Thursday, February 26, 2015

My New White Cupboard - An Ebay Find

As promised....some pictures of my new cupboard. It is really amazing how I ended up with this beauty.  I knew I wanted a cupboard in this space between the outside door and the dining room entryway and I was either going to have Neal build one or try and find one this summer at the flea market. But then one evening I was looking on ebay for something and I saw this cupboard as I was scrolling through. It looked just like what I was envisioning for this space but it was a local pick-up only item and I figured there was no way the seller lived anywhere near where we lived.

As I looked closer I saw that the seller lived in Pennsylvania and I started to get excited, maybe it was possible to buy it! When I looked even closer I saw that she lived in a town not too far from the route we take to Brooklyn all the time. I checked with Neal to see if we could stop and pick it up on our way home from Brooklyn and he agreed (surprising I know, men never want to detour). I then contacted the seller and she was more than happy to hold the piece for me!

We picked it up on our way back after Thanksgiving and when I saw it I couldn't have been happier!

I just love it with it's peeling paint and simple lines. It even has the original hardware and is just as beautiful on the inside.

The hooks hanging above the cupboard are new to this room also. I had Neal cut a board to fit the space and then I added some antique hooks that I found on Etsy to it.

And as I mentioned in my last post I was in the mood to change things around so I took out all of the blue and white items from this cupboard. I will go back to the blue and white but I wanted to see what some other things would look like in it since I have only had blue and white in there since Neal built it. I am getting rid of some of my blue and white things though, a lot of what I listed on Etsy sold already but I just added a large portion of my blue and white plate collection to my shop. In our first house I had blue and white plates all over the walls but my decorating has become much simpler since then and I am trying to be more practical about what I store these days (I don't want to end up on Hoarders). Plus my mom gave me her original dishes which are antique Blue Willow and they are about all I have room for.

Speaking of my mom she used to collect really primitive antiques but she is slowly trying to downsize which lucky for me means I keep ending up with the stuff she doesn't want anymore . The butter paddle below and also the table it is sitting on are two of those things.

My azalea is starting to bloom and it is perfect timing, I need something that feels like Spring around here because it surely isn't the weather!

And a picture of Millie just because it has been awhile!

***Hanging Cabinet Color- Glidden's Whispering Wheat
***Trim Color- Glidden's Swan White

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blue and White

I know I say it every year but when it gets to be the end of winter I always end up wanting to scrub everything from top to bottom and change things around while I am doing it. I also always feel the need to get rid of stuff. I guess I get the spring cleaning bug but just a little too soon?  I guess it is good though because come spring I don't have the time to be inside cleaning! Anyways, I got the idea that I wanted to change up what I had in this cupboard and as I was cleaning I decided I should take some pictures of all of the blue and white with the pretty sunshine coming in (you would never know it was -10 degrees outside from the pictures).

Below you can see my slowly growing collection of blue and white quilts. I have a major itch to get out and do some antique hunting as I always do come this time of year. I have some things I am on the hunt for and I love finding unique items for my shop as well. What things are you guys on the hunt for this coming flea market season?

 Here is a peek at my new cupboard....I will tell you all about in my next post!

I hope you are all staying nice and warm despite the frigid temperatures ....we are hopefully getting our new furnace put in tomorrow...hurrah!

*Hanging Cupboard Color - Whispering Wheat by Glidden

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hand Made Presents Part Two

So I wanted to share with you the other hand made presents that I received for Christmas this year.

One of them being the wooden caddy/tote that Neal made me seen on the kitchen table. He always does such a great job of paying attention to what I have been favoriting on Etsy and pinning on Pinterest.  This year he saw that I had favorited some tool carrier type totes and decided he would just make me one instead of buying it.

I have a couple store bought carriers like this but nothing beats hand made right? I just love it and the fact that Neal payed attention to what I was looking for. I beat it up with a hammer and then I stained it Dark Walnut.  For now I have pine boughs in it but I probably will keep the kitchen table essentials in it like napkins and salt and pepper and such.

And as you peek into the family room you can see the other hand made present that I received....

a "One Horse Sleigh" sign from my sister. In case you are wondering, yes she is going to make some for the shop! Every time she makes me something I say "oh you have to make these for the shop!". 

I absolutely love it. She is actually working on a really big sign that will go all the way across the space above the windows...I can't wait! 

Some other new additions to the family room are the grain sack looking pillow and a new lamp. I had a bunch of LLBean coupons that were going to expire and I was so excited to see that they had these pillows  on clearance. It is very well made and actually has the feel of  an authentic grain sack. 

I found the lamp at Home Goods, I have been on the search for some industrial style lamps for some time now. They are usually either way too much money or they have some detail that I don't like. I loved this one the moment I saw it with its old fashioned looking shade. 

Another new thing in this room is the little space heater in the fireplace. Our furnace on the kitchen side of the house died and we can't get a new one just yet so we moved the little space heater from the living room into here. We have two furnaces (my long time followers know that our farmhouse was turned into a duplex at one point and we turned it back into one dwelling) so our bedrooms still have heat but the kitchen and family room are on the chilly side to say the least. We bought a ceramic radiator style electric heater and it really does help though.  Leave it to us to have our furnace break on the couple coldest weeks of the year, the high has been 10 degrees the past two weeks. 

 Also, you may have noticed that I put wood going horizontally in the fireplace. I didn't like the way the beadboard looked and it will be some time till we can afford to have a real chimney installed. I saw in Terry John Woods book that he had wood boards in his fireplace and I thought "that's what I will do!".

We will be taking our Christmas tree down this weekend. I took the ornaments off of it but I wanted to have a week where I could enjoy just the tree with the white lights, to me there is nothing prettier. This past summer I finally found a galvanized bucket at the flea market big enough to hold our tree stand. It was $10, my sister was just joking me the other day about how everything I find is either $2 or $10, guess she was right:)