Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fall in the Kitchen

Last post I shared some fall branches used for decor in our dining room.  Today I'm sharing what our kitchen looks like.  There's a lot of blue and white in this room, so it's nice to add pops of red with the branches and apples.

I also removed a white slip-cover from this brown chair, and draped hand-monogrammed red-striped towels over it:

The small white dish holds acorns the kids and I gathered on a recent hike, as well as more red leaves from our branches:

Last year I found this great cabinet door at the Holiday Vintage Bazaar.  Recently I decided to spray the middle panel with chalkboard paint.  I love how it looks as though it's a framed piece:

I attempted to copy a Thanksgiving-themed message (found on Pinterest) with chalk, and added a free-style pumpkin.  Let's just say I never majored in art, but it's fun to try to draw!

Feeling thankful this month!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall Branches and Dreamy Whites Soaps

We've lived in our home for 10 years, and it hadn't occurred to me to bring some fall branches indoors for decorating.  I've seen this done beautifully in many of your blogs and decided to give it a try.  Having grown up in New England, I sometimes take the foliage for granted.  Two little trees right outside our home bless us with the prettiest red leaves each fall, and this year I AM taking notice.

Just tucking a few sprigs in mason jars brightens up our dining room table.  They blend perfectly with the colors of the apples, too.

The 'homeschool' dresser has a bigger vase filled with large branches.  Changing out our white mirror with this framed chalkboard gave the area a more autumnal look.  I'm liking it.

I have always loved Dreamy Whites style, as I know a lot of you do, and enjoy seeing how Maria is styling her home and shop.  There's SO much inspiration to be found!  (She's on Instagram much more than her blog these days).  Recently I ordered some gorgeous palm oil soaps from her shop.  They arrived in the prettiest packaging, which also included a lavender sachet.  Each soap was wrapped in these adorable bags:

Aren't they lovely?  I don't even want to really use them for soap, just admire them.  :)

I put one by the kitchen sink nevertheless, and the rest on our vintage shoe rack:

Soaps and ironstone are a perfect combination.

What about you?  Would you actually use these or just admire them?

I wish I could admire our fall branches a bit longer, but they are already starting to lose their leaves.  Better grab that rake and get outdoors....
Happy fall everyone!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall decor in Living Room

Well, the leaves have finally been turning colors in New England!  We had a late foliage season due to such a mild early fall, but now the brilliant hues don't disappoint.  I've made some updates to our living room for fall as well.  The biggest change was the addition of this gorgeous rug in front of our fireplace.

I found it at Home Goods for only $99!  I love how its' colors blend in with our room.
The coffee sack pillow covers I made last year have returned for fall, as well as these dried hydrangeas that have been around for a couple of seasons:

Although I'm not a huge fan of orange, the mantel did get a pop of this color with pumpkins:

However, my favorite pumpkin by far is this green/blue Mother Hubbard squash!

It rests on our corner desk, where you see more coffee sack fabric.  I guess fall just reminds me of coffee!

Thanks to you lovely friends that left encouraging comments on my last post.  I'll keep you updated on our homeschooling adventure.  So far it has definitely been worthwhile.  Happy fall!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Homeschool News and Catching Up

Hello dear blogging friends, it's hard to believe that 3 months have past since my last blog post.  That is a record for me!  Although I've been a little active on Instagram, I miss catching up with all of you on this forum.  So I will do my best to return to interacting more in blogland this fall.
This little hobby of mine got put on the back burner due to a huge decision our family made this summer.  I'll tell you a little about it as I post photos of changes to our dining room....

This craigslist dresser now stores all our books and supplies for HOMESCHOOLING.  Many factors went into our decision to homeschool our two children, but the most important was to teach our children the Catholic faith and all its' beautiful truth.  We now have the freedom to tailor a curriculum at a pace for each child and to enjoy spending more time with them.  Since beginning in August, we have been so impressed with the curriculum we are using, purchased from Catholic Heritage Curricula.  It is rooted in all the beauty of our faith.  I am learning right along with the children, discovering things I never knew, which makes me appreciate our faith even more.

