R.I.P. Little Brantley…

I just wanted to share our youngest mini dachshund passed away today. She had a rare disease show up suddenly and we had to do the hard thing of letting her go so she didn’t suffer. We will miss her.

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Tic-Tac-Toe, Pinterest Style…

Kiki and I use to play this old time past time game when she was younger. She is now into checkers which she plays with her dad on a Cracker Barrel knit board (you can buy at any C.B.).

But one day I was on Pinterest looking for rustic ideas for my cabin decor and stumbled on tic-tac-toe boards painted on logs and other materials. So this gave me the idea to paint a board on my little breakfast nook table that I “made” my hubby build (trying to get a furniture maker to build something out of 2×4’s or what ever is like pulling teeth, he thinks real furniture has to have dove tails and all that fancy stuff, and definitely not painted!)

So I wanted this to look rustic, like you went in the paint cabinet and pulled out random paint and slapped it on for some fast fun. I didn’t perfectly measure and I didn’t want perfect taped off lines, or even.

Then I made my way to Hobby Lobby, to support a local store, and Christian company, and searched for playing pieces. I originally was going to use sliced wood coasters and stamp or stencil pinecones and pine trees on but that was too expensive for me, and my hubby could get his chain saw out for that one.But I found Moose cut outs for .39 cents each, and I painted them with spray paint I had left from other projects. They also had bears but not enough for me to use. I also bought little cheap felt stickers to put on the bag to raise them off the table a bit for easy grabbing.

I also thought of using pinecones and I still may at some point. I may even use an old stump and make another board sometime.

Here is my super fast and fun project.

P.S. you may want to put a clear coat on this to protect it long term, but I like the wore out look so I won’t be protecting it. It will probably be painted over one day anyways.

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Curtain vs. Valances dilemma…

I am giving my family room a facelift. I am incorporating blue plaid, I love plaids that are blue based, and I can’t figure out should I do plaid curtains or plaid valances.

Right now I have shabby chic ruffled white curtains. I have been looking at them for years and to be honest, I just don’t want to look at them any more.

Here is what the wall looks like now, a DIY galvanized pipe curtain rod spanning the wall.

One of my dilemmas comes from the door way meets the window edge by about an inch so I have to pile a panel to the corner on the right. With a valance it looks more like the valance ends into the wall so it doesn’t look so obvious.

My issue with valances is that I feel “whole wall” valances are only suppose to be in areas like bay windows. Is there a rule against valances going from one wall to the next? I am not an expert, though I do tend to do what I want in decorating, often breaking rules. Decorating rules are more like guidelines, right? Well they are to me.

I think I need panels but was considering valances to hheemm save money on fabric. Though the fabric I am buying is “buy more save more”. But I am not sure it would off set much cost if I have to buy 15 yards to get it cheaper. I will also be making throw pillows and maybe a valance to add to my drop cloth curtain that I have over my sliding back door.

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear.

This plaid blanket I made is similar, same colors, to the fabric I will be using.

And this is the view you would get of the curtains/valances behind the sofa. I might paint the wall around my fireplace a royal or navy-ish blue. Not sure yet. One decision at a time please!

And my newest DIY chalkboard. Hanging over the sofa. I painted it (I use kitchen cabinet doors to make chalkboards) Rust-oleum Indigo blue. (I also did my wrought iron patio furniture the same. Next post for that one.)

Still deciding on other wall design items. I may go nautical in here for while, then in fall change it up again because I will probably be bored with it by then.

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My Jeep Wrangler…

Meet Moose. No Explanation needed, really….

First we will start with some stock pics, then move on to the in process, and then finished. The after build photos don’t show the color right and I blame the weather not my mobile camera taking skills đŸ™‚


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Eager for summer to come

In preparation for summer I have been trying out some throw pillows and blankets.

