Friday, June 21, 2013

Favorite places

We just returned from the first full week in Bend this year.
And did it ever feel good. Not sure when we'll get the chance to go back for a full week, but it probably won't be until late summer, or early fall.
We've developed quite a list of "favorite places". So many, that we often can't get to them all, even when we're there for a full week.
Last week I found a new favorite place. Its right down the road from one of our other favorite places, McKays Cottage.

When the sun is shinning, its fabulous to sit outside. When its a little chilly, they bring you soft cozy blankets to put on your lap.  
And, they make the most amazing pumpkin pancakes I've ever eaten.

Another favorite spot is Jacksons corner. I think at one time this old building must have been the corner grocery or hardware store or something like that. I'll have to do some reserch on it. Its definitely been around awhile, thats for sure. Love places like this.   It has warn plank wood floors and a wood fired oven.  Its nestled right in the middle of an older neighborhood.   Wish it was within walking distance of our house.
and they have fresh squeezed orange juice...mmmm newest favorite place is called Pomegranates home and garden.  This cute shop is set up in an old house and outbuildings.

The Barn is full of the outdoor that light!

Inside the main house is set up to display items that would be found in that, the kitchen area holds all the kitchen gadgets, the upstairs bedrooms hold the bed linens and children's things. 
This is a peek into the living room area. That wooden bowl on the table there came home with me. :-)

This shopping cart was upstairs in the children's bedroom. Full of Dammit Dolls .... I probably need one of those some days. 

The nursery upstairs had this old crib full of pillows made from vintage tablecloths.  
Loved them. Very soft and squishy with feather pillow inserts. But, I know that somewhere I have a tablecloth that has a few stains on it...and now I know what to do with it. 

I bought a few things, that wooden bowl from the living room and a cute linen apron that I found in the kitchen. Out in the barn we also found a solar lantern for the patio thats really cool.  

I love shops like this. You can always find the cutest things in them.

I'll take more pictures next time, which I hope will be over the July 4th weekend. They're having a huge outdoor vintage market. Cant wait to go again.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

One year later, before and after

I've been wanting to put together a little before and after of what we've done at the house so far. We've had the house for one full year now and have made quite a bit of progress so far, although its mostly been elbow grease, paint and furniture. No major remodeling of anything.

Its kind of fun to look back and see how far we've come, considering we just go a few times per month for a day or two at a time...
Starting with the progress we've made in the living room area
Here's right inside the front door, looking toward the back of the house

and Now-

Looking to the right toward the master 

and Now-

Looking in the opposite direction from the dinning room, looking back toward the front door


and Now

From the master looking across the living room toward the other two bedrooms and bath

and Now

then back across at the master

not exactly the same angle, but a little of the kitchen before,

and after

Next time we go down I'll try to get some pictures of the bedrooms, bathrooms and yard to show the progress we've made there.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

simple gifts are the best

Usually I have a hard time finding something for Mom for Mom's day.
This year I got a really good hint of what she wanted when I made this for my sister for her birthday in February....

A broken pot, some moss, ferns, hens and chicks from the yard and a cute little gnome...done.
When I gave it to my sister, I heard Mom say, I want one!  I wasn't sure if she was just saying that to be polite or not, but when I walked in on Mom's day with one for her, she was thrilled.

Hers is a little different from this one, but I can't find the picture I took of it. She got a cute little bird bath with a frog in it and a brass birdhouse instead of a gnome and a brass bird feeder.  
Both she and my dad said that she had said that she sure hoped I was going to make her one.
When I walked in with the bag I was carrying it in she said " I sure hope that's what I think it is!"
haha...she's so happy to please, Im glad I took her up on her request and simple gifts are always best

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

dusting things off, and opening the windows

Its been awhile...a long while. Actually, its been just shy of a year since my last blog post.
I've often thought about the blog, but I've gone months and months without it even crossing my mind.
A few times I've thought of closing it down. Then I come back here and poke around a bit and find all the posts that I cared so much about...all the stories about our life.
Its kinda sad, them sitting here all alone.
And I don't want to loose them.
So, I keep it.

