Monday, May 30, 2016

Changes at the Lake House

We came down on Friday for a couple weeks, and had planned before we came to downsize some while here.  I admit I'm a pack rat.  I just keep stuff.  It's organized and neat, but a lot of stuff, just the same.

The lake home is a double wide mobile home, bought new in 2005.  It still looks new since we don't live here full time, and only use it as a getaway.

There happened to be a friend here who wanted everything we were getting rid of.  She has a daughter and granddaughter who are moving and need everything, so we were happy to give the items to them.

We gave away 5 comforters, several pictures, one really large one, sheets, towels, 2 tv's, clothing, a bed, french style dresser and chest of drawers, throws, blankets, all kinds of things.  I can't begin to name them all, but a 8 x16 trailer was full as was the back of the pickup truck!

To help you appreciate the difference made in the bedrooms, I'll show you some before and after shots.  We all love those.  :)

The bedrooms on this end of the house are small, and both had WAAAAAAY too much furniture in them.

Here is the bedroom on the back side of the house.  It held a queen bed, chest of drawers, dresser, night stand, and bench.

No matter what I did, this room just never looked good.  The mattresses were old and not level, with so much furniture, there was only a 'trail' around the bed.

Here is how it looks now after we took out all the furniture and put one of the twin beds in the room instead.  I kept the night stand and the mirror from the old french provincial set, and will paint them this week.


The only other piece in this room is a small bench that holds a tv.

The other bedroom had both twin beds, an antique vanity, and chest of drawers.


Now it only has one twin bed, and the antique furniture.

I turned the bed in this room in the other direction.
The only items in the room is the bed, vanity and chest.


I love this old vanity, and recovered the stool so it would blend better with the bedding.  It was originally blue.



hydrangeas I dried last year

I painted the two large canvases a few years ago.  I bought the Paris sign at DG a while back, and the letter "M"  picture yesterday, also at DG.  It was the perfect color for the room, and mimics the pattern on the stool.

This candelabra is one from years ago that I painted aqua.

It's so nice to have the rooms "cleared out".  They seem so much larger, and the airflow is now unimpeded.  Before, both vents were partially covered.  
For window treatments, I placed 84" white sheers on the windows in all bedrooms.

Hard work, heavy lifting, but so worth it!!

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Updating a Dresser Scarf From My Childhood

Back in the day, we didn't always have money to buy things, especially frivolous type items.  To make do, and still have a pretty home, my mother would use pretty flour sacks to make things.  Sometimes they were used to make us dresses, too.  I remember this scarf made from such a sack being used on the dresser in the "girls" pink room at our house.   I was lucky enough to still have it, and decided I would make it longer so it would work on my dining table.  It seemed a shame to not be able to use it.

Isn't it pretty?  Fifty pound sacks of flour came in these pretty cotton sacks.  I wish we could still get groceries in these pretty sacks.

I showed you here  how I used dust ruffles to adjust the size of my quilt.  I had 1/3 of a ruffle left from that project.  What better way to use it than to sew it to this??

This is an easy, easy project, taking literally around 10 minutes.

Shabby chic look!!

I love it!!

I have a dash of pink in my dining room already in the curtain panels I made, so this works really well in here.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how I updated this wonderful piece from my childhood!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vintage Perfection

I think I have an addiction to shopping Good Will!!  I go in several times a week since it's so close to my house, and cause you never know what you'll miss if you don't go by regularly. Right?  On a recent visit, I found quite a few items that I liked and here are some of the vintage items I found.

First up, this sweet lamb planter.  I think it may be a McCoy.  It is heavy, has no markings, but I read where early on they simply placed a paper sticker on their pottery.  I did some research and it looks just like some of the ones shown as McCoy.  Either way, it is definitely old.

Then I found this gorgeous bottle.  It seems old to me, and again no markings at all, but the glass has numerous bubbles, especially in the bottom.

I found this pitcher to add to my non collection.  I loved the design.

I already had the yellow tin, but loved the green one, which probably isn't old.

No way, could I leave this milk glass cup and saucer, in perfect condition.  Not a chip, crack or anything, and it matches the urn I already had.

Now, can you see why I can't stay out of there??

