Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's day, tea towels and the ladies of Downton Abbey

I put together a little Valentine's post today since I haven't done any blogging in awhile. We all know how time consuming it can be and other priorities take over our time, but I received some new tea towels and I wanted to put together a blogging post about them and share some fun quotes from my Downton Abbey ladies. 

I've mentioned before about the limited space we have downstairs, especially in the dining and kitchen area, so I rely on simple little things to liven up my small space. I love anything that looks farmhouse and wall racks with tea towels really fit that look.

I meant to paint this wall rack white soon after I got it, but I haven't found the time  to do it yet so I decided to go with it as is and turn it into a little Valentine decor with my new tea towels. The towels I bought are part of the Downton Abbey line. I love the french linen  vintage tea towels, but not the prices so these gave me that look without the high price tag. 




I added a chalkboard heart from Michael's and painted a red heart to go in the center. I like the rustic look of it with my tea towel and keys. 




This is the only towel with a graphic and even though it is made with cotton it has the look of linen and I love the stripes, so I was impressed with the quality of these towels.


I knew I wanted some vintage looking tea towels, but I had my amazon gift card so I was limited in my choices, so these worked really well for me. I would have liked more choices in the cream, but they had most of them in sesame, so I had to buy those. I do like them as well, just not as much as the cream one. 

I just added a couple of little hearts I painted red. 


I don't change my decor as much as other bloggers, so I'll have this rack and towels up for quite some time and just change them a bit to get those little touches of the past. 


I told myself that I wouldn't watch Downton Abbey this season, since it has such a short season, but I started watching again and I'm really enjoying it.  Of course there are only two episodes left, so I knew I wanted to share a bit about my favorite ladies on the show. 

Of course I love Mrs. Patmore and I'm sure she could use some love this Valentine's day since she toils away in the kitchen all day. 
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She does know how to share a giggle with Mrs. Hughes on occasion. 
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And she enjoys sharing words of wisdom regarding matters of the heart with the young women, especially Daisy.  
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Lady Violet and Isobel are always bickering it seems, and Violet always has to have the last word. 





But in the end they manage to share a laugh and all is forgiven, at least for the time being. 

After all Valentine's day isn't just about love and romance with your partner, it also means being a good friend. 
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And sharing a little bit of Valentine love. Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Favorite places and projects of 2014


Sometimes I think I don't have enough to share for a year in review post, but then as I put it together I realize it is more than I thought. It's always fun to look back and relive those moments, so here are some of my favorites of 2014.

Our visit to the Hulda Klager lilac farm in Woodland, WA,  was easily my favorite place to visit early last May and also my most popular post. The grounds are beautiful with all the lilacs and other varieties of flowers.  



I wanted to share my favorite whimsical fairy again. Visit here for a tour of the gardens. 


Even though I loved the beautiful gardens of the farmhouse, my favorite was the victorian farmhouse decor inside. The bedroom was one of my favorites with its simple  yet ornate white headboard and lovely quilt draped at the bottom of the bed. So many pretty things here. 


As simple as they are, I have a thing for buttons in jars. So easy to create a farmhouse look with just a few  things. The mini antique sewers look so sweet on a shelf. Maybe I'll start a collection of them. 



The kitchen was quite small, but there was a lovely reproduction antique stove with vintage irons and other decor. Visit here to see the whole tour. 


I alway enjoy sharing coastal pics, so these are some from 2013, that I didn't share until last year. These are of the beautiful Oregon coast and Heceta Head lighthouse on a lovely sunny day.  


Last fall we visited one of my favorite antique stores, Camas Antiques here in Washington and I'm looking forward to a return visit. 


Large variety of beautiful  antiques here. I wanted to share these  cute and quirky signs again. 


I didn't do many projects last year, I tend to keep them simple anyway, but I thought I'd share this little wood spool rack I made.  Just a little plaque I painted green and distressed and added some spools for something a bit different. 

It fills up a small wall in our dining area and I currently have some vintage aprons hanging on it. 

I also put together this little farmhouse style vignette during the summer with  a little dish rack and also added some floral summer dishes. Jars of buttons are an affordable way to add a little farmhouse charm to your vignettes. 



Love the pretty purple that lavender adds. 


I put together another vignette in late fall, and I used this Burpee's tray as a focal point. I was able to pull all the colors of fall that I love from this tin tray and create a vignette using items I already had. 