And Im kinda sad that Im no longer keeping those stories of our life.
So, its time to throw open the window, let in the spring air and dust off the cobwebs and get back to work.

Knowing I've written our stories down and can come back and read them anytime feels right.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

a little project

A few weeks ago I was at goodwill looking for some unique items for the new house in Oregon. I found this little footstool for $12.00  I wasn't sure where I would use it, or what I would do with it. I thought it was very sturdy and in pretty good shape for its age, which Im sure is pretty old. The vinyl is in great shape still and surprisingly still soft, not crispy at all. 

The side vinyl...pretty isnt it? :)  
But its in good shape except for the scuffed little legs.

A trip to JoAnnes fabric and I found some upholstery fabric that I think will go with the guest bedroom as a little seat in the corner to use to put your shoes on. The room isnt large so theres not a lot of room for a chair. The fabric is kind of a silvery sage green/blue, some cotton clothesline for the edging, some contrasting fabric for the edging and a piece of batting.

Because the cover on the footstool is in really good shape I just want to make a slipcover for it.

I love to add unique older pieces along with new furniture to make it feel more like its been lived in. We could just throw a bunch of new furniture in the house, but I love to give new life to something old and make it look as though its been a part of the family for a long time. 
Im excited to work on this and see what I can do with it.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Update on painting projects-
We decided to start  painting in the kitchen first so we could get it painted before we bought the refrigerator. No need to move that at least until we tackle the cabinet painting.
Here's a before of the barfy yellow wall color....As an accent wall color in some other room it probably would be fine, but in the kitchen it offers no contrast between the wall color and maple cabinet color...which is probably why the previous owner decided to attempt to paint the cabinets and the island a distressed brown.

We wanted something more light and bright. A classic white kitchen has always been a favorite of mine and since she halfway painted the cabinets, well...that just made our decision to paint them white a much easier choice. This is the inspiration photo we like.

And here's our "after" with the wall painting done.
We plan to paint the cabinets and the island white, and the island laminate will be replaced with wood butcher block. The lights above it will be replaced with two hanging pendant lights. The appliances will be switched out for stainless. 
That big open closet to the right is actually the laundry area. Eventually we will move the laundry into the garage and make this into a pantry.

These color samples on the wall were the three color choices we started with and we went with the middle one. Its Valspar Allen + Roth Courtyard. 
I want to put two shelves between those cabinets over the sink...a place to display some pretty things and to store a few cookbooks.

Something like this one in the picture below. I haven't decided if I will remove the doors from the two outside cabinets yet. We'll see how it looks once they get painted. I'd love the crown molding going all the way across the top to join the three units.

Here's another kitchen with shelves between two cabinets over the sink...This one has an open top shelf with no crown molding joining the end cabinets together. probably much simpler to do and I like it as well.
Here's a third picture showing what it would look like with the cabinet doors on.
So that's where we're at. 
We'll tackle the white cabinets after we get the living / dining room area's painted. I'm ready to get a sofa and love seat in there so we have something to sit on and we don't want to get that until we've finished painting the walls.

For now it feels good that we've made one room feel a bit more like "us".

Monday, January 16, 2012

finally found

Its been a long time in waiting, but a home in the neighborhood that we love finally came up for sale.
There was one a few blocks away from this one that we missed last August so we've been waiting and looking ever since. That other house sold in two days so we knew that if one came up we needed to jump on it right away.
The day this one came available we contacted our realtor and she went to look at it right away.
We have been working with her since last summer and have been out to look at houses with her many many times. We trusted her to look things over for us, describe the floor plan, layout and condition to us over the phone.
Since we already knew that we loved the neighborhood, that was about 80% of the decision already made for us. As long as there was nothing major, things on the inside of the home can be changed over time. It will be several years before we move there full time anyway.
Its in a darling neighborhood with a park and streets like Cherry Tree Lane, Wisteria Lane, Hummingbird lane...
All the garages are to the backs of the homes and are entered in through the alley streets. The streets are lined with flowering cherry trees. I'm so excited to see it this spring.
So, we submitted our offer and the owner accepted. Now to just wait weeks for the bank to approve the short sale price. My tummy is doing somersaults