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Monday, May 23, 2016

How I Enlarged a Quilt


Have you ever had a comforter or quilt that you loved but it just wasn't quite big enough for your bed?  Such was the case with the quilt we use in the master bedroom.  I've had the quilt for a while and it is the perfect weight for the summer, but it was like a ladies top that just didn't quite cover the tummy area. You know what I mean?  If you pulled enough it would look 'ok', but still not right.  When we made the bed, it would have to be pulled longer on the side facing the door to cover the huge mattress we have, the the backside would be too short and show the sheets.  Just a real aggravation!!

I decided I'd pulled and tugged on it long enough, and granted, I probably could have bought another cover for the money I put in my fix, but it's extremely hard to find comforters/quilts to cover this KING size bed.  It has a high box springs, and a high mattress on top of that, so I wouldn't have been any better off.

You can see what I mean in this old photo.   It barely covers the mattress and was even shorter on the other side.  

So what did I do?  I made it into a ruffled spread and I really like it!

I simply bought dust ruffles and sewed them on.  The ruffles are those found at Wal Mart that don't have the center fabric. They have elastic around the top and are made to fit any size bed, and they worked great.  It took 1 ruffle, and 2/3 of another to reach around the quilt, then I bought the third ruffle to go around the box springs and reach the floor!  SO MUCH BETTER. I bought the ecru color because that matches the window panels I recently made, and the quilt isn't pure white, but an off-white.

All I did was place the front side of the ruffle to the back side of the quilt, and sew all the way around.  This is a simple project, and could be done by using hem bond if you don't sew or have access to a sewing machine.  I was afraid the bulk would be hard for my small machine, but it went surprisingly well.  I love the shabby chic look of the ruffles.

Back side of the bedspread is no longer short.

If you do this, and use the same type ruffle that I did, DO NOT stretch out the elastic that is already sewn in.  Just place the two pieces together as if there were no elastic there.  If you stretch it at all, it will pucker and won't lay correctly on the bed. I may have found this out the hard way.  :)  I might have also had to use a seam ripper....

With all the neutrals, I needed a punch of color.  I switched out the picture above the bed, changed the throw pillow, and redecorated the dresser. 

I tried to find a salmon colored throw, and coordinating fabric for more pillow covers, but no luck, so this has already changed somewhat.
I brought in a lamp that was stored in the closet, along with some books, a small floral, and a picture, for the dresser top.

I've changed the pillow, and the dresser accessories, already. Now it looks like this, and is more to my liking.  I'm always tweaking things around here.

I made these pillow covers last year, so I brought them out.

The geranium print I was using had too much red, so I switched it for this one with coral and turquoise.  

I switched the books to some with a peachy cover, added the turquoise bottle for another pop of color, since the pillow covers contain turquoise as does the picture and book case.

 Okay, for now I'm happy with the  brighter colors.  

If you have a spread or quilt that just isn't quite big enough, this is an easy fix......if you like ruffles.  No more tugging and pulling!!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Art From Note Cards

Occasionally, various organizations send address labels and note cards in hopes that you will send a contribution.  My late husband belonged to the Disabled Veterans Group, and every so often, they send beautiful cards to me.  I thought this one was beautiful, so I shopped the house for a frame, and placed a nice mat I found at Good Will for < $1 with it, and now have this sweet picture to use.

I love birds and flowers, so it quickly caught my eye.

I love how this turned out.

It is sitting on the hall tree.

Isn't it adorable?

There are a couple more that would look good with this.  I just need to find more mats.

This is an easy way to have unique art work.  Try it the next time you find a pretty card.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

If It's Tuesday......

If it's Tuesday, I'm going to Good Will!!  It's Senior discount day, and they always have the shelves full.  On this trip, I set a limit of $10.00.  Mind you, I had several more items, but I put them back because I really didn't want to spend a lot.  I did good, because after my discount, my total was $7.61!

Here are my newest treasures.

I just had to have this pitcher to add to my collection, which I'm no longer collecting!  :)

This little tray, caught my eye, and is now in the sun room.

I really liked this small china dish.  I'm using it in the guest bath as a soap dish.

My favorite find was this refrigerator juice pitcher.

I believe it is vintage.  The bottom is stamped "Italy". It must have been in someone's storage shed, considering the amount of dirt in the bottom.  I didn't know if I should put it in the dishwasher.

If you are familiar with this piece, I'd love to know about it.

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