I like to move things around the house every few months, or with the season. Summer is one of my favorite decorating themes, I will even decorate for summer in the winter so I can be inspired. I have SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. I get really lethargic and can become depressed in the winter. It’s not that I don’t like winter, I just don’t like gloomy cold days. I am ok if I can keep my furnace on 80 and turn all my lights on, but I can’t lol. I love snow though, so if I had snow to look out at I would be happy, for a few days. This is one of the reasons I love bright colors. It helps my mood, keeps me moving most days, and gives me a since of hope that it will be sunny and hot out one day soon.

Back on topic!

Several months ago I dyed my Ikea Ektorp slipcover in RIT’s Pro Line Neon Green (they are now offering the neon colors in the regular bottles yay!).
It has been washed several times and is holding up well. I have not noticed any color fading. I don’t wash the base cover as often as the cushions so I think fading would show.

So now I am trying out some pillows and throws that will match my Macaw painting that I currently have hanging on the fireplace. I may switch it up and do flamingos but I am not sure.

What do you think? Should I try different colors? Patterns?




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Ladders are my latest obsession…

I have a thing for old wooden ladders.

I have 3 in my collection, though one is still waiting for warmer weather to be sanded and cleaned and possibly painted. It is very long, it is as long as my Jeep or maybe longer. In its former life it was used to get on roofs. When it is finished I will share it. It may be one I have to put on a wall and use to showcase books or to organize movies.

So far I have my tall step ladder I use to hang blankets on. Then I have my newly acquired small step ladder. I have not decided what to do with it yet but I currently have it in my laundry room in case I need to get to a top shelf. Though it may become a planter ladder. I just thought I would share. Next I will be sharing my freshened up family room. I changed a few things around, picked up some new throw pillow covers, pulled out some throws/blankets to rotate. That’s what I do about every month or two, rotate things around. I get bored. I am a domestic goddess and a home body and so I get bored looking st the same things day in and day out, and I like to create things. I like to decorate and my home is the only home I get to decorate, so I switch things out a lot. I love to do it. Its fun.

Enjoy my ladders.

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DIY Handmade Lavender Sachets

I am not sure why I needed to make lavender sachets. I felt the need to pass them out I guess. Or maybe because it was time for an easy project to use up some scrap fabric.

By the time I was finished I had a major headache. I am not a fan of lavender as it gives me a headache when I smell it.

So here is how this all went.

I picked up a big bag of fresh lavender on Amazon. Picked out some scrap fabric.

I cut my scraps into squares and the bigger ones are rectangular. I sewed 3 sides on each one. I like rustic un-hemmed edges so I made mine not to flip. This also saves a little time.

Then I took my little scooper, found a pack on Amazon last year, and filled each one, one at a time and ran them through the sewing machine after each fill to close up.

Then I took some pics. Then I trimmed the threads hanging off and then took more pretty pics on my beat up breakfast nook table.

I gave them all to my daughters. When the smell fades we will add some Young Living Lavender Essential Oil to freshen.

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Begging pets at the dining table…

Do you have dogs who beg at the table?

They barks and whine just waiting for a crumb of some tasty human food.

I have that.

When I eat at the breakfast nook table I have 3 dogs begging. Loudly whining that moves on to barking.

But at my dining table I have something else.

I get my house shows chewed on.

My leg nudged.

Something trying to get in my lap.

My culprit…

Banjo Bunny! He lives in my dining room. It’s his space. All by him self. All day. So when we come in to eat, he is begging to be petted, no matter how many times you pet him in a day its never enough. Then we have to give him our fresh veggies, which he won’t eat unless he is loved on first.

So why he is beggin’ for lovin’ this is going on, begging to get in.

But its quiet while we eat, which is wonderful.

Have you ever trued to get a close up of a bunny? Well these are the kinds of photos you end up with.

He is super cute.

See ya later!

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Rising Sun

I had to grab some shots of the rising run this morning. The sun was peeking through the clouds and the rain drops were glistening on the branches. It was a beautiful site, which is gone now. The clouds have hidden the sun.


I am not sure what the dot is on this photo. Maybe an alien? I’m not an expert, I’m just guessing. It was only showing up on this photo below.

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