Tuesday, October 7, 2014

inspired again

I have been quiet.  For months now.  If I'm honest, I've been a little uninspired. 
 And, just plain tired.
Sometimes, keeping an online space requires more than I can handle.  
 Rather than try to do it halfway, I just check out and don't do it at all.  
But, lately, inspiration is becoming familiar again, 
and I feel the nudge to get out the camera and document life.  
Recently, our family visited a local farm, and it was the medicine I needed.
I love being outside in nature.  The colors, the smells, the sounds…
It's all just so inspiring.  
Thought I'd share with you a few pics from that day.  

Thanks Mr. Tidy for taking a few pics of me:)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Just checking in…
It's been quite a few months since my last post.  
What can I say?  Life has been busy. 
It's hard to believe that fall is here.  
Thought I'd give you a little update of my spring and summer.
It's a lot of food and flowers:)
Hope you enjoy!

This year I have really enjoyed my garden.  Lots of new pretties to look at each day.
It's pure joy to watch flowers grow.
I've also been baking a lot the past few months.  I find it so therapeutic.
Most of these pics are on my Instagram.  I'd love for you to follow along.
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I try to post often, so you can see what I've been up to.

Also, this summer, I was able to go home for a few lovely visits!
I took my big camera (one of those new year's goals), 
and captured a few things about home that I love.
My sweet Mama can grow anything.  
This year, she grew asparagus.  So pretty and yummy.

pretty little pot...love the blue chippy paint

I find this so interesting...

Old brick will always capture my eye.

Dainty little weeds...

Pines stretching to heaven...

Lovely little crepe myrtle petals scattered on the ground...

I always find myself at this old pear tree.
I've blogged about it so many times before.
It has such a special meaning to me.
Going home is always a treat!

The next few weeks, I plan on getting back into my studio and painting some.
I'm really missing that.
I am starting a series of my childhood memories.  Looking forward to this.
I've been wanting to do this for years.
Hope you are all doing great and enjoying this marvelous fall weather!
Thanks for stopping by:)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

fun with flowers

I love photographing tulips,
so beautiful and fragile.
I especially love the contrast of their delicate petals
against the roughness of the barn wood.
So absolutely lovely...
Hoping these brightened your day:)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

powder room redo

In my New Year's resolutions, I wrote that I would share a home tour this year.
Yeah!  That finally starts today!

We have been in this house almost 4 years, and 
the first room we renovated was our powder room.
The powder room had cute wall paper, 
but I really wanted a cottage feel in this house. 
So, we decided to change it to bead board and paint.
We hired someone to strip the wall paper and lay the tile.
Mr. Tidy put up bead board on the bottom of the wall, and
I painted the walls the color of coffee with cream.

This is the before picture:

And here's what it looks like now!

I love the transformation.

I love the way the bead board brightens a room.

This pretty pedestal sink was already in the powder room, and
Mr. Tidy changed out the hardware to a bronze finish.

He also changed out the lighting as well.
I found this pretty antique mirror for $16 at an estate sale.

I  hung vintage barn wood frames on the walls.

I love using objects from nature when decorating.
This twig wreath allows me to bring the outdoors indoors!

 The aluminum tray and silver vase were thrifted.
The wooden bowl was made by an artist in the Applacian mountains.
I wish I knew his name...it is such a pretty work of art!

 I found this bronze magazine holder at a thrift store for $4.
Renovating can be fun:)
So happy with the results!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

laundry room tour

It's never-ending, isn't it?
Laundry is definitely one of my least favorite things to do.
I thought if I made my laundry room a little more cheerful, 
then maybe I would enjoy it a little more.

When we first moved in our house, the wall color was nice (a neutral beige), 
but I really wanted a brighter color.
So, I painted the walls a pretty pale blue and used browns and greens with pops of red.
There's a great skylight that makes it the brightest room in the house.

I found this adorable vintage clothespin bag at an estate sale
that helped me finalize the colors I wanted to use.
Isn't it so cute?

outside looking in...

To the right of the washer and dryer, 
there is room for a small dresser that stores household necessities:
lightbulbs, batteries, extension cords, picture hanging tools, etc.

I've had that washboard for about 20+ years.  Love.
 I recently replaced the drawer hardware with these cute ones I found at Lowes.

Milk glass holds pretty flowers and vintage clothespins.

 I found this lampshade at the thrift store for $3!
 My garden hat hangs here...

Mr. Tidy installed these two shelves that hang above the washer and dryer.

 I like to keep my small collection of vintage hand towels on this shelf.
I see them every single day and they make me smile:)
And, who doesn't love vintage Ball jars?

 Found this basket at the thrift store and it neatly stores the toilet paper.

 Mr. Tidy installed peel and stick linoleum that looks like stone.
It's very inexpensive and is so easy to use, and I think it looks just fine for now.
Thrifted this cute rug that definitely ties in all the colors in this happy little room!
I must admit, I still don't like doing laundry, 
but I feel a little more cheerful when I enter that room:)
Happy Laundering!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

pretty patina

I am loving these delicate, petite flowers.
Not sure the name of them.  Do you?   
Also loving that vintage copper tray in the background, 
the old barn wood,
and that silver vase with pretty patina.

For me, photography is pretty consuming.  
I spend many hours thinking about, dreaming about, and actually taking photos.
It is a passion, for sure.  
Who knew that signing up for that summer photography course in college 
(many moon ago) would be a catalyst for this love of mine?
So thankful that I was inspired then,
and so thankful that passion is still going strong all these years later.
I love seeing the world through a lens! 

The tray and the vase was found at an estate sale years ago.
And, I found those pretty petals at my favorite grocer, Trader Joe's!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

catching up

I thought it would be fun to give you an update on some of my new feisty frugal finds...
  1. A charming old chair that needed a home.  She is happy living here now:)
  2. The sweetest little vase with a pale pink inside for just $1.
  3. A Homer Laughlin plate that looks lovely with green pears.
  4. The coolest old door that needs a good cleaning.  The hardware alone makes me swoon!
  5. Everyone needs a little red travel case and a McCoy pitcher.
  6. I can't even begin to think of how long it took someone to make this amazing little pillow!
  7. That yellow countertop was such a find!  Perfect for a happy backdrop.
  8. Found the shutters and heart cutting board for super cheap:)
  9. And who doesn't love vintage flatware?  Gorgeous!
I love filling my home with things that have a history.  
I often wish I knew the stories behind the pieces I buy, 
like who sat in that old chair, 
whose precious hands made that amazing quilted pillow,
and who chopped veggies on that cutting board?  
This intrigues me so much.  I think about it a lot.  Do you?
Have you been thrifting lately?
What fun things did you find?

Some of the photos above are from my Instagram.
If you'd like to follow along, click here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

wintery photos

Lately, I've been taking more photos with my big camera (one of my New Year's resolutions).
I broke out my dusty dslr, and started snapping away.
Of course, I took a few on my iPhone for my Instagram:)

I wanted to make some wintery photos, and I really like how these turned out.
In the pictures below, I used many things I have found while thrifting.

I have collected these plaid scarves thorough the years, 
and just recently found the Aladdin Thermos containers.
Makes for a cute winter photo!

 I found this cast iron skillet for $2 at the thrift store.  
It is well seasoned and looks like it was very loved.
Bought that adorable syrup dispenser was at an estate sale…so cute!
Let's just say those waffles were extra tasty with those cute props.

I always love photographing pears.  Always.
Not much yummier than a warm loaf of banana bread.
I really loved taking these wintery photos.  Hope you enjoyed them!
Have a great week!!