Thursday, March 28, 2013

Simple Easter Vignette

I was planning on sharing an outdoor post today but the weather hasn't been cooperating so I've been unable to take outside pics. Because of that  I thought I would create a little Easter display with some of my cloches and other thrifty finds. I hardly have any Easter decor anymore so I wasn't sure that  I wanted to do an Easter post, but with some help from the Graphics Fairy I was able to create this simple vignette. 

I also haven't been blogging as much as I would like to. When I first started blogging I thought two posts a week would be my starting point. I haven't been able to do even that much!  Blogging can take up quite a bit of time, so I am still working on that part and trying to post more often. Spring is my favorite season in the Pacific NW because the rain finally comes to an end, most of the time anyway. I really enjoy the process of putting a project together and posting it. Of course my favorite part is sharing it and visiting other bloggers. All of you inspire me to want to create more, even if it's the simplest thing, because part of the joy is in the creating.  

The Graphics Fairy really came to my rescue on this project. I knew I wanted to use my apothecary jars and after visiting the website I came across these adorable Easter birds. I just slipped them inside my jars and started my vignette. It is definitely an eclectic mix but I decided to go with it and make it work. 

The indoor lights left a bit of a reflection on the cloches. I love the colors of the bird graphic and the Easter greeting. I only had a few wooden eggs on hand so I painted them in  pale  blue and green. 




I have a bunny couple statue that is really cute, but of course I have no idea where it is now, so I added my  outdoor stone bunny. I also added a vintage vase and my white birds.

I came across another Easter graphic of these lovely eggs. I decided to add these at the last minute and stamped an image on a card for the background. I love that pop of color.





I'm working on a basket for the front door and I'll share more pics later when I have finished with it. I really should dedicate this post to the Graphics fairy because this is yet another graphic from her website. 


Such pretty spring flowers. I'll probably be adding a bow to this basket as well. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Easter Blessings to all!

Diane


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Paddy's Day basket

St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us and since I am a wee bit Irish, I wanted to put together something sweet and simple. I had a metal basket that I wanted to do something with, and then I found this adorable Irish lass  on the Graphics Fairy and decided to use her image for my project. 




Such a charming graphic with an old fashioned Irish saying. 



I used some card stock I had on hand and made some shamrocks and added the letters using my stamps. I found some pretty faux green carnations and white flowers at Joann's and grouped them together for my basket. I did something similar to this on Valentine's day as well. My basket was already green so I didn't have to paint it and I added some lace for contrast. I was in a hurry to get this done so I didn't take any before pics. I had this idea in mind for awhile, but of course I waited till the last minute to put it together. I still have a few days until St. Paddy's!


I wanted to share some pics of my pantry so I added the basket to the front handle. We had to buy a pantry for grocery storage and I wanted something farmhouse style so we added this shaker style pantry. It's actually in our hallway, as I mentioned in my previous post our kitchen is a wee bit small. 



A few more close up pics of the flowers and shamrocks. 




I used a floral image for the background of my shamrock and the craft papers looked similar to clovers so I used those for my letters.



I know St. Paddy's Day is overlooked by some people but we can always use another holiday to celebrate and I'm looking forward to watching "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.  I only watch it this time of year so I won't ever get tired of it. The supporting cast is really great too. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. 

I like to lighten and soften the colors of my photos at times because it gives such an old fashioned feel to the images.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy St. Patrick's day, however you choose to celebrate!



Diane



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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Small space Farmhouse Style

March has finally arrived and I am definitely ready to let some sunshine in. You just never know how long it will last up here this time of year. I know it has been a long winter for many of you as well.  We have moved a few times in the last several years, and because of that we have done quite a bit of downsizing. We are finally settled and  since we bought our home a few years ago I am more than ready to buy some new furniture.  But in the meantime, funds are rather tight so I am using what I have and making it work for now. Our kitchen and dining area is quite small and because  of that I have had to get creative with our dining room area.  Our large dining set and buffet would not fit or even go well in this small space, so I am currently using a small bookshelf  as a baker's rack because it goes with my butcher block dining table.

I am learning to enjoy the simplicity and I feel I am  somewhat of a minimalist decorator anyway. I love the sweet simple look of the farmhouse style. It reminds me so much of my grandparent's home and their farm. It was always so charming, tidy and simply decorated with farmhouse goodness.  They had so many vintage things that I would love to have now, so I am recreating some of their style  in our home. There are some lovely farmhouse blogs that I enjoy as well  and they remind me so much of days past, so I am continually being inspired. I have always loved the scales I have seen all over blogland and when hubs and I went antiquing awhile back I spotted this green scale. It's a little more rusty and worn than I usually like but it is green. And I love green so I had to buy it. I added a silver bowl with some cotton  yarn. The metal canisters  from the 50's were in my mom's kitchen. 


The lacy vintage towel is actually an apron folded over that I thought would add a vintage touch. I filled the rest of the shelves with some items I already had.  I am always tweaking my photos, softening them for a more vintage feel.





As I mentioned, our dining and kitchen area is quite small and I'll share more on that in a later post. We have the great room concept on our lower level, which in our case isn't that great because our kitchen area is too small to be practical really. Since there are only two of us now, we're  making it work and we love our open outdoor space behind our house. So there are always trade offs when you lose some interior space, but you gain a lovely open view. 




New curtains are coming that will go better in our  dining area and living room. The kitchen area looks so bare without curtains!  Even though the sign above the bookshelf  is quite small, I really like it here since it looks so vintage. I need to keep a minimalist approach in mind or the space will look too cluttered. I opened the blinds for more light but there still wasn't enough on this overcast day.



I don't think Dolly Parton originated this quote, but she certainly gave it her own charming  southern spin.  I found this a few years back at Cracker Barrel and love the rusty flowers and the simple wire hanger. This quote really applies to this region as well. We get so much rain here but it keeps everything green and there is always that occasional rainbow to lift our spirits!


I added a white lacy wreath to this pic.




I love fresh flowers but I didn't have time to get any so faux roses will have to do. I love the sweet lacy butterfly.


I've had this recipe book forever it seems, and thought it would look pretty here.


Even though I cook all the time, I have never added a recipe to this book. I always thought it was too pretty to write in. It has a soft watercolor look to the pages.





Vintage lace hankies always look so pretty in a basket.





I have some of my cookbooks on the bottom shelf out of necessity really, since my kitchen doesn't have enough storage. I have lots of glassware, but I only have room for a few pieces here.  I also  have all kinds of collectible things in boxes and there is simply no room to display them now. I look forward to the day when I will find the right farmhouse style hutch and dining set that will really set off this dining area.  In the meantime, I am learning to work with what I have and be happy with it. Decorating simply with things that have a special meaning to you  never goes out of style.    Thanks for stopping by!


Comments are always welcome!


Diane


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