They still get to see many of their friends at extra-curricular activities and playdates, as well as meeting new friends in a homeschool hiking class where they learn about nature and the ecosystem.

Each morning we ask Saint Anne de Beaupre (Mary's mother) to pray for us.  We visited her shrine in Quebec City, Canada during the summer, and took home this beautiful little figurine which was blessed for us.

We only have one chance to raise our children, in a limited period of time on this earth.  What a gift to be able to spend more vital hours with them teaching, learning, playing and praying together.  Less time running around in a flurry will be time well spent.  We will never regret spending more time with our children.   

Parents know and love their children better than any other human being. God knows our children best, and has given parents a duty to raise up their children to follow Him and eventually enter His kingdom in heaven.  That is the ultimate goal in this life He’s given us.  

It is our hope that our children's hearts will be filled with a joy of the Gospel, which they excitedly share with the world…on the road to heaven.

And so each morning we meet here in this room, say some prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and begin to learn something new.  Each day brings interesting discoveries, discussions, and yes - challenges.  But we're together and open to what God is telling us.

That's all I can ask for.

First Day of Homeschool

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer Peonies

Our peony bushes only graced us with two blooms this year, but I'll take them!  I think it may be time to move these bushes into a sunnier area.  :(
Once these two bloomed, I made the best of showcasing them in various rooms.  Here they are mixing in with the dried lavender in the living room:

And on the side table in the dining room:

They looked so pretty sitting on the kitchen table, too:

These beauties have since passed on, but the good thing about having a blog is we get to revisit our faded flowers.

I also finally finished a miniature crochet banner I was working on.  It hangs against our living room radiator.  I love the texture.

Hope everyone's July is going great so far!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Lavender Sachets

Well it's official.  Summer is here!  Our children had their last day of school Friday and now the summer fun commences.  I love these long, sunny days, and plan to carve out some time for creating as well as fun activities.
I wanted to let you know about some recent goods added to my Etsy shop.  I can't believe Etsy is celebrating its' 10th anniversary!  I've been enjoying selling there for almost 4 years now and I want to thank everyone who has visited my shop, even just to peek.  :)

I love the smell of lavender and these sachets are the latest to my collection:

The red floral fabric is just lovely, and I've added a patch of vintage French laundry tape to each.

I've listed two of these, but I do have two more that I just need to stuff with lavender.

They fit right in with my other sachets for sale:

The Flea Market Finds section of my shop has some great new treasures as well:

Hope you stop by for a visit.  Enjoy your summer - I'll be checking in here from time to time!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Trunk Makeover with MMS Milk Paint, White Lilacs and First Communion

Happy June!  I can't believe how fast May flew by.  It's been busy here.  For starters, I've been having fun re-stocking my Etsy shop with vintage treasures and handmade pieces.  The creative muse is on overdrive!  Also, my family had a fun expedition to the local flea market and I found something I've long been searching for - a vintage wood trunk.  Actually, my husband spotted it when we were about to leave.  I wanted the trunk to be something we both liked, and this one fit all our criteria.  It is definitely old, well-made of solid wood, large, and has a flat top to double as a coffee table and storage.

I painted the trunk using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint for the first time.  It came out just as I had envisioned with a nice chippy patina.  I ended up mixing equal parts Shutter Gray with Grain Sack to get a light grayish color.  Love it!

Here is a photo of the trunk prior to painting.  I may replace those dirty old rope handles with something new eventually:

Although the wood was definitely worn down, I discovered as I painted that I did need to sand some patchy areas that still had a bit of glossy sheen.  The milk paint had fallen right off of those areas once it dried.  But the second coat of milk paint stayed after I sanded.

Here are some more lilacs to share with you...bunches of the white variety in our dining room:

They smelled wonderful while they lasted!

Another fun outing our family had this May was to a book sale at the library.  I got some wonderful vintage books there and this one is my favorite - a vintage Charles Dickens' children's book!
I adore the sweet cover:

Inside are the most delightful illustrations as well:

Speaking of sweet....the best news to share is that our daughter received her First Communion in May!  Tears welled as I watched her receive Jesus for the first time in the Sacrament of Eucharist.   My heart just...swelled.  I love that girl.

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