Monday, September 30, 2013

Pillow Palooza

It's pillow palooza Monday everyone!
Trevor and I spent a night stuffing pillows and lined them up and down our hallway. This was at the halfway point when I decided to snap a photo with instagram for everyone to see. 

we have tons of new fabric pillows available as the cover or with an insert. velvet, botanical, classic patterns. the shelf these pillows are on is staged for the show and was a shelf from our previous home we were actually going to get rid of. It underwent some cosmetic surgery and now makes the perfect stock shelf. I will share the process in the coming weeks.

there are a lot of vintage fabric pillows as well from everything plaid, emboidered, this amazing green and ivory damask and....


....quite a few grainsack pillows in black, blue, red, caramel


Have a soft happy day,


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall Outside 2013

Happy Saturday everyone.
If you follow me on Instagram (or click on the instagram box in my sidebar) you know that last night Trev and I were up late stuffing pillows for the show and tagging them with their pretty sales tags. I just wanted to do a running jump and land in them like leaves and then sleep there for a week.

Prior to the pillow pile, I has been to Lowe's Home Improvement this week and was there for drop sheets to make curtains. They stopped me at the door though with white casper pumpkins for 3.00. Are you kidding me 3.00? I just paid 15.00 for 1 from a pumpkin farm and I can get 5 for that much. Well let's go find a buggy. Don't even get me started about the ridiculous door system that won't let you get a buggy and then go back out to the display. Why put the display by that door then, just to confuse people and make them walk through the store just to get back to the cheap pumpkins before some other person buys them all.
Stress, my pumpkins!!!!

Anywho once the new pumpkins were dispersed, I finished up the fall displays outside and thought that I would share,

i whipped up my cornstalk wreath again this year. i have a giant grapevine wreath around my light i purchased with a coupon from michael's a few years ago, get a bunch of cornstalks and bend/tie them around the wreath. voila!


i whipped up this fall shirt pillow in 5 minutes the other night. if you can sew a straight line, you can make this. lay the shirt flat on a work surface. measure out the size of your pillow, you probably won't  be able to get bigger than 20x20. cut the bottom of the shirt in a straight line, cut about 2 inches into each armpit to get a straight line across the top. turn inside out and sew the 2 seams. now use the buttons on the shirt to turn it right side out, stuff with pillow, close the buttons and you're done. cute fall pillow.


this is our fifth summer in this house, and this year the front garden did some performing. it became the low maintenance garden i was looking for and with the watering system we installed 2 years ago i hardly had to do anything but the occasional weeding and tweaking. it is full of different colours and heights at this time of year and is wonderful to sit and look at from the porch.


the rock fountain gurgled all summer long and next year i think we will look for a larger basin to rest it on for better water efficiency.


Have a great weekend everyone,


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How to transform your old frames

Picture frames that is, however I am sure that if you tried this on your glasses frames it would work nicely. Don't hold me to that though.

I found the frames for my latest gallery wall at a thrift store and they were more like 80's brass instead of the new chic 2013 antique brass we all love so much right now.

Before I keep going and speaking of the 80's, I should just mention that today in the background of writing this blog post, the new show "The Goldberg's" is playing and the first few minutes had me in hysterics. They had me at the crimper. Did you have one? Do you wish it was still cool to walk around with kinks in your hair and scrunched up socks?

Back to the frames.

Here are the frames before:

just a little dated looking


rub n' buff (i used grecian gold but there are many colours available)
some sort of dark wax, i used miss mustard seed antiquing wax


tape off the glass of your frame or remove the art/glass. this piece was professionsally framed so removing the back was not an option for me without ruining the frame


one of the best methods for applying rub n' buff is your finger. it gives a nice smooth finish and controls your application. as you apply, you then use your rag to smooth out the finish and buff


you can see the top part of the frame has the gold applied and the vertical piece is still the original frame


after you finish your buffing, rub a little of your antiquing wax into the frame.
voila, DONE!

old frames transformed on the cheap.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A new 44 dollar wall

Good morning everyone!
I totally intended this post for yesterday morning but my eyelids wouldn't stay open Sunday night to write anything intelligent. 
I am so so excited for this barn show next next Saturday, it is everything me all in one place for others to enjoy but I am getting ready for a smidge of a break.