I wanted to create a rural farmstead type look with this vignette. Buttons are here to stay for my style of decorating. Visit here to see my fall mantel as well. 


Continuing my love for tin trays and containers, I found two that I decided to use for my kitchen counter display for Christmas. This little corner of my kitchen counter has the best light, most of the time anyway, so my vignettes usually end up here.  You don't have to spend that much to create a sweet little Christmas scene.       



My last project of the year was my Christmas wreath made out of a twig wreath and paper snowflakes. It was time consuming and I almost gave up on it, but I was determined to complete it and hang it on the door, no matter what. It didn't come out exactly how I pictured it, but I decided it was good enough. If I've learned anything this year in regards to blogging it would be to decide it's good enough and move on.  


The new year gives everyone the opportunity of a fresh start. 
Sending wishes your way for a healthy and happy New Year!





Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas tree, mantel and other Christmas cheer

I wanted to make my  Christmas decor as simple as possible this year. Finding new ways to repurpose what I already have, and adding a bit of creativity with something new is my favorite way to decorate, especially these days. Even though I'm rather late sharing my decor this year, I'm still enjoying putting together a few little vignettes around the house since it puts me in the Christmas spirit and simple and homespun suits my style. 

I wanted to add a bit of Christmas to my kitchen counter, so I added this cardinal tray I found at Joann's and a tin I found while thrifting. I love bird scenes for Christmas, so I was glad I found this pretty tray rimmed in red. I came across the little tin, love the winter swing scene,  and knew it would go well with my tray, then I added my little Christmas bears that I've had for years. 

The reverse side of the tin shows some sweet Christmas birds. 

I added a bowl and vase I already had on hand, and some fresh and faux greenery and pinecones to the vase to complete my little Christmas scene. 
I had planned on creating two posts for Christmas, but I realized I was running out of time, not unusual for me this time of year,  so I combined everything into one post. 

I wanted to do something a bit different on our front door this year. I decided on a snowflake theme so I could leave our wreath out all winter, so I added some glitter snowflakes I made along with some made out of fabric to a twig wreath. I really like the spiral pattern of the twigs, and I knew we wouldn't have any other decor outside, so this wreath filled in the door nicely. I added some pine cones and silver bells for an accent. 







Moving back inside to the dining area, not the best pic of the plates on the wall, but I wanted to show my little Currier and Ives plate that was a thrifting find. 

I have limited wall space here, so this  simply designed plate with its lovely winter scene works well in the dining area. 

I kept my wall basket up in the corner of the dining area and added some red and green picks along with some Christmas ribbon. 

I decided the  Merry Christmas ribbon was enough without adding a bow. 

The singing angel doll is a gift I received many years ago from my Sis in law and I always bring it out this time of year. 


Not the best quality pics on the west side of the living room, but I enjoyed coming up with something using my Dollar tree polar bears from last year. The tool box was already on the table with the jars so I just added some berries and pine cones for some Christmas color. I had some snowflake ribbon from Target and added it to my box, which led me to buy some wooden snowflakes and paint one white to add to the snowflake theme. 


The polar bear globe is also a dollar tree find. I've always loved the old fashioned look of spools with lace, so I found these at a craft store on clearance and added some lace I already had for a vintage look.  


The white snowflakes make a pretty contrast with the green toolbox. 

 I added this plate with a scene from The Old Curiosity Shop, mainly because I love green and wanted a vintage looking  plate displayed in my small antique chest, so this one worked nicely. My little tole painted Noel caroler is one of my favorites that I've had many years. I have many things that are inexpensive, but there is beauty in these simple things and I enjoy finding creative ways to display them.





A few pine cones, greenery and glitter add some sparkle to this winter scene.


I love the soft look of white for my Christmas mantel with the vibrancy of red and a snowflake ribbon for my wreath.  A mix of old with a little bit of new for a sweet angelic scene. 



We have had these tree for many years, so this will be our last year and I'll be adding a tabletop tree for next Christmas. I love the look of smaller trees all decorated on your tabletop with presents all around, such a pretty look. I aged this photo a bit since it is so hard to get good pics in this dark corner. 


A little whimsy is always fun with these vintage wooden ornaments. 



We all know Christmas can be a very difficult time for some, so I like to keep my holiday posts light and share the joy of the season. I hope the season brings you joy as well, Merry Christmas!