Tuesday, July 15, 2014

$24 Slip Cover

I had mentioned in a previous post that we got my parents couch and matching love seat when they bought a new set. It is a really nice set but the tropical print just wasn't going to work for us. I ordered a slip cover for the couch from the couch manufacturer (Arhaus) a couple of months ago but there was no way I could afford the love seat slip cover also so I was thinking I was probably going to have to make one. And then......

as I was strolling through the Ikea "As Is" room last week I spotted a love seat slip cover for $24! I knew the measurements of the love seat we got from my parents and the reduced Ektorp slip cover was just about the same measurements so I thought it was worth a try. I kept my fingers crossed and couldn't wait to get home and see if it would fit.

And it does! I couldn't believe it, I was so happy! I wasn't going to have to suffer through the frustration and tears of sewing my own!

Hopefully the slip cover for the couch will arrive soon and we will be completely rid of the tropical pattern. With Pinterest being out there I refuse to even show a picture of it:) That cushion piping not lining up on the one cushion is almost keeping me from even showing these pictures!

You may have also noticed that the kitchen table is different. Our kitchen table went to the beautiful home that my niece just moved into. Neal is going to build us a big farmhouse table but it may be awhile till he has a moment to spare so we moved the circle one in for now.

I hope to show the baby's room soon, I have a couple things to finish up first, hopefully before she arrives and not after:) We have been working to try and get Eli's room done also. We haven't been home much lately so it has been hard to get a solid crack at any of the many things we are working on. Neal was able to get the dry wall hung up yesterday in the section of Eli's room where we ripped out the gross and awkward closet. I spent today skim coating the drywall and once I have it sanded and painted Neal is going to build a floor to ceiling closet on the wall with the black pipe. We think the original stairway came down through this ceiling and they closed it off at some point, explaining the big patched area in the ceiling.

I hope to keep you posted on all of our progress....if we make any:)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ironstone Jackpot

I have been really hitting the ironstone jackpot lately and in between summer camps, family gatherings and yard work, I finally had a moment to share my finds with you!

I was lucky enough to come across another ironstone soap dish similar to my other one , I spotted it at an Estate Sale for $5 dollars a couple of weeks back. I think it is so funny that I had never seen one of these before and that I ended up finding two of them in such a short time!

I decided that this would be the one that I kept on my kitchen sink since it is a little chipped already. The other one made me nervous there in all its perfection, I think it will go into our newly renovated bathroom when we have it all done.

I bought the little tureen at a garden and antique sale by my Mom's house, it is perfect for my scrub brushes and an extra bar of French soap that I snatched for a quarter at a yard sale.

Then this past weekend I really lucked out at the flea market and brought home with me some really great pieces of ironstone. I usually don't see that much ironstone at our flea market but that wasn't the case this time! This sugar bowl is one of the pieces I bought, for less than a dollar!

I love when I see that a seller at the flea market has his stuff in bins for you to dig through. This usually means that they have no idea what they have in those bins and that they don't care what any of it is worth. Plus I LOVE digging through items because you just have no idea what you might find. In the case of this sugar bowl I started to walk towards a bin that I wanted to look through and I saw this beauty right on top!

And then as I started to dig more I found these two ironstone plates. I kept digging in hopes that I would find the lid to the sugar bowl but no such luck. When I held my items up to the seller he said, "Two bucks for everything". Well okay I said and skipped off ( I didn't really, I kept my cool and saved my happy dance for later).

This tiny ironstone scoop is another thing I found in the bottom of a bin at the flea market, I can't believe it wasn't broken. I love ironstone scoops and have a couple of them already but they are hard to come by.

I found the platters at the flea market too, I am thinking about selling the larger one, it is in mint condition and oh so pretty.

And then just as I was starting down the last row at the flea market I spotted this ironstone bowl and you know how I feel about ironstone bowls! And the seller only wanted 5 dollars for it! I couldn't believe how much ironstone I was leaving with and I had barely spent any money!

And to catch you up on what we have been working on around here....

I started to gut the "gross" bathroom this past weekend...pretty huh? And I have the baby's room almost finished, I have about two months until she is due so I am feeling the time crunch! Neal has been working on getting Eli's closet demolished and rebuilding it.

That is layer upon layer of old wall paper (not the pretty kind) up there at the top, all of the walls and ceilings were covered in it when we first moved in. I am hoping this will be the last of it that I have to remove!

Eli is always eager to help and in his own words "will not be like the inexperienced people on Renovation Realities" when he grows up:)

Monday, June 2, 2014

I Need A Clone

I think I said the same thing last year at this time but Spring always makes me wish I had a clone. That way one of me could work outside and one of me could work inside. There is always so much to do this time of year and just not enough hours in the day. I LOVE working out in my yard and have spent the last week edging, weeding and mulching. What I don't love is coming in at 7 in the evening and having all the dirt that was tracked in stick to your feet because you haven't had time to wash the floor in the last couple of days and having the piles of stuff you bought at the flea market scattered all about. Needless to say I don't have much time for blogging in the Spring. And I wish I did because I have found so many great things over the past couple of weeks that I am dying to share with you guys. I have really lucked out at estate sales and the flea market, lots of stuff to sell and lots of stuff to keep:)

Here is some the stuff I bought at the flea market yesterday.

When I am not working outside I have been working on getting Eli's new room painted so that I can start the baby's room. In the meantime I have a huge pile of stuff accumulating outside the nursery and I can't wait to get started on it!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the items I have for the baby's room.

My viburnum is in full bloom so I made sure I found the time to take some pictures of the beautiful blossoms. 

I am also making some finishing touches to my sewing/craft room so that I can share it with you sometime soon so stay tuned for that! 

And MANY THANKS to Jennifer over at Town and Country Living for featuring our home in her Charming Farmhouse Series! What an unbelievable honor! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dining Room On A Sunny Morning

It was such a beautiful sunny morning that I just had to take some pictures.

Come this time of year I spend most of my day working outside in the yard so I like to keep things simple inside.

You can see that the couch is back in its original position. My mom was getting a new couch so we got her old one and put it in our new family room as it is longer and more comfortable. The pattern on the couch my mom gave us is not my style (not my mom's either that is why she didn't want it anymore) so I ordered a slip cover for it. I just didn't feel like I had the brain power to make this one myself like I did for our other couch. I will show you how the slip cover looks when it arrives!

I have been in a save every penny mood lately, even more than usual, because there are so many costly things that we are working towards for the house, like siding for instance. Sometimes I feel like all of my efforts inside are pointless when my house looks as bad as ours does on the outside. But I have really been lucky lately as far as finding great things at really good prices. Like this watering can for instance was only $5 at TJ Maxx, and the cute wire basket was also only $5 and they both look perfect in my $4 estate sale wooden tray. Even the white azalea was less than $5!

 One thing I can not find however are cute baby girl clothes. Everything is bright pink, with scratchy bows and ugly butterflies! When I was pregnant with Eli I used to see the prettiest baby girl stuff and now of course we are having a girl and I have yet to see anything subtle and pretty:(

My sincere thanks for all of your sweet congratulations on my pregnancy! You guys are the best! I haven't even started the baby's room yet, we have to do some work to the guest room before we move Eli in there. But I know just how I want it to look and have been collecting things over the years in the hopes I had a girl and promise to share it all with you!