Monday, July 30, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Our sweet friends left to go back to Louisiana today. Our families met a little over a year ago, yet it seems like we have been together forever. We actually feel like they are our family. Sisters…brothers…nieces…nephews.
We had a blast!
We went canoeing and kayaking. We went shopping. We watched movies that made us laugh until we almost cried. We ate and ate more. We made homemade ice cream. We watched our girls make up dances. We dreamed. We planned.
It was wonderful having them here.
Their family of five filled our rooms, our home, and our hearts this week.
We hated to see them go, but we will see them again soon. We make plans at each visit for our next visit.
The guest bedroom where they slept is all cleaned out. Their luggage is gone. I wish it was filled with all there stuff again.
This is where they slept…
Very simple and understated, but I hope comfortable.
This was their roommate during their visit…
This pretty lady is my newest friend, Lola. (found at TJ Maxx)
Isn’t she lovely standing in front of that gorgeous chippy pink door?
Yes, I fell in love pretty much instantly and knew this pink could be used in our guest room.
I stashed a neat little lone gray shutter in the corner here for a little added interest. I also filled an empty spot on the wall with a coffee filter wreath that I made. (easy)
I found some tan and white ticking at Goodwill recently and made a very simple pillow cover for the bed.
Fresh flowers were a must to have the room ready for our friends…
Take a close look at the beautiful bowl that is holding the flowers…
Look at the beautiful scrolled edging and all the details along the rim..
Are you wondering why I am making such a big deal about this bowl?
Let me tell you why…
I mentioned earlier that we took our friends out on the river kayaking. While we were in the water, I happened to look down and saw something that I thought looked like a white enamel bowl. I brought it up out of the dirty water, washed it off a bit and discovered that I had found a beautiful ironstone wash bowl. You heard me right…this bowl is marked Ironstone on the bottom, is heavy, and is beautiful.
Can you believe I found an ironstone bowl on the bottom of the river that we were floating? What a pleasant surprise!
Becky said only I would go picking in the river, but I know she would have too if she had of been in the spot I was in.
Wasn’t that a great find!
Are you wondering like me why an ironstone bowl was in the water? So strange…
Let me just end this by saying that I am so thankful to God for our friends from Louisiana. I am also so thankful for my sweet friends that have been my friends for many many years. And, I am thankful for each of you who stop by and visit me so often.
I love spending time with all of you!
God bless you all!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.
We spent the evening with family… eating, talking, laughing, and watching a few fireworks. It seems like I am doing a lot more eating than I should be doing, but gosh, I love good country food. Have I told you how much I love dessert? My mom fixed the most incredible banana pudding for our get together. You know the kind that is baked in the oven with mounds of meringue on top. OH MY, it was scrumptious.
Ok, my mind needs to get off food and onto some more of my flea market finds from this summer.
I told you that on my last flea market trip, I found some really awesome things. I am starting a neat collection of copper and will show you that soon.
Today, I want to show you a couple of cool pieces I found that I am using on my dining room buffet.
This great old fireplace bucket has a beautiful patina and looks beautiful filled with dried hydrangeas. It also had the cool coal shovel with it.
Found this beautiful old scale in great condition. The glass is still intact and it has the weight on the back. Love the little bit of rust there at the bottom and love that the words are still easily seen.
I have placed my pretty white tobacco can on one side and a great ironstone mug filled with vintage utensils on the other.
There are still several more fun things I want to show you that I have found. Keep checking back and see what else has made its way into our home.
I know you totally get it when I say how much I love all this “old stuff”. I have been treasure hunting for quite awhile now and love the nostalgia behind it all. The only thing I wish was different was that I wish I knew the stories behind each and every vintage piece that I have.
I also want to say thanks for following along with me. Thanks for your visits and for the time you spend here. You are welcome in my home and I am grateful for each one of you.
God bless you all!
Monday, July 2, 2012
I finally got some things done and was able to take some pictures of some new treasures I have found this summer so far.
The flea market and yardsales have been good to me and my house.
I had a good friend call me early one morning to tell me about an awesome yardsale she had been to. I hesitated for a brief moment because I had zuchinni bread in the oven and pjs still on. So glad I left the bread with my daughter in charge and threw on my clothes, because I found some great stuff.
I bought some really neat things including a great old black wardrobe that went straight into my bedroom.
My youngest daughter’s exact words about this piece were, “well, it’s big and it’s black”. Not sure, but I think that meant she didn’t love it like I did.
I found this great old iron planter at the flea market a couple of weeks ago. I knew immediately that it needed to hold old linens and sachets. It’s so much prettier in person. I sure wish I could photograph things as well as I would like to.
Yes, the good ole television again. At least it blends in with the big black wardrobe.
Will look forward to showing you some more of the things I have found.
Also want to share a deal I have tried to make with myself. If I bring something new in, I try to get rid of something. I really don’t have a house full of everything.
Hope you all have had a great day and have blessed rest of your week.