Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring INSIDE At Least . . .

 Living in the Midwest means that even if the CALENDAR says spring is here . . . you know that doesn't meant it feels or looks like spring OUTSIDE.
It means that you can be wearing flip flops and filling yard bags one day . . . and the next, both are buried in snow.

Living in the Midwest means you often have to CREATE your own spring so here's my little attempt to do that.

Nothing says "spring" like bunnies and flowers . . .

. . . or nests

I treasure this one -- my daughters found this a few years ago while they were out walking the dog.  It's SO delicate and finely woven and only measures a few inches across.  That's a real Robin's egg that I found last year in the woods.  I didn't know if it would eventually smell . . . it didn't so it's the perfect touch for my little nest.

Many of these elements are rotated in and out at different times of the year, including this ornate frame.  I just swap out the quotes/verses.

No matter what the weather . . . I'm reminded that Jesus is the Creator and Orchestrator of the seasons and the source of eternal life!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ombre Dresser Make Over

I love the ombre look so when I was 'gifted' this very old dresser, I immediately pictured it in my beachy guest room with ombre drawers.  It was in pretty rough shape so there was a bit of prep work that had to be done first.

There were a lot of chips, nicks and gouges on the drawers and the top.  I sanded first and then used wood putty to fill in all the gaps.  After drying, I sanded again.  I also decided to remove the knobs as they were wood and didn't fit with the style of the dresser.
 Wood putty has become a great friend -- it really DOES fix and hide a "multitude of sins".
 I often choose to leave pieces "as is" in back.  Often there are some really neat details that give a hint of just how old the piece is or even where it was manufactured.  This piece just had this great, old number "20" on the back so I kept it unpainted.  The rest of the dresser got two coats of Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint which was then distressed and waxed with clear wax.
 I added these vintage look glass knobs and used Arles, Emile and Provence chalk paint for the drawers.  No real recipe.  I just started with the full strength color on the bottom and kept adding white to the next layer up until it was almost completely white.
It fits so well with the theme of my room -- and you can't beat the price . . . free!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Warms My Heart!

 I think my favorite holiday to decorate for is definitely Valentine's Day.  The Christmas decorations come down, the house gets a good cleaning and then, the Valentine decorations go right up.  

I search all year long for vintage items to incorporate including these angels and postcards.
 How great is this book?? Love IS eternal!
This old bottle capping device is usually out all year but gets moved around and accessorized with the different holidays.

I also love decorating and filling small drawers around the house for the holidays.  This little drawer is in my buffet in the dining room.
Battening down the hatches for the coldest temps of the year here in Chicagoland so having my cheerful Valentine decorations up may not warm my toes but will definitely warm my heart!