to check them out.

I will be trying some other projects with it as soon as I find the time......maybe more socks and a few tee shirts.  

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Use What You Got Quilt

Three and a half years ago I made a window pane quilt which used up less than half of the fabric I had bought to make it.  That sad pile of leftover fabric has been waiting all this time to become something.  Here is how I finally decided to use up that material.
 Nothing complicated, just a quick project. 
 I even pieced the back so nothing went to waste.  Now I won't feel guilty about buying too much fabric.
On a different note, I tried a new machine quilting pattern.  Tons and tons of circles!  Took FOREVER but I like it now that it's done.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Aqua Pumpkins

I didn't do hardly any decorating for fall this year.  Just have been too busy.  But I did do this simple arrangement for the coffee table.

I bought a handful of tiny pumpkins at the craft store and spray painted them aqua.  I filled an old wooden box with foam which I then covered in spanish moss.  Then glued the pumpkins in and there you have it, a fall decoration that matches my color scheme!