Saturday, June 29, 2019

Dark and Moody

Today I finished a lovely lap quilt.  I started this one a number of months ago but had to put it aside while my mother was ill.  She passed about 4 weeks ago from Alzheimer.  It was a very difficult time for our family.  I finally felt like picking it back up again a few days ago and it really helped me feel creative again.  
 The fabric is kind of dark and moody but also very pretty.  I machine quilted it in an undulating wave pattern on my home machine.  
The floral, solid and text patterned fabric feels a little modern to me as does the color pallet. I am really loving the overall grey tone.
It is on the large size for a baby blanket.  More like a lap quilt.  So I am not really sure who I will gift it to yet......
Diana

Monday, May 20, 2019

Payday Candy Bar Copycat

I have been looking for a copycat recipe for Payday candy bars forever.  I have tried a few and had some pretty awful results.  Think big pan of runny stuff that never hardened into anything you could cut into bars.  But I have finally found one that turned out beautifully.  Jennifer from Bake or Break has a great recipe that I am gobbling up as we speak.  
Plently of nuts and a sweet salty nugget center that holds it shape pretty well.  So yummy.
Diana

Modern Farmhouse Guest Bath

Last month we decided to change things up a bit by updating our upstairs guest bath.  Out went the pale pink paint and way too short pedestal sink and in went a soft gray paint and simple taller pedestal sink.
 We also replaced the vanity light and mirror.  My husband built the solid wood linen closet door.
He also built a floating shelf above the toilet.
I made the sign for the shelf.  A little unexpected humor is always welcomed.
Diana

Updated Fireplace

This past weekend my husband updated the ugly green tile surround on our fireplace to a pleasing grey stacked marble stone with a raised hearth.  I have hated that green tile for 15 years.
 It took two days and some real problem solving to accomplish but I love the results.

 We used a marble look tile on the hearth.
In case you were doubting how ugly the old tile was, take a look at the before.  Why did people ever like this color?  
Diana

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fancy Farm Gal Hat

I saved a bundle today!  I saw a similar hat like the one below at a boutique for $48.00!  Loved it so much I almost bought it.  Then cooler head prevailed. I instead spent $10.00 at my local craft store and got the cutest little hat ever.
Want to make your own?  Get a solid color baseball hat, the flimsier the better.  Take a nail file and rough up the brim.  If you get too carried away you can always hot glue the bits back together.  I used flowers from the bridal section of the craft store and hot glued them on.  So easy, and takes just minutes.  I think I will try a denim one next.  Diana

Friday, August 3, 2018

Some Changes Around The House

Haven't posted any photos of the house in a while and thought it would be fun to show you some changes we have made.

 We painted most of the main floor a soft gray. 

 Moved this cabinet into the living room.
 Picked up the cow picture at a local shop in town.
 My grandfather's desk looks cute in this corner and is a convenient place to pay bills.
 Fireplace mantel.
 Took down the heavy curtains from all the windows and let in the natural light.  Redid the chairs in a large buffalo plaid.

 Started collecting Rae Dunn for the house here in Ohio and the Carriage House in Georgia.  Love how simple her designs are.




 Heated towel rack.






I would love to say we are done but we never are.  Already making changes to the sewing room and more plans are being dreamt up for other rooms.
Diana

Monday, July 30, 2018

Moved into the Carriage House

Two weeks ago we traveled down to Georgia and moved into the carriage house.  We stayed 12 days and got it in pretty good shape.  All the furniture is in, with a few exceptions, and a lot of the decorating is complete.  Come see what we've done.
 You walk into the first floor foyer and go up 16 steps to get to the second floor living area.
 You can also enter from the garage.  This picture was taken before the new hardware was installed.
 Hardwood floors.
 Stainless steel appliances.  We decided to go with full size appliances instead of apartment sized ones.  I was worried they would take up too much space but they don't at all!  
 Even though we worked on the carriage house much of the time we were there, we did take breaks to enjoy the lake.
 I love our bedroom.  It is so relaxing.
 I got this really cool table for the TV at a local decor shop called Dirt Roads Restoration.  I love her shop.  She has some of the prettiest furniture and decor.
 This is our dining nook.  I am still debating curtains.....
 Laundry closet.  I got my washer and dryer delivered while we were there.  Can I tell you how nice it is to be able to wash your clothes while on vacation!  And to come home with all your clothes already clean!!!
 Got a Kitchen aide mixer too!  I am so happy with how much space this little kitchen has.  This counter and breakfast bar are 8 1/2 feet long.
 One of three doors that lead to tons of storage in the dormers.
 Our great room is small but we are able to get a lot in that space.
 We got these rustic bar stools at Homegoods.  The carpet protects the floor from the metal legs.
 Is is weird that my favorite room is the pantry?  The next three pictures show more of it.
 A place to store cookbooks and stuff.
 Mobile baking cart.  How cool will this be to roll out to the kitchen.  I already used it to bake chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.  Yum.
 And of course the lighting has to be just right.
One of the last things we did was hang this picture.  Now for some random pics.









So this catches you up on our sweet little vacation home.  We can't wait to get back there!  Next time we will spend more time exploring Gainesville and Lake Lanier!
Diana