I was doing one of my regular cruises around the thrift store last week and saw a whole bunch of black and white art prints in goldish frames. I purchased 4 of them at 3.99 each thinking I might add them in to one of my galleries.

I got them home, got out the rub n' buff and transformed the frames into a lovely antique gold and then got an amazing idea. What about a gallery wall in the bathroom too. Not normally done, why the heck not.

I made Trevor make a pit stop this weekend to pick up 7 more (crossing my fingers they were still there, as it was a thrift store and there are no second chances)  because 4 is just not enough for a true gallery wall.

Welcome back to the bathroom
I mean that in a totally not weird way.

 the frames make the walls feel taller and open up the whole room. i liked the shelf that was there but it always felt like it chopped up the wall especially with the wainscotting


the art ended up being Rembrandt's bookplates that were originally framed by a professional company. the faces keep you company while you think. lol


also since i was rearranging in there, i started moving other pieces around as well and added a few more of our art pieces on this side of the room

the brown bottles scream fall. i added some african porcupine quills in the tiny bottle and an old postcard for interest


 the boxwood wreath from the shelf found a new home on the window

the top squirrel is a new print by our favourite artist Edward Spera and is called  Red Squirrel. It keeps in theme with the random squirrels that keep popping up in our home.

i have pulled out this towel every fall and every year my brother says it looks like old drapes. makes me love it more.

So 11 frames at 3.99 totalling 44.00 gave our bathroom a whole new look.  Not a bad price for a makeover.

Come back tomorrow to see how I revamped the frames.

Have a good day,

Friday, September 20, 2013

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

I am a self confessed Pinterest addict and when I have spare time, I like to sit down and peruse the wonderful world of photos and recipes.

Sometimes, I forget about the recipe, forget to try it, print it whatever. This happen to you?
Then there are the dreaded times when you try a recipe and it sucks. Happen to you?

I am bringing you yet another sweet recipe for nibbling or inhaling that I dug out of the forgotten bottom of my recipe Pinterest file. My husband prefers the inhaling method when it comes to cookies. His hair may turn blue at any moment.

Today's yummies,

and true to style, I did not make the recipe as shown. i will put my changes and edits in italics for the healthy, spicy bunch out there.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
(original recipe here)

1 cup butter or margarine, softened (1 cup coconut oil replaces butter)
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour (2 cups whole wheat flour replaces all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
(1 tsp cinnamon)
(1-2 tbsp milk-i found the dough to be a little crumbly)
1 1/2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
1 1/4 cups uncooked quick oats
white chocolate baking bars (I used vanilla flavored almond bark) (i completely omitted the dip step with chocolate and shortening)

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually add sugars and beat well.  Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended.  Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a separate bowl, and gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.  Stir in cranberries and oats.
Drop dough on greased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes.  Cool completely.  Microwave white chocolate and shortening together until chocolate melts (the package will tell you the ratio of chocolate to shortening).  Dip half of each cookie and place on wax paper until firm.
 These cookies are the perfect combination of sweet, and chewy.

Have a great day,


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Grainy Dijon Mustard

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Thank you for all your sweet comments on our fall decor throughout our home.
Today we're back to the furniture before and afters.

Before we get rolling though I thought I would mention that Elizabeth from Blue Clear Sky has graciously shared the details of the barn show on October 5 to all of her followers to spread the wealth of vintage around. I look forward to meeting many of you that day.

 Back to the painting.
I have had this dresser since May but only got around to finishing it in the last few weeks because it needed quite a bit of painting.

I used General Finishes milk paint in Somerset Gold and then used General Finishes glaze in Van Dyke Brown. It looks a bit more bright mustard in the photos than the subtle dijon mustard colour it is. I have been lusting after this combination since I saw Cassie at Primitive & Proper use it on one of her dressers. I shamelessly copied this baby. 
Thanks for the idea Cassie.

I kept the original hardware on the 2 bottom drawers and switched the top drawers to vintage brass and porcelain as some of the originals were missing.

 I painted the inside of the drawers Annie Sloan French Linen out of necessity as someone had extremely sloppily painted them light sky blue.

some fall bounty


Thanks for visiting today,


What I'm Listening to:
The Grand Optimist- City and Colour
Regarding your Lover- Foy Vance   

savvy southern style 
french country cottage 
craftberry bush 
miss mustard seed